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What is a “Wrongful Death” Action?

Posted in Accidents, Insurance, Wrongful Death on Fri June 9, 2017



When someone tragically dies in an automobile accident or as the result of the negligence of someone else, it may give rise to what is known as a “wrongful death action.”  There is substantial confusion about what this means. We are often asked to explain the process.

What constitutes wrongful death?

The first step is to determine if there is liability.  In some states, such as North Carolina, if the person who was injured or died contributed to the accident in some way,

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Condemnation (Eminent Domain) Part II

Posted in Condemnation Cases, Real Estate on Fri April 7, 2017



Last time, we began to discuss the condemnation process. As we explained previously, if you and the condemnor (the entity taking your property) cannot agree on the reasonable value of the property, the condemnor will proceed with the filing of a condemnation action and will instantly become the owner of the property they are seeking. But, the condemnor has to deposit with the court the amount of their last offer, or the amount the condemnor reasonably believes is just compensation for the taking.

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Condemnation (Eminent Domain): What You Need To Know

Posted in Condemnation Cases, Real Estate on Fri March 31, 2017



Condemnation (sometimes called eminent domain) is the right of the government (or sometimes a private utility company) to take a person’s property for the better good of the public. The property owner rarely welcomes the taking of one’s property. Examples of condemnation actions would be the need for the Department of Transportation to build roads, or a county to build a school, storm water or sewer system. In Charlotte, North Carolina, many properties are being taken for the light rail projects.

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Other Types of Automobile Insurance Coverage in NC

Posted in Accidents, Automobile insurance, Insurance, Motor Vehicle Accidents on Fri March 24, 2017



In previous blog posts we discussed the different types of automobile insurance available in North Carolina.

The coverages below may be purchased in addition to your basic automobile coverage. You will be charged an additional premium for electing these options.

Automobile Death Indemnity, Specific Disability and Total Disability Benefits Coverage

This endorsement will provide a benefit for death, dismemberment, specific disability and total disability resulting from an automobile accident.

Miscellaneous Type Vehicle Endorsement

Motorcycles,

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Collision and Comprehensive Automobile Insurance Coverage in NC

Posted in Automobile insurance, Insurance, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal injury on Fri March 10, 2017



When your car is damaged in an accident, it is possible that the person who caused the accident may not have enough coverage to repair or replace your vehicle.  If you have optional collision coverage in your own automobile insurance policy, it can be used to help pay for this damage.  Using your collision coverage will not increase your insurance premium unless you were at fault.

Also, sometimes when you are involved in an accident the other insurance may move slowly in paying for your car. 

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What type of automobile insurance should I have in NC? (Part II)

Posted in Accidents, Automobile insurance, Injuries, Insurance, Insurance Policy on Fri February 24, 2017



Last time we discussed liability limits for your automobile insurance coverage and the danger of not having enough coverage.  In Part II we are going to discuss other ways to protect your assets in addition to increasing your automobile insurance limits.

Insurance, Liability & Personal Property

First, you should be sure that your car is only titled in one name.  Often couples think they should have both names on everything they own, such as a house or car. 

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On-the-Job Personal Injury & Workers’ Compensation

Posted in Accidents, Personal injury, Workers' Compensation on Thu January 19, 2017



There are many kinds of on-the-job injury that can take you out of work for weeks, or even months. This means you may need to apply for workers’ compensation to provide for yourself and your family. Whether you’ve suffered a fractured ankle while on a jobsite or were injured while driving the company car, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Here’s a general overview of what you need to know about the following on-the-job injuries and how you can receive the compensation you need and deserve.

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