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What the “Damages & Compensation Formula” Means For You

When trying to determine how much they will offer an injury claimant, insurance companies will often resort to a predictable formula. This formula is just a ballpark estimate and relies on many variables, but it can help you predict the upper limits of a possible settlement offer. Since settlement negotiation for a personal injury claim Read More

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I Was Hurt by a Coworker, What Are My Legal Options?

Workplace injuries are tragically common, which is the primary reason that workers’ compensation exists. However, not all workplace injuries are cut and dried, particularly those that have been caused by a co-worker. If one of your co-workers has caused you to suffer an injury, then it’s important that you take the proper steps so that Read More

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I Was Hurt in a Scaffolding Accident, What Can I Do?

If you’re a construction site worker, then it’s likely that a large part of your workday is spent avoiding common construction site hazards so that you can make it home safely. However, even if you’re cautious, it’s still possible to suffer a major construction site injury, particularly one caused by unsafe scaffolding. Even with the Read More

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I Was Injured on a Construction Site, What Are My Legal Options?

Construction sites are extremely dangerous, especially when they are located in the middle of a city. When a pedestrian walks by a construction site, there is also the risk of severe injury, pricey medical bills and lost income due to missed work. If you’ve been injured on or near a construction site, then you might Read More

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Hurt on Public Transit? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’re like millions of Americans across the country, then you depend on public transportation to live your life. Whether you’re running errands or commuting to and from work, public transit is there to help when you don’t have personal transportation. However, if you frequently use public transit, then it’s likely you’ll eventually suffer an Read More

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I Was Injured in a Road Construction Accident, What Now?

While you’re driving your car, you probably try to stay aware of your surroundings so you can avoid a major accident. However, there is one factor that you might not be aware of with road construction errors. With only minor errors, a poorly constructed road can cause serious accidents and major injuries, potentially harming your Read More

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Personal Injury Attorney: Is the Driver Always at Fault in a Truck Accident?

Semi-truck accidents are some of the most devastating accidents a person can experience. After being hit by a semi-truck, it’s likely that you’re dealing with extensive physical injuries, costly medical bills and emotional aftereffects that are negatively influencing your quality of life. In order to receive compensation after a truck accident, you might be thinking Read More

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What Happens When You’re Hurt by an Underinsured Driver

If you’ve ever been involved in a serious car accident, then you know that one of the first things you should do after guaranteeing your safety is to gather the insurance information of the driver who was at fault. Unfortunately, many drivers are either uninsured or underinsured, putting your livelihood at risk. While most drivers Read More

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Do Injury Lawsuits Always Go to Court?

When you’re hurt and it’s someone else’s fault, you have the right to collect compensation for your injuries and file a lawsuit to do so. However, the process can be difficult and stressful, and in general, the last thing you want is for it to end up in a courtroom. Taking these kinds of suits Read More

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Workers’ Compensation: How to Make Sure You Get Paid

Workers’ compensation is specifically designed to protect and support injured workers who are unable to perform their jobs after a workplace accident. However, like most insurance companies, your workers’ compensation insurance company is focused on saving as much money as possible, which means they will likely be diligent about finding ways to deny your claim Read More

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How Do Attorneys Mediate Personal Injury Claims?

Mediation is an excellent option for those seeking a personal injury claim but who cannot reach a settlement agreement with the other party. Through mediation, you and your Winston-Salem personal injury lawyer will meet face-to-face with the other party in the presence of a professional mediator. The mediator will remain a neutral third-party with the Read More

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I Fell at My Apartment Complex, Do I Have a Case?

Falling under any circumstances is unfortunate and can lead to serious injuries. Under particular circumstances, you may be able to at least be eligible for legal compensation for your injuries. Let’s take a look at the instances where you may be able to pursue a case against your landlord if you fall and injure yourself Read More

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How Do Personal Injury Lawyers Negotiate Settlements?

