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Dec. 11th-20th – Carolina Theatre 2017 Holiday Season

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Join the Historic Carolina Theatre, Deuterman Law Group, and Wrangler for a holiday season of festive and family-friendly fun!

We will be accepting donations for the Greensboro Urban Ministry in the theatre lobby before the movie screenings. The Greensboro Urban Ministry Food Bank collects and redistributes food to 100 or more households each day, striving to bridge the gap for families struggling with food insecurity. Suggested donations include canned fruits and vegetables, proteins and soup, peanut butter, dry beans, rice, sugar, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, baby food and formula, and Ensure. (No glass containers, please.) Full details and suggestions are available at GreensboroUrbanMinistry.org. Guest who brings two or more donated items with them to theatre’s holiday movies will receive $1 off in concessions as a thank you.

When: Dec 11 – Dec 20

Where:

The Historic Carolina Theatre

Schedule:

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Carolina Classic Holiday Movie; Mon, Dec 11, 7PM; It’s a Wonderful Life  (Wrangler Night!) *

Classic Christmas in The Crown; Mon, Dec 11, 7:30PM; Holiday Inn ^

Carolina Classic Holiday Movie; Tues, Dec 12, 7PM; The Muppet Christmas Carol

Classic Christmas in The Crown; Tues, Dec 12, 7:30PM; Love Actually ^

Carolina Classic Holiday Movie; Wed, Dec 13, 7PM; White Christmas (Wrangler Night!) *

Classic Christmas in The Crown; Wed, Dec 13, 7:30PM; Christmas in Connecticut ^

Carolina Classic Holiday Movie; Thurs, Dec 14, 7PM; Elf (93.1 The Wolf Night) +

Classic Christmas in The Crown; Thurs, Dec 14, 7:30PM; The Shop Around the Corner ^

Carolina Classic Holiday Movie; Mon, Dec 18, 7PM; A Christmas Story

Contrary Christmas in The Crown; Mon, Dec 18, 7:30PM; Die Hard ^

Carolina Classic Holiday Movie; Tues, Dec 19, 1PM & 7PM; White Christmas

Contrary Christmas in The Crown; Tues, Dec 19, 7:30PM; Bad Santa ^

Carolina Classic Holiday Movie; Wed, Dec 20, 1PM & 7PM; It’s a Wonderful Life  (Wrangler Day!) *

Contrary Christmas in The Crown; Wed, Dec 20, 7:30PM; The Hebrew Hammer ^

* Wrangler Presents Great American Movie Series presentations will include special sponsorship and denim giveaways before the movies.

+ December 14’s screening of ELF is 93.1 The Wolf night at the theatre.

^ These titles will be shown in The Crown at the Carolina, located on the third floor of the theatre. Start time is 7:30PM.

 

Sept. 10 – La Batalla Kids

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Join the Deuterman Law Group September 10 at La Batalla Kids! Be sure to stop by our booth for a free DLG tote bag, while supplies last.

When: 12p.m. – 8p.m., Sept. 10

Where:

Greensboro Coliseum Complex

What:

LA LEY 101.1FM, presenta La Batalla Kids, un evento GRATUITO familiar durante el Central Carolina Fair en el Coliseo de Greensboro, habra musica en vivo, concurso de talento para los niños, artistas y personalidades invitados, comida tipica y un sin fin de puestos con informacion gratuita para los asistentes. No te pierdas este gran evento de la radio mas grande de habla hispana en Carolina del Norte.

Oct. 28 – Lexington Barbecue Festival

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Join the Deuterman Law Group October 28 at the Lexington Barbecue Festival! Be sure to stop by our booth for a free DLG tote bag, while supplies last.

When: 8:30a.m. – 6p.m., October 25

Where:

Uptown Lexington

What:

The Lexington Barbecue Festival, which celebrates Lexington-style barbecue, is one of the top 10 food festivals in the world, drawing a crowd of 100,000.  In addition to food vendors, the event features arts and crafts booths, seven entertainment stages, street performers, racing pigs, an antique car show, a Corvette exhibit, a bicycle stunt show and a lumberjack show.

