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A North Carolina man is being charged with felony death by impaired boating after causing a crash that led to the death of another man. An article on this emerging police investigation is available here.

About the Crash

Authorities report 911 calls of a jet skiing accident at Lake James Park began coming in on Friday, July 5th, at around 10 p.m. When officials arrived at the scene, they found one man dead as a result of the incident. The man responsible for the jet ski crash was then charged with felony death by impaired boating. The accident remains under investigation.

Impaired Boating Crashes by the Numbers

According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s most recent report, in 2017 alone, alcohol use was the contributing factor in 275 boating accidents resulting in 102 deaths and 227 injuries, making it the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.

Stay Safe on the Water

The most important piece of equipment on any watercraft is the operator. It’s vital that they not only know what to do, but also that they understand what to avoid when on the water. Stay alert and avoid the following:

  • Alcohol/Drugs: Operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol and drugs is not only illegal, but it also greatly reduces reaction time and can cause a serious accident.
  • Inexperience: In North Carolina, there are strict laws in place regarding those who are legally allowed to operate a vessel. These laws serve to keep everyone on the water safe. For more information on these laws and regulations, click here.
  • High Speeds: Speeding, especially in no wake zones or crowded areas, can get you in serious trouble and can cause injury.
  • Bad Weather: Worsening conditions can quickly ruin a day out on the water.  Always check local route and destination weather before going out.
  • Inattention: Becoming distracted and unfocused can cause an accident in a split second, resulting in the injury of innocent people.
We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident through no fault of your own, contact the experienced North Carolina Serious Injury Lawyers at Henson Fuerst by calling 919-781-1107 or by completing a free initial consultation form.

When you contact Henson Fuerst, you will speak with one of our experienced Raleigh Personal Injury Attorneys. They will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you—and fight hard to protect your rights. At Henson Fuerst, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front—and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.

Call Henson Fuerst, Because Your Case Matters

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A recent report released by Streetsblog shows some encouraging signs from a handful of cities which have participated in Vision Zero since 2010. Even though many cities do still struggle with certain issues, the report indicates they are making progress toward their stated goal of zero traffic-related fatalities. A detailed article on the report and its finding is available here.

Active in many cities across the U.S. and Canada; the Vision Zero campaign strives to eliminate traffic deaths in urban areas by reducing speeds, building safer streets, fighting distracted or impaired driving, and holding both drivers and pedestrians responsible for traffic safety. In our area, NC Vision Zero has worked to lower speed limits, install speed radar, and initiate other traffic safety reforms.

A Hard Look at Difficult Numbers

As we reported in an earlier blog, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 5,376 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents nationwide in 2015. Closer to home, some 1,412 North Carolina citizens lost their lives in traffic accidents during 2017.

The Current Trend

The report indicates a handful of cities have made improvements since 2016. While Seattle, Boston, and Portland have seen steady declines over several years; the pattern toward fewer fatalities in both New York and San Francisco appears to be a more recent development. Safety advocates and supporters of Vision Zero laud the progress they see but suggest not enough is being done to lower the number of deaths and serious injuries.

A representative of the Vision Zero Network—the non-profit created to help promote safety in participating cities—notes progress toward zero fatalities is unlikely to be linear. That progress is not expected to be quick or easy—and the success of the program is difficult to determine from a single snapshot, table, or graph.

Local Efforts

Last year, NC Vision Zero met at the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh for the World Day of Remembrance—which honors those we have lost in traffic accidents. Henson Fuerst is pleased to support NC Vision Zero—and hopes their initiatives can lead to the kind of change needed to eliminate pedestrian fatalities.

We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident through no fault of your own, call the experienced North Carolina Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Henson Fuerst today at 919-781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form.

When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced Raleigh Personal Injury Attorneys. They will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you—and fight hard to protect your rights. At Henson Fuerst, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front—and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.

Call Henson Fuerst, Because Your Case Matters

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Two United States Senators have recently released a list of close to 400 nursing home facilities that exhibit a “persistent record of poor care.” An article on the report and its findings is available here.

About the List

Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania released a list provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)—the agency that oversees those nursing homes and long-term-care facilities which receive federal funding. The list contained nearly 400 facilities across the nation with a “persistent record of poor care.”

Focus on Problem Facilities

According to an additional news source, all facilities on the list—including ten in North Carolina—are eligible for the CMS Special Focus Facility (SFF) program. The SFF program publicly discloses the names of some 80 nursing homes investigators frequently visit to resolve documented issues. The full list of those troubled facilities is available here.

