Toxic Firefighting Foam & the U.S. Military: What We Know

Posted by Tim Mercer on Oct 26, 2020 1:59:34 PM

If you, or someone you love, has developed cancer after being exposed to toxic firefighting foam, please call us right away.

In the 1960s, researchers for the U.S. Navy began testing a new form of firefighting foam that would extinguish flames quite rapidly. Just a decade later, in the 1970s, this type of foam was being used widely, across most military bases in the United States, as well as at a slew of airports, fire departments, and oil refineries. This foam, commonly known as Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) was designed to put out burning jet fuel.

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Topics: Veterans Affairs

Women Serving Women

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Jul 24, 2020 10:58:00 AM

South Carolina Ranks Number 4 for Women-Owned Businesses in the Nation

Did you know Bluestein Attorneys is the only woman-owned plaintiff firm in South Carolina?

 

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Bluestein Attorneys celebrates 20th anniversary

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Jul 1, 2020 3:03:13 PM

Bluestein Attorneys is celebrating a milestone - 20 years of representation of injured and disabled South Carolinians.

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Topics: News

Boater Safety in South Carolina

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Jun 11, 2020 2:54:37 PM

Summertime is a boater's favorite season. With all of the good times that come with spending summer days on a boat, however, there is also a fair amount of potential risk that comes with the territory.

Whether you own a boat or you know someone who does, simply being on board makes you responsible for knowing and following proper safety precautions. Too many injuries happen on South Carolina's lakes and beaches every year. Don't let your boating story be one of them.

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Topics: Personal Injury

Radiation Exposure During Military Service

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Apr 30, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Whether you suspect you may have been exposed to radiation during your time serving in the United States military, or you know for sure you were subject to at least some radiation exposure, it can be hard to know where to begin when it comes to filing for disability benefits. We've put together some basic information to help you when it comes to filing your claim.

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Topics: Veterans Affairs

My Social Security Disability Application Was Approved. Do I Need to Do Anything Else?

Posted by Stacy Thompson on Apr 13, 2020 5:08:39 PM

If your household has been scrambling to make ends meet after an illness or injury puts you, or a loved one out of work, having your SSDI application approved can feel like a real victory.

While a Social Security Disability approval can help you bridge the gap between treatment for your disability and when you can return to work, there are some obligations that you will have to the Social Security Administration that you'll need to keep in mind.

Some problems can occur even after your disability application was approved, and taking just a couple of steps can help you to avoid them.

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Topics: Social Security Disability

Can I File for Workers' Compensation Due to Hostile Work Environment?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Mar 26, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Workers Compensation tends to be talked about primarily in physical terms — an injury or illness, such as a broken arm or pneumonia, gathered due to workplace conditions or an on-the-job accident. There are other forms of workplace injury, however. We've spoken before about mental injuries, and today we're going to take a look at an area of Workers Comp that is not often discussed... filing for Workers Compensation as a result of a hostile workplace environment.

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Topics: Worker's Compensation

Criminal Protective Orders in Domestic Violence Cases

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Mar 5, 2020 12:00:00 AM

Not every relationship is smooth sailing. In fact, most of us have to go through some amount of disagreement while we figure out how to communicate with a partner in a romantic relationship. This is especially true when people are trying to figure out how to live together in a long-term domestic situation.

While many couples are able to figure each other out over time, either on their own or with the help of couple's therapy, this is not the case for every couple. Some situations end up devolving into domestic violence, where one partner abuses the other.

In such cases, abused partners may elect to leave and seek protection under the law. This is where criminal protective orders come into play. What are they and how do they work? Is it difficult to obtain a protective order? Here are a few things you need to know if you find yourself suffering a domestic violence scenario.

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Topics: Criminal Defense

Does Workers' Comp Pay for Vocational Training For a New Job?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Feb 20, 2020 11:42:00 AM

In most cases, employees filing for Workers' Compensation after an on-the-job illness or injury will be able to return to the same position after receiving medical treatment and perhaps taking time off to fully recover.

In some cases, however, an injured employee may discover that their condition is serious enough that they will no longer be able to return to their previous job.

For those who have spent much of their adult lives working in the same industry, the idea of training for something entirely new may feel daunting and job retraining can be expensive.

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Topics: Worker's Compensation

Veterans Disability and Orthopedic Injuries

Posted by Eugene Powell on Feb 14, 2020 10:59:20 AM

From strained back muscles to broken bones, orthopedic injuries can be serious and cause major issues for veterans.

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Topics: Veterans Affairs