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1 killed, 1 injured in construction accident on Interstate 95

Construction accidents affect more than just the person who's injured; the person's family may also feel the impact of the injuries their loved one is dealing with. When a loved one is killed in a construction accident, the entire dynamic of a family can be altered. Now, there may be a loss of companionship, the loss of a father or husband, wife or mother. The family's income can be affected, and medical bills and funeral costs can quickly add up. In that situation, most families seek compensation through workers' compensation death benefits.

What is drowsy driving?

Drowsy driving is a very dangerous habit that unfortunately takes place more commonly than it should. Drivers, particularly those who drive for many hours or on less sleep, can become drowsy and put others at risk. Truck drivers and commercial drivers are particularly dangerous due to the size of their vehicles and the damage that can be caused on impact.

What causes a traumatic brain injury?

According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 2.5 million people in 2010 who who suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). 50,000 people die as the result of a traumatic brain injury each year, and 85,000 people suffer long-term disabilities. In the United States, more than 5.3 million people live with disabilities and deficits caused by a traumatic brain injury.

Workers' compensation should cover your injuries

When you're hurt at work, your injuries should be covered by workers' compensation. Imagine getting hurt at work, tripping and hitting your head, slipping, falling or hurting yourself in another way. You expect to be taken care of for that injury, because you were doing your job when it happened. Sometimes that isn't the case, depending on who you are and what your job is. What kinds of injuries are typically covered, though, if you're not sure if you'll be covered?

UDTPA and Substantial Aggravating Circumstances - Broadnax v. Associated Cab

North Carolina's Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act (UDTPA) has long been a source of consternation for lawyers looking to seek extra damages for business conduct that falls outside the realm of normal breaches of contract. North Carolina's UDTPA attracts plaintiffs because of the possibility of treble damages, which allows for three times actual, compensatory damages for conduct that is found to violate the law. However, as can be seen in a recent decision by the North Carolina Business Court, finding conduct that meets this standard is a high bar that requires pleading of undefined "substantial aggravating circumstances."

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