March 13, 2017

Diagnosed with Mesothelioma? 3 Critical Next Steps

Posted By: Ward Black Law

When a doctor confirms the diagnosis is mesothelioma, life can feel like a blur. Even if the patient and family have suspected this disease based on asbestos exposure in previous years, the result is overwhelming.

While the outlook may seem scary, there are several steps families can take to regain a sense of control. The initial period of time following the diagnosis is crucial for developing a plan to combat the effects of this disease. Consider starting with these three steps.

Find Experienced Medical Support
Chances are, you’ve seen many doctors on the road to diagnosis. From a primary care provider to imaging specialists, there’s a lot of care required for mesothelioma patients. Now that you’ve been officially diagnosed, it is time to find a specialist whom you trust. With an expert overseeing your care, you and your family can rest assured that you are receiving the best possible treatment. Many patients also need a specialist to support their mental and/or spiritual health. Finding a counselor early to discuss what you are going through and concerns about the future can drastically improve your quality of life.

Learn About Your Treatment Options
Depending on your cancer’s stage, there are treatment options available for mesothelioma. While a good care provider will educate you on your options, self-education is also wise. Learn everything there is to know about your disease and the therapies available. Ask questions about the treatment that is recommended to you and know how it will affect your overall health before beginning. This will help you prepare mentally and physically for what’s to come.

Know Your Legal & Financial Rights
You have probably already realized that it is very costly to treat mesothelioma. Most patients undergo surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or other therapies that require care in a hospital setting. Those who are still working often have to quit their jobs, leaving them without income in an expensive season. This is where an experienced mesothelioma attorney comes in. If your disease is a direct result of asbestos exposure, your lawyer can educate you on your legal rights, financial compensation, and how quickly you can get help.

Contact Ward Black Law
Whether you are the patient or a loved one, Ward Black Law can work with you to help recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and drug costs. We’ve successfully represented over a thousand people with asbestos-related diseases, as well as their families, and would like to offer you a free and confidential consultation. Call or text us today at 336-333-2244 or toll-free at 1-877-256-1214.


February 16, 2017

Winter Car Wrecks — Know How to React

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Most people are aware that winter storms are dangerous. What they don’t realize is it’s not frostbite and hypothermia you have to worry about most; automobile accidents are the leading cause of death from winter storms.

When cold temperatures arrive and snow or ice threaten to cover the roads, it is best not to risk travel unless absolutely necessary. Still, accidents are inevitable, and often, they are the result of another driver’s negligence. Read More


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November 11, 2016

Relocation of a Parent: Minimizing the Effects on Children

Posted By: Ward Black Law

The end of a relationship can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. For many individuals, starting over means moving. Whether it be for a new job, to live closer to family, or simply in the name of a new beginning, relocation is fairly common after a relationship has ended.

Unfortunately, when children are involved, relocation presents some challenges. Moving to a new neighborhood within the same city is typically not a problem; however, when looking to leave the area or move to a new state, child custody laws come into play. Read More


Categories: Blog, Family Law

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October 17, 2016

The Flu Vaccine: Rare but Serious Side Effects

Posted By: Ward Black Law

When cooler weather sets in and the leaves change from green to red, orange, and gold, thousands of us flock to our medical providers to get the annual flu vaccine.

While the vaccine is largely effective in preventing or minimizing cases of the flu virus, and while most individuals don’t experience any negative effects as a result of getting the shot, it’s important to educate yourself about the rare but serious side effects the vaccine can cause. Read More


Categories: Blog, Vaccine Injury

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September 27, 2016

Fluoroquinolones: Serious Side Effects May Put You in Need of a Lawyer

Posted By: Ward Black Law

For years a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones have been prescribed to patients suffering from infections such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Respiratory Tract Infections
  • And Other Similar Issues

However, these powerful antibiotics are now known to cause very serious side effects, like aortic aneurysms, which can result in hospitalization and even death. Read More


August 4, 2016

Brain Injuries and Fighting for Justice

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Your brain is amazing. It houses your memories, helps you make quick decisions in trying situations, drives your creativity, and is uniquely yours. No other brain functions the way yours does. It makes you who you are.

So, what happens once your powerhouse, the largest organ in your body, is compromised due to a car accident or another traumatic event? Read More


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July 25, 2016

Meet Our Team: Workers’ Compensation Attorney Camille Payton

Posted By: Ward Black Law

0001_D3H_9106_FEWhile Camille Payton’s job title may be workers’ compensation attorney, she considers herself an advocate — a knowledgeable and powerful voice for those who have been hurt in workplaces across North Carolina.

From representing hundreds of clients to co-authoring the Workers’ Compensation Forms Manual, her skills are a culmination of a 23-year career, taking up the cases of injured people in their time of need. Read More


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July 19, 2016

The Hidden Dangers of Service: Mesothelioma and the Military

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Serving in the armed forces comes with substantial risk — even decades after retirement. Thousands of veterans have developed mesothelioma as a result of their asbestos exposure in the military, and millions more still face this threat. If you served your country in the Navy, Coast Guard, Army, Marines, or Air Force between the 1930s and 1980s, don’t ignore the early warning signs of this deadly disease. Read More


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