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September 14th, 2014

DUI Driver Rams Car into Tree, Kills Driver

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Just after 11:30 pm on Saturday night, Tammy Brown, a 45-year-old woman from Manning SC was driving east on SC 261. According to the police report, her vehicle struck the rear of the vehicle in front of her. The collision forced the second vehicle, driven by Manning resident Maurelio Deleon, 34, to go off the road. When it did so it struck a tree, killing the driver.  The passenger, who remains unnamed in the reports, was severely injured and was transported by EMS crews to a local hospital.  Brown herself was also transported to the hospital to be checked out, and was arrested on multiple counts, including felony DUI.  Her bond was set at $60,000.

No one plans on suffering injuries when they get in their vehicle, but as we all know, accidents happen even when all necessary precautions are taken. Holidays and other events often increase the number of accidents and injuries, both on and off the roadways.
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Posted In: auto accident, drunk drivers, In The News
September 12th, 2014

How Would Medical Marijuana Legality Affect S.C. Roadways?

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medical-marijuanaSome South Carolina lawmakers are pushing for the state to join 16 others in legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. Two states—Colorado and Washington—have legalized marijuana for recreational use. In South Carolina, however, these recent efforts have failed despite the fact that a 1980s law technically permits cannabis to be provided within the state.

Before medical marijuana is legalized in South Carolina, it is important to consider the impact that stoned drivers could have on road safety statewide. A recent ABA Journal article discusses the difficulty of effectively regulating stoned driving to minimize the risk of collisions caused by those who are impaired by cannabis. Unfortunately, the reality is that there are drivers on the roads who have consumed or inhaled marijuana and who are not safe to operate their vehicles.

WBTW reported on a South Carolina law passed in 1980, Section 44-53-650, which gives the director of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) the authority to “obtain marijuana” though the means most appropriate under federal law.
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Posted In: auto accident
September 11th, 2014

Additional Charges Levied Against Man in Hit and Run Fatality

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Andrew Robert Lanzaro, a resident of James Island and thirty-one-years old, had been arrested in connection with the hit and run death of one man and the grievous injury of another. He now has new charges against him. Charleston County Sheriff’s Deputies have filed additional charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving death on top of the existing charges of reckless homicide and leaving the scene of a crash.  Lanzaro has been granted a reduced bail of five hundred thousand dollars, reduced from the previous eight hundred thousand dollar bail.

Witnesses had reported that they saw Lanzaro’s SUV traveling at excessive speeds and that he swerved into two men who were part of a bachelor party, killing one and injuring the other. Police later confirmed that damage to his SUV was consistent with the injuries of the two victims.

Often times, tragedy strikes without warning. When tragedy strikes you are frequently left shocked and desperately seeking help.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News
September 10th, 2014

When Machinist Work Is Dangerous, What Difference Does a Union Make?

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North Charleston has seen some recent disputes over organization intentions of the aerospace machinists. South Carolina’s 116th governor publicly spoke out this year against bringing any unionized manufacturing workforces into the state, though there are already 33 unions represented across the S.C. employment picture.                                   

Politics aside, the levels of danger in manufacturing jobs can be very intense aerospace included, as it often involves extreme physical labor as well as hazardous materials such as beryllium copper. Assessing the general union perspective on safety of workers in this particular field, we spoke with James Carlson, the communications representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Transportation Department.

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Ann Bailey:    James, what does it mean to be part of the Transportation Department?

James Carlson:    The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers headquarters is right outside of Washington, D.C. The machinists union represents workers in many, many different industries and sectors, and is broken down into territories.
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Posted In: on the job injury, workers compensation
September 8th, 2014

Five Car Accident Kills Two, Injures More

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Just after 7:30 PM on Saturday night, Westminster resident Drew Greene, 52 drove through an intersection. According to police, he drove through a red light in Seneca and collided with a car driven by 28-year-old Michele Silvers.  She was driving with her husband Joshua, 29, in the passenger’s seat.  The collision killed both of them.  After the initial crash, three other cars became caught up in the collision, and a total of five other people were injured in the crash.  Four of them were transported by EMS crews to local hospitals, the fifth was transported via medical helicopter to Greenville Memorial Hospital.

