March 30, 2017

Are There Driverless Car Laws in South Carolina?

Driverless cars have been making national headlines since the original autonomous Tesla was first introduced.  Unfortunately, not all of these headlines have been positive. While Pittsburgh and other Pennsylvania cities continue to grapple with the safety and regulations of driverless Uber cars, other areas of the country have seen these autonomous vehicles involved in fatal crashes when the computer failed to recognize the difference between a clear blue sky and the side of a tractor trailer on a busy highway. Surveys have consistently shown that high numbers of current drivers are nervous or concerned about the potential for serious car wrecks involving driverless cars, with one national survey showing 3 out of 4 survey respondents stating they would be afraid to ride in a driverless car. With autonomous vehicles like the Tesla S are on the rise, you may be looking at headlines like this (in which autonomous cars ‘self-crashed’ during tests) and wondering… […]
March 21, 2017

Tired of Unwanted Junk Faxes? The TCPA May Protect You.

Unsolicited faxes have been a thorn in the side of businesses from the first day that fax machines became a common piece of equipment in just about every office. They interrupt your work, monopolize your fax line, and they’re not just a drain on your costly ink cartridges, but on your productivity, too. Most business owners have become resigned to unwanted junk faxes as just a part of the cost of doing business. Did you know that solicitations from businesses that you’ve never had a relationship with, and have no requested advertising from, could be against the law? 
March 17, 2017

Considering Becoming a Qui Tam Whistleblower? Read This First.

When you think of someone becoming a whistleblower, you may think of famous cases like Deep Throat and Watergate in the 70’s, Mark Whitacre and the price-fixing case that made national headlines in 1992, the fraud investigator who discovered Bernie Madoff’s crimes, and other headline-news events. Being a whistleblower on fraud doesn’t usually end up on the six o’clock news, however. Often, it looks more like everyday American citizens who stumble upon fraud being perpetrated against the state or federal government. When these citizens bring this information to the light, they become qui tam (KEE-tam) whistleblowers. Many whistleblowers work for the institutions or people they discover are committing fraud. If you have discovered that your employer is defrauding the United States government, you may wonder whether or not it’s safe to bring your suspicions or knowledge to light. Here are some tips for protecting yourself when becoming a qui tam […]
March 7, 2017

Injured By a Defective Product? You Have Options in South Carolina!

When you’ve been injured by a defective product, it may be hard to know where to turn. Should you simply try to return the product for the money you initially paid for it, taking on the cost of medical care for your injuries by yourself? Should you sue? In South Carolina, those who have been injured or made ill due to defective products they purchased have the ability to bring a products liability claim to court. Let’s take a look at the basics of defective product liability in South Carolina, what you’ll need to do to prove your claim, and what steps you should take in the event of injury or illness in this situation.
February 28, 2017

My Employer Denied My Workers Compensation Claim. Can I Take Them to Court?

Although work environments are much safer than in years past, work injuries still happen. Approximately 35,000 claims are filed each year in South Carolina for work related injuries or illnesses. South Carolina’s Workers Compensation law can cover the costs of medical care and provided compensation for time off work required for recovery after an on-the-job illness or injury.  Additionally, if the injury results in permanent disability, you may also be entitled to additional benefits for that disability If your workers compensation claim was denied, you may be wondering what to do next. Should you take your boss or company to court to attempt to recover the costs of medical care and time spent off work? Today, we’ll walk through the basics of why a claim might be denied, and what steps you should take to ensure your individual rights are respected.
February 20, 2017

Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney in South Carolina? Here’s What to Do:

Whether you’ve been the victim of a dog bite, your car has been damaged (or you’ve sustained injury) as a result of a vehicular collision involving a car, motorcycle, or tractor trailer, you or a family member has suffered due to medical malpractice, or any other personal injury matters, you may find yourself looking to hire a personal injury lawyer in South Carolina. Trying to decide how to get started on hiring an attorney to represent you in a court of law can be intimidating. We’d like to help make it easier by giving you a few tips on what to do when you’re preparing to meet with a personal injury attorney for the first time.
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.