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Worried about DWI? Get an app.

Posted by Mathew Flatow on Feb 6, 2015 8:07:22 AM

DWI is a serious problem in North Carolina and around the country. In 2013, there were almost 50,000 DWI arrests in North Carolina alone. Drunk drivers are responsible for numerous deaths and injuries every year. Drunk driving also causes significant property damage. For the driver, a DWI is an expensive proposition. It can result in thousands of dollars of legal fees and civil fines. Drivers lose their license for at least a year, and multiple offenders may lose their driving privileges permanently. Multiple offenders may also find their vehicles seized and sold by the state. A DWI conviction will show up on a background check, meaning it may affect your ability to get the job you want. In other words, you really don't want to be arrested for a DWI. Sometimes, though, it can be tough to judge when you shouldn't get behind the wheel. Several new apps aim to help you avoid just that issue.

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Topics: Blog, DWI, North Carolina

What constitutes nursing home negligence in North Carolina?

Posted by Adam Seifer on Feb 2, 2015 10:23:41 AM

When your loved ones are aging and require more care than you can provide, what are your options? Unless you can afford an expensive in-home nurse, chances are your options are limited to nursing homes. Putting a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision, but in many cases it's the best place for those who are too elderly and sick to stay at home alone. Nursing homes are a popular choice - according to the most recent data available from the Department of Health and Human Services, there are more than 3.2 million patients in nursing homes around the country. A nursing home can provide your loved one with the medical care she needs around the clock, provided by caretakers who are well-trained and experienced medical professionals.

Unfortunately, not all nursing homes treat patients with the care and respect they deserve. Nursing home negligence is a growing issue in North Carolina and around the country. One study found that over 50% of nursing home employees admitted to abusing a patient. Another study found that almost half of nursing home patients claim they've been abused and a staggering 95% claim they've been neglected or have seen staff neglect another patient. According to National Ombudsman Reporting System data, physical abuse by staff is the most common abuse-related complaint from nursing home patients, followed by abuse by other residents and psychological abuse by staff. Gross neglect constitutes 14% of the complaints.

So, how can you know if your loved one is being treated the way she deserves? What are your options if you believe a nursing home patient is being abused?

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Topics: Nursing Home, Blog, North Carolina

My child was caught with Ecstasy. What now?

Posted by Adam Seifer on Dec 23, 2014 10:09:46 AM

It goes by many names: Ecstasy, Molly, E, X, XTC, and more. It's known as the "hug drug" and is popular among young people at nightclubs, raves, and dance parties. It's also highly illegal. However, it's readily available all over North Carolina and teenagers may have easy access to this popular party drug. It's also fairly cheap - a dose costs $18-$40 at the retail level. When your child gets caught with Molly in North Carolina, what happens?

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Topics: Blog, Criminal Law, North Carolina

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in North Carolina

Posted by Adam Seifer on Dec 10, 2014 2:04:42 PM

If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another person, you probably already know that you can file a lawsuit for damages. You may be able to claim the cost of your medical expenses, your lost wages while you were out of work recovering, and monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. If an injury isn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to bear the burden. However, the law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. If you wait too long, you may lose your right to sue.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Blog, Compensation, North Carolina