Surprising to some, incidents involving escalators kill approximately 30 people and seriously injure about 17,000 people each year in the United States, as noted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. An online version of Popular Science asks, “why are escalators so dangerous?” It explains that while the escalator was patented in 1892, the design hasn’t changed much. Thus, the landing platforms and entrance/exit methods continue to be a hazard, particularly when individuals are wearing loose clothing and shoes. Continue reading.
For residential homes and buildings, spray foam is a type of insulation that is considered toxic, particularly when it contains polyurethane. What’s more, if individuals are exposed to these materials before they are dry, the health risks are even greater. The following effects have been reported: Continue reading.
While legal issues that occur on land (i.e. workers’ compensation, criminal offenses and injuries) also occur on water, there are special considerations and legal rules that apply. What’s more is that there are international laws that apply in certain cases. Given these reasons, when individuals face a legal issue that has occurred on the water, they need an experienced injury lawyer to help navigate the nuances of admiralty or maritime law. Continue reading.
While airbags offer an important safety feature and supplement to seat belts in cars, vans, trucks and sports utility vehicles, there are a number of ways that they can malfunction. Whether due to a design flaw, a mistake during manufacturing, installation or insufficient directions provided to consumers for safe and effective usage, when airbags fail to work properly, the results can be catastrophic. Therefore, if you believe that a defective airbag has caused your injury, Taylor Anderson is the products liability and personal injury attorney that you can trust to determine your rights and eligibility for compensation. Continue reading.
Whether individuals support explicit conversations regarding firearms or they tiptoe around anything related to the second amendment, it’s important for South Carolina residents to understand their ability to use deadly force against another person, as stated in the Stand Your Ground doctrine.
The Post and Courier explains that in the United States, criminal law has typically contained a duty to retreat, meaning that a person who is in danger has historically been obligated to retreat before resorting to violent self-defense. By contrast, the Stand Your Ground laws seem to encourage the use of violent self-defense, rather than attempting to get away. What’s more is that if the law is implemented in such a case, the Stand Your Ground laws offer immunity for individuals forced to defend themselves. Continue reading.
With the hope that more lives will be spared across the state, several South Carolina residents have joined the fight against texting and driving, pushing for stricter laws and fines that are enforceable. Perhaps a greater awareness of the consequences associated with texting and driving is necessary. For the 6 million young people at “DoSomething” that are striving to make a positive change, there are a few sobering facts that we all need to learn. Continue reading.
The elderly are some of the most vulnerable, yet beloved members of society. Thus, when placing them in long-term residential care, families want to believe that they will be treated with dignity and care. Tragically, there are many cases in which healthcare and nursing home providers fail to provide appropriate care. From bedsores and ulcers, to malnutrition, dehydration, physical injury, poor hygiene, and even unexpected death, when a loved one becomes a victim of nursing home neglect and abuse, families need a trusted and experienced attorney on their side. Continue reading.
Sometimes mistaken as a termite infestation, damage from dry rot or brown rot may appear as small pieces of wood or red brick dust against the surface of a home, as well as a crawl space or basement. Whether the outbreak has occurred due to flooding, leaking pipes or a busted washing machine hose, the effects of dry or brown rot are not usually detected until the damage is significant. Unfortunately for home and property owners, the process of cleaning and repair is complicated and expensive. Yet, when damage is due to another’s negligence or dishonesty, issues with wood rot are even more stressful. For instance, if a previous homeowner or contractor has failed to communicate evidence of wood rot, current property owners shouldn’t have to take on the burden of extensive repairs and overwhelming costs. Therefore, when wood rot damage is not disclosed, an undisclosed wood rot lawsuit lawyer like Taylor Anderson can help. Continue reading.
When it comes to domestic violence, it is not confined to the poor, as noted by the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital. It occurs across every economic class, and involves men, women and children. Unfortunately, it is often a private issue that is kept secret. Even so, understanding the cumulative effect of domestic violence as it relates to traumatic brain injury, along with contributing factors and PTSD is needed to generate change nationwide. Continue reading.
Filled with history, culture and a stunning landscape with extraordinary coastlines, South Carolina remains a popular destination for many. Specifically for outdoor lovers, boating and other recreational water sports in the state are incredibly appealing. Yet, many individuals consume alcohol while boating, potentially impairing their ability to operate the boat responsibly. That’s why South Carolina considers boating under the influence a serious misdemeanor, with penalties similar to those of driving under the influence. Continue reading.