Truck Driver falls asleep at the wheel causing fatal collission

In Washington State a truck driver fell asleep, crossed the center line of a  highway and collided with a car and a school bus.    The 22 year old driver of the car died from his injuries.     43 students riding in the school bus were taken to the hospital, treated and released.      One year ago, the same truck driver was cited  for crossing the center line causing a collision with injuries in this same area.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from an accident involving a truck, it can become more complicated than a regular automobile collision.    The truck driver who was involved in the crash most likely does not own the truck he is driving, which means the truck is owned by a separate company who must be brought into the case as well.   Call the attorneys at Ledbetter & Titsworth to help.   (919) 460-9798 or click www.mynclawyer.com for more information.

Ledbetter & Titsworth is proud to serve truck accident clients across in the NC Triangle including those in Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC, and beyond.

Do you carry medical payments coverage as part of your automobile insurance policy?

Many individuals do not know the answer to this question.    Medical payments coverage, often referred to as med-pay, reimburses vehicle occupants for medical bills relating to injuries sustained in an accident,  regardless of fault.   It usually comes with coverage limits in such amounts as $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000.    Med-pay will reimburse for reasonable and necessary medical expenses up to the coverage limit for each person in the vehicle.   For example, if there is applicable med-pay coverage and  you and a passenger are involved in an accident and incur medical bills, you may each submit those bills for reimbursement under the med-pay provision.    This is extremely helpful to those with no health insurance, or carry health insurance with a high deductibles.

Please contact the attorneys at Ledbetter & Titsworth to learn more about how this coverage can help you if you are involved in an automobile accident.   (919) 460-9798

Ledbetter & Titsworth is proud to serve car accident victims across the NC Triangle including those in Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC, and beyond.

Statute of Limitations in North Carolina for injury cases

The law limits the time a person has to file a lawsuit.    If those time limits are not met, your claim will forever be barred.   It is important to speak with an attorney well in advance of the expiration of these time limits.    You want to work with a lawyer who will waste no time and who will fight effectively to protect you and your family.   Examples of time limits you must adhere to include:

  • Personal injury:     3 years from the date of injury
  • Wrongful death claims:   2 years from the date of death
  • Injury Claims regarding minor children:    3 years after the date of the minor’s 18th birthday

Contact Ledbetter & Titsworth today for immediate legal consultation!  919 460-9798.

We are proud to serve clients in the NC Triangle including those in Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC, and beyond.

Number of NC workers killed on the job nearly doubled last year

The number of workers killed on the job in North Carolina nearly doubled last year compared to the year before, according to preliminary data released by the state Department of Labor on Thursday.    Forty-four people died in work-related accidents last year, up from 23 in 2013. It was the highest number of workers deaths since 2011, when 53 died, according to the Labor Department.

All but one of the workers killed last year were men, and all were classified as “laborers” by the Labor Department. Their average age was nearly 44; the youngest was 20, and the oldest was 82.

The construction industry accounted for some of the increase. Nineteen workers were killed at construction sites last year, 12 more than in 2013.

Worker deaths in manufacturing increased from 4 in 2013 to 9 last year, while service industry deaths rose from 1 in 2013 to six last year.

Five of the deaths occurred in the Triangle, including a worker struck by an arm of a wheel loader in Chatham County, a worker struck by a tree in Johnston County and three construction workers who fell in separate incidents in Wake County.

Call our Cary law firm to get help fighting for the compensation you deserve and to receive a free consultation. We proudly represent injured construction workers in the NC Triangle including Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding areas.  Call us at 919-460-9798.

 

 

Lawsuit: Couple Died in Hotel from Carbon Monoxide

A lawsuit was filed on Monday over the deaths of a couple by carbon monoxide at a hotel in Boone, North Carolina. The couple died during their stay at the Best Western location nearly two years ago. The man and woman died in their room due to a carbon monoxide leak from the hotel swimming pool’s heating system. The lawsuit was filed by the couple’s children and names Best Western International, the owners of the Boone hotel, its former manager and others as defendants.

If one of your loved ones has passed away as a result of another person’s negligence, and would like to discuss a potential wrongful death claim,  please don’t hesitate to contact our Cary law firm to speak to one of our attorneys.   We are here to help you in anyway we can and answer any questions you may have.   Call us at 919-460-9798 or contact us at www.mynclawyer.com.

