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On-the-Job Holiday Decorating Safety

Posted by Nicole Gendics on November 25th, 2015 in workers compensation, Workplace accidents | No Comments

If you own a business, you may be considering decorating for the holidays or even giving the job to your employees. If you are planning on decorating, now is as good a time as any to remind yourself and your employees about safety tips that can help prevent workers’ compensation claims. Use the following as a guide as you begin to deck the halls this holiday season.

  1. Bending and Lifting

Like many, you have your decorations stored in boxes or totes. Some of your boxes may be quite heavy, while some may be light as a feather. Either way, make sure that your employees remember to lift with their knees and … Read More

School Mascot Injures Fan

Posted by Mary Lightman on November 19th, 2015 in back and spinal injury, In The News | No Comments

downloadSchool spirit at football games can be infections and exciting. But sometimes things can get out of hand and someone could get hurt in the heat of the moment. That is what happened at a recent game at Arizona State University. An official from suburban Phoenix has filed a lawsuit against Arizona State University, saying that ASU’s mascot, Sparky, seriously injured his back when the costumed character playfully leaped on him at a football game just two months after he had surgery.

The suit was filed by Tempe City Councilman David Schapira regarding an incident that happened on September 18th.… Read More

Physical Fitness as a Way of Reducing Workers’ Comp Claims

Posted by Nicole Gendics on November 18th, 2015 in workers compensation | No Comments

As an employer, it makes sense that you want to pay as little in the way of workers’ compensation claims as possible. If it seems like you have employees filing claims left and right, it is time to take a hard, long look at the way your business is run. While accidents are not unusual, multiple accidents and injuries are. Injury should never be common in the workplace. When you start to believe that your employees are falling ill or getting injured at a rate that is higher than typical, you need to make a plan.

While you should certainly re-educate your employees when it comes to company safety policies… Read More

Double Fatal Accident in Hartsville

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

downloadAn accident has taken the life of two people after their vehicle went off the road and struck a sign and a utility pole.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, The Nissan Maxima went off the right side of the road then struck the sign and then the utility pole at approximately 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Billy Farrow Highway and Carolina Avenue in Hartsville.

The victims have identified by Coroner Todd Hardee as David Christopher McAllister, 29, and Edward McAllister, 29. Both men were from Darlington. Both were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

If a loved one has been… Read More

Church Van Crash Kills 4, Injures Many

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

download (96)Five people are dead and several others have been injured after an accident involving a church van on their way to church services and a pickup truck.

Authorities indicate that the van was carrying approximately 16 people when it was struck by a pickup truck that crossed the center lane and into the path of the van. Police investigators say that the driver of the church van had no time to react in order to avoid the accident. Before striking the church van, the truck had also truck another vehicle.

The impact killed the driver of the pickup truck as well as an elderly couple and a six year old girl. A woman… Read More

What Determines if I have a Medical Malpractice Case in South Carolina?

Posted by Gary Christmas on November 12th, 2015 in medical malpractice | No Comments

shutterstock_298032284Patients and family members are often devastated to discover that doctor negligence has caused injury, illness, or death. Doctors are supposed to help, not hurt, but all medical care providers can make serious mistakes that affect patient outcomes. Howell & Christmas, LLC represents clients who have been victimized by medical malpractice in South Carolina, providing help to patients and surviving family members in holding doctors accountable. We know how frightening it can be to face a poor health prognosis, mounting medical bills, or the death of a loved one- all caused by your doctor.… Read More

Moped Riders Dead After Accident

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

images (2)Two moped riders are dead after a hit-and-run accident on Oliver Road and Land Grant Drive on Sunday Morning

A spokesperson with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said that a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer had been traveling South on Oliver Road when the vehicle struck a moped, also traveling Southbound on Oliver Road that was carrying two people. Both riders were killed in the accident. The driver of the Trailblazer fled the scene of the crash.

Coroner Keith VonLutcken has identified the two victims as Jerome Green, 47 of Effingham and Tameika Mclean, 32, also of Effingham.

Authorities have identified… Read More

Overdiagnosed Conditions May Lead to Medical Malpractice

Posted by Nicole Gendics on November 11th, 2015 in medical malpractice | No Comments

Once you hit a certain age, it may seem like every person you know is being diagnosed with an illness. You hear the news of one friend’s illness and wonder who is going to be next. You may even begin to think you are imagining things. Surely there can’t be that much wrong in your circle of friends. The good news is that you aren’t imagining things. The bad news is that over diagnosis is on the rise.

While the majority of doctors and other medical professionals perform their duties with diligence, others are quick to diagnose patients with illnesses that may never cause problems. Here… Read More

How does Workers’ Compensation pay you in South Carolina?

Posted by Gary Christmas on November 9th, 2015 in workers compensation | No Comments

shutterstock_276008525So you’ve been injured on the job and hopefully by now made it to the proper doctor specialist to help diagnose and treat your injuries. Once you get over this initial trauma and emergency situation the next thought naturally turns to what benefits am I entitled to under South Carolina Workers’ Compensation law and importantly how does Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier pay you?  To get the answers to these questions, you should hire and experienced South Carolina workers compensation lawyer.  In the meantime, here are some pointers.

If you have a minor injury and are able to return… Read More

Officer’s Actions Under Investigation from FBI after Student Assault Caught on Video

Posted by Mary Lightman on November 5th, 2015 in child abuse, In The News | No Comments

download (61)An incident surrounding a viral video involving a high school student and a police officer is now under investigation by both the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Federal authorities initiated a probe on Tuesday into the circumstances surrounding an incident between a school resource officer’s actions at a high school in South Carolina the day before.

Federal investigators will be lending their assistance to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department after it was thrust into the midst of a national controversy when one of the department’s deputies overturned the student’s… Read More