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It is illegal to possess fireworks that spin on the ground, firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles and aerial fireworks in North Carolina and many other states across the nation. Most states do allow glow worms, snappers, string poppers, smoke devices and wire sparklers.

If you plan on celebrating the holiday and know that fireworks will be present, legal or otherwise, it is important to remember that any can be dangerous. Many have been seriously injured, and some killed, over the years due to accidents involving fireworks. Here are some recommended safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety.

1. Obey the Law

The most dangerous of fireworks are illegal in North Carolina. Obey local laws. If you want to see fireworks, attend a professional show.

2. No Children

Children should not be permitted to handle fireworks. Snappers that do not explode in the hand are typically safe, but anything that must be lit should only be done so by an adult.

3. Homemade Fireworks

Never experiment with homemade fireworks. The risk to your safety and those around you is simply not worth the thrill.

4. Duds That May Not Be

Never assume that a dud is a dud. If a firework does not go off, leave it alone and stay away from it. Wait for 20 minutes and then drop it in a bucket of water.

5. Stay Hands-Off

Do not hold fireworks in your hands. With the exception of sparklers, which can still pose a risk, there are no fireworks that are safely ejected from human hands. If you are going to light fireworks, do so on the ground.

6. Hose and Bucket

No matter what type of fireworks you are using this year, keep a bucket and a hose ready. Make sure that the hose is connected to the spigot and that it is ready to go in the event you need it.

Fireworks are illegal for a reason. They are dangerous, especially in the hands of the untrained. If you want to enjoy a spectacular show this holiday, find one to attend in your area. If you want to enjoy a bit of holiday spirit in your own backyard, stick to sparklers and snappers.

If you or a loved one is injured in Charlotte during the holiday, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call our team today for a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident and advise of your options. Call now and let us assist you.

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People around the country will be celebrating our nation’s freedom this 4th of July. In North Carolina, people celebrating outside will be dealing with high temperatures and humidity. What could be an enjoyable gathering of family and friends can quickly be ruined if someone is made ill by the heat or is injured in an accident. Here are some tips to make sure that your picnic, BBQ or other celebration goes off without a hitch.

1. Clothing

Whether or not you are one to plan your outfits days in advance or throw something together the morning of, you want to pay close attention to what you wear. Skip the tight, dark clothes and opt for light colored, loose layers. A baseball cap or other hat will protect your head, and sunglasses will keep the sun from hurting your eyes.

2. Hydration

Sweating helps our bodies cool, but it also means that fluid is constantly being lost. The more water you can drink, the better. If you are drinking caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, try to have a bottle of water between each one. Fruit juice without added sugar is also a great way to stay hydrated. Remember to drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty.

3. Food

There are several food choices you can make to help you stay cool. Fruits and vegetables are not only light on the stomach, but will help keep you hydrated. Spicy foods will help you sweat, and low-fat meats will add protein to your body without weighing you down.

4. Shade

The peak hours of sunlight are between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. During this time period, it is especially important to have access to shade. If there is no natural shade available, consider carrying an umbrella.

5. Safe Games

Games at the celebration should be age-appropriate. Consider setting up multiple games for everyone to enjoy. Cornhole, volleyball and even a good game of kickball can be fun for all ages, but be sure to take plenty of breaks if the temperatures are high. Keep an eye on everyone for signs of heat exhaustion or illness, and be sure to have a first-aid kit on hand for any minor injuries.

Don’t let the heat of the day ruin your good time. Use the tips above to keep everyone in attendance safe and healthy. Celebrating the 4th of July holiday should be a day of enjoyment and bonding.

If you or a loved one are injured in Charlotte during the holiday or at any other time of the year, call our office. A member of our team will review the details of your case at no cost to you and advise you of your available options. Call now or browse our website for more information about our firm.

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People who telecommute are subject to injury just like employees who work on-site. While telecommuters are generally covered by workers’ compensation, they may find it a bit more difficult to prove that their injury occurred during the scope of their employment.

Telecommuters have filed workers’ compensation claims and won. Courts across the country have found that even though an employer cannot control the working conditions of the telecommuters home, that has no baring on whether or not they must pay claim awards. In fact, employers are responsible for providing a safe work environment for telecommuters.

Employers are encouraged to implement these practices:

  • Create a policy that outlines the expectations had for any person permitted to work at home.
  • Limit the ability to telecommute to those employees who are able to work efficiently and safely without supervision.
  • Establish guidelines to be followed for employees using a home office.
  • Provide training for telecommuters working out of their home, including workstation setup, safety procedures, and the importance of ergonomics.
  • If possible or appropriate, visit the home office and help the telecommuter eliminate safety hazards.
  • Set fixed work hours, breaks and meal times for telecommuters. This helps establish a work schedule and will make it easier for both the employer and employee to determine if an injury occurred during the course of employment.

