September 19, 2019

Juul and the Vaping Health Crisis

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

TIME just released an article addressing the vaping epidemic in young adults, driven predominantly by the e-cigarette company, Juul.

Juul created and marketed the e-cigarettes to attract the teenage population while misrepresenting the dangers of their products.  Now many are suffering physically as a result of vaping.

Read more of the article by TIME.

If you know a young adult that has physically suffered from the use of vaping products, we want to help. Call or text us to get your questions answered at no charge.

Photographs by Jamie Chung for TIME

Categories: Dangerous Products

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September 27, 2018

How Much Does a Divorce Really Cost in North Carolina?

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

You may have heard that getting divorced will cost you a pretty penny.

Surprisingly, the divorce itself is fairly affordable, but many of the issues that must be resolved for divorcing couples (like property, finances, and children) can bring added expense.

While it may be tempting to follow a low-cost “do-it-yourself-divorce” plan, this could end up hurting you in the long run, particularly if you and your spouse are not on the same page or able to work well together. Read More

Categories: Blog, Family Law

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June 20, 2017

Six Questions for Mesothelioma Victims

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Nothing can change your life quite as quickly as cancer. When the diagnosis is mesothelioma, many questions arise.

Since this disease is tied so closely to asbestos exposure, patients wonder, could this have been prevented? Do I need a lawyer? Can I even get financial help at this point?

These are all smart questions to ask. While you may be preoccupied with questions related to your medical treatment, here are a few questions to consider from a legal standpoint. Read More

June 7, 2017

Meet Our Team: Janet Ward Black on Mesothelioma and other Asbestos Disease Patients

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Over her career, Janet Ward Black has assisted clients with many different case types, but she finds representing mesothelioma and other asbestos disease victims particularly rewarding. With 28 years of experience in asbestos litigation, she has helped hundreds of men and women find peace of mind through a very challenging season.

Representing Families Affected By Asbestos Diseases
When a family contacts Ward Black Law after their loved one’s mesothelioma diagnosis, Janet Ward begins with a thorough investigation into their employment history.

“Our firm has represented over 1,000 people with asbestos disease,” she explains. “Many of them worked in power plants, manufacturing companies, construction, or the military, and based on experience we can often easily determine the types of asbestos exposure throughout their lives.”

From the first contact to the conclusion of the case, the process generally takes a number of months. Janet Ward and the team at Ward Black Law have successfully won compensation for every mesothelioma victim they have represented over the past 28 years.

“There are multiple opportunities for recovery that we can pursue,” Janet Ward states. We want to pursue every source of financial recovery, settlements, and other compensation for our clients.

These opportunities range from worker’s compensation claims, which can cover lost wages and medical expenses, to compensation from manufacturers and distributors of asbestos products.

In many cases, the client is undergoing extensive medical treatments and facing a large amount of financial, physical and emotional strain. Janet Ward and her team work closely with the family, allowing the patient to focus on his or her treatment.

What Makes a Good Mesothelioma Attorney?
When advocating for a person with mesothelioma, experience in asbestos claims is absolutely critical. Janet Ward explains, “With this case type, there is an extremely large learning curve; fewer than five firms in North Carolina handle asbestos cases.”

“With 28 years of handling asbestos disease claims in our area, we know how valuable financial resources can be for those affected. Asbestos diseases are expensive to treat. We do all we can to ease that burden for clients and their families.”

From her perspective, families facing asbestos disease need an attorney with a reputation for honesty, a strong track record of experience in asbestos claims, and a willingness to do everything possible to get compensation from every source available for the family.

“This is more than a job for me,” she says. “We are helping good, hardworking men and women get peace of mind from worry about their medical bills and their families.”

Janet Ward recalls one specific case where she represented a man with mesothelioma who left behind a wife and two small children.  

“Not only was his wife provided for, and his medical bills and funeral bills paid, both his children received a trust fund to provide for them throughout their lives,” she says. “This is why I do what I do; we want to make a difference.”

Schedule a Consultation with Janet Ward Black
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another health problem from asbestos exposure? Ward Black Law has the experience and resources to walk with you through this process. With a track record of compassionate client service, we will serve as your voice.

Call or text us today at (336) 333-2244, or toll-free at 1-877-256-1214, or by email. We will be glad to answer your questions at no charge.

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

Categories: Blog

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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

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