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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Independent Contractors Can Face Unfair Workplace Injury Claim Denials Due to Employment Status Confusion

No profession is absolutely accident-or illness-free, which is why the North Carolina workers’ compensation program is so important. This system helps ensure medical support regardless of whether workers sustain injuries because of their own innocent mistakes or because employers fail to address unsafe conditions in the workplace. Unfortunately, independent contractors do not benefit from workers’ compensation benefits from the companies they work for even though they are often hired to perform some of the most dangerous jobs. However, the definition of independent contractor is very specific. Each Charlotte workplace injury […]

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Charlotte Wrongful Death Lawyers Explain: Known High Risk Jobs Can Still Lead to Wrongful Death

Feb 23, 2016 by , Wrongful Death

Contrary to common belief, individuals who participate in high-risk professions are neither more nor less likely to be liable for their own injuries. North Carolina law determines liability for all accidental injuries and fatalities based on a reasonable and prudent standard. A recent tragic case involving a race car driver illustrates how the standard works. Could Reasonable and Prudent Care Have Prevented a Deadly Race Track Accident? Many auto racing fans are probably aware of the 2014 sprint car race in Canandaigua, NY that resulted in the death of a […]

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Certain Vaccine Reactions Can Qualify as Workplace Injuries

Health care workers or individuals who work around small children are two examples of people who may be required to get vaccinated as a condition of employment. While our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys fully support the importance of taking action to avoid the spread of disease, there are some cases when vaccination recipients suffer serious reactions. In these cases, workers may not recognize that they might have the right to receive benefits in accordance with subsection 97-53 of the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. Vaccines are Not Safe for Everyone […]

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Unlicensed Motorcyclists at Increased Risk of Injury or Fatality

It is the law: North Carolina motorcycle drivers must carry licenses with motorcycle endorsements or motorcycle learners’ permits to operate motorcycles on public roads within the state. Even though similar requirements exist throughout the U.S., the 2013 statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that fatally-injured motorcycle drivers were 17 percent more likely to be operating without licenses than in 2011. Our Charlotte motorcycle accident lawyers have seen too many cases where unlicensed riders experienced significant legal challenges after suffering injuries, even when they were not at fault […]

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Charlotte Personal Injury Lawyer Warns That Common Cosmetic Preservatives May Be Unsafe

Feb 11, 2016 by , Personal Injury

Most people use certain cosmetic products every day, including fragrances, deodorants, makeup and facial cleansers. Those individuals generally are aware that the products contain many chemicals that make them work as expected. They may be less aware that potentially-dangerous chemical additives, such as parabens, serve as preservatives that extend the lives of the products by preventing bacterial risks. According to a United Press International article that was published in October, 2015, the levels of paraben commonly contained within the body of every individual may meet the requirements set by a […]

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