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

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

Personal Injury: What to Know About Cruise Ship Injury Claims

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Aug 28, 2018 9:24:45 AM

Today's blog comes to us from Frank D. Butler, a Personal Attorney who practices in the area of maritime law, including cruise ship injuries and other maritime concerns. You can reach Frank D. Butler to request a consultation at (888) 262-8529 or contact him online at any time.

In 2018, it is projected that 28 million passengers will cruise on one of the numerous cruise ship options.

For many residents of South Carolina who choose to cruise, it will be from Charleston—which now offers nine cruises through Carnival Cruise Lines. Other South Carolina residents will choose to go to Florida and leave on a cruise ship from Jacksonville, Port Canaveral, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale or Miami.  

For the last ten years cruise ship passengers have increased from 18 million passengers in 2009 up to the 28 million passengers projected for 2018. Florida offers a range of cruise lines—like Disney, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebration—more than any other State.

Having handled cruise ship injury cases for 25 years throughout Florida from our Tampa Bay law office, we have seen the cruise lines continue to add more passengers on ever larger vessels with ever larger numbers of crew to service the passengers. Accidents do happen on cruise ships. The cruise ships have been called “floating cities”—which have their own medical staff, police force, restaurants, movie theaters, casino, shops, spas, community pools, etc. It is a matter of statistics that placing 4000 to 6000 people on a vessel every five days is going to lead to potential injury claims.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Guest Blog

What to Do When Your Employer Denies Medical Leave

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Jul 25, 2018 11:57:27 AM

Crystal Reynolds Fisher's 18-year-old son became sick with a fever, ending up on life support as he deteriorated rapidly. Crystal, who works at a gas station in her local Albion, Michigan community, texted her boss to let her know that she would need to take time off work in order to be close to her son during his recovery.

Dawn's response was chilling: "If you can't come to work, that's you quitting."

Crystal posted the text conversation on her personal Facebook page, where it quickly began to spread and eventually appeared on national news organization websites detailing Crystal's situation.

In the case of Ms. Fisher, the company she works for terminated the employment of the manager after her story made national news and granted her medical leave as needed. 

But... what if you don't have a story that 'goes viral', attracting national attention and putting pressure on a company to approve emergency leave?

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Topics: Worker's Compensation

Happy Fourth of July from Bluestein Attorneys!

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Jul 4, 2018 9:06:00 AM

The United States of America is celebrating its 242nd birthday this year, and we'd like to wish all of you and safe and happy celebration!

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Topics: holidays