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Healthcare-Associated Infections in North Carolina

The purpose of medical care is to help patients feel better, cure illness and heal injury. In the case of healthcare-associated infections, patients feel worse and sometimes die.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in 20 patients suffers a healthcare-associated infection (HAI). The damage from an HAI can be… Read More »

The Breach Goes On: Target Admits PIN Data Stolen

We talked recently about the holiday troubles of Target Brands, Inc. For several weeks after Thanksgiving and into December, the retailer suffered a data breach that exposed the financial information of approximately 40 million customers in the United States to hackers.  In a press release in late December, Target admitted personal identification numbers (PIN) were… Read More »

Loss of a Peel: When Personal Injury Claims Are Fraudulent

For more than two decades, our firm has pursued justice and compensation for North Carolina clients who suffer injuries in their homes, in public places or on the job. For our clients, compensation from a legal action or insurance claim is needed to aid recovery, cover losses and sometimes provide a lifetime of care. The… Read More »

Deadly Truths: Drunk Driving Takes More Lives in 2012

Despite stiff criminal and civil penalties, education campaigns and high-visibility enforcement efforts, alcohol-associated traffic fatalities continue to rise in North Carolina and the United States.  In North Carolina, 402 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in 2012, the highest fatality rate in the last four years. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) estimates that… Read More »

Penn State Settles Sandusky Sexual Assault Claims

Convicted on 45 of the 48 criminal counts against him in June of this year, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexually abusing 10 young men, all from disadvantaged backgrounds. Using his position at Penn State, Mr. Sandusky provided gifts, trips and attention to… Read More »

Fairgoers Injured; Amusement Park Operator Arrested

The North Carolina State Fair was marred this year by an accident that injured five people when a ride inexplicably started up just as riders were exiting. On the evening of October 24, the Vortex, a ride enjoyed for wild flips and twirls, had ended. As passengers climbed off the ride, the machinery began moving,… Read More »

End Game: NFL Settles Concussion Lawsuit

In August, the National Football League (NFL) settled a class action lawsuit with some 4500 players over injuries allegedly suffered during years on the football field. While the $765 million settlement is a positive step, it is cold comfort to athletes and families whose lives and potential were cut short by injuries that might have… Read More »

The Conflict Concerning Caps

Not long after North Carolina legislators instituted a cap on non-economic damages (e.g., pain and suffering) in medical malpractice cases in October 2011, the Missouri Supreme Court issued a completely opposite ruling on the same issue in August 2012. The Missouri court overturned a cap on non-economic damages that had stood for 20 years in… Read More »

Bikers Take Notes: Helmets Help

An effort to repeal the North Carolina helmet law for all motorcyclists did not pass legislative muster in May. Instead, lawmakers agreed to review the advisability of pulling the plug on the mandatory helmet requirement. In the recently failed proposal to repeal the helmet law, advocates asked that only novice motorcyclists or those under age… Read More »

Corrections Officer Posts Gory Injury Pic on Facebook

A correction officer at Rikers Island snapped a photo of a nasty wound, which resulted from a random attack in the visitors’ center and shared it on Facebook with the caption of “The Things That Happens On The Island Shhh”. The injured man has now filed a lawsuit against the officer, the Department of Correction,… Read More »

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