At Howell & Christmas, we know the pain of having lost a loved one in an accident. We’ve heard thousands of cases of personal loss and injury, and we want to help you with your case. If you or a family member have been the injured in a car accident, you need a lawyer to get the compensation that you deserve.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News, wrongful or accidental death
September 5th, 2014

Carnival Ride Fails, Two Injured

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Sunday evening saw the Saint Anthony Seminary’s Annual Bazaar interrupted by a freak accident. Two teens who were on one of the carnival rides at the Bazaar fell nearly twelve feet from their seats on the ride. Both teens ended up being hospitalized for their injuries. One was seriously injured, the other suffered only minor injuries. It appears that the ride operator had failed to properly close the safety bar on the teen’s seat before engaging the ride.

Often times, tragedy strikes without warning. Physical injury and emotional trauma all have far reaching consequences that are hard to predict, but the immediate problems of medical bills and insurance claims can be over whelming immediately after such a tragedy. With a well-rounded approach to law, we at Howell and Christmas are ready to help. You can be assured that our personal injury attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve when you or a loved one’s injury is someone else’s fault.
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Posted In: child accidents, In The News
September 5th, 2014

Study: More Car Accident Victims Seeking Legal Counsel

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fender benderWhen a motor vehicle collision results in serious injury, victims (and family members in the event of a loved one’s death) need to understand their right to recover financial compensation from the driver whose negligence caused the wreck. Unfortunately, too many people don’t know the laws and don’t pursue a claim for the monetary damages they are entitled to. Other victims may accept a settlement offer from the insurance company and end up getting less money than they deserve.

Hiring counsel can help victims avoid these problems, as an attorney can provide advice about legal options and can help victims pursue a claim for compensation. While not every victim who should hire a lawyer actually retains one, a study from the Insurance Research Council (IRC) shows an increase in the number of people who seek help from a professional.

According to the IRC:

  • The percentage of auto injury claimants who are represented by attorneys rose from 31 percent of PIP (personal injury protection) claimants in 2007 to 36 percent of claimants in 2012.

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September 4th, 2014

DUI Arrest after Head-On Collision

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Friday evening police responded to reports of a head on collision on the Ravenel Bridge. Upon arriving they found that sixty four year old Walter Jenkins who was intoxicated and another driver. The other driver told police that he had seen headlights bearing down on him and swerved to avoid the car that was driving in the wrong lane. Jenkins slammed his vehicle into the right side of the victim’s vehicle. The victim suffered minor injuries and did later seek medical attention for them. Jenkins was arrested for driving under the influence.

Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. Regardless of whether or not an accident takes place on the road, in the office or in your own home, sometimes pursuing legal recourse is you best option. With a well-rounded approach to law, we are ready to help. You can be assured that our personal injury attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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Posted In: drunk drivers, In The News
September 3rd, 2014

Hundred Deadly Days Come To a Close

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Labor Day marks the end of what Highway Patrol calls their “Target Zero” period, also known as the Hundred Deadliest Days. The final weekend of this time period saw four final fatalities closing out this year’s high risk time period. The final weekend’s deaths include fifty-five-year old Sedaris Mabry who was hit and killed by a truck that fled the scene, as well as thirty-year old Andra Robinson who died in the hospital from injuries sustained when he hit a tree and was pinned in his car. Also on this sad list are Justin Plumlee and another victim who is still hospitalized, but whose name has not been released. The driver of the truck who killed Sedaris Mabry has been arrested and charged as has the driver who struck both Justin Plumlee and the unidentified second victim.

If you or a family member have been the injured in a car accident, chances are that if you want to get the kind of compensation you need and deserve, you will need a lawyer.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News
August 29th, 2014

South Carolina Supreme Court Provides Leeway to Medical Malpractice Victims

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952313_gavel2Tort reformers have fought hard to limit the ability of patients to sue doctors and hospitals that provide substandard care. Those who work to protect negligent medical professionals have had success in getting tougher laws passed. Several years ago, for example, the South Carolina General Assembly passed reforms that imposed certain conditions on plaintiffs and that set strict deadlines for filing court paperwork.

Now, however, the South Carolina Supreme Court has provided more leeway for malpractice victims. According to Myrtle Beach Online, the court has allowed a plaintiff’s case to go forward despite a missed deadline because doing so is consistent with previous Supreme Court rulings that “permit medical malpractice cases to proceed on the merits rather than to affirm unwarranted dismissals based on technical noncompliance with the medical malpractice statutes.”

While this is good news for injured victims who may now be able to pursue cases despite technical mistakes, plaintiffs still need to do everything they can to follow procedural requirements to avoid jeopardizing cases.
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Posted In: medical malpractice