Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jury Verdict For The Defense In Halifax County Superior Court

I was very pleased earlier this month to win a jury verdict for my client, a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit pending in Halifax County.  The case arose out of a rear-end auto collision in which my client struck the rear of the plaintiff's vehicle at approximately 40 miles per hour.  The plaintiff was placed on a backboard by EMS and taken to the emergency room complaining of neck and back pain.  He subsequently received treatment from his family physician, physical therapists, a neurologist at Duke, a psychiatrist, an orthopaedist, and pain management specialists.  

Two years after the accident, the plaintiff was deemed to be totally disabled and was awarded Social Security Disability benefits due, in part, to his neck and back pain.  In addition to extensive medical bills, the plaintiff claimed lost wages in excess of $500,000.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hosting a Panel at NCADA Fall Conference

I'm pleased to announce that I will be hosting a panel presentation at the NCADA Fall Conference later this week.  The panel will focus on the impact that the 2011 tort reform measures have had on the practice of law in North Carolina.  The panelists will address the impact of Rule 414 (the "billed vs. paid" rule), changes to the workers compensation statute, and medical malpractice reform, including the cap on non-economic damages.  The panelists themselves have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I am really looking forward to hearing their thoughts on how tort reform has changed the litigation landscape.

The Fall Conference will be held at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro on Friday, October 4.  For more information about the Fall Conference, click here.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin Makes Strong Showing In Early Fundraising For 2016 Reelection Campaign

For North Carolina Council of State members, the race for reelection in 2016 began as soon as the election results were formally announced in November 2012.  Those reelection efforts include, of course, the need to raise campaign funds sufficient to compete on a statewide level.  Although it is early in the campaign cycle, year-end finance reports for the current Council of State members reveal some interesting results.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Upcoming Presentation to the Eastern North Carolina CPCU Society Chapter

I am very pleased to have been asked to give a presentation to the Eastern North Carolina chapter of the CPCU Society on the topic of extra-contractual claims against insurance companies.  The presentation will take place on Wednesday, February 19, and the meeting will be held at North Carolina Farm Bureau's office here in Raleigh.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

North Carolina Insurance Law Newsletter - Winter 2014

The Winter 2014 issue of the North Carolina Insurance Law newsletter is out.  Click here to check it out!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

North Carolina Court of Appeals Affirms Bost, Clarifies How UIM Carriers Apportion Their Respective Liability

When a claimant has valid claims against multiple UIM carriers as a result of the same auto accident, how do the carriers go about apportioning their respective liabilities?  That was the issue facing the North Carolina Court of Appeals in Nationwide v. Integon and State National, a case in which the trial court's summary judgment order in favor of Defendants was reversed, in a unanimous decision authored by Judge Robert N. Hunter and joined by Judges Robert C. Hunter and Ann Marie Calabria

Sunday, September 15, 2013

North Carolina Enacts Captive Insurance Legislation

On June 19, 2013, Governor Pat McCrory signed into law House Bill 473, the North Carolina Captive Insurance Act, bringing North Carolina in line with more than thirty states that already have similar captive insurance laws.  Touted as an economic development tool, the bill was supported by North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, and it was one of the few pieces of legislation during the 2013 legislative session to receive widespread support in both the House and Senate.

Legislation that receives such broad support across the political spectrum clearly has a lot going for it.  But just what is a captive insurance company?