Ongoing Issues at NC Nursing Homes Highlight Effects of Annual Inspection Backlog


Despite the time that has passed since the last peak in COVID-19 cases, the virus’s effects are still rampant in North Carolina’s nursing homes. While facilities remain understaffed and overcrowded, state and local health departments struggle to keep annual health inspections up-to-date, putting residents at risk of serious harm and worrying their loved ones.  Due to strict 2020 […]

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Supreme Court’s Ruling on Nursing Home Case Could Affect Millions. Here’s What You Should Know.


What started as a nursing home abuse lawsuit against a public health agency in Indiana could become a monumental Supreme Court ruling that impacts the rights of millions of people receiving federal assistance.  Nursing Home Lawsuit Against Indiana Health Agency Taken to Supreme Court In 2019, Susie Talevski sued the Health and Hospital Corp. of […]

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Social Security Administration Announces 8.7% Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2023


On October 14, 2022, the Social Security Administration announced an 8.7% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) that will begin in January 2023. This is the largest COLA adjustment in 40 years and was approved to address the high inflation rate. The adjustment will impact both Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and the […]

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Nursing Home Medicare Fraud Case Settled for $11.2 Million


When families move their loved ones into nursing homes, they trust the facilities and caregivers to give them the attention and care they need and deserve. Unfortunately, these corporations often do not live up to these expectations. SavaSeniorCare, a Georgia-based company that owns and operates skilled nursing facilities in several states, faced lawsuits nationwide for […]

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How To Seek Compensation for Toxic Water Exposure at Camp Lejeune


Between 1953 and 1987, toxic chemicals and carcinogens contaminated the water supply at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. As a result, thousands of Marines, their families, and workers on base suffered serious illnesses and other health complications. Now, those impacted are demanding justice. Previously, anyone who contracted illnesses through toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune […]

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As COVID-19 State of Emergency Lifts in North Carolina, So Will Healthcare Provider Protections


On August 15th, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina’s COVID-19 State of Emergency, which he initially declared March 10th, 2020, had ended. In addition, Senate Bill 704: The COVID-19 Recovery Act, which granted healthcare providers immunity from civil claims brought on by the stress of the pandemic, also ended on the same date. So, what does this […]

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Car Insurance Requirements in North Carolina


If you drive a motor vehicle in the U.S., you are legally obligated to have insurance regardless of where you live. However, car insurance is not one-size-fits-all, and the specifications could vary based on your car type, where you live, and your individual needs. At Henson Fuerst, we believe drivers should select insurance coverage with […]

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Affordable Connectivity Program to Provide High-Speed Internet for Qualified Americans


In November 2021 when Congress passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) was also created. This program is designed to provide high-speed internet to millions of Americans who would otherwise be unable to afford the rising costs of internet services. To be eligible, if your household income is twice the federal poverty […]

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Social Security Administration Resumes In-Person Disability Hearings


As of June 1, 2022, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has resumed in-person disability hearings on a limited basis, subject to strict COVID protocols, including mask mandates, limited hearing room capacity, hearings scheduled each day and hearing office access to non-claimants and physical barriers between the ALJ, attorney and claimant. Only certain case types will […]

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Social Security Administration Increases Attorney Fee Cap


Acting Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner, Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi, recently announced that the cap on attorney fees in disability claims has been raised from $6,000 to $7,200, effective November 30, 2022. The last time the attorney fee cap was raised was in 2009. For Social Security disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants, the […]

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Significant Cost-of-Living Adjustment Expected in 2022


The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced, in an effort to combat the increasing inflation rate, that a significant cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is likely by the end of 2022. The COLA will potentially be as high as 8%, which would mark the largest COLA adjustment since 1981 (when beneficiaries received an 11.2% adjustment). While the […]

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Are You Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits if Your Spouse Works?


Becoming disabled can be very overwhelming, and the process of seeking help can be just as such. Many questions may arise, such as how you’ll continue supporting your family or whether you qualify for assistance from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Determining eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) through the SSA can be confusing and complex, but […]

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What to Know About Tractor-Trailer “No-Zones”


Chances are, you have probably encountered a tractor-trailer on the road. While many drivers may think truck drivers have a better view of their surroundings since their vehicle is high off the ground and heavily equipped, that is not the case.  Although truckers have a broader forward view and more oversized side-view mirrors than your […]

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Wheelchair Transportation Safety: What You Should Know


According to the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for Americans ages 3 through 33. However, wheelchair users who rely on medical transport for everyday travel are especially susceptible to catastrophic injury in a motor vehicle accident. Unlike non-disabled passengers, wheelchair […]

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Henson Fuerst Secures NC’s Highest Reported Nursing Home Abuse Settlement in 2021


Our attorneys at Henson Fuerst are dedicated to representing those hurt or harmed due to another party’s negligence and bringing them and their loved ones the justice they deserve. This especially applies to nursing home residents, who are vulnerable and often voiceless in the face of nursing home abuse and neglect. In 2021, Attorneys Rachel […]

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NC Sees More Traffic Crash Fatalities in 2021 Than Any Year Since the 1970s


In a recent report, the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program revealed that the number of people killed in traffic crashes in North Carolina last year was the highest since 1973. In 2021, there were 1,755 highway deaths – a 17.9% increase than just five years earlier in 2016. Overall, highway traffic deaths per capita have seen a steady decline […]

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How Much Does Car Insurance Increase After an Accident?


Unfortunately, car insurance rates increase for almost all American drivers after an accident. Even those not-at-fault can expect their car insurance premium to rise by about 4% following a crash.  On average, car insurance premiums go up 49%, or $348 per year post-accident. There may be exceptions based on factors such as the state, insurance […]

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SSA to Open Field Offices for In-Person Consultations This Spring


After the forced closure of field offices for nearly two years, the SSA plans to reopen its field offices for in-person consultations in April. SSA acting commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi announced that the federal agency reached an agreement with After the forced closure of field offices for nearly two years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) plans to reopen […]

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What You Need to Know For Driving Safely in the Snow 


The first snowfall of the year can be a magical time. It kicks off the season of joyous activities like building snowmen, brewing up some hot cocoa, and cozying up by the fireplace.  However, it also begins a period of freezing, damp weather conditions. Therefore, exercising extra caution when driving in snowy weather is essential […]

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National Guard Aids Overwhelmed Nursing Home Staff


The National Guard has persevered through countless challenges this past year; Aiding Afghan refugees fleeing Kabul., providing security at American military bases across the Horn of Africa, and standing sentinel in Washington D.C. following the Jan. 6th attack on The Capitol among their many noble undertakings. However, they were not expecting one recent deployment: emptying […]

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