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If you Ride, Wear a Helmet!

Posted by Mary Lightman on April 24th, 2015 in auto accident, In The News, motorcycle accident | No Comments

310227_biker_12A two-vehicle crash on Highway 17 and Cypress Avenue this past weekend has left one person dead. Corporal Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said that the fatal crash happened at approximately 7:40 p.m. in Garden City when a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle was travelling northbound on Highway 17 and 2006 Mercury that was turning on to the highway from Cypress Avenue failed to yield.  The motorcyclist was forced to lay down his motorcycle.

Officials with the SCHP said that the two vehicles did not make contact during the accident.

Neither the motorcyclist nor his passenger… Read More

Tort Reform Efforts Aim to Make it Harder to Prove Malpractice

Posted by Gary Christmas on April 23rd, 2015 in medical malpractice | No Comments

Medical malpractice cases present challenges for patients because it can be hard to establish the standard of care that a doctor owes. Most juries don’t know what a reasonably professional doctor does in a specific situation, and there can be disagreements among testifying expert witnesses about whether a doctor’s actions were appropriate or not. The complexity of proving a doctor should be held responsible for damages is one reason it is so important to have an experienced Charleston medical malpractice lawyer representing you.

Patients with potential malpractice claims could perhaps… Read More

Blown Bounce House Injures Three Children

Posted by Mary Lightman on April 21st, 2015 in child accidents, In The News | No Comments

downloadThree children were injured when a bounce house that was at Socastee Elementary School was blown over by high winds on Sunday. According to eyewitnesses to the incident, the wind was strong enough to tear out the stakes out of the ground that that were holding the bounce house in place.  Some indicated hearing popping noises as the inflatable structure was blown over.

Emergency crews from Horry County Fire and Rescue were already at the school when the incident occurred. Their vehicles were part of a display for children.

Three children were injured and were transported by ambulance to a local… Read More

Fatal High Speed Chase in San Francisco

Posted by Mary Lightman on April 17th, 2015 in auto accident, In The News | No Comments

traffic-abstractA high-speed police chase through San Francisco involving a stolen vehicle on Saturday injured one person and left another pedestrian dead. Police officers attempted to stop suspects in a stolen car at approximately 10:00 p.m. almost immediately after the latest in a series of armed robberies.

The suspect vehicle with police in pursuit struck a woman while she was crossing the street, killing her and leaving her friend who had been nearby with non-life threatening injuries.

The victim was identified as Bridget Klecker, 42, of San Francisco.

The stolen vehicle was later found abandoned … Read More

Crashes Could be Prevented by Drowsy Driving Crackdown

Posted by Gary Christmas on April 10th, 2015 in auto accident | No Comments
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Drowsy driving remains a top potential cause of tragic motor vehicle accidents. As Automobile Mag reports, drowsy driving cases accounted for at least 2.2 to 2.6 percent of all deadly motor vehicle accidents on U.S. roadways. While this may seem a small percentage at first, it is important to realize that more than 72,000 motor vehicle accidents happen annually involving drowsy drivers.

If you or someone you love is one of the thousands involved in a crash with someone who is too fatigued to be safe behind the wheel, you deserve to be compensated for losses the collision caused. A Charleston car… Read More

Prevent DUIs with Universal Ignition Interlock Devices

Posted by Gary Christmas on April 3rd, 2015 in auto accident, drunk drivers | No Comments

In South Carolina, certain DUI defendants are required to have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles. These devices are used to make sure that people cannot drive drunk again after they have been convicted of this offense. The ignition interlock device makes the driver blow into a breathalyzer and have his blood alcohol concentration tested before the car starts. The vehicle doesn’t operate if the driver’s BAC is too high, so the driver literally cannot drive drunk.

While ignition interlock devices are used nationwide for DUI defendants after conviction, new research… Read More

How to File in Small Claims Court

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on March 19th, 2015 in FAQ | No Comments

In the event you find yourself with a potential claim that may be too small to warrant an attorney opening a file, it may be your best option to file your claim in small claims court. In South Carolina, small claims court, sometimes referred to as magistrate’s court, has a jurisdictional limit of seven thousand five hundred ($7500.00). Accordingly, any claim with the value $7500.00 or less can be filed in small claims court. Many of the case pending in small claims court have not attorney involvement. The staff at the magistrate’s court are invariably very friendly and helpful, and can answer… Read More

Are Repetitive Trauma Injuries Compensable?

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on March 12th, 2015 in Uncategorized, workers compensation | No Comments

Having been a Charleston workers compensation attorney for the past 18 years, one of the questions that I’m asked often is whether or not someone’s injuries caused by repetitive trauma or repetitive motion are covered under the South Carolina Workers Compensation Act. The short answer is that they can be, however, this is a very contested area of the law where employers often times deny a case no matter what the facts are. To begin the analysis on how to look at these types of cases one must look to SC Code Ann §42-1-172 which gives the definitions for “repetitive trauma injury”. In this … Read More

“Fault” Has No Place: South Carolina Workers Compensation Act

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on March 5th, 2015 in workers compensation | No Comments

The South Carolina Supreme Court has recently held in two very important opinions that “fault” has no place in the South Carolina Workers Compensation Act. The two cases are Barnes v. Charter 1 Realty, and in the case of Nicholson v. S.C. Department of Social Services. In the Barnes case, the employer and their insurance carrier argued that claimant had suffered an “idiopathic” fall and therefore was bound from workers compensation coverage. The Court noted in their opinion that “as an exception to the workers compensation coverage idiopathic doctrine should be strictly construed”.… Read More

Impairment v. Disability: South Carolina Workers Compensation

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on February 26th, 2015 in workers compensation | No Comments


Having worked as a South Carolina workers compensation attorney for nearly twenty years, one of the questions that I’m asked most by my clients is what is the difference between “impairment” and “disability.”  Many times these two terms of art are used interchangeably but I can assure you that both these words have a very different meaning and there is a distinction between these two words meaning that can really make a difference in your case. The South Carolina’s Workers Compensation commission is bound by the Workers Compensation Act which is found in Title 42 of the … Read More