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Oct. 7-8 – Asheboro Fall Festival

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Join the Deuterman Law Group October 7-8 for Asheboro Fall Festival! Be sure to stop by our booth for a free DLG tote bag, while supplies last.

When: 10a.m. – 6p.m., October 7-8

Where:

Downtown Asheboro

What:

Sponsored by the Randolph Arts Guild this festival is a combination of street fair, bazaar, harvest celebration and homecoming. The event boasts more than 400 vendors, music, amusements, livestock show, heritage village and much more. DLG will have a booth there on Saturday, Oct. 7.

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Sept. 30 – Everybody’s Day in Thomasville

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Join the Deuterman Law Group September 30 for Everybody’s Day in Thomasville! Be sure to stop by our booth for a free DLG tote bag, while supplies last.

When: 9a.m. – 5p.m., Sept. 30

Where:

Downtown Thomasville

What:

For more than 100 years, Thomasville has been the home of this award-winning festival, featuring arts and crafts, music, carnival rides and great food.

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Sept. 23 – Fiesta 2017

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Join the Deuterman Law Group September 23 for Fiesta 2017! Be sure to stop by our booth for a free DLG tote bag, while supplies last.

When: 11a.m. – 7p.m., September 23

Where:

In front of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts on Spruce Street and adjacent streets in downtown Winston-Salem.

What:

Marking its 25th year in 2017, Fiesta is a free street festival in downtown Winston-Salem featuring authentic Latin food, arts, craft and cultures. Events include a dance competition, a children’s area, a parade of flags, a naturalization ceremony and live Latin music.

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Workers’ Compensation for Undocumented Workers, Part 2: Your Rights Under NC Law

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This is Part 2 of our series on workers’ compensation for undocumented immigrants. You can find links to the entire series here.

North Carolina is home to about 250,000 undocumented immigrants, who represent more than 5 percent of the state’s labor force.

These workers are entitled to the same legal protections as anyone else if they get hurt on the job. But fear and intimidation prevent many of these undocumented workers from reporting their injuries and seeking the medical treatment and compensation they need and rightfully deserve.

Your immigration status has no bearing on your ability to collect workers’ compensation benefits in North Carolina. That’s the truth, no matter what anyone else has told you, including your boss or your coworkers.

Your right to workers’ compensation – including payment for lost wages and medical treatment – is spelled out in state law.

If you are undocumented and living and working in North Carolina, your fear of deportation is very real. We understand that you may not want to rock the boat or risk leaving the life you’ve built here by reporting that you’ve been hurt at work.

But keeping quiet will not help you heal. It will not pay your medical bills. It will not provide for your family when you’re in too much pain to work.

Please know that as your attorney, anything you tell us is confidential. That means we will not reveal your immigration status.

As for the other side in the case, legal ethics rules are also very clear. The defense attorney and the insurance carrier in your workers’ compensation case ethically cannot use information discovered in the course of the claim to report the injured worker to ICE.

However, the individuals in the claim (namely employers, particularly those who are uninsured) are not bound by these same ethical rules. We will also do everything within our legal power to make sure your employer doesn’t retaliate by reporting you to immigration officials. We won’t tolerate bullying or threats of deportation from employers who are trying to get out of paying a legitimate workers’ comp claim.

Knowing this, we understand it can be extremely stressful and frightening to file a workers’ compensation claim if you are undocumented. But trust me when I say we have lots of experience with these types of cases and many good outcomes for our clients. We also understand the cultural and language issues involved in these types of cases.

Our workers’ compensation team speaks fluent Spanish, and they are uniquely qualified to cater to the Hispanic population.

We will work hard to earn your trust and fight for your case. And we also keep you informed every step of the way, through face-to-face meetings, telephone updates or whatever method you prefer. We do not charge for these meetings or phone conferences.

We provide copies of most documents in Spanish and in English for our clients, and we do not charge our Spanish speakers for the use of an interpreter.

Please keep these things in mind as you decide whether to file a workers’ compensation claim or keep silent about your injury.

You’re not doing yourself any favors by ignoring your injury and working through the pain.

