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Alternative Health Series: Yoga Useful for Stress Release, Exercise and Pain Management

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This is the latest in a series of blog articles about alternative therapies for injuries and pain management.

This time, we turn to yoga, the ancient Indian mind-body practice that has become a mainstream form of exercise, stress release and pain management.

Future articles in this series will explore massage, Pilates, Reiki and other alternative treatments and pain-management techniques. You can access all articles in the Alternative Therapies Series by clicking here.

This article is presented for informational purposes only. As always, please consult with your physician and other health care providers before undertaking an exercise regimen or alternative treatment.

The following is adapted and excerpted from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Yoga Today and Yoga Journal.


Texting While Driving Has Deadly Consequences

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North Carolina has banned texting while driving, but have you?

We understand how tempting it is to reach for your phone when you hear a beep alerting you that a new text message or email has arrived. You’ll just take a quick peek. You’ll barely take your eyes off the road. And besides, you’re a careful driver.

But a few seconds are all it takes to end your life or someone else’s.

As the New York Times reports:

Studies suggest that drivers who send or receive a text message tend to take their eyes off the road for about five seconds, enough time for a vehicle going at highway speed to travel more than 100 yards. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that truckers sending text messages are 23 times more likely to cause a crash or near-crash than a nontexting trucker.

Is any email or text message that important? Are you willing to risk your life or someone else’s to read a message or send it?

The sad fact is that for millions of drivers every day, the answer is yes. When you’re out driving today, take a look around. We bet you’ll see someone fiddling with a cell phone when their eyes should be on the road.

Despite state laws banning the practice and the efforts of awareness campaigns, texting and other forms of distracted driving are an epidemic in this country. We’ve become addicted to technology and connectedness, and we’re sacrificing our safety and others because of it.

How do we get the message across that texting while driving is unsafe? The statistics certainly back up that claim. The Huffington Post reports:

According to the Harvard Center of Risk Analysis, cell phone use contributes to 6 percent of all crashes, which equates to 636,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, and 2600 deaths each year.


A British PSA aimed at teen drivers takes a more graphic approach:


This graphic British video is fiction, but this video from txtresponsibly vividly describes the aftermath of a fatal automobile accident in Utah, caused by a teen who was texting while driving.



Alternative Therapies Series: Acupuncture for Pain Management


This is the first in the Deuterman Law Group’s series of blog articles about alternative therapies for back injuries and pain management.

In this article, we’ll explore acupuncture, a centuries-old Chinese medicine technique that has been used to treat pain chronic pain, nausea, migraines and other painful conditions. Future articles in this series will explore reiki, massage, yoga, Pilates and other alternative treatments and pain-management techniques.

This article is presented for informational purposes only. As always, please consult with your physician and other health care providers before undertaking exercise regimen or alternative treatment.



New Books Highlight Wal-Mart’s Way of Doing Business

Wal-Mart’s unconscionable labor practices have been well-documented on this blog and elsewhere.

Now, a new book "The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business" by Nelson Lichtenstein "offers the best account yet of the myriad problems that Wal-Mart employees endure, including the elaborate measures the company has taken to avoid paying workers’ compensation to employees injured on the job," according to The Big Money.

Lichtenstein’s is just one of several recent scholarly examinations of Wal-Mart’s rise and the cost of its success. Go here to read a review of several Wal-mart books.

Two books mentioned in the blog are To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise by Bethany Moreton and Lichtenstein’s The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business.

Story of Lily Ledbetter and her treatment by Goodyear sounds like many WC cases

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Today on NPR, they featured the story about Lily Ledbetter, (Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.) and her crusade for equal and fair pay.  Barack Obama will be signing the act into legislation.

As I listened to this story, it reminded me so much of many workers’ compensation cases. Lily Ledbetter took early retirement at age 60 because she was reassigned to lift heavy Hummer tires for inspection. Injured workers are often squeezed out of the company by being reassigned employment that they physically cannot do.

Normally, we are pursuing the insurance company to compensate our clients according to the law, but here we have a direct suit against the company. It is appalling to see in this day and age, that such discriminatory practices still exist and that Goodyear appealed the lower courts decision.

There were 16 other male supervisors, and she was the only woman. Lily Ledbetter worked for 19 years as a supervisor and was paid $6,000 less than the newest supervisor.

In 2007, in the Supreme Court, she lost by a decision of 5 to 4.

There seems to be numerous articles about the new law being a boon for trial lawyers. And it’s interesting yet again, that instead of looking at the real issue, which is discrimination that some people feel that it’s the trial lawyers fault. 

When companies behave unethically, it’s the company’s fault not the trial lawyer.


