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COVID-19
Coronavirus, also known as, COVID-19, is a novel respiratory pandemic that is infecting people around the world. As there is no vaccine as yet for Coronavirus, it thus is extremely dangerous. The best way so far as determined by the World Health Organization is to take precautions such as stay at home, social distance, and hand wash frequently. Where many people are taking these precautionary measures seriously, for the working class staying at home is perhaps not a practical option. This applies especially for those who can’t bring work to their homes and thus must go to work.

The number of COVID-19 infected people and deaths has truly crippled the country’s economy, including the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. The increase in the death toll due to Coronavirus daily has raised concerns among workers across industries and left them in confusion, and South Carolina is no different. According to the latest statistics, the confirmed cases for COVID-19 in South Carolina totaled 5,253. However, the COVID-19 related death toll in the state so far is 166. The highest numbers of new cases that have been reported recently in South Carolina include the following counties:

The hallmark of a free enterprise system is a structure where individuals are free to set the pricing on the products they sell.  It is then up to buyers to determine if that is an acceptable price.  In theory, if the price is too high, then buyers won’t buy and the seller will either have to lower their price or wait until the market changes.  Generally, markets change over time and pricing is usually determined by supply and demand.

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Time is running out to apply for one of our three (3) scholarships for One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) available to high schools seniors who reside in Pitt County, NC. Applications are extended through April 30, 2020 so hurry up and submit your application if you want to be considered.

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Every day, workers across the Carolinas are mistreated at work. The employers of these mistreated workers may have policies in place which encourage them to file complaints with their supervisors or the Human Resources Department, to report the mistreatment. Unfortunately, many of the mistreated employees will file complaints that leave out critical details and this failure can prove fatal to any discrimination charge or lawsuit the mistreated employee may file against their employer in the future.

When you complain, be as detailed as possible and don’t be shy about including specifics about profanity or sexual remarks. If someone calls you a “shithead”, don’t tell your boss somebody cursed at you. Report the use of the word “shithead”. If a male coworker remarks: “Sally you have huge jugs or a great ass”; then Sally needs to tell her boss or Human Resources exactly what was said; she needs to specifically report the use of the words “jugs” and “great ass”. Sally can’t be shy or timid and simply tell her boss someone made comments about her body. Identifying the precise words used helps the employer fully understand the nature of the problem and prevents the employer from later claiming it didn’t appreciate how bad things were.

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Most people are of the mistaken belief that if an injury occurs on someone else’s property that the property owner is responsible for that injury, particularly when that someone else is a business.  However, the law in North Carolina actually favors the property owner or business in the vast majority of situations.  Here are some of the hurdles that must be overcome to prevail in a premises liability claim in North Carolina.

The business or property owner (herein owner) may only be liable in situations where there is hidden danger or condition that was either created by the owner, or the owner allowed the condition to exist on the property for an unreasonable amount of time.   An example of this is where there is water on the floor in a grocery store.  The claimant must be able to prove not only where the water came from, but that the water had been there long enough that the grocery store (through its employees) had an opportunity to remedy the situation.  So, if another customer was walking down an aisle in front of you and spilled their drink on the floor, then you came along a few seconds (or possibly even minutes) later and slipped on the liquid and broke your leg, the owner is likely not going to be liable because they did not create the condition and it had only existed for a short period of time prior to your fall and the store did not have an opportunity to not only learn of the spill but also clean it up.

Severe Motorcycle Accident
The feeling of riding a motorcycle on the highway is like no other! One experiences a range of emotions, from fear to excitement. No matter how fun bike riding may be, it can be dangerous if you don’t take all the necessary precautions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in an accident and five times more likely to be injured than

four-wheel drivers. In 2017, motorcyclists made up 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, while the annual bike injuries increased from 82K to 88K between 2009 and 2016.

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In 2018, 1718 North Carolina residents were killed due to overdose thanks to the reality of opioid abuse which has become so commonplace in our society. During that same year, at least 6,769 North Carolina residents were seen in emergency rooms across our state for opioid-related concerns according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. As many readers know, this opioid crisis affects a broad slice of families across the state without regard to race, religion, gender, or socioeconomic status and it is likely that you know someone affected by opioid abuse.

The use and abuse of these drugs affects us in the workplace, in our children’s schools, at church, community events, and certainly at our courthouses. If your coworker is dealing with an abuse problem, it affects their productivity and increases workload to others to cover for the coworker’s absence and performance. Our safety is impacted when these same individuals are working around us and operating equipment in a manner which puts our safety in jeopardy. Our children are impacted at school when dealing with the ramifications of a parent who is not capable of good parenting while on this track of abuse. The availability of drugs also makes our children susceptible to experimenting with drugs as they view the abuse of these drugs by the adults in their life. We are exposed to those whose faculties are impaired at church and community events. Finally, our courthouses are overwhelmed in dealing with the criminal charges that often accompany the use of opioids or criminal conduct by people in our communities who commit property crimes in order to generate the money necessary to sustain their addiction.

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Bullying was once considered a rite of passage and a normal part of the school experience. It was immortalized in the cult-classic film “Christmas Story.” Many bullied children reveled in the scene when Ralphie gives his tormentors a taste of their own medicine. However, this scene is mostly fantasy. Reality is far more troubling.

So, what is bullying? Bullying is now defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

As both a consumer and a consumer attorney, I frequently deal with problems and issues related to purchasing a vehicle.  I previously wrote about common car buying pitfalls in Part 1 and strategies for dealing with the dealership’s finance and insurance department in Part 2.  In this final installment, I provide some final thoughts and tips. 

Do Your Research – Know What You Want Before You Get to The Dealership

At the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, we get multiple calls a day from people who feel they have been defrauded by a car dealership. As a result, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of the most common problems that vehicle buyers deal with. I previously laid out some of the most common car-buying pitfalls and some tips to avoid them here. Below, in Part 2, I discuss add-on products and how to deal with the dealership’s finance and insurance department.

PAY ATTENTION WHEN DEALING WITH THE F&I DEPARTMENT

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