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Settlement Agreements in NC Workers’ Comp Cases

In 2017 there were 183 fatal work injuries in North Carolina.  For every fatal workers’ compensation injury, there are many more that leave workers with permanent disabilities.  Some injured workers face long periods of time out of work. Others may have ongoing medical treatment needs. Many injured employees will have both.   If you’ve been injured at work, sooner or later you (or your lawyer) may get a call from the workers’ compensation adjuster, asking you if you’re ready to settle.  What does it mean when you settle a workers’ compensation claim? Should you settle your …

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Fewer Protections for Kids at Private Schools than Public Schools for Sexual Abuse

When we send our children off to school every day, we assume that the system will keep them safe. Unfortunately, recent reports of sexual exploitation and abuse, especially in the private school system, is enough to make us wonder if that trust is misplaced. In May 2018, a teacher at The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR), a private school serving students from preschool through 12th grade, was accused of having a sexual relationship with a ninth-grade student. The school and its headmistress were also accused of ignoring the allegations of abuse, which took place from …

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On Friday, May 3, 2019, at 1:40 PM, the family of Raven Little was able to get justice for their tremendous loss in a Columbus County courtroom. Raven, their 16-year-old daughter, sister, and grandchild, was killed because an irresponsible boat owner failed to follow safety warnings that would have protected the minors on his boat from being poisoned. The Incident In June 2016, Raven and 10 other children and teenagers were spending the day on the defendant’s boat at Lake Waccamaw. The boat was used for wakeboarding and wake surfing, and the defendant boat owner …

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At 1:23 on Friday, May 3, 2019, a client who was injured by an impatient truck driver while riding his bicycle finally got the justice he deserved in a Durham County courtroom. The Incident In October 2016, Ryan McKenzie took part in Cycle North Carolina, an annual ride across the state that draws over 1000 participants from around the country. Ryan and a few other cyclists were lined up at a traffic light and when the light turned green. The defendant was driving a Ford F150 pickup truck and came up behind Ryan just as …

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Documentation Tips for Survivors of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is seriously traumatic and life-changing. It’s a crime that can affect all genders, ages, and professions. For example: Children with disabilities, an absent parent, or in foster care are often targeted by sexual predators. Studies have estimated that anywhere from 25% to 80% of women experience sexual abuse at work during their lifetime. Sexual abuse occurs in faith-based settings such as churches, temples, synagogues or mosques, often by a member of the clergy. Healthcare professionals and massage therapists have been known to take advantage of their patients and clients. Sexual assault has long …

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