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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.

Look out for signs of nursing home abuse when visiting facilities

When a person in South Carolina has an aging loved one who can no longer take care of his or her daily needs, the time may come for their loved one to enter a nursing home. Nursing homes can provide the health and personal care needs of residents, so that the residents can live comfortably. Unfortunately, many times nursing homes fail to uphold their duty of care toward residents and commit nursing home abuse. Therefore, when choosing a nursing home for a loved one, there are certain signs a person should look out for, to ensure the nursing home is safe.

First, it is important to note whether there are special care units for residents with dementia or other memory impairments. This can provide these residents with the supervision they need to be safe. In addition, nursing homes should have features such as handrails, handicap access and other means for keeping residents from becoming injured.

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.

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