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  • Rule 414: Evidence of Medical Expenses
    Rule 414: Evidence of Medical Expenses "Paid versus Incurred"

    Effective October 1, 2011 and applying to all actions occurring after that date, Rule 414 the North Carolina Evidence Code limits evidence offered to prove past medical expenses to evidence of the ...

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  • Top Five Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring an Attorney
    Top Five Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring an Attorney

    Most people don’t look for a lawyer until they need a lawyer. Unexpected events such as automobile accidents, on-the-job accidents or other injuries lead many people to seek out the best attorney they ...

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  • North Carolina's Limits on NoneconomicDamages in Medical Malpractice Cases
    North Carolina's Limits on NoneconomicDamages in Medical Malpractice Cases

    North Carolina Gen. Statute 90-21.19, effective October 1, 2011 and applying to causes of action arising after that date, limits “noneconomic damages” in medical malpractice cases to $500,000. The ...

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  • Am I entitled to a rental car following an accident?
    Am I entitled to a rental car following an accident?

    After a vehicle accident , a rental car may be provided in one of two ways. First, once a liability insurance carrier for an at-fault driver has accepted liability, they are responsible for paying the ...

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  • New Changes to § 6-21.1 Attorneys Fees in the
    New Changes to § 6-21.1 Attorneys Fees in the "Small Case"

    As part of a broader package of tort reforms passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, the legislature has modified North Carolina Gen. Statute § 6-21.1. The statute grants authority to a ...

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  • What is Contributory Negligence?
    What is Contributory Negligence?

    Contributory negligence is a common law doctrine that may be used as a defense against a claim of negligence. Under the doctrine of contributory negligence, if a plaintiff is at fault by any degree in ...

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