May 22, 2019

Who is Liable When Someone is Injured by Defective Products?

If you or someone in your home recently purchased or used a product that malfunctioned and caused property damage or injuries, you probably have questions about what to do next. As a victim of a potentially defective product, you must be prepared with information about how to file a legal claim against the responsible party.
April 23, 2019

How Can You Prevent Slip and Fall Injuries in Medical Facilities?

Among healthcare professionals like nurses, residents, and doctors, slips and falls are one of the top causes of workplace injury. It’s not only the medical staff who may become severely injured due to a slip and fall injury in a hospital or other medical facility, however.  Patients, visiting friends and family, non-medical support staff like janitors or administrative assistants… anyone who steps foot in a medical facility could be at risk of being injured due to a wet, uneven, or dangerous surface.  We have a few pieces of helpful advice to lower your risk, whether you work in a medical facility or you’re a patient or visitor.
April 9, 2019

Marti Bluestein and Allison Sullivan Named Super Lawyers in 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Marti Bluestein – a founding partner of Bluestein Attorneys – has been recognized as one of the South Carolina Super Lawyers®. This year, partner Allison Sullivan has received the honor as well.
March 28, 2019

What Are the Top Causes of Injuries in Healthcare Workers?

Nurses and other healthcare workers consistently top the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ list of occupations most likely to suffer an on-the-job injury, and it’s no wonder — nurses, medical assistants, and other healthcare professionals work dangerously long hours while caring for sick, injured, or even hostile individuals. With nursing shortages in South Carolina and nationwide, the rate of nurses injured at work may end up getting worse before it gets better.  What are the top causes of injury in healthcare workers? Read on to find out.
March 12, 2019

When Is a Wreck Involving a Tractor Trailer Most Likely to Happen?

Back in 2016, we posted about how wrecks involving tractor trailers were on the rise. Unfortunately, that trend has continued, in part after a number of changes to the regulations surrounding tractor trailer operations. With sleep-deprived drivers on the road for longer hours and towing heavier loads, the possibility of a potentially serious semi wreck has risen year-over-year since 2014 (according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) and shows no sign of decreasing significantly any time soon. What time is a semi truck wreck most likely to happen? You might be surprised by the answer.
February 19, 2019

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Asbestos Exposure?

While exposure to asbestos in the workplace is less common than a few decades ago, there are still many older buildings and industries in South Carolina where developing an illness or injury as a result of asbestos exposure is possible, especially along coastal areas that have had heavy involvement in the shipbuilding industry.
January 24, 2019

How Are Settlements For Slips and Falls Cases Determined?

There are a lot of reasons someone might slip and fall, whether they’re out shopping or running errands or find themselves slipping and falling in the workplace.  Even a seemingly minor slip and fall can lead to serious injury that costs time and money in doctor’s visits, medical treatment, and potentially even time off work to allow the injury to fully heal. If someone is injured as a result of slipping and falling in a public place or the workplace, the owner of the property the injury occurred on, or the business owner, may be liable for those injuries. In the case of an on-the-job slip and fall injury, individuals filing a Workers’ Compensation claim may be able to recover costs associated with treatment for and recovery from their injury.
January 4, 2019

Is Misdiagnosis Medical Malpractice?

Everyone knows someone who has had a misdiagnosed illness or injury. Either symptoms weren’t taken seriously, the patient felt they just weren’t listened to at all, or an incorrect diagnosis led to treatment that at best did no good and at worst caused very real harm. If a physician fails to accurately diagnose a harmful medical condition in a timely manner, patients may in some cases be able to pursue a legal remedy by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, medical malpractice laws are complex, and ‘malpractice’ isn’t as simple as ‘the diagnosis was wrong’.