Legal News

Personal Injury Issues: Paralysis and a Loss of Senses

Charlotte NC Personal Injury Lawyer Depending on the type of accident experienced, some individuals might sustain injuries that are far greater than simple cuts and abrasions.  In fact, some may experience more severe injuries, such as a loss of their senses and even paralysis.  That is why it is imperative for persons who have suffered personal injuries due to an accident or someone else’s negligence to seek counsel from a Charlotte personal injury lawyer. A Loss of Senses A loss of senses can include things such as losing your hearing, sight, smell, and/or sense of touch.  Such loses can happen due to the occurrence of an explosion, being exposed to or breathing in harmful chemicals, various factors in the workplace, or negligence (to include medical negligence).  For instance, an individual might suffer nerve damage, either in an accident or due to a surgical procedure that went wrong, that might result…

Wrongful Death in North Carolina

Charlotte NC Wrongful Death Lawyer Whenever an individual dies due to the wrongful, deliberate or negligent act of someone else, the laws of the state of North Carolina permit the executor or administrator of that individual’s estate to file an action for wrongful death.  Most Charlotte wrongful death attorneys will tell you that the types of damages that are recoverable in a wrongful death claim can include amounts that will cover the deceased individual’s pain and suffering prior to death, his or her funeral expenses, and, if death was not immediate, those expenses related to the care and treatment of the deceased individual prior to his or her death. Your Rights Under the Statute Under North Carolina’s wrongful death statute, the monies recovered from a wrongful death claim will not be counted as assets of the deceased individual’s estate and, accordingly, they will not be applied to the decedent’s debts…

The Difficulties Surrounding Medical Malpractice Claims

Charlotte NC Medical Malpractice Lawyer Medical negligence (which is also known as medical malpractice) generally happens when an entity or individual that is providing health care fails to follow the governing standards of care when administering such treatment to a patient, thereby causing the patient to be injured.  Practically any Charlotte medical malpractice attorney will tell you that medical malpractice can result from the action or inaction of any medical practitioner, some examples of which include the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a medical condition or disease, the failure to properly treat a medical condition, and unreasonable delay when treating a diagnosed condition. Medical Malpractice Actions Claims of medical malpractice can be brought by the injured individual against any liable licensed health care provider, to include physicians, counselors, psychotherapists and psychologists.  Whenever negligence takes place, the injured individual or family is not typically informed of the mistake.  That is why…

Study for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Charlotte NC Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer One of the newest studies to come out is showing that doing a combination of both the stimulation of your spinal nerves along with physical training can have increased benefits to someone who has suffered a spinal cord injury. Recently conducted experiments have been published in the Journal Science to back up the proof that relates to this study. The researchers involved in this experiment implemented lab mice. The mice underwent a simulation process which produced an electrical current that was discharged through electrodes that were implanted in the mice. The mice were also exposed to electrical stimulation, in the motor area of the brain, and below the spinal cord injury site. The mice also underwent chemical simulation that covered the injured area with growth-promoting drugs. The mice were put in harnesses and the mice were then involved in two walking programs.  The mice…

Auto Accidents – What to Do Next

Charlotte NC Car Accident Lawyer Most people go through a variety of emotions after being involved in a motor vehicle accident of any type, and it’s quite understandable if they go through moments of shock and confusion.  It is also not uncommon for accident victims to be unclear about what to do after an accident takes place. That said, you should speak to a Charlotte auto accident lawyer right away if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident because there are a number of things that should be done immediately following the accident that might enhance your odds of recovering full compensation for the injuries sustained. As a general rule of thumb, it is highly recommended that all accident victims follow the steps below after the occurrence of an accident. Get out of the roadway, if possible, but stay on the scene.  Try not to impede traffic, and…

