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.
December 7, 2016

Eugene and Mary Lou Powell Sponsor Scholarship at USF

BNTD’s Gene Powell and his wife Mary Lou Powell have recently started a scholarship program to help students attending Mary Lou’s alma mater, the University of South Florida, on the GI Bill. The Veteran Success Last Mile Scholarship will help recipients who still need assistance in paying tuition beyond what is covered by the GI Bill. Gene and Mary Lou both have the military life in their blood — alongside Gene’s own time in the service, his three uncles all served during World War II. Mary Lou’s father was a Navy man who served at Pearl Harbor. While presenting the inaugural Veteran Success Last Mile Scholarship award during the USF Alumni Luncheon, Gene made the following remarks, which we print in full below:
November 21, 2016

Essential Facts About Prescription Drug Possession in South Carolina

As the prescription drug abuse crisis continues to grow nationwide, men and women across the country (as well as here in South Carolina) are arrested and charged in greater numbers for unlawful possession of prescription drugs. Laws on drugs, whether on simple possession or more complex issues like intent to distribute, are generally codified by the states. This means that laws on possession in California are likely to be very different than those here in South Carolina. Today, we’ll take a look at South Carolina’s laws surrounding possession of prescription drugs and what could happen if you are caught ingesting or in possession of these drugs without a doctor’s prescription.
November 11, 2016

What is the Role of Supervisors in Workers Compensation?

Most conversations about Workers’ Compensation — and our previous posts on the subject, from our series on the basics you need to know to more recent posts exploring traumatic brain injury, the possible worth of a Workers Comp case, and even the definition of mental injuries in the workplace — have focused on the individual employee who has been injured or made ill due to workplace events or conditions. What we haven’t explored very deeply before is the role of a supervisor or manager in these situations. We’d like to take some time today to look at the role of supervisors or management when it comes to workplace injuries and illnesses. Supervisors and managers are employees, too, and their special responsibility both represents the workplace itself, but also affects the injured or ill employee. Are you a supervisor or manager concerned about possible legal issues if a direct or indirect […]
November 3, 2016

Can I Have PTSD if I Was Never in Combat?

Service-connected PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is unfortunately an all-too-common side effect of serving in the military. Military servicemembers may return from deployment with symptoms ranging from low-level anxiety to nightmares, to completely debilitating fears. PTSD can keep you from being able to work or could even affect your interactions with friends and family. What about those soldiers who aren’t deployed into combat zones, however? One question we are often asked is, “Can I have PTSD if I was never in combat?“ We’d like to take a look at the answer to that question today.
October 26, 2016

What Is Gulf War Syndrome?

Gulf War Syndrome is a medical condition that was initially expressly equated with the first Gulf War, although certain symptoms have been found to span other conflicts in the Middle East and surrounding areas since then. The U.S. soldiers returning from the first Gulf War began suffering from chronic health issues that were chronicled and eventually became categorized as Gulf War Syndrome. More than 650,000 Service members served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm from August 2, 1990 to July 31, 1991. For VA benefits eligibility purposes, the Gulf War period is still in effect. This means that anyone who served on active duty from August 2, 1990, to present is considered a Gulf War Veteran.
October 19, 2016

How Much is My Workers’ Compensation Case Worth?

There’s no easy answer for this question. Every workers’ compensation claim is different. Claim values vary by factors like the the position of the worker, a worker’s salary, the type of accident, and more. In short, there is no one answer. However, this isn’t to say that a qualified and experienced attorney can’t at least formulate a projection as to what sort of payout you may be eligible for when you decide to sue for worker’s compensation. What sort of information will you have to provide in such a scenario? How can you calculate anticipated value for your case? What are you likely to walk away with when all is said and done? Here are a few things you’ll need to know to figure out what your worker’s compensation case might be worth.
October 12, 2016

What Happens If I Sue My Insurance Company?

If your insurance company has acted in bad faith or you’re considering filing suit against them for whatever reason, you may be wondering what will actually happen once you’ve taken that first step and scheduled a consultation with legal representation to discuss whether or not you may have a case. Insurance companies have been known to work very hard at dissuading their clients from taking legal action, and we generally find that clients who are thinking about suing their insurance companies do so only after exhaustive attempts at negotiation have failed. If you’ve had issues with your claims adjuster or agent, you’ve taken it above their head and spoken to higher-ups within the company, and you’re still not seeing results, it may be time to involve an attorney in order to get a satisfactory resolution. If you decide to take that step, here are a few things you need to […]
October 5, 2016

My Spouse Was a Servicemember. Am I Entitled to Survivors’ Benefits?

To lose a loved one is always a tragedy. For the spouse or family members of a military servicemember, that tragedy can be compounded by many different factors — whether they died during combat or deployment, after their return, or even years or decades later on. Family members may be left wondering if they’ll have access to any benefits to help them navigate the difficult path after their loved one has died. One of the most common questions we hear is from the spouses of recently deceased servicemembers, wondering if they will be able to access the benefits due after their loved one’s service. We have the answer below.