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Glossary of Common Legal Terms

Glossary of Common Legal Terms

Legal talk is often complex, and to the untrained ear it can sound like a completely different language. Luckily for you, the attorneys at Stewart Law Offices, LLC are here to provide simple, easy-to-understand definitions for some common legal terms which you might have heard. Acquittal: A verdict from a judge or jury that a criminal defendant is not guilty, or the evidence is insufficient to support a conviction. Admissible: Evidence is considered “admissible” if it meets all of the standards required to present it in a court of law. Affidavit: A statement (written or printed) made under oath. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): A way to settle a dispute outside of the courtroom. Most ADRs involve the help of a neutral third party, such as a mediator or arbitrator. Appeal: A request made after a trial by the losing party to have the case reviewed by a higher court. Bench Trial: A...

Frequently Asked Questions About Stewart Law Offices, LLC

Frequently Asked Questions About Stewart Law Offices, LLC

Stewart Law Offices, LLC is here for you when it counts. Read through this list of frequently asked questions to learn more about our firm and the legal services we provide. If you still have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 866-783-9278.What type of cases does Stewart Law Offices, LLC handle?The attorneys at Stewart Law Offices, LLC handle all facets of personal injury, including:Car accidentsDrunk drivingTexting while drivingMotorcycle accidentsTractor trailer accidentsBoating wrecksMedical malpracticeWrongful deathWorkers’ compensationFederal LitigationWhere does Stewart Law Offices, LLC operate?Stewart Law Offices, LLC offers legal representation for injury victims across South Carolina, as well as portions in North Carolina. We currently have offices in Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Columbia, Beaufort, and Charlotte. Click here to learn more about our locations and service...

5 Things to Do Immediately Following a Car Accident

5 Things to Do Immediately Following a Car Accident

Getting into a car accident is a scary situation, even if it’s just a fender bender. Luckily, the personal injury attorneys at Stewart Law Offices, LLC are here to guide you through this traumatic experience, step by step. Here are five things you need to do immediately following your next car collision...1. Check Yourself & Your PassengersThe first thing you should do after getting into an accident, before even getting out of the car, is make sure everyone is okay. The immediate health of you and your passengers is always priority number one. If nobody is in need of emergency medical assistance, get out and check on the other vehicle.2. Contact Law EnforcementAfter making sure everyone involved in the accident is okay, it is a good idea to call the police – even if there are no serious injuries involved. Responding officers can file a police report, which may be needed for your...

When Would I Need Uninsured Motorist or Underinsured Motorist Coverage In South Carolina?

When Would I Need Uninsured Motorist or Underinsured Motorist Coverage In South Carolina?

All drivers are legally required to have Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage in South Carolina.  This coverage applies in an accident where the responsible driver has no insurance, does not have coverage that meets state minimum liability limits, or has an insurance company that is unwilling/unable to pay.  It may also apply if you are injured in a hit-and-run accident. Coverage limits in South Carolina are as follows: $25,000 per person for bodily injury up to $50,000 per accident and $25,000 per accident for property damage. Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage is always included as part of your liability insurance in South Carolina. Your insurance company is required to present you with Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Coverage in a meaningful way when you sign up for your policy, but it is not mandatory to sign up. Since there is no clear answer as to what constitutes a meaningful offer, many...

Could a Drunk Driver Hit Me While I’m Sitting at an Intersection?

Could a Drunk Driver Hit Me While I’m Sitting at an Intersection?

Of those convicted of drunk driving in the U.S., on average, 50 to 75 percent continue to drive on a suspended license, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).Tragedy struck in Florence, South Carolina late last month, when a 19-year-old driver who was allegedly drunk killed a bystander while evading the police. According to WISTV-TV, the incident began around 5 a.m. on a Wednesday when the police received a call about burglary and gunfire taking place on June Lane near the Church Hill apartments.Reportedly, the alleged drunk driver’s vehicle first sped away from police after a cruiser approached it with its blue lights flashing and sirens blaring. The officer recognized the vehicle from a police dispatch about the car fleeing the burglary scene.During the chase, the burglary suspect’s vehicle veered off the right side of the road as it approached McLeod Regional Medical...

