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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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Documentation You Need When Filing a Worker’s Compensation Claim

If you suffer an injury while working on the job, the next most important thing you can do after seeking medical attention is to file a worker's compensation claim. When you file your claim, you must ensure your worker's comp documentation aligns to help expedite your paperwork and get you the money you need as quickly as possible. What Documentation Do I Need When Filing A Worker's Compensation Claim? While it would be excellent for filing a worker's compensation claim to be a simple form stating you've been injured, it's far more complex and requires multiple forms for you to receive...

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When Is Settling a Claim in Your Best Interest?

When trying to receive compensation after a personal injury, you probably think your main goal is to win. However, in many cases, settling can be your best bet to receiving the most significant cash settlement versus nothing at all. If there’s a chance you may receive nothing at all, or the discussions could extend over the course of several years and delay financial compensation, it may be in your best interest to settle your claim. When Should I Settle A Personal Injury Claim? In most cases, an insurance company will negotiate with you and your legal team and make a settlement offer...

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A Motorcyclist’s Guide to Protecting Yourself Legally

Motorcyclists share the road with cars and trucks, but motorcyclists carry far more risk. According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to be killed in an accident compared with someone driving or riding in a passenger vehicle. Understanding what you can do to protect yourself before and after an accident can make a massive difference for your safety, financial health, and legal protection. What Can I Do To Protect Myself Before A Motorcycle Crash? The best way to protect yourself from a motorcycle crash is to not get in one. Start by driving responsibly, following speed limits, carefully taking curves,...

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What to Do If You are Injured by a Commercial Truck

More than 130,000 people suffer injuries due to commercial truck accidents each year. Truck accidents have risen 52% since 2009. Nearly 5,000 people die a year from truck accidents, but those who survive can deal with severe injuries that affect everyday life, their ability to work, and more. A commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, so the injuries someone in a passenger vehicle often sustains can include: broken bones, neck injuries, burns, spinal cord injuries, or even organ damage. Many survivors also deal with post-traumatic stress after a truck accident. Can I Sue A Commercial Truck Driver If I'm...

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Legal Responsibilities of Construction Companies in N.C. for Worker’s Compensation

North Carolina requires construction companies to have worker's compensation for all employees to ensure that they can receive monetary support if someone injures themselves on the job. However, if you seek worker's compensation without the help of an experienced attorney, you run the risk of not getting the full benefits you deserve or, worse -- receiving none at all. I'm A Contractor. Do I Still Qualify For Worker's Compensation? Working in the construction industry presents more danger than many other jobs. Because of this, the state of North Carolina requires construction companies to uphold a duty of safety to their employees. Employers, site...

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How is Wrongful Death Defined in NC?

Any death feels tragic, but unfortunately, some deaths didn't need to happen because of neglect, a crime, or oversight. In North Carolina, if someone dies because of another person or entity's legal fault and wrongdoing -- regardless of its intentional or unintentional action -- the executor of the deceased's estate may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit for compensation. How is Wrongful Death Defined in NC? In North Carolina, the law defines wrongful death as caused "by a wrongful act, neglect, or default of another" person or entity. The actions that can be considered causing a wrongful death are similar to...

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What Facts and Evidence Should You Gather at the Scene of a Car Accident?

The aftermath of a car accident can cause a haze, panic, and the urgent need to seek medical care. While caring for any injuries after a car accident should be your priority, gathering facts and car accident evidence at the scene once you’ve been cared for can make a big difference in who ends up paying for all the medical bills and the car accident repairs. North Carolina is a tort-based state, meaning whoever is responsible for the accident must pay, so the evidence will help prove that. What Accident Scene Evidence Should I Gather At The Scene Of A Car Accident? Once...

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What to do If You Suspect You Have an Occupational Illness

Perhaps you have a perpetual cough, a rash that covers your body, or worse, a cancer diagnosis, and you're worried your sickness came from your job. Suppose you suspect you have an occupational illness. In that case, legal action (for workers’ compensation because of an occupational disease) can help you recover monetary compensation to pay for treatment and reimburse any lost wages you suffered because of missed work due to the illness. What Is Considered An Occupational Illness? If you suspect you have an occupational illness, first, it's essential to find out if, legally, your disease is considered work-related and often covered. Workers'...

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