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Carl L. Solomon Named Treasurer of SC Bar

Published on Sep 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm in News & Community.

South Carolina Attorney Carl Solomon elected to SC Bar Board of Governors

Columbia, SC – Columbia attorney Carl L. Solomon has been elected Treasurer of the South Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors for the 2009-2010 term.

The South Carolina Bar has over 12,500 members who are licensed to practice law in the state of South Carolina. Membership includes practicing and retired attorneys and judicial members. The Bar provides education and resources to members.

“I look forward to this new role in supporting the South Carolina Bar,” says Carl L. Solomon. “The association provides valuable educational opportunities and resources to its members and to the public. Many South Carolina residents may not be aware that the Bar offers programs for elementary through high school aged students that allow them to learn more about the law.” Programs include Foundations of Democracy, Teen Law 101, and mock-trials.

Solomon is a partner in the Gergel, Nickles and Solomon law firm which represents clients throughout South Carolina including Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Beaufort, and Rock Hill. The firm handles serious injury cases, wrongful death, product liability, and other complex cases. The firm was founded in 1983 and has five attorneys admitted to practice in South Carolina.

Local Attorney Speaks Out to Improve Services for Victims of Crime

Published on Jul 21, 2009 at 4:22 pm in News & Community.

Columbia attorney Carl L. Solomon was among the speakers featured recently at three one-day seminars sponsored by The National Center for Victims of Crime. These seminars were offered free to professionals in South Carolina who deal with crime victims.

The training seminars, titled Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in South Carolina, were geared toward educating victim advocates, law enforcement officers, mental health service providers, social workers, prosecutors and other public officials on civil legal options available to victims.

“Some 23 million Americans become victims of crime each year,” says Carl L. Solomon. “While the criminal courts may order restitution paid to the victim, this seldom covers all the monetary costs involved and offers nothing as compensation for the victim’s pain and suffering.” A civil action filed by the victim against the perpetrator allows the victim some control and holds the defendant accountable to the victim, regardless of whether there was a successful criminal prosecution. Solomon adds, “training seminars such of those offered by The National Center for Victims of Crime provide valuable information that those working with victims can communicate.”

The July 2009 seminars were co-sponsored by the SC Victim Assistance Network, SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the SC Department of Juvenile Justice, and the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety.

Solomon is partner in the Gergel, Nickles and Solomon law firm which represents clients throughout South Carolina including Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Beaufort, and Rock Hill. The firm handles serious injury cases, wrongful death, product liability, and other complex cases. The firm was founded in 1983 and has five attorneys admitted to practice in South Carolina.

The National Center for Victims of Crime is dedicated to forging a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. The National Center’s toll-free Helpline, 1-800-FYI-CALL, offers supportive counseling, practical information about crime and victimization, and referrals to local community resources, as well as skilled advocacy in the criminal justice and social service systems.

South Carolina Wrongful Death Statutes of Limitations

Published on Aug 23, 2018 at 2:16 pm in Wrongful Death.

The loss of a loved one, whether expected or sudden, is a tragic event. Family members should have time to grieve and remember their loved one fondly; however, if the loss was caused by the negligence of someone else, coping can be even more difficult. Along with grief, anger and confusion are probably persistent emotions.

If you think your loved one’s death happened because of something someone else did, you may be able to seek justice and financial compensation. If you choose to file a wrongful death claim in South Carolina, it’s important to understand how the laws work so you can receive the compensation you deserve to ease any financial burdens you’re experiencing.

Wrongful Death in South Carolina

South Carolina law 15-51-10 defines wrongful death as a death that was caused by the “wrongful, neglect, or default” action of another person. If the deceased had survived, they would have been able to file a personal injury claim.

Bicycling: Benefits Worth the Risk

Published on Jul 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm in Auto Safety, uncategorized.

Bicycling is not only a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, but it is also becoming a more popular mode of transportation due to the benefits that it can bring. Bicycling is cost effective, promotes a healthy lifestyle, and increases a sense of community. But with these benefits come serious risks, and many cities are not equipped with roads and regulations to safely accommodate both cars and bikes. The risks bicyclists take can involve injury resulting from collisions with motorists, faulty equipment, and dangerous road conditions. It is important for motorists and bicyclists alike to know the rules of the road and to know their rights.

When the Brakes Break: Sharing the Road with Cyclists

Published on Jun 5, 2015 at 3:44 pm in Uncategorized.

Industry bicycle leader Trek recently recalled a series of brake levers that consumers complained were malfunctioning. Although Trek has stood by the statement that this was not a manufacturing defect, but rather improper use or adjustment issues, the company issued a recall of nearly one million bikes between the United States and Canada. Regardless of the reason behind the problem, the malfunctioning brakes have left at least one Trek rider severely injured. This, coupled with unsafe bicycle communities throughout the United States, creates great concerns about the safety of our cyclists on our roads.

Negligence in Plain English

Published on Oct 24, 2014 at 9:00 am in Uncategorized.

When something bad happens, the result can usually be traced back to a specific cause. This is where we get the idea of “blame.” Placing blame in the right place against the right parties and holding them accountable is the basic idea of negligence.

What is Negligence?

According to Black’s Law Dictionary, negligence is the “failure to exercise the standard of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised in a similar situation.” In English: negligence is basically carelessness. Someone had an obligation to act a certain way given their position, failed to do so, and that failure can be proven to be the cause of an injury.

For example, say you are at a grocery store. You walk into the produce section and slip on loose grapes that fell from their display, and fall . . . hard. You hit your head. Whose fault is that? Who must pay for your injuries? What if you miss time from work due to your injury? While each case is different, the possible players are quite obvious. You are at a grocery store. The company, individual owners, managers, employees, everyone could be partly to blame. Store owners have legal obligations to keep their property safe for guests. Thus, they also have obligations to conduct reasonable inspections to ensure the premises is safe from things (such as loose grapes) that could harm their guests. If a court determines that the store employees were negligent in not finding the mess and cleaning it up, you may have a viable claim.

Compensation & Comparative Negligence

What about compensation? If another person or entity is found at fault for injuring you, you may be entitled to compensation. This type of compensation depends on the severity of the injury and length of recovery, but often will include medical expenses, time lost from work, personal and emotional pain and suffering, and any other relevant costs. If you have long term disabilities, there may be opportunities to receive compensation for long-term care or loss of earning potential from your job.

This is a very basic example of a negligence claim. Most negligence claims you may have heard about in the media surround medical malpractice, drug liability, products liability, or roadway design flaws. You should not rule out the possibility of a viable legal claim, even if you feel you may have been partially responsible for what happened. South Carolina follows what is known as “comparative negligence,” which means as long as you were not more than 50 percent responsible for what happened, you can still recover damages. Your recovery will simply be reduced based on the amount you were deemed to have “contributed” to the accident. Example: you were talking on your cell phone when you slipped on the grapes and not paying attention. If a judge decides you were 20 percent at fault, whatever you were awarded will simply be reduced by 20 percent.

What if I Think I Have a Claim?

If you or anyone you know has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, our attorneys at Solomon Law Group are ready and willing to walk you through your legal options. The most important thing to remember about negligence claims is that they have very specific statutes of limitations, that is, time periods within which claims must be filed. If your claim “lapses,” or is not filed within that time period, your claim will be forever barred from litigation. Thus, it is critical to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Our South Carolina negligence attorneys serve the greater Columbia, South Carolina area and have the knowledge necessary to navigate this complex area of the law. Contact us today to take the first step in holding the right people accountable for their actions.

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