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Recognizing Elder Sexual Abuse

November 28th, 2014

Sound of SilenceMoving into an elder care facility is not something that most people want to do. Placing a loved one in an assisted-living facility can be a cause of great stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, one of the issues that you need to concern yourself with is elder sexual abuse.

Sexual abuse occurs in resident-to-resident interactions, and it occurs when staff members or caregivers victimize the helpless. Being able to recognize the signs of elder sexual abuse can help prevent your loved one from becoming a victim. Elderly people who have experienced sexual abuse, whether verbal or physical, may exhibit emotional signs or physical ones.

Emotional Signs of Sexual Abuse

  • Timid Behavior-Your once gregarious loved one has become shy, timid or withdrawn. He or she seems scared or anxious. Pay close attention to these common warning signs.
  • Personality Changes-Like changes in behavior, victims may exhibit changes in personality. A once happy individual may become sullen and depressed. A laid-back person may become quick to anger.
  • Overly Compliant Behavior-Your elderly loved one may suddenly become overly compliant. This is often the case when sexual abuse is used as a punishment or way to force specific behaviors.
  • Suicidal Thoughts-It is
Read more Posted In: Personal Injury, Sexual Abuse

Pedestrian Versus Car: Who Is At Fault?

November 26th, 2014

crosswalkAccording to statistics provided by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed by vehicles each year. Greater than 70,000 pedestrians are injured by motor vehicles. You may have been led to believe that the operator of the vehicle was always at fault in these incidents, but that is not always the case.

Pedestrians Have Rights

It is true that pedestrians have rights. But they also have duties. As a pedestrian, you have the right-of-way in a crosswalk, on a private sidewalk, on a public sidewalk, and on public roads.

You have a duty to obey traffic signals and signs, walk on the sidewalk where one is provided, walk along the shoulder facing traffic when a sidewalk is not available, and behave reasonably and carefully at all times.

Causes of Vehicle versus Pedestrian Accidents

There are many causes when it comes to vehicle versus pedestrian accidents, and not all of those causes rest on the shoulders of the driver.

Pedestrians cause accidents when they ignore traffic signals, jaywalk, walk outside of marked crosswalks, choose not to walk on the sidewalk, or walk while intoxicated. Drivers cause accidents when they fail to yield to pedestrians, Read more

Posted In: Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury

When Lassie Turns Vicious at the Vet

November 24th, 2014

CocoYou may not want to believe it, but we are here to tell you an ugly truth: Your calm, placid, easy-going dog may bite someone. Most responsible dog owners do not want to believe that their precious pooch would use its teeth to cause harm. It is therefore not unusual for people to be both flabbergasted and distressed when their canine companion chomps the vet.

The good news for you, as an owner, is that you will not be held liable in most cases. As a rule, veterinarians and their staff know that dog, cat and other animal bites are a job hazard that must be accepted. These professionals knowingly take the risk of being bitten with every patient that they encounter.

Let’s use this scenario as an example:

Your dog is on the exam table, happily wagging its tail and accepting the touch of the veterinarian and staff. The veterinarian makes a move to open your dog’s mouth as part of the exam, and your dog reacts with a bite. Who is to blame?

Actually, no one is to blame. Every dog has its limits. For some dogs, it is an ear scope that makes them go wild. For Read more

Posted In: Dog and Animal Attacks, Personal Injury

Bridge Collapse Leads To Tragedy

November 23rd, 2014

download (61)A bridge that was still in the process of being built  at Wake Tech collapsed, leading to the tragic death of one of the workers. Skanska is the construction company who was contracted to build the bridge, along with a pedestrian bridge at another location that collapsed also. OSHA will be investigating the death along with whether the company was following all safety procedures.

“I think you can look at the metrics that construction safety is judged on and you can see that we have some of the best metrics in the industry,” claims Skanska Senior Vice President Allen Jones.

When these accidents happen that is when the services of professionals, like the Personal Injury specialists of Auger & Auger, Attorneys at Law, are needed. With a policy of aggressive representation for victims of personal injury, a focus on high quality, state wide service and excellence in the advice we provide for our clients, the attorneys of Auger & Auger are here for you. We understand that each person is different and will have unique needs, so we will personalize our services for you as we listen to your situation. So if you have been injured, contact the attorneys of Read more

Posted In: In The News

Slips and Falls on Ice: Who Holds Responsibility?

November 21st, 2014

Where have all the people goneThere is a cold nap that has settled across much of the nation, prompting people in northern states and the Midwest to stock up on food, water, and other goods due to anticipated snow fall. People in Charlotte do not have to frequently deal with these issues but, as cold blankets the greater portion of the nation, it’s important to remember that inclement winter weather can occur, even in North Carolina.

The question that arises in many people’s minds is this: If someone slips on ice that has collected on your sidewalk, driveway, or even parking lot, who is held liable? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is not always clear cut.

In North Carolina, and many other states, either party may be held responsible for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident that has occurred due to inclement weather. Ultimately, it is up to a jury to decide the outcome of the case as there is no clear law.

A jury may rule in your favor or in favor of the injured party. In some cases, it is decided that a reasonable person who knows that there is snow and ice covering the ground understands that prudent Read more

Posted In: Personal Injury, Slip & Fall

Stay Informed: North Carolina Child Care Laws

November 19th, 2014

ryerson public school playgroundVery few parents want to leave their children behind while they go to work or attend class. Unfortunately, most parents are forced to do just that. Choosing a child care provider for your children is one of the most important decisions that you can make.