The Real Numbers

Currently, CMS estimates approximately 1.3 million Americans are residents of the country’s 15,600 nursing home facilities. In April 2019, CMS identified roughly three percent of those facilities as having problems. Facilities that do not improve run the risk of having their sources of Medicare and Medicaid funding cut off.

In 2010, there was room for 167 nursing homes in the SFF program—and 835 candidates. Cuts to the federal budget made in 2014 limit the number of facilities CMS can add to the SFF program. There are now 88 available slots—and as many as 440 candidates.

We’ll Fight for Your Loved One

If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, call the experienced North Carolina nursing home abuse attorneys at Henson Fuerst today at 866-677-0420.

If you are concerned about the treatment your loved one is receiving, contact the legal team at Henson Fuerst today. Call 866-677-0420 or complete a free initial consultation form. We have a long history of advocating for the rights of people suffering mistreatment—and will treat your case with respect and compassion.

When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced Raleigh nursing home neglect attorneys. They will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you and fight hard to protect your rights. At Henson Fuerst, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front—and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.

Call Henson Fuerst, Because Your Case Matters

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The Southern Baptist Convention recently promised to address concerns regarding allegations of sexual abuse coming from inside the church. A detailed article on both the allegations made and the investigation underway is available here.

The church—the largest Protestant denomination in the United States—said it would address the problem at its annual gathering of thousands of pastors.

New Claims

The call for an investigation follows allegations that an 11-year-old girl had been sexually abused by a minister at a church summer camp held for children. The summer camp was presented by the Village Church—an Evangelical megachurch in Hurst, Texas.

A Widespread Problem

While Evangelical churches have traditionally distanced themselves from the claims of sexual abuse that have plagued the Catholic Church, they have faced similar allegations themselves.

Previously, Southern Baptists have long dismissed cases of sexual abuse as a product of corruption. They now face their very own sexual misconduct allegations.

Since 1998, more than 400 leaders inside the Southern Baptist Church—ranging from youth pastors to top ministers—have pled guilty to charges of sexual abuse.

Sources indicate over 700 abuse victims are involved in these claims. A number of church leaders have been convicted of sex crimes and others have been forced to resign in the face of allegations of sexual misconduct.

Closure in One Case

In the Texas case, the former associate children’s minister of Village Church has been investigated by police. He has since been indicted and arrested on charges of sexually molesting the young girl.

The girl’s mother says the church’s interest in investigating allegations was overshadowed by their instinct to protect the institution. The Village Church uses a written membership agreement which prohibits members from suing the church. It instead requires mediation and binding arbitration.

We Can Help

If you or a loved one have suffered sexual abuse in an institutional setting, call the experienced North Carolina sexual abuse attorneys at Henson Fuerst today at 919-781-1107.

To make sure your voice is heard, contact the legal team at Henson Fuerst today. Call 919-781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form. We have a long history of advocating for the rights of people suffering mistreatment—and will treat your case with respect and compassion.

When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced institutional abuse attorneys. They will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you and fight hard to protect your rights. At Henson Fuerst, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front—and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.

Call Henson Fuerst, Because Your Case Matters

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Thousands of organizations nationwide observe National Safety Month—using the celebration to focus on leading causes of injury and death at home, on the road, or in the workplace.

For the first week of National Safety Month, Henson Fuerst offers statistics surrounding work-related injuries as well as ways employers can reduce the risk of their employees suffering work injuries.

Industries with Largest Number of Work Injuries

On average, 4.6 Million people suffer a work-related injury each year. Jobs that require manual labor and are physically demanding often result in workers suffering from sprains, strains, tears, soreness or lacerations—therefore it may come as no surprise that the industries with the highest number of injuries are as follows:

  1. Service – Including firefighters and police
  2. Transportation/Shipping
  3. Manufacturing/Production
  4. Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
  5. Construction
Ways to Eliminate Preventable Workplace Injuries

Preventative measures taken by employers can significantly reduce the risk of an employee sustaining a work-related injury. Some ways to reduce this risk are to:

  • Educate and Emphasize Safety to Employees
  • Institute a Safety & Wellness Plan
  • Provide Protective Equipment
  • Research Safety Vulnerabilities Within Your Own Workplace
Understand Your Rights

Our attorneys know how your life and the lives of your entire family can change in the face of a debilitating injury. Injured workers need competent, experienced legal representation. Let us deal with the insurance companies–and help you recover the full, fair settlement you deserve.

We Can Help

If you have questions, Henson Fuerst has answers.

