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Returning to work after a serious workplace accident

If you have experienced first-hand the difficulty of a workplace accident, you understand how this type of incident can affect your life. Depending on the nature of your specific injury, you may be facing a lengthy recovery period and costly medical bills. Once you navigate these things, you will then have to figure out what it will be like to go back to work.

Reentering the workforce or returning to your job can be one of the most difficult aspects of a work injury. If you were away for a long time, you may not be sure where to begin or even if you can do the same things you did before your accident. Fortunately, you may be able to get certain types of assistance for this specific thing through your workers' compensation claim.

What to do if you are the victim of medical malpractice

When you go to the hospital or visit the doctor, it is with the expectation that you will receive quality medical care. It can be disheartening to learn that not only did you not receive care that met certain standards, but that you suffered additional damage or a worsening of your condition. It is overwhelming to find yourself in this situation, but you have the right to fight back. 

As a victim of medical malpractice, there are legal options available to you by which you can hold liable parties accountable and pursue a reasonable compensation for your losses. There are certain steps you have to take, however, and you would be wise to learn about how you should proceed in order to give yourself the best chance of success with a potential medical malpractice claim.

Fathers are encouraged to stay involved in spite of a divorce

It was often assumed that mothers are the most important caretakers. However, researchers are discovering that a father's role is equally important. Sadly, in the aftermath of a divorce, many South Carolina children do not get to spend enough time with their fathers.  

According to studies, in order for a child to reach adulthood as a healthy and well-balanced individual, the importance of a father's involvement cannot be overestimated. The earlier a father gets involved in the hands-on care of his child, the sooner he bonds emotionally and psychologically with that child. In order to protect and nurture that bond after a divorce, professionals state that children need four key things from their parents. The first of these is time.

In some families, shared child custody may not be the best choice

Over the past several years, more and more states and family court judges have come to the understanding that children benefit most when both parents are involved. To that end, judges often start from the position that shared child custody is the ideal. South Carolina favors joint custody in both legal and physical custody orders.

While many parents are able to co-parent peaceably, this is not always the case. In these situations, the animosity between the parents may place children in an uncomfortable position of having to choose sides. If the parents live some distance apart, exchanging custody may involve travel time that infringes on the child's enjoyment of spending time with each parent. In addition, though children are seen as being able to adapt to their situations, having two very different schedules and routines may take a toll over time.

Are you sharing South Carolina roads with a drunk driver?

It's not your job to police South Carolina roadways, that is, unless you're a state patrol officer and are on duty. Like most other travelers, you are obligated to adhere to traffic laws and safety regulations while driving, but you are not responsible for the choices a person makes behind the wheel of another vehicle. It can be quite frustrating trying to navigate traffic when someone is riding your bumper or cutting in and out of lanes in an unsafe manner. It puts lives at risk.

While traveling, you might witness suspicious driving behavior. It often takes quick thinking to determine the best course of action to avoid potential danger. Certain types of driving behavior might signify that a driver is intoxicated, in which case you'd want to do anything you possibly (and safely) can to avoid collision. If a drunk driver hits you and you suffer injury, you'll likely need a lot of additional support.

Applying the 'going and coming' rule to your workplace injury

You may understand that if you suffer an injury on the job, you are likely eligible to receive benefits from your employer's workers' compensation insurance. Perhaps this has come in handy for you, especially if you work in a job considered high-risk.

Workers' compensation benefits can include coverage of your medical bills related to a workplace injury and a portion of the wages you lose while you recover. You may also need disability income, either temporary or permanent, if your injuries are severe. However, what happens if you suffer injuries in a crash while on your way to or from work?

Man killed after semi truck rear-ends stopped traffic

Traveling along South Carolina highways presents challenges for motorists due to the heavy congestion and endless roadway projects. When the increased numbers of commercial trucks hauling double loads are factored in, the dangers to travelers are multiplied. This was sadly illustrated in a recent semi truck crash that took the life of at least one man. 

South Carolina State troopers responded to the scene of a deadly crash along Interstate 85 near Pelham Road and Highway 14. According to the preliminary report, traffic along the southbound lanes came to an unexpected standstill. A semi driver hauling two trailers may have been unaware of the slowdown in traffic and collided with the rears of two vehicles that had come to a stop.

What happens after a denied workers' compensation claim?

When you suffer an injury at work or you become ill as a result of your job, you may need financial support to get you through these difficult months. You know you have the right to pursue workers compensation benefits, which is a specific type of support you can seek to cover medical expenses, lost wages and other needs. It can be devastating to learn that your claim came back denied.

Even with a valid injury and clear evidence that workers' compensation benefits are appropriate, some South Carolina workers still find it difficult to get the help they need. If your claim came back denied, it is not the end of the road for you. You can take steps to continue to fight for the help you need. 

Custody of pets in divorce getting more attention from lawmakers

In the United States, pets have become much more than a possession to their owners. In fact, in many homes, pets have taken on the role of furry children. For this reason, the issue of who will retain custody of a beloved animal after a divorce has gotten more attention from lawmakers in several states. Though South Carolina has yet to address the matter through legislation, many residents who are facing a divorce may be worried about who will get custody of a cherished animal.

While a few states have passed laws that require family courts to treat pets in a manner similar to children, most have not yet taken this step. However, a lawmaker in another state has introduced legislation that would require pets to be formally categorized as "companion animals." This designation would ensure that the ownership of pets would be taken into special consideration and with more gravity than the ownership of furniture.

Doctor's conduct may be key point in medical malpractice claim

When a medical emergency arises, time is often the deciding factor in whether someone will survive. Loved ones are often the greatest advocates in ensuring that a patient receives timely and appropriate medical treatment. Unfortunately, there may be times when a provider's negligence leads to not just the patient, but also family, suffering severe distress. If evidence points to inaction as being a factor in the loss of a patient, then South Carolina patients may have a case for a medical malpractice claim.

Recently, an appeals court ruled that a case for emotional distress may proceed. In 2014, a 46-year-old man suffered an acute cardiac event while shopping. The man was transported to a nearby medical center. Within 25 minutes, the physician on duty in the emergency department pronounced him deceased. However, family members continued to insist that the man was still alive as he was breathing and moving an arm.

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