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Most people believe that a traumatic brain injury has to be just that: traumatic. The truth is that any brain injury caused by trauma is labeled as such. People experiencing a traumatic brain injury have varying symptoms, and not all symptoms are extreme. A mild brain injury can have serious consequences and should not be treated lightly.

Doctors and researchers came up with a grading system that places traumatic brain injury in specific categories. While some injuries are extensive, others are relatively mild in comparison. When patients hear the word “mild,” it is often taken to mean that their brain injury is nothing to be concerned about. This could not be further from the truth.

Any brain injury must be taken seriously and treated appropriately.  If you believe that you have sustained a brain injury, it is important to see a doctor as soon as you are able to do so.

Signs of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

When you understand that signs of a mild traumatic brain injury, you are more likely to receive the treatment you need.

  • Atypical emotions and reactions
  • An inability to multi-task
  • Poor memory
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

While it isn’t life threatening to have a headache, it could be if you believe that your headaches is the result of a traumatic brain injury that you suffered in an accident. It is imperative that you seek the appropriate care for your injuries to prevent them from becoming worse than they are.

If you suffered a traumatic brain injury in Charlotte, an experienced, licensed attorney can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Our team specializes in injuries sustained in accidents, including traumatic brain injury.

Whether you injury was caused by an auto accident, a slip and fall or an assault, we have the knowledge it takes to make sure that someone is held responsible. Reach out to our office today and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. We will work to get you compensation for your injuries, lost wages and more. Call today for assistance.

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It is widely known that construction works face a variety of hazards each time they step onto a work site. Statistics have shown that four out of every 100 workers will be hurt on the job annually. Deaths in this industry account for 18 percent of all work-related fatalities that occur yearly. Some of the most common causes of accident include:

1. Falls

Construction workers often work in high places. They may balance on scaffolding, climb ladders or work on roofs. Falls account for 34 percent of all work-related fatalities among construction workers.

2. Electrocutions

In addition to working in high places, construction workers frequently work with exposed wiring. These men and women also work near power lines and unfinished electrical systems. Coming into contact with any of these things can cause anything from a mild shock to deadly electrocution.

3. Falling Objects

Projects that have multiple levels pose a threat of falling objects. Heavy tools, materials used for building and other debris can fall from above, striking workers who are on the ground.

4. Getting Caught

There is heavy machinery on construction sites. There are also different types of equipment, including vehicles. Getting caught between pieces of equipment and stationery objects can happen quickly. This can cause crushing and other types of injuries.

5. Overexertion

Working for long hours performing physical labor is taxing on anyone’s body. Working in hot and humid conditions can be deadly. Many workers will push through to get the job done. This can be a risky choice to make.

When construction workers are injured on the job, it affects them and the people they love. When workers are injured, they may be unable to return to the site. This means a loss of paycheck and, in turn, financial hardship. A construction injury can be truly life altering.

If you have been injured on the job in Charlotte, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Reach out to our team of experienced attorneys today and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your injury and advise you of your options under current state and local law. Call today for assistance.

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view-of-a-man-on-the-motorcycle-with-a-helmet-onEven as summer has come to a close, motorcycles are still all over the roads of North Carolina. The weather has cooled off just a bit, making it that much more enjoyable for this state’s nearly 200,000 registered bikers to hit the open roads. But, as more choppers flood the roads, motorcycle accidents become much more prevalent. While these aren’t always fatal, they do generally result in injury, as there’s not much protecting a rider from other vehicles — and the road itself.

North Carolina has taken measures to prevent some of the most serious injuries by requiring all riders to wear a helmet. However much protection helmets and other equipment provide, however, they do not prevent accidents from happening. Here are the most common causes of wrecks, caused by both other drivers and motorcyclists themselves, and how to prevent them.

1. Car Ahead Makes a Left Turn

Whether on your bike or in a car, few nuisances are more aggravating than the vehicle in front of you stopping to make a left turn. If you are traveling at a relatively high speed, you may not have time to slow down, and end up crashing into stopped car. You can blame any number of factors, but at the end of the day, the accident will almost always be considered your fault. To avoid this accident, always be attentive to your surroundings. On single-lane roads with many left-hand turns, leave plenty of room between yourself and the car ahead of you.

