Winter is just around the corner, and your mind may be turning to all of the things you can do outside. For some people, winter sports are far more enjoyable than sports played under the hot summer sun. If you count yourself among the people who are fairly sedentary, as far as athletics and exercise, during the warm-weather months, you’ve got to prepare for the slopes before you hit them.
If you toss your snowboard in the backseat or strap your skis to the roof and don’t take the time to prepare your body, you could be asking for an injury that you would rather not deal with. While some accidents can’t be avoided, those caused by poor conditioning certainly can. Here are some tips for getting yourself ready for enjoying the winter snow in the North Carolina mountains or wherever else you may be headed.
You don’t want to strap on your skis without at least first getting yourself somewhat in shape. Start walking, running or any activity that will get you moving. You don’t have to knock yourself out, but you may need to get a bit more fit than you are right now. You want to enjoy yourself on the slopes and getting more fit before your trip may help you enjoy it even more.
Don’t rely on last year’s equipment if you haven’t gotten it out, inspected it and tried it on. Make sure that your cold-weather gear still fits and is in good repair. If you don’t want to spend more money on new equipment, you may be able to rent it at your destination.
You may wear sunscreen at all times in the summer and then relax with it a bit in the winter. The truth is that sunscreen is just as important on the slopes as it is on the beach. In fact, with the sun reflecting off the snow, you could be at an even greater risk of getting burned. Look for a sunscreen that is made to be worn during activity so you don’t have to reapply it as often.
Be prepared for whatever the weather throws at you by dressing in several light layers. If you get too hot, you can take a layer off. If you get cold again, you can put what you’ve taken off back on. Dressing in layers allows you to remain comfortable no matter the temperature outside.
Just like sunscreen, good sunglasses aren’t just for summer. The sun bouncing off of the snow can be harmful to your eyes, as can the wind and blowing snow. Buy yourself a good pair of sunglasses or tinted goggles. You’ll want to protect your eyes when you are flying downhill.
Before you head to the slopes this winter, make sure you’re prepared. Don’t plan on getting in shape on the slopes, you will only be setting yourself up for injury.
If you are injured in North Carolina or elsewhere while traveling to the slopes, reach out to our office. We will review the details of your injury and advise you of how we may be able to help. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and more. Stay warm and safe!
You’ve been involved in a car accident. You are understandably stressed out and maybe even anxious. In the days that follow, you have a lot to deal with. The last thing you need is a phone call from the other party’s insurance adjuster, but it could very well happen.
One of the first questions people have when they get this phone call is whether or not they have to provide information. The short answer is “no.” There is nothing legally binding you to give the other person’s insurance company any information at all. So why do they call?
Most insurance companies will attempt to sort out liability when the police report has become available. To do this, they will speak with their own insured and often reach out to the other party involved (YOU). This is especially true when those involved in the accident and the witnesses who saw the whole thing happen give conflicting accounts. If a police report is unclear, the insurance company will certainly try to speak to additional witnesses or parties that may have additional information. One of the ways that insurance companies are profitable is by being very good at investigating claims and looking for information that may help them pay little or nothing on a claim.
Let’s say that you were rear-ended by a vehicle. The police arrive and you give your side of the story. You were stopped in the turn lane with your signal on when the driver behind you crashed into your bumper. The other party tells the police that you were in the lane of travel and didn’t have your turn signal on. They also say that you stopped abruptly and they had no time to stop. No one else saw the accident. In this case, you can almost assuredly expect a phone call from an adjuster that is looking for information that they may try to use against you to deny your claim.
Your Insurance Company Versus The “Other” Company
When you are involved in an accident, you will want to cooperate as much as possible with your own insurance company. In fact, your cooperation may be required as outlined in your policy. You do not, on the other hand, have any obligation to speak with the other driver’s insurance adjuster. In most cases, it is in your best interest not to.
If you are called by an insurance adjuster that insures the other driver, politely decline to give them any information. Your next step would be to call an experienced car accident attorney. Keep in mind that anything you say to the adjuster could be used against you in their decision to pay out the claim or, worse, in court should you file a personal injury lawsuit.
If you have been involved in an accident in Charlotte, our team of experienced personal injury attorneys is here for you. We understand what you are going through, and we will use our knowledge and experience to fight for your rights. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation. Let us review the details of your accident and help you make the best decisions moving forward. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more.
Did you know that vultures don’t get food poisoning from old meat? You aren’t a vulture, meaning you are very susceptible to being poisoned by food. Now that Thanksgiving is over and you’ve feasted to the point of stuffed, you may be wondering just how long you can enjoy those leftovers.
