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Who is responsible if you are sexually assaulted in the hospital?

Preventing Danger to Vulnerable Patients  Above all, when you are a patient, your healthcare provider must keep you safe. When you or your family member stays in a hospital, assisted living facility, nursing home, memory loss clinic, or rehabilitation facility, you expect protection. In fact, in many cases, you entered the facility in the first place because you were too weak to keep yourself safe. Perhaps you were suffering psychologically – you were a child or wife escaping an abusive family member, or a patient struggling with addiction, or it’s you parent suffering from a …

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Imagine working for decades for a North Carolina company. You work overtime every time you are asked, and you don’t miss work. Even when you hurt your back at work, you keep working a hard job, for years. But when you fall again, and suffer a new injury to your back, your company decides that it won’t pay.  That is what happened to Jeff Laird, an electrician at International Paper. But Mr. Laird fought back. He asked Valerie Johnson and Drew Culler to file a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and to help him get his …

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What is the FAIR Act?

Did you know that, if your employer sexually harasses you, steals your wages, or discriminates against you when awarding promotions, you may not be able to sue them? If this comes as a surprise to you, you’re not alone. What is a Mandatory Arbitration Agreement? Think about all those forms you signed when you were hired. You know – the ones you didn’t read? One of them may have been a mandatory arbitration agreement. Nearly 60 million U.S. workers were hired only after signing mandatory arbitration agreements. Many of those workers, by signing, unknowingly forfeited …

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The most Dangerous Jobs in America: Are you at Risk?

No matter what you do for a living, there’s always a chance that you will be seriously injured on the job, perhaps even fatally. Some occupations, however, present more risk than others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2017, there were 5,147 fatal workplace injuries that year, which is one of the highest totals in the decade.  According to the BLS report, these are the seven most dangerous jobs in America today. 1. Commercial Fishing In 2017, the fatal injury rate was 100 per 100,000 workers, making …

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Valerie Johnson Wins Ebbie Award

Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC congratulates Valerie Johnson for being selected by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) as a recipient of the 2019 Ebbie Award. The award is named after Ebbie Bailey, who helped her husband establish the North Carolina Advocates for Justice more than 50 years ago. NCAJ created the award in 2003 in Ebbie Bailey’s  honor to “recognize service and inspired commitment to NCAJ and its mission.” This year, Valerie was recognized for her strong advocacy for justice, particularly for those who have been injured by the wrongdoing of others. She …

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