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Nursing – You can’t help if you’re injured

WorkersComp31_06032014It takes a special person to join the healthcare industry. They often undergo long hours and many years of training for a position that can be "less than glamorous." Not to mention the emotional and physical strains these vital positions demand.

How the injuries occur:

Many people are unaware of the increased injury risks that people in this sector face. During the course of a normal work shift, many nurses and other healthcare employees working with various pieces of machinery are standing for long periods of time, which can take a toll on their legs, back and feet.

Nurses often assist with moving patients between different beds or areas of the hospital, which can cause severe strain. Since nursing work is very physical in nature, this field experiences extremely high numbers of work-related injuries.

In emergency situations, nurses often exceed normal lifting recommendations. In the heat of the moment, these employees want to serve their patients and assist with life-saving efforts, but, in the long run, these actions can result in injuries for the nurse.

The awkward positions required to complete many of the tasks in nursing are also to blame for many problems.

The injuries sustained:

Musculoskeletal injuries or disorders that cause pain to muscles and tendons are the most common injuries, - making up 41% of injuries from the healthcare fields, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

These injuries are often exacerbated through the course of a normal working shift after the injury has occurred. The strain from these problems can last for many months after the initial incident, making it difficult, not only complete the requirements of the job, but to function in everyday life. Back pain can be especially serious, requiring long-term treatment and possibly even surgery to correct the problem.

If you've been injured:

Workplace injuries in the healthcare sector are serious. If you've been injured, contact an experienced attorney to evaluate your case.

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may have the experience you need. Our team of workers' compensation attorneys includes three Board Certified Specialists in North Carolina Workers' Compensation law. Don't risk your future. Reach out today.

Disabled Cities

Injury10_06082014Is your city handicapped? In the recent NPR article that sparked much of the recent debate about SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), the author, Chana Joffe-Walt, focused a lot of attention on one area of the country in particular:

Hale County, Alabama

In Joffe-Walt's article, she reported that one in four working age adults are on disability in Hale County. That's a huge percentage. Especially for a program that's so selective (less that 40% of applicants are approved).

So what's happening? In the article, Joffe-Walt went on to say that she spoke with a doctor who examines many of the disability recipients in Hale County and he said that he always asks them what grade they finished, after he's finished analyzing their physical condition.

Why is grade important? In Hale County, a rural area where many of the residents have achieved little beyond a high school education, there just aren't many opportunities for people to work at a job that's not hard on their body.

The article told a story of one Hale County woman who said her dream job would be to work in the Social Security office weeding out applications. Initially Joffe-Walt, thought it might be because the woman believed she would be good at "weeding out the cheaters," but, in fact, it was because that was the only job the woman had seen where you could sit all day.

Unemployable

In highly-educated areas, this is nearly unbelievable, but when you extrapolate this story to rural factory or mill towns, it becomes a little more real.

Kathy Ruffin, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, ran a series of reports on SSDI and listed some of the factors that have affected the boost. She said:

"The accelerating pace of globalization and technological change has been particularly unforgiving to older, less-educated workers and those with cognitive impairments."

She went on to say that the lack of education and familiarity with current technology, combined with serious physical ailments, has made these workers virtually unemployable. Not good news for areas that have relied on physical work and it is finally taking a toll on their bodies.

North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers

Social Security is an important safety net for disabled workers, no matter where you live. Click here to learn about the basics of Social Security Disability.

If you have applied for Social Security disability benefits and you believe that your claim was unfairly denied, the North Carolina Social Security disability lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help. Call us 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

NC listed in “Top 10 Most Dangerous Roads”

Road_07312014The "Tail of the Dragon"

A recent list names North Carolina's highway US 129 one of ten the most dangerous roads in the United States.

Specifically, the list mentions an 11 mile stretch of US 129, sometimes referred to as the "Tail of the Dragon". The nickname comes from the fact that there are 318 winding curves on this stretch alone. For the complete list, visit Upack.com.

