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The Open and Obvious Defense to Premises Liability

A slip and fall accident can cause painful and sometimes permanent injury. But if you’re hoping for compensation from a property owner or business proprietor, you must prove the accident was their fault rather than yours. One of the requirements of a premises liability claim is that the hazard which causes the fall cannot be… Read More »

Wireless Interface Could Help Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are especially tragic because of their permanence. It’s utterly devastating for a vibrant, active person to learn he or she will never walk again. The permanent nature of some spinal cord injuries has baffled and frustrated researchers for centuries, but a recent study published in the journal Nature suggests there may soon… Read More »

Are Auto Insurance Scams Making Our Roads More Dangerous?

Last November, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office announced that its Insurance Fraud Section had charged 50 people with insurance fraud in excess of $1.1 million for their part in a wide-ranging scheme to cheat insurance companies by staging auto accidents. This story naturally raises questions about just how prevalent auto insurance fraud might be and… Read More »

Dropped Cellphone Leads to Serious NC Crash

A dropped cellphone was the apparent cause of a rear-end collision that resulted in three people being airlifted to UNC Hospital, according to a report from ABC11.com. On November 24, 2016, a Honda was stopped at the traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 64 and Route 751 when a Subaru plowed into the vehicle… Read More »

What Does Virginia’s Opioid Emergency Mean for Traffic Safety?

In November 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and State Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa J. Levine declared a Public Health Emergency for Virginia’s opioid addiction crisis, seen in an alarming number of deaths due to drug overdoses. Dr. Levine added that the unprecedented level of opioid addiction “can now be classified as an epidemic.” Opioids are… Read More »

Thanksgiving and Christmas Are Peak Car Crash Holidays

The holidays should be a joyous time, but for hundreds of families each year, they are ruined by tragic motor vehicle crashes. Adding to that grief is the yearly reminder of beloved family members who died on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s. It’s sad to contemplate, but necessary if you want your family to be… Read More »

How Can You Be Compensated for a Work-Related Car Accident: Workers’ Comp or PI?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident while on assignment for work, you may have two options for compensation and, if so, you should pursue both. The first option is workers’ compensation, a no-fault insurance program that covers virtually all employees while they’re on the job. The second option is a civil lawsuit for… Read More »

The Five Most Common Workplace Injuries

Recently, the Travelers Cos., a New York-based insurance conglomerate, released its Injury Impact Report, detailing the most common types of workplace injuries and the costs associated with them. The report was based on data compiled from more than 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims filed from 2010 to 2014 from businesses across several industries. The top… Read More »

What Causes Fatal Car Crashes in the States We Serve?

A recent study by the Auto Insurance Center reported in Businessinsider.com examined data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to determine the leading causes of fatal accidents in every state. The website for vehicle insurance news and information examined statistics on driver, passenger and pedestrian deaths for the years 2009 to 2013 and constructed… Read More »

Adjusting Your Driving to Fall and Winter Weather Conditions

As we get ready to turn our clocks back this fall, we might also want to think about dialing back the speedometer. As fall and winter weather conditions approach, drivers need to be conscious of the impact on driving conditions and the adjustments necessary to remain safe on the road. According to the Federal Highway… Read More »

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