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Top Misconceptions Surrounding Car Accidents

Posted by Nicole Gendics on February 5th, 2016 in auto accident | No Comments

Do you think you know everything there is to know about car accident? Think again. Many of the things that people consider to be “facts” are anything but. Read on to discover the top misconceptions regarding car accidents.

Guaranteed Compensation

Despite what you may believe, you are not guaranteed compensation after you have been involved in a car accident. There are a variety of factors that go into whether or not you are due compensation beyond what the insurance companies are willing to pay.

  1. The type of coverage the other driver has.
  2. Who was at fault.
  3. Whether or not you carry supplemental
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Help Your Kids Enjoy Bicycling Safely

Posted by Nicole Gendics on February 3rd, 2016 in child accidents | No Comments

Children tend to ride their bicycles year round in South Carolina, weather permitting. Letting your kids enjoy time outdoors in the fresh air is a great way to allow them to get some exercise. Biking should not only be considered play. It is a great responsibility, and children need to follow safety rules to help ensure that a fun afternoon of riding doesn’t turn tragic.

According to statistics, accidents involving bicycles occur at fairly high rates. Just two years ago, more than 700 cyclists were killed in accidents involving bikes and cars. Another 48,000 people were injured. The … Read More

Drunk Driving Stats Point to South Carolina as One of the Dealiest

Posted by Nicole Gendics on February 1st, 2016 in auto accident | No Comments

Drunk driving is a problem all across the nation. When it comes to drinking and driving deaths, no state is 100% safe. That said, as is true of any list, there are states that must rank at the top. Unfortunately, South Carolina is one of the worst when it comes to drunk driving. Ranked third in the nation, the state has remained near the top of the list for several years.

What the Statistics Say

According to 2012 statistics, South Carolina sees just over seven deaths for every 100,000 residents. In 2012, the state saw the loss of nearly 360 of its citizens to drunk driving accidents. Many of these deaths… Read More

Medical Malpractice Cases are Not Frivolous

Posted by Nicole Gendics on January 29th, 2016 in In The News | No Comments

HOUSTON, TX – According to one veteran lawyer, the claim that attorneys will bring any “frivolous” medical malpractice claim to court is simply a myth. No lawyer, according to Kay Van Wey, an attorney practicing in Texas, would bring a medical malpractice lawsuit to court if they didn’t believe they could win the claim for their client.

A report published in the Journal of Patient Safety says that medical errors kill more than 400,000 people in the United States every year. While there are certainly good doctors and other medical professionals practicing safe medicine, there are those… Read More

New Pain-Reducing Implant Could Affect Workers’ Compensation

Posted by Nicole Gendics on January 27th, 2016 in In The News | No Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted in favor of approving a drug implant that would combat addiction to opioids. While it may be beneficial to those addicted, it may also mean added costs for those who are paying for workers compensation.

Probuphine, the implant in question, is surgically inserted by a doctor under the skin of a patient’s arm. It delivers a daily dose of buprenorphine for a maximum of six months. In a typical case, a patient who is on a controlled substance for pain relief is tapered off of that opioid and onto oral buprenorphine. The patient is then tapered off the buprenorphine.… Read More

Do Not Hurt Your Own Workers’ Compensation Claim

Posted by Nicole Gendics on January 25th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

It is not unusual for a workers’ compensation claim to be ruined due to a lawyer who is inexperienced in this type of law. Claims are also lost because of mistakes on the part of the client. When it comes to workers’ compensation claims, you don’t want to be your own worst enemy. Here are the things you need to avoid.

  1. Not Reporting

You only have so much time under law to report your injury. Failure to do so negates your claim. If you are involved in an accident at work, report it. Even if you think you are not injured, you may feel the repercussions of your accident later.

  1. Making Things Up

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The Risks of Chiropractic Care Are Real

Posted by Nicole Gendics on January 22nd, 2016 in medical malpractice | No Comments

If you are considering seeing a chiropractor for health benefits, wait. If you are thinking about making an appointment with a chiropractor for improved joint mobility or a back that doesn’t ache when you get out of bed in the morning, wait. In a book released by licensed chiropractor Preston H. Long, the issues with this type of “medicine” are finally exposed by someone who has been there and done that.

While chiropractic care is beneficial to many, it is not the cure-all that it is touted by some to be. Here are some things you should know.

  1. Narrow Scope

The ailments that chiropractic care will… Read More

Refuse Worker Killed on the Job

Posted by Nicole Gendics on January 20th, 2016 in workers compensation, Workplace accidents | No Comments

CALIFORNIA – A city worker at Berkeley’s Zero Waste division was killed last week after an accident sustained at work.

Reports are vague, but according to witnesses and city spokesperson Matthai Chakko, Johnny Tolliver, 52, was injured after a mishap with his garbage truck. Tolliver succumbed to his injuries. Friends and family say that the man will be remembered for his generosity and reliability.

City personnel say that accidents such as these are rare. Outside of police and fire work, few city employees are injured on the job. While the details of the accident remain under investigation,… Read More

Medical Malpractice Payouts on the Decline

Posted by Nicole Gendics on January 18th, 2016 in In The News | No Comments

SAN DIEGO, Cal – A recent report was released outlining the decline in medical malpractice claims filed against anesthesiologists. According to the report, which used data from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), there was a decrease in payouts from 2005 to 2013. The drop in payouts was about $80 million.

An interesting find was that while medical malpractice claims may be declining overall, there was a rise in claims filed in outpatient cases. Researchers and other professionals are attributing this rise to an increase in treatments offered on an outpatient basis. The things that… Read More

Emergency Rooms are Home to Error

Posted by Nicole Gendics on January 13th, 2016 in medical malpractice | No Comments

When was the last time you sat in an emergency room? Whether it was last week or last year, chances are that you waited for an hour or more and found yourself irritated, to say the least. While being forced to wait for hours when you don’t feel well is annoying, it is not the biggest problem that you could have in the emergency room.

Emergency rooms across the country are plagued with errors. Some are easily taken care of, and some are deadly. Here are five of the most common errors that occur in the fast-paced hospital ward.

  1. Diagnostic Errors

Close to 55% of all emergency room errors can be chalked up to… Read More