Stay Safe During Autumn with These Tips

Stay Safe During Autumn with These Tips

There’s a breeze in the air. The leaves are turning into a dazzling display of reds, oranges, and yellows. And as you sip your pumpkin-flavored drink and admire this beautiful fall morning, you fail to notice the wet leaves on your steps.

Accidents can happen anytime but taking extra precautions during Autumn can help keep you and others safer.

 

Road Safety

Fall brings cooler temperatures which can result in lower tire pressure. Be sure to check your tires and inflate them if necessary. It will help you have better traction, add longevity to your tires, and reduce the risk of an accident.

With leaves falling and rainier weather, roads are likely to be treacherous. Watch out for wet spots and inspect the tread on your tires to make driving safer for you and other drivers this time of year.

 

Preventing Accidents at Home

You may focus on the leaves in your yard but look at your roof and gutters. Cleaning out leaves from these areas can protect your home and increase the lifespan of your roof.

Remove leaves from walkways and stairs to keep passages clear and prevent unnecessary trips and falls for you and any visitors.

Fall is a wonderful time of year. By taking a few precautions, you and your family can enjoy the season safely and avoid causing injury to others.

Sometimes, accidents are unavoidable. And they may not be your fault. However, you can always reach out to our team to discuss how we can help you resolve an issue you’re facing, whether it’s on the road, at home, or in the workplace.

Questions From Our Clients

Questions From Our Clients

When dealing with a legal case, you’ll hear many terms thrown around that you may not be familiar with. And we get it. It’s not something you do every day, so it may feel overwhelming to hear these words and not understand what they mean.

So, we’ve put together a glossary of common legal terms and what they mean, along with answers to a few frequent questions. Then, when you hear them, you’ll better understand what’s happening in your case.

 

What are discovery and interrogatories?

Discovery is the process of a lawsuit when each party’s legal team is working to find information and evidence to evaluate and support their case. It’s typically one of the first parts of a trial proceeding.

Interrogatories are lists of questions sent from one party to the other during the discovery phase of a lawsuit to help them gather information.

 

What is a deposition?

A deposition is sworn out-of-court testimony. It’s part of the discovery phase of a lawsuit. Both parties’ attorneys are present, and a witness is asked questions to gather information for the case. They’re often in person and may be recorded.

 

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process that intends to resolve a legal dispute outside of court. A third-party mediator is used to create an agreeable solution and avoid a trial.

 

What is a mediator?

A mediator is a third-party intermediary who works with both sides in a dispute to resolve the issue without going to court.

 

Why do lawsuits take so long?

Legal proceedings often take months or years to resolve.

Many things can impact the length of time it takes; courts are dealing with lots of cases, and legal teams want to take their time in finding all the information to support their case.

 

Where will my lawsuit be filed?

A lawsuit may be filed in either the location of the subject incident or the county in which the defendant is a resident.

 

Is it possible to receive benefits for pain and suffering through a workers’ compensation case in South Carolina?

South Carolina workers’ compensation laws do not offer compensation for pain and suffering. Compensation for job-related injuries is available through medical benefits, lost wages, and disability.

 

We’re Here to Help

We hope this guide will serve you well in gaining a better understanding of legal terms you may hear during your case. If you need support, our team may be able to help. Reach out to us and tell us what you’re facing, and we’ll be in touch with you.

 

A Few Legal Terms You Should Know

Legal terms are often the last thing on your mind when you’re in a car accident or dealing with a workers’ compensation issue.

But each case has a lot of legal jargon you may not be familiar with.

And that’s okay. You’re not an attorney.

Regardless, dealing with many terms, you don’t understand can leave you overwhelmed and stressed.

So, we’ve listed a few common phrases for auto accidents and workers’ compensation to help you. Then, if you’re in a situation where the terms are used, you’ll feel more confident about what’s going on.

 

Auto Accidents Terms to Know

Liability – The word liability is commonly used in auto accident injury claims when referring to the party responsible for the incident. For example, if someone runs a stop sign and hits your car, they’re typically liable for any damages and will be responsible for paying to cover those costs.

 

Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Coverage – While auto insurance is required coverage, you may be in an accident with a driver who is underinsured or has no insurance. Underinsured coverage is something you can add to your policy, so you’re covered if the at-fault driver’s insurance cannot cover all the damages. Uninsured coverage kicks in if the driver has no coverag

 

Workers’ Compensation Words to Know

Decision and Award – In a workers’ compensation case, this is the decision made by a single commissioner, which includes, but is not limited to, any payments or medical benefits.

