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Voter Registration Deadline Today for May 6 Primary

If you're not already registered to vote in North Carolina, visit this link TODAY so you will be eligible to vote in the May 6 primary. As long as you fill out the registration form and it is postmarked today, you will be able to vote in the May 6 North Carolina Primary. You can also register to vote in person at your County Board of Elections Office. Guilford County's BOE is at 301 W. Market St., Greensboro. They're open until 5 p.m. today. You can find a list of all North Carolina county Board of Elections offices here. And it's important ...

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| Auto, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents, Uncategorized

Backup cameras will be required on new cars after 2018

There's a story out of Washington today that shows how civil lawsuits can help drive new legislation and regulations that make us all safer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today that beginning in May 2018, all new cars, SUVs, and minivans, as well as some new small trucks and buses must be equipped with backup cameras. Every year, 210 people are killed in backover accidents, about a third of them children. Many of these accidents happen in people's driveways, and many times the deaths occur when a parent backs ov ...

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| Resources for Injured People, Uncategorized

Preventing Workplace Injuries

We're always interested in research and programs that are aimed at preventing workplace injuries before they happen. Three such articles have caught our interest recently, beginning with a program at Boston University that has virtually eliminated repetitive motion shoulder injuries among custodians and reduced the the university's workers' comp costs by 85 percent over a three-year period. Repetitive motion injuries result in an average of 23 days away from work – three times the number of days from other injuries. Shoulder injuries are th ...

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| Workers' Compensation

Women & Workplace Injuries & Illnesses

While men are more likely to be injured on the job because more of them work in high-risk jobs, women face their own set of workplace health and safety risks. Women suffer more work-related cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, respiratory disease, infectious and parasitic disease, and anxiety and stress disorders.  The fact that women are more likely to work part-time compounds their risk and also makes it less likely that they will report workplace injuries. The risk is even higher among immigrants. And while women have a lower rat ...

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| Social Security Disability

Expedited Social Security Benefits for Veterans

Starting in mid March, the Social Security Administration will give priority to Social Security Disability claims filed by some veterans. SSD applications from veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent and Total will be processed faster than other claims, the Social Security Administration announced last week. These application will be given the same priority as those filed by wounded warriors. In the past, disabled veterans have been caught in the same Social Security disability ba ...

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| Auto, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents, News Coverage, Personal Injury

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 respect they deserve. But Martinez was more than a name on the news for us here at Deuterman Law Group. He was one of the first responders who joined us a few years ago in our fight against the bad workers' comp reform bills. He was even featur ...

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| Workplace Deaths

N.C. workplace fatalities decline in 2013

Workplace deaths in North Carolina declined by 39 percent in 2013, according to new statistics from the N.C. Department of Labor. In 2013, 23 North Carolinians died in accidents on the job, compared with 38 in 2012 and 53 in 2011. That represents a two-year decline of 57 percent. These statistics do not include deaths that resulted from workplace violence or traffic accidents. The workplace deaths all occurred among laborers, working in high-risk industries including construction, agriculture and manufacturing. Younger workers are more likely ...

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| Auto, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents, Personal Injury, Texting While driving

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 injured his wife and two others. Later, the police investigation revealed the father did not send a text message, though he did receive one near the time of the crash. There's no evidence he look ...

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| Deuterman Law Group, Resources for Injured People, Upcoming Events

Out of the Garden Food Drive Dropoff Locations

As we told you last week, we are organizing a food drive to benefit the Out of the Garden Project all this month. You can drop off nonperishable food donations to our offices in Greensboro and Winston-Salem. All food will be donated to Out of the Garden to feed hungry Guilford County schoolchildren and their families. The need is great, especially at this time of the year. Our employees have also been working with other organizations and businesses throughout the Triad to set up donation boxes to make it easy for you to donate food to Out of ...

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| Deuterman Law Group, Upcoming Events

Join us for classic holiday movies!

Looking for something festive to do?  We're kicking off the holiday season on Dec. 7 with Christmas at the Carolina, a fun and free event for kids and adults at the Carolina Theatre.  The theater will be screening the Jim Henson classic "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" at 10 a.m. Enjoy a free movie, free soft drink and popcorn, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing-along to carols with the theatre's historic pipe organ, PLUS have a chance to win a brand new bicycle. Deuterman Law Group "elves" will be volunteering at this fun event, so ...

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