What Are Brain-Centered Hazards?

May 23rd, 2016

If you have never heard of brain-centered hazards, you are not alone. When most people think of a brain hazard, they think stroke. That isn’t exactly what is being discussed when people talk about brain-centered hazards. Instead, these are the things that apply to ways we behave, or our brain functions, in the workplace.

Brain-centered hazards are typically described as human errors. For example, if you have employees and speak to them in an urgent tone, they may take your instructions to mean that work needs to be finished quickly at all cost. Instead, taking your time to craft your sentence properly may be a better idea. By first telling people that they need to take their time and produce work of high quality, they are more likely to slow down and pay close attention to the task at hand.

Researchers say that employers typically take great are in creating a safe workplace. They pick up trip and fall hazards, they make sure things overhead are secured properly, and they train employees before they are permitted to utilize heavy equipment. What many employers don’t do, however, is considered the way that the human brain conducts itself at work. Read more

Posted In: Workers' Compensation

The Top Eateries in Charlotte

May 20th, 2016

North_Carolina_barbecue_hushpuppies_baked_beans_red_cole_slawWhether you live in Charlotte or are planning a visit, there is no doubt you are going to get hungry at some point. It can be easy to miss some of the city’s top culinary delights if you don’t know where to look. When you feel like grabbing a bite to eat, here are some fantastic options that shouldn’t be skipped.

1. 300 East – Dilworth

If we were forced to give you only a single reason to visit 300 East, it would be the welcoming patio. You won’t find this kind of ambiance anywhere else. This family-owned establishment has been a staple of its neighborhood for more than 25 years. The chef’s use local ingredients in their dishes, and the waitstaff welcomes diners like long-lost family. Sit down for a mouthwatering selection of burgers, fish tacos and desserts.

2. Bill Spoon’s Barbecue

It can be difficult to visit the South without treating yourself to a heaping plate of barbecue, and why wouldn’t you? Bill Spoon’s has been serving visitors for over 45 years, and the originator’s grandson is running the business today. The menu includes an array of traditional barbecue dishes, including pulled pork dripping in hickory smoked Read more

Posted In: Personal Injury

Auger & Auger Hired to Represent Lowe’s Snakebite Victim

May 19th, 2016

Man bit by snake at Lowe'sA man in Denver, North Carolina was shopping with a friend in a local Lowe’s gardening center to surprise his wife with new flowers for their landscaping. While he was shopping, he was bitten by a 3 foot long poisonous copperhead snake while reaching to pick up a plant. He suffered from extensive swelling and was rushed to the hospital. His wife had to miss work to be by his side.

He was transferred to ICU the intensive care unit when the swelling in his arm was stopping blood flow to his fingers and had traveled down his right side to his hips, lower back and abdomen. He is being treated with anti-venom and is currently on three pain medications.

The victim has hired Auger & Auger to represent him. It is the law firm’s contention that Lowe’s Home Improvement, its managers, employees and/or suppliers were negligent, careless and reckless in failing to implement and/or carry out reasonable safeguards and processes to prevent this kind of injury.

Attorney Herb Auger said his firm is investigating two issues. One, did Lowe’s have a plan or process implemented to inspect plants at the time of delivery? It would seem reasonable for any Read more

Posted In: Auger and Auger

Why You Should Call an Attorney After a Car Accident

May 18th, 2016

It’s not unusual for people to question whether or not they should call an attorney after they have been involved in a car accident. The question most often comes up when the accident results in property damage or injury. There is no doubt that foregoing the hiring of an attorney will save you some money, but a lawyer skilled in representing people after automobile accidents can help you in many circumstances. Here are the top reasons to seriously consider hiring legal representation.

1. There Are Severe Injuries

If you or someone in your vehicle suffered severe injuries in the accident, you want an attorney. Your lawyer will have experience in personal injury law and can help you fight that insurance company and their lawyers. You can expect your attorney to act as your advocate from the beginning of your case to the end.

2. Liability Is In Dispute

When you hear the phrase “disputed liability” coming from the other party’s insurance company, it means that the insurance company is arguing the fact that their client was at fault for the accident. If this is the case, they do not plan on paying any claim you have filed. An accident attorney Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents

The True Cost of Workers’ Compensation

May 16th, 2016

It isn’t difficult to find information regarding dangerous occupations, the number of on-the-job injuries occurring each year, and even the cost of workers’ compensation. It can be difficult to find all of the information in one place. We did a bit of research into the true cost of workers’ compensation, and here is some information regarding the costs that you may find as eye-opening as we did.

1. Worker Injuries and Cost

Workers are injured in a variety of ways, but the most common are: Overexertion, fall on same level, fall to lower level, bodily reaction, highway incident, struck by object, compression, struck against object, repetitive motion and assault.

