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Category Archive: Personal Injury

What you need to know about ride sharing services and the law

When the transportation app Uber was officially launched in 2011, it was both praised for providing consumers with easier and less expensive transportation options and criticized as unfair competition and dangerous. Fans of the service, and the similar app Lyft, immediately liked the cheaper fares and the ease of using their smartphone to arrange pick-ups….

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Your social media posts may impact your workers’ comp or injury case

“Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” If you’ve watched any cop shows or movies, you’re probably familiar with those words. While Miranda rights only apply in criminal cases, those words are true even in civil cases. What you say to the insurance adjuster, to your friends,…

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N.C. Senate Bill 648 would make it harder for injured people to sue the companies responsible for their injuries

Yet another bill aimed at limiting the rights of injured people is under consideration in the N.C. General Assembly. N.C. Senate Bill 648, sponsored by Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, but most likely influenced by the pro-business American Legislative Exchange Council, would make it harder for people who been injured by a defective product to sue. …

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Tribute to Todd Martinez

I wanted to take a moment today to pay tribute to High Point Firefighter Todd Martinez who died last weekend after a hit-and-run bicycle crash. Anytime I hear of a death like this, I am saddened because accidents like these don’t have to happen if only drivers would share the road and give cyclists the…

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Penalties for Texting While Driving

A 13-month-old North Carolina girl was killed in a Christmas day car wreck that police originally thought was caused by texting and driving.  Originally, police in Wadesboro charged the girl’s father with texting and driving, alleging he sent a text message saying “Merry Christmas” just moments before the crash that killed his daughter and seriously…

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Another McDonald’s Hot Coffee Lawsuit

A second hot coffee lawsuit against McDonald’s? Yes. Another woman has sued McDonald’s after she suffered serious burns when scalding hot coffee from the fast food chain spilled on her lap. In a case that is eerily similar to what happened to Stella Liebeck, Joan Fino, an elderly California woman, ordered two cups of coffee…

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Labor Day Travel Safety Tips

This weekend is Labor Day, the holiday that celebrates workers. We hope you have fun plans for the end-of-summer hurrah. And we also hope you’ll stay safe over the holiday weekend.  With so many people traveling, spending time at the pool, beach or lake and grilling out, Labor Day can be a prime time for injuries….

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Risky Driving: Hands-Free Devices Don’t Make You Safer on the Road

A new AAA study of distracted driving confirms that using hands-free devices to make phone calls or send text messages while driving isn’t safe at all. In the most comprehensive study of its kind, AAA found that using these devices contributes to drivers’ mental distraction and inattention to the roadway, causing them to have slowed…

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“Hot Coffee” filmmaker coming to Greensboro for free screening

Have you heard the one about the lady who spilled hot coffee in her lap and sued McDonald’s for millions? Chances are you have, but like most people, you probably don’t know the real story of what happened to 79-year-old Stella Liebeck. Instead of receiving the sympathy and compassion her severe injuries merited, Liebeck became…

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Elections and Tort Reform

Yesterday, we wrote about the grassroots effort afoot to educate people about the realities of so-called “tort reform” through viewings of the documentary, “Hot Coffee.” Here are some concrete things you can do to take action. It starts by being an informed voter and voicing your opinions to your elected officials and those running for…

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