Allison Sullivan

Allison Sullivan, partner at Bluestein Thompson Sullivan, LLC, is dedicated to representing injured workers in South Carolina. She practices in the area of Workers' Compensation, among others, and is the current President of the Injured Workers' Association.

Recent Posts

Who is Liable When Someone is Injured by Defective Products?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on May 22, 2019 1:26:43 PM

Defective ProductIf you or someone in your home recently purchased or used a product that malfunctioned and caused property damage or injuries, you probably have questions about what to do next.

As a victim of a potentially defective product, you must be prepared with information about how to file a legal claim against the responsible party.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Defective Products

How Can You Prevent Slip and Fall Injuries in Medical Facilities?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Apr 23, 2019 1:24:16 PM

Among healthcare professionals like nurses, residents, and doctors, slips and falls are one of the top causes of workplace injury. It's not only the medical staff who may become severely injured due to a slip and fall injury in a hospital or other medical facility, however. 

Patients, visiting friends and family, non-medical support staff like janitors or administrative assistants... anyone who steps foot in a medical facility could be at risk of being injured due to a wet, uneven, or dangerous surface. 

We have a few pieces of helpful advice to lower your risk, whether you work in a medical facility or you're a patient or visitor.

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Topics: Worker's Compensation, Personal Injury

What Are the Top Causes of Injuries in Healthcare Workers?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Mar 28, 2019 8:58:24 AM

Nurses and other healthcare workers consistently top the Bureau of Labor Statistics' list of occupations most likely to suffer an on-the-job injury, and it's no wonder — nurses, medical assistants, and other healthcare professionals work dangerously long hours while caring for sick, injured, or even hostile individuals.

With nursing shortages in South Carolina and nationwide, the rate of nurses injured at work may end up getting worse before it gets better. 

What are the top causes of injury in healthcare workers? Read on to find out.

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Topics: Worker's Compensation

When Is a Wreck Involving a Tractor Trailer Most Likely to Happen?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Mar 12, 2019 1:46:51 PM

Back in 2016, we posted about how wrecks involving tractor trailers were on the rise. Unfortunately, that trend has continued, in part after a number of changes to the regulations surrounding tractor trailer operations.

With sleep-deprived drivers on the road for longer hours and towing heavier loads, the possibility of a potentially serious semi wreck has risen year-over-year since 2014 (according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) and shows no sign of decreasing significantly any time soon.

What time is a semi truck wreck most likely to happen? You might be surprised by the answer.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Wrecks Involving Tractor Trailers

Does Workers' Compensation Cover Asbestos Exposure?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Feb 19, 2019 10:36:15 AM

While exposure to asbestos in the workplace is less common than a few decades ago, there are still many older buildings and industries in South Carolina where developing an illness or injury as a result of asbestos exposure is possible, especially along coastal areas that have had heavy involvement in the shipbuilding industry.

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Topics: Worker's Compensation

How Are Settlements For Slips and Falls Cases Determined?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Jan 24, 2019 2:59:22 PM

There are a lot of reasons someone might slip and fall, whether they're out shopping or running errands or find themselves slipping and falling in the workplace. 

Even a seemingly minor slip and fall can lead to serious injury that costs time and money in doctor's visits, medical treatment, and potentially even time off work to allow the injury to fully heal.

If someone is injured as a result of slipping and falling in a public place or the workplace, the owner of the property the injury occurred on, or the business owner, may be liable for those injuries.

In the case of an on-the-job slip and fall injury, individuals filing a Workers' Compensation claim may be able to recover costs associated with treatment for and recovery from their injury.

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Topics: Worker's Compensation, Personal Injury

Is Misdiagnosis Medical Malpractice?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Jan 4, 2019 10:06:31 AM

Everyone knows someone who has had a misdiagnosed illness or injury.

Either symptoms weren't taken seriously, the patient felt they just weren't listened to at all, or an incorrect diagnosis led to treatment that at best did no good and at worst caused very real harm.

If a physician fails to accurately diagnose a harmful medical condition in a timely manner, patients may in some cases be able to pursue a legal remedy by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, medical malpractice laws are complex, and 'malpractice' isn't as simple as 'the diagnosis was wrong'.

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Topics: Medical Malpractice

Attorney Tim Mercer to Join the Bluestein Attorneys VA Disability Team

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Nov 28, 2018 10:04:03 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Attorney Timothy Mercer has joined Bluestein Thompson Sullivan, LLC.
He will practice exclusively in the area of Veterans Disability.

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Topics: Veterans Affairs, News

Bluestein Attorneys Recognized in 2019 Best Law Firms in America

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Nov 1, 2018 10:23:41 AM

COLUMBIA, SC — Bluestein Attorneys is rated among the top law firms in Columbia, SC in the new edition of Best Law Firms in America. This is the ninth year the firm has been honored in the publication.

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Topics: News

What is Subrogation in Workers' Compensation?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Oct 8, 2018 1:59:34 PM

Although worker's compensation is the exclusive remedy against an injured worker's employer, there are some cases in which the injured worker can also pursue a claim against the at-fault. 

This means that the injured worker may be able to pursue a recovery from both workers' compensation and the at-fault third party. 

There is some overlap in the benefits that an injured worker can collect from workers' compensation and the at-fault, which means that the injured worker may recover twice for the same injury.  To prevent this from happening, the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Act provides that the workers' compensation provider has a right of "subrogation" and get paid back for the benefits it paid from any liability recovery from the at-fault third party.

What is subrogation in Workers' Compensation? How does the right to recovery work in these situations? Let's take a closer look.

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Topics: Worker's Compensation