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Personal injury: Nursing home patient's injuries not reported

Leaving an elderly loved one in the care of a nursing home is never easy, and for North Carolina families who are looking for a facility that will provide suitable care, it might be a daunting challenge. Not knowing what type of personal injury their loved ones might suffer when they are not present could cause concern, especially with frequent reports of elder abuse in the media. One example of such a case recently led to charges being filed against a nurse's assistant in another state.

According to court documents, a 27-year-old nursing home employee was responsible for moving elderly patients and residents to and from the dining hall and also the showers. It is alleged that the nurse's assistant caused a 96-year-old woman severe injuries when he dropped her while he moved her from the bed onto a wheelchair. Further allegations state that the man lifted the patient from where she was on her knees on the floor. He then put her in the wheelchair and failed to report the incident.

Scaffold injuries might lead to workers' compensation claims

North Carolina safety authorities launched an investigation into a construction site accident that happened in Raleigh on a recent Thursday. An incident report indicates that rescue workers were called to the scene at approximately 11:30 a.m. to tend to injured workers on a scaffold. The injured workers will likely file workers' compensation benefits claims for coverage of their medical expenses.

Reportedly, a scaffold system that was suspended from the roof of a commercial building in Raleigh held two workers. They were working on the repair and upgrade of an expansion joint on the building's outer wall. While they were working on the task at hand, a section of the limestone facade detached from the wall approximately 25 feet above the level of the scaffold.

A rear-end collision could spell trouble for your spine

Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of vehicle crashes. They happen to millions of American drivers every year.

The impact, even if the collision occurs at low speed, is sufficient to cause whiplash and other spinal problems that could leave victims with lasting medical issues. Here are three examples.

Personal injury: UNC campus violence kills 2, injures 4

When campus injuries are mentioned, one's mind automatically goes to dangerous premises, slip-and-fall accidents, vehicle accidents and other similar incidents. No one wants to even consider the possibility of a violent attack by a gun-wielding student. However, shootings in public places are becoming more prevalent, one of which caused deaths and injuries in an attack at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Injured students and the surviving family members of those who lost their lives can pursue personal injury and wrongful death claims in a civil court.

Reportedly, a 22-year-old man was taken into custody after the shooting. The former student's motive for opening fire is still unclear. Police officers say they asked him when they took him away, and the only answer they got was that he shot some people after going into the classroom. They say he showed no remorse; instead, he seemed proud of his actions.

Chain reaction causes multiple motor vehicle accidents in Raleigh

Officers detained a driver who attempted to flee on foot after a high-speed crash in Raleigh. According to a police report, the incident that caused multiple motor vehicle accidents occurred on a recent Wednesday morning. Reportedly, the fleeing 18-year-old driver now faces charges that include failure to reduce speed, reckless driving and felony hit-and-run.

The police state in a preliminary crash report that one officer was working an accident at an intersection when two other speeding vehicles approached the area. Without slowing down, one of them smashed into the rear of a car that was stopped at the crash scene. A chain reaction reportedly followed the impact of the rear-end collision, involving five other stationary vehicles.

Workers' compensation: Welders can prevent burn injuries

Welders in Raleigh and across North Carolina will undoubtedly be aware of the burn hazards they face. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates that employers must protect employees by providing safe work environments that are free of known dangers. However, not all employers prioritize employee safety, leaving it up to workers to take their own precautions to avoid having to file workers' compensation claims.

Welding arcs produce flying spatter and sparks along with hot bits of molten metal that can be blown off the cutting flames, and workers also risk burns by handling hot equipment. The American Welding Society warns that workers who are exposed to arc rays could suffer radiation burns. The organization says employers must provide personal protective equipment, and workers can refuse to work without the necessary PPE.

Personal injury: Concern over rise in motorcycle crash fatalities

A motorcyclist is facing a long and challenging route to recover after he was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in Selma. The DMV and the North Carolina Department of Transportation expressed concern over the significant increase in motorcycle accidents causing personal injury and death across the state. Reportedly, 147 motorcycle accidents have claimed lives on North Carolina roads since the beginning of this year.

The state Highway Patrol also expressed concern because this time of the year typically sees many bikers on Triangle roadways. Riders are urged to wear helmets and other protective gear because they have none of the protection available for motorists. However, authorities asked both vehicle and motorcycle operators to share the roads responsibly.

The ins and outs of North Carolina's dog bite law

Dogs frequently become part of the family and are treated like humans. At times, however, these furry companions can lash out and inflict harm on another.

North Carolina has some of the most challenging dog bite laws on the books, and navigating them after an incident can seem impossible. If you or someone you know has suffered a bite, take a look at some of the critical points of the statutes.

Can you sue the supermarket after your slip-and-fall accident?

Consumers in North Carolina might have questions about their rights to pursue financial relief if they suffered injuries in a supermarket. If a wet or otherwise slippery spot on the floor causes a slip-and-fall accident, or if a random object in an aisle leads to trip-and-fall injuries, the victim might have grounds to file a civil lawsuit. However, proving negligence on the part of the store might be challenging.

Taking certain steps after such an event might help when a claim is filed at a later stage. Documenting injuries is crucial, and if it is at all possible, the injured person or a companion should take photos of the hazard that caused the fall and also of the resulting injuries. It is also essential to get the necessary medical care as soon as possible, and if the injuries are serious, the victim can call 911 if the store employees are not around to help.

Times when PTSD falls under workers' compensation

Injuries on the job occur, and when they do, you may have the right to get treatment under your employer's workers' compensation insurance coverage. While some injuries warrant immediate treatment, others may creep up.

Psychological injuries in the workplace continue to rise as traumatic experiences put people through the wringer. While these psychiatric injuries do not always fall under workers' compensation standards, some instances do.


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