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Insurance Companies Denying Smaller Motor Vehicle Wreck Cases

carwreck1.JPG I have noticed a trend in the last couple of years regarding smaller auto wreck claims. Usually, these auto wreck claims involve no personal injuries, but a person's vehicle is damaged in the car wreck. The car's damage might be minor and the car is still drivable after the wreck, or sometimes the car is totaled out as a result of the collision. Liability in the wreck is clear: the person was stopped at a stop light or at a stop sign, or maybe parked in a parking lot, and a negligent driver ran into them. Law enforcement will place the fault of the wreck on the other driver. Sometimes, the negligent driver will even admit that the car wreck was completely his fault.

Preserve the Evidence in Personal Injury Cases with a Preservation Letter

When a person is injured in an accident, it is important that they first seek medical care. Once their injury is stabilized however, it is crucial that the injured person preserve evidence relating to their accident. Because persons who cause accidents very often lie about what happened, and it can take months or even years for a personal injury case to get to court, it is important that injured persons have the evidence they need to when their case. A preservation letter can help with that evidence.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury After a Car Wreck or other Accident

When a person is injured in a car wreck, motorcycle wreck, or other personal injury, sometimes the most harmful injuries are those that you cannot see with the naked eye: a brain injury. Sometimes brain injuries are obvious and an injured person's functioning is so impaired that they are left unable to speak, walk, or feed themselves. Other times, the brain injury is subtler. Called a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) , these injuries can be as devastating as a spinal cord injury or any other serious injury. However, because the injured person may "look" normal, it can be more difficult to recover compensation for these types of cases.

New Workers Compensation Rules Could Limit Pain Medications to Injured Workers

In many workers compensation cases, injured workers have broken bones, torn ligaments, open cuts and other serious personal injuries. Some injured workers require surgery to repair their injuries. Some injured workers may even require multiple surgeries to repair their injuries. For still other injured workers, surgeries do not fix the underlying injuries, and the injured worker must simply learn to live with a life of pain.

Recent Injury to Elderly Woman Places Focus on Elder Abuse

A recent case of alleged elder abuse coming out of Mitchell County, NC has again focused the public's attention on this often hidden crime. Earlier this week, Ms. Brandi Tipton (age 36) and her husband, Frank Viola, Jr. (age 36) were arrested and charged with abuse of Tipton's mother, a 66 year old disabled woman. Police allege that they found the victim malnourished, covered in feces, and with maggots living in her hair. For more on this story, visit: http://wlos.com/news/local/husband-wife-sought-in-mitchell-county-elder-abuse-case-now-both-in-custody

Libel Personal Injury is Largest Trial Verdict in NC in 2016

A different type of personal injury took the highest verdict at trial in North Carolina in 2016. A Wake County, NC jury returned the state's largest verdict in 2016, awarding $9 million to a forensic scientist with the North Carolina SBI crime lab for libel against The Raleigh News and Observer.

Pain Medication: New CDC Guidelines

Pain Medication Addiction: CDC Issues New Guidelines

After a car wreck or other accident, people often suffer painful injuries. In an effort to relieve their pain, accident victims will often visit their local hospital or family doctor. These medical providers often prescribe the accident victim opioid pain medication. However, the availability of these pain medications for accident and other pain causes is necessarily changing.

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