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The Top 5 Personal Injury Claims

November 13, 2018 personal injury terms

Personal injury is a fancy way of saying you got hurt — and it’s something someone else caused or could have prevented. Accidents happen every single day, but if you get hurt in one, you may feel concerned or worried about paying for your medical bills or time you missed from work.

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10 Frequently Asked Questions concerning Workers’ Compensation Claims and Benefits in North Carolina

October 24, 2018

Getting injured on the job is stressful enough. What are the first steps? Where do you seek treatment and how do you get paid? Below are the answers to all those questions and more. Whatever happens, stay calm, file an injury report, and get treatment.  Or call Kelly & West if you have a serious injury and are unlikely to return to work.

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3 Reasons to Hire an Attorney if You Get a Speeding Ticket

October 6, 2018 estate planning

Rushing to work? Not paying attention to the speed limit? Late to pick up the kids from school? Whatever the reason may be, the consequence is a dreadful speeding ticket that is going to cost you a good deal of money, time, and hassle

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What is an Ethical Will and How Can You Create One?

September 18, 2018

As you may know, a Will is a legal document in which you express your wishes about your property after death. The document helps you pass on your physical belongings and money.

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Important Medical Documents for Your Young Adult Child

August 15, 2018

Imagine if your child ended up in a hospital and could not make decisions for himself. Of course, you’d want to step in to help. But if your child is a legal adult, age 18 or older, you will not be able to do so. In fact, you wouldn’t even be told any specifics about his condition due to HIPAA regulations.

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What You Can Do about Nursing Home Abuse

July 24, 2018 A man helps an older woman stand up at nursing home

While most nursing homes offer excellent care, some residents suffer abuse or neglect while living there. Abuse is intentional infliction of injury, physically or mentally, while neglect refers to a failure to provide a person with the care and services necessary to ensure freedom from harm or pain.

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5 Things a Newspaper Column Got Wrong about Wills in NC

July 12, 2018

While we enjoy reading the newspaper and support our local organization, we were distressed recently while reading a column about creating a Will. Here are some of the statements we found along with accurate information for our North Carolina friends.

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How Long-Term Care Affects Your Property Deeds in North Carolina

June 26, 2018

Growing old is inevitable, so set up for your future now. From age 65 and up, there is a 75 percent chance you or your loved one will require long-term care. According to a CareScout survey from 2017,  living in a semi-private room in a nursing home can cost more than $80,000 a year. Many […]

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Fireworks: What’s Legal In North Carolina

June 20, 2018

Not everyone is clear on the legality of fireworks. People travel to visit loved ones from near and far for fourth of July, sometimes crossing state borders. With so many fireworks on sale near those borders, people might wonder about what’s legal in North Carolina.

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How Care Contracts Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

May 24, 2018 Someone signing a contract

About 70 percent of people who are now turning 65 will require long-term care at some point during their lifetime. Many of those people will spend at least a year in a nursing facility, at an average cost of $6,300 per month.

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Personal injury is a fancy way of saying you got hurt — and it’s something someone else caused or could have prevented. Accidents happen every single day, but if you get hurt in one, you may feel concerned or worried about paying for your medical bills or time you missed from work. That’s why people may choose to file a personal injury claim, a way of seeking monetary benefits for an injury caused by another person or company. 

personal injury termsIn 2017 alone, Nationwide insurance company paid $18.7 billion in claims to its members. Here are the top personal injury claims that affect most people:

Car Accidents

Yearly, there is estimated to be more than 6 million vehicle-related accidents in the United States. While this number is only increasing, drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists are in danger. Distractions such as smartphones, navigation systems or car-related functions might be the reason. Regardless, if you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation. Make it a priority always to always visit a doctor after an accident, even if you feel fine. There are many cases where victims did not suffer physical injuries but sustained many internal injuries.

Slip and Fall

Slip and fall claims are a common personal injury claim. A slip and fall can occur anywhere, at work, home, in a restaurant. Elderly people are more likely to sustain a severe injury after a fall. Damage to the hip, head, back, and neck are very common. It may be difficult to prove a slip and fall claim. Contacting a lawyer after a slip and fall incident is crucial.

Product Liability

There is an average of 20,000 product liability claims that are filed in the United States each year alone. Many cases of product liability claims are defective toys, dangerous pet products, unsafe medical devices. Product liability typically has one of the highest average compensation values.

Workplace-Related Injuries

Have you fallen on the job? Work-related injuries are very common and can happen to anyone. Work-related injuries are often unreported due to fear of termination, but that means someone else may get hurt later in the same way. If you have been injured at work, report it immediately and contact a lawyer.

Medical Negligence

Medical negligence is another very commontype of personal injury claim. Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare provider doesn’t meet an adequate level of standard care required for a patient. This malpractice causes injury or harm as a result. There are many ways to prove medical negligence has occurred. Some examples are, failing to tell a patient of known risks, failure to diagnose, doctors negligence caused the injury and improper treatment was administered. Medical negligence is among one of the hardest and complex claims to prove and win; it requires many witnesses that must be willing to testify. However, that shouldn’t scare you off if you feel something wasn’t right with your medical care.

If you have questions about a personal injury, contact us for a free consultation.