Workers’ compensation laws vary from state to state. Employers should work with their workers’ compensation carrier and their attorneys in order to manage workers’ compensation risks and coverage for their telecommuting employees.

If you are a telecommuter, you share in the responsibility of making sure that your workplace is a safe one. Make sure that you are putting your home office together with your health and safety in mind.

If you have been hurt in the scope of your employment and need assistance with workers’ compensation in Charlotte, reach out to our team of experienced attorneys.  We will review the details of your injury at no cost to you. Call now or browse our website for more information about our firm. We are here to assist you as you take the next steps to recovering what you are due.

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When you decide to spend the day at an amusement park, it is undoubtedly because you and your family want to have an exciting day. Amusement parks market themselves as places where people can enjoy the thrills of adrenaline-producing rides and the thrill of live shows. What people rarely expect is to be hurt at an amusement park. Unfortunately, it does happen.

Types of Amusement Park Injuries

According to statistics, the most dangerous rides are those found at traveling carnivals and fairs. A study from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) discovered that in a six-year time period, between 2,800 and 4,300 injuries treated in emergency rooms had occurred at mobile amusement parks. The study also found that from 1987 to 2001, 55 people lost their lives at amusement parks, both mobile and fixed.

The types of injuries sustained at amusement parks include falls, stroke, traumatic brain injury and paralysis. Visitors to parks have drowned, broken bones and torn ligaments. When you consider all of the rides available and the amount of walking that is done at amusement parks, it is easy to imagine the types of injuries that can occur.

Risks Associated with Amusement Parks

Defective equipment can be found at amusement parks just like it can be found at any business. Employees may fail to perform safety checks, and supervisors may fail to properly monitor employees. The amusement park owners may have failed to ensure that their parks are set up following current safety protocols. There are a variety of risks that are associated with these types of parks.

Your Legal Rights

There is no federal law that dictates amusement park safety, but there are some states that have regulations in place. If you or a loved one has been injured at an amusement park, either mobile or fixed, you may have legal rights. You need the assistance of an attorney who will review:

  • Whether you are entitled to compensation;
  • Whether you were an employee or a guest of the amusement park;
  • Whether the amusement park can be held liable for your injuries.

If you have sustained a personal injury in North Carolina, please call our office. A member of our team will review the details of your case and advise you of your options under current state law. Call now for assistance or browse our website for more information about our firm.

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Insurance companies make money by taking peoples’ payments and not paying out claims. For this reason, unscrupulous insurance companies do their best to deny claims. It shouldn’t surprise you if your insurance claim is denied after a car accident, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have recourse. Here is what to do if your claim is turned down.

Use the Other Company

If you are in a multi-vehicle accident and your own insurance company is refusing to pay, try filing a claim with the other driver’s insurance company. If there was another driver at fault for the accident, it is actually their insurance company who is required to pay up. Police reports can be used for evidence in proving fault.

Legal Claims

When you have exhausted all avenues with insurance companies and don’t seem to be getting anywhere, you are well within your rights to file a lawsuit. If your accident wasn’t serious and your damages not high, small claims court is your best option. You may also be given the choice to attend mediation instead of appearing at a jury trial.

If your damages were more severe, you have the option of appearing before a judge or jury in civil court. You may be able to sue the other driver and their insurance company. An attorney can help you determine your best options after reviewing your case.

Car accident claims can be complicated. Filing a claim is certainly something that can be done on your own, but you may choose to hire an attorney to assist you. A legal representative can make sure that your paperwork is filled out correctly and filed in a timely manner.

If you have been involved in an auto accident in North Carolina, you need an experienced attorney on your side as you seek to recover your damages. Call our team today and let us review the details of your case at no charge to you. We are here to help you and your family take the next steps in putting your lives back together. Call now or browse our website for more information about how we can assist you.

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Millions of people in the United States call dogs members of their family. Many of these people mistakenly believe that a dogs’ “hands” are its front paws. The truth of the matter is that a dog uses its mouth in much the same way that an infant uses its hands: to explore the world.

It makes sense that if puppies and dogs explore with their mouths, people may get bit. Not biting skin is something that puppies need to be taught. Left unchecked, biting can quickly get out of control, putting owners, victims and dogs at risk. Here is how to train a puppy that enjoys uses its teeth a bit too frequently.

1. Yipping

Trust us when we say that you will feel a bit ridiculous yipping at your young puppy, but it’s a method that works. Yipping can quickly teach a puppy bite inhibition. That is, you will teach your puppy that it is okay to put its teeth on you, but it is not acceptable to bite down hard.

