March 30, 2015

4ALL: Making Quality Legal Services Accessible to All North Carolinians

Posted By: Ward Black Law

4-all-logo (1)Sound legal advice can impact and change lives for the better. But most people in need of services hesitate to call a law firm, afraid that it will cost a small fortune to talk with an attorney. Each March, the North Carolina Bar Association provides a solution, giving people a place to turn for trusted answers and guidance. Through the 2015 4ALL Statewide Service Day, North Carolina residents saw firsthand that there are hundreds of lawyers committed to helping those who cannot afford legal services.

What is the 4ALL Statewide Service Day?

On March 6, 2015, four attorneys from Ward Black Law, along with almost 500 other lawyers from firms across the state, volunteered their time from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., taking calls from the public to answer a wide variety of legal questions. As a result, over 9,800 North Carolinians spoke to a lawyer at no charge. This year marked the eighth annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association.

Our own managing attorney, Janet Ward Black, originally initiated 4ALL when she served as President of the North Carolina Bar Association. What began as a program focused on providing quality, free legal services to those in need is now used as a model across the U.S. and Canada. Thousands of people at or below the poverty line have been positively impacted through 4ALL.

Meeting Tangible Needs for Individuals and Communities

Ward Black Law’s Afi Johnson-Parris, a family law attorney, participated in the recent 4ALL Statewide Service Day. In her own words, “This is a unique opportunity for lawyers to give back to the public – a day to take calls and answer a wide variety of questions, providing answers and guidance right then and there.”

2015 was Afi’s seventh year participating in this service event. In addition to the opportunity to give back to her community, she saw it as a way to connect with people on a personal level.

“When I first entered the field of law, I worked on behalf of large businesses, not individuals,” she explained. “This event helped spark my passion for family law, and gave me an outlet to help real people with questions about personal matters.”

It is not only the individuals who benefit from events like these, but the courts as well. The 4ALL Statewide Service Day meets a growing need in communities across the state, eliminating responsibility for courts that may be underfunded. According to Afi, “By doing some triage at the beginning and pointing people to correct resources, our judicial system can more effectively move forward and help them find their solutions.”

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Ward Black Law focuses on dangerous products litigation, divorce/family law, personal injury, social security disability, veterans disability and workers’ compensation. Our purpose is higher than simply providing excellent legal services, we desire to impact and improve people’s lives, whether in North Carolina or across the country. If you have a legal issue, contact us today for a confidential consultation: 1-877-256-1214 or through an online submission.

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March 27, 2015

Raleigh Family Practice Patients at Risk for Breast Cancer

Posted By: Ward Black Law

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For Immediate Release

March 27, 2015

Ward Black Law
208 West Wendover Ave.
Greensboro, NC 27401

Contact: Janet Ward Black, Managing Attorney
Phone: (336) 333-2244
info@wardblacklaw.com

RALEIGH FAMILY PRACTICE PATIENTS AT RISK FOR BREAST CANCER

GREENSBORO, NC – The FDA released a mammogram alert March 24, 2015, for patients of Richard D. Adelman, M.D. in Raleigh, N.C. The alert was issued for any patient who received mammography services at Adelman’s practice since August 24, 2012.

The FDA issued this warning in response to an American College of Radiology review that spanned from August 25, 2012 to August 25, 2014 and discovered shortcomings in the quality of mammograms patients were receiving.

The baseline standards set in place by the FDA were not met by Dr. Adelman’s family practice, which resulted in the loss of his accreditation on November 5, 2014. On November 18, 2014 the practice was instructed to notify patients who visited during this period that the quality of their mammograms were not in line with FDA standards. Dr. Adelman’s practice cannot provide mammography services until the accreditation is reinstated.

Next Steps

While all patients were alerted about possible problems with the quality of their mammograms, it should not be assumed that all mammograms were inaccurate.

If you or someone you know has had a mammogram at this facility since August 24, 2012, here are the recommendations from the FDA:

  • If you (or the concerned patient) have not had a mammogram at an MQSA-certified facility since then, follow these guidelines:
    • Request your mammogram and copies of your medical reports from Richard D. Adelman, M.D, Family Medicine practice. Have your mammogram reviewed at an MQSA-certified facility to determine whether you need a repeat mammogram or additional medical attention. A database of MQSA-certified facilities in your area is available online or by calling the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at 1-800-422-6237.
    • If you need a repeat mammogram and your health insurance will not pay for it, you can call the NCI information service at 1-800-422-6237 for a listing of MQSA-certified facilities near you that provide free or low-cost mammograms.
  • If you have questions please contact the MQSA Hotline at 1-800-838-7715.
  • If you have had a more recent mammogram at an MQSA-certified facility since August 25, 2012, you should follow the recommendations from that facility.

