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.
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.
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.
Anyone who experiences headache, fever, nausea, vomiting and weakness is advised to consider what he or she consumed within two to six hours before the onset of the symptoms. Sometimes food contains bacteria or undeclared ingredients that could cause food poisoning. In some cases, this could give rise to personal injury claims against the producer and marketer of the product. A North Carolina company recently recalled a dangerous food product that might cause health problems or even death.
When products malfunction or when defects lead to incidents that harm consumers, the manufacturers, retailers and any other entities in the supply chain might face financial accountability for monetary damages. Nike Inc. might soon be named in a civil lawsuit after a star basketball player of Duke University recently suffered personal injury when one of his basketball shoes came apart. The incident happened shortly after the start of a game against a rival North Carolina team.
Consumers in Raleigh and other cities in North Carolina are exposed to many food-related threats. The number of personal injury lawsuits that are filed in civil courts is not surprising when one considers the fact that manufacturers of chicken products have issued eight recalls within the first six weeks of 2019. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service provided a list of some of the reasons for these recalls.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.5 million people live in nursing homes across the country, including North Carolina. The agency also says many cases are reported of personal injury caused by negligent care and mistreatment, often in for-profit facilities. A recent study found that the owners and management of for-profit facilities earn significant amounts of money, leaving very little for the workers who are burdened with large workloads at low wages. It is alleged that the focus at these facilities are on profits rather than providing proper care.
A tragic event occurred in Caswell County at the Conservators Center that led to the death of an intern. The facility is operated under license of the United States Department of Agriculture. State and federal investigators have launched inquiries to determine the circumstances that led to this fatality. The surviving family members of the deceased woman might be considering a consultation with a personal injury attorney to discuss a potential wrongful death lawsuit.
Anyone in North Carolina with elderly loved ones might dread the day that those seniors need around-the-clock care. Personal injury reports such as the one in which the Senate Special Committee on Aging reported that approximately five million seniors are elder abuse or neglect victims each year are concerning. In addition, it was reported that the National Center on Elder Abuse said studies indicate that between 3 and 5 percent of senior citizens in the United States have suffered some form of abuse.
According to a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. recalled almost 800,000 pounds of packaged, prepared burrito and pizza meals. The firm is a food manufacturer with establishments in various locations, including one in Charlotte. The recall followed the firm's discovery that its onion supplier had recalled its products because of potential Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella contamination of the onions. Similar recalls in the past have led to personal injury lawsuits in North Carolina and across the country.