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Studies suggest medical malpractice increases in the afternoon

Workers seem to exhibit a decrease in alertness and productivity in the afternoon hours after lunch. While this does not pose a serious problem for many professions; for patients, afternoon sluggishness could result in critical mistakes. South Carolina residents who are preparing for a routine procedure are encouraged to schedule it for earlier in the day to reduce the chance of becoming a medical malpractice victim.

Studies conducted by various institutions revealed that attention to details and job performance tends to slip as care providers near the end of their working shift. Researchers at Duke University reviewed approximately 90,000 surgical records and discovered there was an increase in the chances of a serious mistake on the part of anesthesiologists in the hour between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. In addition, a change in shifts usually occurs in the mid-afternoon. If the anesthesiologist fails to convey important information to the incoming shift, it could result in serious consequences. Likewise, important members of the team could rotate out, leading to a possible error.

What to expect and how to prepare for a child custody hearing

Going through the end of a marriage can be a stressful and intimidating experience. If you and your spouse make the decision to part ways, you might be facing a variety of difficult decisions, each of which could have a significant influence on various areas of your life.

If you have children, the process may seem substantially more complex, as your decisions could also affect their futures. Since child custody can be a highly-contestable topic, it could be in your best interests to start researching ways to prepare yourself for the chances of a child custody hearing.

Teen driver charged after fatal crash in South Carolina

Those who have limited driving experience are often categorized as a risk factor for causing traffic accidents. As a result, many insurance companies charge higher rates for young drivers, especially male drivers under 25 as they often engage in riskier driving habits that pose a threat to others on the road. Unfortunately, that has been illustrated once again after a teenager has been charged following a fatal crash in South Carolina.

According to the investigators, the wreck occurred at a local intersection in Greenville. An 18-year-old man was driving a vehicle in a westerly direction as he approached an upcoming intersection. For reasons that are yet unclear, he then proceeded into the crossroads and struck another vehicle that was being driven by a 73-year-old man.

Donald Trump, Jr. and wife close to reaching divorce settlement

Whenever celebrity or power couples announce that their marriage has come to an end, it is common to hear that the two sides are preparing for a protracted battle. In many of these situations, there are children involved, and a custody dispute can be a root cause for a contentious divorce. However, not every dissolution results in a years-long process, and South Carolina residents can seek the guidance of professionals in order to resolve these disputes as painlessly and quickly as possible.

Recently, Donald Trump, Jr. and his soon-to-be-ex-wife made an appearancen in court for a routine hearing related to their divorce filing. According to their lawyers, the two parties have managed to reach an accord concerning the custody of their five children. They are purportedly also close to working out the property division aspect of their pending settlement agreement.

Injuries on retail property

As summer break nears its end, you may have many items on your to-do list. While you may not yet be thinking of winterizing your South Carolina home or planning Thanksgiving dinner, you certainly have back-to-school preparations to complete. One of the most important tasks on your list is shopping for clothes, shoes and school supplies.

In this era of the distracted driver, you may think your risk of injury ends when you park your car and head across the shopping center parking lot. However, if the property owner or manager has not taken the appropriate steps to identify and remedy any hazards, you may be in danger of injury performing something as simple and routine as shopping.

Car crash kills motorcycle driver in South Carolina

In spite of the yearly public service campaigns that are promoted by law enforcement agencies and the highway safety groups, there are countless deadly accidents involving motorcycles and other automobiles. Sadly, many motorcyclists are killed in a car crash that occurs without warning with no time for them to take evasive actions. One South Carolina man recently became the latest victim of this type of accident.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the wreck occurred late on a weekend evening. A 47-year-old man was operating his motorcycle east along S.C. 160, just outside of a local town's limits. As the motorcyclist was approaching the entrance for a private driveway, a vehicle headed west attempted to execute a left turn into that drive. The resulting collision caused the motorcyclist to be thrown from his vehicle.

Pressure for some to finalize divorce proceedings increases

There has been a great deal of discussion over the upcoming tax changes that may have a significant impact on some individuals. One aspect of those changes may be exerting pressure on some couples to finalize their divorce agreements before the end of the year. Those who reside in South Carolina may benefit from consulting with professionals over how to protect themselves financially.

Starting in 2019, those who are required to make alimony payments will no longer be able to count these payments as deductions on their taxes. The concern on the part of many financial professionals is that the elimination of the tax deduction will result in significantly lower alimony payments to the former spouses who need it the most. Those couples who have experienced the greatest income disparity are the ones who have typically received higher payments to offset the loss of income after a divorce.

If you have to go through probate, what should you expect?

If your loved one passed away, you understand that settling his or her South Carolina estate can be a complex and confusing process. There is much more involved with resolving the affairs of another person than simply selling their things and dividing money. There are various legal steps you may have to take, including possibly going through probate.

In some cases, it may be possible to avoid probate. However, if you learn that probate will be a requirement as part of settling your loved one's estate, you would be wise to understand what to expect from this process. Many individuals find it beneficial to have legal guidance as they navigate complex estate planning concerns.

Workers injured after fall in construction site accident

One indication of a thriving and growing city is the need for new schools, which also provides a boost to the construction industry. Unfortunately, even the most experienced workers can experience a construction site accident that results in serious injuries. Injured workers who reside in South Carolina do have recourse to the state's workers' compensation program for vital financial benefits.

Recently, emergency crews responded to a call for assistance on the site of a new high school construction. According to the reports, two men suffered injuries after one worker fell approximately a dozen feet. That man then landed on top of a 47-year-old co-worker. The first man suffered only minor injuries.

As a construction worker, am I at risk for an injury?

There is no such thing as a completely safe workplace. However, just because your employers cannot ensure a place of work that is 100 percent free from risks, it does not mean that they are off the hook when it comes to safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires South Carolina employers to provide a reasonably safe environment for their workers.

This is especially important on construction sites. As a construction worker, you understand the dangerous nature of your job. Any deviation from safety standards could put you at risk for serious injury.

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