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December 2014 Archives

Firefighter hurt in North Carolina truck accident

While driving a fire truck in response to a call in Ballantyne, a Charlotte Fire Department firefighter suffered an injury to his hand when the truck wrecked. The Dec. 21 incident transpired on Community House Road when the fire truck reportedly malfunctioned and flipped over. The worker, who was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries, is recovering and plans to resume his job, according to reports.

North Carolina Disability Determination Services: a closer look

Although the Social Security Administration oversees disability benefits like Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance, North Carolina readers may not have realized that a state agency adjudicates some of those claims.

What should I do after an accident?


It is not every day that a North Carolinian gets in a car wreck. Yet, when you do find yourself in an accident, the scenario may be so out of the ordinary and unfamiliar that you do not even know what to do. Taking the appropriate steps after a car crash can help not only ensure everyone's safety, but also that important information is gathered, which may be pertinent to recovering compensation down the road.

Comparing VA and Social Security disability programs

Readers might recall that some U.S. military veterans can also qualify for Social Security disability insurance benefits, in addition to their VA benefits. However, the two programs are administered independently by their respective agencies. In practice, a disability benefits attorney would caution that there is no guarantee that qualifying in one program will predict eligibility in the other.

Distracted driving remains prevalent and dangerous


Every day across North Carolina motorists find themselves distracted. Whether they are eating, texting and driving, talking on a cell phone, or programming a GPS, their minds are often taken off the road. When this happens, other drivers are put at extreme risk of harm, as these drivers can make a tragic mistake in a matter of moments.

Federal law protects disability benefits while encouraging saving

A recent story profiled one disabled North Carolina man’s struggle to further his skill set without jeopardizing his disability benefits. Thanks to a new law called the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE Act, that goal may be a bit closer in reach. 

Agricultural work accidents

Farming and agriculture are an important part of the economy of North Carolina. Although this work is vital, it can sometimes be dangerous. Every day, approximately 167 farm workers suffer an injury that causes them to miss time from work. These kinds of injuries are serious and may lead to workers' compensation claims on behalf of the injured workers.

Lost a loved one in a car wreck? We can help


Our last post on this blog discussed a recent tragic car accident that left four North Carolinians dead. Unfortunately, these types of heart-breaking accidents happen more often than we care to think. It only takes a split-second for a distracted or inattentive driver to cross a center line, weave into another lane, or run a red light and cause a devastating car wreck. For those who have lost a loved one to one of these types of crashes, it might be time to consider contacting an experienced attorney.

Focus: teen convictions and decreased educational opportunities

The focus of our immediately preceding blog post (please see our entry dated December 10, 2014) was on youthful offenders and their often compelling need to secure knowledgeable and aggressive legal representation following an arrest on a criminal charge.

Social Security Administration's website may instill false hope

In our last post, we mentioned that eligibility for Social Security disability insurance benefits includes several factors. In addition to a qualifying impairment, SSDI eligibility is also based on an applicant’s work history. That’s because the SSDI program is structured in some ways like an insurance policy (albeit a public and mandatory one). Workers pay into the system through payroll deductions.

Four North Carolinians killed in fatal car wreck


Losing a loved one is never easy. Yet, it can be even more devastating to lose a loved one to a senseless, avoidable accident. The shock of a car wreck fatality, for example, can be life-shattering. Surviving family members can be left with an emotional hole, knowing that they are unable to hug their loved one again or see him or her smile. Additionally, a surviving family may be left with financial hardship after such an incident. They might struggle to pay medical expenses, funeral costs, and to find a replacement for their loved one's lost wages.

What is asbestos?

Workers in North Carolina may benefit from learning about asbestos and the conditions related to the substance. According to a factsheet released by the World Health Organization, asbestos, which is a fibrous mineral, is carcinogenic. There are many different types of asbestos, but the main forms are called chrysotile and crocidolite.

Challenging the results of your breathalyzer test

From the time we are children, we are taught to trust in the power of tests. The tests we take in school will determine our grades, whether or not we advance and whether or not we get into college. Similarly, we are taught to trust medical test results on face, never wondering if they are open to interpretation or questioning whether they are accurate.

The perils of truck accidents


The trucking industry pumps billions of dollars into our economy. Though a vital organ of the American body, trucks also pose a significant threat to other motorists. Their massive size can be devastating in a truck accident, causing property damage, serious injuries, and even death. The frequency of these wrecks can be staggering, and can be increased when truckers are fatigued, impaired, or otherwise reckless or negligent.