Settling your injury claim is somewhat like taking a bid on a job or other similar negotiations where both sides must arrive at mutually agreeable terms. Contrary to what some may think, the settlement amount available to them for an injury is rarely cut and dry. Insurance policy limits are guidelines, for example, and the Read More

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Do I Have Legal Options If I Get Sick on a Cruise Ship?

Cruises are some of the most popular vacations there are. Unfortunately, they’re also enclosed environments with lots of recycled air, and illnesses are shockingly common aboard ships. So what happens if you are aboard a cruise ship and you get sick? Do you have legal options? Read about cruise ship illnesses, when you can file Read More

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Are Stroke Victims Eligible for Social Security Disability?

Strokes are caused by decreased blood flow, and therefore decreased oxygen supply, to the brain. Normally due to a hemorrhage or blocked blood vessel in the brain, strokes can cause significant impairments to their victims such as difficulty walking, poor balance, damaged vision or an inability to communicate. If you have suffered the severe effects Read More

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5 Reasons Why You Can Be Denied Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to workers who have continually contributed to the Social Security system. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits low-income workers who have been disabled. It’s easy to consider why you think you are eligible for these benefits, but it can also be beneficial to consider the Read More

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I Was Hurt by a Defective Product: What Do I Do?

Defective product liability claims arise from defectively designed products, defectively manufactured products or products that lack an appropriate instructional or warning label. In order to pursue a product liability claim, you must demonstrate that your injury is a direct result of one of these types of defects. If you do believe your injury is a Read More

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What to Do If You’re in a Skiing Accident

It’s the official start of winter, and that means over the next few months the resorts are going to be crazy with snow bunnies, snowboarders and ski enthusiasts of every shape and size. These fun and time-honored sports are as popular as ever, but they carry certain dangers with them. If you get hurt on Read More

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What Parents Should Know About High School Sports Injury Lawsuits

Concern about athletes has hit an all-time high over the past few years, with traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and other issues ranging all over the news. The concern is especially high when it comes to high school student-athletes, whose entire futures can be compromised as a result of serious injuries. Unfortunately, all too often when Read More

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Are Bars Held Accountable After Drunk Driving Accidents?

Drunk driving accidents are tragic and unfortunately all too common, especially at this time of year. People tend to drink more over the holidays than at any other time of year, and it also leads to irresponsible behavior. When injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, you deserve to be compensated, and many Read More

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Helpful Tips For Getting Car Repaired After an Accident

After you’ve been involved in an accident, there are a lot of unanswered questions—especially if your vehicle has been severely damaged. The main question is, who is going to pay for the repairs? There are a number of factors involved in auto repairs. These include where you live, where the accident took place, who was Read More

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Stay Safe This Halloween With These Important Tips

It’s almost time for Halloween again! Break out the scary yard ornaments, fog machines and candy corn dishes—this is one of the most anticipated nights out of the whole year. Halloween is especially fun for young children, whose eyes fill with wonder at both the fun and spooky characters that take over their neighborhoods for Read More

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Can Passengers Get Compensated in Car Accident Lawsuits?

If you are riding along as a passenger, you might feel a little helpless in the event of an accident. Especially if your injuries are extensive, you are probably wondering what your options are as far as compensation is concerned. The good news is that you can, in fact, get compensated for your injuries if Read More

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Are You Hurt? Most Common Car Accidents Injuries

According to 2014 CDC data, motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of injury leading to death among five to 24 year-olds. For people 25 and older, it is the number two cause of injury leading to death. Looking at these statistics shows that motor vehicle accidents can be quite serious. Those lucky enough Read More

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Why You Need to Take Notes After a Car Accident

Immediately following a car accident your mind is likely to be racing about what to do next. The first thing you should do is calm down and make sure everyone is okay. The next thing you should do is grab a paper and a pen and take some notes. Notes will help you tremendously in Read More

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Car Accident Settlements: What to Expect After Your Case

It may seem that winning a car accident lawsuit would be the end of your problems. However, car accident settlements may not arrive right away. The courts have put in place rules that govern the receipt of funds as well as the right of the defendant to pay the funds. Here’s an overview of what Read More

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What To Do If My Injuries Do Not Show Up Right Away?

