August 24, 2017

Does South Carolina Use the “One Bite” Rule for Dog Bite Lawsuits?

In an earlier post, we took a look into filing a personal injury lawsuit after a dog bite, including what steps to take immediately following being bitten, and potential legal outcomes. Many states utilize a so-called “one bite rule” when it comes to lawsuits following a dog bite. South Carolina stands apart in this case, as well as in their use of the “provocation defense”. What is the “one bite” rule? Why doesn’t South Carolina use the “one bite” rule, and what is the “provocation defense” in dog bite cases? Let’s take a look.
August 15, 2017

VA Disability News: Service Connection Warranted in Gulf War Veteran’s Lung Cancer

The “image” of those applying for VA Disability tends to fall into two categories: older Veteran servicemembers from around the time of Vietnam, or soldiers just now coming back from time spent in the Middle East. While these two groups make up a significant percentage of VA Disability representation, there is one group of Veterans that too often find themselves left out — those who served during Operation Desert Storm and the first Gulf War conflict. Relatively few VA Disability claims have been approved for the resulting health issues from smoke inhalation and other issues Gulf War Veterans suffered, but our case today shows a victory for Desert Storm Veterans seeking VA Disability. Let’s take a closer look.
August 10, 2017

Mediation, Part 2: Direct Negotiation and Assisted Mediation

Last week’s post, “Can Mediation Help You Avoid Going to Trial?“, went over the basics of the mediation process and how it can benefit those looking to avoid going before a judge or jury in a courtroom. Today, we’re going to take a closer look into two types of case resolution— direct negotiation and assisted mediation — how they differ, and how to know which process may work better in your unique situation. Lawsuit mediation is quite often ordered by the court during a lawsuit’s early stages. Even if you are certain that your particular situation will end in court, it’s worth taking the time to familiarize yourself with this particular tool, to ensure you have all the information you need before moving forward.
July 21, 2017

How Do I Appeal a Court Case?

Were you involved in a court case and you feel that the outcome was unjust? You may be wondering if appealing your case is an option and just what goes into an appeal. If you’re considering speaking with a legal representative about the possibility of appeal, we have a few basic facts you may want to know.
July 13, 2017

What is a VA Disability Buddy Statement?

When a veteran applies for VA Disability benefits as a result of service-connected conditions or other concerns,, they often present reams of documentation to prove their claim to the VA. One of the documents that you may find useful, when looking to provide supporting evidence, is a “buddy statement.” What is a VA Disability buddy statement, and when is a buddy statement important for proving your claim? Let’s take a closer look.
July 6, 2017

Can You Receive Social Security Disability for Invisible Disabilities?

Social Security Disability, intended to help those who find it hard or even physically impossible to support their households through employment due to injury or disease, can be difficult to gain access to. On average, 55% of applicants are ultimately rejected. It can take nearly two years just to get a hearing. Many of those with “invisible” disabilities — that is, disabling illnesses or injuries that are not immediately visible or apparent — find it even more strenuous and frustrating a process. Having an “invisible” disability doesn’t mean you can’t still get access to the Social Security Disability benefits that will allow you to maintain your quality of life. Today, we’ll take a look at these sometimes hard-to-prove disabilities and what you can do to fight for your individual rights when applying for SSD.
June 29, 2017

Fourth of July Safety Tips for South Carolina Celebrations

Our nation’s “birthday”, the Fourth of July is famous for fireworks, backyard barbecue parties, and red, white, and blue desserts. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July isn’t just a popular day for pulling out the grill — it’s also one of the top days for serious injury or accidents due to misused fireworks, drunk drivers, and other increased risks. We have three essential safety tips to keep in mind to help you make the most of our nation’s 241st birthday.
June 21, 2017

What Should You Do If Your Elderly Parent is Injured in a Nursing Home?

Nursing homes and “senior living centers” are growing, as the aging Baby Boomer generation begins to seek out assisted-living facilities designed to provide medical and personal care. When we move an elderly or infirm loved one into a nursing home facility, we are putting an incredible trust in the facility to provide that person with physical safety and emotional as well as physical care. The idea of your loved one being injured or sickened as a result of elder abuse in nursing homes may feel like a total betrayal of your trust. Elder abuse and nursing home neglect are increasingly in the news these days, and we understand that you may be wondering, what should you do if your elderly parent is injured in a nursing home. Today, we’ll take a look at types of abuse and what steps you should take if you begin to suspect your elderly loved […]
June 14, 2017

Can You File for Workers Compensation for Occupational Hearing Loss?

Although it too often goes unrecognized, noise-induced hearing loss is a fairly common health problem in the United States. People who report excellent hearing often test positive for hearing damage, and work exposure to loud noise increases the possibility of noise-induced hearing loss with time. If you’ve been exposed to dangerously loud noises and have suffered from hearing damage as a result of workplace conditions, you may be wondering if you’re eligible for Workers’ Compensation to help cover the costs associated with your partial or total workplace-related hearing loss. Let’s take a look.