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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.

Tractor-trailer allegedly to blame in North Carolina car accident

It is always unfortunate to hear of motor vehicle collisions on North Carolina roadways. When a car accident results in the loss of life, it is tragic. In a recent incident, two vehicles, a tractor-trailer and a car, were involved in a crash. Sadly, three died in the collision, and another person was injured.

Parents were reportedly traveling on Interstate 40 with their 10-month-old son when the recent tragedy occurred. A fourth person, the child's grandmother, age 54, was behind the wheel of the family's vehicle at the time. A state trooper said that as the car was heading down the highway, a tractor-trailer merged into its lane.

Where to get help after birth injury in North Carolina

The birth of a baby is understandably one of life's greatest highlights. When a parent's joy and excitement is overshadowed by tragedy, however, the milestone celebration can quickly turn to a stressful and worrisome situation. It is helpful for North Carolina parents to know that if they or their child become victim to a birth injury, justice can be sought by filing a legal claim in a civil court against any party or parties deemed negligent in the matter.

At Rhine Law Firm, P.C., our dedicated team of attorneys is experienced in helping families recover the full and maximum compensation they deserve for the suffering they have endured. Many birth injuries occur due to improper monitoring of a mother during labor and delivery. Failing to recognize signs of distress can have catastrophic results for a mother and/or her baby.

What to do when a North Carolina crash results in serious injury

No one likes to think about the possibility of being involved in an automobile accident when traveling North Carolina roads as a motorist or passenger. However, even when a driver operates his or her vehicle according to the highest standards of safety and precaution, accidents sometimes still occur. Some result in serious injury and those involved might not know where to turn or how to get the help they need.

One of the most serious types of injuries that can occur in a car accident is those involving burns. Burn injuries are extremely painful and can be quite debilitating. Often, one or more surgeries is required in order to help victims heal and recover from their injuries. When an accident has been caused by another person's negligence, an injured victim has the lawful right to file a legal claim against the party or parties deemed liable.

Railroad blames North Carolina truck accident on trucking company

In March 2015, a commercial vehicle and a train collided on the tracks in North Carolina. Dozens of people were injured in the train vs. truck accident. An investigation has been ongoing in the case, and accident reconstruction investigators are reportedly preparing to issue their final report on the crash.

Authorities say that they will review the results of the accident reconstruction report before determining what charges will be filed in the case. More than $2 million in damages to the train were reported in the aftermath of the collision. The truck was allegedly on the tracks and attempting to make a left-hand turn when the approaching train and the truck collided.

Could Wearable Ransomware be Locking Down Your Life?

It appears as though everything that was predicted about the Internet of things or simply IoT, is coming to pass. Soon, nearly any device will be able to be networked, making it easy for organizations to collect and collate data across millions of interconnected machines. However, every technology comes with risks, and the IoT-enabled gadgets have been the target of malware. According to Naked Security, past targets range from Bluetooth-enabled skateboards to Jeep Cherokees. It seems that now, the creators of malware have taken the game a notch higher, introducing ransomware-based attacks on wearable devices. Ransomware Threats Are Unsurprising A blog post published on Threatpost on December 2014 made it clear that IoT-based ransomware was not totally unexpected. York University Polytechnic School of Engineering hacker-in-residence Dino Dai Zovi stated that we are going to witness more ransomware in the IoT.He and other experts were of the view that there is a real possibility of vehicle-based ransomware in the future, which, according to them, could mean that cars are locked unless drivers agreed to pay in Bitcoin. Although as yet there is no vehicular lockdown that has happened, it was reported by CSO Online that researchers have today repackaged Android ransomware to function on Android Wear. Computer experts from Symantec, through using Android Simplocker malware, managed to infect a smartphone that was Android-based and the linked smartwatch. This rendered both devices useless, with files from SD card of the watch being encrypted. Put simply, the proof of concept worked similarly to typical ransomware but with possibly bigger reach. Just imagine what would happen if fridges demanded payments in Bitcoin to keep the food cold or smart TVs refusing to change channels. The good news though is that there haven't been reports in the Internet of Things in the wild. However, considering the tanker-sized network gaps in most rollouts of new devices, it is just a matter of time.
Breaking the Bank Can this sort of attack be defended? The simple answer is NO. Because wearables and phones are meant to sync seamlessly and smoothly, any updates (or malicious files) will be automatically pushed to both devices. This makes it nearly impossible to stop malware spread across a PAN (personal area network). There is however some good news: Kevin Savage, a Symantec researcher, believes that malware appear to rise and fall in 2-year cycles. It therefore means that a crypto ransomware growth may already be at or even close to peaking. It thus implies that soon, it could plateau before it enters a declining phase. Also, according to Engin Kirda, Security Intelligence and Cyber security contributor, ransomware could be easier to fight than previously imagined. For instance, Kirda found that a whopping 61 percent ransomware apps affected desktops only, with 35% actually deleted files and only 5% used encryption. Meanwhile, more deadly ransomware versions like Cryptowall and Cryptolocker leverage encryption algorithms that are built into Windows. This means that virus tools ought to be able to keep track of select behaviors such as access to encryption libraries.

Serious injury in an accident sometimes leads to litigation

Many would agree that suffering a burn injury is always painful and, at times, quite serious. Depending upon the circumstances of an accident and the severity of a burn, the experience can alter one's life forever, as well as necessitate ongoing, long-term assisted care in some cases. In some North Carolina cases, a serious injury caused by another person's negligence results in the injured person filing a legal claim in a civil court.

At Rhine Law Firm, P.C., attorneys are dedicated to helping clients and their families as they seek compensation for the financial and non-economic damages they have incurred due to an injury. We will focus on achieving the maximum amount of monetary relief available to you. Whether you were injured in an auto accident, electrical fire, industrial accident or explosion, our legal team will aggressively represent your case in court in seeking to hold all liable parties accountable for their negligence. 

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