Five Things to Consider in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Published On: 11.10.2015 North Carolina

Five Things to Consider in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

 

A wrongful death lawsuit is a claim against a party who caused someone’s death through negligence, carelessness or an intentional act. A typical wrongful death lawsuit, for example, might involve a claim against a careless driver who caused a fatal traffic accident. Wrongful death claims may also center on medical malpractice, product liability or even murder (as alleged in the O.J. Simpson civil lawsuit). Each state has its own wrongful death statute, and it can be difficult or impossible to navigate this legal maze without the assistance of an experienced wrongful death attorney. Continue reading →

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Belmont Crash Kills 1, Injures 3

Published On: 11.3.2015 Belmont, NC

Belmont Crash Kills 1, Injures 3

BELMONT, N.C. — Authorities are investigating a crash that left one person dead and several others hurt in Belmont Tuesday morning.

Emergency crews responded to a multi-vehicle wreck on Wilkinson Boulevard near Park Street around 10 a.m.

Gaston County EMS told Channel 9 one person died in the crash and three others were taken to the hospital.

It was unclear what caused the crash, but westbound lanes of Wilkinson Boulevard are shut down while police investigated. Read more>

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The experienced attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates provide free initial consultations, support and assistance in finding resources to help you and your family deal with serious injuries or wrongful death caused by the negligence of others. We can also help you pursue a legal action. If you or a family member would like more information about your legal options and determine whether you have a claim, call our office today at 704.376.1911 or toll-free 800.977.3077…. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Fatal Wreck Shuts I-77, Rock Hill Man Dead

Published On: 10.26.2015 Charlotte, NC

Fatal Wreck Shuts I-77, Rock Hill Man Dead

Authorities are investigating the truck crash on Interstate 77 West of Charlotte that left 30-year-old Issac McClure of Rock Hill dead Sunday night.

State Troopers said two cars collided in the northbound lanes around 7:40pm near Exit 9. Investigators said McClure was a passenger in one of the two vehicles that collided and was partially ejected.

Troopers said the crash happened when the two vehicles attempted to merge onto the interstate and collided.

I-77 was mostly closed while NC Highway Patrol investigated, but reopened before midnight.

We Can Help

The experienced attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates provide free initial consultations, support and assistance in finding resources to help you and your family deal with serious injuries or wrongful death caused by the negligence of others. We can also help you pursue a legal action. If you or a family member would like more information about your legal options and determine whether you have a claim, call our office today at 704.376.1911 or toll-free 800.977.3077…. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

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Hospital Mess Up — A LOT

Published On: 10.26.2015 Charlotte, NC

Hospital Mess Up — A LOT

 

Boomberg News Reports —

About half of all surgeries involve some kind of medication error or unintended drug side effects, if a new study done at one of America’s most prestigious academic medical centers is any indication.

The rate, calculated by researchers from the anesthesiology department at Massachusetts General Hospital who observed 277 procedures there, is startlingly high compared with those in the few earlier studies. Those studies relied mostly on self-reported data from clinicians, rather than directly watching operations, and found errors to be exceedingly rare.

“There is a substantial potential for medication-related harm…Read more>

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The experienced attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates provide free initial consultations, support and assistance in finding resources to help you and your family deal with serious injuries or wrongful death caused by the negligence of others. We can also help you pursue a legal action. If you or a family member would like more information about your legal options and determine whether you have a claim, call our office today at 704.376.1911 or toll-free 800.977.3077…. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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73-year-old Hit, Killed While Gardening in Her Yard

Published On: 10.14.2015 Concord, NC

73-year-old Hit, Killed While Gardening in Her Yard

WSOCTV reports

CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. — Troopers are investigating what caused a driver to hit and kill a woman before crashing into the side of a home in Cabarrus County.

Emergency crews were called to the home at the corner of N.C. Highway 200 and Vanderburg Drive Wednesday afternoon.

Troopers said Evelyn Tarlton, 73, was gardening with her husband in their front yard when the SUV Read More>

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Alicia Moore Wins Cabarrus County Hometown Hero

Published On: 10.13.2015 Concord, NC

Alicia Moore Wins Cabarrus County Hometown Hero

Congratulations to Alicia Moore, a third grade teacher at Weddington Hills Elementary School, who has been selected as the September Hometown Hero for Cabarrus County Schools.

