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

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

Why Are South Carolina's Roads So Deadly?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Jun 13, 2018 8:54:45 AM

While South Carolina's overall traffic fatality rate has been trending slightly downwards, Lexington County and Richland County have unfortunately been seeing the opposite.

According to The State newspaper, by May 17, traffic deaths in Lexington County in 2018 were double what they were by the same time last year, with 34 deaths in total compared to last year's 17. Richland County, meanwhile, was already battling a battling a surge in traffic fatalities on Columbia roads, and looks poised to continue the fight throughout 2018.

What's causing this sudden spike in traffic fatalities? How can you keep yourself and your family safe on South Carolina's roads? 

Let's take a look.

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Topics: Automobile Accident

Does South Carolina Have a Good Samaritan Law?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on May 11, 2018 8:03:32 AM

As the opioid crisis continues to unfold across the country, South Carolina has seen a devastating increase of overdose-related hospitalizations and deaths over the past few years.

According to SC DHEC, deaths caused by overdoses numbered about 550 in 2016, showing an increase of nearly 20% in just two years.

As the United States begins to reckon with the long-term effects of prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction, we have also seen increasing situations where witnesses to an opioid overdose don't call for help until it's too late because they are worried about being charged with a crime themselves.

Can a friend or loved one safely call 911 for someone overdosing, without getting into legal trouble? Does South Carolina have a Good Samaritan law regarding drug overdoses?

Let's take a look at how Good Samaritan laws in South Carolina work, what they cover, and what to do if you witness someone who has potentially overdosed.

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Topics: Criminal Defense

Do Prisoners Have Rights?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Apr 20, 2018 3:02:47 PM

The recent prison riot at Lee Correctional Institute in Bishopville seems to have begun as a dispute over gang territory and contraband like cell phones. It ended with seven inmates dead and seventeen more injured, after a staff of forty-four guards found themselves trying to maintain order in a prison that houses nearly 1,600 men.

The riot and its aftermath exposed a serious problem with understaffing in both South Carolina prisons and in the prison system nationwide.

Some prisoners' rights activists like those at the National Action Network have asserted that the prisoners' right to safety was violated by the circumstances that led to last week's riot. We've heard more than a few people ask: Do prisoners have rights? What can a prisoner or their family do if they feel their civil rights were violated?

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Topics: Criminal Defense