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Distracted driving is dangerous, victims can hold drivers liable

States are starting to crack down more and more on distracted driving. However, even with the laws in place, it remains a serious problem. More often than not, distracted driving car accidents in North Carolina and across the country result in very serious, life-altering injuries. In some instances, these crashes can kill.

The most common form of distracted driving with which individuals seem to be familiar is talking or texting and driving. The majority of the states have implemented specific laws that ban this from occurring, especially in school zones. This has helped, but it hasn't remedied the issue completely.

Birth injury incidents ongoing problem in North Carolina

Welcoming a new baby into the world through childbirth is one of life's most exciting events. Though North Carolina parents typically realize when going into a hospital that there is always a certain amount of risk involved, they also have the right to reasonably expect all medical personnel to act according to the industry regulations. A birth injury can turn a joyful experience into a tragic, devastating event that changes lives forever and causes suffering to infants and parents alike.

The attorneys at Rhine Law Firm, P.C., are dedicated to helping those whose birth experiences have regrettably been tainted by substandard medical care. We are prepared to fight for your rights on behalf of your child as you seek compensation for the damages you have suffered. Many medical errors are found to have been entirely preventable, caused only by negligence or wrongdoing by those to whom patient care was entrusted.

Serious injury re negligence in North Carolina hospitals

Undergoing surgery is often a frightening experience when a patient must entrust his or her care to the experience and skill of a medical staff. North Carolina hospitals are among others in the nation where incidents of medical negligence have resulted in serious injury to patients. Surgical errors seem to be a leading cause of medical malpractice, resulting in approximately 5,000 incidents of serious injuries in 2014.

In addition to wrong-site surgeries and foreign objects retained inside the bodies of patients, serious burn injuries are among the leading causes of medical malpractice claims filed in the United States. Many of these burns apparently occur during surgical fires. They can be devastating, leaving those who survive them disfigured and in need of long-term medical care.

North Carolina truck accident results in fatality

Suffering the death of a loved one in a fatal accident has to be one of the most difficult experiences possible in life. Only those who have been through it themselves can understand the utter shock and grief a person suffers upon learning that a family member has been killed. When a death has occurred as a result of a North Carolina truck accident, feelings of anger and frustration may accompany grief, especially if the accident was caused by another person's negligence.

On a recent Monday afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m., an incident took place that resulted in a fatality.  Highway Patrol troopers were called to a tragic scene. Apparently, a tractor-trailer and a sports utility vehicle collided in a head-on crash.

North Carolina car accident results in several fatalities

Motorists and others in North Carolina are sometimes negatively affected by the actions of other drivers. The safety of all who share the road depends on each person behind the wheel adhering to traffic regulations. When a motorist drives recklessly or acts in an otherwise negligent manner, it can wreak havoc on the road if a car accident occurs.

Several fatalities were suffered in a recent incident that involved two vehicles. The tragic collision seems to have been caused by the driver of a pickup truck traveling in a westbound lane at the time. The truck reportedly engaged in an unlawful passing maneuver that resulted in the vehicle crashing into another car.

Looking for legal help re birth injury in North Carolina?

When giving birth in a North Carolina medical facility, a patient has the right to expect care according to the highest form of professionalism and safety standards. It is regrettable that such reasonable expectations are not always met. In some circumstances, severe birth injury occurs, or a woman giving birth suffers adverse effects from substandard medical care.

Doctor errors and other medical negligence can result in devastation for those who suffer injury, illness or, in worst cases, the death of a loved one. You can take comfort in knowing that, in many situations, it is possible to hold negligent doctors and hospitals accountable for their actions in court. Rhine Law Firm, P.C. is dedicated to making certain that you understand your legal rights and options in such circumstances.

Defective product can explode, dangerous for vehicle passengers

When a North Carolina consumer purchases a product and uses it according to the manufacturer's instructions, he or she has a reasonable right to expect that it is safe to use. Some products, such as power tools, obviously have a certain amount of inherent risk during use. Even then, a consumer must be protected against design flaws or defects that can pose safety hazards. A vast recall in the United States of more than 19 million motor vehicles led to an international recall when a defective product within the vehicles was said to have the potential to explode, shooting fragments of metal at passengers.

The item in question is the Takata airbag. In the United States, more than 12 different automakers joined the recall effort. The company was accused of providing inaccurate information to consumers and regulators for at least six years. Worldwide, more than 100 injuries and eight fatalities are said to have been suffered due to the airbags.

Most North Carolina residents have taken potentially harmful drug

McNeil Consumer Healthcare is currently facing lawsuits regarding one of the most well-known brands of pain relievers -- Tylenol. Marketing suggests that the drug is not a harmful drug and that it is the drug most recommended by doctors. What consumers in North Carolina and elsewhere were not told, apparently, concerns potential health risks associated with high dosages.

Data from surveys McNeil conducted suggests doctors believe maximum recommended doses of acetaminophen pose risks of liver damage and death to consumers. Apparently, an internal company memo came with instructions to distribute the information only on a need-to-know basis. The memo suggested the company was aware doctors were frequently recommending doses much lower than the current maximum recommendations.

T-Mobile USA Inc. Breach of Information

T-Mobile USA Inc. announced recently that personal information for 15 million of its customers was stolen by unidentified hackers due to a recently discovered data breach at Experian, the company that processes the wireless carrier's credit checks. The stolen customer data includes names, addresses, birth dates and encrypted Social Security and driver's license numbers, which Experian warned may have been compromised, according to T-Mobile. The company said the breach occurred during a two-year period ending Sept. 16.

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