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Health Insurance and Managed Care Abuse: What are your rights when care is denied?

Remember the days when you purchased a health insurance plan from a health insurer, and you brought that health plan to the doctor when you were sick? You met with your doctor, the doctor prescribed treatment that you needed, and your health plan paid its portion of the doctor's bill for that treatment? Me neither.

Most Cited Violations Remain Largely Unchanged in FY 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the United States Department of Labor, is responsible for assuring safe working conditions and enforcing safety standards throughout the country. Each year, OSHA publishes a list of the top ten most cited violations of their standards. For fiscal year 2017, the top violations were virtually the same as 2016, with the exception of Fall Protection - Training cracking the top 10. The most cited violation, for the sixth year in a row, was Fall Protection - General Requirements, with 6,072 citations issued. For context, the next most cited violation was Hazard Communication, with 4,176 violations.

Traffic Fatalities Increase After Years of Decline

After years of decreasing, the number of road-related deaths has increased two years in a row, according to numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  While federal figures may not confirm it (due to possible lack of identifying and tracking as cause of crash), many suspect the increase is due to distracted drivers using mobile devices.

Forest Horne Named Senior Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America

Forest Horne has been named a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.  Forest has been a Fellow of LCA for seven years.

Attorneys and Firm Again Recognized as Among Best

The law firm of Martin & Jones, PLLC is pleased to announce that attorneys John Alan Jones, Forest Horne and Mike Riley have been recognized by their peers as among the Best Lawyers in North Carolina for 2018. Forest Horne has been recognized as well as a Lawyer of the Year for 2018. Additionally, Martin & Jones has been recognized as a Best Law Firm in America.

What Is Underinsured Motorist Coverage? How Much Should I Have?

How much insurance you should have in place to protect yourself and your family members can be a tricky question and can often depend on your household valuables, net worth, and other similar details. However, there is one type of auto insurance that is a no-brainer, and it's called "Underinsured Motorist Coverage." We routinely tell our clients that second only perhaps to health insurance, underinsured motorist coverage is likely the most important type of insurance protection available to you and your household.

How much insurance should you have?

Most of us do not think about the amount of insurance we have and certainly not how much insurance someone else has - until we need it. There are several types of insurance that you can purchase for your automobile: liability, collision, comprehension, medical payments, uninsured, and underinsured.

DEQ, DHHS and CFPUA all Taking Steps to Address GenX in Wilmington's Drinking Water

On June 16, 2017, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) Board of Directors met to discuss the presence of GenX in the Cape Fear River, and what steps should be taken. The board unanimously passed two resolutions: (1) Chemours should remove the compound entirely from the Cape Fear River; and (2) CFPUA will be permitted to take legal action should this request not be honored.

Proposed Bill Puts Your Legal Rights at Risk

Your rights are at risk, and you need to know. You need to act. We all do.

It is a frightening reality that we have an economy based on the fattening of corporate wallets -- that making a profit is valued above helping people, above the physical and financial safety of Americans.

Regional Competition Winners Take Home National Championship

Martin & Jones was proud to be one of the sponsors of the regional 2017 American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC) held in Raleigh the weekend of March 10-12. The winner of the regional competition went on to become the national champions. Congratulations to the Wake Forest University School of Law team!

Martin & Jones Reviews

  • "I just wanted you to know how much my family and I appreciate the work that you (Mike Riley) and everyone at Martin & Jones have done for us over the years. The initial settlements helped Mom and Dad live comfortably during his illness and afforded him the care that he needed. Since his passing nine years ago, your continued efforts on our behalf have been nothing short of a blessing. Mom, who will be 92 in September, has many medical issues but is still very sharp mentally, and enjoys being able to live at home. I just want you and everyone at Martin & Jones to know how grateful we are."

    Fred G., whose father had mesothelioma
  • "Thank you for everything that you have done for us. We are fortunate to know you. We appreciate all of the hard work, long hours and care that was shown to us before and during the trial. Without your help and representing us, we would not be as blessed as we are now. All of you are very special to us. We know that you have the best and attorneys and staff there is."

    Hazel P.
  • "Thank you for your concern of my well-being every time I spoke with you. It always meant so much. I hear nothing but awful stories of dealing with attorneys and their offices, but I have had nothing but positive experience. You have many special ways of working with people in need of help. Words can never express the way your support has been so helpful. I pray you will continue to help others. I wish you all the best."

    Mary C
  • "Forest, once again, my family and I thank you for obtaining another settlement on behalf of my Father. It's almost uncanny that these checks seem to come at very opportune times. This one comes as we are expecting our fourth grandchild. It will provide her some sound footing towards her future college education, plus help Mom and Dad with the medical expenses. Sometimes, I think my Dad is helping you guys with this. Maybe so. Anyway, thank you again for your hard work."

    Mike G.
  • "I appreciate all you're doing and trying to do for me. I don't think I've ever talked to a nicer attorney than Mike, and his assistant (certified paralegal Marjorie Kartanson). You're real nice people. It really makes you feel better, even with all the problems I have."

    Larry A.
  • "Thank you for the work you have done for Carl and our family. We so much appreciate your sincere professionalism and kindness you showed us. I know Carl is smiling right now and the Lord has blessed us through you. May God bless you."

    Connie M. whose husband Carl worked as a brakeman for CSX Transportation and died of mesothelioma
  • "Thank you for always making me feel welcome and at ease in your office. I respect the work you do and your enthusiasm for it and am grateful for your talents."

    Tracy M.
  • "I would like to leave a testimonial thanking Steven and Allison for their care and understanding. Steven's pursuit and success in getting some compensation for our loss. A final closure of our loss of brother Mike. Thanks to Martin & Jones for looking after Mike's care since his injury in 2005. You have been there for Mike and his family for a long time. Mike passed in 2016 and you stood for the family up to the present (July 2017). Many thanks."

    Dan I.
  • "We would like to express our gratitude to you (Hunt Willis) for accepting our case. First of all, when I called this law firm, a very sweet and kind lady answered the telephone and gave me assurance by asking and going over the accident with me, while my husband was in the hospital. I felt assured I was doing the right thing for us. She was so helpful in so many ways. What a professional lady. Secondly, we are much pleased that you have settled this case with the insurance company to receive the proper amount to assist us in so many ways. My husband and I are very happy with you and the firm in handling our case. You made us have confidence in your professional and integrity along with your assistant Ms. Routh, when you both came to see us in our home, in which we saw your compassion and thoughtfulness at that time. We will never forget what you have done for us, and we thank the lord for directing me to contact this firm. I’m glad I did."


"Thank you for your concern of my well-being every time I spoke with you. It always meant so much. I hear nothing but awful stories of dealing with attorneys and their offices, but I have had nothing but positive experience. You have many special ways of working with people in need of help. Words can never express the way your support has been so helpful. I pray you will continue to help others. I wish you all the best."

Mary C
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