Deposition Rules in North Carolina Worker Injury Cases

Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 2:00 pm    

North Carolina has many laws that govern depositions in worker’s compensation cases.  Under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, the Commissioner of the North Carolina Industrial Commission can order the deposition of any witness including the claimant or the claimant’s doctor.

Section 97-80 of the act states that the Commission can order that testimony be taken on application of any party to the case. The application should state why the evidence is material, whether the witness is in North Carolina or outside of North Carolina and the costs involved. (more…)

Medical Non-Compliance

Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2015 at 2:35 pm    

In addition to using a nurse case manager and a vocational rehabilitation counselor to try to terminate your workers’ compensation benefits, there are other indirect tricks the insurance carrier for the employer will try.


Quick Update: Contributory Negligence

Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 7:00 am    

This short video lets you know the dangers of contributory negligence and how it can affect your personal injury case, particularly in auto accidents.  If you’ve been hurt in an accident, don’t put yourself at risk for getting anything less than Strong Justice.  Call attorney Joe Miller, today, (888) 694-1671.

Lexus cars recalled for flammable risk

Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 4:21 pm    

A faulty gasket sealing in some older Lexus models that may lead to a fire-causing fuel leak has prompted Toyota to recall 423,000 cars in the U.S., USA Today reported on October 15.

The affected models are 2007-2010 LS Sedan, 2006-2011 GS Sedan, 2006-2011 IS Compact, 2010 IS C, and 2008-2010 IS-F. According to Toyota, fuel pipes in the engine compartment are coated with plating to avoid corrosion. The concern is that particles from the plating could transfer to the gasket, where there is a fuel pressure sensor. A weakened gasket sealing may result in fuel leakage within the hot engine, making the car prone to catching on fire.

Toyota is currently unaware of any accidents, injuries, and deaths associated with this issue.

If you have been hurt in an accident due to a motor vehicle defect in Norfolk, a lawyer at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., might be able to help you file a lawsuit against the manufacturer involved. To learn the possibility of such action, call us at (888) 694-1671 today.

Suspect escaped after police chase

Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 1:46 pm    

Police are still looking for a suspect who led a chase for authorities before hitting several vehicles and fleeing the scene, according to an October 5th report from WAVY News.

The suspect was reported to have been driving a silver Honda when an officer tried to pull him over initially for license plates that appeared to be altered. The suspect then hit the officer’s vehicle and raced away. The officer followed the suspect, but the suspect managed to elude him. Soon after, the silver Honda was found in a strip mall parking lot. It had collided with two other vehicles, a jet ski trailer, and a fence. Authorities continue to search for the hit and run perpetrator.

Being victimized in a car accident is extremely serious and can leave you with damage to your vehicle as well as your person. Fortunately, Norfolk residents might have options for recovering financial compensation if this happens to them. Talk with an experienced personal injury attorney at Joe Miller Law, Ltd., to learn more about your options.

Woman faces charges for violent altercation

Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 2:20 pm    

The Register-Herald reported on October 2nd that Ashley C. Hopkins of Mercer County, aged 24, was arrested for charges of battery, destruction of property, assault, malicious wounding, and child neglect with risk of injury, when she allegedly used an ax handle to attack a man.

Bernard Allen Thomas III called 911 dispatch and claimed that Hopkins threatened to kill him and also that she damaged car windows. That officer was informed upon arrival that Hopkins allegedly used an ax to attack Thomas while he was en-route.

Three children were present, which accounts for the three charges of child neglect with risk for injury. Thomas suffered injuries to his head and arm, in addition to a potentially broken toe.

Bond is set for Hopkins at $75,000.

If someone has wrongly caused you or a loved one injury, then you might be able to fight for financial compensation. Contact the attorneys of Joe Miller Law, Ltd., in Norfolk to discuss your situation.

Hyundai to pay $17M over delayed vehicle recall

Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 2:28 pm    

According to a report by Tech Times on Friday, August 8, Korean automotive giant Hyundai has reached a $17.35 million settlement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over charges that the October 2013 recall of 2009 to 2012 Genesis units was not timely enough.

In 2012, Hyundai learned about the affected vehicles’ malfunctioning brake system which can easily corrode. The company failed to recall the units, and instead responded to the issue by releasing a Technical Service Bulletin instructing dealers to replace the brake fluid in the system. Hyundai started recalling the models in October 2013, after the NHTSA threatened an investigation.

As part of the settlement, the company has also agreed to put in place a more efficient process in identifying and reporting potential defects.

The failure to recall defective automobiles poses a great risk to consumers. If you believe the car accident you have been involved in was a result of a vehicle defect, our team of product liability attorneys at Joe Miller Law, Ltd. may be able to help you. Call our Norfolk office at (888) 694-1671 to learn more about your legal options.

Avon eyelash curlers recalled following reports of injury

Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 2:22 pm    

Avon has announced it is recalling eyelash curlers due to potential breaks that might injure the users by exposing a metal pin, an online report stated Wednesday, May 14.

According to the report, Avon Products Inc. is recalling almost 520,000 eyelash curlers with model number F3093441 after the company received 24 reports of breaks, 13 of which involved harm to consumers. The company urges consumers to stop using the recalled product and contact them for a refund or a product alternative.

The recalled products were sold in the U.S. and in Canada from 2007 to 2014 for around $5.

The lawyers at Joe Miller Law, Ltd. believe Norfolk residents who have been injured by a defective product should explore their options in seeking justice and compensation through a legal claim. To learn more about your eligibility to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a defective product, call us at 888-694-1671 today.