Ledbetter & Titsworth is proud to help families who have experienced a wrongful death in the NC Triangle including those in Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC, and beyond.  

 

Teen Sues After Drinking Cleaning Solution at McDonald’s

A lawsuit has been filed against McDonald’s by a teen from Muncie, Indiana who alleges bleach was put into his drink. The lawsuit was filed last week in Delaware Circuit Court 1 and alleges that he mistakenly drank cleaning solution after he filled his cup “at the beverage stand with what he believed was iced tea.” Soon after drinking from his cup, the teen began to vomit. The lawsuit alleges that the cleaning solution was left in the drink machine by the restaurant’s employees.

Ledbetter & Titsworth has been handling claims against fast food establishments for 20 years.    Contact us if you believe you have a claim.  (919) 460-9798 or visit us at www.mynclawyer.com

Ledbetter & Titsworth is proud to serve individuals and families across the NC Triangle, including those in Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and beyond.

 

 

 

Do you typically receive your workers compensation checks late?

The insurance company is required to pay an injured worker every seven days.    We hear from our clients frequently that this is not the case.   Additionally, when checks are late being received, bills go out late which adds to late fees, etc.     Do  not let the insurance company get away with sending your payments late.

Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. §97-18(g) the insurance company may be required to pay you a penalty for late benefits.     Call us to learn more.    The call is free and it may make a substantial difference.   The insurance company knows if you have an attorney working on  your case, they cannot get away with violating  the rules.   Additionally, Ledbetter & Titsworth NEVER takes a portion of your weekly check as part of an attorney fee.    We know the injured worker needs every dime of those weekly checks!!

Contact Ledbetter & Titsworth at (919) 460-9798 for a free consultation. We proudly represent injured workers in the NC Triangle including Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding area.

Was your workers compensation claim denied?

Were you hurt at work and waiting for the insurance company to send you to a doctor only to find out  they denied your claim?   It is quite common for insurance companies to deny the claim if there is even the slightest chance they may save money.    Insurance companies count on people receiving these denials and not pursuing the claim further.    This is a mistake and the injured worker is the one to suffer.    Ledbetter and Titsworth has been successfully appealing insurance company denials for years.  Don’t let the insurance company keep the money and benefits you are entitled to.     It will cost you nothing to speak with us and you have nothing to lose.   If we do not recover money for you, you do not owe an attorney’s fee.  Call us and let us see if we can help you.   It can make all the difference for you!

Ledbetter & Titsworth is proud to serve individuals and families across the NC Triangle, including those in Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and beyond.

 

 

Workers Compensation Maximum Weekly Benefit Increases

Benefit Increase for workers compensation recipients:

The North Carolina Industrial Commission has established the maximum weekly benefit for 2015 pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-29. Effective January 1, 2015, the maximum weekly benefit applicable to all injuries and claims arising on and after January 1, 2015, shall be nine hundred twenty dollars ($920.00).

Keep in mind this amount only applies for new injuries and does not change any benefits for injuries prior to January 1, 2015.

For more information or to see if you are getting the correct amount in weekly benefits please visit as http://mynclawyer.com/workers-compensation/

Ledbetter & Titsworth is proud to serve individuals and families across the NC Triangle, including those in Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and beyond.   Please call us at 919-460-9798 or visit our website at www. mynclawyer.com.

 

 

 

How much will I get paid on workers compensation?

Question:   How does the insurance company figure out how much to pay me when I am out on workers compensation leave?

Answer:   In workers compensation claims you will hear two terms being used often. The first term is Average Weekly Wage and the second term is Compensation Rate. An average weekly wage is calculated by taking your gross wages earned during the 52 weeks immediately prior to the injury and dividing by 52. The Compensation Rate is 66 2/3% of your average weekly wage. For example, if your average weekly wage is $300.00, your compensation rate would be $200.00. You would receive a check every seven days in the amount of $200.00 as long as you meet the criteria for receiving wage loss benefits.

Question:   What happens if I did not work for 52 weeks before I got hurt?

Answer: Your average weekly wage is determined by dividing the earnings by the number of weeks worked.

Question:    Why is workers compensation benefits so much less than my regular pay?

Answer:   It may seem less, but keep in mind this is non-taxable income which accounts for the lesser dollar amount.

Ledbetter & Titsworth proudly represents individuals and families suffering from work-related injuries in the NC Triangle including those in Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC, and surrounding areas.

Contact us at 919-460-9798 or visit us at www.mynclawyer.com