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Cyclist Thrown Over Guardrail

Posted by Mary Lightman on July 29th, 2015 in In The News | No Comments

images (37)A motorcyclist has died as the result of injuries he sustained in an accident on Interstate 526 on Saturday.

According to the North Charleston Police Department, officers responded to the crash after 11 p.m. on Interstate 526 near International Boulevard where Rollins Wright, 59, lost control of his motorcycle and struck a guardrail. He was thrown over the guardrail and died at the scene of the crash. Police say that the accident caused a chain reaction as vehicles attempted to avoid the motorcycle. None of the other drivers suffered injuries in the accident

The tragedy of losing a loved one in… Read More

California Man Guilty of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Posted by Nicole Gendics on July 29th, 2015 in workers compensation | No Comments
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Many people think that they aren’t paid enough for the work that they do. Many people in today’s economy are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Some people ask for raises, other people deal with the hand they have been dealt. A scant few decide to scam the system for a chance at easy money.

Anyone who has thought of filing a false claim for workers’ compensation should look to Howard Neel and think again.

Neel, of Oroville, California, is now facing up to five years in prison. Additionally, he could be forced to pay back up to $200,000 after being convicted of fraud. The man was convicted last week … Read More

2 Killed, 4 Injured in Van Rollover

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

images (36)A woman and boy were fatally injured in a crash that happened on Interstate 95 near St. George last weekend.

According to the Highway Patrol, a woman from Camden, N.J. driving a 2002 Dodge van veered off the right side of the northbound lanes of the interstate at approximately 9:45 p.m. The van struck a guard rail, went down an embankment and overturned. The driver and all five passengers in the van at the time of the crash were seriously injured. A 51-year-old woman died at an area hospital while an 11-year-old boy died at the scene of the accident.

Authorities have withheld the names of the crash victims… Read More

Five Riskiest Surgeries for Patients

Posted by Nicole Gendics on July 20th, 2015 in medical malpractice | No Comments
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Any surgery carries with it an inherent amount of risk. Very few could tell you that any surgery doesn’t bring with it the possibility of injury or, in the worst cases, death. Medical malpractice cases run the gamut of procedures, but there are certain surgeries that are riskier than others. Here are the top five.

  1. Craniectomy

A craniectomy involves cutting a piece of the skull away in order to allow a surgeon access to the brain. The piece of skull is not replaced when the surgery is complete. Patients who recover after the surgery must protect their heads for the rest of their lives or risk injury… Read More

Kindergartner Injured in Hit and Run

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

downloadA 5-year-old boy on a bicycle was injured in a hit-and-run accident on Thursday evening.

Investigators are still currently searching for the driver responsible for hitting the child on Leman Drive, approximately a mile south of Anderson at around 8:16 p.m.

The boy was transported to AnMed Health with non-life-threatening injuries.

South Carolina Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash and are currently searching for a driver described as being possibly Hispanic, driving a burgundy Ford Taurus that is possibly missing the passenger-side headlight. The car is described as havingRead More

Wrong-Way Accident on I-40

Posted by Mary Lightman on July 14th, 2015 in In The News | No Comments

images (15)Two people are dead and two additional people have been injured in a wrong-way accident on Interstate 40 in Winston-Salem.

According to Trooper D.B. Lewis of the State Highway Patrol, a Honda CRV was heading eastbound in the westbound lane when it collided head-on with a Honda Accord at approximately 3:20 a.m. near Peters Creek Parkway. The drivers of both vehicles were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The accident victims are identified as David Gonzalez, 26, of Winston-Salem, and Bryant Lee Edward Miles, 27, of High Point.

Two passengers, both in the Honda CRV, were transportedRead More

Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

Posted by Nicole Gendics on July 13th, 2015 in workers compensation, Workplace accidents | No Comments
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When it comes to workers’ compensation claims, there are certain jobs that are deemed to be more dangerous than others. Jobs like accounting and teaching are thought to be fairly safe, while jobs like construction and factory work are filled with accidents waiting to happen. The following is a list of what are thought to be the 10 most dangerous jobs today.

1. Fisherman

The job of a fisherman is a dangerous one. There are approximately 116 deaths for every 100,000 worker. The hours are long and the work environment is dangerous. From accidents on board to weathering tropical storms, these workers… Read More

Victims Turning to Alternate Sources of Compensation

Posted by Mary Lightman on July 11th, 2015 in In The News | No Comments

download (80)One of the most profound changes in raising money for various causes has come from crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe and Indiegogo.com.

No matter what the cause for raising funds seems to be, from college students caught short on funds to helping pay the vet bills for beloved pet or to help someone with expenses after an accident, crowdfunding has become a phenomenon that allows ordinary people to reach out and ask for assistance through the power of the internet.

GoFundMe is set up where users can enter their zip code and find area residents who have launched campaigns. In Charleston, dozens … Read More

Fee for Emergency Response may Pass in Dorchester County

Posted by Mary Lightman on July 9th, 2015 in In The News | No Comments

download (78)Getting into an accident in certain areas of Dorchester County may end up costing motorists a fee for emergency response.

On Monday, the City Council passed the second reading of an amendment that would impose a fee for non-residents involved in car crashes in which Dorchester County Fire Rescue personnel are dispatched.  This fee would only be assessed to non-residents involved in crashes in unincorporated areas of Dorchester County.

The cost for any incidents occurring in the unincorporated areas would be billed in hourly increments, rounding up to the nearest hour. Accidents that … Read More

10 Medical Malpractice Myths

Posted by Nicole Gendics on July 8th, 2015 in medical malpractice | No Comments
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When it comes to medical malpractice, there are facts and myths that people buy into whole-heartedly. Whether someone told you a horror story about their own experience or you have read an article online detailing a medical error, you may have certain ideas and opinions when it comes to the topic of medical malpractice.

Before you form a solid opinion, here are 10 myths that may surprise you:

  1. Most Lawsuits are Frivolous

While it is true that some people will sue anyone, the majority of malpractice suits are based in fact. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that of the cases filed,… Read More