November 3, 2022

For 2023, Bluestein Attorneys again listed in top metro tier of Best Law Firms

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in America® have named Bluestein Attorneys as one of the top law firms in three practice areas in the Columbia area in the 2023 edition of their “Best Law Firms” listing. This marks the firm’s 13th year to receive the distinction recognizing the top firms in the community. Bluestein Attorneys was named to Tier 1 in these three practice areas: ·         Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs ·         Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs ·         Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants To be eligible for a recognition, law firms must have at least one lawyer included in The Best Lawyers in America® in the same year. In August, Bluestein Attorneys had three partners on the list for Columbia. With the practice areas in which they were named, they were: ·         Margaret Miles Bluestein: Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants ·         Clarke Newton: Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and […]
August 23, 2022

Best Lawyers recognizes four Bluestein Attorneys in 2023

Best Lawyers in America® recognizes four Bluestein Attorneys in 2023, with two named “Lawyer of the Year” COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Best Lawyers in America® has, in its 2023 edition, once again recognized three partners at Bluestein Attorneys, two of whom received “Lawyer of the Year” distinction in their respective practice areas. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each practice area and location. The three partners who again have been honored on the Best Lawyers list for Columbia, and the practice areas in which they are named, are: Margaret Miles Bluestein – Workers’ Compensation Law-Claimants Clarke Newton – Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs and “Lawyer of the Year” Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs Allison Sullivan – Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and “Lawyer of the Year” Workers’ Compensation Law-Claimants Also, Timothy Mercer has been listed among “Ones to Watch,” for his work in Administrative/Regulatory Law. “Ones to Watch” recognizes attorneys who […]
August 3, 2022

Exposure to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 Congress recently passed a bill that clears the way for many veterans and their families who were stationed at the Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina to seek compensation for medical conditions likely caused by contaminated water. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 eliminates a legal barrier prohibiting these victims from suing the government for benefits related to the illnesses related to the toxic water exposures at Camp Lejeune. The Act is under the umbrella of the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022. Toxins in water likely to blame for multiple health problems Exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune during a 30-year period is blamed for various health conditions, including several types of cancer, fertility problems, Parkinson’s disease, and more. Victims were exposed to the contaminated water by drinking it, cooking with it, cleaning with it, […]
April 13, 2021

What Does Litigation Mean?

Answering this question seems like it should be as short as a simple definition. According to Dictionary.com, litigation is simply “1. the act or process of litigating or 2. a lawsuit.” While those definitions are accurate, they don’t actually tell you anything. Filing a lawsuit triggers a series of mechanisms that help the parties work towards resolving a dispute.  While many people assume that lawsuits are always resolved before a jury or a judge in court, they are commonly settled by a out-of-court agreement between the parties involved thanks to the litigation process.
April 13, 2021

Distracted Driving Part 2

Last week, we took a look at what to do if you’re pulled over for texting and driving in South Carolina — this week, we’ll be discussing what you may be entitled to if you are involved in a car wreck where the at-fault driver was texting when the accident occurred. While there are increasing numbers of high-profile campaigns to discourage distracted driving, the truth is that more people are texting behind the wheel in 2016 than ever before. This has led to an increasing number of car wrecks in which texting was a significant factor in the cause of the collision — and the rate of injuries is increasing, too. If you’ve been the victim of a vehicular collision in which the person at fault was texting while driving, you may be entitled to compensation to help cover your medical bills, car repairs, and other problems that occur as a […]
April 6, 2021

Manage Your Social Security Benefits Online

Did You Know You Can Manage Your Social Security Benefits Online? With a free my Social Security account, you can take advantage of many convenient and secure services online, at www.ssa.gov/myaccount. Whether at home or on the go, you can use this account to complete most Social Security business online, without calling or requesting an appointment.
February 16, 2021

Can I Work While On Social Security Disability?

If you’re looking into applying for Social Security Disability, it can feel overwhelming and you may find yourself with a lot of questions. “What will the judge ask at my disability hearing?” is one that we hear often, and answered in a previous blog. There’s one more very common question we hear, and we’d like to take the time to answer that question for you today.
February 16, 2021

Does Workers’ Comp Pay for Vocational Training?

In most cases, employees filing for Workers’ Compensation after a workplace illness or injury will be able to return to the same position after receiving medical treatment and perhaps taking time off to fully recover.
January 26, 2021

Health effects of Occupational Exposure to Asphalt

What Construction Workers Should Know About Asphalt Exposure Over a half-million workers are exposed to fumes from asphalt, a petroleum product used extensively in road paving, roofing, siding, and concrete work. Health effects from exposure to asphalt fumes include headache, skin rash, sensitization, fatigue, reduced appetite, throat and eye irritation, cough, and skin cancer according to the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. This board wants managers, safety experts, and construction site operators to take efforts to address exposure to asphalt fume exposure.