2. Loose Road Surface on a Curve

Imperfect surface conditions are especially prevalent on back roads. When the roads are winding, you may suddenly find yourself hitting a corner where you find gravel, sand, fallen leaves or any other obstacles. The moment you run into it, you lose control and wipe out. To avoid this kind of crash, remember: slow in, fast out. Don’t take turns so quickly that you can’t react to whatever is in the road. Your survival may depend on your reaction time. If you are going to go into turns at higher speeds, be sure to incorporate trail braking into your riding.

3. Coming into a Curve Too Hot

view-over-handlebars-of-a-motorcycleYou’re enjoying time on your bike, speeding down the road and enjoying the fresh air. All the sudden a curve comes up in the road. You try to slow down, but it’s not enough; you wipe out. This is one of the easiest accidents to prevent. You should never ride faster than your reaction time. Even if you are on a highway or on a road you have traveled a thousand times, conditions can change in an instant. If you are in this situation, don’t slam on the brakes, which can cause you to flip. Instead, use trail braking and other techniques to safely slow down and maintain control.

4. Sudden Lane Changes

Highway traffic is usually a mess. Drivers are weaving in and out of lanes, trying to get to their destination seconds earlier than the cars in front of them. While this is often little more than an aggravation for car drivers, motorcyclists are potentially in danger on the highway. If you are on the highway or any multi-lane road, watch out for cars suddenly changing lanes. Stay out of blind spots, and look for signs like turning signals and wheels turning to avoid being collided with. If one lane is moving faster, be careful if you are driving in it, as that’s where other drivers will try to be as well.

5. Being Rear-Ended

Whether you are stopped at a traffic light or a deer ran in front of you, causing you to suddenly stop, there is always the chance of you being rear-ended. Unlike other causes of wrecks on this list, there simply aren’t many things you can do to prevent this from happening, since you usually aren’t at fault. However, there are a few preventative steps you can take. If you can, stop in front of another car is that already slowing down. It allows you to have a buffer if someone comes speeding along behind you. If you can’t, pull over to the side of the lane; don’t stop in the center. Be prepared to move if danger approaches.

6. Taking Unnecessary Risks

closeup-of-vintage-motorcycle-riding-in-the-rainIf you can avoid it, don’t ride during foul weather. It’s not always avoidable; rain and storms can pop up at any time. If you have decent brakes and good tires, you can make it through. However, if it is raining when you leave, simply find another way to get where you’re going. There is no need to purposefully going out on your bike when the roads are going to be slippery.

The number one cause of motorcycle wrecks is alcohol use. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about one third of all motorcycle accident fatalities involve a rider with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent or higher. Though the most common, these accidents are also the easiest to prevent. If you’ve been driving, do not get on your motorcycle.

Every time you get on your bike, you take your life, and potentially the lives of those around you, into your own hands. By driving safely and avoiding reckless driving, you have enjoy many wonderful years atop your motorcycle.

It is not unusual for people to have questions after they have been involved in an accident. This is especially true when that accident is bicycle versus vehicle. Most people have a misconception that if a bike and car are involved in an accident, the driver is always at fault. This is not the case. Here are the most common questions we receive after a bicycle versus vehicle accident.

1. I was ‘doored’; who is liable?

If you ride a bike in the city, chances are you have had at least one close call with a car door that opens suddenly. If you were unfortunate enough to be hit by the door, you may be wondering if you can sue for damages. The answer is that it depends on the situation. If the door opened into you because the driver failed to notice you, you may have a lawsuit. If you hit the open door because you weren’t paying attention, the chances of winning a lawsuit are minimal.

2. Do bike lanes have to be plowed in the winter?

Whether or not cities are responsible for plowing bike lanes depends on the jurisdiction in which you live. To discover the answer to this question, contact your local city hall or law enforcement agency. Keep in mind that even if a city is required to keep bike lanes clear, choosing to ride in one that is full of slush and ice is exactly that: your choice.

