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Back to School Safety tips for Kids and Parents

How to Prep your Kids to Head Back To Schol It’s that time of year again. Parents scurry to shop for school supplies, find a high-quality daycare, fill out medical forms, and arrange carpools. When making these important arrangements, don’t forget the ultimate goal…school safety. Nothing is foolproof, but before walking that kiddo to the bus stop, consider the following five ways to reduce the likelihood of your child becoming a victim of predators, or getting involved in a bullying situation this school year: Teach Boundaries   Kids need to know that no one (including classmates,

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In a Workers’ Comp Claim, the Injured Employee has to Prove Just About Everything

What You Need To Know About Workers’ Comp Claims If you have a workers’ comp claim and it is denied, you probably understand that it will take some work to win in court. What you might not understand is that you have to keep proving that you have some disability every day that you claim workers’ comp. It doesn’t matter if your case is accepted or denied, it is your responsibility. That is hard to get across to some people who think they are doing everything right in their claims: maybe going to a doctor

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Planning to Settle Your Workers Compensation Case Without a Lawyer? Beware.

Why You Should Use a Lawyer to Settle Workers Compensation Thinking you can save a few bucks by settling your workers comp case without a lawyer?  Buyer beware!  The North Carolina Court of Appeals reminds us in Ramirez v. Stuart Pierce Farms (June 5, 2018, Elmore, J., unpublished) that a workers’ compensation settlement is final, even when the injured worker settled without an attorney and later discovered he may have reached a higher settlement if he had retained counsel. In Ramirez, the injured worker did not speak or write English and was not represented by

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Are Fraternities Downright Dangerous to Women?

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Beware, North Carolina college women. Some colleges can be a place where common risks range from overdosing on drugs or alcohol to physical threats such as sexual assault or date rape — especially for those involved in Greek life. Over the past year, shocking numbers of fraternity members have been arrested on drug, alcohol, and weapons charges – some so serious and pervasive as to cause the fraternity houses to shut down entirely. The arrests expose a potentially dangerous environment for female college students, many of whom are unaware of the hazards lurking behind those doors.

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Keyless Cars Are Causing Carbon Monoxide Deaths

Keyless ignitions are now standard in most new vehicles. Drivers do not use a physical key but instead carry a fob that transmits a signal allowing the car to be started simply by pushing a button. Although the feature is convenient, the driver of the car must remember to push the button to turn the engine off – a big problem when the car has a quiet engine.  The combination of keyless cars and quiet engines causes many drivers to mistakenly leave their cars running in a garage, thinking they are turned off. The cars’ “convenience”

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Copeley Johnson & Groninger is Attorney at Law Magazine’s Law Firm of the Month!  

Committed to the Seventh Amendment Personal injury lawyers Leto Copeley, Valerie Johnson and Ann Groninger are not hesitant about taking cases to trial. “We are disappointed if we don’t go to trial,” Johnson said. “Preparing to go to trial is challenging. But we like to go to court.” “There is a reason our founding fathers made sure that the access to civil jury trials was in the Bill of Rights,” said Copeley, referring to the Seventh Amendment which guarantees the preservation of the right to trial by jury. On a Wednesday in April, Groninger was

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U.S. Supreme Court Cuts Workers’ Rights

In a shocking blow to workers’ rights across the United States, including those involved in the #MeToo movement, the U.S. Supreme Court held on May 21, 2018 that individual employees can be forced to use arbitration instead of the courts to bring wage and hour cases. The case is called Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis and can be found here. Unfortunately for workers, the ruling likely will extend to other issues, such as discrimination and working conditions. Under the new ruling, businesses can prohibit their workers from joining together in disputes by forming class action

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Leto Copeley reports Workers Compensation Win!

Our client, an associate veterinarian, was injured by a horse she was treating and lost all vision in her eye. Our client’s employer didn’t want to pay her workers compensation benefits at the rate we thought she was entitled to, so we went to a hearing at the North Carolina Industrial Commission. After the hearing, a Deputy Commissioner issued his decision, and we won for our client on two issues: her average weekly wage and permanent damage to an important body part. First, in North Carolina, an injured employee is entitled to workers’ compensation payments

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You’ve Been Sexually Assaulted: What’s Next?

What To Do When You’ve Been Sexually Assaulted Sexual assaults (stranger rape, date rape, unwanted touching, forced sexual acts, or abuse) cause intense trauma, stress, fear, and confusion. Some victims are too horrified to focus on caring for themselves. We hope you never encounter the brutality of sexual assault. If you do, the following list will help you organize your thoughts and take charge of a terrible situation: FIND SAFETY.  First, ensure your personal safety and the safety of your children and family. Is the perpetrator still nearby or able to approach you or your family?

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Think Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Rare? Think Again.

Did you know March was Brain Injury Awareness Month?  We wanted to post this blog last month, but we forgot – brain injury, perhaps? All kidding aside, brain injuries are no joke.  Often not detected or diagnosed for months or even years, these injuries can devastate lives.  New studies reported by Reuters last month reveal that young children who are hospitalized with head injuries may be at higher than average risk for developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in life. As for adults, head injuries are responsible for more than 80,000 emergency room visits

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