Bacterial Contamination from Pharmacy Robots

Charlotte NC Medical Malpractice Lawyer There is a significant rise in hospitals around the country that have begun implementing the use of robotic drug dispensers to prepare intravenous medications to be administered to patients, in a sterile environment. When there is a risk of contamination of the intravenous medication, a patient could be at a high risk for infection. Contamination is exactly what researchers found when they inspected one of these robotic drug dispensers at a hospital. The contamination was found during a routine screening at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina. The hospital staff was conducting an inspection of the robotic drug dispensing machine, and found cultures of Bacillus cereus bacteria in the dispenser. This is believed to be the very first time that there has been a known contamination of these robotic drug dispensers. Fortunately, the researchers were able to conduct an inspection, based on quality assurance measures that…

Brain Injuries Prevalent in Teen Drivers

Charlotte NC TBI Lawyer Teen drivers are known to be one of the most at-risk groups for car accidents in general. Although overall car accident rates have declined over the past few years, car crashes continue to be the leading cause of traumatic brain injury-related deaths among teens.A new study indicates that teen victims of car accidents are also likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury. “The brain is the organ that is least able to heal, so prevention is the best medicine,” said the lead author of the report. Lawmakers and researchers agree that a graduated licensing system is one effective way to prevent car accidents among teen drivers. Surveys have shown that states with graduated licensing laws have a lower rate of brain injuries and traffic fatalities among teen drivers. Seat belt laws have also been shown to be effective ways to prevent brain injuries in the event of a…

Increase in Pedestrian Deaths

Charlotte NC Pedestrian Accident Lawyer In 2010, there was a record decrease in fatal vehicle accidents from the year prior. Unfortunately, the amount of fatal pedestrian accidents has increased. Across the United States in 2010 32,885 people died in auto accidents, this is the lowest traffic accident death numbers on record since 1949. Accident fatality numbers have decreased although the number of miles being driven by American motorists increased. In fact, there was a drop in almost all categories of car accident deaths in 2010, including drunk driving accidents. Pedestrian accident deaths actually increased 2010 by about 4.2% from the prior year. In total there were more than 70,000 people who suffered a personal injury across the United States in 2010, which is an increase of 19%. That increase is puzzling considering that it comes after 4 year decline in pedestrian accident death numbers in the US. Federal transportation officials…

Truck Accident Laws

Charlotte NC Large Truck/Tractor Trailer Lawyer New Truck Accident Laws: Electronic On-Board Records Truck driver fatigue is a frequent cause of accidents, due to many hours on the road. How frequent is a matter of opinion. There are facts that are generating informed opinions thanks to the Federal Motor Safety Administration’s new Compliance Safety Accountability Program. Safety reporting is the defining feature of this program. One of my favorite aspects is the use of electronic on-board recovery. The new rule requires trucking companies who have violation rates of 10% or higher, with reference to discrepancies in time spent on the road and time recorded in their logs, to install recorders in all of their vehicles. To really make this effective in society we would need to require electronic trucking logs in every vehicle. The problem of falsifying trucking logs has been well-known by truck accident lawyers for years. Unfortunately proof is…

Auto Accident Victims

Charlotte NC Car Accident Lawyer Accident victims often require treatment for injuries and suffer for years after the trial of their case has concluded. These injuries frequently begin as degenerative or arthritic processes that can last the remainder of that victim’s life. An accident victim is only entitled to one trial for these injuries and the jury should provide fair compensation for the full amount of both past and future damages. Contact the Automobile Accident Law Firm of Bice Law At Bice Law we can help you determine who we believe to be at fault in the accident. We will look to a number of sources to help you determine liability including but not limited to statements made at the scene by witnesses and parties, the investigating officer’s accident report, and depending on the case, possibly accident reconstruction experts, and highway design or maintenance experts.We serve families across both North…