3. A bicycle hit my car and caused damage, can I sue?

Of course. While a cyclist doesn’t have vehicle insurance, they are still liable for any damage they cause to your vehicle if the accident was their fault. If, on the other hand, the accident was your fault, the damage will be paid for by your insurance company or out of your own pocket.

4. What is the best proof that the driver was liable for our accident?

The best proof that you can have in a car versus bike accident is a police report. Make sure that you get a copy of the responding officer’s report. Whether or not you feel like you are injured, you need to contact the authorities. You don’t know how you will feel tomorrow, a week from now or even a month from now.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Charlotte, we will review the details of your accident at no cost to you and help you decide if you may be entitled to compensation for injury or damage. Call our team today and schedule an appointment for your no-cost case evaluation.

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People are commuting to work and school by bike in larger numbers than ever before. There are a variety of reasons that one may choose to take two wheels instead of four. Some choose to bike as part of an adoption of a greener lifestyle, others do it to stay fit. Many people choose to bike as a way to save money. No matter the reason behind your decision to commute to work in this alternative fashion, it is important to do everything you can to keep yourself safe. Here are a few tips to help make sure you get to work or class without injury.

Be Visible

One of the best things you can do to improve your safety is to stay visible. Wear brightly-colored clothing, put lights on your bicycle’s front and back, and consider putting a few strips of reflective tape on your chest and back. Try not to ride in areas where seeing you will be difficult for other drivers.

Choose Your Route

You may be able to cruise to work on the highway while in your car, but you can’t do the same on your bike. Take time to choose a route that will be safest. Look for one that has wide roads and even terrain. Consider back roads if they are available to avoid heavy amounts of traffic. If you aren’t sure the route you are choosing is safe or time-effective, bike it on the weekend and test it out.

Your “Stuff”

If you can’t keep all of your important things stashed at the office, chances are you will need to carry them with you in the morning and again in the afternoon. If your bike isn’t equipped with a rack, a backpack is the safest option. Make sure the weight is distributed evenly and use both arm straps when you put the pack on.

Check the Weather

We all know that we can’t always depend on a week-long forecast to tell us what the weather will be like. Check the weather the night before your commute and again in the morning. If the weather isn’t going to be conducive to your pedaling to work, consider a different form of transportation. Don’t take chances.

If you are injured in a bike accident in Charlotte or the surrounding area, call our office. A member of our team will speak to you at no cost to you or your family and advise you of the options available to you under current local and state law. Call now and let us help you begin the process of seeking compensation for your injuries.

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From icy parking lots to wet floors, there are a variety of reasons that people find themselves unable to stay on their feet. Slip and fall accidents result in a number of civil lawsuits every year. In fact, these lawsuits are so common that you may know someone who has either filed a claim or thought about it.

With so many stories out there regarding slip and fall lawsuits, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Here are the top myths surrounding these lawsuits.

There is no case.

Sure, accidents happen. If you want to avoid ever being injured, you would have to put yourself in a bubble and never leave your home. Just because “accidents happen,” you shouldn’t assume that you don’t have a case after you have fallen. If you were injured on someone else’s property, and the owner of that property was negligent in maintaining the safety of their property, you have a right to compensation for your injuries.

There was a warning sign.

We’ve all seen wet floor signs. These yellow warning are meant to tell us to slow down and watch our step. What they aren’t meant to do is negate a lawsuit. There is a difference between placing a wet floor sign on a freshly mopped floor, and putting on near a spill that is never attended to.

My injuries aren’t physical.

Your physical injuries may be minor, or they may not have occurred at all. You don’t have to have apparent physical injuries to be able to file a lawsuit. You may be injured in such a way that you are unable to enjoy normal day-to-day activities. You might have a disruption in your social life. An attorney can advise you in cases such as these.

I don’t have any evidence.

