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October 31st, 2014

Higher Incidence of Fatalities in Rollover Accidents

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traffic-abstractAn October 29 collision in North Charleston near the intersection of Rivers Avenue and Greenridge Road resulted in overturned vehicles. Live 5 News indicates that several people suffered injuries in the collision and needed to be transported to the hospital. Because the cars tipped, the incident was classified as a rollover accident.

According to Safe Roads, more than 10,000 people died in collisions in a single year as a result of rollover accidents. Although around only 3 percent of motor vehicle collisions are classified as rollovers, these types of collisions account for around one-third of all occupant deaths. Rollover crashes are especially dangerous because occupants are frequently ejected when the vehicles tumble. Head injuries are also especially common after a rollover, which can be fatal or lead to permanent brain damage.

Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are more prone to rollover collisions than other types of passenger vehicles.  In particular, light SUVs are more than six times as likely to be involved in fatal rollover accidents.  
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Posted In: auto accident
October 29th, 2014

Veteran & Furry Friends Survive Run-in with Semi

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Joe RossRodger Howell is a Vietnam Veteran who has been traveling the country in his horse drawn buggy.

The epic journey came after Howell received a conclusive diagnosis from his doctor earlier this year stating that he had been exposed to Agent Orange during the war. Howell quit his job, hitched up his two draft horses and took to the road along with his dog.

According to Howell, he has driven his team right around four thousand miles up to this point. His journey was delayed unexpectedly when his buggy was rear-ended by a semi-tractor trailer truck on Thursday. Amazingly, neither Howell nor his animals were seriously hurt. Howell’s animals are currently recovering in the care of a local man who also hosted a fundraiser to get Howell back on the road.

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
October 26th, 2014

Two Dead and One Injured In Sunday Crash

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An early morning crash Sunday Donald Lee Parduehas left two people dead and another injured.

According to reports, Billy Blackwelder, who was driving, and Eric Morris, who has in the front passenger’s seat, were both pronounced dead at the scene and the rear passenger, Kathleen Copenhaver, suffered injuries that required her to be transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred when Blackwelder lost control of the Jeep Cherokee he was driving when he attempted to take a turn at too high a speed. Blackwelder went off the road and into the median where he then over-corrected and sent the vehicle back across two lanes of traffic before striking a tree head on.

Both speed and alcohol are believed to have been factors in the accident.

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, drunk drivers, In The News, serious injuries, wrongful or accidental death
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

On-Duty Officer Wrecks His Cruiser & Is Charged with DUI

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khawkins04While the Spartanburg Police Department has not yet verified his employment with their department; records from the South Carolina Highway Patrol indicate that a Spartanburg police officer has been arrested on DUI charges.

The officer in question, Derrick Canada, 36, of Lyman, was apparently attempting to make a right hand turn when he ran his 2010 Chevy Impala cruiser into a tree instead. In accordance with state law, the Highway Patrol assumed jurisdiction over the investigation. After Canada was released from the Spartanburg Regional Hospital, he was booked on a DUI charge.

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 firm of Howell & Christmas are the help you need. With two locations, and flexible appointment scheduling, we have made it easy for you to access thirty plus years of experience.
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Posted In: drunk drivers, In The News
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