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Workers Compensation Mediation

Posted by Nicole Gendics on May 20th, 2015 in workers compensation | No Comments

If you are injured on the job and have filed a workers compensation claim, you may find yourself required to attend mediation. This does not mean your claim has been denied; it simply means that evidence needs to be provided to prove the validity of your claim. It also means that a neutral, third party will help both sides come to an agreeable settlement.

What is Mediation
Mediation is a formal process that assists both parties in reaching an agreement before the case proceeds to a hearing. The meeting will take place with you, your employer, and a mediator.

Why is Mediation Required?
Certain cases… Read More

Home Invasion Leads to Shots Fired

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

images (9)Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a shots fired and home invasion call at a home in Scott White Road in Hollywood at approximately 11:02 a.m. on Thursday morning.

According to Sheriff’s Department reports, when deputies arrived on scene two men were seen fleeing from a residence on bicycles toward the back yard of the home.

Deputies proceeded to the rear of the home and were confronted by an armed man at the back door of the house. Law enforcement instructed the man to drop his weapon at the subject. The man refused. One of the deputies fired his service weapon,… Read More

Don’t Get Bit (Dog Bite Prevention Week May 17-23)

Posted by Nicole Gendics on May 13th, 2015 in dog and animal attacks | No Comments

You only need to perform a basic Internet search to come across lists of dogs that are more likely to bite than others. You can discover the most vicious breeds and those that are the friendliest. You can learn how to read canine body language, and you can find out what to do if you are bitten.

But do you know how to avoid being bitten altogether? While some bites may be inevitable, there are situations that people put themselves in without realizing the mistake in their behavior. When you observe any of these scenarios, keep your hands off of the dog, especially if it doesn’t belong to you:

The dog is Read More

Electrical Worker Injured on the Job

Posted by Mary Lightman on May 12th, 2015 in In The News, workers compensation | No Comments

download (75)According to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call to assist from the Awendaw Fire Department for a workplace accident.  The dispatch described an individual who had “apparently sustained severe injuries from electricity.” Emergency crews airlifted the victim to Medical University Hospital.

According to South Carolina Electric & Gas, workers had been in the area and were working utility equipment at the time of the incident.

No matter if it is at home or on the job, no one ever sets out to have an accident. Even when you are focused on safety, accidents… Read More

Truck Struck as it Pulled out of Driveway, Kills Driver

Posted by Mary Lightman on May 8th, 2015 in auto accident, In The News, wrongful or accidental death | No Comments

887269_sad_eye2One person has died and another person is injured after an accident in Orangeburg County last week. According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident happened on Highway 70 and Shillings Bridge Road on Wednesday, at approximately 1:10 p.m. when a westbound car on Highway 70 struck a pickup truck that was pulling out onto the highway.

The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.  The driver of the car was transported to an area hospital with injuries which were considered to be non-life-threatening.

Even if you take every precaution and drive as carefully and… Read More

Hit and Run Driver Turns Himself In

Posted by Mary Lightman on May 6th, 2015 in auto accident, In The News | No Comments

824405_on_the_move2A hit and run driver has been arrested after he turned himself in.  The arrest comes in connection with an accident on April 30th when a Dodge Magnum rear-ended a St. Paul’s Battalion Chief’s truck and left the scene without stopping.

According to authorities, the fire chief for St. Paul’s had been turning into the Fire Station located on Highway 162 when he was struck by a vehicle being driven by Andrew Casey.  The fire chief, who was uninjured in the accident, attempted to follow the vehicle after the hit-and-run incident but was unable catch him.

Later the same evening, emergency… Read More

Understanding Workers Comp in SC

Posted by Nicole Gendics on May 6th, 2015 in workers compensation | No Comments

Each state has different rules and regulations when it comes to workers compensation. Understanding how workers comp works in South Carolina and what it can do for you is important if you are covered at work. Here are the basics.

What Is Workers Comp?

Workers compensation is a program that provides benefits to those who are injured at work or suffer illnesses brought on by situations at work. You are eligible for benefits, in most cases, if you are injured on the job or develop an illness that can be traced back to your job duties. You do not need to prove that your employer was at fault. You must, however,… Read More

How long can you be on Worker’s Comp?

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on April 30th, 2015 in FAQ, workers compensation | No Comments

A common question that many people have when they are injured on the job in South Carolina is often, “how long can I be on worker’s compensation.” Like most things in today’s field of Worker’s Compensation law, the answer depends on several factors. Workers Compensation is a limited benefits system, it is not the equivalent to what many people think of when they say “disability”. An injured worker in South Carolina may only receive five hundred weeks of benefits, at the most. Five hundred weeks, or a little more than nine years is the absolute longest anyone can “be on workers comp”.… Read More

Concrete Slab Falls, Kills Family

Posted by Mary Lightman on April 29th, 2015 in auto accident, In The News, wrongful or accidental death | No Comments

download (2)An accident in Washington State has killed a young couple and their infant son after a large concrete slab from a highway overpass fell onto their vehicle. According to officials, Josh and Vanessa and 6-month old Hudson Ellis were killed as they drove underneath the overpass in Bonney Lake where construction crews were installing a sidewalk on the state Route 410 overpass when a concrete barrier fell to the roadway below fell onto the cab of the Ellis’ pickup truck.

Pastor James Ludlow called the accident, “tragic” and said that the couple who were in their 20’s were both youth ministers… Read More

Crash Prevention is a Driver’s Responsibility

Posted by Gary Christmas on April 28th, 2015 in auto accident | No Comments

Recently, Consumer Affairs reported on a tragic accident that occurred when a driver followed GPS directions and drove off of a bridge. According to Consumer Affairs, there was an elevated roadway that and been partly demolished. A 64-year-old driver was on the road following instructions from his GPS and the vehicle ended up falling 37 feet down onto the pavement below. The car burst into flames. While the driver was able to survive the accident, his wife passed away due to burns at the scene of the accident.

The tragic accident was not the first to be caused by motorists paying attention to GPS … Read More