North Carolina and South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

When you have been injured in an accident, you may instinctively know that you need legal representation to file a personal injury claim. But amid a sea of attorneys in North Carolina and South Carolina all clamoring for your business, how do you decide which law firm is best suited to handle your case?

Selecting the Right Law Firm for Your Claim

If your car breaks down, you want to know that the mechanic fixing your car has worked on your make and model before. In a similar way, it is important to seek out an attorney who has experience handling personal injury cases if you have suffered a personal injury.

There are important deadlines that must be met and procedures that must be followed in order for your personal injury lawsuit to make it to the settlement table or to trial if necessary. Do not entrust your legal rights to an attorney or law firm that does not have experience representing personal injury clients with claims like yours.

Why Attorneys’ Credentials Matter

Many attorneys advertise their credentials such as awards they have won, professional societies to which they belong and their past results. These can be important factors in determining whether a particular attorney is right for you and your case.

Professional memberships and awards are an indication that an attorney has developed a certain level of experience and reputation in a particular area of the law. Many of our firm’s attorneys are members of professional and philanthropic groups in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Although you cannot expect an attorney to guarantee results in your case that are similar to past results in other cases, an attorney’s track record can demonstrate an attorney’s experience with certain types of cases. We are proud to have obtained numerous six- and seven-digit awards for our injured clients.

Questions You Should Ask a Lawyer Before You Choose

Ultimately, you will want to meet an attorney before you make your decision. Since you will be placing your legal rights and interests in the lawyer’s hands, you want to ask questions and talk with him or her to determine if he or she is the right attorney for you.

Consider asking about:

• Your attorney’s strategy for handling your type of case.
• What contact you can expect to have with your attorney.
• How long your attorney anticipates the case will last.
• Fees and costs and how these will be paid.

If you meet your attorney and do not feel as if you can trust him or her, trust your gut. It is important that you be able to have full faith in your attorney. If you do not, your relationship with your attorney may be difficult and cause you significant worry and grief. It could also result in a recovery that is less than you deserve.

At Grimes Teich Anderson, LLP, our accident lawyers have represented claimants in personal injury lawsuits in Asheville, Greenville, Spartanburg and throughout Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina for several decades. We are proud of the results we have been able to obtain on their behalf.

Speak with us about your case during a free injury consultation and learn if we might be able to assist you in obtaining compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at (800) 533-6845.

I handed the document to my client while the jury watched us. I asked my client, “Can you tell me what this document is?” He answered honestly, “It’s the property damage estimate… prepared by State Farm”.  I knew what was coming, and I slumped. Defense counsel stood up and asked the judge, “Can I take a matter up outside of the presence of the jury?” The jury was marched out of the courtroom so the lawyers could speak to the judge.

At that point, the lawyer hired by the insurance company to represent the person who rear-ended my client made a motion for mistrial.  Mistral means that the trial is so irretrievably broken that a whole new trial must be started. Bear in mind that only the truth had been spoken. The document had been prepared by State Farm, but it also had been carefully redacted by agreement of the parties to remove all reference to State Farm. There was no mention as to who State Farm Insurance Company insured in the case, and it was just as likely that State Farm insured my client and prepared the property damage estimate for him. Furthermore, state law requires that owners have car insurance. Nevertheless, the trial court granted the insurance company lawyer’s motion for mistrial. Days of preparation for that trial were wasted. We will re-try the case, but much will have to be redone.

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If you or someone you love took Risperdal and have developed gynecomastia, you may be able to seek financial compensation by filing a product defect claim. According to a fact sheet from the Mayo Clinic, gynecomastia is a condition in which breast tissue swells in boys or men, resulting in enlarged breasts.

Recent articles in Forbes Magazine and The Wall Street Journal reported that Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which is a Johnson & Johnson company, has been accused of a failure to warn about the side effect. In this product defect allegation, the articles suggest that the drug maker failed to alert healthcare providers and consumers that risperidone, the generic name for the brand-name drug Risperdal, may lead young males to develop breasts.

Understanding Risperdal and Its Uses

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Temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter, and (unfortunately) flu and pneumonia are beginning to appear in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.

Getting a vaccine is a simple act of preventative care that some North Carolinians and South Carolinians fail to do. This is despite the widespread availability of vaccines throughout both states. Whether your failure to get a flu shot in the past has been due to fear about potential side effects or whether it is a task that simply gets neglected due to the business of the season, it is important that you make an effort to get a flu vaccine this year.

Why Flu and Pneumonia Shots Are Critical for Your Health

Influenza (the flu) is a serious disease that kills anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people every year in the United States. The vast majority of those who experience serious complications or death from the flu are the elderly and the very young.

Flu season can last from October to May. During this time, the flu virus is circulating among the U.S. population at a greater level than at other times of the year.

The flu shot or flu spray vaccine is strongly recommended for:

  • Children and adults over 6 months of age.
  • Those whose job or other activities bring them into contact with at-risk individuals such as young children or the elderly.
  • Others who are at risk of developing serious complications from the flu.

Pneumonia is an upper-respiratory infection that can cause serious complications in some individuals. Like the flu, pneumonia can result in hospitalization and, in some severe cases, death.

Pneumonia vaccines are typically available around the same time as the yearly flu vaccine, and many places that offer the flu vaccine also offer the pneumonia vaccination. It is recommended that the pneumonia vaccine be given to:

  • Children under the age of 5 years old.
  • Adults ages 65 and older.
  • Children and adults 6 years of age or older who have certain risk factors.

Should You Get a Shingles Vaccine?