From the moment you make a sudden turn, a harsh movement, or see a car headed straight for you, it feels like time begins to move slowly. A car accident is a traumatizing event both physically and mentally. After a car accident, there are rightfully numerous things crossing through the brain. Things like, am I Read More

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Safety Tips For Your Labor Day Weekend Road Trip

Labor Day weekend is a great time to take a break right after the start of the school year, but all those road trips can spell trouble for safety. AAA predicted that 30.4 million families and people hit the road last year. Even more could be out and about this year. All of those drivers Read More

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What Should I Expect During a Car Accident Deposition?

The majority of car accident cases are settled out of court. For the ones that do go to court, they must follow due process of the law. Once a complaint has been filed, the case is entered into the legal system. Both sides must go through discovery, which is a formal investigation into all of Read More

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What to Do When Fault Isn’t Obvious in a Car Accident

The legal burden of proof is one party’s task to prove that the incident that occurred is not their fault. In legal terms, this is considered the onus probandi. Incidents such as car accidents are major disputes that always leave someone at fault. It is in your best interest to prove that you are not Read More

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What Happens If My Car Accident Case Goes to Trial?

Car accidents are traumatic experiences for all parties involved. They can cause major inconvenience and distress as well as physical injury and property damage. According to the association for safe international travel (ASIRT), car accidents cost the United States at least $65 billion each year. The staggering statistics prove that car accidents are a major Read More

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How to Prove Fault After You’ve Been Hurt in a Car Accident

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you’re likely going through physical and emotional hardships that put an extreme toll on the state of your health and wellbeing. Dealing with an insurance company to get the compensation you deserve can be an endless headache on top of the stress you’re already experiencing. How can Read More

Insurance Company Advice | Mike Lewis Attorneys

5 Easy Tips for Negotiating with an Insurance Company

It doesn’t matter what kind of accident or injury you’ve suffered—when the time comes to start settling your claim, an insurance company is likely to come into the picture at some point in time. It’s unfortunate, but these organizations are rarely eager to pay out the full amount that you feel you deserve to recover Read More

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Driving Tips that Will Keep You Safe This Summer

Windows down, bags packed, music blasting and the shining sun: all perfect signs of an epic summer road trip. It’s so easy to want to get out as fast as you can to make sure you can capture that wonderful weekend before work starts up again—or to utilize as many days of summer break. To Read More

Car Accident | Mike Lewis Attorneys

Why You Need to Be Prepared For a Car Accident

It Can Happen to You Odds are pretty slim that you will get struck by lightning tomorrow.  It’s pretty unlikely that you will be swept up in a tornado.  Chances are pretty good you won’t be swallowed into a sinkhole.  But a car accident?  Now that could happen.  And odds are good that in your Read More

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Why You Need to See a Doctor After a Car Accident

Most of my clients are tough cookies.  They are hardworking, strong willed people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.  They don’t like to complain.  They don’t like to fuss.  So sometimes it’s really hard for me to convince them that if they are hurting, they need to go to the doctor, especially Read More

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Steps on What to Do When You’re Hurt in a Car Accident

When you get behind the wheel, you have a responsibility to those around you to exercise reasonable care—the safety and security of others is in your hands. When someone else doesn’t exercise that responsibility, you or others can be hurt in accidents. When you are hurt, you want to make sure you take the right Read More

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How Liability Insurance Can Protect You After an Accident

I recently had a client very hung up on the fact that her insurance company had mistakenly taken her full coverage off her policy and left her with liability insurance only.  She was very concerned with the implications that would have on coverage for injuries relating to the use of her car.  Did you know Read More

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Why Fault Is Not Always Cut and Dry in a Car Accident

Partial Liability BUT HE RAN A RED LIGHT!” my client roared when I told her the insurance company was denying her claim.  I watched as she sat in front of me totally flabbergasted.  I could see her wheels turning as she came to grips with the fact that her medical bills and lost wages might not Read More

