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A car accident can change the trajectory of your life forever

One would like to assume that any time they drive, whether it is to work, school or running errands, that they will arrive to their destination safely. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. South Carolina sees approximately 100,000 motor vehicle crashes each year. These collisions injure around 50,000 people and also result in approximately 900 fatalities.

The aftermath of a car accident can change the trajectory of a victim's life forever. If a person is severely injured, routine tasks may now be impossible without assistance. In some cases, a car crash leads to a permanent disability. In addition to the health consequences that follow a car accident, a person could be unable to work and could experience severe mental suffering. A motor vehicle accident can be utterly devastating for those involved in one. Therefore, auto accident victims may decide that they need to seek compensation for the damages they suffered.

When will one stop receiving workers' compensation benefits?

When a person in South Carolina is injured or made ill on the job, temporary workers' compensation benefits can be the financial lifeline they need to get by monetarily while they cannot work. However, as the name implies, temporary benefits will not last forever. Therefore, it is important to understand when your temporary workers' compensation benefits will end.

After your physician gives you the go-ahead to return to work, even if it is with restrictions, within 150 days of notification of the incident that resulted in the injury or illness, you will receive a form stating that your benefits have ceased and why. If your physician gives you the go-ahead to return to work, even if it is with restrictions, after the 150-day notification period has passed, you will be asked to sign a form after you have returned to work for 15 days. If your insurer stops paying benefits, and you believe you should still be receiving benefits, there is a form to fill out in order to ask for a hearing, which will occur in 60 days.

Older drivers can help themselves stay safe on the road

As an older person, you likely do not have any intention of slowing down your life any time soon. You may feel well and want to participate in as many activities as possible, including driving. Of course, you may feel that other people expect you to be a danger on the road simply due to your age.

Certainly, hazards exist that can affect older drivers more than younger individuals. However, you do not have to stay off the road as long as you remain in good health and do not pose a risk to yourself or other travelers. If you want to make sure that you stay capable while behind the wheel, you may want to take certain precautions.

Federal law addresses nursing home abuse and neglect

Some people in South Carolina may fear entering a nursing home. They may be afraid they will receive poor care or even be the victim of nursing home abuse. However, the federal government has recognized the fact that many nursing home residents were receiving substandard or unacceptable care and treatment. From this came the Nursing Home Reform Act.

Under the Nursing Home Reform Act, nursing home residents have numerous rights. They have the right to be free from abuse, neglect or mistreatment. They are entitled to privacy. They also cannot be physically restrained.

Do infotainment systems in vehicles prevent car accidents?

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace. Technological advancements have even reached motor vehicles, as many newer models boast "infotainment systems" that are placed directly into the console of the automobile. Some of these systems are designed by the manufacturer of the vehicle, while others run on software installed in the motorist's smartphone. Either way, these systems allowing motorists in South Carolina and across the nation to do many activities behind the wheel without necessarily having to reach for their cellphone.

While technology has made many aspects of our lives better, many people recognize that using a cellphone while driving is a serious distraction that can lead to car accidents. However, do infotainment systems increase driver safety? One study from the University of Utah suggests not.

Those injured on-the-job may seek workers' compensation benefits

Most people in South Carolina work hard to provide for themselves and their family. So, when they are injured on the job and cannot work, they may be concerned about how they will bring home the income needed to pay for their medical care, keep food on the table and a keep a roof over their head. Fortunately, South Carolina's workers' compensation system provides a means for a worker to be compensated if they suffer a workplace injury.

Workers injured on the job can notify their employer as soon as possible and ask for medical care. In any case, the injury must be reported to the worker's employer within 90 days of the date the worker suffered the injury, or they may not receive benefits. However, once reported to one's employer, a worker has two years from the date they suffered the injury to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.

Keep an eye out for the following signs of nursing home abuse

The decision to put an aging loved one in a nursing home can be a very emotional one. People in South Carolina want to ensure their loved one will be well taken care of. However, instances of nursing home abuse do occur. There are signs people can look out for that may indicate their loved one in a nursing home is being abused.

If a person has bruises, has fractured a bone, has burns or has pressure marks, this could indicate the person is being physically abused. In addition, if a person's hygiene becomes poorer, they are losing weight or have bedsores, this could be an indication of neglect. If a person stops engaging in their normal activities, is depressed or has become argumentative, this may indicate they are being emotionally abused.

Tips on how to avoid common car accidents

Car accidents happen in South Carolina every day. Because you know these incidents occur, you may often have some apprehension about traveling the roadways. Many factors could contribute to an accident, and you may want to do your best to remain a safe driver and work to avoid crashes to the best of your ability.

It may help you to avoid collisions more easily if you understand the different types and know how they commonly occur and what action you could take to protect yourself.

Distracted teen drivers can cause car accidents

Teenagers often have a sense of invincibility. Sure, they know bad things happen to other people, but they do not anticipate that those same bad things will happen to them. Take distracted driving, for example. Teenagers may know that using a cellphone to text while driving, chatting with passengers in the car or in other ways taking their eyes and attention off the road could lead to a car accident that could injure or kill another person. However, this doesn't stop teenagers from engaging in those very same behaviors while behind the wheel. And, as data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows, teen distracted driving is a serious safety issue in our nation.

According to the NHTSA, across the board in 2016, 3,450 people lost their lives in accidents involving distracted driving. And, for teens between the ages of 15 and 19, when it came to fatal crashes, 9 percent of the distracted drivers involved were teens. And, sadly, in 2016 there were 339 individuals who lost their lives in car accidents involving a distracted teen driver.

Set blame aside in the initial stages after a work injury

Accidents happen. You're cutting up vegetables at home for a salad and you slice your finger. It's no one else's fault. You get whatever first aid you need, maybe even stitches. You might pay for some of that care out of pocket. Insurance will probably cover the rest. You don't expect someone else to pay. It can be easy to carry that same thought process over to the work environment.

However, workers' compensation operates in a completely different way. The system in South Carolina and other states is based on the concept of no fault. That is, fault is not an initial matter of concern. Under workers' compensation, the main objective is to get injured workers the care they need immediately after an injury, and provide financial support to help the injured party recuperate as fully as possible. If an employer claims employee fault as a reason to deny benefits, it should raise a red flag and spark a consultation with an experienced attorney to learn your rights and protect them.

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