Rise of deaths at work in North Carolina disturbing

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Just got a tweet about the rise of workplace deaths in North Carolina after three years of consistent decline. We’ve also noticed a rise in the number of workers’ compensation calls at the office as well. I’d like to monitor this more to see whether or not the current conditions in our economy are magnifying these circumstances.

Attorney Benjamin Burnside Honored for Million Dollar Client Win

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(Greensboro, N.C., August 20, 2008) – Benjamin Burnside, an attorney with the Deuterman Law Group in Greensboro, has been admitted to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious association of trial lawyers.

Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million dollar or multimillion dollar verdicts, awards or settlements for their clients. Less than 1 percent of attorneys in the United States are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and only 74 in North Carolina have earned the distinction since the group was founded in 1993. Burnside is one of the youngest attorneys ever admitted to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Burnside, a Greensboro native, joined the Deuterman Law Group in 2006 after graduating with honors from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. He was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 2006, and he focuses his practice on personal injury and Social Security Disability cases.

“I’ve known Ben Burnside since he was a law student, and he has always impressed me with his work ethic and his desire to help his injured clients,” said Daniel L. Deuterman, president of the Deuterman Law Group. “Ben works very hard to ensure that his clients receive the benefits and compensation they deserve for their injuries, so it’s no surprise to me that he’s earned membership into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum so early in his career.”


Dan Deuterman Honored For Legal, Community Impact

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Deuterman Law Group Founder and President is one of 24 Triad Impact Leaders in Law

(Greensboro, N.C., August 14, 2008) –Daniel L. Deuterman, a Greensboro attorney who is committed to helping injured workers while also improving his community, has been selected as one of the Triad Impact Leaders in Law by Business Leader Media.

Deuterman and 23 other attorneys from the Triad will be featured in the August issue of Business Leader magazine. These winners were chosen based on the impact they have made in their industry and in their community.

“I’m a firm believer that success should be measured in the amount of good you do,” Deuterman said. “That belief guides me professionally as I advocate for injured workers other injured people, and it also has motivated me to become involved in volunteer work. At the Deuterman Law Group, we all care about improving the community in which we and our clients live. That’s an important part of our identity as individuals and as a law firm.

“I’m honored to be recognized by Business Leader for the impact I’ve made professionally and personally."


Survey shows people don’t understand workers’ compensation, Social Security disability

A recent survey of baby boomers by Americas Health Insurance Plans revealed that most people do not understand what their benefits would be if they became injured or disabled and began collecting workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability benefits.

Those surveyed overestimated the benefit amount and underestimated the wait time to receive Social Security Disability benefits, a system that is incredibly backlogged.



Insurance Companies Practice Deny & Delay Tactics

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Good Morning America has a story that illustrates how insurance companies use deny and delay tactics to avoid paying legitimate insurance claims.

In this case, a woman with Stage 4 breast cancer tried to collect disability insurance. But Cigna repeatedly denied Susan Kristoff’s claim for short-term disability.

Cigna said she had not proven a disability. Sick and with bills piled up, Kristoff says she considered something drastic.

"If I wasn’t going to be getting better, I didn’t want to sink the rest of my family, so I spent two days in bed crying and thinking about suicide," she said.

Instead Kristoff hired an attorney. In short order, Cigna reversed course and paid her short-term benefits. Then with her lawyer’s help, she applied for the much more important long-term help.


Deuterman Law Group Honored for Pro Bono Work on Behalf of Family of Jennifer Nielsen, Murdered Pregnant Newspaper Carrier

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Dan Deuterman was one of 24 Triad attorneys honored for their commitment to providing justice and access to legal representation to all North Carolinians, even if they’re unable to pay for an attorney.

Deuterman this week received an Impact Pro Bono Award from the N.C. Bar Association and Business Leader Media in recognition of the work he did on behalf of the family of Jennifer Nielsen, who was murdered last year while delivering newspapers.


Seeking Justice for Jennifer Nielsen and Her Family

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In the summer of 2007, the nation learned of the violent and tragic death of Jennifer Nielsen.

Jennifer, a young mother of two who was eight months pregnant with her third child, was murdered while delivering newspapers for in Raleigh. Her killer remains at large.

The deaths of Jennifer and her unborn son, Ethen, devastated their family. Then came a second shock. Jennifer’s employer decreed that she was an independent contractor, not an employee, and refused to pay a death benefit under the state’s workers’ compensation law.

Jennifer’s grieving husband, Tim, contacted Dan Deuterman of the Deuterman Law Group, and asked for his help in fighting this decision. Tim knew that no amount of money would ever replace Jennifer, but he was concerned for the future of their children.