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Patient Awarded Settlement for Defamation and Malpractice

Posted by Nicole Gendics on July 1st, 2015 in medical malpractice | No Comments

If you think being able to file a medical malpractice claim means that a doctor had to have caused you injury during a procedure or misdiagnosed your illness, think again. A man in Virginia was just awarded $500,000 for not a medical mistake, but what could be chalked up to as unprofessionalism.

Here’s what happened. A man went into went into the hospital for a routine colonoscopy. Like many of us, he was concerned that he would be too groggy after waking up to remember his doctor’s go-home instructions. He turned on his cellphone and set it to the side to record his doctor.

Turning on his recording… Read More

Vigil Held for Balcony Collapse Victims

Posted by Mary Lightman on June 25th, 2015 in In The News, wrongful or accidental death | No Comments

download (13)A vigil was held at an Oakland Church last week for four of the six students who were killed when the balcony they were on collapsed.

The victims, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcan Miller and Eimear Walsh, all 21-year-olds from Ireland, were honored at the St. Columba Catholic Church. Fellow students, family members and other Irish students who knew the victims came to pay their respects at the vigil.

The tragedy also claimed the lives of two other students, Ashley Donohoe, 22 of Rohnert Park, California, and 21-year-old Olivia Burke of Ireland. A separate funeral will be held for themRead More

Supreme Court Grants Woman’s Workers Compensation Claim

Posted by Nicole Gendics on June 24th, 2015 in workers compensation | No Comments

The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that a state employee who tripped over a carpet while on the job is entitled to workers compensation benefits; even though the carpet the woman tripped over was not a condition of her employment, her injuries will be covered.

In 2009, a child protective services employee, Carolyn Nicholson, fell at work. The fall was a result of her foot getting caught on the carpet in a hallway. Nicholson filed for benefits related to pain in her left side, left shoulder, and neck. The benefits were originally denied.

The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission… Read More

30 Hurt in Cruise Ship Crash

Posted by Mary Lightman on June 23rd, 2015 in boating accidents, In The News | No Comments

download (12)Nineteen passengers and three crew members on a cruise ship carrying European tourists bound for Ontario, Canada were injured when the vessel crashed into a lock wall. The ship hit the wall while entering a lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway, which is located in Northern New York State.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the 286-foot Saint Laurent which was headed from Montreal to Toronto struck a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in Massena. Most of the 273 people on board the ship were mainly French and Swiss nationals.

The cruise ship’s operating line, Fleet Pro, based in Miami, is owned by Adventure Read More

Mass Shooting Claims Lives in Charleston Church

Posted by Nicole Gendics on June 19th, 2015 in In The News | No Comments

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Dylan Roof, 21, is accused of opening fire in a Charleston, South Carolina church Wednesday.

According to police reports, Roof opened fire in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, killing nine people. Eight people died on scene and the ninth died at the hospital. Said Mayor Joe Riley, “People in prayer Wednesday evening. A ritual, a coming together, praying, worshiping God. An awful person to come in and shoot them is inexplicable.”

New reports are coming to light, including pictures. It is now known that Roof sat in the church for close to an hour before he started… Read More

Sports Car Burns Up in Crash

Posted by Mary Lightman on June 18th, 2015 in In The News | No Comments

images (1)A man has been killed in a tragic accident when the sports car that he was driving crashed on S.C. Highway 41 and caught fire.

According to Sheriff’s deputies, Tyler Spears, 24, was driving his 1994 Chevrolet Corvette on Highway 41 when his vehicle went off the right side of the road near the Detyens Shipyards south of the Wando River Bridge. Spears’ vehicle struck a culvert then struck several trees.

The Corvette then caught fire and became fully engulfed by flames.

A passenger who had been riding with Spears and whose name has not been released was ejected from the car. The passenger was takenRead More

10 Workers Compensation Tips for Everyone

Posted by Nicole Gendics on June 17th, 2015 in Legal Advice, workers compensation | No Comments

Whether you’re injured on the job or develop an illness, you should be able to rely on workers’ compensation to cover your medical costs and lost wages. Almost every employer buys into workers’ compensation insurance, but not all employers provide coverage in the same way. Just because an injury occurs does not mean you are automatically covered.

How can you make sure that you are covered?

Report every single illness and injury. You may be tempted to keep your illness or injury to yourself. You may think complaining to your coworker is enough. Report your illness or injury to your employer… Read More

Moped Accident Leaves One Dead

Posted by Mary Lightman on June 16th, 2015 in auto accident, In The News | No Comments

imagesAn accident involving a man on a moped and a Greenville County Sheriff’s deputy has left one person dead.

Authorities say that the fatal accident occurred at approximately 11:40 p.m. Son Poinsett Highway and Roe Ford Road, about a half-mile south of Travelers Rest.

Alan Craig Williams, 47, of Travelers Rest was riding his moped in the northbound left land of Poinsett Highway when a Greenville County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to pass another vehicle in his patrol car when he struck Williams from behind causing Williams to be thrown from his moped.

Williams was transported to Greenville Read More

Cinnamon Powder Blamed in Boy’s Death

Posted by Mary Lightman on June 11th, 2015 in accidents at home, child accidents, In The News | No Comments

download (3)A young boy has died after their child swallowed cinnamon powder. Officials say that on Wednesday, Matthew Radar, the 4-year-old son of Brianna Radar, went exploring in his mother’s kitchen at her apartment. During his explorations, Matthew got into the powdered cinnamon and began to eat the powder.

According to Matthew’s mother, Matthew began choking as if he were having a seizure and then collapsed. The 4-year-old was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead 90 minutes later. The coroner said that cinnamon can cause asphyxiation when it is inhaled and what happened to Matthew … Read More

Parents Sue Hospital Over Sexual Assignment Surgery

Posted by Nicole Gendics on June 10th, 2015 in medical malpractice | No Comments

It’s possible that a jury could be deciding sometime in 2015 if the Medical University of South Carolina, Greenville Health System, and the state child welfare agency, is guilty of medical malpractice. The hospital stands accused of removing a baby boy’s penis before his second birthday.

Parents Mark and Pam Crawford allege that surgeons performed sex assignment surgery on their son, M.C., when he was only 16 months old. The child, born with both female and male reproductive organs underwent a surgery that his adoptive parents claim was unnecessary.

The parents contend that the child … Read More