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Are Hospitals Using Dirty Surgical Instruments?

Posted by Nicole Gendics on September 23rd, 2016 in medical malpractice | No Comments

Picture a surgery in your mind. Even if you haven’t gone under the knife yourself, chances are you have seen at least one episode of a medical drama on television. This has no doubt led you to picture a sterile operating theater with doctors draped in blue or green, a patient laying on a table and a tray full of shiny, clean surgical instruments.

If you visit a hospital in Detroit, you may leave with a very different picture in your mind.

The Midtown hospitals of the Detroit Medical Center have been plagued for years with dirty surgical instruments. A recent investigation by the Detroit News obtained… Read More

When Should You Seek a Second Opinion?

Posted by Nicole Gendics on September 21st, 2016 in medical malpractice | No Comments

Recent studies suggest that only 30 percent of Americans claim to be comfortable seeking a second opinion after an initial medical diagnosis. At Howell and Christmas, our extensive representation of victims of medical malpractice has shown us that getting a second opinion can have a positive impact on your healthcare.

Medical professionals misread tests now and again. Doctors can misunderstand patients when they are describing symptoms. A second opinion can help prevent a patient from having to undergo an unnecessary procedure due to misdiagnosis. The top reason given by people who don’t… Read More

How to Avoid Contracting Zika

Posted by Nicole Gendics on September 19th, 2016 in safety tips | No Comments

Chances are that you have heard of Zika. The virus is causing concern in several states in America and in different countries around the world. The good news is that there are ways that you can protect yourself from the virus that are relatively simple.

Follow these tips to keep yourself safe from Zika.

Mosquito Bite Prevention

No one wants mosquito bites in the first place, but now that Zika is around, people really don’t want insect bites. The mosquitoes that spread Zika bite primarily during the day, but can bite at any time.

Prevent bites by using an insect repellent. Permethrin can be sprayed… Read More

Don’t Believe These Slip-and-Fall Myths

Posted by Nicole Gendics on September 16th, 2016 in Slip and Fall | No Comments

Slip and fall accidents occur for a variety of reasons. A floor is too wet. A sidewalk is too icy. No matter the cause of the fall, many of these incidents result in personal injury lawsuits. With so many stories of lawsuits being filed, it can be difficult to discern fact from fiction. Here are some myths about these personal injury lawsuits that you may have fallen prey to.

There is No Case

Most slip and falls are accidents, leading people to believe that there is no lawsuit. Don’t let this myth deter you from at least consulting with an attorney. If your slip and fall was the result of negligence… Read More

What is Naled, and Is It Dangerous?

Posted by Nicole Gendics on September 14th, 2016 in In the Community | No Comments

Zika is a threat to every state in the nation, but it has reared its head in only certain states to date. North Carolina and South Carolina are just two states experiencing outbreaks of the virus among its population. While the cases in the Carolinas have been contracted through travel, the virus is carried by mosquitoes, making its contraction a possibility for anyone.

To try to stop the spread of the virus before it becomes an epidemic, officials in South Carolina have had parts of the state sprayed with an insecticide called Naled. It’s a common insecticide that has been in use in the United… Read More

Exploding Phone May Have Caused House Fire

Posted by Nicole Gendics on September 12th, 2016 in defective products | No Comments

Are you an Android or an Apple fan? If you are like most, you are a staunch supporter of one smartphone platform or the other, and you anxiously anticipate the newest release. Imagine the disappointment when millions of people discovered that Samsung had recalled its latest release, the Galaxy Note 7.

Authorities are investigating a Horry County house fire and it may be connected to the device.

According to reports, Wesley Hartzog took his Galaxy Note 7 and plugged it into the wall of his garage to charge. He left home to pick up his two daughters and upon his return discovered his garage ablaze.

Hartzog… Read More

When It Makes Sense to Settle Your Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Posted by Nicole Gendics on September 9th, 2016 in medical malpractice | No Comments

Many people have the misconception that medical malpractice lawsuits always result in million-dollar payouts. The truth is that payouts of this type are rare, at best. You hear about them because they are rare enough to be major news when they do occur. In most cases, more than 90 percent of them if we are being realistic, are settled out of court for far less.

It may be in your best interest to settle out of court, depending on your personal situation. Here are some things to consider when you are deciding whether or not to accept a settlement or pursue a jury trial.

1. Time

The average medical malpracticeRead More

Top Myths and Misconceptions About Medical Malpractice

Posted by Nicole Gendics on September 7th, 2016 in medical malpractice | No Comments

When it comes to court cases, few have more myths and misconceptions surrounding them than medical malpractice. This type of case is somewhat shrouded in mystery because few cases make the news. Those that do are publicized for their enormous payouts, making a medical malpractice lawsuit seem something akin to winning the lottery.

The fact is that you do not ever want to experience the type of error or negligence that will help you build a solid, winnable medical malpractice case. If, however, you have been the victim of medical error or negligence in Charleston or elsewhere, you should know the… Read More

Do You Have a Case for Wrongful Death?

Posted by Nicole Gendics on September 5th, 2016 in wrongful or accidental death | No Comments

Wrongful death is a term that isn’t unheard of, but many people aren’t quite sure what it means. Knowing whether you have a case for wrongful death can help you decide if filing a lawsuit is worth your time, energy and money.

What Is Wrongful Death?

When a person dies through the legal fault of another person, wrongful death is said to have occurred. The concept of wrongful death is a fairly new one. A century ago, laws did not exist surrounding this type of civil action. Today, every state in our country has some type of law regarding wrongful death.

Who Can Sue?

It’s not just anyone… Read More

How Intubation Leads to Medical Malpractice

Posted by Nicole Gendics on August 26th, 2016 in medical malpractice | No Comments

Medical malpractice includes any act of negligence or error that results in injury. This can happen during a doctor’s appointment, at the pharmacy or even during surgery. One of the most serious forms of medical malpractice is anesthesia or intubation error. Either of these can cause devastating harm or death.


When you are placed under anesthesia for surgery, you are given assistance in breathing by way of intubation. During this process, a long tube is inserted in the airway and the free end is connected to a ventilator. This allows for the flow of oxygen into the lungs and rest… Read More