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Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury After a Car Wreck or other Accident

DSCN1837.JPGWhen 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

pills4.JPGIn 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

20170615_183835-(002).pngA 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.

NC Cyberbullying Laws

North Carolina bullying laws apply to cyberbullying and to school boards. Bullying of minors has always been a problem. Most adults can recall name calling and playground fist fights when growing up. Before 1999 bullying was generally resolved by the students themselves. In the last fifteen years violence against minors and suicides by minors have increased. As a result the public's view of bullying has changed. 

North Carolina Pit Bull Dog Owner Liability

North Carolina pit bull dog owners are responsible for knowing the aggressive tendencies of this breed of dog. Dog adoption agencies and shelters do not always share this information with potential dog owners. This article offers a cautionary example of deadly results that may result from adopting a shelter dog. 

Statute Limitation Law In North Carolina

Statute Limitation Laws Can Prevent People From Getting Justice.

Milk can go sour, eggs have a shelf life, and meat must be consumed by a date certain. What many people do not know is that justice also can have an expiration date, a statute limitation. A statute limitation is a time limit the law imposes on a case. After the statute limitation expires, the case cannot be tried in the courts. The statute limitation ls original purpose were to encourage injured persons to bring their claims in a timely manner The limitations also protect defendants from having to defend claims when evidence may be difficult to collect. Unfortunately, the law can also have harsh consequences for people seeking justice.

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