Taken from 2009 statistics, here are the costs, per type of injury per year:

  • Overexertion – $12.75 billion
  • Fall on Same Level – $7.94 billion
  • Fall to Lower Level – $5.35 billion
  • Bodily Reaction – $5.28 billion
  • Struck by Object – $4.64 billion
  • Highway Incident – $2.18 billion
  • Compression – $2.04 billion
  • Struck Against Object – $2.01 billion
  • Repetitive Motion – $1.97 billion
  • Assault – $0.59 billion

2. The Most Dangerous Industries

When it comes to workplaces, some are inherently more dangerous than others. In order by number of accident, Read more

Posted In: Workers' Compensation

Most Dangerous Intersections in Charlotte

May 13th, 2016

Late last summer, Charlotte’s Department of Transportation released a list of the most dangerous intersections in the city. Some that made the list held their spots, and others changed dramatically from just the year before.

Four intersections that made the top of the list sit along Cedar Street. Those intersections are Cedar and 7th, 8th, 9th and 12th Streets. The final intersection rounding out the top five is Hill Street and Church Street. Some may remember this intersection as being the one where Cam Newton was involved in an accident.

Many people attribute the danger last year to the construction of the Blue Line Extension. According to many drivers, the construction made getting around complicated, to say the least. Said Angela Berry of the CDOT, “Work zones are always challenging and they present their own set of things you need to pay attention to as a driver.”

In 2o14, the intersection at University City Boulevard and North Tryon didn’t make the list. Last year, it was ranked as number 13. Again, construction on the road may have been at least party to blame for the rise in accidents.

While some intersections were new to the list, others fell in the Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents

Understanding the Workers’ Compensation Process

May 11th, 2016

The workers’ compensation process may seem like a daunting one if you have never been through it before. There are specific steps to be taken and, if not taken properly, your case can be negatively impacted. Doing things the right way the first time will be to your benefit. Read below to discover what you can expect from the workers’ comp process.

Notification

As soon as you are injured at work, you must notify your employer. You may notify your boss verbally, but you need to make sure you also put the details of your injury in writing. Words can be misconstrued and memories can change. When you put your words in writing, there is no arguing what you have said.

Submission of Report

Once you have notified your boss, they will submit (or should submit) a report to the worker’s compensation board in your state. That board may be called the industrial commission in some localities.

Insurance

In some instances, you may visit the doctor who will then ask that you fill out a form. That form will be submitted to your employer’s insurance company. The insurance company may decide to pay your claim or take you Read more

Posted In: Workers' Compensation

The Right Way to Greet an Unfamiliar Dog

May 9th, 2016

Dogs are the most popular pet in American households today. There are millions of home with at least one dog in residence, and many that have multiple canines running about. You may even count yourself among the millions of dog owners in the country.

No matter how much you love all things covered in fur, you may not be approaching unfamiliar dogs the right way. If you aren’t, you run a very real risk of being bitten. Now that the weather is warming up, you are bound to see more dogs out for walks than you’ve seen in the previous few months. When you see one of these dogs that you just can’t resist, here are some tips for approaching it in a safe way.

1. Ask the Owner’s Permission

One of the questions that makes dog owner’s cringe is, “Does it bite?” Of course it does. It’s a dog and any dog can bite. The second most cringe-worthy question: “Is your dog friendly?” Get on an owner’s good side right away by simply asking if it is okay if you pet their dog.

2.  Hold Out Your Knuckles

Once you get the go-ahead from the owner, put your Read more

Posted In: Dog and Animal Attacks

Takata Airbag Recall Saga Continues

May 6th, 2016

 

takata logoIn 2008, some drivers suffered unnecessary injuries after a wreck because their airbags malfunctioned. Well, not so much “malfunctioned” as “exploded violently and sent shrapnel everywhere.” Tens of thousands of airbags were recalled, which meant car dealers and manufacturers had to go in and replace them. With that taken care of, the airbag manufacturer hoped to go back to business as usual.

But Takata wasn’t so lucky.

Since then, tens of millions of airbags have been recalled, ones used in many different brands and makes of cars. Worldwide, 11 people have been killed by the defects, including 10 people in the United States. In addition, hundreds of drivers have been injured. Most of these recalls came into effect over the past year, with 5 million cars being recalled since last summer. However, that number was just expanded to 40 million. That development makes this recall the largest in history. And some believe the issue is far from resolved.

What Causes the Defects

Before a few days ago, no one was sure what was causing the defects. A prevailing theory was an issue with the manufacturing of the bag material itself. But the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration recently Read more

Posted In: Products Liability

Best Golf Courses in North Carolina

May 6th, 2016

pinehurst golf courseWhen it comes to golfing, North Carolina has a rich history. From Jack Nicklaus to Payne Stewart, dozens of the biggest names in professional golf have played on our state’s fairways. While many people across the country, golf enthusiasts or not, have heard of Pinehurst and “the Sandhills” region, there are dozens of other terrific courses in the state. If you are looking for an amazing round of golf on a new-to-you green, here are some of the best of the best in the state.

1. Pinehurst

It may be well known, but that doesn’t mean we can leave it off of our list. Pinehurst is ranked 15th in the world by Golf Magazine. The course was privy to a major restoration in 2011. Wider fairways, sandy waste areas and natural bunker edges make this course a must-play.

2. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club

Golf Magazine has ranked this course as number two on its list of Best Public Courses in North Carolina. When you visit Pine Needles, it’s easy to see why. Amazing landscapes and obstacles that make play a challenge without being too tough have made this course a favorite among locals and traveling enthusiasts Read more

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