Wayne County Personal Injury Law Blog

It's important that you know where warehouse injuries happen most

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) statistics show there were as many as 145,000 warehouse workers here in North Carolina and around the country as of 2011. Worker injuries are sadly commonplace in these facilities. They often result in employees missing time from work and pay in the process. There are some trends as to when these injuries occur.

Some common types of injury that occurs in a warehouse are pushing, reaching, lifting and pulling ones. Slips and falls, forklift and material handling ones also occur more frequently than others.

Some can receive Social Security Disability and still work

If you receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, then your doctor has likely determined that you have impairments that prevent you from becoming gainfully employed. If you're unable to support yourself with what you receive, then you may wonder if you're allowed to get a job. You may be able to under the Social Security Administration's (SSA) "work incentives" program.

In the event you start working again, the SSA will likely reassess your eligibility according to its "trial work period" rules and regulations. If the job that you take pays less than $880, then it's unlikely that the amount that you receive will decrease. If you earn between $880 and $1,220, then that amount may do down.

Just how distracting are kids in the car?

You don't have any kids yourself, but you go on a ride with a friend who has children. The whole time, you're shocked and slightly scared. They seem like they're barely looking at the road.

Instead, your friend spends their time scolding the children, solving arguments, handing out snacks, picking up items that the kids drop and turning around to talk to them. (And that doesn't even count the time when they tried to set up an iPad at a red light so that the kids could watch a movie!)

Can I contest my deceased relative's will?

It happens all the time. A disgruntled relative was left out of a deceased individual's will or receives far less than they expected to get from the decedent's estate. They decide to try to right the perceived wrong and contest the will.

What are their chances of prevailing? As with most legal issues, it depends on the situation. But, under certain circumstances, it is indeed possible to legally challenge a will.

North Carolina man in wheelchair killed by car

Throughout history, many people have taken special care to protect those with disabilities from harm. For that reason, it is a particular shock when a disabled person is injured or killed in an accident. That happened recently in North Carolina when a man in a wheelchair was hit and killed by a car.

A Toyota was northbound when he struck the man in the wheelchair, a pedestrian who was simply going about his day. After the man was hit and was lying unresponsive in the road, the driver of the Toyota moved his car to the left lane, stopping it there. It was then hit from behind by a Dodge Magnum.

Workers' compensation claim

If you're injured on the job, it's natural to have some concerns about the future. From the impact on your finances to your ability to make a full recovery, there will be a lot going through your head.

Any on-the-job injury, even one that you consider minor, should be followed up with a medical exam. Furthermore, don't wait to report the incident and your injuries to your employer.

SSI and SSDI: What's the difference?

For many people, disability seems like an abstract concept, something that won’t ever affect them. But the odds of becoming disabled are greater than you think. One in four people who are 20 years old right now will become disabled before they turn 67, so it’s important to know there are resources available if the unthinkable happens.

The federally-SSI and SSDI: What's the difference?run Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two main types of benefits for people with disabilities: Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). While you may have heard these terms used interchangeably – or under the blanket term “Social Security” – they’re actually two individual programs designed to meet specific goals.

Consumer Reports warns of exploding sunroofs in cars

While defective products of any type can be a significant threat to public safety, automotive defects often prove to especially serious. A problem with your vehicle can be dangerous in its own right, and it can also make a crash more likely, more injurious or both.

Recalls can take months or years to be issued (and completed). And because most of us cannot afford to stop driving our cars on a daily basis, many people continue to drive dangerous vehicles while waiting to get the problem fixed in a recall.

How to spot nursing home negligence

It is tough watching parents get older. They forget more things, and tasks that used to be easy are no longer so simple. You want to make sure your parents are taken care of, but you may not have the ability to care for them yourself. Nursing homes can provide the care your parents need, as well as opportunities to socialize with peers.

However, not all nursing homes are created equal. Some facilities promise to treat residents well, but the reality is much different. Here are five signs your loved one may be suffering from nursing home negligence.

Are Part-Time Employees Covered By Workers' Compensation?

Many businesses throughout North Carolina are hiring part-time employees these days. But often these workers are slotted directly into their positions with little or no training. And that's a big problem. While anyone can suffer on on-the-job injury, new employees and those with little training are far more likely to get injured than experienced workers.

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