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Never Events and Medical Malpractice

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There are certain medical errors that should never occur, as they are completely preventable. Medical procedures often come with many risks, but these should not include simple errors that must be avoided at all costs. Many medical malpractice cases involve some of these errors that have been termed “never events,” a reasonable label, as no one would ever want them to occur.

What Is a “Never Event?”

There are specific criteria that indicate what the medical field has coined a “never event.” It is not just generally preventable mistakes, but egregious errors that can cause serious harm to the patient. These events are quantifiable and measurable, and often indicate a critical problem within the healthcare setting or system. Continue reading.

Are You Responsible for Your Accident?

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In South Carolina, when the plaintiff holds less than 51% liability for an accident, they are entitled to seek recovery due to injuries suffered in an accident according to section 15-38-15 of the Code of Laws. However, if you, as the plaintiff, are found to be more than 51% responsible for your accident, you may not pursue financial recovery.

Comparative negligence law usually applies to injuries suffered in vehicle accidents. However, it can also apply to other accidents, such as those on commercial premises. In addition, each party may hold a percentage of responsibility, resulting in multiple parties sharing liability. Continue reading.

Recognizing a Defective or Dangerous Product

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The law is quite clear on defective products. Manufacturers’ and distributors’ responsibility is to make products as safe as possible. This responsibility extends to providing warnings where there is a risk of harm.

Using some products comes with inherent risks. For instance, a chainsaw is a dangerous tool if defective or used incorrectly. For this reason, manufacturers invent safety features and provide suitable warnings. Failure to do so can result in legal action and compensation payouts. Continue reading.

Mechanical Problems that Can Cause a Car Accident

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Cars and other road vehicles are built to an exacting standard in most cases. However, no process is 100% perfect, which means that faults can occur. When it comes to large machines that are designed to travel at high speeds and transport people, these issues should be avoided at all costs.

Vehicles can also experience mechanical faults after going through repairs. A less than attentive or unqualified mechanic can make mistakes. If shoddy workmanship results in a vehicle experiencing issues, it may result in a vehicle accident. Injuries or fatalities suffered in such a collision could lead to legal consequences for responsible individuals or entities. Continue reading.

Practice Safety Around Large Vehicles in Charleston, SC

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Roads are like the circulatory system of the American Landscape. Just as your veins ensure that blood travels through your body, the highways and byways of our country get people, goods and services to where they need to be. Accordingly, you should expect to share your route with different kinds of vehicles. It is vitally important to exercise caution around large transports like trucks.

If a car or other small vehicle is in a collision with a truck, the outcome can be catastrophic. Risk of injury or death to driver and passengers is high, and your vehicle is likely to be severely damaged. All drivers should exercise extra caution around large vehicles. Continue reading.

Uber and Lyft Accidents: What You Should Know

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It is estimated that there are more than 1.5 million rideshare drivers in the United States. With so many drivers, Uber and Lyft accidents are becoming more common. If you are involved in a vehicle accident, and one or more parties is a rideshare driver, things could be more complicated.

Who is Involved?

One factor that makes Uber and Lyft accidents more complex is that there are typically more parties involved. When more people and companies are all trying to make decisions and do what is in their own best interests, it can create a much longer process for everyone. Continue reading.

Construction Accident Injuries and Fatalities in Georgia

Construction sites are potentially dangerous due to factors such as the use of heavy building materials, large vehicles, complex machinery and excessive noise. If you work on a building site and have suffered injuries, making ends meet while you recover may put pressure on your finances.

Sadly, some construction accidents result in one or more fatalities. On October 19, 2021, a bridge in Newton County collapsed, resulting in three construction workers plummeting into the Yellow River. One of the construction workers lost his life, while the other two sustained injuries. Continue reading.

Shopping Injuries: Do You Have a Premise Liability Case?

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This year, more people will be heading back to the malls and shopping centers for their holiday shopping. The retailers have a responsibility to make it safe for you to shop in their stores – after all, they spend a significant amount of money inviting you to their stores to shop. When you are injured while shopping, there is a possibility the retailer may be liable for your injury. If you sustain a shopping injury, here is how to determine if you may have a premise liability case. Continue reading.

Autumn-Related Traffic Accidents

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Did you know that the US Department of Transportation lists autumn as the deadliest season for pedestrian fatalities in auto-related accidents? This may come as a shock, but there are specific reasons behind these statistics.

Pedestrian-Related Accidents

Autumn brings with it cooler temperatures, street festivals and tailgating, which means that more people are walking in close proximity to traffic. Autumn also ushers in days with shorter daylight hours, leaving us in the dark sooner. More people plus less visibility equals danger for pedestrians and drivers alike. Here are some tips to help you avoid an accident so you can enjoy all the season’s festivities: Continue reading.

Falls Are a Common Reason for Unexplained Nursing Home Injuries

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Thousands of families in Charleston and the surrounding area entrust the care of our elders to nursing homes. We expect these homes to ensure the well-being of our loved ones, provide medical care and prevent injury. Despite our desire to protect our family members, every year, nursing home residents suffer serious injuries from preventable falls. If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home accident, consider seeking legal representation.
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