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.
September 28, 2016

Staying Safe on Your Motorcycle This Fall in South Carolina

The onset of autumn in South Carolina brings out even more motorcyclists than the summer — the weather is milder, the sun doesn’t beat down quite so hard, and the view is simply spectacular. Whether you’re taking a day trip up to enjoy the mountains or headed down to the coast, it’s important to stay safe! Motorcycle accidents can cause serious physical injury or even be fatal, so it’s essential to take every safety precaution you can. We have a few tips to help you stay safe on your motorcycle this fall.
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.