October 8, 2018

What is Subrogation in Workers’ Compensation?

Although worker’s compensation is the exclusive remedy against an injured worker’s employer, there are some cases in which the injured worker can also pursue a claim against the at-fault.  This means that the injured worker may be able to pursue a recovery from both workers’ compensation and the at-fault third party.  There is some overlap in the benefits that an injured worker can collect from workers’ compensation and the at-fault, which means that the injured worker may recover twice for the same injury.  To prevent this from happening, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act provides that the workers’ compensation provider has a right of “subrogation” and get paid back for the benefits it paid from any liability recovery from the at-fault third party. What is subrogation in Workers’ Compensation? How does the right to recovery work in these situations? Let’s take a closer look.
August 28, 2018

Personal Injury: What to Know About Cruise Ship Injury Claims

Today’s blog comes to us from Frank D. Butler, a Personal Attorney who practices in the area of maritime law, including cruise ship injuries and other maritime concerns. You can reach Frank D. Butler to request a consultation at (888) 262-8529 or contact him online at any time. In 2018, it is projected that 28 million passengers will cruise on one of the numerous cruise ship options. For many residents of South Carolina who choose to cruise, it will be from Charleston—which now offers nine cruises through Carnival Cruise Lines. Other South Carolina residents will choose to go to Florida and leave on a cruise ship from Jacksonville, Port Canaveral, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale or Miami.   For the last ten years cruise ship passengers have increased from 18 million passengers in 2009 up to the 28 million passengers projected for 2018. Florida offers a range of cruise lines—like Disney, Royal […]
August 17, 2018

Three Bluestein Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Best Lawyers

August 17, 2018

Bluestein Attorneys Named Legal Elite

We’re proud of what our attorneys at Bluestein Attorneys accomplish in their professional lives, and we’re thrilled to share the recent recognition of Allison Sullivan and Clarke Newton as 2018 Legal Elite of the Midlands by Columbia Business Monthly!
July 30, 2018

Can You Receive Social Security Disability for Hearing Loss?

When most people think of Social Security Disability, they generally picture people who fall into one of two categories: adults who are no longer able to work due to a sudden disabling injury or illness or people disabled at birth or in early childhood or young adulthood However, there is a third category of people who may be eligible for Social Security Disability — those who suffer from a progressive disability that only gradually removes their ability to work. Hearing loss is not always disabling, but in some cases previously-hearing people have lost the ability to maintain employment as their hearing loss worsens. People suffering from disabling hearing loss may qualify for Social Security Disability payments to help make ends meet.
July 25, 2018

What to Do When Your Employer Denies Medical Leave

Crystal Reynolds Fisher’s 18-year-old son became sick with a fever, ending up on life support as he deteriorated rapidly. Crystal, who works at a gas station in her local Albion, Michigan community, texted her boss to let her know that she would need to take time off work in order to be close to her son during his recovery. Dawn’s response was chilling: “If you can’t come to work, that’s you quitting.” Crystal posted the text conversation on her personal Facebook page, where it quickly began to spread and eventually appeared on national news organization websites detailing Crystal’s situation. In the case of Ms. Fisher, the company she works for terminated the employment of the manager after her story made national news and granted her medical leave as needed.  But… what if you don’t have a story that ‘goes viral’, attracting national attention and putting pressure on a company to […]
July 4, 2018

Happy Fourth of July from Bluestein Attorneys!

The United States of America is celebrating its 242nd birthday this year, and we’d like to wish all of you and safe and happy celebration!
June 13, 2018

Why Are South Carolina’s Roads So Deadly?

While South Carolina’s overall traffic fatality rate has been trending slightly downwards, Lexington County and Richland County have unfortunately been seeing the opposite. According to The State newspaper, by May 17, traffic deaths in Lexington County in 2018 were double what they were by the same time last year, with 34 deaths in total compared to last year’s 17. Richland County, meanwhile, was already battling a battling a surge in traffic fatalities on Columbia roads, and looks poised to continue the fight throughout 2018. What’s causing this sudden spike in traffic fatalities? How can you keep yourself and your family safe on South Carolina’s roads?  Let’s take a look.
May 21, 2018

Were You Exposed to Asbestos During Military Service?

When asbestos was originally introduced to the public, it was considered something of a miracle due to its ability to more effectively fireproof housing, machinery, automobiles, and more. We are primarily used to hearing about asbestos being used in housing construction or automobile manufacture, but did you know every branch of the United States military used asbestos as a flame retardant, too? Long after the harmful effects of long-term asbestos exposure were known, its use continued unabated until nearly 1980. Asbestos is either partially or fully banned in more than 17 countries. You may be surprised to learn, however, that the United States is not one of them.