Trucking accidents

Curves can be especially dangerous for truck drivers because they can't accelerate at a regular speed. Instead, they are generally accelerating and braking at every single curve. This makes it challenging for cars behind truckers on the road, because it requires constant attention and reactions. And more novice truckers may not be familiar with the kind of strategies it takes to maneuver a road like US 129.

In addition, trucks tend to drift into other lanes while negotiating sharp curves. For oncoming traffic, this is incredibly dangerous. And since the narrowness of US 129 doesn't allow for much shoulder space to move out of the way of a drifting truck, it can lead to deadly accidents.

If you've been in an accident with a truck

Trucking accidents can occur for a number of reasons, ranging from driver distraction, fatigue or driving under the influence (DUI). And being involved in an accident with a truck is especially dangerous because of their sheer size.

If you've been the victim of a trucking accident in North Carolina, we advise you to reach out to an attorney to discuss your case. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we're available 24/7 to discuss your case. Click here to meet our team of NC truck accident attorneys.

Top Causes of Onsite Construction Accidents

Working with heavy machinery in a variety of situations makes construction a dangerous work environment. And those who get hurt on the job could face lost work time, lost wages and long recovery-periods with high medical bills. Below are several leading causes of construction accidents.

WorkersComp19_07022014Falls

Any time a job involves heights, the risk for accidents immediately increases. Although safety protocols should be used at every worksite, falls can, and do, happen. Numerous injuries, such as broken bones or fractures, are common among fall victims. To reduce the risk of falls, be sure to use portable ladders appropriately and make sure any scaffolding is solidly constructed.

Electrical Problems/Wiring

Proper protection is mandatory for any employee working near an electrical unit, but incidents can still happen - especially if there's been a storm or other weather event that jostled electrical wiring or boxes. Frequent contact with power lines or extension cords increases the risk, too. Each situation should be carefully evaluated prior to any employee working directly with electrical conductors.

Trenching Projects

When working on any project that involves digging, most people expect that the ground caving in is the leading cause of accidents. However, there are other risk factors at play that can endanger employees, including toxic fumes or lack of oxygen. Employees are also at risk of falling underneath or bumping into dangerous machines or liquid materials. Working in teams and implementing proper safety protocol can reduce the overall danger in these areas.

Hit By Heavy Equipment or Objects

In a construction site where heavy-duty vehicles are constantly moving heavy materials such as walls, stones or trees, movements can be difficult to predict and employees are sometimes the victims. Although hardhats and other safety precautions, like steel-toed boots are often required on site, they may not help if a bolder rolls and lands on you. Head injuries are particularly dangerous, but other exposed limbs, like arms or legs, can be injured in an instant when the workplace isn't safe. The worksite supervisor should ensure that all materials in danger of falling or moving have been removed before employees begin a project.

Injured on a construction site?

Workers' compensation claims are very common in the construction industry. If you were injured on the job, or someone you love was killed in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

Common Car Accident Definitions

Common types of car accidents can vary significantly based on location and weather, but there are several commonalities in how they're defined. Here are a few:

Accident Reaction_07222014Rear-End Collisions

Often a rear-end collision is the result of one car following another car too closely. If the front car makes a sudden stop, the driver behind cannot initiate the brakes quickly enough, resulting in an accident. Injuries typically resulting from this type of accident include whiplash and back pain from the sudden impact of being thrown forward and then slamming back into the seat.

Failure to Complete a Proper Left Turn

This occurs when one driver is safely operating their vehicle and another driver does not take into account their proximity and makes an unsafe left turn. Particularly at lights without a green arrow for left turns, drivers often misjudge the speed of oncoming traffic and end up slamming into other drivers they didn't see coming. These can be incredibly serious accidents, resulting in significant injuries.

Failure to Stop

Especially if the driver is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, stop signs and red lights may be ignored entirely. If the driver is impaired, their ability to accurately judge the situation has disappeared. While other drivers are using the green light legally, an impaired driver (or distracted driver) might slide through the light, causing sudden impact between the vehicles. If both cars are operating at a top speed, the injuries from these accidents can be very serious.

