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These Tips Can Reduce Pedestrian Accidents in Charlotte

Even though walking provides a stimulating and healthy way to take in the natural beauty and night life here in Charlotte, it doesn’t come without a degree of risk: our city experiences a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian more than once a day on average, according to figures released in a report last month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Celebrate National Safety Month with These Important Tips

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44 and the leading cause of disability for Americans of all age groups. In 2010 alone, an estimated 126,000 people died from accidental injuries. Many of those disabilities and deaths are preventable, which is reason enough to take a few extra safety precautions each day in order to avoid a life-altering injury.

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“Billed vs. Paid” Is Still Bad News for Injury Victims in North Carolina

“Tort Reform” in Action

Although “tort reform” is a popular political talking point for many public officials — especially during an election year such as this one — few people really understand what proposed tort reform measures mean for actual personal injury victims when put into practice. One particular law that passed several years ago in North Carolina continues to exemplify how so-called “tort reform” measures can deny justice to injury victims.

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Brief Overview of the Interplay of Workers’ Compensation Claims and Third-Party Claims

Chapter 97 of the North Carolina General Statutes is the Workers’ Compensation Act.  This law controls all aspects of workers’ compensation claims.  When an employee is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for an on-the-job injury and the injury was caused by a third-party, the injured employee may have a claim against the third-party in addition to a workers’ compensation claim.  The “third party” is a person who is not associated with the employee’s job.  One of the most common on-the-job injuries that are caused by a third party occurs when the employee is injured by someone else’s negligent driving.  This is a brief overview of the laws governing the interplay of third-party claims when there is a workers’ compensation claim.

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Recent North Carolina Legislation Affecting Family Law and Divorce – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a recent article that I wrote for the NCAJ Trial Briefs magazine regarding recent laws passed by the North Carolina General Assembly which affect family law and divorce issues.

Foster Care Children’s Bill of Rights

The General Assembly passed a bill entitled “Foster Care Children’s Bill of Rights” which became law on July 23, 2013.  The new law amends N.C.G.S. § 131D-10.1 to insert a list of 11 goals with regards to foster care that are designed to make the quality of life better for foster children.   The bill states that violations of the new law do not create a cause of action against the State, the NC Department of Health and Human Services, or any person providing foster care.

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