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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:

Texting while driving
With the rapid increase in smartphone users in and across the US, distracted driving has become a concern in terms of traffic safety. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2018, 2841 individuals died in car accidents due to distracted driving. However, in the same year, approximately 276,000 people were injured because of distracted drivers, while distracted-affected property damage only collisions totaled to 659,000.

Due to carelessness and negligence of distracted drivers, others are at risk of suffering from severe personal injuries. Every day in the US, nearly nine people die and over a 1000 get injured in accidents that are reported to have a distracted driver. In 2018, accidents due to distracted driving cost the US around 40 billion dollars in damage.

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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The growth of the trucking industry is crucial for the US economy. According to the American Trucking Associations, 71 percent of all the cargo and freight tonnage is moved in and out of the US on trucks. And to move approximately 10.5 billion tons of cargo each year, the trucking industry needs more than 3.6 million Class 8 heavy-duty trucks and nearly 3.5 million skilled truck drivers. Simply stated, without the trucks and truck drivers the US economy would take a dip and practically come to a standstill.

Let’s take a look at the current scenario. At present the US trucking industry is short 60,000 drivers. This gap between the demand and supply of truck drivers is expected to increase in the years to come, and by 2026 the United States is likely to become short 175,000 truckers.

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Most of us run paycheck to paycheck and have limited PTO (Paid Time Off/Personal Time Off) from work.  With an ordinary cold, we would typically find our way to work and tough it out just like our coworkers would do.  But now we have COVID-19, and it is a different animal so to speak.

The Coronavirus is comprised of a large family of viruses that affect humans and animals.  There are seven (7) known types of Coronavirus.  Four of the seven are very common and cause mild respiratory infections like the common cold.  A fifth type is known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and a sixth type is known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and these last two tend to be more serious in comparison to the first four types.

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If you have been severely injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should file a personal injury claim immediately, before the statute of limitations expires. The compensation from this claim can help you and your family to cope with the financial burden associated with all the medical expenses for the treatment and lost wages due to missed workdays.

Needless to say, getting treatment for any injury is most certainly not cheap, as the average cost of an ER visit is from $150 to $20,000, depending on the severity of the injuries incurred.

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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.

Exactly what are punitive damages and when do they apply?  Punitive damages are a civil remedy meant to punish a wrongdoer or tortfeasor, who due to their egregious conduct, has caused injury and damage to others.  Punitive damages are also meant to send a message to the community in an effort to deter the defendant, as well as others, from doing the same thing.

While there are many acts and instances in which punitive damages may apply, such as fraud or malice (both of which require an element of intent against the injured party), one of the most common examples we see in a personal injury setting is when the defendant is impaired, either through drugs or alcohol, at the time of a motor vehicle accident.  In those instances, there is usually no specific intent to harm a specific person.  Instead, the risk is general to anyone who has the unfortunate experience to come in contact with the impaired person that results in an accident that causes injury.  When a driver is impaired, for punitive damages purposes it is generally considered willful and wanton conduct.

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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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