If you've been in an accident

A car accident can be an incredibly difficult emotional and physical experience. Many of the injuries resulting from a car accident aren't apparent immediately and their effects can last for several months or even years. Ultimately, these injuries can affect your ability to work and do the things you enjoyed prior to the accident.

Click here for a step-by-step list of what to do if you're ever involved in an accident (this is a great glove compartment resource!). If you've already been the victim of an automobile accident, you should discuss your case with an attorney to try and make sure all your rights are protected. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin today - 1-866-900-7078.

The Latest and Greatest in Social Security Proceedings

The Latest and Greatest in Social Security Proceedings

On Monday, April 8th, Adjudication Committee of the Administrative Conference (ACUS), met to discuss the results of a year-long study of the Social Security adjudication process.

The ACUS is a committee Congress created to analyze the government's administrative processes and make recommendations, based on their findings.

Law4_07312014The Krent report

In 2011, the ACUS commissioned Harold Krent, Dean of Chicago-Kent College of Law to conduct a year-long study of the Social Security adjudication process - the legal process by which claims are reviewed.

The issues that Krent's report prompted the ACUS to consider are:

  1. the efficacy of the "treating physician" rule and the federal courts' application of it;
  2. the high remand rate from the federal courts and how to lower it;
  3. and expansion of the role of the Appeals Council in reviewing ALJ decisions, both favorable and unfavorable.

For those interested, Krent's report and personal recommendations can be found here.

Applying for Social Security

Applying for Social Security can be a difficult and rigorous process, that's why it can be important to have a North Carolina Social Security Disability lawyer on your side.

Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case. We have a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law who may be able to help you get the benefits you need.

Will Faster School Busses = Safer Roads?

SchoolBus_07212014 Sick of being stuck

There's a push in the North Carolina House to help school busses go faster, courtesy of first-year legislator, Mark Brody. Brody is sick of being stuck behind busses going well below the speed limit, especially on the interstate, and he believes they pose a dangerous problem to drivers around them.

The current NC state law caps the speed at 45 miles per hour for any busses carrying children. For cars surrounding the bus going 60 miles per hour or faster, this speed cap can cause delays and even accidents.

Concerns voiced

One concern is when there are patches of jammed traffic, like those often surrounding school busses, accidents can easily occur from drivers not adjusting their speed in time to avoid rear-ending the slower or stopped cars - all it takes it one distracted driver to cause a pile-up.

A secondary concern is that vehicles approaching a slow-moving school bus are more likely to swerve into the left lane in an attempt to pass. This acceleration and brake behavior in high-speed environments can increase the probability of an ill-timed left lane veer and result in a variety of accidents.

Brody's bill

For those who see slow-moving busses as a hazard, it's a necessity to increase the busses' speed to fit in with the general flow of traffic. Although the drivers are allowed to exceed the 45 miles per hour cap when children are not onboard, the majority of busses are engineered not to exceed 45 miles per hour, even if the driver wanted to. Brody's bill would increase the school buses top speed to 55 miles per hour.

It's unknown whether changing the speed limit for busses will affect the safety of the children on board. According to Brody, statistics are difficult to compile, because accidents resulting from these types of situations don't typically involve the bus itself. However, surrounding states cap their busses' speeds at 55 and even 60 miles per hour.

If you've been hurt

If a negligent driver has injured you, or a loved one, contact an attorney to discuss your case today. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078. Click here to learn why it's important to hire a qualified North Carolina car accident lawyer.

Legislators get serious about texting and driving

Law7_07312014LOL - Lots of Loss

Texting and driving - we all know it's a "no, no," but as drivers continue to ignore warnings, legislators are getting serious about enforcing the rule.

"Distractions while driving" has been part of mainstream conversation about accident causes for years. Whether it's eating, changing the radio station, or talking on a cell phone, research supports the idea that these drivers bring serious risk to the road.

According to textinganddrivingsafety.com, texting while driving accounts for:

  • 1,600,000 accidents per year;
  • 330,000 injuries per year;
  • 11 teen deaths every day;
  • And nearly 25% of all car accidents

 

Legislative response

That's a lot of death and destruction that could have easily been prevented. So what are legislators doing about it? A few recent changes to laws in many states have been:

  • Disallowing talking verbally on the phone, without a hands-free device;
  • Prohibiting all cell phone use, handheld or hands-free;
  • And considering cell phone usage while driving a "primary offense," (meaning you can be pulled over specifically for it, without the officer citing an additional reason).

