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The Devastation of Hurricane Irma

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted September 23, 2017

The hurricane season is off to a fast start with Harvey and Irma. Now, Maria’s coming up.

To date, Harvey has killed 84 people. Irma has killed 34 people in Florida—and the number is expected to rise. Both have impacted millions of others on the East Coast and down South. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Injury

Nursing Home Oversight in North Carolina

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

Across North Carolina, there are roughly 1,200 private adult care homes, which provide 24-hour care for mentally and physically ill individuals. Unfortunately, oversight and enforcement of health and safety requirements has been “poor” overall by the state and local agencies. The Carolina Public Press conducted a six-month investigation that revealed these care homes are often responsible for resident neglect and abuse. Read the rest »

Posted in: Nursing Home Abuse

Third Party Claims: Workplace Injuries

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted September 16, 2017

Employers have a duty to provide a work environment that protects the health, safety, and welfare of employees. In many instances, an employee who is injured on the job has no recourse outside of the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. However, in some cases, the acts or omissions of an employer may allow for a third-party claim in addition to a workers’ compensation action. Read the rest »

Posted in: Workplace Injury

The Dangers of Exploring a Shipwreck

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted September 12, 2017

Recently, a 46-year-old British diver, Steven Slater, was with a group diving off of the Massachusetts coast to visit the Andrea Doria wreck site. Slater was pulled from the ocean unconscious and pronounced dead after a likely equipment malfunction. The group was deeply saddened, but stated that Slater had died doing what he loved to do. Read the rest »

Posted in: Maritime Law

August Was National Immunization Month

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

August has been named National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) in an annual effort to promote getting vaccinated. NIAM reminds us that people of all ages should remain up-to-date on their vaccines to help prevent problematic diseases. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) and the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Drugs

One-Third of Nursing Home Patients Are Injured by Medical Errors

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted September 2, 2017

Many of us have elderly loved ones being cared for in a nursing home or an assisted care facility.

Concerns often arise when we read news articles detailing problems that plague the quality of care in nursing homes and adult care facilities. For example, the Wilmington Star News published a troubling story about certain nursing homes that were fined by the State of North Carolina for a “variety of infractions that put residents at risk of injury or even death.”

Many nursing homes provide a good quality of care for patients. Unfortunately, some facilities are poorly operated, thereby resulting in the needless injury and death of significant numbers of patients each year due to nursing home abuse and negligence. Read the rest »

Posted in: Nursing Home Abuse

This NHTSA Rule May Reduce Truck and Bus Rollover Crashes

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted August 21, 2017

Accidents that involve truck or bus rollovers are relatively rare, but they have devastating consequences. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that rollovers represent 2% of accidents, but cause over one-third of traffic deaths. In 2013, more than 7,000 lives were lost nationwide in these crashes. Fortunately, a new federal rule could reduce the risk of these catastrophic accidents for drivers in Wilmington and other parts of North Carolina. Read the rest »

Posted in: Truck Accidents

How to Avoid Trucking Accidents on North Carolina Roads

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted August 16, 2017

Unfortunately, collisions involving large trucks and passenger vehicles are all too common on the roads throughout North Carolina. In fact, the state’s Department of Transportation reported that there were more than 3,400 accidents involving semitrailers in 2013 alone.

Due to the size differences between the vehicles, such collisions often result in serious injuries or death for the passenger-vehicle occupants. While not all trucking crashes can be avoided, there are steps that drivers can take to reduce their odds of being involved in these types of accidents. Read the rest »

Posted in: Truck Accidents

Should I Be Concerned About My Metal Hip Replacement?

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted August 11, 2017

That depends on when your replacement was performed, as well as the exact materials used. Some metal hips do not show signs of other medical issues.

But if you have a metal-on-metal or MoM hip replacement, which was common in North Carolina in the last decade, you should be concerned. There are some potential complications and if you experience any of these issues, contact a doctor for additional attention. Read the rest »

Posted in: Products Liability

Benicar Manufacturer Agrees to $300 Million Settlement

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted August 11, 2017

The gastrointestinal tract, also known as the digestive tract, is vital to human health. It’s where we digest the food we turn into energy and absorb the nutrients that are essential for our bodies. This is why the sprue-like enteropathy symptoms brought on by the widely prescribed blood pressure medication, Benicar, have disrupted and negatively altered so many lives. Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Drugs

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