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Do you suspect carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you suspect carpal tunnel syndrome, it's important that you quickly receive a medical diagnosis. While you may be able to reduce your pain temporarily through rest, this common ailment isn't going to heal itself.

There are many symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, including:

  • Tingling and burning in your thumb and palm
  • The feeling of small electric shocks in your fingers
  • Hand weakness, especially when trying to hold something
  • Tingling that starts in your hand and spreads to your arm

How can hazard assessment prevent accidents at work?

While it certainly should not take an accident at your work for company leaders to initiate an assessment into safety protocols, sometimes these situations can provide encouragement and motivation for your superiors to take action. If you have been the victim of a workplace accident in North Carolina, it is imperative that you be forthright in expressing your concerns about the incident you were involved in to help your employer prevent similar accidents in the future. 

The accident investigation that will be conducted by your employer will span various steps, but one that is critical to identifying which hazards ultimately led to the incident is an assessment. This process will require professionals to analyze your version of events in conjunction with on-sight observation to identify what the root cause was that created an imminent danger. Your willingness to share your experience could be the persuasion needed for your employer to proactively address what needs to be done to better protect you and others in the future. 

Bicycle-car accident kills child, driver arrested

In Charlotte and across North Carolina, drivers need to be aware of children on the road. They could be pedestrians, on skateboards, bicycles or scooters. Failing to be vigilant behind the wheel, speeding, driving recklessly, being distracted or driving under the influence can all spark a collision. Children are among the most vulnerable members of society. If a child is hit, it can have severe and even deadly consequences. After an auto accident with a child has occurred, it is important to have legal assistance to consider a wrongful death lawsuit.

A car accident claimed the life of an 11-year-old child as he rode his bicycle. A 19-year-old was arrested on multiple charges. The accident occurred at around 6 p.m. According to the investigation, the child was hit and the driver kept going despite the child hitting the hood and the windshield. He was then thrown off when the driver hit the brake. The bicycle remained under the car as the driver fled the scene. Later that evening, the driver's mother had contacted law enforcement to tell them that her son wanted to surrender. When he did, drug paraphernalia was discovered. It was also found that the vehicle was reported stolen. He is charged with hit-and-run, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving a stolen vehicle.

How a lawyer can help with a personal injury claim

Imagine a situation in which you've suffered an injury as a result of another person's negligence. Common examples include motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents and slip-and-fall accidents.

While you're focusing most of your time on your recovery, you also need to learn more about your legal rights. The information you collect will help you determine if it makes sense to file a personal injury claim. And if it does, you'll want to consider the benefits of consulting with an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney.

Legal help for victims of trucking industry negligence

Truck accidents can be devastating and may result in catastrophic injuries and harm for victims. It is important for truck accident victims to know how to protect themselves when they have been injured in a truck accident.

A personal injury claim for damages can provide important protections that injured truck accident victims and their families need to help with their inevitable physical, financial and emotional damages following a truck accident. A claim for damages against a negligent truck driver or negligent trucking company may help injured victims with their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Negligent truck drivers and trucking companies should be accountable to victims for the harm they cause.

Construction accident injuries can be common for workers

The construction industry can be dangerous for workers who may suffer serious injuries on the job that impede their ability to work and earn a living. It is essential for injured construction workers to be familiar with workers' compensation benefits and other options that can help them when they were injured on a construction site.

During 2009, there were greater than 3.3. million nonfatal injuries and illnesses reported and greater than nine percent were suffered by construction workers according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the construction injuries, 22 percent of the injuries and illnesses reported by construction workers were falls. Falls are a serious type of injury construction workers can suffer in a construction site accident. Falls can occur from all kinds of heights on a construction site including ladders, scaffolding, cranes, roofs and other heights.

My bursitis keeps me from doing my job. Do I have a claim?

As a carpenter here in Charlotte, you stay busy year-round. But lately, you've begun to notice some alarming symptoms that have you worried that you might not be able to continue working in your field much longer.

Every time that you're on a ladder hammering nails overhead, you get a shooting pain in your right shoulder. In the past few days, the area where your shoulder meets your neck has become hot, swollen and very sore to the touch.

How SSD benefits can help for physical or mental disabilities

Eligibility for Social Security disability benefits is important for many disabled individuals who find themselves unable to work because of a physical or mental disability. For disabled individuals who have a history of working and contributing to Social Security, SSD benefits may be available to help them with some of their daily expenses.

Unfortunately, Social Security disability benefits can be challenging to obtain because the application process for benefits can be difficult. Many claims for Social Security disability benefits are initially denied. As a result, it is important to know how to present medical evidence of the disabled individual's physical or mental disability in order to qualify for SSD benefits. It is important to note that the disabled individual must have qualifying medical history, must suffer from a physical or mental medical condition that prevents them from working and the disability must last for 12 months or longer.

What is a medical malpractice claim for damages?

There are different types of medical malpractice but what they all share in common is that the medical care provider was negligent and provided medically negligent care to the victim.

When victims have suffered because of medical negligence, it is important for them to be familiar with the medical malpractice legal protections available to them.

Help for family members when a loved one is wrongfully killed

Wrongful death legal protections can have tremendous value for families struggling with the loss of their loved one following a fatal accident.

Surviving family members of victims of fatal accidents can be left unexpectedly facing difficult personal and financial challenges which a wrongful death claim may be able to help them with.

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