Since 1827, America’s railroads have been one of the safest and most efficient ways to travel. Even with the invention of the automobile, steam boats, and air travel, trains have remained a popular form of travel throughout the U.S. But when trains wreck, the consequences can be devastating. Continue reading
Imagine you own a large tract of land, and you discover someone has been using it for years without you even realizing it. It may seem clear that you can get rid of them without much complication. After all, we all know it’s wrong to take or borrow something without permission. What about when a squatter starts living on a property you own? Surprisingly, the law occasionally allows the transfer property rights, even when there is no permission. Continue reading
Most truck drivers are true professionals.Becoming a commercial vehicle driver is a challenging and difficult career with big rewards and big risks. Sadly, like all professions, a few bad drivers can really hurt public perception.South Carolina trucking accident lawyers know all too well the devastation that families experience when someone is injured by a careless truck driver. While there is certainly no way to prevent all accidents from happening, there are things you can do to protect yourself and your family when driving near trucks. But you have to understand how big rigs operate. Most people on the road really don’t understand commercial vehicles. Here are the 5 things every driver should know about big rigs.
The newGOP tax bill brought about sweeping changes to just about every sector of the U.S. economy. As with any major legislative change, small business owners everywhere are wondering how the new law will affect their bottom line. For those just starting out in 2018, it might be a good time to set up a meeting with aSouth Carolina small business attorney. Here are a few quick legal considerations for small business planning in 2018. Continue reading
So, you’ve purchased your new home. You are excited to settle in. Your first weekend in the new home, you’re sitting in your favorite chair, drinking coffee and watching children play in the beautiful new living room. Then it happens: the air conditioner goes out. You discover that the HVAC unit needs to be replaced. It’s going to cost thousands for a new unit. You had this inspected before you bought the house, and you did everything to make sure you weren’t buying something defective. Do the sellers have to make this right? The good news is you may have options, including potentially suing a real estate agent for misrepresentation. The bad news is, the answer may not be as clear as you would like it.
With all of the press relating to frivolous lawsuits and outrageous plaintiff’s verdicts over the past 20 years, laws have been written to strictly limit personal injury settlement amounts. Unfortunately, many of these laws are based on questionable statistics and emotional appeals. Continue reading
Roughly22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Stripes reports that about 25,000 veterans made sleep apnea VA disability claims in 2015 alone. This is up from less than 1,000 in 2001. Therefore, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been looking at ways to reduce the volume of claims and, in turn, reduce payments for sleep apnea claims. As such, it’s important for veterans seeking compensation to act quickly to preserve their rights, if they believe they have a service-connected claim for sleep apnea. Continue reading
When you are injured in an auto accident and someone else is at fault, the law says that person is responsible for paying you for all damages that he or she caused. This means paying your medical bills, damage to your vehicle or its contents, injuries to your passengers, lost income from work, and just about any other verifiable loss.
But what happens if that person has no money—no way to pay for the damages? This is precisely why the law requires drivers to carry minimum liability insurance. This insurance is designed to minimally insure or protect others in the event of an accident. Sadly, 1 out of 8 drivers in the U.S. is uninsured, according to theInsurance Information Institute. South Carolina has a slightly higher rate of uninsured motorists, coming in at roughly 1 in 9.4 drivers. Continue reading
Members of the Armed Forces are often deployed to regions of the world where waste disposal is not as advanced as it is in the U.S. For those veterans who were stationed in combat theatres abroad, open burn pits were commonly used to dispose of just about everything from common waste to human feces. Unfortunately, many veterans who experienced burn pit exposure are now suffering from severe health complications—though the extent and severity is somewhat in dispute at this time. The Orange County Register recently reported one veteran calling the problem the “New Agent Orange.” Sadly, theresearch is still ongoing, and answers may still be a long way away for some. Continue reading
When you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to cover your lost wages while you are out of work. Unfortunately, in the event of a catastrophic injury, returning to work may not be feasible. When a workplace accident leads to long-term or permanent disability, the employer’s insurance company may offer you a workers’ compensation settlement. However, accepting permanent disability workers’ compensation benefits can impact your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. Find out what you can expect from workers’ compensation and Social Security disability when you become permanently disabled.