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Are There Delayed Injury Symptoms After a Car Accident?

Car accidents can cause multiple types of physical and psychological injuries. Brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, broken bones or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are possible outcomes after a serious car crash. However, there are also car accident injuries that may not be apparent until hours or even days later. These injuries can include: Concussions: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the immediate symptoms of a concussion include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and tiredness. Most people are going to have immediate symptoms. However, concussion symptoms can linger long after an accident. Memory problems, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping and emotional changes can last for weeks or months. Musculoskeletal injuries: Whiplash from an accident could cause a musculoskeletal injury. These are injuries that can limit your ability to move. These injuries may cause lower back, shoulder and neck pain. Internal bleeding: You typically cannot see internal injuries, which is one…
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What Parents Should Know About Football Concussions and North Carolina Law

Football season is in full swing.  Recent studies and law suits have raised awareness about the risks of repetitive brain trauma in football but people still love the sport and remain fans. Americans love football.  It’s one of the Nation’s favorite sports and pastimes.  An increasing amount of evidence shows that concussions and brain injuries sustained by football players during their careers can lead to devastating consequences, including conditions such as Alzheimers, ALS, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) or death.  CTE is a serious neurodegenerative condition which has been found in many former NFL players. At Riddle & Brantley LLP, our legal team has been advocating for public safety since our law firm was formed.  It is important to raise awareness about the life changes that can result after sustaining a concussion. The Gfeller-Waller Awareness Act, named after two football players who died after suffering concussions in 2009, was implemented…
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Who Can Be Liable for a Truck Accident?

Semi-trucks are the largest and heaviest vehicles on our roads. A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. When large semi-trucks collide into smaller passenger vehicles, the results are always catastrophic. For example, a recent truck accident in Rockingham, North Carolina resulted in two deaths. State troopers said the occupants of the passenger vehicle died on impact. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) statistics show that truck accidents like this one are responsible for more than 3,000 fatalities each year.  However, many truckers follow the rules of the road and are professional drivers. In some cases, truck crashes are caused by the negligent actions of trucking companies and other parties. The parties that could be liable for a truck accident include: Trucking companies: Commercial carriers (commercial trucking and bus companies) are required to meet federal guidelines stipulated by the FMCSA. These guidelines determine who can obtain a commercial…
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What Are Your Thoughts on The Harvey Weinstein Scandal?

As many of you have heard, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is facing dozens of sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations. Weinstein has helped create some of Hollywood’s most famous movies, such as Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting. The scandal unfolded last week after The New York Times and The New Yorker published articles detailing the sexual harassment claims against Weinstein. Many of the allegations stretch back several decades and involve famous Hollywood actresses or models. In fact, the allegations stretch all the way back to 1984. According to the article, Weinstein has settled eight lawsuits filed by women that claim they were sexually assaulted or harassed. The New York Times article used interviews from industry insiders, emails and internal documents from companies operated by Weinstein. After the article was published, many other women came forward and shared how they were sexually harassed or sexually assaulted by Weinstein. At the…
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Important Tips for Parents During Window Covering Safety Month

Statistics published by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) show that more than 330 children have died since 1981 due to strangulation from window blind cords. Another 160 plus have suffered catastrophic injuries. Children can easily become tangled in window blind cords. For this reason, the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) has launched a month-long public safety campaign to teach parents how to avoid injuries and deaths caused by window blind cords. Parents may avoid window blind hazards by adhering to the following safety tips. Keep children away from window blind cords: This tip may seem obvious, but it is possible to make mistakes t+hat cause children to approach window blinds. The WCSC recommends keeping toys, cribs, beds and furniture away from window blind cords. You should also eliminate dangling cords. According to the CPSC, two-thirds of window blind accidents could have been prevented if children had been kept…
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