As more and more South Carolinians move to dense, urban areas where they can bike to work and other events, there are rising safety problems that are evidenced in crash data. Palmetto Cycling Coalition (PCC) provides detailed reports, including safety statistics and other analytical information. The following counties exhibited the highest bike crash rates (relative to population): Charleston, Horry, Greenville, Beaufort, Berkeley, Spartanburg, Florence, Dorchester, Richland and Sumter. Continue reading.
There’s no doubt that the benefits of pesticides are well recognized, as they provide protection for much of today’s food supply, while controlling certain diseases. As such, pesticides (or a mix of several) are used to destroy or mitigate pests such as insects, rodents, fungi and weeds. While their usage remains widespread across the U.S. for both occupational and conventional purposes, no form of pest control using pesticides is perfectly safe, as explained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading.
While cool temperatures continue to linger throughout the Southeast, there’s no question that many families are already planning a summer full of fun along the coast. Whether you’re one to sit on the beach for hours, go deep-sea fishing or catch the latest wave of sporting activities on the water, it’s important to exercise caution if you choose to participate in popular commercial water sports such as parasailing. Continue reading.
When it comes to alcohol-related accidents, every state handles liability differently. While a claim can be made against a drunk driver that has caused an accident, for instance, a separate claim can be established against the bar or liquor store that provided or sold alcohol to the intoxicated driver prior to the crash. A Dram Shop Law allows this type of claim in South Carolina, as explained by NOLO. Even so, there is not a specific statute for a dram shop claim in the state. These claims have been authorized through the years from decisions handed down by South Carolina’s Supreme Court. Continue reading.
When an individual sustains a devastating injury from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body, or when an object penetrates brain tissues, this can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Interestingly, symptoms from a traumatic brain injury can manifest immediately, or they may appear days or even weeks following the event, as explained by the Mayo Clinic. Even so, when a person experiences a TBI due to an accident or another’s reckless behavior, and they are seeking compensation, it is essential to contact an experienced traumatic brain injury lawyer. This is because each jurisdiction has its own laws pertaining to traumatic brain injuries. 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.
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.
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.
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.