Hometown Hero is a teacher recognition program sponsored by Charles G. Monnett III & Associates to help teachers offset some of the hundreds of dollars they spend of their own money each year in classroom supplies. Read more>

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National Teen Driver Safety Week

Published On: 9.24.2015 North Carolina

National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 18-24, 2015 

 

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the US. In fact, in 2013, there were 2,614 teen (15-19 year old) passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 130,000 were injured. Yet, a recent survey shows that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about the many dangers of driving.

Those dangers include

  • Alcohol
  • Seat belts
  • Texting
  • Speeding
  • Extra passengers

Even if you think they don’t hear you, they do.

Remember, the 5 to Drive – Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road.

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Does Your Gas Can Meet DOT Standards?

Published On: 9.23.2015 North Carolina

Does Your Gas Can Meet DOT Standards?

Probably not!

In light of a recent gas can explosion in Charlotte where a toddler was severely burned, we thought it would be timely to revisit safety standards for one of the most common household hazards: your gas can.

WCNC-TV News —  A 1-year-old is in critical condition after being badly burned; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say a gas can being used to fuel a fire pit exploded.

The explosion happened Tuesday afternoon on White Aspen Place in north Charlotte. The child’s grandmother also suffered burns.

The latest OSHA Standard for gas cans say that “only approved containers and portable tanks shall be used for storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids.  Approved safety cans or Department of Transportation approved containers shall be used for the handling and use of flammable liquids in quantities of 5 gallons or less.”

When the government uses the word “shall”, they mean that their rule is mandatory.

What is a safety-approved Department of Transportation gas can?

The gas can is approved if it:

  • Is a closed container.
  • Holds 5 gallons on less.
  • Includes a flash arrestor screen.
  • Uses a spring closing lid.
  • Has a spout cover.
  • Is designed so that internal pressure is safely vented if the can is exposed to fire.

Some gas cans say they meet spill-proof requirements or AQMD (Air Quality Management District) rules.  None of these government agencies are the same as DOT — they are not interchangeable.

The DOT estimates that there are over 200 million faulty gas cans in circulation that do not meet their standards.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Fire Department recommends that you use gasoline for its sole intended purpose —  internal combustion engines. Do not start fires with gas, use it as a solvent or as a cleaner.

Transporting and Filling Gas Cans

  • Only use an approved container; with a DOT or UL label
  • Never use a  glass container (they break)
  • Make sure you container seals properly; don’t use rags
  • Place your container on the ground with the nozzle in contact with the container to prevent static electricity buildup
  • Allow room for vapor expansion – don’t fill your gas can more than 95% full

Dangerous vehicle fires have occurred as a result of filling metal gasoline cans that were placed on plastic bed liners of pickup trucks. Bed liners prevent the metal cans from grounding when the static charge generated by the flowing gasoline builds up in the nozzle, that may cause a spark, igniting an explosion.

Storing Gas Cans

  • Do not buy more than you need
  • Do not store in your home

If you do store your gas can in your home, make sure it’s in an approved container in a well-ventilated area, away from potential ignition sources (hot water heaters, furnace).

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Refueling Your Equipment Directly

  • Turn off motor and give motor rime to cool down before refueling
  • Do not refuel near an open flame or near a sparking situation
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby
  • Try not spill or overfill to the gas tank
  • Allow for vapor expansion

 

We can help.

The experienced Personal Injury attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates provide a no-cost initial consultations, support and assistance in finding resources to help you and your family deal with serious injuries caused by the negligence of others. We can also help you pursue a legal action. If you or a family member would like more information about your legal options and determine whether you have a claim, call our office today at 704.376.1911 or toll-free 800.977.3077…. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

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Keep Your Home Safe

Published On: 9.4.2015 North Carolina

Keep Your Home Safe

 

1-800 Hotline 

Save the Poison Control Center hotline number on your phone: 1-800-222-1222. There are 55 poison control centers across the country to answer questions about any product.

2X Exposed

Children under 20 are nearly twice as likely to be exposed to toxic chemicals. Always store hazardous chemicals out of the reach of children. [Download report.]

84,000 Chemicals  

Approximately 84,000 chemicals have been registered for use in the United States since 1976. The EPA only required testing for about 250, and only five have been banned.

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We Can Help

The experienced Product Liability attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates provide a no-cost initial consultations, support and assistance in finding resources to help you and your family deal with serious injuries caused by the negligence of others. We can also help you pursue a legal action. If you or a family member would like more information about your legal options and determine whether you have a claim, call our office today at 704.376.1911 or toll-free 800.977.3077…. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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