For most people, a telltale sign of food gone bad is a foul smell or slimy coating. These two things are clear indicators that bacteria has settled in and food has turned dangerous for consumption. That said, meat behaves one way and other foods in a completely different manner. If your mashed potatoes and stuffing start to turn, you may not know it until it’s too late.
Preventing yourself or your guests from getting food poisoning should always be an obvious goal for anyone that is hosting or catering an event. If you give a visitor to your home food poisoning and its serious enough to warrant medical attention, you could be opening yourself up to potential liability. Here’s what you need to know about the portion of your feast still sitting in the fridge.
It may be too late for you to follow these tips, but you can always use them for next time. There are right ways and wrong ways to store your Thanksgiving leftovers. Food should be in separate containers. You may be tempted to store “meals” in sealed containers, but your foods will go bad at different speeds. Storing them together is a mistake unless you plan on reheating them within a few hours.
When putting food containers in the fridge, make sure that you don’t stack them too tightly. Your fridge needs to be able to circulate air. It can’t do that if it is filled wall to wall with plastic containers. Speaking of your refrigerator, make sure that the temperature is correct. Your food needs to be kept under 40 degrees Fahrenheit so set your refrigerator’s temperature accordingly.
Your food is generally safe for up to four days provided it has been stored properly. Thanksgiving is on a Thursday every year. Any food that isn’t eaten by Monday should be thrown away.
When you decide you want a bit more turkey, make sure you are heating it to the right temperature. It needs to be reheated to above 140 degrees. The same can be said for all of your leftovers unless they are meant to be cold.
If you have frozen any of your leftovers, don’t thaw them on the counter. Let them thaw in the refrigerator so they remain as cold as necessary before you decide to reheat them. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with enjoying your Thanksgiving meal through the weekend, but you’ve got to do it safely.
Our office handles injury cases for people hurt in automobile accidents, work accidents and other accidents that caused an injury on someone else’s property. We always offer a no obligation free telephone case evaluation. We will review the details of your case and advise you of how we may be able to help. Call today to schedule a case evaluation.
If you’ve ever had a hernia, then you know how devastatingly painful they can be. For those who haven’t dealt with this issue, a hernia is when an organ, often the intestines or stomach, bulges through the surrounding tissue. This can cause extreme pain and a host of other issues. In rare cases, hernias can even be life-threatening.
For some, hernias can be treated with simple laparoscopic surgery, during with tiny incisions are made and a thin tool is used to make repairs to the tissue. In other cases, especially if the hernia is a larger one, recovery may need to be aided by a mesh to hold everything in place during the healing process.
Based on what is supposed to be used for Mesh sounds like a helpful medical device. Unfortunately many people have been injured by mesh that has been used in their hernia repair surgeries.
While “hernia” is the general term used any time an organ bulges outside of the area they’re normally contained, there are several specific types of hernias. They can occur for a variety of reasons, but they often happen due to too much pressure being placed on the abdominal wall from lifting, coughing or even due to weight.
The most common kinds of hernias include:
Mesh could be used in any of these situations, depending on how severe the damage is to the surrounding tissue. However, these medical products carry some major risks.
In the early 1960s, a material called polypropylene was introduced. Since then, it and similar variations of the material have been used in the manufacturing of surgical mesh devices. The problem? These products can degrade over time and can cause very serious complications. As such, many experts say it should not be used for permanent implantation.
Technically, hernia mesh is not necessarily intended to be permanently implanted. Many of these devices were marketed to provide temporary support during the healing process following a hernia surgery. However, frequently the devices remain implanted instead of being removed after the hernia repair has completed healing.
The FDA has noted a variety of issues related to surgical mesh, including:
In some cases, the mesh could become detached from the original surgical site. If this occurs, it could migrate to other areas of the body, causing damage.
If you have a hernia, talk to your doctor about all your options. Though surgery may be required, there could be alternatives to mesh, even if you’re dealing with a large hernia. If it’s decided that hernia mesh is required, check the FDA’s recall list to make sure the mesh being used in your surgery is not under recall.
Consult with your doctor to determine how long the mesh will implanted inside of your body. If your doctor plans to remove the mesh at a future date, speak to them about scheduling a removal procedure for when the device is no longer necessary. You should also have regular checkups with your doctor to make sure the mesh is working as intended.
If you are injured or made ill by your hernia mesh, a mesh injury lawyer can help you explore your legal options as well.
In most North Carolina Car Accidents, law enforcement is contacted and they make a report of your traffic incident. When police respond to the scene of an accident, they will begin to gather information from drivers and witnesses at the crash scene. The information will then be added to an accident report.
