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September 2014 Archives

Highway accident kills construction worker and injures others

Residents of North Carolina may have heard about a freeway accident that killed a construction worker and left two other people injured on Sept. 19. The accident occurred early in the morning when a Ford F-150 hit three workers who were paving the roadway. According to official reports, the incident occurred on Interstate 40 in Morgantown. It was around 4:30 a.m. when the driver of the Ford truck entered the work zone and struck the three men.

Drunk driving far too common in North Carolina

Unfortunately, despite strong laws, police crackdowns, and increased public awareness, drunk driving still occurs in North Carolina. Those who choose to drink and drive put other unsuspecting motorists at risk of serious harm and even death. These wrecks, in turn, can wreak havoc on an individual's life and the lives of his or her family members.

Word salad: Is it a sign that SSDI may be appropriate?

Imagine being fine and articulate one minute and spouting nothing but word salad the next. It may seem an unlikely scenario, but it can happen just that fast if you suffer a stroke. It can also occur if you suffer some sort of head injury.

Research reminder: DUI charges often open to challenge

We have previously noted for readers in North Carolina and elsewhere the routinely strong response of state authorities in drunk driving cases. We noted in a recent post, for example (please see our August 12 entry), that a motorist stopped inside North Carolina on suspicion of drunk driving “is likely to never forget the experience.”

Protecting your rights and future after a marijuana arrest

While some parts of the country -- namely, Colorado and Washington State -- now permit the recreational sale and consumption of cannabis, a person charged with possessing, selling or growing marijuana in North Carolina can still face serious legal consequences. In our state, if you are found to be in possession of no more than 1.5 ounces of marijuana, then you will face a misdemeanor charge. Being arrested for possession of more than 1.5 ounces of cannabis can result in a charge of felony possession.

Do you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance?

Slightly more than one in four people who are 20 years old today will become disabled before they reach the age of 67. That is according to the Social Security Administration's own estimates.

Motorcycle accident injuries and deaths are prevalent

Riding a motorcycle can be a great way to have fun in North Carolina. Unfortunately, it can also be extremely dangerous, as other motorists often fail to properly recognize and react to nearby motorcyclists. When a motorist fails to yield to a motorcyclist or remains unaware of motorcyclists around them, this can result in a motorcycle accident. The results of a motorcycle accident can be tragic, leaving unsuspecting bike riders seriously injured or dead.

Medical examination issues in workers' compensation cases

Because a workers' compensation case revolves around medical issues connected to a workplace accident or injury, a North Carolina worker should be aware of expectations that accompany the filing of a claim. Under state law, it is important that an employee comply with workers' compensation regulations related to treatment.

Growth in SSI prompting a deeper look at cost and role

The Supplemental Security Income program is one that is paid for by general federal tax dollars. Its purpose is to help people with little or no income by providing them a monthly cash benefit. The typical beneficiaries are the elderly poor, the blind and children with disabilities.

What should I do if I'm injured at work in North Carolina?

Employees in North Carolina may benefit from learning more about the appropriate actions to take if an accident occurs in the workplace. The first actions employees should take include treating the injury and reporting the incident to the employer. If there is no health care provider available on the premises, employers may direct employees to a designated health care facility.

We can help you with your drunk driving accident case

Last week we discussed how long an individual has to sue a negligent driver when he or she has been hurt in an accident. Though there is ample time to bring a lawsuit, the saying "time flies" certainly applies. When you are struggling to regain your physical, emotional, and financial health, you probably need help handling the legal matters with which you are confronted.

What role does my doctor play in my applying for SSDI?

There are circumstances in life when a doctor's note is sufficient to get you into or out of something. If a youngster in school suffers from extreme asthma or allergies, a note from the doctor might be needed to get them special accommodations. If high school athlete suffers a concussion, many states now require clearance from a doctor before he or she can return to the activity.

Federal judges draw attention to sentencing in child porn case

In a federal case that will likely generate interest in legal circles across the country, two appellate judges are questioning how the judiciary typically treats first-time offenders convicted of downloading pornographic images of children.

Workers' compensation benefits can be delayed

When a North Carolina man was working his way through school at ITT Technical Institute with a job at a Best Buy warehouse in Virginia in 2007, he stood on a box that collapsed beneath him. He fell 7.5 feet and landed headfirst onto the concrete floor. The fall caused him to suffer a brain hemorrhage in addition to broken bones, a sprained neck and a ruptured eardrum. He also regularly suffers from headache and has dislocated his kneecap four times since the fall.

How long after a crash do I have to sue a negligent driver?

If you have been in a drunk driving accident, you likely have more immediate needs than filing a lawsuit. You might have serious physical injuries that require medical attention, and your emotional well-being should be cared for appropriately. However, you might also be acutely aware that you can recover your damages from a negligent driver if your economic and noneconomic losses were caused by the negligence of another. Therefore, you might be wondering how long after a drunk driving accident you have to file your claim in an attempt to recover the compensation you need or deserve.

With domestic violence, too, fairness must precede outcomes

Some family altercations result unquestionably in domestic violence being unleashed in a home, accompanied with the tragic consequences that often stem from abusive behavior. Abuse can be visited upon a victim in myriad ways, from acts of physical violence to verbal threats and other behaviors. Additionally, "victim" can be defined in plural terms, given that domestic explosions can often encompass a wide spectrum of family members.