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What is the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and How Does it Affect North Carolina Workers?

When a North Carolina worker is injured on the job, he or she has the option of filing a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance carried by employers with more than one employee and is designed to compensate employees injured on the job for medical expenses and lost wages. While this… Read More »

13 Children in North Carolina Killed Since 1999 Due to Drivers Passing School Buses

WNCN reports that, since 1999, 13 North Carolina children have died in the simple act of trying to get to and from school. These children were walking to and from their school bus when drivers illegally passed their buses, hitting and killing the young students. It is a problem that has, unfortunately, grown into an… Read More »

Reducing Drunk Driving Deaths: The Need for High Visibility

To discourage drunk driving and reduce resulting death rates, safety agencies are turning up the visibility of enforcement efforts. In May of 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a report containing recommendations for eliminating deaths associated with drunk driving. Noting that more than 10,000 people are killed and 170,000 injured each year in… Read More »

Shopping Cart Falls Cause Injuries and Fatalities to Children

Shopping carts and active children do not mix unless parents act responsibly, and stores provide proper restraints. Anyone whose children sustain injuries from a shopping cart fall can unfairly face charges of parental negligence by stores that are in fact liable for the incident. This is why parents in North Carolina need to consult with… Read More »

The High Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes

A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) put a price tag on the cost of motor vehicle collisions in this country. In an effort to quantify the economic and social value of motor vehicle accidents, NHTSA looked at accident figures from 2010. The dollar values were staggering. Points of the report… Read More »

Pregnant? Use Caution When Driving

Recent research suggests physical changes during pregnancy could increase the risk of a serious vehicle accident. Women and their families are extra careful when there is a baby on board. Along with preparations for the baby, women are cautious about diet and exercise. A new study shows pregnant women should also be more careful driving… Read More »

Codeine for Coughs? The Answer Should be No.

If your child is prescribed codeine for a cough or pain, just say no. Doctors and many parents are familiar with codeine. But it is that very familiarity that could be putting children in danger. Why? Codeine is an opioid narcotic. When a child ingests codeine, it is metabolized at rates that are affected by… Read More »

Dangerous Healthcare Settings: Poorly Sterilized Equipment

A recent safety advisory points out continuing problems with improperly disinfected hospital equipment in the United States. The Joint Commission is a non-profit entity that accredits healthcare facilities in this country. The agency also inspects and surveys hospitals and physician offices to ensure safety and other standards are met. The Commission has the authority to… Read More »

Are Hands-Free Devices Safe?

Think talking on a hands-free device is safe while driving?  Motorists seem to think so but research says no. In April, the National Safety Council (NSC) released findings of a survey gauging attitudes about hands-free cellular devices. The survey found eight in 10 motorists believe use of hands-free devices is a safe option. While many… Read More »

Fatigue a Factor in Accidents

Increasingly, the issue of human fatigue is making headlines as a serious factor in transportation accidents. In December of 2013, a Metro-North commuter train derailed in the Bronx, New York. As the train rounded a curve prior to reaching the station, its speed was well beyond the recommended limit for that part of the track…. Read More »

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