SOUTH CAROLINA ATTORNEY REVEALS LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT WORKERS’ COMP Workers’ compensation, also known as workmen’s comp, is a state-mandated insurance system which guarantees money to employees who are hurt from a job-related injury or illness. An employee with a work-related injury is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits irrespective of whether the employee, the employer, a coworker, a customer, or some other third party was at fault. WHAT ARE THE WORKERS’ COMP LAWS IN NORTH CAROLINA AND SOUTH CAROLINA? Each state has its own laws and programs for workers’ compensation. In North Carolina, all businesses which employ three or more must obtain workers’ compensation insurance. In South Carolina, similarly, every company employing more than four workers is assumed to be covered by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act. Exceptions to these provisions in both states include...read more
COLUMBIA INJURY ATTORNEYS REPRESENT VICTIMS OF DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS The South Carolina Highway Patrol charged a drunk driver after a recent crash that killed another motorist. An SUV was hit from behind and forced off the road, where it struck a tree. The victim was trapped inside his vehicle and died at the scene. The surviving driver was charged with a felony DUI resulting in death. At this point the state will pursue a criminal case based on that charge. In a criminal case, the family of the victim is not represented by the state, and if the drunk driver is found guilty, no damages (compensation) are given to the victim’s family. That family, however, has every right to pursue damages in what is called a civil case, and they do not even need to wait until the criminal case has begun. HOW DOES A CRIMINAL CASE DIFFER FROM A CIVIL CASE? Criminal offenses are offenses against society...read more
NJURY ATTORNEYS DISCUSS THIS OPTION IN SOUTH CAROLINA Personal Injury Protection, also known as PIP, is a type of car insurance that covers medical expenses and, in some cases, lost wages and other damages. Often called “no-fault” coverage because it is meant to be paid without regard to legal liability or fault, PIP is mandatory in 17 states and optional in others. PIP insurance is not mandatory in South Carolina, but you can choose to add it to your vehicle’s insurance policy. As personal injury attorneys who fight everyday with insurance companies to give our clients the claim payouts they need and deserve, we see firsthand how important it is to have adequate coverage on your car. We believe it is a good idea in South Carolina to choose PIP coverage as a part of your overall insurance package. Too often, a person injured after an auto accident does not have enough coverage on their...read more
Placing your loved one in the care of a nursing home can be a difficult decision. Often, a nursing home promises to provide your elderly relative with a better quality of life, including round the clock supervision and medical attention. Unfortunately, nursing homes do not always fulfill the promises they make. Nursing home abuse is a very real problem and one that does not discriminate. Finding out that a staff member violated your trust can be quite devastating, especially if it results in a serious injury or death of a loved one. With so much on the line, it is important that the families of nursing home residents know how to recognize the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. According to U.S. News & World Report, some traits of the worst nursing homes include: A history of abuse or neglect, including low star rating with Medicare.gov, which takes into account factors such...read more
Close to 5,000 people are killed annually in pedestrian vs. vehicle crashes, and the laws might not be as simple as you think. It’s important to know and understand your rights and responsibilities as both a driver and pedestrian to avoid injury and stay safe in these encounters.Almost...
Medical negligence injuries can devastate the lives of people and their families. According to the Institute of Medicine, nearly 100,000 patients die from medical negligence every year. Our personal injury attorneys want to ensure that healthcare providers accept responsibility...
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