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Review of third party liability claims

Although this blog has in the past mentioned the concept, it may be helpful to injured workers in the Charlotte area to have a review on exactly what a third party liability claim is, specifically with respect to workplace injuries.

Knowing this information can help an injured North Carolina worker get the most compensation possible following her accident, which in turn could mean she has enough financial security in place to be able to focus on her physical and emotional recovery.

Man killed in Charlotte area hit-and-run

A man who was a well-known senior citizen in the Charlotte area has died after being hit by a car while crossing the street. This was a hit-and-run accident, as the driver of the vehicle fled the scene after striking the man. Police later tracked down the driver and arrested him, charging him with a felony.

Police say the accident happened in the evening hours near a shopping center with a grocery store where the man frequented. The man was returning to his home from the store and was crossing a busy street to do so.

Understanding negligence can help victims win compensation

This blog has discussed many different situations in which a Charlotte, North Carolina, victim can receive compensation for his or her injuries.

For instance, in many cases, a Charlotte resident will get hurt in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or truck accident that is the fault of one of the other motorists involved. In other cases, a resident may get hurt because of a dangerous condition on someone else's property.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is common in some industries

Many job duties require repetitive motions of the hand and wrist. This is common for cashiers, construction workers and factory workers. Unfortunately, not all employers take steps that minimize the stress on their employees.

One repetitive motion injury that might occur is carpal tunnel syndrome. This can make doing almost everything more difficult if it involves your hand. What starts off as a minor nuisance can lead to a problem that requires surgery.

What is OSHA's role in a workers' compensation claims?

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is a government agency in charge of keeping workers in North Carolina and other parts of the country safe. To do so, it implements and polices a number of safety regulations. Failing to abide by these regulations can result in fines to an employer.

An OSHA investigation will likely take place after any significant workplace accident. How thorough and wide-ranging the investigation will be depends on a number of factors, including how serious the accident was. For example, an accident involving a fatality will get a lot more scrutiny than one in which a worker suffered a cut or bruise but was otherwise fine.

Are you at risk of developing bursitis?

Repetitive motion injuries are becoming much more common in the workplace across many industries. For instance, if you work in construction and are performing the same tasks every day, such as using a drill, you may begin to develop bursitis.

This is a repetitive motion injury that develops as inflammation or irritation in the bursa. This is a fluid-filled sac that is located between your bones, muscles, tendons and even skin that keeps these parts of your body lubricated so they move easily and without pain. When the bursa becomes inflamed, for instance from the constant impact of your drill, you may begin to feel pain in your wrist, arm and shoulder that will only get worse as you continue to use the drill.

Winter driving is dangerous, particularly at holiday time

A previous post on this blog described a recent accident in the Charlotte area which was caused by black ice. Apparently, a driver was going too fast to account for the slippery, and hard-to-see, ice on the road and thus lost control of the vehicle.

Winter weather is frequently to blame for car accidents. According to one study, winter driving conditions account for almost half of all accidents on the road that police attribute in some way to the weather, with the weather in the other nine months of the year account for the rest.

Three injured in area crash involving black ice

The Charlotte area has had a relatively rare spell of snowy and icy weather this winter, and that has contributed to an increased number of car accidents.

One such car accident left at least one person with injuries police called life-threatening, while two other people were transported to nearby hospitals with injuries of unknown severity. The crash happened on Interstate 485 near the time of the morning rush hour, and police are saying one of the victims was lucky to be alive.

Representing victims of misdiagnoses, other malpractice

A previous post on this blog talked about how important it is that doctors in Charlotte, North Carolina, diagnose their patients promptly and correctly the first time.

While sometimes a doctor is left making his or her best educated guess, all too often, preventable mistakes in identifying the cause of a patient's ailments leave the patient in a worsened condition or, at the very best, weeks or even months behind in treating their true illness.

When is a missed diagnosis really medical malpractice?

To some extent, the practice of medicine remains an art as opposed to an exact science. This is because even the best doctors in the Charlotte area, when they diagnose a patient's conditions, are in reality making an educated guess based on the information they have.

There is room for other opinions, and there is even some expectation that a doctor will from time to time be misled, at least initially.

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