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Drivers should remember to watch for motorcycles

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time in which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages motorists both in North Carolina and across the country to take the necessary steps to avoid collisions with motorcycles.

As many people have probably noticed, more and more motorcycles are appearing on Charlotte's roads and highways as the weather continues to get warmer. The spring weather makes May an opportune time to remind motorists that there are simple things they can do to avoid motorcycle accidents.

Prom night a dangerous time for North Carolina teens

Now that May has arrived, many high school students in the Charlotte area will celebrate the end of their school year by attending their school's prom. Likewise, this is the season for graduation parties and other celebrations that young people love.

Unfortunately, many teens choose to drink alcohol or use drugs on these occasions, even though doing so is illegal under North Carolina law. According to one study, around one in three teenagers will either drink alcohol or use drugs on the night of their prom.

Soft-tissue injuries can halt your lifestyle completely

After a car accident, you may feel a sense of relief if you quickly assess yourself and do not feel any serious pain or obvious injuries. Hopefully, you truly escaped the accident without suffering any harm, but it is possible that you suffered injuries that you cannot feel — at least not yet.

Delayed pain injuries are often difficult to diagnose without a full medical examination because they do not produce pain in a victim or any visible signs of injury, like bleeding. Unfortunately, many of these injuries are still serious, and may result in lasting pain and significant suffering.

Social Security fund for the disabled given new lease on life

According to those in charge, the trust fund that helps cover Social Security disability payments to injured and ill North Carolina workers has experienced a new lease on its life. Experts now say that the fund will run out of money by 2052. Last year, they predicted the fund would be depleted in 2032, or in less than 15 years from now. While this is not wonderful news, it does mean there is more breathing room for lawmakers and others to resolve the funding issues which have recently affected the Social Security Disability program.

Although there are about 10 million workers across the country receiving SSDI, the number of new applicants for benefits has been trending downward since 2010. Moreover, there has been a push, at least since 2014, to trim the roles of already existing beneficiaries who may no longer want the payments or who may no longer be eligible for them.

Worker killed in construction site accident

Accidents can happen at any type of workplace, but the hazards at construction sites are especially dangerous. At a busy work site where heavy equipment and materials are moving around, any accident can easily turn deadly.

A person described as a self-employed truck driver died in what police described as a construction accident that took place a little over an hour away from Charlotte. According to police, the truck driver had hauled certain heavy wall slats that were meant to soundproof an area around the road to the construction site. Apparently, the truck driver went to the back of the truck to help unload the slats. However, as he was removing the straps holding the material in place, a slat slipped and came off the back of the truck, striking and pinning the truck driver. The driver died at the scene of the accident.

Social Security Disability and long-term disability benefits

When you suffer an injury and become disabled, you may want to look into obtaining Social Security Disability benefits. SSD benefits bring in a monthly income, allowing you to provide for yourself despite being unable to work. In addition to SSD, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income, which pays benefits if you have the financial need.

Whenever you're hurt and suffer a disability, it's best to apply for SSD as soon as possible. It can take many months for an application to be approved. Working with your attorney on your application will give you a better chance of having an approval on your first application. If you do not get approved, then you will need to appeal the denial, which can take months or years.

The link between medical malpractice and emotional trauma

Dealing with medical conditions and procedures can create a lot of emotional stress. As a patient, you may be worried about your future health as well as the surgery that you will have to undertake. In addition to this preliminary stress, unsuccessful procuedures or unexpected medical issues can become too much to handle.

The poor management of health care by medical professionals in Charlotte can cause emotional stress and trauma. It can be possible to take action as a result of these emotional damages if you can prove that the medical provider was negligent in some way. If you feel traumatized due to a medical experience that you had, you may want to consider making a medical malpractice claim.

The costliest types of work-related accidents

There are many ways workers in Charlotte can get hurt while on the job. However, statistics show that there are some common causes of workplace injury accidents. While an insurance carrier compiled these statistics, the information comes from a variety of sources, including the federal government and a think tank. According to these statistics, the primary source of workers' compensation and related costs involve accidents with lifting or otherwise moving objects. These claims cost over $13 billion a year.

The second costliest type of workplace accidents, in terms of dollars, include falling. Although these types of falls are from the same ground level, they still cost over $10 billion per year. Incidentally, falls from a height, like from a ladder or scaffolding, cost an additional $5 billion a year. To round out the top three costliest types of accidents, getting hit from above by a heavy object that falls costs an average of $5.2 billion a year.

Dog bites can lead to personal injury lawsuits

National Dog Bite Prevention Week takes place this April. It is a time in which several organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, remind residents of Charlotte and other North Carolina communities of the important responsibility that pet owners and others have to keep people, especially children, safe around household pets. When a pet owner fails in this responsibility, they can be held legally accountable.

Dog bites remain a significant cause of injuries in this country. Estimates are that, in 2018, 4.5 million people across the nation suffered an injury from a dog bite.

Misdiagnoses lead to medical malpractice claims

Charlotte, North Carolina, residents put a lot of trust in their doctors whenever they visit their offices. Basically, they expect that the doctor will be able to explain why they are feeling the way they are and then help them get better. This is precisely why people go to doctors in the first place and why doctors get paid the big bucks.

Unfortunately, though, doctors do not always diagnose their patient's conditions accurately. At other times, they took too long to do so. As a result, a patient can wind up in a worsened condition not only from their actual illness or injury but also from receiving the wrong type of treatment.

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