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Rachel Mary Noorthoek Named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Attorney Rachel Noorthoek
For Immediate Release Attorney Rachel Mary Noorthoek Named to Million Dollar Advocates ForumThe Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that Attorney Rachel Mary Noorthoek of The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor in Hickory, NC has been certified as a member. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million-dollar verdicts, awards, and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993...

Julie’s Story


Julie was driving home late at night after attending an out-of-county training session for work.  Her employer sent her for the training and it was a requirement that she attend.  While driving home, a drunk driver crossed the centerline of a two-lane road and collided head-on with Julie’s vehicle.  Julie would be immediately taken to the local hospital where she would undergo hours of surgery and begin a long course of physical therapy on the road to recovery from her serious injuries.  The drunk driver would succumb to her injuries at...

Understanding Gap Insurance

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What is Gap Insurance? Gap insurance is optional insurance coverage you can purchase generally through your lienholder or car dealership when you finance the purchase or lease of your new car. We all know that the moment you drive your car off the lot, it starts to substantially lose its value. In the event that you are involved in a collision in which your car is totaled and you owe more on your car than it’s worth, gap insurance helps...

I Was Hit By Someone Who Was Texting While Driving

Distracted Driver texting while man crosses street in front of their car
We have all seen it.  You are driving along and see the car next to you with the driver looking at their phone and not paying attention to traffic. Texting and driving perhaps? They may weave from their lane of travel into yours.  You may honk your horn and snap them out of their urgent Facebook viewing or texting.  Many are not lucky enough to see in advance the carelessness going on in the car next to them or behind...

How Do I Love Thee? The Relationship Between a Lawyer and a Client.

Clients meeting with their lawyer in conference room with laptop open on the table.
 February, the season of love. With Valentine’s Day just behind us, I am sure your relationship with your lawyer was exactly what you were thinking about! All kidding aside, the relationship between a lawyer and her client is a sacred one and one that is so important it is extensively governed by the North Carolina State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct as to what you must, can and cannot do. The lawyer-client relationship is so important and revered that it has a privilege that while not absolute, is treated...

What is My Injury Case Worth?

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Usually, one of the first questions that a personal injury lawyer gets is “How much is my case worth?" The true answer is that any case is worth exactly what 12 jurors who are completely unknown to you and unknown to your lawyer would award sometime in the future after hearing some evidence of what happened to you and some evidence of how the other driver or at-fault party was negligent and, therefore, responsible for some part of your damages....

Are You Sabotaging Your Personal Injury Claim


Here are Five Ways You Could be Sabotaging Your Personal Injury Claim   Ask any personal injury attorney and they can surely tell you about cases where their client greatly reduced the value of their case by the client’s actions or inaction's.  Many injured people don’t understand the personal injury process and unintentionally do things that hurt their case.  Here are five of the most common missteps that I see in North Carolina and South Carolina personal injury cases. 1....

Death by a Drunk Driver


[caption id="attachment_3795" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Hit and Killed by a drunk driver.[/caption] JANE DOE [thinking out loud] “Wow, what a pretty day, a great day to run errands…. let’s see what’s on my list; dry cleaners, pharmacy and seafood store, grocery store and then home…. Not bad. I will have plenty of day light left for John and I to play with the dogs. Hmmm... what is that car doing, did he fall asleep, is he texting... UT OH, OH MY GOD...NO!!!!”  [Knock on the door] JOHN DOE [thinking out loud] “who could that be…an officer, what?” [door opened]...

My Precious – What have you done!


If you are like many out there, you care more about your car than your middle child, wife, husband, or significant other.  You are left staring at your damaged precious in the driveway or at the wrecking yard, and wondering what to do next.  Someone else was at fault.  Now, what do you do? Your Car is Wrecked.  What's next? Generally speaking you should have a report made of the incident.  For low property damage (less than $1000) without injuries,...

When “Safety First” Comes in Last

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Catastrophic or Deadly Work Accidents Most work accidents do not end in death or catastrophic injury, but unfortunately some do.  How does an injured worker or their family make certain that they obtain all the benefits to which they are entitled?  The key is to look to the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, but not stop there.  Often there may be a civil action or action available as well, which will allow the catastrophically injured employer, or their family recover...

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