In March of this year, a Colorado jury awarded a verdict of nearly four million dollars to the families of three families whose loved ones had died of cardiac arrest after being treated at dialysis centers run by DaVita, Inc. DaVita operates hundreds of dialysis centers throughout the country. Additional lawsuits have been brought against the manufacturer of the dialysis treatment drug Granuflo, used in the treatment of the Colorado patients and others until it was recalled by the FDA in 2012. A jury in California recently awarded seven million dollars to the family of a man who committed suicide in [...]
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Opioid addiction is one of the most dangerous health crises in America. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than one-quarter of patients who are prescribed opioids for pain relief misuse the medications, and between eight and twelve percent end up addicted. Each day, 115 people in the United States die of opioid overdoses; three of those are North Carolina residents. Despite these alarming statistics, millions of people are prescribed medications like hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, and morphine for acute and chronic pain. Many addicts, when they are unable to obtain prescriptions, turn to illegal drugs like heroin. To what extent may a doctor be held responsible when a [...]
Every year, Americans celebrate their independence, and many of us believe the holiday is not complete without fireworks. President John Adams wrote a letter to his wife on July 3, 1776, in which he said that Independence Day should be celebrated with “Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” If you decide to forego the commercial fireworks display in your local park and celebrate at home instead, you should know about North Carolina fireworks laws. In 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 11,000 people [...]
Despite crack-downs on underage drinking on college campuses, we continue to see news reports about students under the age of 21 being injured or killed as a direct result of consuming alcohol. In a recent incident, a 20 year old student was killed in a fall from a “party bus.” Tests showed that she had been consuming alcohol prior to the incident. Underage drinking is not a new phenomenon, of course, but questions always arise: Who provided alcohol to underage persons, and who is responsible for the tragic consequences that often follow? Not limited to underage persons, drunk driving accidents tragically cause millions of deaths and injuries each year. While an injured [...]
Now that the weather has warmed up, there’s no excuse to avoid getting out and getting some exercise. Cycling is a great way to get some exercise and get from place to place at the same time. Sharing the road with cars, trucks, and motorcycles, though, can be dangerous. Knowing the rules of the road will help avoid accidents. Despite what some motorists may believe, bicycles are allowed on all North Carolina public roads, except controlled-access roads like interstate highways. North Carolina law treats bicycles as vehicles and requires cyclists to obey the same traffic laws as other vehicles, whenever possible. [...]
According to the SPCA, Americans own 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats. Most of them are well-behaved, but accidental bites and scratches happen. What happens when the bite is not entirely accidental? Most people have a story about the one dog in the neighborhood that everyone avoids. Often, neighbors are frustrated by the local authority’s apparent lack of concern over the presence of dangerous animals in residential areas. The "One Bite" Rule Of North Carolina In North Carolina, as in many other states, pets are allowed one bite. While not necessarily restricted to bites, the one-bite rule allows pet owners to avoid [...]
Drunk driving accidents claim the lives of over 10,000 people per year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Another 3500 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. Although many states outlaw texting or even talking on cell phones while driving, cell phone use accounts for many incidents each year and continues to increase. What Happens After An Automotive Accident? After an accident, investigators immediately start gathering evidence to determine the exact cause. Investigators will examine skid marks on the road, interview witnesses, photograph the positions of the vehicles involved, and search for any other physical clues that will help determine how the [...]
Although we depend on tractor trailers to haul the food and other goods that we all need, the presence of so many large, heavy vehicles on the roads inevitably leads to accidents. Unfortunately, in a tractor-trailer accident, drivers or passengers in smaller, lighter vehicles are more likely to be seriously injured or killed than in accidents involving other cars. Nearly three-quarters of the fatalities in multiple vehicle collisions involving tractor-trailers were the drivers of other vehicles, according to the National Highway and Safety Administration. The Risks Of Tractor Trailers On The Road The sheer size and weight of a tractor trailer [...]
Workers' Compensation laws exist in every state and are designed to allow injured workers to receive compensation for medical expenses and lost wages without having to sue their employers. Workers' Compensation laws are no-fault, meaning that an injured employee does not have to prove that his employer was negligent in order to be compensated for an on-the-job injury. Laws vary from state to state. Who Needs Workers' Comp Insurance? In North Carolina, most employers who have three or more employees are required to carry Workers' Compensation insurance. Employees may be full time, part-time, or seasonal, and include corporate officers and business [...]
There are several ways to recover damages against the owner of a dog who injures a person in North Carolina. The first is by proving that the owner of the dog was negligent in some way, for example, that the owner had some reason to believe that the dog could cause harm and still allowed the dog to interact with people. The “one bite rule” is a way in which negligence can be established. Essentially, the owner of an animal is not responsible for injuries inflicted by their animals until the owner has a reason to believe that the animal might [...]