Many of us don't think twice about looking at the phone while driving, but even taking your eyes off the road for a second can be deadly. And texting or calling isn't the only type of driver distraction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists three types of driver distractions:
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Underinsured Motorist Insurance for NC Traffic Collision injuries may provide coverage above the North Carolina minimum limits. In North Carolina the minimum insurance limit to drive is thirty thousand dollars per person. If you have significant injuries or medical expenses that exceed one emergency room visit you may discover that if the defendant has minimum NC automobile insurance limits there may not be enough insurance available to compensate for your damages. Underinsured Motorist Insurance Underinsured Motorist Insurance is insurance above the minimum limits which pays for your compensatory damages when the defendant does not have enough insurance. Underinsured Motorist Insurance can provide coverage in an amount between $50,000.00 and $1 million. It is cheaper than liability insurance. You can arbitrate an underinsured motorist claim in NC. Arbitration is an expedited type of trial to three attorneys rather than a jury. It is typically cheaper, quicker and more reliable than some jury verdicts. Finally, as resolving claims with your underinsured motorist carrier is your insurance, there is a first party duty of good faith, which requires your carrier to treat you correctly. If you have a significant claim that may result in a claim above the defendant's limits, call us to discuss what we can do to assist with your claim. what to do in an automobile collision Contact us to discuss your insurance coverage before your involved in an automobile collision or what we can do to assist with your case.
Injured while driving for work? Should you report your injury as a workers' compensation injury or simply allow the case to be handled as a personal injury? Often its tricky to know whether to report your automobile accident case as a workers' compensation case as many people are concerned about their employer discriminating against them for getting injured while working.
Slip and fall injuries go up during the Holidays. Lack of floor safety while shopping this holiday season can result in a health nightmare over the best part of the year instead of a wonderful holiday. Stores have more merchandise, bigger crowds and items placed in dangerous areas this time of year. Why is floor safety so important? What do we mean by floor safety? As personal injury attorneys our Eastern NC offices have represented hundreds of people seriously injured while shopping by carelessness, inattention and lack of forethought by retail stores. North Carolina is one of a few states left in the country clinging to outdated law that makes recovering for serious and life altering injuries from retail fall cases very difficult. A spill by a customer that remains for hours; a grocery store that poorly packages items such as chicken in the deli which leaks blood and remains all over the store; failure to have a leaking cooler fixed; mopping without warning signs; placing merchandise on the floor in front of the selves without a warning; leaking drinks or chemicals on the selves that are not discovered for hours and sometimes days and old tile floors that are typically gray or light gray to not show dirt well past their need to be replaced have resulted in serious and life changing injuries to hundreds of our clients. We typically hear from the store it was our clients own fault for not paying enough attention while shopping in their store. Advertisers and store owners take classes, hire experts and go to seminars each year in how to best get our attention to their merchandise displays. They place items at eye height, flashy displays, banners, sale stickers (who looks away from a 1/2 off sticker) and place these items such that as we walk down the isle from our intended purchase we are drawn to their other items. If our eyes are by design and millions of dollars in research by retail experts drawn away from the floor and focused on the for sale items; the floor becomes of lower concern. An unexpected fall brought on by either tripping over something left in the floor of a store or by having one foot slip out from underneath you can result in serious back injuries, head injuries, broken bones or other injuries that have long term and serious consequences for the injured. Our office has represented more clients than I can recall who have permanent injuries from a fall while shopping for clothes, groceries and personal items. Serious injuries from Falls require a trial lawyer. This holiday season while you are out shopping for your family and loved ones remember to be safe, watch your step in stores and enjoy your holidays. If you do have the unexpected fall, call or contact our office, we will be glad to discuss your case.
Car Crash? Injured? Just not sure what to do next? Often our clients are just not sure what to do immediately after a car crash. Injuries and emotions can get in the way of making good decisions. Therefore, we have created a short check list for you.
Button Batteries also known as coin cell batteries create a serious swallowing danger for children. Unlike a coin, rock or small toy, if a button battery is swallowed by a small child it does not just pass through the body, instead it can cause serious and life threatening burns. Saliva immediately triggers an electrical current that causes a chemical reaction that can severely burn the esophagus in as little as two hours. Once the burning reaction begins, it can continue even after the battery is removed. Coin battery in child's throat As batteries get smaller and are found inside remote controls, calculators, birthday cards and other small devices, these coin sized button batteries can be swallowed by children and stuck in the children's throats. These devices sometimes are not designed correctly and the batteries can be too easily removed by children and then swallowed. Severe burns, hemorrhaging and even death can result. Youtube: Joe Tunstall discusses the dangers of these batteries In 2010 alone, there were more than 3,400 swallowing cases reported in the U.S., according to Dr. Toby Litovitz, of the National Capital Poison Center. After ingestion of a button battery, the symptoms resemble those of the flu, including vomiting, fever, cough and lack of appetite. Data compiled from the National Poison Data System and the National Battery Ingestion Hotline, as well as a review of more than 8,600 swallowing cases and an analysis of recent medical literature, collectively explained how such accidents happen. In nearly 62 percent of cases, children under 6 are swallowing batteries they obtained directly from a consumer product. Nearly 30 percent find the batteries loose, while just over 8 percent get them from battery packaging. The danger of these coin sized batteries, both alkaline and lithium, is serious and the knowledge of the danger needs to be shared with the parents of all young children. The Battery Controlled is a campaign supported by Energizer, in partnership with Safe Kids Worldwide, to alert parents and other caregivers to the hidden danger of swallowing coin lithium button batteries. Visit their informational website at Battery Controlled or at safe kids button battery ingestion. If your child is injured due to ingestion of a coin sized button battery contact our office to discuss. O'Malley Tunstall, PLLC or 800 - 755- 1987.