How Ward Black Law Can Help

The knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyers at Ward Black Law in Greensboro, N.C., have years of experience representing clients and victims of medical errors. If you received mammography services at Richard D. Adelman, M.D, Family Medicine and have since been diagnosed with breast cancer, Ward Black Law is happy to help you understand your options.

Contact the personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Ward Black Law today for a confidential consultation at 336-333-2244, or call toll-free at 1-877-256-1214. You can also reach Ward Black Law by email or online inquiry.

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March 16, 2015

Expect the Unexpected: What To Do At The Scene Of a Car Accident

Posted By: Ward Black Law

 

car accident blogWith nearly 10 million car accidents happening every year, the odds of living a collision-free life are not in any
driver’s favor. If you’ve been in an accident, you already know that emotions running high can make it difficult to focus on the technical and legal steps that should immediately follow. Most people (unless seriously injured) swap insurance information and aim to get out of Dodge as quickly as possible. While you probably just want the experience to be over, neglecting crucial steps can cost you in the weeks to follow. With years of experience handling car wreck claims, the attorneys at Ward Black Law have some practical steps to help you protect yourself after an accident.

Here’s a handy roadmap to help you navigate the aftermath of an accident:

  1. Remain at the scene. If no one is injured, move your vehicle out of the path of traffic. However, you should never leave the scene of an accident before speaking with law enforcement. Doing so can result in serious consequences.
  2. Call the police. The officer will create an accident report, so be sure to write down his name and agency (eg, city police, sheriff, highway patrol) to obtain your copy later.
  3. Do not admit fault. When talking with the other driver, avoid making explicit comments about the accident until the police arrive.
  4. Exchange information with the other driver. From their insurance card and licence, you should record the following:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Name of car insurance company
    • Policy number
    • Name, address and telephone number of insurance representative to contact about the accident
    • License plate number and the state in which the car is registered
    • Suspicious about the information provided? You can always call the insurance company from the scene of the accident to verify coverage before the police officer leaves.
  5. Take pictures. Take pictures of your car, their car, any debris, the road and anything unusual.

After the Accident

In the days following a car accident, there are several steps you need to take to ensure you are protected if claims are filed against you. These steps can also be used to make sure you receive compensation for any claims you file.

For a complete walkthrough of what you should do after an accident, download our free ebook here. If you haven’t been in a car accident recently, this ebook is a beneficial resource to have on-hand in case a collision should occur.

Need Help? Call Today!

Does your car accident claim seem like more than you can handle? The experienced attorneys at Ward Black Law in Greensboro, N.C. have years of experience representing people injured in accidents and are ready to answer your questions. For a free case review, call Ward Black Law today at 336-333-2244, toll-free at 1-877-256-1214 or contact us online today!

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March 4, 2015

Ask An Attorney Day is Friday, March 6

Posted By: Ward Black Law

statewide service dayThe North Carolina Bar Association has declared its annual “Statewide Service Day” to provide pro bono services on Friday, March 6, 2015. It will include statewide “ask an attorney” phone numbers at which North Carolina lawyers will provide legal information for free for one day. The day will be highly promoted as a community service, and will hopefully serve as a stepping stone towards getting more attorneys to become pro bono volunteers.  Our very own Janet Ward Black and Afi Johnson-Parris will be participating.

This service, promoted as “Ask an Attorney Day” allows any North Carolinian to call a toll free number between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. that day to receive free legal advice from attorneys from all areas of practice who are set up at several call centers across the state.

The North Carolina Bar Association continues to embrace the “4ALL” campaign initiated under the presidency of Janet Ward Black in 2008, setting a formula through which the NCBA commits to making legal services available to all North Carolinians, focusing on those at or below the poverty level.  The slogan is an updated twist on the Pledge of Allegiance, “one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

For more information, please visit the North Carolina Bar Association’s website.

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