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Young Woman Smokes E-Cig Electronic CigaretteThere has been a dramatic increase in the use of e-cigarettes in the past few years. According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 12.6 percent of American adults report that they have tried e-cigarettes.

Currently, 3.7 percent of adults report that they use e-cigarettes more than once per week. This means that there are now 9 million adults vaping on a regular basis, this includes many people in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.

This should be good news, after all, e-cigarettes are supposed to be a safer alternative to smoking. However, recent events have raised very serious concerns about the safety of these devices.

stockfresh_1670407_warning-medicine-bottle-cap-warns-of-danger-and-poisonous-pill_sizeS-297x300If 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 stockfresh_5349721_woman-suffering-from-cold-at-home_sizeS-200x300(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

stockfresh_423047_devastated_sizeS-300x225The 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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legalA frequent question from our clients is how do contingency fees work? We do almost all of our personal injury work on a contingency fee basis. That means the fee is a percentage of the amount we recover for the client. Depending on the kind of case, contingency fees can range from 25% to 40%. Also depending on the kind of case, certain amounts recovered are not subject to the contingency fee. There is an infinite variety of ways to structure a contingency fee.

Contingency fees have significant advantage over hourly fees. If you hire a lawyer on an hourly basis, typically they are going to require an upfront payment and then bill monthly. The attorney will expect to get paid monthly. If the client stops paying, then the attorney will stop working and move to terminate the relationship. Most insurance companies pay their lawyers either on an hourly basis or sometimes on a flat fee basis. In a contingency fee case, the lawyer gets a part of the recovery. Said another way, the lawyer doesn’t get paid unless the client gets paid. Often times our cases run on for years, and most clients can’t afford to pay attorneys on an hourly basis for years. Our clients prefer contingency fees because it is financially the best way for them to hire a lawyer to protect their interest.

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Pet Therapy Corkboard Word ConceptAccording to the Humane Society of the United States, pet ownership in the United
States has more than tripled since the 1970’s with about 62% of American households said to have at least one pet in 2012 and 47% of households owning at least one dog. Many of us experience first- hand the joys and benefits of pet ownership. But for those suffering from a mental or physical illness, animals and pets can provide much needed healing and therapeutic benefits.

There are two basic categories of animals that assist the disabled – service animals and therapy animals.

The American Disability Act provides a very specific definition of a “service animal” and as of March 15, 2011 only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA and are defined by the Act as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Service animals are not considered pets and are specifically trained to assist a disabled individual with things such as pushing a wheelchair, alerting one to the sounds of smoke alarms, timers, and telephones; or picking up and carrying
items for an individual. While many therapy animals are specifically trained to provide therapeutic benefits to the disabled, they are not service animals and do not have the same rights to public buildings as service animals. They do, however, provide many healing benefits to the disabled and their families and have been found to significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue for people suffering from mental and physical disabilities. Continue Reading

For years, those who consumed generic drugs produced by the pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy unwittingly faced serious injuries and even death, as the drugs were produced in overseas factories that failed to follow federal safety guidelines.

For this and for lying to authorities with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration about these violations, Ranbaxy has pleaded guilty to criminal charges and will pay a record $500 million fine.

pillsdrugs.jpgOur Asheville drug injury lawyers believe this case was an important one in setting a precedent of accountability for foreign drugmakers. The reality is that the FDA already has a tough time regulating drugmakers based in the U.S. The challenges for overseas are even more numerous. But they made the drugs cheaply, so for a long time, their practices weren’t questioned.

In a decision affecting anyone suffering from an Asheville drug injury, a federal appeals court in Texas upheld a lower court’s ruling against a family who claimed that drug companies, as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, had failed to warn of potentially deadly consequences of a certain over-the-counter medication.

The case,

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