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981 Traffic Fatalities in SC in 2016: Tips to Avoid Auto Accidents in 2017

Matt Whitehead | Attorney, Carolina Law Group

Auto accidents accounted for 981 deaths last year on South Carolina roads, according to preliminary numbers from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS). That’s 981 individual lives lost and families impacted. Non-fatal collisions number over 100,000 per year in this state alone, resulting in property damage and 30,000+ injuries, and costing South Carolina over $1 billion in medical costs and work loss. As personal injury attorneys at The Carolina Law Group, it’s our job to help people who have been injured or have lost a loved one in an accident. In an ideal world, it wouldn’t be necessary because there...

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Navigating Dangerous Roads – Cycling Accidents in SC

Monty Desai | Attorney, Greenville, SC

Biking is great for the environment and for fitness, and more people than ever are choosing bikes over cars. Unfortunately, bicycle riders face many dangers on the road, especially in South Carolina, which is considered one of the most dangerous states for cyclists. We’ve seen tragedies in our own community; just last month, a cyclist died after colliding with a tractor-trailer in Greenville County. Here’s what to know about cycling accidents involving bicycles and cars. Bicycle-car accidents in South Carolina In South Carolina, a bicycle is considered a “vehicle” and must behave like one, obeying all traffic laws. In addition, bikes have...

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Winning a Slip and Fall Case in South Carolina

Mitchell Byrd, Attorney, The Carolina Law Group

What is a Slip and Fall? A “slip and fall” is a common accident that can lead to injury, disability or death. The victim of a slip and fall accident can sue the person responsible for causing the accident and may receive damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. Proving Negligence in Slip and Fall Cases To win a slip and fall case, the plaintiff (victim) must establish negligence. The following three elements must be shown: The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care There was a breach of that duty of care by negligent act or omission Damages...

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Delayed Injuries: Why You Should Wait to Settle Your Car Accident

Nihar Patel | Attorney Greenville SC

Delayed Injuries in South Carolina In South Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury is three years. That means someone can bring action against (sue) a party for injury arising from an incident anytime within three years of the incident. In some cases, it can be within three years of the time that the person should have known there was injury. (The exception is certain cases of medical malpractice, where the statute of limitations is only two years.) Examples of delayed injuries – injuries that don’t appear immediately at the time of the incident – include joint and muscle pain, like...

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A Refresher Course in Workers’ Comp Law

Mitchell Byrd, Attorney, Carolina Law Group, Greenville, SC

Today we’re going back to basics with a look at an area of law that our firm handles regularly, Workers’ Compensation. What is Workers’ Comp? Workers’ Compensation is an insurance program administered by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission that is intended to protect both employee and employer. Employees who suffer injury while on the job, or develop medical conditions due to the nature of the job, can receive medical treatment and be compensated for their illnesses and injuries under the Workers’ Comp system. How does the Workers’ Comp program benefit both employee and employer? Workers’ Comp law states that if an employee’s illness...

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