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October 2011 Archives

Fayetteville woman sues hospital after son's death

Earlier this year, a Fayetteville mother learned that her son had died just hours after sending him to a local hospital in an ambulance. She was told that her 27-year-old son could not be resuscitated after he had stopped breathing at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Now the woman is suing the hospital and several security guards for negligence, claiming that more could have been done to resuscitate her son.

Employee in North Carolina killed while riding lawnmower

Losing a loved one in any type of accident is tragic, but the death of a loved one may be especially difficult to handle if the accident could have easily been prevented. In August, a North Carolina woman was killed on the job while operating a lawnmower. Investigations of the incident concluded this month, revealing that the woman's employer had violated the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina.

Uninsured drivers cause financial hardship for other N.C. drivers

As we have previously discussed on our Fayetteville personal injury law blog, victims of motor vehicle accidents may be able to pursue personal injury claims if their injuries are serious or permanent. A car accident can turn one's life upside down in a split second. As a result, accident victims often attempt to pursue their rights by filing a claim so that they at least can receive the compensation they need in order to cover medical expenses and lost wages.

New study links new drivers to more car accidents

Citing loud music, peer pressure and the presence of teen passengers, a new study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has revealed that drivers who have only had their licenses for a month are far more likely to be involved in a car accident.

NASCAR driver calls into question safety of IndyCar racing

Today, many Americans are still in shock after the wrongful death of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon. The 33-year-old IndyCar driver died in an accident during Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Four hospitalized in North Carolina after 18-wheeler accident

Due to the size of commercial trucks, accidents involving 18-wheelers often result in serious damage. Individuals involved in trucking accidents may suffer catastrophic injuries including brain, back and spinal cord injuries. In some cases, accidents caused by commercial trucks may be fatal.

North Carolina passes new law to cap damages for medical negligence

With thousands of individuals seeking medical attention every day, errors are bound to be made. A mistake could be made during surgery, a patient could die from an illness that was never diagnosed or a patient could be given the wrong medication. Sadly, many of these errors are a result of medical negligence and have caused patients in North Carolina and throughout the entire U.S. to suffer severe injuries or death.

Lawsuit filed against doctor who performed unnecessary surgery

In an effort to protect individuals who undergo cosmetic surgery in Fayetteville and throughout the entire U.S., the new president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) warned the public last month about the risk of becoming a victim of medical malpractice. Currently, 48 states allow doctors who are not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to perform cosmetic surgery.

North Carolina law requires all adults to report suspected child abuse

North Carolina law requires all adults to report suspected child abuse. This is especially important in the Emergency Room setting where healthcare providers have specialized training and experience in evaluating injuries and are mandated in this state to report to Child Protective Services suspected abuse or neglect. Further, North Carolina law protects the person reporting suspected abuse from any civil or criminal liability provided the report was made in good faith. Once a report is made, Child Protective Services will investigate and where abuse or neglect is substantiated, will take action to protect the child from further harm.

Family sues university in North Carolina for son's wrongful death

It is one thing to lose a child due to unavoidable circumstances, but losing a son or daughter in an event that could have been prevented is especially tragic. The parents of a former football player for Western Carolina University lost their son after he died from complications from an enlarged heart. Now the family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university claiming that their son's death could have been prevented.

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