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.
June 22, 2016

What Fireworks Are Legal in South Carolina?

The arsenal you and your family have acquired for your Fourth of July festivities is nothing to sneeze at, but to not bother your freedom-loving neighbors, knowing South Carolina’s laws may be your best bet in having a fun and safe holiday. 
May 27, 2016

10 Do’s and Don’ts For Car Insurance Claims

In the case of sudden damage to your vehicle, whether it’s weather-related, a fallen tree branch, or a collision between two vehicles, you’ll first need to stay calm and assess the situation. You may be wondering just what to do after a car accident. Whether the damage is minor or more serious, you’ll want to know these do’s and don’ts before bringing a claim to your insurance company. 
May 11, 2016

Tractor Trailer Accidents Are Increasing. Are You Prepared?

In June 2014, comedian Tracy Morgan made national headlines, not for the content of his comedy, but because his limo-van was impacted and nearly destroyed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer being driven for the big-box retail giant Walmart. Tracy Morgan’s good friend James McNair, a well-known comedian in his own right, was killed in the crash, and Mr. Morgan himself spent time in a coma in critical condition. Kevin Roper, the driver of the semi-truck that hit Mr. Morgan’s limosine van, was confirmed to have been working for 13 consecutive hours prior to the accident, and was only a half-hour shy of the federal daily limit when it occurred. Prosecutors have alleged that he had not slept for at least twenty-four hours straight in the time prior to the crash.  One detail often left out of news articles about this tragedy is that, unfortunately, wrecks with tractor trailers are […]
May 5, 2016

Underinsured Drivers: Are you Covered in Case of an Accident?

South Carolina’s rate of uninsured drivers has been steadily improving since the early 2000’s. It can be comforting to look at an uninsured-motorist rate of only about 8% and think that most collisions that take place will involve liability insurance coverage on the at-fault vehicle.  Unfortunately, while the rate of uninsured drivers is low, the rate of underinsured drivers remains shockingly high. What does this mean for you in case of an automobile accident, wreck involving a semi/tractor trailer, or motorcycle wreck? Let’s take a closer look and find out.