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Examples of Wrongful Death Causes

Wrongful death is a term used to describe a situation where the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of another person or entity cause someone's death. Here are some examples of causes of wrongful death: Medical malpractice: occurs when a healthcare provider fails to provide proper treatment or care to a patient, leading to their death. Vehicle accidents: A person may be killed in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident due to another driver's reckless or negligent behavior. Workplace accident: Someone may be killed on the job due to the employer's failure to provide a safe work environment or due to the negligence of...

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Injured on a Motorcycle? Who Was Responsible?

If you suffered an injury while driving a motorcycle, stereotypes might make you believe you are responsible for the accident. However, another reckless driver can be at fault, but the motorcycle driver tends to suffer the most injuries. Motorcycle accidents can be deadly or life alternating. In 2020, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, according to Injury Facts. So understanding who is at fault can make the difference between receiving no money to pay for your medical bills and lost wages and no money at all. Who Is At Fault In A Motorcycle Accident? In North Carolina, motorcycle injury liability...

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Personal Injury from Defective Products

If a defective product has injured you, you have the potential to collect damages to pay for any medical bills and to compensate for emotional damages from your accident. Defective product personal injury cases will require you and your legal team to show the scope and seriousness of the harm you've suffered due to a faulty product and not misused by you. What Should I Do First If I've Been Injured By A Defective Product? If you've suffered an injury from a defective product, first and foremost, receive the proper medical attention. Going to a hospital will help you receive the best...

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Insurance Company Defense Against Premise Liability

When a visitor injures themself on someone else's property, a personal injury premise liability lawsuit usually ensues. However, the owner's insurance company will try to defend their client from having to pay for the visitor's injuries. If you get injured on someone else property, understanding how a defense attorney may build their case can help you prepare for your lawsuit. What Is Premise Liability? As of 1988, North Carolina law requires landowners to provide a duty of reasonable care for all lawful visitors. The land or business owner must not unnecessarily expose legal visitors to a dangerous situation or warn lawful visitors of...

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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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