If you have never seen one of these reports, they can be a bit hard to understand. If you can get your hands on an accident report “key,” you will better understand the information that the reporting officer has included.
The first thing you should look for is the names of all drivers involved in the accident. You may not be able to ascertain if others’ names were spelled correctly, but you can certainly check the accuracy of your own. The next thing you will want to look for is whether or not the police officer was accurate in his or her description of who was driving which vehicle. Also, if you look at the bottom of the second page of the report, you will see a box where the reporting officer will list if any citations were issued.
Check closely to see if any parties received a ticket or citation. Also, look at boxes 14, 15 and 16 on the right hand side of page 1 to see if they are filled with numbers. Even if you don’t know what the numbers mean, anything filled out in these boxes will let you know if the driver listed in the first position (Driver 1) was found to have done anything that contributed to the accident. If boxes 17, 18 and 19 are filled, that means that the officer found the second driver contributed to the accident. If there are more than 2 vehicles involved, the same format for reading the contributing factors will also apply to drivers listed on additional pages. You will need to use the accident key to determine what the numbers in the box(s) mean.
Take a look at the bottom of page one. There will be information about the people that own the vehicles, the names of their insurance company(s) and their policy number(s). Most of the times you can assume that the information is accurate, however please note that in some cases the insurance information may not be up to date and you may need additional research to find the accurate insurance information.
Keep in mind when reading the report that the opinions and findings of the police officer do not determine “fault”. It is the reporting officer’s job to gather information about the accident. Fault is a matter that may be determined by the insurance companies and in some cases, the Court. Additionally sometimes it may be possible to correct or amend an accident report depending on the information that needs to be corrected or added.
If you have been involved in such an injury accident in Charlotte or elsewhere, reach out to our experienced team of personal injury attorneys. If you do not have your accident report, we will help you obtain it free of charge. We will also help you decipher your report if you are having trouble understanding it. Accident reports and injuries are confusing. Please give us a call for a free consultation. We will review the details of your case and advise you of your potential options.
There are many myths surrounding car accident injury claims that you should be aware of. Many deal with the amount of settlement or compensation you can expect to receive. Please be weary of anyone that tells you how much your case is worth and what is definitely going to happen in your case – especially if they tell you these things when you first meet with them. Additionally it is important to realize that every case is different so what happened in your cousin’s case may not be relevant to your case at all. EVERY CASE IS DIFFERENT!
Here are a few myths surrounding personal injury claims.
It’s never safe to assume that the way a personal injury case turned out for your friend or family member in another state is how it will turn out for you. Laws related to injury cases vary from state to state. For example, some states have no-fault legislation while others operate on a fault basis. Before making an assumptions about your case, consider speaking to an attorney familiar with the personal injury laws in your state.
This term has been used in commercials, TV shows and in movies to the point where it is a commonly uttered phrase. Unfortunately most people do not understand what it really means. If some person or company caused you to be injured, you can make a claim for pain and suffering damages. The purpose of these damages is to provide compensation for physical discomfort endured due to injuries resulting from an accident. There is no one formula or single way to calculate the exact compensation that someone may be entitled to in their personal injury or accident case. There are many factors that your attorney will analyze to make their determination. This is not something that should be guessed or assumed. Please speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to determine what you may be entitled to.
You may have heard about large settlements reported in the news or in your local newspaper. Often times the media will focus more on the amount of the settlement or verdict than the substance of the case that lead to such a result. Large settlements and verdicts are typically going to be associated with cases relating to very severe and serious injury cases. Examples of those cases may include wrongful death, paralysis or many other injuries. A large settlement or jury verdict should not be viewed as a commonplace windfall. Many times these large settlements and verdicts are awarded in situations where people have been catastrophically injured or in a situation where a large amount of money may be necessary to compensate someone with extremely large medical bills or a necessity for future care that could last for decades.
There is a common misconception that we often hear about insurance companies offering favorable settlements to people that just a sit and wait for them. Anything is possible and there is probably someone out there that received a settlement purely because of good timing. However this is not a reasonable or sound negotiation strategy because you risk recovering nothing if you wait too long. An insurance company can play the waiting game too and they don’t mind if you wait, or wait so long that your time has run out. There are strict time periods that govern someone’s ability to file a personal injury action. It is a good idea to speak to an experienced car accident or personal injury lawyer so you can best understand the time periods that govern your case. Hiring a personal injury attorney experienced in negotiation is one consideration to make. They are experienced at working with the insurance companies and they know how to navigate settlement negotiations.
