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Summer in Myrtle Beach: Watch out for drunk drivers

Whether you live in Myrtle Beach full time or are one of many visitors who travel to South Carolina for summer vacation, chances are you will travel by motor vehicle while you're here. If you're a permanent resident, you might still run into tourist traffic on your daily commute to and from work, especially if you live or work near the beach.

A lot of vacationers like to party, and party activities often include alcohol. This can place you at risk for serious, perhaps even fatal, injuries, if you're driving along and someone who has consumed alcohol and decided to drive hits you. If you know how to spot a potential drunk driver on the road, you might be able to safely react in enough time to avoid a collision. Then again, even the best diligence and caution can't always help you avert disaster.

Who is liable for nursing home abuse?

Nursing home abuse is a serious concern in our communities and for families who have entrusted the care of their loved one to a nursing home. That is why legal protections are available that allow for a claim for damages to be brought when the victim has suffered abuse in a nursing home or long-term care facility.

Nursing home residents can, unfortunately, suffer both physical and psychological abuse in a nursing home or long-term care facility setting. Different conditions can be present in a nursing home that can contribute to victims suffering nursing home abuse. When a nursing home retains poorly qualified or inadequately trained staff; staff that has a history of violence; an inadequate number of staff; or isolates residents, the nursing home may be liable for damages suffered by the victim as a result.

Protections for victims of traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are severe injuries that can be suffered in a car accident and can have a serious impact on the lives of victims. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that car accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in victims. It is important for car accident victims who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to be familiar with personal injury options protecting them.

A traumatic brain injury occurs when a violent blow or jolt to the head causes the brain to violently hit the inside of the skull. Brain injuries that may be suffered in car accidents can include concussions, traumatic brain injuries and other types of brain injuries. The impacts of a traumatic brain injury can be far reaching in the lives of victims and their families and may have a lasting, and even lifelong, impact on the victim.

What is the workers' compensation process?

The workers' compensation process is important for any injured worker to understand. It can help injured workers and their family as they struggle to get back on their feet.

There are several important steps to be aware of that are part of the workers' compensation process after an injured worker has suffered a workplace injury or been involved in a workplace accident. The first step is to ensure the worker receives the medical care and treatment they need. Some workers' compensation insurance requires the injured worker to see a particular medical care provider so they should check in with their employer but should always immediately seek the medical care and treatment they need.

Tips for keeping motorcycle riders safe

Motorcycle safety and keeping motorcyclists safe on the roadway is important and it is also important for injured motorcycle accident victims to understand the legal protections available to them when they have been harmed in a motorcycle accident. Personal injury legal protections can help them recover compensation to help with their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

Some useful tips to help keep motorcycle riders safe include being cautious during the summer months and on weekends when more motorcycle riders are likely to be out. Drivers of passenger vehicles and other vehicles should be attentive on the roadways and watch for motorcyclists which includes double checking when changing lanes or making a left-hand turn. Motorcycles can be smaller visual targets and more difficult to observe which makes them more vulnerable on the roadways and is why driver's must be on the lookout for them.

How to safely share the road with commercial haulers

Semitrailers, tractor-trailers, commercial haulers -- no matter what you like to call them, sharing the road with them can be intimidating. If you've seen an accident involving one of these monster machines, you have witnessed just how much damage they can do in a matter of seconds. Driving safely with these trucks around is possible. It just requires some thought and care.

On average, 3,000 to 4,000 people in the United States die in collisions with tractor-trailers every year. Many more suffer injuries in such events. It is possible to avoid collisions with these trucks, but how can you do that exactly? It is simple: follow these rules.

Legal protections for victims of nursing home abuse and neglect

No family member wants to learn that their loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home. As a result, it is important for family members and victims of nursing home abuse and neglect to be familiar with the ways they are protected from nursing home abuse and neglect when it occurs.

Nursing home abuse can occur when victims are physically or psychologically harmed while in the care of nursing home. Additionally, however, victims can suffer from nursing home neglect which is also serious and prohibited. Nursing home neglect can lead to serious harm to victims and with 3.2 million Americans living in approximately 17,000 nursing homes, it is important that nursing home residents and their families are familiar with what nursing home neglect looks like, how to protect against harm and what to do if harmed.

Distracted driving is dangerous

Distracted driving can cause serious car accidents and injuries to victims. Because victims can be unexpectedly harmed by a distracted driver, it is important for them to be familiar with the legal resources available to help them.

Distracted driving includes any activity that removes a driver's attention and focus from the roadway. Distracted driving can include cell phone use; texting; operating a navigation device; eating and drinking; grooming; reading; and carrying on conversations with passengers. The proliferation of these devices has led to more distracted driving, which, in turn, causes more car accidents. Distracted driving is considered negligence and negligent drivers may be liable to the victims they harm.

Workers' compensation benefits available in South Carolina

Workers injured in South Carolina have important workers' compensation benefits to be familiar with that they should know how to access and obtain when needed. Workers' compensation benefits are one of the most important protections injured workers in South Carolina have.

Workers' compensation benefits include several important types of benefits that can help injured workers and their families through a difficult period. Workers' compensation benefits include medical treatment; wage loss for time they are unable to work because of their injuries; vocational rehabilitation, and compensation for permanent disability and disfigurement.

The basics of soft tissue injuries and legal help for victims

Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries are a type of car accident injury many individuals may be familiar with but they may be unaware of how serious these injuries are or that they can worsen over time. Soft tissue injuries should not be dismissed or taken lightly because they can result in years of struggle for car accident victims which can result in medical bills and other challenges faced.

Soft tissue injuries refer to injuries to any of the soft tissue areas of the body including muscles, ligaments and tendons. Sprains, contusions and strains are all examples of soft tissue injuries. The most widely known type of soft tissue injury is a whiplash injury which occurs when the car accident victim's head is jolted violently back and forth in a car accident.

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