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What You Need to Know About Wrongful Death Claims

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When a person dies due to negligent actions, it is possible that their family members could seek compensation for their death. This is referred to as a wrongful death claim, which can obtain financial compensation for a victim’s family. There are very specific legal parameters that must be followed when filing a wrongful death claim in South Carolina, including who can file, time limits and what compensation is allowed. Continue reading.

Are You Suffering Financially After a Car Accident?

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A car accident can leave you with injuries that are both mentally and physically devastating. In the aftermath, there are financial concerns. You may struggle to make ends meet due to being out of work while recovering.

This is a normal scenario for people who have been in an accident. Lost wages, medical bills and household costs may build up over time. You deserve support and representation throughout your journey. Continue reading.

How to Protect Yourself and Others Against Boating Accidents

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Boating is a pleasurable pastime and a way of life along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia. It is so popular that the number of leisure and commercial boaters, including personal watercraft like jet skis, has jumped by about two million since the 1980s.

That means there are many vehicles in use in public waters, increasing the risk of boating accidents. Therefore, you need to know how to protect yourself and others and what to do if someone gets injured. Continue reading.

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

Charleston SC Attorney for Motor Vehicle Accidents

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.

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