Compensability – A worker may only receive workers’ compensation benefits if his or her injury is deemed compensable. Generally, an injury is determined to be compensable if the worker suffers an injury by accident, which arose out of and in the course of employment.

 

We hope these terms and definitions clarify the legal process of auto accident personal injuries and workers’ compensation cases.

 

The good news is that you don’t have to be an expert or understand all the terms. We can do that for you.

If you’re dealing with a situation and don’t know where to turn, reach out to our team to see if we can help.

What to Do When You’re Hurt at Work

You’ve been hurt at work.

It’s a scary situation and you may not know what to do next.

The first thing you should always do is get medical attention. Your health is the most important thing to address.

After receiving medical care, you may ask yourself, “what do I do now?”

The worker’s compensation process is confusing and daunting. Knowing where to turn or who is on your side is difficult.

Let’s walk through the South Carolina workers’ compensation process and what you should do if you’re hurt on the job.

 

Report the Injury to Your Employer

Again, we want to reiterate the importance of receiving medical treatment immediately if your injury is an emergency.

The next step is notifying someone in management (like your supervisor or manager) about your workplace injury. This starts the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim.

According to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, workplace injuries must be reported within 90 days of the incident, or you may not qualify for benefits.

Your employer is responsible for filing a claim with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, but an injured worker must also file a claim within two years of the accident.

 

Getting Medical Care You Need

In South Carolina, your employer has the right to choose your medical provider for workplace injury treatment. However, if you elect to see another professional, you could be paying out of pocket for the costs.

After you’ve been injured, ask your employer for their preferred physician.

When you go to your appointment, describe the incident and all injuries in full detail to the doctor.

Give them as much information as possible. The South Carolina Worker’s Compensation commission states this is vital in the event you need to request a hearing if you don’t agree with your medical assessment or care.

The physician will determine if your injuries are work-related, recommend treatment, and may write a note for time off from work.

If your injury is a compensable, work-related incident, workers’ compensation insurance will pay for all costs associated with your care.

But sometimes, things don’t go as planned.

Your employer may not file the proper paperwork.

Or their medical provider can say the injury is not work-related.

In such situations, you must request a hearing with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission.

 

And you’ll want a team with you to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve and need. Our attorneys are workers’ compensation experts and can help navigate the process.

Don’t navigate a workplace injury alone. Tell us about your case and we’ll be in touch with how we can help you.

Simple Tips to Help You Drive Safer

It only takes a split second for an accident to happen. You glance down at your phone. Or you look at your floorboard when you hear something fall out of your bag.

Even the slightest distraction can cause a collision. And even if you didn’t mean to look away, or check your phone, if you end up in a wreck, it can cost you a lot of time and money. We work hard to represent our clients involved in auto accidents, but we always advocate for safe driving practices to prevent wrecks from happening.

Use these tips the next time you get behind the wheel to practice safer driving habits.

 

Let Technology Help You

The use of cell phones is banned in most states unless you’re using Bluetooth or voice-activated technology. But if you’re driving on any road, you’ll notice how many drivers are still looking at their phones. Regardless of what state you’re in, we recommend waiting to send a text until you’re parked or pulled over, that’s always the safest for you and everyone else.

Most vehicles are now equipped with wireless technology that allows you to talk on the phone hands-free. Use these features to avoid taking your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel.

Don’t forget to check out your vehicle’s built-in safety features like blind-spot indicators, lane assist, and pre-collision assist tools.

 

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

An important part of safe driving is knowing what’s going on around you. And that means having your mirrors adjusted where you can see vehicles behind you and to your sides. Watch other drivers and be prepared to break or shift lanes if they’re unaware or driving recklessly.

If you’re driving on interstate highways, always look ahead to see if other vehicles are braking. Many accidents happen because drivers go from high speeds to complete stops quickly.

 

Stay Secured

The first thing you should do when getting in a vehicle is buckle your seatbelt. A buckled seatbelt will keep you from being severely injured or killed. If you’re carrying any cargo or boxes, make sure they won’t slide or move while driving and cause a distraction.

 

We’re Here When You Need Us

We hope you’ll keep these tips in mind the next time you’re on the road. A few simple steps can prevent a major accident. But if you are in a wreck, reach out to our team. We’ve helped many drivers navigate the process of dealing with insurance and the legal process.