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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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For hundreds of thousands of people in this country, dialysis is a lifeline. monitor4.jpg

But as an investigative ProPublica series has uncovered, those treatments aren’t nearly as safe as we might hope – especially given how much they cost.

Our Charlotte dialysis injury lawyers have long been vocal about the damage done by medications such as GranuFlo and Naturalyte, which have been associated with high rates of cardiac arrest or even death.

Tainted back-pain injections are being blamed for a quickly escalating outbreak of a deadly fungal meningitis strain that has killed 23 patients and sickened about 300 since the first case was reported 10 days ago.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports the contaminated doses of methylprednisolone acetate were mixed at the New England Compounding Center and shipped to 23 states, including the Carolinas. Three lots of the injectable steroid — some 81,000 doses — were quickly recalled. But the NECC has since recalled its entire product line after the FDA also voice concerns about the safety of an ophthalmic drug injected during eye surgery and a cardioplegic solution produced by the company.

The tainted drugs were shipped to hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities nationwide on May 21. Patients who believe they have been treated with a product from the NECC should remain vigilant for signs of infection and should speak to their healthcare provider. At least two patients have died after contracting meningitis in North Carolina. Some symptoms may be similar to those of the flu, including fever, headache, vomiting or nausea. Other signs may include pain or swelling at the injection site, redness or discharge, and chest pain. 1028452_syringes_and_vial.jpg

GranuFlo, a concentrate used in the treatment of dialysis patients, is responsible for increased risk of heart attack and other serious health problems, according to lawsuits filed against the manufacturer. The drug maker is also accused of concealing the health risks.

GranuFlo and NaturaLyte have been linked to abnormally high blood-levels of bicarbonate, which can cause metabolic alkalosis. Patients and families who believe they have suffered a medical emergency while using GranuFlow should consult a North Carolina law firm experienced in handling medical malpractice and dangerous pharmaceutical lawsuits.

Metabolic Alkalosis is a medical condition that has been linked to heart attack, low blood pressure, problems with heart rhythm and death. The Food and Drug Administration began investigating earlier this year. In May doctors were warned to use caution with dialysis concentrates due to medical error and high bicarbonate levels. And in July, a Class I recall of GranuFlo and NaturaLyte was issued because of the links to heart problems. 230578_hospital_6.jpg

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