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Storefront Vehicle Accidents: Predictable & Preventable

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted April 13, 2018

Most businesses know that they must maintain safety within and around their properties, and they have insurance policies, electronic surveillance, physical security, and written safety guidelines in place. But one potential hazard that stores may not consider is a motor vehicle crashing through the storefront. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Injury

Latest Train Collision in S. Carolina Asks Hard Questions

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted April 6, 2018

When a train crashes, many officials and organizations point fingers, trying to allay suspicion or lay the blame at someone else’s door.

But there’s one party we can be sure is innocent of causing the accident: the train’s passengers. Sadly, they’re the ones who usually suffer the most when these disastrous events occur. The recent crash in South Carolina is the latest example—and it’s also the third fatal Amtrak collision in under two months. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

When a Ceiling Collapses in Public Housing

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted March 31, 2018

A man in Brooklyn who lived on the top floor of the Weeksville Gardens Public Housing Development in Crown Heights was woken up around 2 a.m. by a loud noise. The ceiling in an adjoining bedroom had collapsed on top of Daniel Jeter Sr.’s girlfriend and son. Jeter rushed in and was able to pull the two from the plaster, insulation, and other debris. No one was seriously injured; however, this public housing complex has had similar collapses in the last year. The family said they didn’t have insurance to cover this type of event and will likely pursue some legal assistance. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Injury

Intro to Pedestrian Safety in North Carolina

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted March 26, 2018

Across the U.S. in 2015, roughly 5,376 pedestrians were killed and over 70,000 injured in accidents involving motor vehicles on public roads. Emergency room data shows that a large percentage of pedestrian accidents occur on private roads, indicating that the 70,000 injuries is likely much less than the actual total. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Construction Worker Falls Six Stories in Wilmington

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted March 20, 2018

Tragedy struck Wilmington’s Historic District last Friday when a 32-year-old construction worker fell from scaffolding while working on the Cape Fear Hotel Apartments. The Wilmington Fire Department says the accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. while the man was installing brick veneer on the senior living building, which was originally constructed in 1924. The worker was in stable condition when evacuated from the scene, but died later at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The North Carolina Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health division has launched an investigation into the accident. Read the rest »

Posted in: Workplace Injury

Intro to Motor Vehicle Accidents in North Carolina

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted March 13, 2018

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, traffic accidents increased in 2016 by 6.3%, and the number of fatalities rose by 4.4%. There were a total of 1,441 people killed and 130,137 people injured. Of the drivers in wrecks, 6.6% were out-of-state drivers. Over 70% of all wrecks occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., and over 30% involved a motorist who was speeding.

Those are the facts. Now, what can you do after a wreck to pay your bills? Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Ransomware Attack Demands Big Lawsuit

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted February 5, 2018

Rhine Law Firm, P.C., and Co-Counsel File Class Action Against Allscripts

Healthcare IT is a huge business.

Doctors and hospitals need to record, file, search, access, compare, and share patients’ data in order to successfully treat them, and in this digital age, many private companies make a fortune by storing and organizing this data for healthcare providers. Read the rest »

Posted in: Data Breach

How to Dispose of Fireplace Ashes

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted February 4, 2018

Many homes have fireplaces for aesthetic or heating purposes. But they have a dark side. In 2017, 83 North Carolinians lost their lives in house fires. Each year across the state, fire departments are called to homes where hot ashes or coals are improperly disposed of, and that can have devastating results. Read the rest »

Posted in: Burn Injuries

Lawsuits Over Faulty Deck Resurfacing Products Sweep the Nation

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted January 24, 2018

Over the last few years, a group of manufacturers and retailers have been promoting certain premium deck resurfacing products. Unfortunately for consumers, these products have demonstrated widespread failure.

Here, we will review one class action lawsuit we are currently handling in civil court. Since these deck resurfacing products were—and are—produced in high volume, their defects have a negative impact on thousands, if not millions, of homeowners across the United States. Read the rest »

Posted in: Products Liability

Are All Hernia Meshes Bad for You?

On behalf of Joel Rhine of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. posted January 24, 2018

Hernia mesh is here to stay.

A common treatment for hernias, the implantation of surgical mesh to “reinforce” the abdominal wall is growing in popularity. As a result, manufacturing mesh is a lucrative industry. Read the rest »

Posted in: Products Liability

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