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Workplace
According to a research study published by the US EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), one in four women is a sexual harassment victim at work. It translates into a staggering 85 percent of women being sexually harassed in the workplace. Despite the prevalence of sexual harassment, it is often difficult to distinguish the behavior and signs.

This is primarily because of two reasons—the office culture and the manager.

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Did you ever wish there was a way to resolve a dispute with another individual or business without going to trial? On July 1, 2020, SL2020-65 went into effect which enacted the Uniform Collaborative Law Act, N.C.G.S. § 1-641 through § 1-663, and opened that process up to all kinds of disputes that we might have with one another, with a business, or with a governmental entity. These are among the many disputes that are now suitable for an attempt at resolution under this new law.

While Collaborative Law is not new to our state, this change in law does open the process up to areas where it was not previously available. Since 2003, Collaborative Law has been available for attempted resolutions in divorce and family law matters as set out in N.C.G.S. § 50-70 through § 50-79. This new law leaves in place the process that has been used in divorce and family law cases but gives a whole new array of cases the option of pursuing resolution in this manner.

Elderly father
My dad passed away on July 14, 2020, after a long illness. He suffered a massive heart attack on September 14, 1994, and nearly died. He underwent risky quadruple bypass surgery in January 1998, which the doctor only gave my dad a 50% chance of surviving. His health declined with a combination of congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and a myriad of other issues.

Despite his numerous health problems, my dad always maintained his wit and sense of humor up to the last days of his life. This enduring sense of humor was a family trait and born out of a childhood that included lots of farm labor, an alcoholic father, and constant relocation.

Driving without a license in NC
All individuals driving on the roads countrywide are required to have a license to ensure roadside safety. Thus, all states in the U.S. have developed a comprehensive set of laws to govern drivers’ actions and lower the risk of traffic offenses.

One of the fundamental principles is that driving is a privilege that must be applied for. So, a license is only permitted to those drivers who have established and proven that they can fully conform to the rules of the road and drive responsibly. And since a driving license is a responsibility and a privilege, all 50 states of the U.S. have identified that driving without a valid license in hand is punishable.

Robyn Buckley

The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, PC would like to congratulate Robyn M. Buckley for her nomination and acceptance in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is a national organization for trial attorneys on both sides of the “v,” meaning it is comprised of both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys. Candidates for consideration must be nominated by a fellow ABOTA member who feels that the individual meets the professional and ethical criteria set by the members, be in good standing with their respective State Bar, and have completed at least ten jury trials as lead counsel all the way through to verdict. Once nominated, the candidate must still be voted on and approved by the local State chapter as well as the National Board Members of ABOTA at an annual board meeting. Jason Taylor was honored to sponsor Robyn for inclusion in this wonderful organization as ABOTA is dedicated to the preservation of the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution, which is an individual’s right to a trial by jury.

Congratulations to Robyn on her past and anticipated future success as a civil litigator.

Truck rolled over
Trucks are commonly seen on our country’s interstates and highways. These vehicles are crucial to our economy as they carry goods/cargo from one destination to another to meet the demands for goods countrywide. But needless to say, trucks pose a high risk of accidents to vehicles sharing the road with them. Due to their sheer size and weight, accidents with large trucks or tractor-trailers can cause serious injuries to small size vehicle drivers and passengers alike and considerable property damage.

The damage to the property and severity of injuries largely depends on the type of truck accidents. Some common types of truck accidents include:

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Weighing around 80,000 pounds, 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers are the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Due to their massive size and heavy weight, truck accidents can be detrimental, resulting in fatalities. According to the 2016 truck accident report by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS), fatalities in collisions with a tractor-trailer increased by 10.1% between the years 2012 and 2016. And those who happen to survive, they are likely to be severely injured.

If you or a loved one has incurred serious injuries in a truck accident in South or North Carolina, then here are the steps that you need to take after the accident to work toward getting fairly compensated. Fair compensation is what you need to get medical treatment and cope with this tragic event with financial stability.

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Nearly 15.5 million trucks travel annually on the roads of the United States, and about 2 million of them are tractor-trailers. As per the federal and South Carolina law and regulations, 18 wheelers maybe 53 feet long and can weigh around 80,000 pounds. This makes them a lot heavier and longer than passenger cars sharing the road. The mass and size of these trucks may increase the chances of accidents as they are harder to maneuver and stop. In other words, their weight, size, and limited maneuverability increase the

risk of accidents on the road. And oftentimes they carry toxic materials, massive freight and flammable liquids and hence the fact that over 95 of the truck crashes in the state of South Carolina prove to be fatal while the remaining percentage result in serious injuries that require costly surgeries and long recovery time.

 

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At around 8:30 am on April 7, 2020, hundreds of Hickory homes were affected by a massive explosion at the OneH2 hydrogen fuel cell plant. While there thankfully have not been any reported deaths from the explosion, reports indicate that a great many homes within the blast radius of the plant have suffered property damage. This damage has included damage to roofs, doors, and windows and in some cases, even the foundation of local homes. In addition to the property damage from the blast, there is undoubtedly an effect on the mental health of the residents of the homes that felt the explosion. The sense of security that those residents had at the time just up until the explosion is now gone, as something completely out of their control has now greatly affected them. This feeling is presumably even worse for children who in many cases, are unlikely to feel safe in their home for quite some time.

While nothing can undo the past and take the OneH2 explosion or others like it away, those affected by explosions or other actions by a negligent business can seek compensation through the court system. If you have been physically, emotionally or financially injured by the actions of a negligent business, contact the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor to discuss whether we can assist you in seeking recovery.

Trade containers
Businesses, as well as consumers, are often unaware of their legal rights and possible liabilities in connection with trade practices in North and South Carolina. Businesses operating in North or South Carolina must know their responsibilities under consumer protection law in order to avoid potentially strict financial penalties.

If you’re a consumer whose rights have been violated or a business that is facing a civil action then contact us today! At the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, we have experienced lawyers ready to fight for you.

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