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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.
February 3, 2017

PTSD Related to Military Sexual Trauma: What Documents Do You Need?

We tend to think of military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in terms of military service in combat — that the disorder is caused by being under direct fire, subject to IEDs and their long-term effects, or just the day-to-day stress of combat possibilities. While we’ve spoken before about how PTSD can occur even when you are not in direct combat during military service, there’s one cause of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that can be hidden for years or even decades — military sexual trauma. Today, we’d like to take a look at this tragically common occurrance and what you can do if you’re a survivor.
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.
January 20, 2017

PTSD and TBI Are Hard to Tell Apart, But There’s Hope.

For those who have served our country in the military, even if they did not directly see combat, suffering from military Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) may seem all too likely, if not inevitable. The two disorders carry many similarities in symptoms, such as irritability, depression, hypersensitivity, memory loss, dizziness, and an increased liklihood of dealing with drug or alcohol addiction. Due to these similarities, misdiagnosis has been rampant. This has led to serious issues in ensuring military veterans and current servicemembers are able to access the correct treatment and disability that need.  One recent study, however, suggests that it may soon be far easier for medical professionals to accurately diagnose traumatic brain injury and PTSD. What does this mean for servicemembers dealing with service-connected PTSD or TBI? Let’s take a look.
January 4, 2017

I’ve Been Pulled Over for Texting While Driving: Part 1 of Distracted Driving Series

More than 1.1 million car crashes in 2013 involved the use of cell phones while driving, according to the National Safety Council. The numbers have only risen in the last couple of years, with the latest figures reading at about 1.6 million, with more than 330,000 injuries. Many of these crashes involve texting while driving, and states all throughout the nation have begun to take steps to address this growing concern. While there are as of yet no federal laws on the books outright outlawing cell phone use while driving, individual states, counties, and even local municipalities have all passed their own laws and ordinances.  What should you do if you’re pulled over for texting while driving in South Carolina? Let’s take a look at the facts.
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 28, 2016

Throwing a Party and the Police Arrive? Here’s What You Need to Know.

New Year’s Eve is the one the biggest days of the year for parties. Whether you’re heading out on the town or to a friend’s house, hosting your own gathering, or you’re the type to curl up with a mug of tea and watch the ball drop at midnight, it’s important to stay safe and know your rights. What are your rights if the police come to your home? We have a short list of information you need to know.
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.