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November 26th, 2014

Charleston Man Killed By Drunk Driver

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download (68)Carson Neymoss, just twenty-three years old, was struck and killed by a drunk driver Sunday. Neymoss was struck on I-26, near the Cypress Street overpass. The force of the impact lifted his body and threw it over the guard rail. He was dead at the scene, while the driver of the vehicle that struck him suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries. The driver, who was identified as Allen Lee Gilliam Jr, has been charged with felony DUI.

Often times tragedy strikes without warning and already stressful situations become horrific on the turn of a dime. When tragedy strikes you are frequently left shocked and desperately seeking help. 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 a loved one is taken from you. While no amount of money can give you a loved one back, compensation for auto accidents can help you with all of the financial burdens that inevitably arise from these tragedies.
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Posted In: In The News
November 24th, 2014

Fracking Claims Another Life

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download (67)With several days of extreme cold in a row, one of the high pressure lines at a fracking well in Colorado had froze. Three men were attempting to heat the line to free up the flow of liquid.  At some point, something went very wrong and the line ruptured. One man was struck by either water or fracking fluid and was killed from the force of the impact. The two working with him had to be transported by air to local hospitals to be treated for their injuries according to a report from Halliburton, the company contracted to run the fracking well.

If you or a family member have been injured in an accident, chances are that if you want to get the kind of compensation you deserve you will need a lawyer. Companies will fight hard to pay as little as they can for an injury on the job. You’ll need to fight back.
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Posted In: In The News, workers compensation
November 24th, 2014

Are Small Physician Practices Better at Avoiding Medical Mistakes?

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surgeonIncreasingly, small medical practices are closing up shop because of burdensome regulations, rising costs and increasing complications associated with processing insurance claims. Doctors are joining large medical groups or practices and patients are left with fewer options. This can be a bad thing in terms of patient care quality and in terms of reducing the risks of medical mistakes.

When a victim suffers an injury because of medical negligence, it is important to understand who is to blame. When a medical mistake is made by a South Carolina doctor who is part of a large medical group, it may be possible to make a claim against both the physician and the employer. A medical malpractice lawyer can help determine who, if anyone or any entity, is to blame after an error occurs.

Medscape published a summary of several recent studies touting the benefits of smaller medical malpractices as compared to larger ones.
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Posted In: medical malpractice
November 19th, 2014

Chemical Spill Kills Four

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download (64)According to the spokesman for DuPont, the community around the chemical plant in La Porte, Texas was in no danger from the chemical methyl mercaptan that spilled on Saturday, early in the morning. For several workers who were exposed, not so much. Four of the five died on the scene and the fifth was rushed to the hospital where he is recovering from the exposure. Plant employees took shelter in specific locations around the plant while others worked to contain the spill and repair the damage. According to DuPont, methyl mercaptan which is a key ingredient in insecticides, dissipates to nontoxic levels once airborne.

Not all accidents happen at home or on the road. Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. 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 when a loved one is taken from you.
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Posted In: In The News, workers compensation, wrongful or accidental death
November 19th, 2014

Little Girl Averts Tragedy

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download (63)A ten-year-old little girl from Walterboro has become a hero because of her quick thinking. When the bus driver waved her and the other children over to cross the street and get on the bus, no one saw the white van that was speeding down the road. The driver, Christine Brown, ignored the bus and moved to drive past it, directly through where the children were crossing. Elizabeth Broxson, just ten years old, saw the van though and grabbed her friend, the seven year old daughter of Shawday Cochran, and pulled her most of the way out from the front of the van. Both little girls suffered relatively minor injuries from the incident.

Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. When it does, sometimes pursuing legal recourse is you best option. The Charleston based firm of Howell & Christmas are exactly the sort of help you need. While no amount of money can give you your health back, compensation for accidents can help you with all of the financial burdens that inevitably arise from these tragedies.
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November 17th, 2014

Further Developments in Morgan v. WalMart

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download (62)Recent press releases from the attorney representing celebrity Tracy Morgan, who was injured when his limo was struck by a Wal-Mart truck, reveal the depths of Morgan’s injury.

