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Despite Small Decline, Distracted Driving Remains Epidemic

Distracted driving–driving while talking on a phone, texting, applying make up, reading a newspaper, etc.–accounted for 16% of all traffic fatalities in 2009. The actual number of people who died on the road fell from the previous year, but the proportion of cases caused by driving while distracted (DWD) remained the same. According to an …

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Woman becomes victim of Chapel Hill wrongful death

A woman became the victim of a Chapel Hill wrongful death after she fell from her daughter’s dorm room bunk bed, according to newsobserver.com. Officials at UNC Chapel Hill are discussing whether to require bunk bed railings since the Chapel Hill wrongful death. The Chapel Hill wrongful death has lead to an increase in requests …

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HensonFuerst Law Firm Featured in Trial Magazine

HensonFuerst was honored this month with an article in Trial magazine (September 2010, Volume 46, No. 9). We were included in a special section called “Justice in Motion.” Here is the article, in its entirety: Like most plaintiff lawyers, David Henson of Raleigh, North Carolina, has had clients whose stories struck close to home. He …

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How Young is "Too Young" for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?

Right now, no one knows how many hits…how frequent the hits…or how hard the hits have to be before “several concussions” becomes “irreversible brain damage.” The only thing that is clear is that we need to do more to protect the brains of young athletes. If chronic traumatic encephalopathy was found in the brain of an otherwise healthy 21-year-old man, when did it start? In high school? Junior high?

California Nursing Home Lawsuit Settled for Millions

Patients and their families won a class action lawsuit against Skilled Healthcare Group Inc., which operates 22 assisted living facilities in California. Although the jury originally awarded $670 million, the case was settled for $50 million. Yes, it’s much less, but it also means that the patients will actually get compensation now, while they are …

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Establishing Shell Companies to Hire Illegal Aliens Lands Owners in Jail

Two executives of a FL company have been sentenced to Federal Prison.  The individuals were convicted of defrauding the IRS of employment taxes.  Shell companies were created for the sole purpose of hiring illegal aliens, which allowed the company to avoid paying employment taxes on the individuals.  More prosecutions are expected as a result of …

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