When people slip and fall, they rarely think to stop and collect evidence. It is natural to be embarrassed when you fall down, and collecting bits of evidence to use in a future lawsuit is the last thing on your mind. This is true if you are injured as well. Your first thought is undoubtedly getting help for your injuries. You don’t have to have collected mounds of evidence to have a successful lawsuit.

I have all the time in the world.

Some are under the misconception that they can sue whenever they like. This is not true. Every state has a statute of limitations that dictates how much time you have to file your lawsuit. The statue of limitations varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. If you have even a thought of possibly filing, you need to consult with an attorney right away.

If you have been injured in North Carolina, give us a call today. We will advise you of your options at no cost to you during your initial consultation. It never hurts to speak to an attorney, even if you ultimately decide that filing a lawsuit is not in your best interest. Call us today.

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We use our cell phones for a variety of things. At a minimum, people use their phones to stay connected to loved ones. At most, people use their smart phones as a sort of life-controlling device. We text, keep track of appointments, surf the Internet, post to social media, navigate and more using these handheld machines. But what happens when those devices pose a threat to your family?

Samsung has had major difficulties with their new Galaxy Note 7, and those difficulties are proving to be disastrous for consumers. If you haven’t hear the news, Samsung’s latest offering has been causing fires across the country. Spontaneously bursting into flames, the devices have been the cause of minor damage and major destruction. Here’s the latest.

To date, there have been more than 100 reports of overheating Notes around the globe. Every one of the 1 million phones that have been sold currently are subject to recall. All sales and shipments of the phone have been stopped, and the company is working with cellular carriers and government agencies to exchange the units that have gotten into the hands of consumers.

But why are these phones bursting into flames? The answer is quite simple. These phones, like others, use lithium ion battery packs to supply their power. The liquid contained in these batteries is highly flammable. Once the battery pack becomes punctured, there is a direct line for electricity to make its way to the liquid. If the liquid overheats too quickly, there can be an explosion.

Any phone has the capability of catching fire, but Samsung is experiencing a problem that other manufacturer’s haven’t. The working theory is that the company brought negative and positive poles into contact during manufacture, and that squeezing placed too much pressure on the battery. Although there is no proof, it is believed that the battery may not know when it is completely charged.

In almost every instance of fire, the phone has been plugged into the wall and charging. If the phone doesn’t know the charge cycle is complete, it continues to feed electricity into the cell. This is causing an overheating situation and, in some cases, fire.

If you have purchased a Note 7, do not use it. Instead use another phone call your cell phone carrier for exchange information. If you don’t want a second Note 7, you may exchange your current one for a different Samsung model or get a full refund.

If you or a loved one has been injured in Charlotte, 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 options. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call today.

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Women who are pregnant will do whatever it takes to make sure that their babies come into the world healthy. Unfortunately, women don’t always know which prescription medications may be dangerous to their unborn children. There is list of drugs that can cause harmful side effects to infants, and Zofran is one of them.

Zofran is a drug used to curb morning sickness. The FDA has recently learned that the medication can cause septal and orofacial defects, stillbirths, kidney malformation, and congenital heart defects. Here is more about what you can do if your child experiences symptoms.

Suing for Birth Defects

When an infant is born with birth defects, parents have much more on their minds than filing a lawsuit. At times, it can be difficult to determine what led to the birth defect. If it is discovered that a prescription medication like Zofran caused the defect, its manufacturer can be held liable. For a successful lawsuit, you must be able to prove one of the following:

Design Defects: The drug poses a foreseeable risk that the company knew about but ignored, even when it is manufactured and taken as it was intended.

Manufacturing Defects: There was a mistake made during the production of the medication.

Warning Defects: The company knew about issues with the drug but failed to warn the public.

When it comes to Zofran, the drug was originally approved as one to treat nausea in chemotherapy patients. GlaxoSmithKline, the drug’s manufacturer, illegally marketed the drug to medical professionals as effective for treating morning sickness.

Filing Your Lawsuit

No two birth defect lawsuits are exactly alike due to the nature of these health concerns. There are still general factors to take into consideration when you file a lawsuit over a drug you took during pregnancy.

