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Workers Compensation: What is Actually Covered?

Posted by Gary Christmas on August 31st, 2015 in workers compensation | No Comments

H&C-Banner-finalized-v2Having been a Charleston Workers’ Compensation attorney since I graduated law school in 1997 I’ve spent many hours, months and years digging down into the complexity’s of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation system. But on the most basic level, what my clients want to understand most when they first come into my office to seek guidance and legal advice, is “what does Workers’ Compensation cover in South Carolina?” As with almost any legal question, there is both a short simple answer and a more in depth complex answer that more explains what an injured worker could expect … Read More

Hot Air Balloon Strikes Electrical Wires

Posted by Mary Lightman on August 27th, 2015 in In The News | No Comments

downloadAn accident involving a hot air balloon that struck overhead electrical wires while landing has left three people injured in Pennsylvania.

According to a New Holland Police department spokesman, Sgt. Mark Willwerth, the balloon touched down in a field but not before striking the wires and causing electrical shock to three people on board. The balloon, operated by New Horizon Balloon Team, was descending at a farm in Earl Township in Lancaster County when the top of the balloon blew over onto some electrical power lines as it touched down. The contact of the balloon to the electrical wires… Read More

Telltale Signs of Workers’ Comp Fraud

Posted by Nicole Gendics on August 26th, 2015 in workers compensation | No Comments

As an employer, protecting yourself against workers’ compensation fraud begins with one task: detecting it. If you do not know the warning signs of this type of fraud, you cannot hope to fight against it. Here are several signs that an employee may be trying to scam you.

No Witnesses

If a worker who rarely works on his own claims an injury while working solo, red flags should go up. It is certainly possible for an accident to occur when someone is not in the company of others; however, it is unusual for someone to be injured while suddenly working solo.


When did the accident occur? While it is no … Read More

Man Electrocuted by EV Charging Station

Posted by Mary Lightman on August 25th, 2015 in In The News | No Comments

downloadA man from North Carolina has been killed while he was working on a new Tesla Motors auto charging station in Virginia.

On Wednesday, emergency personnel arrived at Janaf Shopping Yard in Norfolk on Tuesday morning and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Norfolk police have identified the man as Steven V. Weaver, 32, of Angier, North Carolina. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has not yet determined the cause of Weaver’s death.

Tesla spokesman, Will Nicholas, said that Weaver had been a contractor to Tesla. Nicholas also said that the opening of the charging station on Wednesday has… Read More

Woman Loses Life in Motorcycle Accident

Posted by Mary Lightman on August 20th, 2015 in In The News | No Comments

downloadA woman has lost her life following a motorcycle accident in Lexington County on Saturday.

South Carolina Highway Patrol officials say that the accident occurred around 3:30 a.m. n the 100 block of Saint David’s Church Road located near West Columbia.

Authorities have identified the victim as Caitlin Clark, 19, of Lexington. Clark had been a passenger on a motorcycle that was traveling on Saint David’s Church Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a fence.

According to the Lexington County Coroner, Clark died at the scene of the crash from injuries sustained in… Read More

Stay On Top of Your Records to Avoid Medical Malpractice

Posted by Nicole Gendics on August 19th, 2015 in medical malpractice | No Comments

Electronic medical records, also called EMRs, were created to help improve accuracy among medical professionals and eliminate errors. Unfortunately, EMRs have contributed to some medical malpractice claims due to inaccurate record keeping and even identity theft. If your doctor uses electronic records, there are ways that you can help protect yourself.

Keep Records of Your Own

When you go to the doctor, take a notebook along with you. Jot down your health issues, including symptoms, and the diagnosis you are given. Be sure that you write down any medications that you are on or prescribed.… Read More

Police Catch Man Involved in Intense Domestic Abuse Case

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

downloadPolice have placed under arrest a man who allegedly abused a woman who needed to be hospitalized.

According to Chief Deputy Mike Cochran of the Berkeley County Sherriff’s Office, the agency received a 911 call on Sassafras Lane in Summerville by a man saying that his daughter had been involved in a domestic dispute with the suspect. The man who had dialed 911 was able to flag down Sheriff’s deputies as they were on their way to the call.

The man called his daughter’s cellphone allowing deputies hear a loud disturbance going on through the phone. Deputies went off in search of the suspect. … Read More

Church Van Crashes through Railroad Gate

Posted by Mary Lightman on August 13th, 2015 in In The News | No Comments

downloadOne adult has been killed and nine children and another adult injured after the church van they were riding in crashed through a railroad crossing gate and into the side of a train in southwest Ohio.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said that a van carrying students enrolled in Vacation Bible School at a Church at Mayfield in Middletown approached the crossing gate in the city of Middletown. Authorities indicate that arms of the gates were down and it is still unclear why the driver continued and crashed the Ford passenger van into the train.

Police said that the ages of the children were between 7 –… Read More

Injured on the job in South Carolina? What Should I do Next?

Posted by Gary Christmas on August 13th, 2015 in Legal Advice, workers compensation | No Comments

H&C-Banner-finalized-v2Below is a short list of the things that we would recommend you do right away and then contact your South Carolina Workers’ Compensation lawyers with Howell & Christmas, LLC, to help you toll the statute of Limitations with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, put your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier on notice, get your medical care and treatment set up with the proper specialists for your injuries and help get you the maximum compensation rate that you are entitled to under South Carolina law.

  1. The first thing you should do after being injured
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Proof Required in a Medical Malpractice Case

Posted by Nicole Gendics on August 12th, 2015 in medical malpractice | No Comments

If you are considering filing suit for medical malpractice, one of the first things to consider is what you will be required to prove. At the end of the day, what you will need to show is that your medical provider was negligent and caused you harm. To be successful in court, you will need to prove the following:

Doctor-Patient Relationship

The first thing you will need to show is that you had a relationship with the medical care provider. This is not difficult to prove. A doctor-patient relationship exists when a doctor sees you and agrees to provide a diagnosis or treatment. This is an element of any… Read More