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What is Considered “Impaired” When Driving in NC?

Driving under the influence is illegal and can be extremely dangerous to drivers, passengers, and other motorists or pedestrians. However, adults are legally allowed to drink alcohol and consume certain drugs, so what constitutes "impaired" driving in North Carolina? What's The Legal Blood Alcohol Limit To Drive In North Carolina? In North Carolina, if you are noticeably impaired or have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher, it is illegal to drive a car. However, if you're operating a commercial motor vehicle, the limit is even less at 0.04. Under NC's new provision, law officers can also order chemical tests for drugs....

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Liability in NC Slip and Fall Cases

Slip and fall liability in North Carolina isn't as clear-cut as many victims hope it would be. If you fell on someone else's property, you may be hoping to collect monetary damages to cover the costs of your medical bills and any lost wages. However, if a court decides you contributed to the fall through your negligence, you may be entitled to nothing. Who Is At Fault In A Slip and Fall Case In North Carolina? North Carolina enforces a rare contributory negligence rule in many personal injury cases, including slip and fall cases. As a result, you would not be entitled...

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Avoiding Personal Injury with Personal Awareness

We can’t control if our environment is unsafe, but being aware of your surroundings can help prevent unwanted and dangerous injuries. Having personal safety awareness is essential to avoiding injury. With these critical steps, you can keep yourself safe and avoid life-altering injuries. In addition, if you suffer an injury, showing a court you took these essential steps can help you win the damages you deserve for lost income and cover medical expenses. How To Practice Personal Safety Awareness When entering a work site or somewhere new, look around and see if any signs warn against entering or other dangerous facets. For...

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What is Diminished Quality of Life in a Personal Injury Case?

Some injuries can alter the rest of a person's life. Perhaps your injury was so severe you can't do everyday tasks as you used to, can't work, or can't drive. In personal injury cases, the legal system considers a person's general health, well-being, and ability to enjoy common areas of life as "diminished quality of life." What Is Considered Diminished Quality Of Life? After a personal injury, if someone can not complete daily life activities, they may be entitled to receive a more significant monetary value of damages to help compensate for their loss. Not being able to care for oneself, or dependents,...

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What Types of Businesses are Exempt from Worker’s Compensation?

All state governments, besides Texas, require that employers carry worker’s compensation insurance for when an employee is injured on the job, enabling the employee to collect money for lost wages and compensate for medical bills. However, there are specific job categories and types of businesses that have worker’s comp exemptions. What Jobs Are Exempt From Worker’s Compensation? Every state has varying laws surrounding worker’s compensation, but in North Carolina, these businesses are exempt from carrying coverage: Companies employing two or fewer people Agricultural employment with fewer than 10 employees Certain sawmill and logging operations All domestic employees, such as housekeepers and caregivers, are exempt Other areas...

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Hyland + Padilla Receive Expertise ‘Best Car Accident Lawyers in Cary’ Award

Hyland + Padilla Receive Expertise 'Best Car Accident Lawyers in Cary' Award Expertise.com finds and reviews the top service professionals in over 200 industries across the U.S. Each month, we research more than 60,000 businesses to help customers find the best-qualified professional for their needs. Our research process is always evolving to keep up with industry changes, so we're confident that when we say a provider is one of the best, it is. Read more on Expertise's page about the selection process....

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Reasons Your Pain Medication Coverage May Be Limited in an N.C. Workers Comp Claim

Suffering an injury on the job can cause severe pain to the worker, especially in jobs where labor involves working from high heights, scaling buildings, or physical labor. Managing the resulting pain in workers is a real challenge that can require medication, but your worker's compensation may limit what pain therapy you have access to. Why Would Pain Medication Be Limited Under Worker's Compensation Claims? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 130 people die each day in the U.S. as a result of opioids. Opioids are narcotic painkillers that work by preventing pain signals from reaching the brain. They...

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3 Reasons Your Workers Comp Claim Could Be Denied

After a work-related injury, you may assume that receiving worker’s compensation would be automatic. However, insurance companies can deny worker’s compensation claims for various reasons. Understanding three top reasons a worker’s compensation claim may be denied before filing out your paperwork can save you headaches and speed up the time it takes to receive your much-needed benefits. What Are Some Reasons A Worker’s Compensation Claim Can Be Denied? While companies must have worker’s compensation coverage, the insurance company’s primary goal is not to pay out on that policy. Because of this, they may deny your claim for a few critical reasons. A...

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Limits of a Construction Company’s Liability When You Are Injured on the Job

As a construction worker who suffers an injury on the job, you may think the construction company employing you is liable; however, there are limitations to what they can be held responsible for. Do I Qualify For Workers' Compensation Coverage? Construction companies in North Carolina that employ three or more people must carry workers' compensation coverage. This is no-fault insurance. It does not matter how the person was hurt. However, many construction workers are called or considered "independent contractors" and worry that workers' compensation coverage doesn't apply to them because they're not technically employees and file taxes as contractors. However, your entitlement...

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Defense Attorney Tactics During Personal Injury Cases

Showing proof of your injury to win a personal injury lawsuit isn’t as simple as it seems. A personal injury defense attorney will have tactics to show you contributed to the damage or it wasn’t the defendant’s fault you were injured. When preparing for your case, understanding what tactics a defense attorney may use can help you and your legal team prep the most robust case possible. What Tactics Would A Defense Attorney Use In A Personal Injury Case? A defense attorney in a personal injury case will try to prove you contributed to your injury through negligence. For example, maybe there’s...

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