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How to Prevent a Work Injury from Hurting Your Future

Sometimes you’re working and you suffer an injury or illness that seems relatively minor. Maybe you think you’ve just sprained a wrist, or you catch a cold. You figure let it go, and it’ll get better on its own. Before you know it, it turns out that you’ve got severe carpel tunnel, bronchitis or emphysema Read More

Three Motorcycle Safety Myths

Misinformation abounds in just about every topic and motorcycle safety is no exception. Motorcycling is hazardous, and acting on misinformation only serves to make it even more dangerous. Be a safer motorcyclist by getting the facts straight. Here are three common misconceptions to ignore: A Helmet Will Leave You Brain Damaged Instead of Dead The Read More

The Proper Financial Solution for Victims Involved in Serious Auto Accidents

It is not easy for most individuals, involved in an automobile accident to recover–on either a physical or emotional basis.  When such circumstances occur, the last thought on the injured person’s mind is how he or she is going to pay for expenditures resulting from his or her injuries. Attorneys, expert in handling such cases, Read More

How To Initiate The First Steps Of A Personal Injury Claim

Right after an accident, when an injury has been incurred by the accident victim; the time is very stressful.  It is not only a stressful time  for the victim–the entire episode can cause a great deal of confusion as to what to do next!  It is advisable, then, that when the victim is ready, he or she start Read More

Things You Should Know Before You Get Hurt on the Job

Whether you have been injured on the job or not, now is the time to make sure your work offers proper workers’ compensation and to come to understand what workers’ comp can do for you. According to a recent article, in 2015, the Industrial Commission, who are responsible for enforcing workers’ compensation laws, collected nearly Read More

Tips on When to Be Especially Diligent About Watching for Pedestrians

On December 6, two female Elon University students were hit while attempting to cross the street near campus. Both women were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. While it is important for pedestrians to be aware of cars, drivers also need to be on the alert for pedestrians who may cross in front of them. Read More

4 Common Wrongful Death Cases

The wrongful death of a loved one causes many kinds of hardships. These include the pain of grief, the financial burdens of medical bills and funeral costs, and the loss of future financial support from the loved one. Contacting experienced wrongful death attorneys is an important first step in getting relief from these burdens in the Read More

Avoiding The Jackknife

When a truck jackknifes, the tractor and trailer form a V shape. This resembles the shape that a jackknife makes when folding the blade into its handle. The tractor-trailer rig is very much like a jackknife because it has two rigid parts, the tractor and the trailer that are connected by a hinge which is Read More

Why You Should Seek A Free Consultation About Your Legal Situation

What a lot of people don’t realize is that many personal injury lawyers actually offer free consultations. During your consultation, you will be given free legal advice and will learn a little more about what a lawyer can do for you. These are a few reasons why you should seek a free consultation about your legal situation. Read More

Advice On Stopped School Buses: What You Need To Know

A recent article talked about how there is a low conviction rate for those who illegally pass a stopped school bus. Unfortunately, in one day, there were 80 people who passed school buses in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools alone. Statewide, there were over 3,200 people who passed a stopped school bus that day. Because of Read More

Personal Injury Lawyers Offer Tips On Safely Crossing The Street

Just before 8 am on October 20, a man attempting to cross the street was struck by a vehicle. The man, who was not crossing at a crosswalk or an intersection, ended up falling into another vehicle and then falling onto the asphalt. Although he was taken the hospital, the man unfortunately later died from Read More

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Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers Discussed Two-vehicle Crash Involving Big Rig

A Lexington-area crash involving a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic and an 18-wheeler on Thursday, July 16, resulted in injury and loss of life. According to a report by The Dispatch, the accident happened on the southbound I-85 Business Loop at approximately 9 p.m. when the vehicles collided near Winston Road. Big Rig Rear-ended According to authorities, Read More

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Personal Injury Lawyers Warn Families About Defective Flotation Devices

