July 6, 2015

Busted Bumper? 5 Things You Need to Know About Property Damage Claims

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Car Accident with property damageInsurance companies, rental cars, depreciation value – Oh my!

Settling a property damage claim after a car accident can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience. Far too often, the other party’s insurance company is less than timely or cooperative, leaving you in a guessing game and uncertain financial situation. Property damage claims can often be handled on your own, but should any complications arise, you may need some extra guidance along the way.

Read on for 5 helpful tips to help you navigate the claims process in North Carolina.


July 2, 2015

Injured In A Car Accident? Take the Next Steps

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iStock_000030702694_Small copyEach year, millions of people are injured in car accidents. Some are life changing, however even minor collisions can have lasting consequences. Many times, physical suffering is compounded by lost wages, medical costs and a lingering property damage claim. But the good news is, there are steps that can be taken to prevent a rocky financial future.

With decades of personal injury experience, the attorneys at Ward Black Law in Greensboro, N.C., are devoted to helping the you react properly in the event of a crash.


June 22, 2015

2015 National High School Mock Trial Championship

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Pictured: 2015 Mock Trial Champions from Duchesne Academy Photo courtesy of the National High School Mock Trial Championship

Ward Black Law was thrilled to be a part of the 2015 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Raleigh, NC. As a “Justice League” sponsor, we saw 46 teams compete for the title of national champion right here in our home state.

Bright students came from high schools across the country, both public and private, to compete in this prestigious event.Teams competed at the state level in the fall of 2014, preparing to present and argue both sides of a court case. Participants also had the opportunity to hear from the Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, who served as the event’s keynote speaker.


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June 16, 2015

Flu Vaccine Injury Client Receives Six-Figure Award

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Ward Black Law is pleased to announce that compensation has been awarded to a North Carolina vaccine injury client. After receiving a flu vaccine, the client developed Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, also known as ADEM. This devastating neurological disease has caused her to endure numerous health issues and lasting disabilities. She will receive a lump sum of $237,500 for these damages from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.


June 3, 2015

Ward Black Law’s Afi Johnson-Parris Elected Greensboro Bar Association President for 2015-2016

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Afi LargeWard Black Law is pleased to announce that our very own Afi Johnson-Parris has been elected President of the Greensboro Bar Association (GBA) for the 2015-2016 term. The GBA has more than 800 members. As a long-time member of the Association, she has served in many capacities, including newsletter editor, board member, and chair of the Legal Aid Fundraiser committee. Johnson-Parris gladly accepted the nomination of the GBA nominating committee (comprised of past presidents and other members) for president-elect last April. Her term as president begins on June 1, 2015.

A native of Newport News, Va., Johnson-Parris moved to Greensboro with her husband and two children in 2006. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a published member of its Law Review. Ms. Johnson-Parris attended the University of Miami on a ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1994 with a BBA in Computer Information Systems.  Before law school, Johnson-Parris served her country as an officer in the Air Force and earned an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix – Southern Colorado Campus. She is now a board-certified family law attorney with additional focus in veterans disability.

On stepping into the office of GBA president, Johnson-Parris reflects, “It is such an honor to lead in this capacity. I’ll be working to provide meaningful membership for Greensboro lawyers and programs that encourage them to be their best.”

The GBA exists to promote excellence in the legal profession. Through monthly meetings, members are provided a forum for collaboration, fostering collegiality among the city’s lawyers and promoting the administration of justice. Johnson-Parris will plan and preside over the monthly meetings and coordinate community projects through the GBA committees.

“It is my job to make sure the meetings offer relevant speakers, as well as an opportunity for attorneys to fellowship,” she said. “I hope to send members back to their practices refreshed, informed, and ready to play an active role in the community.”

The association gives back to the Greensboro community through service projects such as building Habitat for Humanity homes, donating books to local school children, cleaning up parks, feeding the hungry and more.

“I expect to continue and expand upon this service during my tenure, reaching even more people than we have in years past,” Johnson-Parris stated.  

As president of the GBA, Johnson-Parris will actually serve in three leadership positions. She will be president of the GBA Foundation, the Association’s charitable arm, and the 18th Judicial District Bar, which covers all lawyers in Guilford County as an entity of the North Carolina state bar. Whenever there is a vacancy for a judicial seat, 18th Judicial District members meet with possible candidates and vote to select the top candidates whose names are then recommended to the Governor for selection. Because the public does not vote for judicial appointments, it is a responsibility that Johnson-Parris will not take lightly.

Johnson-Parris says her largest focus areas for 2015-2016 will be community impact and member engagement. She is excited to adopt a signature pro bono project for the GBA to assist individuals in obtaining expunctions of criminal records and she plans to expand the GBA day of service. This event sends member-volunteers to different community agencies to complete service projects in a day.

“We have the opportunity to positively impact our community as a whole,” she stated. “Through my presidency, I hope to help our members celebrate the privilege we have to practice and serve.”