Often times we hear from people that failed to research their attorney prior to hiring them. In some cases they may call for a 2nd opinion or to discuss the possibility of hiring another firm for one reason or another. In North Carolina there is no such thing as an attorney that specializes in personal injury. There are some practice areas where a lawyer with certain credentials may ethically refer to themselves as specialists. Board Certified Specialists in Workers Compensation is such an example. Just because you cannot call yourself a personal injury specialist in NC doesn’t mean that you cannot limit your practice areas to personal injury or car accidents. Consider doing some research on the attorney or firm that you are considering hiring. What kind of cases do they handle? Do they only handle matters related to injury cases? Do they do criminal law, family law and personal injury all at the same time? There are plenty of great lawyers that handle different types of caseloads in different practice areas. We recommend that a potential consumer of professional legal services inquire about the qualifications of the attorney or firm that they are considering hiring before they actually hire them.
Reach out to our office today if you have been involved in an auto accident in Charlotte. We have over 26 years of experience defending victims and protecting their rights. We are happy to offer you a no-cost case evaluation and discuss your incident further. Call today to schedule your appointment.
If you live in North Carolina, you may know that it has one of the largest system of highways in the country. If you don’t live in the state, you may not have been aware of that fact. It stands to reason that having such an extensive amount of roadway can be dangerous for drivers. With more people on the road, the chances of being involved in a collision are heightened.
There are important legal aspects to consider if you’ve been in an accident in Charlotte or anywhere else in the state. Here are the basics that you need to be aware of. Your personal injury attorney can give you advice that is more specific to your incident.
In the state of North Carolina, you must have minimum liability insurance in order to drive legally. The state minimums are $30,000 per person, $60,000 per accident and $25,000 for property damage. You, of course, can carry more coverage should you choose to do so, but you cannot legally carry less.
A driver is also required to have uninsured motorist coverage. This is to protect you in the event that the person responsible for your accident doesn’t have insurance.
Following up with the insurance companies can be a confusing task. Most people involved in car accidents have claims related to property damage and bodily injury. These are two different claims. It is most common to file a claim against the “at-fault” driver’s insurance company but there are times when your own company may also be involved in the claims process. Those types of claims are common when attempting to resolve property damage issues or cases involving an unknown or uninsured driver. Additionally there may be benefits such as medical payment insurance “med-pay” available to you and your passengers from your own insurance company. An experienced personal injury law firm that handles motor vehicle accidents will be able to assist with making sure that all of the different insurance companies are involved to the extent that they need to be.
It’s important that you understand contributory negligence if you live in North Carolina as it is one of the few states that still utilizes this type of liability. In general, if you are found to have had any part in the accident, even if it wasn’t totally your fault, you are barred from recovering damages for your property or personal injury. It is common for insurance companies in contributory negligence states to use the defense of contributory negligence to deny auto accident claims. Cases involving this issue can be very difficult and it is a good idea to speak to an attorney about whether or not this issue is relevant to your case. Additionally insurance companies may use recorded statements as a tool to come to the conclusion that another driver contributed to the accident. Consider speaking to an attorney before making any statements to any insurance companies.
It is your option, in most cases, to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person(s) you believe to be responsible for your accident. Many times a resolution to someone’s personal injury case can be reached without having to file a lawsuit. Your attorney will be able to best advise you on your options and whether or not a lawsuit may be filed in your case. Every case is different and every case has a different resolution. Do not make any assumptions or guesses about your potential case. Speak to a lawyer to be sure about your options.
If you have been involved in a crash in Charlotte and would like to speak to one of our attorneys about filing a personal injury claim, please call our office. We will help you schedule a free case evaluation at which time we will advise you of your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. Reach out to our team for assistance.
After an accident, you will be dealing with many things and multiple people. One of those people will probably be an insurance adjuster, and you could very well come away from the meeting feeling as though you have been taken. You wouldn’t be the first.
Insurance companies don’t stay in business by paying out the maximum settlement for every claim they receive. While you may come across a friendly, helpful adjuster, chances are more likely that you will deal with an adjuster who has their company’s interests foremost in their mind. Here are a few tricks to watch out for.
An insurance adjuster may ask you loaded questions. Be wary of this. They may try to discuss the accident with you and shift blame onto you rather than their insured. Refrain from discussing the accident with an adjuster!
The adjuster you deal with may try several tactics to delay your claim. The reasons are twofold: you may become so frustrated with the process that you accept their low settlement offer and they could delay you for so long you miss deadlines. If you feel as though an adjuster is delaying your case purposely, seek out an attorney.
Have you ever felt as if someone was watching you? If you’ve been in a car accident, you might be right. Insurance adjusters have been known to try and catch car accident victims performing physical activities in order to deny their claim.