Personal injury lawyers know that on average, more than 300 children are likely to die by accidental drowning each year. So, we were horrified to learn about the latest baby float recall. It involved an inflatable product marketed to parents of infants and 1-year old children. Apparently, the defective product had a history of accidentally deflating while Read More

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Trucking Accident Attorneys Discuss Winston-Salem Crash On U.S. 52

An early morning collision on June 9 between a car and a semi tractor-trailer sent several people to the hospital, according to a wfmy report. Accident Details The semi driver stated that his rig was in the right lane of southbound U.S. 52 when an automobile passed him in the left lane. The driver of the Read More

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Auto Accident Lawyers Discuss Consequences Of Alleged Failure To Stop At Sign

A two-vehicle accident at an intersection in Rowan County led to the arrest of one motorist. State troopers say that the crash occurred at Old Beatty Ford Road and Rockwell Road at about 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Alleged Failure to Stop A male motorist driving a 2015 Ford Mustang GT allegedly ran through Read More

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NC Accident Lawyers Share Surprising Studies And Stats About Drowsy Driving

Did you know that car and truck manufacturers are fervently working with tech savvy people to combat drowsy driving? It’s true. As a result, there are already several devices in development or already on the market designed to stop fatigued drivers in their tracks. At least two of them made headlines this spring, including one Read More

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Hurt At The Local Fireworks Display? Get A Free Injury Case Evaluation

Every summer, countless people rush out to catch local fireworks displays or host backyard shows of their own. Sadly, not all of those fiery events are without incident. Sometimes it’s the event organizer or attendee’s fault. Other times, fireworks manufacturers must assume all of the liability. That’s why it pays for people injured by fireworks Read More

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Preventing Aggressive Driving And An Accident Lawyer’s Role

Anyone driving in North Carolina could suddenly find themselves in a situation that has gotten out of hand as even small incidents can turn violent due to aggressive driving and road rage. This makes it important to know what you can do to avoid aggressive drivers on the road. Bad Behaviors Defined According to AAA, Read More

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Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers Discuss 2013 Stats

Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) releases data about car and truck accidents that occur on U.S. roadways. The most recent dataset regarding large truck accidents are sobering to say the least.  Those who drive cars are far more susceptible to injuries and death when being involved in an accident involving a Read More

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Accident Attorney Discusses Two Factors That Cause The Most Accidents

It is a common belief that the big contributors to car accidents are alcohol intoxication, dangerous roads, excessive speeding, aggressive driving, and bad weather. Although these certainly cause accidents, statistics point to two other factors that are more deadly: Complacency Driving is a dangerous activity. Motorists on the road routinely drive two tons of steel Read More

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Attorneys In Wrongful Death Suit

Wrongful death lawsuits are at the extreme end of the civil law tradition that allows people harmed by the negligence of others to receive financial compensation for their losses. The defendant, alleged to have been negligent may not receive a criminal sentence. Under North Carolina law, the assumption is that if the deceased had lived, Read More

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Wrongful Death Attorneys Discuss Fatal Winston-Salem Wreck

On Sunday, May 10, a minivan being driven by a 21-year-old male motorist flipped over in a Winston-Salem car accident. According to the Winston-Salem Police Department, the crash occurred at approximately 1:40 a.m., in the 1900 block of Sprague Street. Vehicle Leaves the Roadway Police say that the 2006 Dodge mini-van was westbound just before Read More

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Working With Your Greensboro Accident Attorney On A Distracted Driver Accident Case

Despite laws here in North Carolina against distracted driving, many of them simply aren’t strong enough to combat those who continue to abuse the road. With so many people continually causing accidents from distracted driving, you need an accident attorney when a similar accident happens to you. Never should you take on these cases alone, Read More

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Auto Accident Lawyers Advocate For Clients With Insurance Troubles

Over 3.9 million Emergency Department visits are a direct result of auto accidents yearly, according to statistical data collected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Most likely you have taken steps to protect yourself and your loved ones in case of a motor vehicle accident by becoming an insured driver.  But is Read More