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September 21, 2016

Can the VA Reduce My Service-Connected Disability Benefits?

As we’ve mentioned in earlier blogs about working with the VA, disability payments based on service-connected disability or conditions vary widely depending on the injuries or disabilities that the claim is based on, and also the context and circumstances in which the injuries or disability occurred. Even after a claim is settled and you begin receiving regular benefits, you may have questions remaining. Some of our clients have contacted us after settlement to ask, “Can the VA reduce my benefits?” Today, we’d like to take a moment to answer the question.
September 12, 2016

What is a Qui Tam?

While many people are aware of the impact whistleblowers can have on both their employers and society at large, it can be easy to confuse a basic whistleblower lawsuit with “qui tam” (pronounced “kee tam”  )suits under the False Claims Act. Also known as the “Lincoln Law”, the False Claims Act imposes liability on individuals or companies who are found to have financially defrauded the federal government.
September 5, 2016

What Questions Will a Judge Ask at a Social Security Disability Hearing?

  Taking your case to court is often a nerve-wracking experience for those who aren’t terribly familiar with the legal complexities and processes involved with the Social Security application process. Even more understandable is being nervous in the case of Social Security Disability hearings, when your ability to pay monthly utilities or keep food on the table feels like it’s on the line. The best offense when a case goes in front of a judge is preparation. While your legal representative will help you to prepare, it’s also worthwhile to know as early as possible the kinds of questions you may need to answer. Here are a few pertinent details the judge may want to know more about.
August 29, 2016

What Do I Do After a Tractor Trailer Wreck?

While most of us know the basics on what to do in case of a vehicle collision with another car or truck, things can be complex and confusing if you’re involved in a collision with a tractor trailer. Any wreck involving a tractor trailer doesn’t just involve you and the driver of the semi, but also the company that may employ the driver, and all of the insurance companies that may have coverage involved in the collision. This can leave you unsettled, confused, and stressed while trying to deal with injuries and the legal aftermath. Today, we’d like to walk you through what to do if you’ve been involved in an accident with a semi.
August 15, 2016

BNTD Law Members Named in Best Lawyers in America

Last week we let you know about some good news for John Nichols, and this week we have some more great news to share here at BNTD Law!
August 10, 2016

Great News for John Nichols at BNTD Law!

COLUMBIA, SC — John Nichols, partner with Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado (BNTD) has been included in Columbia Business Monthly’s 2016 edition of “Legal Elite of the Midlands” in the area of Corporate Law. Recent honors for Nichols include the inaugural G. Dewey Oxner, Jr. Mentor of the Year Award in 2015, the South Carolina Bar’s 2016 Trial and Appellate Advocacy Award, Super Lawyers Magazine’s 2016 South Carolina Super Lawyer and Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Appellate Practice.
August 1, 2016

Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation for Mental Injuries?

Workers’ Compensation cases most often come about as a result of a physical injury such as a construction worker being injured by falling materials, someone slipping and falling on a wet floor with no cautionary sign nearby, or a back injury after lifting something too heavy. There is a another category of injury, however, that is less talked-about when it comes to Workers’ Compensation cases… psychological (or ‘mental’) injury.
July 8, 2016

Meet Our VA Attorneys: Clyde “Bennett” Gore

For the next couple of weeks, we’ll be taking time here at Bluestein Attorneys‘ blog to do something a little different. It’s essential when dealing with sensitive legal issues to get an understanding of the attorneys you’re looking to represent you — and nowhere is that more important than in Veterans Affairs Disability claims. Our VA attorneys have agreed to answer a few questions that will help you get to know them a little bit better, and to understand why they are so passionate about defending and standing up for the rights of military veterans and servicemembers. First up, we’ll meet with Clyde Gore.
June 28, 2016

First Offense DUI: What You Should Know

South Carolina has been working aggressively to cut down on drivers who operate vehicles under the influence after we ranked among the top in the US for DUI fatalities. While you may associate alcohol intoxication with “driving under the influence,” that is not the only cause for a DUI.  Illegal drugs and prescription pain killers can also be a source of impairment for drivers.  It’s important to know what possible consequences you’re facing if you are charged with Driving Under the Influence. Today, we’ll walk you through what you may be looking at when charged with a first-offense DUI. Certain circumstances, such as driving under the influence with children in the car, a blood-alcohol level that is a certain amount or more over the legal limit, and other problems may lead to stricter penalties even for a first offense.