March 16, 2015

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

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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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January 26, 2015

Benzene Exposure in North Carolina: The Shocking Truth

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Though benzene is one of the top 20 chemicals produced in our country, it is not often heard of or discussed. What most people do not realize is that this common chemical solvent has been linked to blood cancers such as leukemia and other devastating health effects. After being exposed to benzene at workplaces in North Carolina and across the country, people want to take action for the dangers they unknowingly faced. At Ward Black Law, we come alongside these individuals, serving as a powerful voice for their rights.

November 25, 2014

Give a Little Christmas Cheer: Ward Black Law’s 7th Annual “Toys For Tots” Drive

Posted By: Ward Black Law

It’s almost that time of year again- Jack Frost is starting to nip at our noses, Christmas tree stands are popping up and everywhere you look there are miles of decorations. Christmas is officially around the corner. While that statement might bring a twinkle to your eye and some items to your shopping list, the sad reality is that approximately 16.4 million American children are currently living in poverty.

Lending A Helping Hand

This Christmas, Ward Black Law would like to announce their continued partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to sponsor the seventh annual “Toys For Tots” drive in the Greensboro, N.C., community. “Toys For Tots” is an organization whose mission is to “help the less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas.” They also strive to “unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year… and contribute to better communities in the future.”

The kick-off event for the 2014 “Toys For Tots” drive will be held on December 5th in front of the Ward Black Law offices from 7am to 6pm and is open to anyone who would like to donate to this worthy cause. Just bring new, unwrapped toys for children from infants to 12-year-olds to one our donation sites before December 15th.

Monetary gifts to “Toys For Tots” are also appreciated, but not required.  Donated toys will be delivered to needy children in the Triad area by volunteer Marines before Christmas Day.

Come Celebrate With Us!

Please see the flyer below for specific event details or call (336) 333-2244 for more information. We hope to bring some cheer to the less fortunate in the Triad area this Christmas and hope you will join us!

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November 14, 2014

Defective Hip Implant? What the Stryker Settlement Means For You

Posted By: Ward Black Law

An estimated 300,000 people undergo hip replacement surgery annually. If you are among this population, you likely know that some major implant systems have been recalled over recent years. In 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics recalled their Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems after the products suffered a very high failure rate. Due to metal-on-metal corrosion, patients can experience swelling, pain, tissue damage, metal poisoning, bone deterioration and other devastating health issues. The Stryker company stopped sales and production immediately, but – for many patients – it was too late, and costly revision surgery was the only option.

September 25, 2014

Mesothelioma Awareness Day: September 26, 2014

Posted By: Ward Black Law

In 2004, Mesothelioma Day was established to raise awareness about one of the most deadly and unrecognized forms of cancer. Over the past ten years, organizations have joined together to shed light on the devastating effects, and to raise money for life-saving treatments. As we approach Mesothelioma Day 2014, Ward Black Law and organizations all over the world hope to get people talking about this rare cancer. The lawyers of Ward Black Law have represented victims of asbestos exposure, including Mesothelioma for 25 years.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma, caused solely by exposure to asbestos, develops in the thin cell layer that lines the body’s internal organs. Currently, there are three recognized forms of Mesothelioma: pleural, peritoneal and pericardial. Each affects different organ linings from the heart to the lungs, with pleural mesothelioma being the most common form. Diagnosis is difficult and often delayed since the disease can lay dormant for years before causing symptoms. When symptoms do arise, they can be mistaken for other illnesses until they grow to be more severe. Common symptoms include lower back, side and chest pain, discomfort, breathlessness, difficulty swallowing, persistent coughing, fever, weight loss and fatigue.

Do You Know Someone at Risk?

Many people at risk are unaware of potential symptoms of mesothelioma. People who are most at risk include miners, construction workers working with asbestos products, military veterans, 9/11 first responders and any spouse or family member in consistent contact with someone working in with asbestos-laden areas. Although no cure exists, treatment options are being developed to help prolong the lives of patients. As Mesothelioma Day continues to grow, more people are becoming aware of the harsh realities associated with the disease, and many are helping raise money for treatments.

You Can Make a Difference

Ward Black Law invites you to join us in recognizing Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26, 2014, we hope to help spread the word and make a difference in the treatment and cure of this disease. You can learn more here.