This is what many employers expect you to do. Many companies knowingly hire undocumented workers as a way of avoiding their legal and moral obligation to keep their workers safe. They know many undocumented immigrants will not pursue workers’ compensation benefits because they’re afraid of being discovered.

These companies are doing something illegal, too. It is illegal for them to hire undocumented workers, but they do it anyway to keep their labor and safety costs down. These companies know it’s illegal to have an unsafe workplace, but they know many undocumented workers won’t report them.

It is a terrible cycle that victimizes undocumented workers.

North Carolina companies who have more than three employees are legally required to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their entire workforce. When someone is hurt (or killed) on the job, they owe the injured worker (or their family) compensation for injuries, lost wages and medical care. Companies that break the law can face stiff fines, and their owners can face serious criminal charges.

Filing and collecting on a workers’ compensation claim can be challenging for any injured person. But it can be especially difficult for undocumented immigrants. That’s why it’s important to have an attorney and legal team whose sole focus is workers’ compensation working on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected and you get the benefits you deserve.

Workers’ Compensation for Undocumented Workers: A New Blog Series

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Today we begin a new series on the blog about the process of applying for workers’ compensation in North Carolina if you are an undocumented worker.

Despite what your employer, the insurance company or coworkers may have told you, if you are hurt at work, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of your immigration status.  These benefits include lost wages and medical treatment, as well as death benefits for family members of workers killed on the job.

Workers’ compensation cases involving undocumented workers can be challenging, and the other side will do everything they can to deny benefits. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced team of attorneys and paralegals working on your behalf. We have an entire bilingual team here at the Deuterman Law Group who are qualified to represent undocumented workers and who will work to get them the full range of benefits they are entitled.

In this multi-part series, we will cover the following:

  • An undocumented workers’ rights under the law
  • Whether you can be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim
  • Whether you can be deported for filing a workers’ compensation claim
  • How immigration status affects a workers’ compensation claim</li>
  • Your rights to an interpreter in court and for medical appointments
  • What happens if you’ve worked using a different name or a borrowed Social Security number
  • Where to get medical treatment if you’ve been injured on the job
  • The importance of medical treatment
  • What to do if the company denies you are an employee
  • Determining whether you were an employee or an independent contractor
  • What happens if your employer doesn’t carry workers’ compensation insurance
  • The role of our firm investigator plays in collecting evidence for your workers’ comp claim
  • How to prove employment when no official records exist
  • What to expect during a workers’ compensation claim hearing or mediation
  • Death benefits available to the families of workers killed on the job
  • Wrapping up your claim and collecting your benefits

 

What happens at a Social Security Disability pre-hearing conference

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social security disability prehearing conference

As we’ve explained here before, most people who apply for Social Security Disability are initially denied benefits. Many applicants must submit go through several appeals, waiting years and dealing with miles of red tape, before they get to the point where they can argue their case before a judge.

If you are denied initially, your best chance at being approved for disability benefits is during one of these hearings before an administrative law judge who works for the Social Security Administration. I think applicants who have an attorney represent them are much more likely to win benefits than those who do not.

The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, ODAR for short, is the part of the Social Security Administration that holds hearings for those who have been denied Social Security disability benefits. Many people who have to go to a hearing are represented by an attorney, who helps gather evidence, explain the law and issues to you, and present the law and facts of your case to the judge.

But there are some applicants who do not have an attorney at this stage. The local ODAR, including ours in Greensboro, will sometimes schedule pre-hearing conferences for people who don’t have representation. If you get a notice of a pre-hearing conference, do not ignore it.  We also strongly recommend that you seek the representation of a qualified attorney who can help you prepare the strongest case possible.

At a pre-hearing conference, you will be asked about the medical treatment you have been receiving.  The burden to provide evidence to support your disability is on you, and so it is up to you to provide the medical evidence about your mental and physical conditions that keep you from being able to work.

ODAR will sometimes try to obtain these records itself, but in my experience, they often leave out important records.

During the conference, Social Security will also inform you of your right to be represented at your hearing.

