September 3, 2015

NBC News: Medical Device to prevent blood clots associated with 27 deaths.

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A device that was supposed to save lives proves almost fatal to Dodi Froehlich.  Find out more by watching NBC’s video.

Interior Vena Cava filters (IVC) devices have been the cause of numerous injuries.  Recipients of IVC filters may be at risk for serious injuries due to faulty filters which have punctured veins, fractured and migrated to cause other medical problems.  At least 27 deaths have been linked to faulty IVC filters.  Three brands in particular have been sighted by the FDA, these are The Bard Recovery filter, The Bard G2 filter and the Bard G2 Express filter.  The FDA has also reported 70 filter perforations, 328 device migrations, 56 filter fractures and 146 embolizations. 

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries that you believe are related to a defective Vena Cava Filter please contact Ward Black Law.


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September 1, 2015

September Anniversaries at Ward Black Law!

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September is an exciting month here at Ward Black Law. We have three employees who will celebrate milestone anniversaries with our firm.

On September 11, our Workers’ Compensation attorney, Camille Payton, will celebrate her 15th year with WBL.

On September 13, Kathie Lineberry will celebrate 20 years at our firm. She is a paralegal in our Dangerous Drugs & Products practice area.

On September 25, our Office Manager, Wendy Campbell, will celebrate her 20th anniversary at WBL.

We are so blessed to work with and serve our clients with these wonderful women! Happy Anniversary!


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August 28, 2015

Are you willing to save someone’s life?

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Are you willing to save someone’s life?
By Janet Ward Black
jwblack@wardblacklaw.com

At our September bar meeting, you’ll get an opportunity to offer to do just that!

Senior Superior Court Judge Carl Fox of Chapel Hill is suffering from blood cancer. His best chance to live is a bone marrow transplant.

Lawyers, staff, court personnel, and other good people from across North Carolina have been swabbing their cheeks to “Save the Fox,” registering to see if they are a match for Judge Fox or others with blood cancers. Each year, more than 24,000 children and adults in the U.S. need bone marrow to treat their cancer, such as leukemia and lymphoma. Only about 30% of blood cancer patients have a family member who is a match. About 70% have to look to volunteers, like us, for a match.

Three minutes, at most, is all it takes to register– a cotton swab to your cheeks and a simple form. Even if you aren’t a match for Judge Fox, you might be the one who can save another person’s life.

Judge Fox was the first African-American District Attorney in North Carolina. Since 2005, he has been the Senior Superior Court Judge in Orange County.

Over 75 percent of bone marrow transplants these days require only a blood donation from the matching donor, who remains anonymous. Find out more at www.deletebloodcancer.org .

Can you qualify to swab? Yes, as long as you are in good health and between 18 and 55 years of age.

Members of the Health Committee of the GBA will be in the foyer of the Empire Room from 10 to 2 on the day of our lunch meeting, Thursday, September 17th. Please come and bring friends, family and coworkers to register. You could be the one to “Save the Fox.”

Contact Health Committee Chair Martha Peddrick (jpeddrick@jplegal.net) for more information or to arrange a swabbing event at your firm or other locale.


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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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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.
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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 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

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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

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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.


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