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Benicar and Villous Atrophy

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted June 20, 2017

Benicar (olmesartan medoxomil) was developed by the Japanese pharmaceutical giant, Daiichi Sankyo, and marketed as a miracle drug for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). But, since its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, many serious side effects have come to be associated with the medication. Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Drugs

How Does North Carolina Stack Up Against the Rest of the Nation When It Comes to Driver Safety?

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted June 19, 2017

Recently Allstate released its annual America’s Best Drivers Report for 2016, showing which cities are becoming safer for drivers across the country, and shining a light on which cities are becoming more dangerous. When it comes to North Carolina, the results are mixed, mainly depending on how large the city is.

Cary, for instance, was one of the safest cities in the country for driving, ranking 16th out of the 200 top cities. While it dropped slightly from 2015’s ranking of 10, Cary is still fairly safe. And so is Winston-Salem, which moved up two spots from 38 to 36. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

The Winner of the 2017 Rhine Law Firm, P.C. Scholarship

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted May 24, 2017

Rhine Law Firm, P.C., is proud to announce the winner of the 2017 Scholarship. This was a tough choice; we had it narrowed down to two finalists who impressed us with substance and style. Ultimately, though, we chose— Read the rest »

Posted in: Firm News

Final 5 Chosen for Rhine Law Firm’s 2017 Scholarship

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted May 10, 2017

Rhine Law Firm, P.C., would like to thank the dozens and dozens (and dozens) of applicants who submitted their applications and essays to our 2017 scholarship. We believe that the future lies within the hearts and minds of the next generation, and we want to reward one hard-working student with $500.

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Sandpiper Cove Balcony Collapse Injures Snowbird Club Members During Birthday Party

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted March 6, 2017

Emergency personnel responded to Sandpiper Cove condominiums last Wednesday after a second-floor balcony collapsed. A total of 11 people were taken off-scene for medical care, with six of the victims being transported to Destin Emergency Care and five of the victims taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. The victims had been celebrating a friend’s 82nd birthday when the deck collapsed. While no injuries appeared to be life-threatening, Destin Battalion Chief Mark Hutchinson said two of the victims were labeled as “trauma alerts,” while three others were deemed “trauma standbys.” Hutchinson also labeled the incident a “catastrophic” collapse.

One of the oldest condominium complexes in Destin, Sandpiper Cove consists of 631 privately-owned units that sit on 43 acres of land. Built in 1973, the housing complex is now set to undergo an inspection from building professionals in light of the deck collapse incident. While a thorough investigation should determine the cause of the incident, it may also reveal deficiencies in the building process which could have played a factor as well. Fortunately, construction litigation does hold developers, contractors, building material manufacturers, and design professionals accountable for their individual roles in the construction process, particularly if it can be determined that negligence of some kind led to an accident that could have otherwise been prevented.

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Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted January 9, 2017

talcum-powder2“A sprinkle a day keeps the odor away…Have you had your sprinkle today?” So went the 1980s jingle for Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower, a talcum powder based product women were advised to use to prevent “feminine odor.” For many decades women heeded this advice, using products containing talc to stay “fresh.” Now it’s 2017 and more than 2,000 American women are suing, or have sued, the $70.07 billion earning company. Why? Well, strong links between talcum powder and ovarian cancer have been alleged. While Johnson & Johnson denies any connection between its products and cancer, juries, in the last year or so, have awarded multimillion dollar settlements to several women and a $72 million wrongful death settlement to a woman’s family.

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Posted in: Defective Drugs

Roundup – Bad for Weeds AND People

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted January 5, 2017

weed-sprayYes, it’s the dead of winter, but it won’t be long until spring will be in the air and suburbanites and groundskeepers all over the Tar Heel State will be anxious to make their lawns green and weed free again. At the same time, farmers throughout North Carolina will be getting ready to start spring plowing and planting. What these groups all have in common is the heavy use of one of the world’s most popular herbicides, Roundup. Roundup was developed in the early 1970s by biotechnology giant, Monsanto, and has since become one of their biggest cash cows. But French researchers, as well as researchers from MIT and the World Health Organization (WHO), claim that there may be a link between the weed killer’s main ingredient, glyphosate, and a variety of health ailments, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, leukemia, autism, infertility, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and too many others to name.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

IVC Filter Side Effects – Organ Perforation

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted January 3, 2017

surgery-equipmentA blood clot that forms in the lower body can break free and migrate to the heart or lungs. Such an occurrence can be fatal. This is why persons with blood clots, or at risk for blood clots, are often prescribed blood thinning medications (anticoagulants). However, some people experience severe side effects when they take anticoagulants. For these patients, one option available is an IVC filter. IVC stands for inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. An IVC filter is a tiny, wire, spider-like device that is inserted in the inferior vena cava. It allows blood to flow through the vein but will catch a blood clot, preventing it from entering the heart or lungs.

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Posted in: Defective Drugs

Car Accidents and Catastrophic Injury

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted December 21, 2016

car-accident2Even if someone survives a car accident, it doesn’t mean their life won’t continue to be affected by that event. At Rhine Law Firm, our hearts go out to the three year old girl who was critically injured in a car accident near Huntersville, NC last week. Not only did the girl suffer severe head injuries in the crash, but she also lost her mother at the same time. The girl’s mother was taking her to daycare when they were rear ended by a truck and pushed into oncoming traffic where they were hit again. Fortunately, the girl survived, but her life and the lives of her family members may be forever changed. Depending on the extent of her injuries and how the doctors are able to treat her, she could be left with brain damage and permanent physical disabilities.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Limitation of Liability Act of 1851

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted December 19, 2016

maritime-lawWhen accidents happen at sea, they fall under a different set of rules than on land. This set of rules is referred to as “maritime” or “admiralty” law. One of the more unique aspects of admiralty or maritime law is that the owner of a sea vessel can limit their liability to the value of that vessel. A ship’s owner can do this even after their ship sinks or is destroyed. This is possible due to an act known as the Limitation of Liability Act of 1851. In order to invoke this act, a ship’s owner need only prove that the cause of the ships demise was beyond their “privity and knowledge” or of no fault of their own.

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Posted in: Maritime Law

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