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What to Know About Class-Action Personal Injury Lawsuits in NC

When a large number of people suffer the same or similar harm, they can file a class-action personal injury lawsuit. Class action suits are complex, but with the proper legal representation, you'll have a chance to win damages for everyone harmed. How Does A Class-Action Personal Injury Lawsuit In North Carolina Work? When there are multiple plaintiffs, a standard personal injury lawsuit no longer presents as the best legal option. North Carolina law dictates that not every plaintiff needs to be heard individually when each case is so similar. Regardless of how many plaintiffs exist, one or a couple will file as "representatives" of a class-action personal...

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What Essential Workers Need to Know Going Into Flu Season

Essential workers face the prospect of a double pandemic this year -- the flu and the Coronavirus. Essential workers range from health care professionals and emergency workers to grocery store workers, delivery drivers, and police officers. What you may not know is these workers may have some extra protection. How Can Essential Workers Protect Themselves This Flu Season? The best outcome this flu season is essential workers staying healthy. Some key ways to protect yourself include: washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time wear a face mask social distance when able eat a healthy diet keep hand sanitizer in your work...

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Your Rights if You Have to Miss Work From a Serious Illness

Dealing with a serious illness comes with a slew of doctor's appointments, medical treatments, bills, and much-needed recovery time. For employed people who suffer from a serious illness, also juggling work can cause anxiety about your career's future and your income. Know that when you suffer from a serious illness and need to miss work, you have rights that protect you. What Constitutes A Serious Illness? Before understanding your rights around paid leave, it's essential to distinguish if your illness is considered serious by the Federal government. Your illness will be classified as serious if: • your treatment or recovery time requires an inpatient stay at...

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What to Do When a Repetitive Stress Injury Leads to Disability

It's common to equate workplace injuries with a single catastrophic injury that leads to disability and needing time off. However, too many workers often need to utilize disability because of a repetitive stress injury caused by their work duties. Workers executing repetitive motions, such as holding a jackhammer or even typing, can cause repetitive stress injuries (RSIs). Those workers are entitled to workers' compensation benefits to prove their work duties are to blame for their injuries. What Is A Repetitive Stress Workplace Injury? Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) present as: pain, which can range from tenderness, a dull ache, throbbing to acute pain tingling numbness ...

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What to Know About Your Responsibility During a Motorcycle Accident

Laws differ slightly during motorcycle accidents than vehicle accidents, so if you regularly ride a motorcycle, it's essential to understand your responsibilities before going for a ride.  A motorcyclist must exercise care when driving, and avoid certain situations, such as lane splitting, to reduce the likelihood of an accident. When Is The Driver Liable In A Motorcycle Accident? When the driver of a motorcycle negligently acts while driving their bike and harms another person, they will be held liable for the accident. The court determines negligence if the driver behaved thoughtlessly or carelessly.  Motorists must drive with care to avoid injuring other bikers, their own passengers,...

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How Does Premises Liability Work in Personal Injury Lawsuits?

When someone hurts themselves or suffers harm while on private property, premises liability laws will hold the property owner accountable for any personal injuries that occur there. These laws regulate the responsibility a property owner or operator would face for having unsafe conditions in their home or on their property that may cause a personal injury.  What Type Of Accidents Does Premises Liability Laws Cover? Premises liability laws encompass a wide range of accidents, attacks, and personal injuries. If someone slips and falls in a store because there is water on the ground without a caution sign, a property owner may be responsible. In or on a...

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How Should I Handle Hospital Negligence?

Hospital negligence can injure you, and you should know what to do if you're the victim of hospital negligence. What Type Of Negligence Can A Hospital Be Held Accountable For?  Hospitals can be held accountable for negligence in two main areas: The negligence of hospital employees: As the negligent person's employer, the hospital can be held liable. A physician, nurse, or other health care professional's negligence all fall under this category. Hospital liability for harm resulting from the facility administration's own mistakes: this type of negligence can be failing to verify employees or supervising employees have proper credentials. Failure to maintain and repair...

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What Victims of Medical Malpractice Should Know Before Suing Their Doctors

For patients who have suffered a life-altering injury or condition, receiving proper care becomes expensive and cumbersome. The new, challenging condition worsens if victims fear it was caused by a previously trusted physician's error, negligence, or malice, also known as medical malpractice. Victims may gain substantial monetary gains to help pay for their care and emotional damages from a medical malpractice suit. Knowing some essential information will help victims decide if they should move forward and key facts to gather. What Is Medical Malpractice? Before a victim can file suit for medical malpractice, understand what the term encompasses. Medical malpractice is when a doctor or...

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Can Victims of Coronavirus Sue for Personal Injury?

Sometime in 2019, a new health threat surfaced in China and began to work its way worldwide. The threat was the novel coronavirus, dubbed COVID-19, and it expanded into a global pandemic that affected every human being on the planet at some point. Every process, organization, or system that existed before the surge was caught entirely off guard and even today is playing a game of catch-up. Nothing in recent memory compares to the upheaval this disease has caused. Lawmakers and the judicial system were not immune to the chaos. The pandemic had wide-ranging implications for many laws, not the least...

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What Victims Of Personal Injuries Should Know About Filing A Lawsuit During The Pandemic

Even during a global pandemic, people suffer personal injuries. Your injury might not be because of the novel Coronavirus, but COVID-19 may affect how much money you receive in your personal injury settlement, or victory, as well as how long it takes for the case to be resolved. Understanding how the pandemic can affect your lawsuit can help determine the result of your case. Do I Need To Go To A Doctor During The Pandemic For My Personal Injury Lawsuit? You must receive medical treatment for your personal injury to maximize your case value. Victims need to show they’ve made their maximum medical...

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