Your representative does not have to be an attorney, but I always recommend that people get an attorney to represent them. Attorneys better understand the law and the regulations, in my experience, and can do the best job analyzing and presenting your case to the judge.

If your Social Security Disabilty claim has been denied and you are waiting for a pre-hearing conference or a conference, contact our office to find out how we can help.

Social Security Disability – Spotlight on Migraine Headaches

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Migraine headaches are a very common problem affecting many people. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine headaches affect 38 million men, women and children in the United States.

Most of those afflicted with migraine headaches experience them infrequently, perhaps once a month. But for some they can be frequent and debilitating to the point where it is impossible to hold down a job. According to MRF, more than 4 million people have chronic daily migraines, experiencing at least 15 per month. Most people find it impossible to work or function during a migraine.

Migraine headaches can be the basis of a successful claim for Social Security Disability. It is important to get medical treatment, particularly with a neurologist, who is best trained to diagnose and treat migraines. Regular treatment with a neurologist will hopefully provide you some relief and will also document the nature and frequency of your migraines.

If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you know that it is much more than just a “bad headache.”

Symptoms may include visual disturbances or auras, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face. They can last anywhere from four hours to three days.

Between doctor visits, it is a good idea to keep track of how often you are having severe migraine headaches. You can share this information with your doctor and also with the Social Security Administration as you file your claim for benefits. Use your calendar to document how often you experience migraine headaches and how debilitating they are. Just quickly jot down the symptom, length of the headache and any other specifics.

The chances of winning your Social Security Disability case depends on a lot of factors, including how frequent and how debilitating your migraines are and how well they respond to treatment.

I always recommend people with migraines enlist the help of an attorney to help them present their case to the Social Security Administration. Contact our office to find out how we can help.

 

Driverless Cars Raise Big Legal & Insurance Issues

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Driverless cars have the potential to make roads safer and save lives, according to the companies pursuing this cutting-edge technology. But when there’s no one at the wheel, big legal questions arise.

When a driverless can causes a crash, who is legally liable?

The Washington Post called that the “big question about driverless cars no one seems able to answer.”

At the Deuterman Law Group we’ve been watching this emerging market with particular interest as to how liability legislation will develop.

Google created a huge buzz when it first introduced the concept of driverless cars. More than 33,000 people are killed on the road every year, and 94 percent of those accidents are due to some type of human error, Chris Urmson, the technical director of Google’s self-driving car project told NPR.

“The good news is we can build software and hardware that can see the road and pay attention all the time and react more quickly and keep people safe on the road,” he said.

Now more and more companies are investing in this technology. Right now these vehicles are primarily in the testing phase in a very few cities, but it appears this may be the future of transportation.

In February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acknowledged that the software, and not the human passenger, is legally the driver in these new types of cars.

What does this mean for liability and insurance coverage for these types of vehicles when they become available for purchase?

There are no clear answer yet.

Automakers could be held liable when driverless cars fail and cause crashes.

“This is largely a matter of product liability, several auto and insurance analysts said, not personal insurance — though as a 2014 study from the Brookings Institution suggests, determining where one type of coverage ends and the other begins will be tricky,” the Washington Post reported. “Basically, victims of a collision could (directly or indirectly through their own insurers) try to seek damages from a driverless-car maker for manufacturing a vehicle that didn’t operate as it was supposed to.”

So what happens if you buy a driverless car? Would your car insurance policy or rate change? Possibly, but no one really knows yet what these policies would look like or how much they would cost.

These cars will have different levels of automation, so insurers likely won’t have a standard policy that applies to all driverless cars. And while the federal government has weighed in on these vehicles, many states have not. “And it’s their laws that really matter to insurance companies,” the Washington Post reported, based on an interview with Wayne McOwen, executive director of the District of Columbia Insurance Federation.”That’s because it’s the states that ultimately issue the drivers’ licenses that insurers use to evaluate risk.”

Indeed, there’s a lot to ponder about driverless cars. Will they make our roads safer? Who should be allowed to operate them? How should these types of vehicles be insured? Who should legally responsible when these cars are involved in crashes?

What do you think?