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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.

Is your loved one experiencing abuse in a nursing home?

When South Carolina families place their loved ones in nursing homes, it is with the expectation that they will receive reasonable care that meets acceptable standards. However, nursing homes sometimes fail to meet appropriate standards, and as a result, innocent patients can suffer.

If you believe your loved one is experiencing mistreatment at his or her nursing home, you have the right to take action on his or her behalf. There is no excuse for the mistreatment of individuals who live in nursing homes, and it is possible for you to hold a facility accountable for inappropriate actions through a civil claim against liable parties.

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