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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
August 29th, 2014

Thrown Stones Lands Teacher in Hospital

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One of four youths charged with throwing heavy stones off an overpass, resulting in serious injury to an Ohio teacher, testified in court Tuesday.

“I knew they were going to throw rocks, but never thought they were going to hurt anyone as they did it,” said Keefer McGee.

The four young men had been out, bent on a night of mayhem. In a string of thefts and vandalism, the four young men stole food from a grocery store, smashed windows and mailboxes and drove vehicles through a farmer’s field before finally deciding to drop rocks onto oncoming vehicles from an overpass. The teacher whose car they hit with the rock sustained severe head wounds, losing the use of one eye, with damage to the other and her long term prognosis is “unclear.”

Violence can explode unpredictably and sometimes innocent bystanders get caught up in the outbreak through no fault of their own.
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News, serious injuries
August 27th, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Has Shocking Results

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While assisting the Campbellsville University marching band complete it’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, four firefighters received electrical shocks. The incident occurred when firefighters accidentally touched power lines with the aerial bucket of their truck. Power went out over a large area as a result and at least one firefighter was seriously injured. Two others are being treated at a local hospital. About four thousand, five hundred customers lost power as a result of the accident, though power was quickly restored. The members of the Campbellsville University marching band and university staff extend heartfelt sympathy and well wishes to those who were injured in Thursday’s accident.

Even controlled situations sometimes go astray, and accidents can happen when even the best intentions are involved.  Accidents that cause injury, accidents that stress our insurance, and our lives.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident, we can help. 
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Posted In: In The News, workers compensation
August 25th, 2014

Lightning Strike Injures Six

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A Tuesday afternoon, middle school football practice was cut short unexpectedly when lightning touched down in the practice field. Six people were injured, including one coach and five players. One boy was, according to reports, critically injured. The coach and two players were hospitalized for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. One witness reports that one player was unconscious on the field and another was bleeding from the ear. The critically injured boy was stabilized at a local hospital and then scheduled to be airlifted to a pediatric burn unit for additional treatment.

Oftentimes 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.
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Posted In: child accidents, In The News
August 22nd, 2014

Driver with Suspended License Strikes Child with Vehicle

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Police in Belton S.C. have taken a woman into custody after she struck a child with her SUV. Investigators have determined that the child ran out in front of the moving vehicle and the driver, thirty year old Jennifer Hess, could not have avoided hitting the victim. However, they also discovered that her license had been suspended.  The child is listed as being in critical condition and is being treated at Greenville Hospital for the injuries sustained during the accident. Hess has been charged with operating an uninsured motor vehicle and improper vehicle license.

Often tragedy strikes without warning. When it does 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.
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Posted In: auto accident, child accidents, In The News
August 22nd, 2014

Teen Distracted Driving: Are Parents Influencing?

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texting-while-drvingParental attitudes (and actions) make a big impact on how teens operate behind the wheel. For example, if parents talk on the phone as they drive with kids in the car, their teens are more likely to also use the phone as they drive. One recent study suggests that parents are having an even more direct impact on teen behavior. Parents who call or text their kids are actually causing more teens to drive distracted.

According to USA Today, more teens who talk on the phone while driving are actually communicating with their parents than communicating with their friends. This information comes from a new survey that was conducted of 408 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18. The teens who took part in the survey lived across the country in 31 different states.

In total, 37 percent of the teenagers between ages 15 and 17 with graduated licenses who were responding to the survey said that they had either talked on the phone with their parents or texted with their parents while driving.
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Posted In: auto accident
August 20th, 2014

Injury Returns Cruise Ship to Port

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A Carnival Cruise ship was forced to return to port after a passenger was deemed to require immediate medical attention. Charleston County EMS as well as local Firefighters responded to the call for assistance and removed the passenger who had suffered what they described as a “minor” injury. The cruise ship then left Charleston harbor to return to its planned route heading for the Bahamas. It is scheduled to make its first port of call on Friday, suffering no delay to its itinerary.

Not all accidents happen at home or on the road. 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 when a loved one is taken from you.
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Posted In: boating accidents, In The News
August 18th, 2014

Alleged Drug Dealers Behind Bars After Accident

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Three men sought by police are now behind bars.  They were arrested after fleeing from police in a vehicle after they had previously eluded officers in a foot chase. Officers observed the suspect’s vehicle leaving a gas station and began pursuit. They first tried to make a traffic stop, but the suspects sped away.

While attempting to evade police their vehicle failed to yield and ran into a SUV. One of three suspects from the vehicle remained in the wrecked car while the two others fled on foot for a second time. All three were taken into custody and now face a number of charges related to the crash as well as possession charges. The driver of the SUV received only minor injuries.

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 15th, 2014

Football Season Marks Increased Risk of Drunk Driving Collisions

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football-beerResearchers published a study on the association between alcohol-related arrests and college football, which is available on the website of the U.S. National Library of Medicine from the National Institutes of Health.

The study involved looking at a period of 30 days in locations with a well-performing Division I football team. Researchers looked at arrests that occurred during this time.

Over the 30-day period, there were 944 arrests for driving while impaired or other crimes related to excessive alcohol use. An average of 70.3 alcohol-related arrests occurred on Saturdays when football games were going on. There were 10 Saturdays included in the study period that were football game days when games were played.

The researchers also looked at 10 “control” days when there were no football games played. On these days, there were an average of just 12.3 arrests related to alcohol violations. Finally, the researchers looked at holiday periods.
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Posted In: auto accident
August 15th, 2014

Man Dies in Car Fire

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Kermit Hudson (Source: Facebook)School is back in session in weeks, and when it does the staff and students of Charleston Southern University will be mourning one of their own. Former sophomore Kermit Hudson, a twenty-year-old Walterboro resident and college music major, died in a crash Saturday morning.  At just after 7:30 AM on Featherbed Road, Hudson went off one side of the road and then overcorrected the vehicle too far to the other side.  That was when the vehicle went into a ditch and upended, catching fire as it came to a standstill.

We send our children off to college, trusting in their maturity, believing they will be safe and praying no harm comes to them while they are out of our sight.  Many times our concern is groundless.  However, circumstances are still out of our control, and accidents still do happen.  Accidents that cause injury or death, accidents that stress our insurance, and our lives. 
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Posted In: auto accident, In The News, wrongful or accidental death