 

NC's laws on texting and driving

In North Carolina, all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving and it is a primary offense. Only school bus and novice drivers are prohibited from all cell phone usage, both handheld and hands-free.

Harmed by a distracted driver?

Cell phone usage is such a grave issue because each accident it causes could have been prevented. If you, or someone you love, were a victim of a distracted driver's negligence, take action now - call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078.

We're tired of seeing people injured, or killed, as the result of cell phone use. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, don't become a victim of their insurance company as well - make sure your rights are protected, contact us today. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer a no-cost evaluation of your case.

The SSA's response to NPR series on the disability program

NPR vs. the SSA
There's a war waging between National Public Radio (NPR) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). The subject? Disability. And reporter Chana Joffe-Walt is right in the middle of it.

Disability2_06132014Jeoffe-Walt aired a series "Unfit for Work" on NPR about her perceived abuses within the disability (DI) system. A recent statement from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) says the series, "paints a misleading and inaccurate picture of the Social Security programs."

Statistics on Social Security Disability

Specifically the statement reports that:

  • 1 in 5 Americans live with disabilities. One in 10 has a severe disability
    Despite these odds, most applicants for Social Security disability benefits are denied. Not even 40% of adult applicants are approved.
  • Similarly, few children are approved (only 1.6% of US children). And the statement goes on to cite the expenses parents undertake to raise a child with a disability.
  • An open letter from the former Commissioners of the SSA says that "extensive documentation and medical evidence" is required at all levels of the rigorous application process.

 

Social Security Disability Growth Explained

Both sources say that the growth in SSDI Jeoffe-Walt reported was expected and is due to 1) baby boomers entering their high-disability years and 2) the influx of women that entered the workforce in the 1970's and 80's and are now "insured" for disability.

They further cite that the rise in children receiving SSI benefits is due to more children living in poverty (and thereby qualifying for SSI) since the economic decline.

If You Need Social Security Disability

If you, or a loved one, are living with a disability and struggling to make ends meet, it may be harder than ever to get the help you need.

Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078. Even if your claim was previously denied, we'll conduct a free, confidential case evaluation. Several members of our team have previously worked for the SSA, so they know how the system works.  Click here for more information about our Social Security team.

Wake County School Bus Driver Injured in Car Accident

BusAccident_06082014Early in April, a Wake County school bus driver was taken to the hospital for injuries received after being hit by a car that ran through a stop sign at Wilmington Street and Pecan Road in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to a report by WRAL. Fortunately, no children were on board.

Bus drivers for county school systems have the ever-important task of keeping their passengers, and themselves, safe. When someone is injured in a car or truck accident while on the job, they may be entitled to workers' compensation. And, if the accident was not their fault, they may have grounds for a personal injury claim as well. Fault is not typically a factor for workers' compensation.

If you've been injured at work, you may have a personal injury case (in addition to your workers' compensation claim) if:

  1. Your injuries/damages sustained a work were the result of a defective product.
  2. A third party (meaning a person who is not also employed with your company) is responsible for your accident.
  3. Under certain circumstances, a parent corporation might be held liable for negligent action of its subsidiaries.

However, there may be other extenuating circumstances that could result in a basis for a personal injury claim, in addition to your workers' compensation claim. If you've been injured at work, you may need an attorney to fight on your behalf, for all the benefits you may need.

If you've been injured at work, you need to protect all of your rights. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin right now for a free and confidential case evaluation. One of our three NC Board Certified Workers' Compensation Specialists may be able to help you.

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Raleigh Law Office

5848-100 Faringdon Place
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Phone: 910-488-0611
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Charlotte Law Office

201 McCullough Drive, Suite 220
Charlotte, NC 28262
Phone: 704-599-1078
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New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
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Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
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Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
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Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
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Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
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Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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