If an insurance company stands between you and the Workers’ Compensation benefits you deserve, Henson Fuerst will fight them for you. Learn how our experienced North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorneys can help you get your Workers’ Compensation benefits. Call us today at 866-677-0420 or complete a free initial consultation form. There’s no obligation, and our phone lines are open 24/7.

Call Henson Fuerst, Because Your Case Matters

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A jury in Oakland, California recently ordered Monsanto—manufacturer of Roundup® Weed Killer—to pay more than $2 billion to a Northern California couple suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This marks the third jury verdict to reinforce allegations the product causes cancer. An article on the landmark verdict appears here.

About Glyphosate   

While Monsanto and its parent company, Bayer A.G., have repeatedly claimed Roundup is safe; the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared glyphosate—the active ingredient in the product—to be a “probable human carcinogen.” Glyphosate is currently the most widely used weed killer in the world.

About the Verdict

The Alameda County jury ordered Monsanto to pay damages to a 76-year-old man and his 74-year-old wife. Both were diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after using Roundup on their Northern California property for many years. The jury found Roundup caused the couple’s cancer—and determined Monsanto failed to warn customers of the product’s dangers. One of the couple’s attorneys argued a billion-dollar judgment for each plaintiff would send a message.

Landmark Verdicts

At the present time, there are thousands of other lawsuits against Monsanto and Roundup awaiting decisions in both state and federal courts. Two additional verdicts have supported the claims of cancer victims who allege Roundup weed killer caused their illness. These include:

  • August 2018: A state court in San Francisco awarded $289 million to a groundskeeper—finding Roundup caused Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
  • March 2019: A federal jury in San Francisco awarded $80 million to a man who claimed Roundup had caused his Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

At Henson Fuerst, we believe manufacturers must be held accountable for the damage a defective product can cause to you, a family member, or a loved one. Henson Fuerst will diligently advocate for your rights—and do everything in our power to ensure that justice is served. When you contact Henson Fuerst, our attorneys can review your legal options for free.

We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Leukemia or Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after using Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer, call the experienced North Carolina Roundup Lawsuit Attorneys at Henson Fuerst today at 919-781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form.

When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced Raleigh Defective Product Attorneys. They will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you—and fight hard to protect your rights. At Henson Fuerst, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front—and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.

Call Henson Fuerst, Because Your Case Matters

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Police in Raleigh are currently investigating a motorcycle crash that left one person dead. An article on the open investigation is available here.

About the Accident

The accident took place in the 6100 block of Glenwood Avenue near Hollyridge Drive in Raleigh. Witnesses say the victim was traveling at a high speed and was performing a wheel stand when his motorcycle contacted another vehicle and then veered off the road and into a tree. Emergency personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene.

About the Investigation

According to police, the driver operating the other vehicle was not injured in the collision. A later news report identified the victim as a 29-year-old former soldier once stationed at Fort Bragg. The Raleigh Police Department issued a report stating the victim was speeding when he performed a wheelie and sideswiped another vehicle. The crash remains under investigation.

Eyewitness Accounts Differ

One Rougemont resident offers a version of events which conflicts with the official report—and states the victim was behaving responsibly. According to this account, the car involved cut across several lanes of traffic—blocking the motorcycle’s path and leaving the victim with no time to react before the impact.

Another witness reinforces that the victim was speeding and on his rear wheel at the time of the crash. Calls made to 911 from both witnesses have not yet been released. One of the deceased’s co-workers claims it would be impossible for the victim to enter the flow of traffic where he did, cross three lanes of traffic, and gain the engine speed required to perform a wheelie before impact.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month per the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). In their North Carolina 2017 Traffic Crash Facts, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) reported a total of 3,722 collisions involving motorcycles during 2017. Some 2,991 of those resulted in injuries and 145 ultimately proved fatal.

We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a motorcycle, call the experienced North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Henson Fuerst today at 919-781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form online.

When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced Raleigh Motorcycle Accident Attorneys. They will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you—and fight hard to protect your rights. At Henson Fuerst, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front—and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.

Call Henson Fuerst, Because Your Case Matters

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An early-morning collision in Durham has left a local woman hospitalized in critical condition. An article on this emerging police investigation is available here.

About the Incident

Police in Durham say a 28-year-old woman has been critically injured in a hit-and-run crash. Authorities say the victim was riding a bicycle in the 800 block of West Club Boulevard near Duke Street when she was by a vehicle which then fled the scene. At the time of the collision, the investigation indicates the suspect’s vehicle was traveling westbound on West Club Boulevard.