Dog Bites? Can I Sue?

Dog Bites? Can I Sue?

No one wants to find themselves the victim of a dog bite, but for the 4.5 million people who are bitten by dogs in the United States annually, this becomes a harsh reality. In fact, dog bites make up one third of all home owners’ insurance claims (www.dogsbite.org). Unfortunately, a family pet can seem to turn on a dime. Often, pet owners are blinded by affection for their animal and don’t take proper steps when aggressive behavior is shown.  There are many underlying factors surrounding a dog bite, and Stewart Law Offices LLC are here to help if you find yourself or your child a victim of an attack.  Consider the following information when exploring the appropriate legal action following a dog bite.Dog Bite Circumstances to ConsiderDog bites are rarely a cut and dry event.  When considering your options, it’s important to note details surrounding the bite.  For...

Back to School Driving Safety

Back to School Driving Safety

Early fall is filled with the excitement of a fresh start with back to school for students everywhere, but unfortunately, it also brings about new dangers for drivers and students.  Congestion near schools, newly licensed teen drivers, student commuters rushing to get to class, and buses making frequent stops all create increased need for drivers to be aware and remain safe. Stewart Law Offices, LLC wants to remind you of a few simple tips to help you and your students have a successful, safe, and injury free school year.According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are struck by vehicles near schools than anywhere else.  Drivers have to be extra aware whenever they are in or near a school zone in order to avoid finding themselves in a tragic collision.School-Zone Reminders●    No double parking in a school zone.  This diminishes...

How Can I Throw a Safe Holiday Party?

How Can I Throw a Safe Holiday Party?

One of the best things about the holiday season is getting to gather together with friends, family and co-workers to celebrate. However, as much fun as such celebrations are, if those attending and hosting them do not do so safely and responsibly, they can result in tragedy.According to the National Safety Council, from 2007 to 2011, 35 percent of accidents on Christmas were the result of drinking and driving. To avoid letting drunk driving auto accidents or any other safety issues result from a holiday party, The Herald of Everett, Washington recently published some tips for throwing safer holiday gatherings, including:Don’t serve alcohol, or if you do, only serve beer and wine.Hosts of work-related holiday parties should invite employees’ spouses and partners to attend and have employees and their guests pay for their drinks.Stop serving alcohol after one or two hours.Use drink...

Pedestrian Vs. Car: What you need to know

Pedestrian Vs. Car: What you need to know

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 fifteen percent of traffic deaths occur in a pedestrian vs. vehicle encounter (http://www.ncsl.org). Unfortunately, pedestrians, whether in the right or wrong, often have a lot more to lose in these collisions.  While pedestrians are more vulnerable, both drivers and pedestrians have responsibilities to abide by and rights to protect them.  Stewart Law Offices, LLC is well versed in cases involving personal injury of both drivers and pedestrians.  Read on for more information on pedestrians vs. vehicles and what to do if you find yourself involved in an accident as a pedestrian or a...

Injured By Medical Malpractice?

Injured By Medical Malpractice?

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 for these serious errors. If you believe you may have suffered due to an error committed by a medical professional, you should learn more about medical malpractice and about what you can do if it happens to you. We can provide you with free attorney advice, and we can even visit you in the hospital or your home to talk to you about your potential injury case.WHAT IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?Not every medical error constitutes medical malpractice. Doctors sometimes make mistakes, but when healthcare providers fail to provide a reasonable standard of care, medical malpractice occurs. Essentially,...

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Oct 17

Legal talk is often complex, and to the untrained ear it can sound like a completely different language. Luckily for you, the attorneys at Stewart Law Offices, LLC are here to provide simple, easy-to-understand definitions for some common legal terms which you might have heard. Acquittal: A...

Oct 10

Stewart Law Offices, LLC is here for you when it counts. Read through this list of frequently asked questions to learn more about our firm and the legal services we provide. If you still have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 866-783-9278.What type of cases does Stewart Law Offices, LLC...

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