“He’s fighting to get better, and if there’s a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he’s going to try to do that,” Morelli said. “But we just don’t know because of the severity of the injuries that he sustained and the fact that he had such a severe brain injury.”

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has not yet commented. This case has received a lot of attention due to Walmart’s actions and the celebrity of the victims. Yet many people every day are injured due to commercial vehicles. When accidents strike, the people involves are left shocked and desperately seeking help. However, there is help.

With a well-rounded approach to law, we at Howell and Christmas are ready to help.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News
November 15th, 2014

Halloween Arrests for Drunken Driving Are Over 500

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download (29)As a result of the state’s “Booze it & Lose It” initiative this year, there were nearly six hundred arrests. With around four hundred law enforcement agencies participating statewide, the effort netted and additional 16,854 criminal and traffic citations on top of the already impressive five hundred eighty-three DUI arrests. After the end of the three day initiative that ran from October 31 to November 2 Wake County topped the charts with the most arrests while Brunswick County only had twenty-one.  Mecklenburg County, Forsyth County and Guilford County fell somewhere between the other two for arrests. There has been no speculation as of yet, as to how many lives may have been saved by getting the drunk drivers off the road.

We at Howell and Christmas are ready to help if you or a loved one was injured, or a loved one was killed by a drunk driver.  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
November 14th, 2014

Thanksgiving Is Third-Deadliest Holiday for Road Travelers

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traffic-abstractThanksgiving is the third-most dangerous holiday in the United States when it comes to motor vehicle accident fatalities. According to USA Today, only Independence Day and Memorial Day are have higher incidences of motor vehicle accident deaths.

There are a lot of reasons why more collisions occur over Thanksgiving, including more people on the roads and more impaired drivers. Every motorist needs to be aware of the added risks and should make a commitment to make smart choices behind the wheel in order to reduce the chances that an accident will occur. If an accident does occur, a car accident attorney can help.

From 2006 to 2011, 15 percent of all motor vehicle accident deaths that happened during November occurred over Thanksgiving weekend. This period extends from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to Sunday night.

Between 2001 and 2008, more than 400 people died each year on Thanksgiving weekend. In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there are 416 motorists killed in accidents over Thanksgiving.
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Posted In: auto accident
November 13th, 2014

Freight Train Collides With Car

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download (28)Just before 9 a.m. on Saturday a freight train slammed into a car near Azalea Drive in Charleston. Local authorities, including the North Charleston police, firefighters and EMS, arrived on scene shortly after the accident. They were joined by CSX investigators as well. While no one was hurt in the incident, trains and traffic were shut down for nearly an hour in the area of the crash. The exact cause of the incident remains unknown and the investigation into the accident is still on going.

Fortunately in this crash no one was injured, but oftentimes a train crash results in death for the people involved. Medical bills, insurance claims, funeral expenses and many more mundane concerns all compound to make already stressful situations even worse. Retaining the services of an experienced attorney often times can help alleviate some of those burdens. We at the Charleston-based firm of Howell & Christmas are exactly the sort of help you need.
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Posted In: In The News
November 10th, 2014

Supreme Court Case: Edwards v. South Carolina, 1963

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Edwards v. South Carolina, 372 U.S. 229, 235 (1963) was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States (the “Court”) in an 8-1 opinion delivered by Justice Stewart, reversing the Supreme Court of South Carolina decision to uphold the breach of the peace convictions of 187 African American students (the “protestors”) that protested segregation by marching on the State House grounds in Columbia, South Carolina. Justice Clark authored the Court’s lone dissenting opinion. As stated in Justice Stewart’s majority opinion: “The circumstances of this case reflect an exercise of . . . basic constitutional rights in their most pristine and classic form.” Edwards v. South Carolina, 372 U.S. 229, 235 (1963).

 

On March 2, 1961, the protestors met at the Zion Baptist Church in downtown Columbia. Edwards v. South Carolina, 372 U.S. 229, 230 (1963). From there, in separate groups of about 15, they walked to the South State House grounds—an area of two city blocks open to the public.
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Posted In: In The News