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How workers' compensation benefits work

Workers' compensation benefits are of vital importance to injured workers and their families which is why injured workers in South Carolina and their families should understand how they work.

The details of workers' compensation benefits are important but it is also essential to be aware the benefits are there and to know how to access them when needed.

Taking measures to reduce the odds a bicycle accident will occur

There may be a variety of potential benefits to choosing to ride a bicycle as a primary means of transportation. Whether to avoid the hustle and bustle of traffic or as a healthy means of exercise, or both, you may prefer to use your bike to travel to and from each of your daily destinations.

With the added bonuses, there also comes a certain level of risk, as cyclists are unable to take advantage of the protective barriers other motor vehicles provide. Since collisions involving bicycles can have disastrous consequences, taking measures to reduce the chances a crash will occur is imperative.

Help with brain injury costs and losses

This blog has previously discussed some of the serious types of harm brain injury victims injured in car accidents can suffer. Car accident victims should be familiar with the ways personal injury legal protections can help them with their losses and the costs associated with brain injuries.

The costs of brain injuries are high and may result in significant medical expenses, lost time away from work and wages and emotional harm as well. Estimates range from $85,000 for treatment of a mild head injury to $941,000 for treatment of a moderate brain injury and $3 million for treatment of a severe traumatic brain injury. The cost of caring for a survivor of a traumatic brain injury over their lifetime is estimated to be between $600,000 and $1.875 million.

Legal protections for victims of nursing home abuse

Nursing home abuse can have a devastating impact on the victim and their loves ones which is why the legal process provides important protections for victims of nursing home abuse. It is beneficial for victims of nursing home abuse and their families to know what to watch for if they suspect nursing home neglect and negligence and to know what legal remedies are available to them.

Indicators of nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect of a loved one includes weight loss; poor hygiene; bedsores; bruises or other types of injuries; the use of restraints or evidence of the use of restraints; increased use of medications; behavioral changes; and some other signs as well. A nursing home or nursing home staff may be responsible for nursing home abuse and may be liable to compensate victims and their families for their damages.

Injured workers should know their workers' compensation rights

South Carolina provides important protections for injured workers that they should be familiar with. When a worker is injured during the course of their employment, they are entitled to recover important workers' compensation benefits designed to help them with many of the challenges they may face after being injured on the job.

Workers' compensation benefits injured South Carolinian workers may be able to receive include medical expenses, temporary total compensation for lost time and wages and permanent disability benefits if the injured worker has suffered a permanent injury as a result of the workplace accident. Other types of workers' compensation benefits may be available as well in certain circumstances. Workers' compensation benefits cover both workplace injuries and workplace illnesses injured workers may suffer.

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.

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