The first thing to know is that you may be able to file more than one type of lawsuit. Not only can you sue the drug manufacturer, but you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim as well. If a doctor prescribed teh drug for a purpose not approved by the FDA or did not warn you about the potential side effects, the doctor failed to perform with the acceptable standard of care.

It’s also important to understand the statute of limitations. The clock starts ticking quickly, but it is specific to the type of claim you are making and the state you live in.

If you or your child has been injured by a dangerous drug in North Carolina, call our team of medical malpractice attorneys. We will review the details of the injury and advise you of your options under current state law. Call now for a free case evaluation and discover how you may secure compensation for your injury.

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Zika has been in the headlines for the majority of the year. People across the country have been warned about contracting the virus and the issues it could cause. For most people, the Zika virus is self-limiting, causing flu-like symptoms for a week or two. For pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, the virus could be more serious.

People in North Carolina have been diagnosed with Zika, but officials are quick to point out that each has traveled to an endemic area. There have been no known cases transmitted locally. That said, everyone should be concerned about the virus. Transmitted by mosquitoes, Zika has the potential of causing a serious outbreak in any state, including North Carolina.

Here are steps you can take to protect yourself:

Travel Warnings: The CDC issues travel warnings that are updated on a regular basis. Currently, Florida is the only state that has confirmed having locally transmitted cases. Anyone concerned about contracting the virus should avoid areas listed by the CDC.

Birth Control: If you traveled to Florida after June 15, wait at least eight weeks before getting pregnant. Utilize your preferred method of birth control for at least two months after you return home.

Mosquitoes: Use mosquito repellent often. Any mosquito repellent you buy in the store is effective, particularly the brands we are all familiar with. Additionally, consider wearing long pants and sleeves.

Standing Water: Be sure that you have no standing water on your property. Mosquitoes only need a quarter cup of water in which to multiply. Tip over any outdoor toys and lawn furniture to make sure that there is no water collecting on them.

If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming so, the CDC has put together a website for you. The site has more information about the virus and precautions you can take. Many tips are applicable to everyone. While the Zika virus may be most concerning to pregnant women or women wishing to become pregnant, everyone needs to be aware of its potential dangers.

When you or a loved one suffers a personal injury in North Carolina, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Our team of attorneys can review the details of your injury and advise you of the options available to you. Call today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation and let us help you as you begin to move forward with your lives.

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Clowns make people laugh. They make other people shrink in terror. No matter how you feel about clowns, one thing is for certain: Seeing them in your local woods would give cause for concern.

That is exactly what has been happening in Greensboro, North Carolina. The first report was of a clown in blue pants, a yellow shirt and red wig. The person was also wearing a scary clown mask and carrying a machete. The clown ran into local woods after being chased by a witness who then called police.

Since late August, the scene has repeated several times. People call police, reporting clown sightings and when police respond, there is no clown to be found. Just weeks before the first sighting in N.C., a family in South Carolina called police to report that a clown was trying to lure children into the woods. A second report was taken of a clown standing near the dumpster in the same apartment complex.

In recent weeks, there have been nearly six reports of menacing clowns in the area bordering the two states. In each instance, no clown has been found. The lack of evidence is beginning to cast doubt on the truth of the reports. Others are speculating that the clowns may be a viral campaign for a new Rob Zombie movie.

Greenville authorities have released a statement that anyone caught in public wearing a clown costume faces arrest, at least for now. Police chief Ken Miller released a statement that said, in part, “It’s inappropriate, and it’s creating community concern, so it needs to stop.”

North Carolina authorities have not threatened arrest, but they are telling the public that now may not be the best time to wear their favorite clown costume outside of the house.

Legitimate clowns are working to distance themselves from these creepy copycats.

Anyone who sees a clown in the woods or otherwise acting suspiciously is encouraged to call their local authorities. Do not give chase on your own.

If you or a loved one has experienced personal injury in North Carolina, call our office. A member of our team will speak to you about your options at no cost to you or your family. Call today for assistance or browse our website for more information about our firm.

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