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Kids in Hot Cars: What Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke Is & How to Prevent It

Matt Whitehead | The Carolina Law Group

July is the deadliest month when it comes to children dying in hot cars, and 37 children die this way on average every year, reports CNN. Eighteen children have already tragically lost their lives this way  in 2018, including one in Spartanburg just last month. As the temperature starts to rise here in South Carolina this summer, this is the ideal time for parents to learn what pediatric vehicular heatstroke is – and how to prevent it. What Is Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke? Pediatric vehicular heatstroke occurs when a child overheats inside a vehicle. We...

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Can I Handle My Own Workers’ Compensation Case in South Carolina?

Mitchell Byrd, Attorney, The Carolina Law Group

Workers’ compensation is a state-run, no-fault system that provides compensation to covered workers who have been injured on the job. It eliminates time-consuming and expensive lawsuits and counter-lawsuits that would otherwise result from such accidents and illnesses. Instead, workers’ comp pays medical coverage, lost wages, and other compensation in a regulated manner determined by state statute. In theory, any employee covered by workers’ comp in South Carolina who sustains an injury or develops an illness in the course of work should be able to handle their own claim and get the full value of...

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Can I Sue for A Brain Injury I Sustained?

Nihar Patel | Attorney Greenville SC

Brain injuries can be devastating to those that sustain them. While most people make a full recovery from concussions or other traumatic brain injuries (TBI) within a few months, some people never fully recover and live with disability or impaired life function due to their brain injuries. A TBI can cause physical pain and affect memory, concentration, mental health and mood. The cognitive and emotional impairments can take a toll on the victim’s marriage and relationships and be detrimental to their career. If you or a loved one have sustained a...

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Uber and Lyft Accidents: Are Rideshare Drivers Covered?

Matt Whitehead | The Carolina Law Group

When one of Uber’s driverless cars struck and killed a woman in Arizona recently, it brought up the question of safety and rideshare companies. While we’re unlikely to see a repeat of that tragic accident any time soon – Uber pulled all of its driverless vehicles while it investigates what happened – we can expect to see everyday motor vehicle accidents involving Ubers and Lyfts. What happens if you’re in an accident while driving for Uber or Lyft? Are you covered under the company’s auto insurance policy? Are you covered...

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What Is Comparative Negligence In South Carolina?

Matt Whitehead | The Carolina Law Group

What Is Comparative Negligence In South Carolina? Let’s say you were in a car accident with a driver in another vehicle. Both of you have suffered injuries and have sustained damage to your cars. Both of you are looking at big expenses. And both of you were partially responsible for the accident. What happens now? Who can recover damages? Who’s on the hook for paying those damages? What Happens When More Than One Person Is at Fault? Different states figure out the answers to these questions differently. A few states follow a rule of...

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What To Do If You’re Hurt In a Motorcycle Accident

If you’re hurt in a motorcycle accident, what you do at the scene and after can have a big impact on an insurance company or jury evaluates your personal injury claim. Here’s what you should do if you’re injured in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina. At The Scene of the Accident Call an ambulance to the scene if you or anyone else has been injured and needs immediate medical attention. Then call the police to the scene. Be honest with the investigating officer but be careful to not concede fault because a...

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