An adjuster may ask you to provide medical records for any treatment you sought after the accident. While this may seem innocent and reasonable, there may be a clause in the paperwork you sign that allows the adjuster access to all of your medical records. Again, you are under no obligation to provide this information.
If an adjuster tells you that you can settle your claim without the assistance of an attorney, be careful. Keep in mind that they are looking out for their company. If they start telling you that you don’t need an attorney, you almost assuredly do.
If you have to deal with an insurance adjuster following a car accident, always be wary. While some are truly good people, others will do anything they can to delay or deny your claim. If at any point you begin to feel as though you are being taken for a ride, consult with an experienced attorney.
After a car accident in Charlotte, you have legal rights. Reach out to our personal injury attorneys to discover more about what those rights are. Unlike an insurance adjuster, we work for you. We will defend your rights in court if necessary and help you achieve the best settlement possible. Call our office today to schedule your free case evaluation and let us help you make the best decisions for your situation.
If you decide to drive while you are drowsy, you are asking for trouble. Not only does operating a vehicle while fatigued put the driver at risk, but it is also dangerous for everyone else on the road. Other drivers, pedestrians and even property owners can be affected by someone’s choice to drive when they shouldn’t.
If you are injured in an accident caused by a fatigued driver, you may have a valid personal injury case against the at-fault driver. Here is more of what you need to know about drowsy driving and why it is such a dangerous mistake that is completely avoidable.
When you are tired and get behind the wheel, you will operate your vehicle in a way similar to that if you had consumed alcohol. It surprises many people that being drowsy behind the wheel can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Both of these actions can:
When you drive while you are sleepy, you do not have the focus and concentration necessary to operate your vehicle safely. It really is that simple.
Drowsy driving accidents are more common than people may think. People get behind the wheel when they are too tired to drive too often. Here are some statistics on drowsy driving.
The only way to prevent drowsy driving is to not drive while you are tired. There are ways you can prevent being too tired to get behind the wheel.
Don’t drive when you would typically be asleep and, if necessary, take a nap before you drive. If you begin to feel tired as you drive, pull over and stretch or find a safe place to take a nap. If you will be taking a road trip, make a plan to stop every two hours or so and give yourself a break. Any time you believe that you may be putting yourself in danger by driving while tired, ask someone to accompany you. Better yet, get some sleep before you hit the road.
If you happen to be involved in an accident in North Carolina, we are here to try and help you. Reach out to our experienced team of legal professionals for the legal assistance you need. We will review the details of your accident for free. Call today to schedule a case evaluation.
It is never too early to start planning for next year! With so many people celebrating this past Halloween , we thought we would take a moment to highlight some issues that we usually see after Halloween with hopes of preventing injuries in the future. Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays for children. With all of the anticipation leading up to the big day, children can easily forget all that you’ve taught them about staying safe. While the day and evening should both be enjoyable, the sad truth is that the potential for injury is ever present.
Here are some tips to consider before you head out in search of the best candy in the neighborhood.
1. Watch for Drivers
One of the largest causes of injury during trick-or-treat is accidents with vehicles. Children are struck by cars for a variety of reasons, but most often it is because one didn’t see the other. Make sure your children are highly visible. This may mean putting reflective tape on their costumes, having them carry a flashlight or both. You can even attach glow sticks to your child’s outfit to make them more visible.
2. Properly Fitting Costumes
There are so many costumes on the market today that it can be hard to choose just one. No matter which one your child finally settles on, make sure the costume fits properly. Bottoms shouldn’t drag on the ground and there shouldn’t be any sharp objects attached to it.
Children, no matter how old, should not be permitted to trick-or-treat alone. Make sure there is at least one adult with a group of children who can be on the lookout for potential danger.
4. Your Own Home
Make sure your property is well lit, that any sidewalk or driveway damage is repaired or blocked off and your decorations aren’t hazardous.
5. Watch the Candy
Chances are that you take a close look at the loot your child collects before you let them dig in. You should also be watching the candy that you are handing out. Before you pass out a morsel to an unsuspecting ghoul, be sure to check that none of the packaging has been tampered with and that the candy is within the expiration date.
6. Shoes Matter
If clever shoes are a part of your child’s costume, they should still be able to walk in them. Pointy witch shoes and oversized clown shoes may make a costume come together, but they can make it easier for your child to slip and fall. Your child should wear sensible shoes with good traction if they will be walking from house to house.
If you ever have questions about an injury that occurred because someone else was negligent, please call our office for a free consultation and learn more about your options. We are here to assist you – reach out to our office now or browse our website for more information about our firm and the types of cases we handle.