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May 4, 2015

Is Your Diabetes Medicine Helping or Hurting? What You Need to Know About Actos

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Bladder Cancer from a Diabetes Medicine?

A survey conducted by the American Diabetes Association estimated that, in the U.S. alone, 25 million people have diabetes and 95 percent of those diagnosed have Type 2 diabetes. Actos, also known as pioglitazone hydrochloride, is considered one of the most effective treatment options for this disease. Released in 1999 by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly & Co., Actos works by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin. But while effective in treating the symptoms of diabetes, concerns have risen over the drug’s long-term safety.

The FDA issued a drug safety alert about Actos in 2011, warning that the use of the drug for more than one year could result in an increased risk of bladder cancer. Due to this risk, Actos was suspended in France by 2012. Canada’s drug safety agency also released a report that found patients taking Actos have more than two times the risk of bladder cancer than those who are not taking this potentially hazardous drug. An estimated 4,000 Actos lawsuits are active in the U.S.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Co. has been accused of knowing that Actos could lead to bladder cancer before the drug’s release and for not disclosing this information on its packaging. Revised drug labels now indicate that the use of Actos for over one year does in fact raise the patient’s likelihood of developing bladder cancer.

Am I eligible for compensation from my use of Actos?

If you have bladder cancer and used Actos, contact an attorney experienced in drug claims to see if you might be eligible for recovery of lost wages, medical bills, and other losses. There are time limits on most claims for injury and they vary by state, so don’t delay if you have already been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Some other serious side effects of Actos include tooth and limb pain, congestive heart failure, low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, urinary tract infection, dizziness, and allergic reactions such as skin rashes or hives. For a more in-depth list of Actos side effects, click here.

Don’t Wait – Call Today!

With 20 years of experience helping North Carolina residents pursue claims, Ward Black Law understands the complexities of medical litigation and can provide sound advice with your full recovery in mind. Whether you live in N.C. or across the country, our dedicated team can help you understand your rights. Call us toll free at 877-256-1214 or contact us today.

 


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April 28, 2015

Ward Black Law’s Camille Payton Named UNCG Friends of the Libraries Chair

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April 28, 2015

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

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

Ward Black Law’s Camille Payton Named

UNCG Friends of the Libraries Chair

 

GREENSBORO, NC –  S. Camille Payton, an attorney with Ward Black Law, was announced as the new Board Chair of Friends of the Libraries at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNCG) on April 15, 2015. After serving on the Board since 2011, she was nominated by her peers to lead the group for the 2015-16 academic year.

Payton is a shareholder of Ward Black Law, a 33-person firm located in Greensboro, N.C. She focuses on workers’ compensation and personal injury litigation. Ward Black Law’s other practice areas include dangerous products litigation, divorce/family law, social security disability, and veterans disability.

Before joining Ward Black Law, Payton was a reporter and copy editor in New York at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. She went on to receive her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993. Since then, Payton has gained extensive trial experience. She has also chaired the Workers’ Compensation section of the North Carolina Bar Association (2010-2011), and authored the North Carolina Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Forms Manual.

“In addition to practicing law, I am passionate about reading and writing,” Payton said. “I have always had a natural love of libraries and books.”

Payton will leverage these passions in advocacy for UNCG and the community at large. In her new position, she will organize meetings, prompt brainstorming for library improvements and help execute ideas with partners in the community. Payton explained that projects could range from grounds beautification to adding new academic resources for students and alumni.

“Even in the digital age, libraries serve a huge purpose,” she expressed. “The needs often exceed what a university’s budget will allow, but that’s where the Friends come in – to rally support from the community and help bridge that gap.”

To learn more about Camille Payton, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.

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April 27, 2015

Ward Black Law Earns Fifth Year on Best Law Firms List

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April 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

Ward Black Law Earns Fifth Year on Best Law Firms List

Greensboro Firm Selected as 2015 Best in Personal Injury Litigation

GREENSBORO, NC – For the fifth consecutive year, Ward Black Law was named one of the “Best Law Firms” for personal injury litigation. This prestigious award, given by US News & World Report’s Best Lawyers®, is based on a comprehensive evaluation process and peer reviews.

Ward Black Law is a 33-person firm located in Greensboro, N.C. In addition to personal injury, their practice areas include dangerous products litigation, divorce/family law, social security disability, veterans disability and workers’ compensation. Led by attorney Janet Ward Black, Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in the state.

“Our legal team is made up of highly-skilled men and women with years of experience in their areas of expertise,” Black explained. “To be recognized by our peers for the past five years is extremely rewarding.”

Peer attorneys voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm and if they consider a firm a worthy competitor.

“We hope this honor reflects more than our education, skill and experience” Black stated. “It is our greater purpose to make a difference in peoples’ lives – that is how we truly define success.”

To learn more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.

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March 30, 2015

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

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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

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UntitledPRESS RELEASE

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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