Shingles is another condition for which many clinics and doctor’s offices offer a vaccination. Shingles is a painful skin inflammation that can affect individuals who got chickenpox as a child.

A shingles vaccination is available and recommended for individuals who are 60 years of age or older. Even if a person has already had shingles in the past, a shingles shot can help prevent future recurrences.

Our Lawyers Help Victims of Dangerous Drugs

Vaccinations for the flu, pneumonia and shingles are generally considered safe and are recommended for many individuals this cold and flu season. Even if the vaccination does not keep a person from getting sick, a vaccination can help reduce the length and severity of illness.

Unfortunately, not all drugs are as safe as these vaccines. Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause serious complications for users. If you have taken medications and suffered injuries or complications, contact our North Carolina and South Carolina drug injury law firm at (800) 533-6845. The law firm of Grimes Teich Anderson, LLP may be able to assist you in obtaining compensation for your expenses and losses.

With many American households owning at least one canine, chances are you know a friend, a relative or a neighbor who has a dog. Many dogs may appear to be friendly, but it is important to remember that any dog is capable of biting or attacking – even a dog that you are familiar with and have spent a significant amount of time around.

A dog attack is no trivial matter. Victims can face serious injuries such as:

• Deep cuts and lacerations
• Puncture wounds
• Broken bones if you are knocked to the ground by a dog
• Infections
• Disfigurement and scarring
• Loss of limbs such as fingers

If you or a loved one have been attacked by a vicious dog, the most pressing matter is for you to seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries. You may also consider filing a dog bite lawsuit in North Carolina or South Carolina to recover compensation for your injuries.

Dog Bite Laws in North Carolina and South Carolina

Dog bite laws in North Carolina differ markedly from those in South Carolina. Although both states have adopted “strict liability” laws (meaning that the dog owner can be held responsible for injuries caused by the dog regardless of whether the owner acted carelessly), the conditions under which these strict liability rules may be applied are not the same. Continue Reading

The loss of a loved one is one of the most traumatic and psychologically stressful events that a human being can endure. The stress and pain are only magnified when a loved one’s death is sudden, unexpected and caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person. This can leave the surviving family members devastated. Not only must they say goodbye to their loved one and process their feelings of grief and anger, they are also left worrying about the costs associated with the funeral and carrying on without their loved one’s contributions.

While a North Carolina or South Carolina wrongful death lawsuit cannot undo a tragic and untimely death, these lawsuits can provide surviving family members with much-needed financial compensation to address the expenses and losses they must endure because of someone else’s wrongdoing.

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There’s nothing cozier than curling up by the fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa as fall nights become cooler. Kerosene heaters are also a commonly used option for chasing away the chill in many homes in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Candles, of course, are popular at Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmastime, and add a romantic ambiance during the dark nights of fall and winter.

However, fireplaces, kerosene heaters and candles are all potential fire hazards, so it’s important to make sure you know how to use them safely this fall and winter.

Take Precautions Around Flames of All Kinds

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Some of the best advice a veteran representative or attorney can give to a veteran, who is filing a claim for a new disability or a claim to increase the rating of a current service-connected disability, is to journal. Journaling will (1) help the veteran remember his or her conditions, the severity of his or her conditions, and the limitations his or her conditions set; (2) help the veteran record and remember dates of flare-ups; (3) help the veteran accurately record sleep; (4) help the veteran precisely and efficiently convey this information to his or her primary care provider so that this information makes it into the veteran’s health records; and (5) help the veteran’s representative or attorney better understand the complete picture and look for potentially compensable secondary disabilities.

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As long as the veteran (1) served in a qualifying area of Southwest Asia during the qualifying dates; (2) has a qualifying chronic disability; and (3) this qualifying disability has manifest during a presumptive period, then the veteran qualifies for presumptive service connection for this disability.

The qualifying areas for this presumption are Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, any neutral zone between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Afghanistan, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and the airspace above these locations.[1] The qualifying dates are August 2, 1990, to the present. It is important to note that this list of qualifying areas does not include some countries where veterans were also exposed to toxins, such as Turkey. This does not mean that veterans who only served in Turkey are ineligible for disability compensation benefits, it simply means that they are not entitled to “Presumptive Service Connection” and therefore they have the additional hurdle of showing an actual in-service event that caused their disability.

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One of two events may take place whenever the VA pays a veteran more than it should, either an Overpayment or an Administrative Error/Error in Judgement. An overpayment is when the veteran or veteran’s dependent receives more money than allowed because of an action or lack of action of the veteran or dependent. This can include under-reporting income, not reporting a change in family status, or defaulting on a VA-guaranteed loan. This can also include failing to report Social Security back-pay while receiving VA Pension. In contrast, an Administrative Error/Error in Judgement occurs when the VA erroneously overpays a veteran or dependent through no fault of the beneficiary. This can include when the VA fails to provide clear notice of a specific reporting requirement, and there is no evidence that the veteran or dependent has reason to believe that he or she is not entitled to the extra compensation.

What Are Your Options?

When presented with a potential Overpayment, the alleged debtor may dispute the validity or amount of the debt, request a waiver of collection of the debt, offer a settlement amount to satisfy the debt, or any combination of the three simultaneously. There is no deadline to dispute the validity or amount of the debt, however if the alleged debtor submits a dispute within thirty (30) days of receiving the Notice of Overpayment (NOO) the VA will stay collection by offsetting other VA benefits. Unlike a dispute, there is a one-hundred and eighty (180) day deadline from the NOO to request a waiver of recovery of a debt.

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