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Drunk Driver Accidents: What You Need To Know

Published on Apr 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm in Auto Safety.

An unfortunate reality is that there are far too many drunk drivers on South Carolina’s roads each year. In fact, recently South Carolina has had the worst number of drunken driving deaths. While there are criminal charges that accompany the arrests of drunk drivers, families are often left feeling incomplete, especially if they lost a loved one.  

Boating Accidents in South Carolina

Published on Apr 14, 2016 at 3:58 pm in Personal Safety.

With summer right around the corner, more and more people are putting their boats in the waters of Lake Murray, Lake Moultrie and the Inner Coastal waterway. A long day of sun and a cooler packed with food and beverages may make the driver of a boat forget that they are still operating a vehicle. If a boat is operated improperly, it could lead to serious injury or death not only for those in the boat, but for others as well. In the most recent year that data is available, South Carolina ranked eighth in the nation for total boat registrations. While accidents involving boats do not occur as often as accidents involving vehicles on the road in South Carolina, they do happen with an unfortunate frequency. In 2014, there were one hundred and twenty four boating accidents in South Carolina and fourteen deaths that resulted from boater negligence.   

Appealing Your Workers’ Compensation Decision

Published on Mar 23, 2016 at 9:21 am in Workers' Compensation.

If you are unsatisfied with your workers’ compensation settlement, there are appeal options available to you. Even if you were granted benefits but disagree with parts of the decision involving your benefits, you are protected and have the right to file an appeal with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. It is not required that you obtain legal representation, but retaining an attorney during a workers’ compensation appeal can give you a greater chance at winning your appeal and being granted a higher settlement.  

Strict Liability in Personal Injury Cases In South Carolina

Published on Mar 7, 2016 at 2:56 pm in Personal Safety.

Some types of personal injury cases are based on strict liability. This means that a particular person or entity is held strictly liable for any injuries that are produced by their actions. Strict liability is usually imposed by statute, and there are certain types of personal injuries where liability strictly falls with another when a victim is hurt or injured. Two specific examples of strict liability can be found in injuries that are due to a defective product, and injuries that are due to animal bites.

What Is Personal Injury?

Published on Feb 19, 2016 at 3:17 pm in Personal Safety.

Personal injury is a commonly used term. What exactly does personal injury mean? Personal injury is a legal term that accounts for injuries that result from an accident of some kind. Injuries can include those that are physical, mental, or emotional. Personal injury does not include damage to property.

An element that needs to be present in a personal injury case is negligence. Negligence means that the accident occurred out of careless or reckless behavior. Negligence is also defined as the failure to act with reasonable care. In other words, the party responsible for the accident failed to act with adequate care and caution. Adequate care is determined by asking the question, “How would a sensible and rational person act under the same circumstances under which the accident occurred?” A successful personal injury case proves that the person or entity responsible for the accident acted with negligence.

Medical Malpractice Cases Resulting In Brain Injury

Published on Feb 5, 2016 at 5:44 pm in Personal Safety.

Traumatic brain injury can be caused by a number of factors such as falling, motor vehicle accidents, being struck by a moving object, violent attacks, military combat, and sports injuries. In the United States, approximately 1.7 million people get a brain injury each year; 50,000 of those individuals will die from the injury and 80,000 will experience permanent disabilities. A brain injury occurs when there is an impact to the head or when an object penetrates the brain, such as a bullet or shrapnel. A brain injury occurs when the brain hits against the skull or is cut by an object leading to bleeding, swelling, or tearing in the brain.

In some cases, a brain injury can result from medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is when poor medical care results in harm to the patient. If a medical practitioner, such as a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, acts incompetently and subsequent injuries occur, there is a case of medical malpractice due to negligence. While state law regarding medical malpractice varies, a medical professional can be held liable if they either fail to provide care within a reasonable standard of care or act with negligence.

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