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How victims of distracted drivers are legally protected

Distracted driving poses serious dangers on roadways throughout the country and in South Carolina. When victims have been injured by a distracted driver, there are important legal protections available to them that they should be familiar with.

Distracted driving includes any behavior while driving that removes the driver's attention from driving. Distracted driving behaviors generally fall into three categories including cognitive distraction, visual distraction and manual distraction. The most dangerous type of distracted driving, texting while driving, combines all three types of driver distraction. Distracted driving can also include operating a radio or navigation device while driving, grooming while driving, eating while driving, using a cell phone while driving and a host of other dangerous driving behaviors.

Workers' compensation help for the construction industry

Construction workers in South Carolina face many workplace dangers each day, which is why it is essential for them to be familiar with the workers' compensation benefits that may be available to them when they have been harmed on the job. Unfortunately, the construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries for workers, making it especially important for construction workers and their families to be familiar with protections available to them.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the single leading cause of injuries and death in the construction industry are falls from scaffolding, ladders and roofs. When scaffolds are carelessly built, or do not comply with standards, they can collapse, resulting in injuries and fatalities to construction workers. As a result, construction workers and their families must be familiar with workers' compensation options after a fall on the job that has resulted in harm.

Help for victims of nursing home abuse or neglect

It is not uncommon for older Americans and some disabled Americans to decide to live in a nursing home facility to care for their needs and keep them safe. When victims and families are let down by a nursing home, victims may suffer physical and psychological harm.

Victims of nursing home abuse and their families should be familiar with the legal protections available to them when they have been harmed by nursing home staff in a nursing home. It is important for victims and their families to be aware that there are a variety of ways a nursing home can be liable for the harm suffered by victims. Nursing homes may be responsible for negligence, violations of regulations or licensing requirements, abuse and false imprisonment of residents.

Tis the season for toy safety concerns

The last thing you want this holiday season is for your child to suffer an injury from a gift he or she receives. Each year, over 250,000 children suffer toy-related injuries significant enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room. Many of these preventable accidents occur during this season.

As a parent, you may feel stressed at this time of year, especially when it comes to shopping for your children. Finding just the right presents or tracking down those coveted items on your child's list may have you rushing from store to store in between planning parties and preparing for other holiday celebrations. In your rush, it is important not to skip important safety steps while choosing toys and games for your child.

The different types of car accident damages available

Car accidents can result in unthinkable damages to victims that may extend well beyond the initial accident. Victims of car accidents may face medical expenses, lost earnings and emotional damages associated with an unexpected car accident.

Fortunately, personal injury legal protections are available to help victims of car accidents recover compensation for the damages they have suffered in a car accident. Car accident damages can fall into three broad categories including compensation for the victim's physical, financial and emotional harm and suffering. It is important for car accident victims to receive compensation for the damages they have suffered as well as the future damages they may suffer as well.

What are South Carolina's workers' compensation benefits?

If you or a loved one have been injured at work, you likely have many questions and are wondering what you are going to do. Workers' compensation benefits may help answer those questions and concerns.

Benefits available through workers' compensation are an important option in South Carolina for injured workers to be familiar with that can help them with the path ahead following a workplace injury. Workers' compensation benefits are a form of insurance coverage carried by employers that injured workers can access when they have been harmed on the job. In most cases, employers with 4 or greater employees are required to carry workers' compensation coverage in South Carolina.

Legal resources for victims of nursing home abuse

It is important to know how to watch for nursing home abuse and neglect in loved ones. It is also important to be familiar with the legal protections available to victims of nursing home abuse and their families when a loved one has been harmed in a nursing home.

Negligent care of a loved one is likely the worst fear family members can have after entrusting their loved one to the care of a nursing home facility. It is important for loved ones to know what to look for and what the signs of nursing home abuse are. Signs can include weight loss, poor hygiene, bedsores, bruises and other injuries, increased use of medications, use of restraints and behavioral changes.

Do 'infotainment systems' prevent car accidents?

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, especially in the automobile industry. One feature on newer automobiles that may be especially attractive to buyers in South Carolina is the "infotainment system." These systems allow a motorist to connect their smartphone to the automobile, which then can be operated using a touch screen or voice command on the vehicle's dashboard.

However, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, vehicles with infotainment systems may not cut down on distracted driving and may even be distractions themselves. Although they remove the need for turning knobs or pressing buttons, they still allow a motorist to perform other activities while driving, such sending a text message, using the Internet, or checking social media accounts. These tasks take the motorist's attention away from the task of driving, which is not safe and could cause the motorist to cause a collision, because they are not paying attention to the road and those around them.

When traveling to Myrtle Beach, stay safe on the highways

As the year starts to wind down and the holiday season quickly approaches, you may have thought it a right time to head to Myrtle Beach for a long weekend trip while the kids were on a school break or maybe just a short visit to have some quality time with your spouse. Taking advantage of such an idea may help you find some stress relief before attending to end-of-year duties at work or facing holiday get-togethers.

As you travel to your destination and while you are here, you may find yourself navigating various highways. If you are from out of town or even out of state, you may not know the ways of the road in this area. Therefore, you may want to brush up on some safety tips that could help you while traveling the highways.

Those denied workers' compensation may have hearing rights

While some types of occupations, such as construction work or firefighting, have inherent dangers, the fact of the matter is that anyone can suffer a workplace injury or illness. Even if you work in an office you could trip over torn carpet or injure yourself trying to lift something heavy. Therefore, it is important for all residents of South Carolina to understand their rights with regards to workers' compensation, including the right to a hearing.

Unfortunately, sometimes a worker's initial claim for workers' compensation benefits is denied by the employer's insurance carrier. When this happens, a hearing can be scheduled where the worker can present his or her claim to the workers' compensation Commissioner assigned to one's case. This person will serve as fact finder at the hearing and will also issue an official ruling on the law. Hearings are generally scheduled within three to five months.

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