About the Investigation

Emergency responders transported the woman to a nearby hospital emergency department with potentially life-threatening injuries. Her condition is currently listed as critical but stable. Police recently indicated the suspect vehicle had been located–but stated no charges have been filed at the present time. The incident remains under investigation.

Cyclists at Risk

Researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Virginia Tech state 835 bicyclists died in collisions with motor vehicles in 2016. They also note helmets lower the risk of head injury by 85% and prevent 60% of related deaths.

Henson Fuerst Represents Cyclists

Under the leadership of attorney and cycling enthusiast Thomas Henson, Henson Fuerst recently launched BikeLawyerNC.com, a site dedicated to North Carolina cyclists. Rooted in the cycling community, Thomas Henson champions rider safety. If you have questions regarding cycling law or your rights as a cyclist, visit BikeLawyerNC.com to learn more.

We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident while on a bicycle, call the experienced North Carolina Bicycle Accident Attorneys at Henson Fuerst today at 919-781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form.

When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced Raleigh Personal Injury Attorneys. They will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you—and fight hard to protect your rights. At Henson Fuerst, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front—and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.

Call Henson Fuerst, Because Your Case Matters

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Attorney Carma Henson of Henson Fuerst Attorneys has recently been invited into the Top 100 Attorneys for 2019. She was chosen by The National Trial Lawyers (NTL) as part of a premier group of Civil Plaintiff Attorneys in North Carolina.

About the NTL

The National Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only organization. Their selection committee extends membership opportunities to elite attorneys in recognition of their superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership in their respective states. Carma received this distinct honor from the organization’s regional membership director.

About Carma Henson

Attorney Carma Henson joined Henson Fuerst in 1999—and has spent her entire career fighting for the rights of individuals who have been hurt, abused, or neglected through no fault of their own. Her passion for justice drives her to work hard and stand up for what is right. Caring, compassionate, and honest; she believes all people deserve to be treated fairly—with full dignity and unwavering respect.

Born and raised in Garner, North Carolina; Carma earned her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She has been admitted to both the North Carolina State Bar Association and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

About Henson Fuerst

At Henson Fuerst, we’re committed to standing up for the rights of people who have been injured in all types of accidents. Whether you need help with a car accident claim, securing the full and fair Workers’ Compensation (WC) benefits you deserve or gaining the social security disability benefits you need, we’re here to help.

We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, call the experienced North Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys at Henson Fuerst today at 919-781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form.

When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced Raleigh Personal Injury Attorneys. They will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you—and fight hard to protect your rights. At Henson Fuerst, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front—and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.

Call Henson Fuerst, Because Your Case Matters

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Recent changes made to the Nursing Home Compare System established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have resulted in lower scores for approximately 36% of skilled nursing facilities. A detailed article on the change—and its effects—is available here.

Recent reports show a drop in the Five-Star Quality Rating System for 36% of nursing facilities—the result of planned changes to the scoring system. While 47% of facilities saw no change to their overall rating, nearly half lost one or more stars on the quality measure—just one of the metrics.

About the Measures

A facility receives one to five stars based on three metrics. These include survey responses, quality, and staffing. Recent changes to calculations have made it more difficult for a facility to receive an above-average rating. While 23% of facilities lost at least one star on survey responses, 33% lost one or more stars on staffing. Some 47% lost at least one star on quality.

With their most-recent requirements, CMS has placed additional emphasis on staffing. It recently gave 1,400 facilities a one-star staffing rating after an investigation in the New York Times revealed some facilities inaccurately reported the number of days with a registered nurse on-site. Previously, a facility would receive a one-star staffing score if it were to go without a registered nurse for seven days per quarter. That number has since been lowered to four.

Fines Issued for Non-Compliance

As we reported in an earlier blog, CMS issued $114 million in total fines during 2017–down 10% from the $127 million in fines levied in 2016. While CMS issues financial penalties 28% more often than before, it levies a greater number of smaller fines than larger penalties. The agency claims revisions have made the process both fairer and more consistent.

We’ll Fight for Your Loved One

If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home or other long-term care facility, call the experienced North Carolina nursing home abuse attorneys at Henson Fuerst today at 866-677-0420.

If you are concerned about the treatment your loved one is receiving, contact the legal team at Henson Fuerst today. Call 866-677-0420 or complete a free initial consultation form. We have a long history of advocating for the rights of people suffering mistreatment—and will treat your case with respect and compassion.

When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced Raleigh nursing home abuse attorneys. They will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you and fight hard to protect your rights. At Henson Fuerst, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front—and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.

Call Henson Fuerst, Because Your Case Matters

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