If you have been exposed to asbestos or have a loved one who was exposed to asbestos, we can review your case, explain your rights and discuss any compensation to which you may be entitled. The initial case review is always free, so contact us today at (336) 333-2244, toll-free at 1 (877) 256-1214 or by email

August 16, 2014

The Dangers of DTaP – What You Need To Know

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Have you been injured by the commonly administered DTaP or Tdap vaccine? Perhaps a loved one had severe side effects after receiving the shot, and as a result suffered prolonged pain or illness. If you are wondering what assistance might be available, you’ve come to the right place. The DTaP vaccine lawyers at Ward Black Law have everything you need to know about your rights to a lawsuit, as well as compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. Read on to learn more about the dangers of the DTaP vaccine:

August 13, 2014

Injured? Try Our Book, “A Cup of Coffee…”

Posted By: Ward Black Law

2After a serious accident, wouldn’t it be nice to sit down and have a casual conversation with one of the nation’s top personal injury attorneys? Ward Black Law has good news: you practically can! Just last month, Rutherford Publishing House released “A Cup of Coffee With 10 of the Top Personal Injury Attorneys in the United States.” This incredible resource was co-authored by our very own managing attorney, Janet Ward Black.

Valuable Content – A Worthy Cause

“A Cup of Coffee With 10 of the Top Personal Injury Attorneys in the United States” offers useful and relevant information about what happens after you are in a serious accident – from filing a claim to dealing with insurance companies. After more than 20 years in this practice area, Janet Ward has deep knowledge of the entire recovery process. The insights she shares in this book prove valuable for the clients we serve daily…and now they are being shared with people across the world! What’s more, all sales will benefit Kiwanis International, a renowned charity that supports children’s services both nationally and internationally. Giving back in a tangible way has always been important to Ward Black Law, especially when families and children can benefit from our success.

Check It Out

Have a look at “A Cup of Coffee With 10 of the Top Personal Injury Attorneys in the United States” on Amazon. Here, you can flip through pages from Janet Ward’s chapter, as well as the introduction and snippets from other collaborating attorneys. And, if you are a victim of an accident that occurred due to negligence of another party, you may want to order a copy or contact us today. Insurance companies do not always have your best interests at heart, but our attorneys can serve as a powerful voice, ensuring you are fully compensated for your recovery. We look forward to serving you, and we hope you enjoy “A Cup of Coffee With 10 of the Top Personal Injury Attorneys in the United States.”

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August 12, 2014

Misdiagnosed? 4 Things to Know About Medical Negligence

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Misdiagnosis - Ward Black LawWhen you experience alarming medical symptoms, you trust your doctor to quickly and correctly assess the cause. If your primary healthcare provider is unable to diagnose the issue, he or she should consult a specialist for further testing. Sometimes, along the way, doctors provide the wrong diagnosis, or fail to diagnose the issue altogether. Have you or a loved one been misdiagnosed, leading to delayed treatment for cancer or another serious illness? Many of today’s medical malpractice and medical negligence lawsuits arise from misdiagnosis. The experienced attorneys at Ward Black Law in Greensboro, N.C., are equipped to handle such cases, providing justice for individuals and families who have suffered the devastating consequences of inadequate medical treatment.

If you believe you have been a victim of misdiagnosis, here are four important things to know.

August 11, 2014

Recalled Hip Implant: Who do I trust for legal advice?

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Ward Black Law - Hip Implant RecallThe attorneys at Ward Black Law are representing an increasing number of individuals with recalled hip implants, especially the DePuy ASR® hip. Two products from DePuy Orthopaedics, the ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement and ASR Hip Resurfacing System, have caused a great deal of pain and suffering. Are you or a loved one among this population? If so, you have probably sought out your doctor’s opinion on pain management and revision surgery. While it is important to understand your options for medical treatment, it is equally valuable to know your legal rights. Doctors are qualified to address your physical needs, but only a dangerous products attorney should provide information on your rights to a lawsuit. Additionally, an attorney can discuss any compensation you deserve for lost wages, pain, suffering and expensive medical treatment.

If you are among the thousands suffering with a hip implant manufactured by DePuy®, Wright Medical®, Stryker Rejuvenate®, Biomet® or Zimmer Kinectiv®, it is crucial that you seek qualified legal assistance as soon as possible. The attorneys at Ward Black Law are experienced in this practice area and eager to share more about your rights. Here is some of what you need to know:

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