Concord Nursing Home Negligence

Charlotte NC Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer The state of North Carolina has over 400 nursing facilities that are designed to provide therapy and safe homes for thousands of seniors. A Concord woman has said that her husband was severely neglected while in the care of a North Carolina nursing facility. Local health officials said that they have this system highly regulated, but they are still receiving constant complaints. Hundreds of pages of inspection records investigating complaints of medical errors, falls and wandering residents. In May 2010, this woman had brought her husband to a Concord nursing for therapy after he had suffered from a stroke. By August, she had noticed a dramatic weight loss and her husband was complaining of severe throat pain. By the end of September, she had demanded that her husband be taken to the hospital. At the hospital the doctors found deep bed sores and an…

Families of School Shooting Victims Win Wrongful Death Suit

Charlotte NC Wrongful Death Lawyer Students at Virginia Tech will never be the same after the violent shooting that killed 30 people back in 2007. The university was sued by parents of the murdered students on a wrongful death claim. Had students been alerted immediately after the first shooting, lives could have been saved. There was a campus wide alert nearly 2 hours after the shooting began. The President of the university states that he had not put out a warning in order to keep the panic to a minimum and notify the families of the first victims. The school was found to have been negligent and each of the families has received a large settlement. Since this incident, the school has updated their alert systems. Classrooms are now equipped with electronic bulletin boards that can flash emergency messages, as well as alerts that can be sent to staff and…

Man Loses Arm in Work Accident

Charlotte NC Workers Compensation Lawyer Firefighters rushed to the Barnhardt Manufacturing Company in response to call that a man had his arm caught in one of the processing machines. The fire department said it took almost 30 minutes for the heavy rescue team to safely remove the man from the machine, he was then rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. “This was a very technical rescue.  It’s a very tedious rescue, and so firefighters had to take their time.  It’s very meticulous, especially when you are talking about a person who is trapped in a piece of machinery,” said the Capt. of the fire department. A search of the cotton processing plant’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration records show over the past 10 years federal and state OSHA inspectors have been at the plant seven times. The company has been cited 35 times for violations. Those violations range from having…

Woman Struck by Boat Propeller Loses Arm and Breasts

Charlotte NC Boat Accident Lawyer A 25 year old Charlotte woman was in a boating accident last summer and lost her breasts and an arm. She was seriously injured when a boat propeller struck her during the popular Lake Bash event on Lake Norman. The 25-year-old claims that while she was in the water the boat’s propeller hit her twice and contends that, the man who was the boat’s operator, never drove a boat prior to that day and he lacked the skill to safely navigate the boat in a crowded, public area. She says that the propeller hit her as the boat operator was trying to tie it to another boat and he had not turned off the engine. Both the woman and the boat operator had come with a group of friends to the Lake Bash event. According to her, people shouted at him to turn off the…

Birth Injury

Charlotte NC Birth Injury Lawyer A midwifes settlement with the family, whose daughter was hospitalized for 21 days after her birth in January 2009 and now has cerebral palsy, was finalized last week and is described in court filings, since a judge must approve settlements reached on behalf of a minor. A midwife, also the founder of a Birth and Wellness Center, voluntarily surrendered her license in 2010 following an investigation by the state Midwifery Council into a series of complaints about the care she had provided her patients. The complaints alleged that she hadn’t managed cases appropriately, failing to consult with obstetricians about high-risk pregnancies. The midwife made a statement last winter saying that she stood by her judgment, describing the standard she provided patients as “comparable to any other midwife in the state.” Although the mother presented several risk factors during her pregnancy, the midwife did not refer…

Wrongful Death

Charlotte NC Wrongful Death Lawyer A seventeen year old boy, died in a supermarket after a police officer shot him in the chest with a Taser Model X26 electronic control device in 2008. The parents of the boy filed a lawsuit against Taser International for failing to warn law enforcement officials that shooting their stun guns into a person’s chest could cause a heart attack. The police officer shot the boy in response to reports that he had been yelling and throwing things at the store manager. The officer used the Taser to subdue the boy for thirty-seven seconds. After receiving the shock, he stopped moving. The officer stunned the boy again for five more seconds after he failed to put his hands behind his back. The boy was neither on drugs at the time nor did he have any signs of heart disease prior to the incident. Taser International insists…