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Can Asbestos Exposure Qualify a Veteran’s Survivors for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Can Asbestos Exposure Qualify a Veteran’s Survivors for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation?

As mass tort attorneys, we at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban pursue justice for mesothelioma patients who were negligently exposed to asbestos in their workplace. But we are also loyal advocates for VA disability benefits. Occasionally, these two aspects of our practice align, and that is the case for veterans who were exposed to asbestos… Read More »

Did Uber’s Driverless Car Decide Not to Avoid a Fatal Accident

Did Uber’s Driverless Car Decide Not to Avoid a Fatal Accident?

In March, a self-driving Uber SUV in suburban Tempe struck and killed a pedestrian, sending shock waves throughout the auto and technology industries. Uber, which was road-testing fully autonomous vehicles in and around Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto, abruptly stopped the testing. The victim, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was walking a bicycle outside the… Read More »

Don Marcari to Appear on 48 Hours: NCIS on June 19

Did a duplicitous online love affair between two people who never met lead to an innocent Marine being murdered? Watch Don Marcari as he appears on 48 Hours: NCIS on Tuesday, June 19 at 10/9c EST on CBS. Catch the preview below:

How New North Carolina Laws May Directly Affect You

How New North Carolina Laws May Directly Affect You

Every legislative session brings new laws, but there’s usually a delay between the passing of a law and its implementation. As a result, many state residents forget the laws are coming. In 2018, there are a few laws you need to know about that may affect you directly. They concern opioids, veterans’ rights, and police… Read More »

Five Ways That Social Media Can Be Detrimental to Your Auto Accident Claim

Five Ways That Social Media Can Be Detrimental to Your Auto Accident Claim

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you should take a moment to reflect on your social media usage. You may feel like sharing your experience with your “friends,” but your posts on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and other popular sites could come back to haunt you. Here are just five ways that… Read More »

Federal Audit Discloses Lapses in Oversight at NC Nursing Homes

Federal Audit Discloses Lapses in Oversight at NC Nursing Homes

A report from the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed that North Carolina state officials failed to provide adequate follow-up to verify correction of deficiencies found in North Carolina’s nursing homes in five percent of the cases. In 2015, there were 3,850 reported deficiencies that required… Read More »

Can High-Tech Equipment Eliminate Risk of Pap Smear Malpractice

Can High-Tech Equipment Eliminate Risk of Pap Smear Malpractice?

In 2014, when a Florida court awarded a widower $15.8 million in wrongful death damages, a bright light was shone on widespread medical malpractice in medical labs that process Pap smear tests. The man’s wife had received a negative Pap smear result, indicating no cancerous cells were present, but she soon thereafter died of cervical… Read More »

GM Court Victories Show Ignition Switch Lawsuits Are Not Automatic

GM Court Victories Show Ignition Switch Lawsuits Are Not Automatic

General Motors has already admitted a flaw in its ignition switch that could cause power to fail while a vehicle is in motion, and the company has already paid more than $600 million to a victims’ compensation fund. But that doesn’t mean lawsuits against the auto giant for crashes allegedly related to the ignition switch… Read More »

Can Cellphones Be Made Safer for Driving

Can Cellphones Be Made Safer for Driving?

A recent article at Slate.com noted the nation is in the midst of a huge spike in roadway fatalities featuring “the biggest back-to-back increase in motor vehicle-related death rates per mile driven in more than 50 years.”  Naturally, there is a determined search for culprits, with various “experts, writers, and organizations” pointing to cellphones and… Read More »

New North Carolina Law Requires School Driver’s Ed Courses to Add Police-Stop Training

New North Carolina Law Requires School Driver’s Ed Courses to Add Police-Stop Training

This spring, when high school students get behind the wheel for their Driver’s Education classes, they’ll be covering more than the usual lane changes and parallel parking. That’s because last year, the North Carolina legislature passed House Bill 21, mandating that the state’s driver’s ed programs include training on how to behave during a police… Read More »