Allison Sullivan

February 14, 2017

What to Do When You’re the Victim of a Hit-and-Run Automobile Accident

Last week, we took a look at the numbers of totally uninsured drivers on the road in South Carolina and what that could mean for you in the case of a collision in which an uninsured driver was at fault. One thing we just barely touched on in that post was the possibility of a car wreck where the at-fault driver leaves the scene without exchanging information. Since the driver in these cases isn’t always located and therefore it’s impossible to know whether or not they had insurance, you’ll need to take a few different steps in order to get the compensation you deserve. What should you do if you’re the victim of a hit-and-run vehicle collision? Read on to find out.
February 7, 2017

How Many Uninsured Drivers Are There in South Carolina?

Car insurance is an essential aspect of vehicle ownership. Proof of insurance is one of the first things you’ll be asked for if you’re pulled over by a police officer, and we may take for granted that in case of an automobile collision that we’ll be able to exchange insurance information with the other party. Unfortunately, not everyone has liability automobile insurance. We’ve spoken before about the rate of underinsured drivers in South Carolina and how to protect yourself, but there’s one problem that could be even worse — drivers with no insurance at all.
January 27, 2017

Can I Receive Compensation if my Pet Was Injured or Killed?

This is a subject near and dear to just about everyone’s heart — our pets and companion or service animals. Whether you have a highly-trained service animal or a household pet that you adopted for the joy and companionship that a devoted pet can bring, it can be heartbreaking to see them injured or killed as a result of another person’s actions or negligence. Are you able to receive compensation after the injury or death of a pet due to a car accident, deliberate action on the part of another individual, or other negligence? Today, we’ll take a look at the answer.
December 29, 2016

New Book on Social Security Disability by BNTD’s Own Stacy Thompson!

We’ve written a bit before on Social Security Disability and it is one of our main areas of practice. We dedicate ourselves to representing our clients to the best of our ability when it comes to making sure their individual rights are represented while filing their SSD claims and during their SSA hearing. We’re proud to announce that our own Stacy Thompson has recently published a book on Social Security Disability cases!
December 16, 2016

What Are The Top Causes of Tractor Trailer Collisions?

We’ve mentioned before that wrecks involving tractor trailers are on the rise. Since a tractor trailer accident or collision will almost certainly cause greater damage than automobile-only accidents, it’s important to remain informed on what to do in case you’re involved in one of these collisions, as well as to know what the most likely causes are so you can take steps to keep yourself safe on the roadways. While tracking and researching the worrying rise in tractor trailer truck wrecks, we noticed some patterns in what caused the collision. We’ve put together a list of the top causes of tractor trailer collisions, to help you stay informed and cautious while sharing the road.
December 7, 2016

Eugene and Mary Lou Powell Sponsor Scholarship at USF

BNTD’s Gene Powell and his wife Mary Lou Powell have recently started a scholarship program to help students attending Mary Lou’s alma mater, the University of South Florida, on the GI Bill. The Veteran Success Last Mile Scholarship will help recipients who still need assistance in paying tuition beyond what is covered by the GI Bill. Gene and Mary Lou both have the military life in their blood — alongside Gene’s own time in the service, his three uncles all served during World War II. Mary Lou’s father was a Navy man who served at Pearl Harbor. While presenting the inaugural Veteran Success Last Mile Scholarship award during the USF Alumni Luncheon, Gene made the following remarks, which we print in full below:
November 11, 2016

What is the Role of Supervisors in Workers Compensation?

Most conversations about Workers’ Compensation — and our previous posts on the subject, from our series on the basics you need to know to more recent posts exploring traumatic brain injury, the possible worth of a Workers Comp case, and even the definition of mental injuries in the workplace — have focused on the individual employee who has been injured or made ill due to workplace events or conditions. What we haven’t explored very deeply before is the role of a supervisor or manager in these situations. We’d like to take some time today to look at the role of supervisors or management when it comes to workplace injuries and illnesses. Supervisors and managers are employees, too, and their special responsibility both represents the workplace itself, but also affects the injured or ill employee. Are you a supervisor or manager concerned about possible legal issues if a direct or indirect […]
October 19, 2016

How Much is My Workers’ Compensation Case Worth?

There’s no easy answer for this question. Every workers’ compensation claim is different. Claim values vary by factors like the the position of the worker, a worker’s salary, the type of accident, and more. In short, there is no one answer. However, this isn’t to say that a qualified and experienced attorney can’t at least formulate a projection as to what sort of payout you may be eligible for when you decide to sue for worker’s compensation. What sort of information will you have to provide in such a scenario? How can you calculate anticipated value for your case? What are you likely to walk away with when all is said and done? Here are a few things you’ll need to know to figure out what your worker’s compensation case might be worth.
October 12, 2016

What Happens If I Sue My Insurance Company?

If your insurance company has acted in bad faith or you’re considering filing suit against them for whatever reason, you may be wondering what will actually happen once you’ve taken that first step and scheduled a consultation with legal representation to discuss whether or not you may have a case. Insurance companies have been known to work very hard at dissuading their clients from taking legal action, and we generally find that clients who are thinking about suing their insurance companies do so only after exhaustive attempts at negotiation have failed. If you’ve had issues with your claims adjuster or agent, you’ve taken it above their head and spoken to higher-ups within the company, and you’re still not seeing results, it may be time to involve an attorney in order to get a satisfactory resolution. If you decide to take that step, here are a few things you need to […]