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October 2018 Archives

What is negligence?

There are words in the English language that are easy to identify but challenging to define, and "negligence" is one of them. A North Carolina resident may feel confident that they can pick out acts of negligence when they see them but may not be able to say exactly what it means to engage in negligent conduct. This post will discuss negligence in the context of personal injury lawsuits and should not be used as legal advice.

Tips for using your will to give to charity

It’s hard to imagine giving up all of our assets during our lifetime. But it’s important to consider how they’ll be used once you’re gone. While it might be important to make your family is provided for after your passing, you may have room to give to others who are in need too.

Insurance company shows how long compensation battles can last

While companies and organizations do care about the personal safety of their workers, some can show their true colors after a worker receives a major injury on the job. While it is necessary for North Carolina companies to have workers’ compensation to financially aid their employees after an accident, that does not mean they will not try to find ways to hold back on what the workers rightfully deserve.

Defining disability for Social Security benefits purposes

When a Charlotte resident suffers an injury, they may need a few days to recover from their pain and to rest before they resume their normal activities. If they incur their injury while doing their job, then they may be entitled to pursue workers' compensation to help them through their time off from work. However, if their injury or ailment is so severe that they cannot return to work, they may have options for seeking disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

We are dedicated to helping personal injury clients

What could be a more routine action for people than going shopping? Usually the only damage people in Charlotte suffer from this is to their wallets. Still, many people suffer personal injury as a result of the experience, either from unsafe conditions at the store itself or unsafe products bought there. When another party's negligence is the cause of an injury, it may be possible to recover compensation from that party for any damages suffered.

What are Social Security Disability GRID rules?

The Social Security Administration has composed what is known as the "blue book." In it, a person can find listings of all qualified medical conditions and corresponding criteria that must be met in order to be approved for Social Security Disability. However, many claimants do not present with circumstances that qualify for approval based on medical conditions alone. This does not mean that a claim cannot be approved, but rather that it must be put through a medical-vocational qualification process known as GRID rules.

Why timing is essential in workers’ compensation claims

Working in a warehouse or utilizing dangerous equipment may have you avoiding obstacles and hazards during your work day. Your risk of injury to your hands and knees is high when you use a strenuous, repetitive motion daily, or your job requires you to operate heavy machinery. You worry that you may face a serious accident on the job.

Ikea ceiling lampshades cause injuries

Furniture giant Ikea has announced a recall on lampshades. Specifically, the company is recalling its Calypso glass ceiling lamps, which have been known to detach from the ceiling and fall. Since the lampshades are glass, this defect causes potential laceration and blunt force trauma concerns for consumers, according to the U.S. Consumer and Product Safety Commission who issued the recall notice. These products were sold from August 2016 through July 2017.

Survey: North Carolina supports tougher distracted driving law

Unlike many other states, North Carolina does not have a full ban on handheld cellphone use while driving. For adults over 18 not driving a school bus, texting and driving is illegal – but holding and using your phone for any other reason is allowed, despite mountains of evidence that a distracted driving in any form is a danger to the public.

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