Opening a child care center in North Carolina involves much more than hanging a shingle and calling yourself a provider. There are strict guidelines and laws in place that are designed to protect providers, parents and children. Knowing the basics can help you choose the right center for your child.

  • Discipline—Corporal punishment is not permitted in any child care center unless it is exempt from these regulations due to religious beliefs and practices. Corporal punishment includes slapping, spanking or any form of physical punishment.
  • Ratios—Group size varies depending upon the age of children in the center. Infant groups have a maximum size of 10, while school-aged children can be grouped together in numbers totaling no more than 25. Teacher to student ratios vary from 1 to 5 to 1 to 25 dependent upon the age of the children.
  • Credentials—Administration and teaching staff must hold a North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential or
Read more Posted In: Child Care Laws

Good Samaritans save Woman and Child from Wreck

November 17th, 2014

download (60)In a time when more and more of the news is filled with tragedy and violence, it is easy to doubt that people have much kindness left in their hearts. Sometimes you get reminded that people still care and one woman got a chance to experience that kindness first hand.

While her identity is not known at the moment, what happened to her is thanks to one eyewitness. The woman pulled out from the Chateau Royal in a blue Kia onto an icy road and immediately flipped over several times, stopping traffic. Within moments, other commuters piled out of their vehicles and, working together, pulled the driver and her infant child, both unharmed, from the wreck.

The people in this wreck were extraordinarily fortunate, but not everyone is. If you have been seriously injured you don’t have to go through such difficult situations alone. With over 20 years of experience, the attorneys at Auger & Auger are here to listen to you and answer your questions. Call our offices today for a free consultation, where you will speak with an attorney, not an assistant, paralegal or sign up specialist. We’ll listen to your case and discuss your legal options, Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents

Young Soccer Player Killed in Raleigh Hotel

November 17th, 2014

Product Shoot - Springfield Armory XD subcompact 9mmWhen people choose to stay in hotels, they typically understand that there may be minor inconveniences. The guests in the adjoining room may be noisier than you would like, the towels may not be changed quickly enough, and the ice machine may be empty. Few people consider that their lives may be in danger when they choose to stay in a hotel.

On Friday, November 14, 2014, a young soccer player, visiting Raleigh from Lewisville, was fatally shot when a person in the adjoining room accidentally fired a gun. The bullet traveled into the room occupied by Nathan Andrew Clark, striking and killing the child.

Police report that the accident, which occurred at the Comfort Suites hotel on Corporation Parkway, resulted in shooter Randall Louis Vater, of Knightdale, being charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and involuntary manslaughter. The shooter and victim in this horrible accident were strangers to one another.

The 13-year-old Clark was in the city to take part in the Capital Area Soccer League tournaments this weekend with the rest of his team that pulled out of the competition following the accident.

The victim was a vibrant, active member of his eighth-grade class Read more

Posted In: In The News, Injuries to Children

How to Find Out If Your Car is Recalled

November 14th, 2014

Accident!This year, automakers in the United States have recalled more than 40 million vehicles. The number has shattered the record set previously in 2004. Unfortunately, most of these recalls were for serious vehicle safety issues, putting owners at real risk of harm.

In days gone by, vehicle owners relied on letters in the mail alerting them to recalls. With the vast number of issues this year, many owners remain largely unaware. Knowing about auto recalls is the first step to keeping your family safe. Do not rely on automakers to alert you to car recalls. Here’s how to find out if your vehicle has made the list.

1. Visit the NHTSA Site

Visit National Highway Safety Administration and check out the list of recalls. The list is a comprehensive one, so you can be sure that if your vehicle has been recalled, it is documented on this site.

2. Enter Your VIN

Your VIN not only enables you to find a vehicle history report before you purchase your car, but it can also tell you if your car or truck is on a recall list. Once you navigate to the NHTSA site, enter your VIN. You can find this important Read more

Posted In: Products Liability

Construction Work – 5 Leading Causes of Injury

November 12th, 2014

Construction TunnelIf you work in the construction trade, you may have been alerted to a rise in accidents in recent years. Site safety is the responsibility of everyone, from the job foreman to the clean-up crew. Site safety is your responsibility.

You can increase the safety of everyone on the site when you know how to prevent accidents. Here are the top five causes of construction-related injury.

1. Uneven Surfaces

Uneven surfaces are one of the most common contributors to slips and falls. Reduce the risk of these injuries by clearly designating walkways, provide traction underfoot, and provide adequate lighting. If you need to carry unbalanced loads, utilize mechanical lifting aids instead of your arms.

2. Obstacles

Other accidents occur because there are things in the way, either clearly visible or largely unnoticed. Reduce accidents by keeping the site organized, plan deliveries and put those deliveries in designated areas, and collect waste regularly.

3. Trailing Cables

Keep cables off of the ground whenever possible to reduce trips and falls. Cables trailing along the ground behind power tools and lighting equipment pose hazards. Keep cables tacked at high levels, particularly in corridors where people may not see them clearly.

4. Slippery Surfaces Read more

Posted In: Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation
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