Hardeeville South Carolina Personal Injury Blog

What happens in a workplace investigation after an accident

If you have been involved in an accident at work, you may have been seriously affected as a result. In addition, you may now have a reason to believe that your workplace is unsafe because of the accident that took place. If you are reluctant to return to work because of the scary incident, it is important to know how workplace accidents are investigated and the rights that you have as an injured worker.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government department that investigates workplace safety after an incident has taken place. Their goal is to prevent future injuries and illnesses, as well as help workers to have confidence in the safety of their workplace.

How car insurance claims work in South Carolina

If you have been involved in a car accident in the state of South Carolina, it is likely that you will want to make a claim in order to recoup your damages. Car accidents can be very expensive, and in addition to the damages to the car itself, you may find yourself out-of-pocket when it comes to medical bills. In addition, you may need to take time off work in order to make a recovery from your injuries, and this will likely lead to a loss of wages.

It is important that you understand the laws that are specific to the state of South Carolina before making a claim. First, it is the law that all drivers have an insurance policy in place that covers a minimum of $25,000 for one person's bodily injury, $50,000 for any costs related to the injury or death of multiple people after a car accident and $25,000 for any damages to property as a result of the accident.

Nursing home abuse does not need to be physical

Residents in nursing homes are generally vulnerable people, and their well-being relies on the care that is demonstrated from staff. Staff not only have a duty to provide for the residents' most basic needs such as food, hygiene and medication, but they should also provide for their emotional needs too. Residents of nursing homes can often feel distressed or confused, and therefore, it is the duty of staff to comfort them appropriately in times of need.

This is why nursing home abuse does not need to take place physically in order to be counted as such. Every nursing home resident has a right to feel safe, cared for and supported by all carergivers present. However, occasionally there are cases of residents in the state of South Carolina being bullied, psychologically manipulated and verbally abused by nursing home staff.

Be aware of foreclosure rescue scams

When you are concerned about losing your home to foreclosure, you will likely find yourself feeling stressed and desperate to find a way to stop foreclosure from happening. Keeping up with a mortgage in difficult times can be seemingly impossible. However, as a homeowner it is important that you stick to legitimate strategies of getting out of your situation.

If you are struggling financially and as a result have not been able to pay your mortgage, the first thing that you should do is speak to your bank. By doing this, you can let the bank know why you have not paid your mortgage, and you may even be able to request a reduction in repayments.

Medical conditions energy workers are exposed to are debilitating

Department of Energy (DOE) workers are often exposed to radioactive materials during their careers, including chemicals, radiation and heavy metals. Prolonged exposure to these materials has been shown to put workers at an increased risk of developing occupational diseases including chronic silicosis, beryllium illness and certain cancers.

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) was put into effect to aid workers in receiving compensation to cover medical costs.

Four deputies injured attempting felony arrest

Two Hampton County deputies were injured on Wednesday, June 13 and two more were injured the next day in an attempt to arrest a man facing felony charges.

According to the sheriff of Hampton County, the man, who is in his mid-50s, struck two deputies on Wednesday with what was believed to be a stolen vehicle. One of the deputies was taken by helicopter to the Medical University of South Carolina. The other was transported to the hospital.

9-year-old passes away in tragic crash

Right around 1 p.m., on Thursday, May 31, a car broke down on I-20 in South Carolina. The disabled vehicle came to a stop in the center lane of the highway.

Another vehicle pulled up next to it so that the driver could offer assistance, seeing as how the travel lane was blocked. That second vehicle stopped in the left lane.

Avoid a car wreck using these 4 research-based tips

There are around 6 million crashes every year -- and the number that turn deadly is actually rising.

In 2015, the number of fatal accidents rose by 8 percent -- the largest single jump in half a century. In 2016, the number went up again. Despite all of the advancements there have been in technology, engineering and design, car wrecks keep getting more and more dangerous.

How workplace safety complaints are handled

If you believe that your workplace is unsafe in any way, it is important that you take action for the sake of yourself and your coworkers. While it is always best to approach your employer directly about the safety concerns that you have, there may be a situation in which you do not think that your employer is taking your concerns seriously.

In a situation where there is imminent danger or when your employer is not taking action in response to your safety concerns, it is appropriate to contact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

What are some examples of medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is every patient's worst nightmare. Perhaps you have heard that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. You're nervous even to set foot in a hospital. This is a place where your health should be in the best possible hands, but does it actually put you in danger?

It can. It is important to understand precisely what types of medical mistakes are made so you can know what warning signs to watch out for. Below are a few key examples.

  • Providing the incorrect medication: In some cases, medications get switched between two patients. In other cases, medical professionals simply confuse two different medications when providing care. Patients often have no idea what the pills should look like and just accept that what they are given is correct.
  • Doing surgery on the wrong site: Perhaps the most extreme example of this mistake is when an amputation is necessary. A doctor who reads the charts incorrectly could amputate someone's left arm when the right arm was supposed to be amputated, leading to the eventual loss of both limbs.
  • Allowing infection to set in after surgery: Medical professionals may be negligent in cleaning the room, their hands or their equipment. In some cases, infection can be far more serious than the original ailment.
  • Getting the diagnosis wrong: In some cases, doctors mistake one disease or illness for another. In other cases, they tell a patient he or she is fine when treatment is actually necessary.

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