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Rick Shapiro

The NFL Replacement Referees and Injury Law

Now that the NFL replacement ref fiasco is finally over, we can take a moment to reflect on the greater issue of player safety that underlined the debate between the regular referees and…

Randy Appleton

Overcrowded and Understaffed… what to do about the incarcerated mentally ill?

Overcrowded correctional facilities are a serious criminal justice issue that many states in our country faced. And, in times of sharp budget cuts that involve closing facilities, laying off…

Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro

The U.S. Coastguard: Promoting Boating Safety and Helping In a Disaster

The United States Coast Guard, a military branch of the armed forces under the Department of Homeland Security, is comprised of nearly 42,000 men and women on active duty and carries out a variety…

Randy Appleton

Common Causes of Amputation Injuries and Your Rights

An amputation injury occurs when a limb is severed from the body. Amputation can affect the upper or lower extremities, and refers to all or part of the limb. Almost 1.7 million people are living…

Rick Shapiro

Injuries in the Workplace are Often Swept Under the Rug

For some reason work related injuries are somehow disregarded and not given enough legal attention and there are many logical reasons for this. More than likely it is because workers and /or…

Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro

New Whistle Blower Law Protects Railroad Workers From Retaliation


49 U.S.C. §20109 was enacted in 2007 to address railroad company pressure on employees not to report safety problems and injuries. This whistle blower…

Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro

Do North Carolina (NC) Railroad Workers Who Get Hurt on the Job Get Workers’ Compensation?

No. The employees of the major railroads in North Carolina like Norfolk Southern (NS), CSXT, and Amtrak do not get workers’ compensation if they are injured during their work but instead have…

Jim Lewis

Revisiting the Slim Jim Plant Explosion; Southern Industrial Constructors Investigated As Possible Culprit

Under closer investigation Southern Industrial Constructors has been sued by two workers injured in a deadly explosion at a Slim Jim plant in North Carolina. The company insists it does…

Jim Lewis

At Least Two Dead in ConAgra’s Slim Jim Plant Explosion in Garner, North Carolina (N.C.)

Authorities have found the bodies of two people in the rubble of a Garner, North Carolina (N.C.) Slim Jim meat products plant that was jolted by an explosion.
Local Police Sgt. Joe Binns…

Shannon Weidemann

New York Governor to Fight Against Worker Misclassification

After a report was published by Cornell University saying approximately 704,000 workers in New York are misclassified as independent contractors, Governor Spitzer has promised to focus on identifiying and classifying workers correctly. The state loses out on unemployment insurance taxes and workers’ compensation premiums. Workers miss out on benefits and sometimes earning even minimum wage. …