Wait for a time that your puppy is naturally chewing on your fingers or arm. When your puppy bites too hard, give a high-pitched yelp. This should cause your puppy to stop biting you, as the sound is associated with pain in the canine world. When it does, praise quickly.

2. Excitement

Puppies can be tough to train when they are overly excited. Try not to rile up your puppy to the point that it is biting. If it does happen, all play should stop until your puppy calms down.

3. Pocket Toys

Some puppies tend to run after humans and nip at their heels. If you have such a puppy, be sure to carry a rope or other dog toy in your pocket. When your puppy nips at your heels, remove the toy from your pocket and use it to get your dog’s attention. Stop moving your feet and when your puppy stops biting, reward it with the toy.

4. Play Dates

Puppies and dogs learn very quickly from one another. Give your puppy plenty of chances to play with others of its species. Your puppy will not only learn how to socialize and behave correctly, but it will be too tired to chase after you or other humans.

Teaching a puppy is not difficult, but it can take time. Be patient but firm with your dog and maintain consistency. When you teach your young puppy not to bite, you are helping to ensure that it does not aggressively bite a human later on.

If you have been the victim of a dog bite in Charlotte, please call our attorneys. We are experienced in personal injury law and will review the facts of your case at no cost to you. Call us today for assistance.

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Dads don’t typically ask for much. Chances are that if you ask your dad what he wants for Father’s Day, he will tell you ‘nothing.’ You know that your dad deserves much more than nothing for all that he has done for you. If your dad has a cupboard full of mugs and a closet full of ties, it’s time to get a bit more creative. Here are five amazing things to do with your dad in North Carolina this weekend.

1. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Imaging gazing at lazily swimming sea creatures with your dear old dad. Stay behind the safety of glass as you gaze upon the fiercest of ocean creatures housed at the NC Aquarium! Admission is free for dads on Father’s Day, and the aquarium is holding a special BBQ.

2. Zip Lining

Head over to The Whitewater Center and take dad zipping through the sky. It’s a perfect day for the adventurous father and a great bonding activity for the two of you. Plan on spending an entire day at the center and taking part in all of the activities they offer.

3. Brew Tour

Older children, or those over 21, will enjoy taking dad on an amazing brew tour. You can find some great tours throughout the state, like NoDa, Foothills, Birdsong and Wicked Weed. Forget dad’s old standby Bud Light; these breweries serve delicious craft IPAs and stouts.

4. Camping

If you and your dad enjoy spending time together outdoors, why not take him camping for the weekend? Find the perfect place by visiting Only In Your State and make it a weekend for two.

5. The Perfect Meal

You don’t have to take dad out for an adrenaline rush. Why not just take dad for a great meal? One of the best Father’s Day brunches is held a Raffaldini Vineyards. It’s already sold out this year, as a matter of fact, but you can always call and ask if there have been any cancellations. Of course, there are many other great restaurants around Charlotte that are perfect choices for Father’s Day; just be sure they serve food he likes!

You don’t have to buy another cheesy gift and wrap it for dad. Spending the day doing something he enjoys is often the best gift of all. Use one of these ideas or simply use them for inspiration.

While you and your dad are out, be sure to stay safe. If you happen to be in an accident and suffer a personal injury in North Carolina, we are here for you. Call our office and speak with a member of our team at no cost.

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With the recent news coming out of Orlando, going to a night club can seem scary. However, for the most part, clubs have excellent security, and violence is almost never a concern. If you are heading out to a club, you are doing so with the intention of having fun. Sadly, the night may not turn out how you planned if you don’t keep your wits about you. With easy accessibility to alcohol and drugs, people do not always behave how they would when they are sober. Here are some tips to follow to ensure that you have a safe night out.

1. Buddy System

There is safety in numbers. You don’t have to tie yourselves to one another, but you should always stay aware of the location of at least one friend. Do your best to stay in pairs and keep an eye out for each other.

2. Watch Your Drink

Never leave your drink unattended. If you have to go to the restroom, have a trusted friend watch your glass. If you don’t have anyone to watch your drink, either finish it before you go or plan on tossing it in favor of a fresh one when you get back. Club drugs tend to be odorless and tasteless. Don’t mistakenly assume that you will “know” if someone puts something in your drink.

3. Water

Consider drinking a cup of water between every alcoholic beverage, assuming that you are consuming alcohol. Drinking water will help to keep the alcohol from hitting you as hard as it could, and water will keep you hydrated.

4. Leave It At Home

What do you really need in the club? Chances are you don’t need your entire purse. Carry only what will fit in your pocket or, ladies, in a wristlet. Large bags are easier to steal and they are easy to lose track of. If you aren’t going to use it at the club, it doesn’t need to travel with you. If you can just carry a phone, ID and cash or card, that would be ideal.

