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Were you underpaid for your North Carolina vehicle total loss claim based on a market valuation report from a company called CCC?  If so, call us today.

Our lawyers are actively pursuing claims involving market valuation reports prepared by CCC and relied on by automobile insurance companies in North Carolina.  Our investigation indicates that many claims were not properly adjusted and paid by insurance companies.

If you have questions about whether you were properly paid for your totaled vehicle, we would be happy to discuss a possible claim for you.  Call 919-420-7867 and ask for attorney Michael Malone.

The situation on Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island North Carolina is still bad for thousands of vacationers and local businesses following the power outage last week.

Last week, a construction company headquartered in Canada drove a steel casing into the main electric line that provides power to Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island cutting off these two islands at a critical time of year. Thousands of vacationers have been evacuated and local businesses have also been affected.

As of today, there is no timeline on when power may be restored to both islands.  There are apparently some generators in use but the ability of these generators to supply power across both islands is unclear.

A construction company working on the new Bonner Bridge in Dare County  reportedly drove a steel casing into electric transmission cable that provides power to Hatteras and Ocracoke Island in Dare County, North Carolina.

As a result, over ten thousand people have been evacuated and numerous businesses are shut down.  The losses from this mishap by the construction company will certainly be very high both for visitors and local businesses.

The attorneys at Hendren Redwine and Malone have significant experience helping families and business for losses causes by an evacuation.  Our attorneys have served as lead counsel or co-lead counsel on similar cases in numerous jurisdictions across the United States.  If you have a question about your legal rights following this incident, please contact us today.

On Monday December 30, 2013, the residents of a small North Dakota town called Casselton were forced from their homes following a fiery train accident.  The accident, which happened around 2:30 pm, involved a BNSF Railway Co. train carrying crude oil.  According to reports, the train derailed causing multiple cars to catch fire and explode.

Casselton, a town of about 2,400 residents, underwent a precautionary evacuation that lasted into Tuesday, December 31, 2013.  Complicating matters were temperatures below zero which certainly made it difficult for the residents of Casselton.  Residents of Casselton reported that the explosions from the accident shook their homes and businesses for hours.

The derailment happened even as concerns are growing over the safety of shipping significant quantities of crude oil by rail.  Fortunately, in this accident there were not the same catastrophic effects of a similar accident in Ontario this past summer. In the Ontario accident, forty-seven people died following the derailment of a train carrying crude oil.

The law firm of Hendren & Malone is now representing numerous individuals who were wrongfully convicted in federal court of the crime of a felon in possession of a firearm.  These cases arise following the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in United States v. Simmons.  Those individuals whow were wrongfully convicted may have a claim for compensation for the time spent in prison.

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If you have had a criminal sentence vacated due to the court decision in Simmons, please contact the law firm of Hendren & Malone to see if you may have a claim for compensation.

Updated information from the United States Centers for Disease Control has indicated that at least two people in North Carolina have now been infected with fungal meningitis from contaminated epidural steroid injections.

Reports are that several North Carolina medical practices may have received the tainted medication including the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic, Eastern Regional Surgical Center in Wilson, and the High Point Surgery Center.  If you are a patient of any of these facilities, you should contact your doctor immediately.  Symptoms of fungal meningitis include headache, fever, nausea, neck stiffness, and dizziness.

The outbreak has apparent origins at the New England Compounding Center which prepared the steroids for distribution.  The company has now issued a recall for all of its products.

In a terrible story, a Baltimore, Maryland medical facility has been sued in a class action for allegedly deliberately exposing inner city black children to hazardous lead in order to measure whether efforts to control contamination were effective.  The clinic, Kennedy Krieger, is affiliated with Johns Hopkins which is a renowned medical institute.  The case has been filed as a class action.  Click here for more on this story.

On Saturday afternoon, a chemical plant in Hudson, North Carolina blew up causes an evacuation of approximately 750 nearby residents.  The plant, located in Caldwell County, North Carolina, is operated by Chemical Coatings, Inc.  It is not clear what caused the explosion.  However, it took multiple first responders several hours to control the blaze.

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If you or your family have been affected by this explosion and evacuation, call Hendren & Malone today.  The lawyers at Hendren & Malone have brought cases for evacuation related damages in multiple jurisdictions.  We were the attorneys for the residents of Apex, North Carolina who were evacuated in 2006 following an explosion at the EQ facility.  That case resulted in a $7.85 million settlement for the residents in a class action.

I recently came across this interesting story of a class action against an Indiana hospital for using an out-of-state collections agency.  Apparently, St. Vincent Indianopolis Hospital outsourced some of its collections to a Missouri based collection agency who was not licensed in Indiana.  Therefore, Michael Sargent sued and won.  He won $2,000 and the plaintiffs won a total of $31,500. 

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I recently came across this interesting settlement of a class action in Pennsylvania.  The case involved employees at several Pennsylvania hospitals.  According to the allegations of the lawsuit, the hospitals used a 14 day 80 hour pay period which was a violation of state law. 

The case settled for about $2.75 million.  Click here for the story.

If you have a question about overdue wages or failure to pay overtime, call Mike Malone at Hendren & Malone for a free consulation.

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