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North Carolina Landowners Facing Eminent Domain Stage a Protest

by Keith Adkins | August 20th, 2015

Most people who own property assume they will have the right to dictate how the land is used. But sometimes, government entities and even private businesses can use North Carolina’s eminent domain laws to condemn property for certain uses. The North Carolina land condemnation process has already been put into motion to take swaths of [...]

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More Traffic Deaths in 2015

by hef | August 17th, 2015

After years of relative calm on the roads, 2015 is seeing a major increase in traffic deaths. According to an article in the News & Observer, deaths were up 14 percent and injuries were up 33% in the first six months of the year. If the trend continues, traffic deaths this year could exceed 40,000 [...]

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North Carolina Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Response to Fatal I-85 Crash

by Keith Adkins | August 13th, 2015

When a person’s death is the result of negligence, the family of the victim may have a right to compensation. In order to file a successful North Carolina wrongful death lawsuit, an attorney must present evidence to prove who was at fault for the incident. A recent report highlights negligence that led to the death [...]

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North Carolina Coal Ash Moratorium Lifted, Posing Threat of Toxic Exposure to Public

by Keith Adkins | August 6th, 2015

Toxic ash is a byproduct of burning coal used to create electricity. The North Carolina toxic exposure lawyers at HensonFuerst explain coal ash can contain many heavy metals that are harmful to humans, including arsenic, lead, and mercury. Despite the risks toxic coal ash can pose to the public, a moratorium on the use of [...]

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Pending Land Condemnation Legislation at Risk

by hef | July 30th, 2015

If you are a property owner in North Carolina, we urge you to contact your State Senator, and any of the other State Senators on the following list, and ask them to support two pending laws, both of which passed with overwhelming support in the House… but have been stymied in the Senate. This request is [...]

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Misclassification Prevents Thousands From Receiving Workers’ Compensation Coverage

by Keith Adkins | July 30th, 2015

Most businesses in North Carolina are required to carry insurance to cover costs related to employee injuries. Unfortunately, many companies skirt these requirements by “misclassifying” their employees as independent contractors—who are exempt from North Carolina workers’ compensation coverage—rather than as company employees. An article from The Charlotte Observer noted a study conducted by several media [...]

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Bill Strips Protections Against Contaminated Water

by Keith Adkins | July 23rd, 2015

In the United States, we often burn coal to produce electricity, which produces ash as waste. The ash contains highly toxic substances and compounds that can lead to contaminated water in our water sources. North Carolina and it’s surrounding areas have seen these risks firsthand on several occasions. In 2008, millions of pounds of coal [...]

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Doctors’ Group Adopts Youth Concussion Policy

by hef | July 19th, 2015

In response to increasing concerns about concussion in youth sports, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced policies designed to improve diagnosis, treatment, and health outcomes. Specifically, the AMA now recommends that young athletes with a suspected concussion should be removed immediately from the game and be permitted to return only with a doctor’s written approval. [...]

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North Carolina Foodborne Illness Lawyers Discuss Lexington Salmonella Outbreak

by Keith Adkins | July 16th, 2015

Food needs to be thoroughly cooked and safely stored to prevent contamination. One of the most common foodborne illnesses reported today is salmonella—a bacteria that can cause symptoms such as: Fever Vomiting Diarrhea Abdominal cramping Renal Failure Death The bacteria is responsible for an outbreak that affected hundreds of patrons of a North Carolina barbecue [...]

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