5. Riding Home

Always make plans for how you are going to get home before you leave for the club. Put the local cab company’s number in your cell phone, install the Uber app, or designate a sober driver. Make a plan to get home safely and you won’t be tempted to drive home drunk at the end of the night.

Going to a club with your friends isn’t something that should be dangerous, but it can be. When you follow the tips above, you are more likely to have the night you plan on having without injury.

If you do suffer a personal injury in North Carolina, clubbing or otherwise, call our office. We will review the details of your case at no cost to you and advise you of your options. Call now or browse our website for more information about our firm and how we can assist you.

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Summertime may not be officially here, but very few are still thinking “spring.” Now that the days are heating up, you and your family are looking for ways to cool off. Fortunately, there are great lakes in North Carolina that are only a few hours’ drive away no matter where you live. Here are five of the best lakes in and around the state.

1. Lake Lure

Just 90 miles from Charlotte, Lake Lure is most famous as the setting for Dirty Dancing. Drop your romantic notions and get your mind in adventure mode. When you visit this fabulous location, you have access to rock climbing, traveling on zip lines and horseback riding. If you are looking for an afternoon that is a bit more on the relaxing side, sit down in a tube and float lazily down the river.

2. Lake James

A similar distance from Charlotte as Lake Lure, Lake James is equally as exciting if a bit more sedate. The tranquil setting is a must-see for nature lovers. Take a trip down the river by boat, pontoon, canoe or kayak and take in all that the wilderness has to offer. The wilderness area covers more than 3,000 acres and is nothing short of amazing.

3. Lake Rabun

You will find Lake Rabun in Geogia, just a 3 hour drive from Charlotte. You may think that you don’t want to drive that far, but once you get to the lake you will wonder why you’ve never been there before. You will be able to take part in all of the typical lake activities, but nearby attractions are what make this lake worth the trip. Farmers’ markets, an artist retreat and Tiger Mountain Vineyards shouldn’t be missed.

4. Lake Oconee

Also in Georgia, this lake provides a sort of laid back luxury that is hard to find elsewhere. This lake is more vacation than day trip and features a spa, golf courses and nearby towns with quaint shops and eateries. Lake Oconee is the perfect spot if you are looking for a weekend getaway with your significant other or a pampering vacation for one.

5. Lake Norman

This lake is massive and only 30 minutes from Charlotte. With a 520-mile shoreline, you will feel like you’ve traveled far from home and entered another world. The lake does have a reputation for parties and powerboats, but don’t let that put you off. There are a variety of activities that are suited to those just looking to spend a day unwinding by the water.

Everyone needs to get away now and again, and those living in North Carolina have an amazing opportunity to do so. The choice of lakes withing a few hours’ drive ensure that you never have to spend a weekend at home unless you choose to do so.

Please remember to stay safe while you are on the water. If you happen to be involved in a boat accident in Charlotte, please call our accident attorneys. We will review the details of your accident at no cost to you and advise you of your options.

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Every parent has an innate desire to keep their children safe. Unfortunately, accidents do happen and injuries occur. The weather has turned warmer and parents are encouraging their little ones to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. For many children, this enjoyment includes bicycle riding.

Bike riding is a fun and healthy way to exercise, but a bike is not a toy. Technically-speaking, a bicycle is a vehicle and should be treated as such. Keep your kids safe on their bikes by following these tips.

1. Adjust the Bike

This is especially important whether you are purchasing a new bike or your child is riding the same bike they did last summer. Your child should have about 3 inches of space between them and the bicycle when straddling a mountain bike. There should be an inch or two of space on a road bike. When your child is sitting on the seat, their knee should be slightly bent when the pedal is at its lowest point. The handlebar and seat should be level with one another.

2. Helmet

Your little one should be wearing a helmet every time they take off on their bicycle. Always check to make sure that your child’s helmet fits properly at the start of the season. Heads grow, too!

3. Clothing

Clothing should be light and bright. White does not make children more visible. Think fluorescent colors when outfitting your child for a day of riding. Another good idea is to put a strip of reflective tape on their chest and back.

4. Proper Riding

Teach your child to ride their bike properly. That means that at least one had is on the handlebars at all times. Books, papers and other belongings should be carried in a backpack, if they are carried at all. Make sure your child knows to keep an eye out for road hazards and understands how to avoid them. Do not let your child ride alone at night.

While some bicycle accidents are the fault of a vehicle driver, many are to blame on the cyclist. When you take the time to teach your child how to ride safely, you are more relaxed letting them go off and explore on two wheels.

Bicycle accidents occur in North Carolina and around the country. If you have been involved in an accident locally, please call our office. A member of our team will review the details of your accident at no cost to you and advise you of your options.

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