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October 24th, 2014

Covering Losses after an Untimely Death

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emergency-roomWhen a 16-year-old South Carolina teen was killed in a hit-and-run collision October 13, friends and family of the victim set up a fund to help his family cover funeral costs. According to WYFF 4, the family of the victim was not able to afford most of the obligations associated with burying the deceased teen. A burial plot was donated for the young man, but at least $3,000 more was needed to pay for other expenses.

Funeral costs, unfortunately, are often only the beginning of the financial losses that occur when someone suffers an untimely death. Surviving family members may be left with significant financial hardship, unpaid bills and a lot of money worries in addition to the grief they are experiencing. South Carolina law protects those who have lost loved ones and makes it possible for survivors to obtain compensation if someone was to blame for the death. However, the survivors need to be able to take legal action against a responsible defendant, which may be difficult in the case of a hit-and-run collision.
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Posted In: wrongful or accidental death
October 21st, 2014

MegaBus Crashes with Fifty on Board

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Inverness TruckerA double decker bus with around fifty people on board crashed Tuesday morning.

Reports from authorities indicate that inclimate conditions may have played a part in the accident, as the bus swerved to avoid an accident. The double decker bus overturned on Interstate 65, not far from Indianapolis.

The bus had been traveling from Atlanta to Chicago before the accident. Details remain somewhat unclear, but reports indicate that several people were injured in the crash, though specifics are not currently available.

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.

The Charleston based firm of Howell & Christmas is exactly the sort of help you need. With two locations, after hour’s appointments and the ability to make house or hospital calls, we have made it easy for you to access thirty plus years of experience.
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Posted In: Bus accidents, In The News
October 18th, 2014

Salvage Yard Worker Dies in Explosion

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kodiax2A joint investigation by the Moncks Corner Police Department and the Berkeley County Coroner’s office is underway, looking into the death of a worker at a Monck Corner salvage yard on Thursday.

According to investigators, around 8:45 in the morning a worker was using a cutting torch to remove the top of a barrel that had formerly been used to store an as of yet unidentified flammable liquid. An explosion resulted that sent thirty-three year old Stephen Kuffel, a resident of Monck Corner, to the hospital. He was later pronounced dead. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine his exact cause of death.

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: In The News, on the job injury, workers compensation, wrongful or accidental death
October 17th, 2014

Patient Misdiagnosis: Is It Physician Negligence?

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medical-recordsA failure to properly diagnose a patient can have deadly results. According to Bloomberg, family members of the first Ebola patient to die in the United States believe that delayed treatment may have compromised the patient’s chances for survival. While a few other patients treated for Ebola in the United States survived after being given an experimental medication, Thomas Eric Duncan was initially sent away from the hospital with antibiotics and by the time he was properly diagnosed, it was too late for the new drug. Duncan’s family believes the delay and the fact he did not receive the new drug were contributing factors to his death.

Ebola is a unique and unusual virus, but misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis is unfortunately much too common within this country. In many cases, an incorrect diagnosis that results in delayed treatment can result in a patient having a much worse prognosis or can even lead to the wrongful death of the patient.
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Posted In: medical malpractice, wrongful or accidental death
October 13th, 2014

Berkeley County Fatal Crash Under Investigation

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davidsonscott15Yet another deadly crash is under investigation in Berkeley County. Reports from the South Carolina Highway Patrol indicate that the accident occurred late Sunday evening.

According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, the accident involved a 1980 Oldsmobile that struck a utility pole. The vehicle was traveling on Clements Ferry Road when it left the road, impacting on the utility pole. The driver, who was the only person in the car was killed, despite the fact that he was using a seat belt. The investigation into the accident has passed to the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office.

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 assistance.

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.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News
October 10th, 2014

Could Your South Carolina Doctor Have Multiple Malpractice Claims?

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surgeonAll too often, a doctor who commits medical malpractice (or even multiple instances) will continue to treat patients. Because of this risk, it is imperative for those seeking treatment to ensure they investigate their doctors thoroughly to learn about any past claims. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to find out if a doctor has been accused of negligence or wrongdoing.

CBS News told the heartbreaking story of a 42-year-old wife and physician who lost her life after an emergency surgery for appendicitis. She bled to death in her hospital bed, and her husband, who was also a doctor, subsequently realized that the treating physicians could likely have prevented her death if lab testing or imaging studies had been ordered to see why her blood pressure was critically low after the surgery. The husband sued the physician he believed was responsible for his wife’s death and the case settled for the maximum his insurance policy would pay – $250,000 – despite the surgeon denying wrongdoing.
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Posted In: medical malpractice
October 9th, 2014

SUV vs. Moped Puts One in Hospital

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A moped was struck by an SUV around 11:30 pm Thursday at Pleasant Grove Lane in West Ashley on the Savannah Highway. Tamsin Medina, forty-five years old of Charleston, has been charged with felony DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving great bodily injury for her involvement with the accident. Medina, who fled the scene of the accident in her Kia Sportage was arrested at her home after failing a field sobriety test. The driver of the moped suffered a severe laceration to her head, a broken arm and numerous less serious injuries.

Often time’s tragedy strikes without warning. 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 you or a family member is hurt, or a loved one is taken from you.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News
October 8th, 2014

Unexplained Boating Accident Leaves Two Injured

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Local authorities closed a section of road early Friday morning while the investigated the scene of an accident that involved two police cruisers. The two cruisers collided as they were responding to a report of an abandoned vehicle that matched the description of a stolen truck and trailer. While making a U-turn the second cruiser T-boned the first vehicle. Both officers sustained injuries from the collision, one was treated and released from Beaufort Memorial Hospital.  The second officer was transported to Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston where the officer was admitted and has been receiving treatment for those injuries. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident.

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 neighborhood, sometimes pursuing legal recourse is you best option. With a well-rounded approach to law, we are ready to help.
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Posted In: boating accidents, In The News, water injury
October 8th, 2014

Cruisers Collide, Officers Injured

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Local authorities closed a section of road early Friday morning while they investigated the scene of an accident that involved two police cruisers. This happened when when they were responding to a report of an abandoned vehicle that matched the description of a stolen truck and trailer. While making a U-turn the second cruiser T-boned the first vehicle. Both officers sustained injuries from the collision. One was treated and released from Beaufort Memorial Hospital.  The second officer was transported to Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston where the officer was admitted and has been receiving treatment for those injuries. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident.

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 neighborhood, sometimes pursuing legal recourse is you best option. With a well-rounded approach to law, we are ready to help.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News, workers compensation
October 8th, 2014

Walmart Says Accident Victims Partially To Blame

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Comedian Tracy Morgan, James McNair who was also a passenger was killed and Morgan as well as several other passengers were injured when a Walmart truck struck their limousine in June. Now, in response to a lawsuit filed by Morgan and the others; Walmart Stores Inc. claims the injuries were “in whole or in part” because of the passengers in the limo “failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.”

“It’s disingenuous,” says attorney Benedict Morelli who is representing the victims of the accident.  “It’s not what they said they were going to do initially, which was take full responsibility. I’m very upset, not for myself but for the families I represent.” Criminal charges have also been filed against the truck driver who was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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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