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

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

Who Covers My Medical Bills After a Car Wreck?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Mar 12, 2018 12:30:02 PM

Car wrecks that cause injury can come in many forms — vehicle collisions, wrecks involving tractor trailers, motorcycle wrecks, and more. After you've exchanged car insurance information with the at-fault party, called your own insurance company to notify them to start the claims process, and sought medical care for your injuries, you may be wondering — who pays the medical bills after a car accident, and how can you be sure your medical care will be paid for?

Let's take a look.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Automobile Accident, Wrecks Involving Tractor Trailers, Motorcycle Accidents

Negotiating a Personal Injury Settlement, Step by Step

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Feb 20, 2018 10:26:03 AM

Whether you've been involved in a car wreck, have been bitten by a dog, were injured by a defective product, or you've been subjected to some other form of Personal Injury, odds are good insurance companies will end up involved when trying to recover the costs associated with treatment and recovery.

Quite often, the initial settlement offer from an insurance company will be significantly less than the final costs associated with medical treatment and time off work. It's worth it to prepare before discussing specific monetary amounts to ensure you're in the best possible position to negotiate a personal injury settlement.

Let's walk through the settlement negotiation steps.

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Topics: Personal Injury

How to Value Your Car When Insurance Declares It Totaled

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Feb 6, 2018 2:31:59 PM

How to Value Your Car When Insurance Declares It TotaledWhile many collisions between vehicles involve minimal or fairly easily repaired damage, sometimes the damage to the car will be so extensive that your insurance company will declare the car totaled.

Your vehicle will be determined to be a "total loss" following a collision, single-car accident, or other damaging event either if it is unrepairable, or if the cost of repairs would exceed a certain percentage of the value of the car. 

If that's the case, your insurance company will prepare a claim settlement, payable to the owner of the vehicle, that is meant to reflect the value of the car at the time of the collision.

If the value of the settlement is significantly lower than the actual value of your car, you do not have to accept the settlement.

If you can prove a discrepancy between your car's true value and the claim settlement offered by your insurance company, you may be able to receive a larger settlement more in line with your expectations.

We have a few steps to take when proving your car's value to your insurance company after a total loss:

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Topics: Personal Injury

What Should You Do If Your Dog Bites Someone?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Dec 29, 2017 9:16:00 AM

Even a dog that has never shown signs of aggression can end up in a situation where they bite a human being. If you are the owner of that dog, you may find yourself dealing with insurance claims, medical bills, and even potentially litigation as a result of your dog's actions.

What should you do if your dog bites someone? We have a few ideas for how to defuse the situation and what to do next.

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Topics: Personal Injury

What Should You Do If Your Elderly Parent is Injured in a Nursing Home?

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Jun 21, 2017 11:34:01 AM

Nursing homes and "senior living centers" are growing, as the aging Baby Boomer generation begins to seek out assisted-living facilities designed to provide medical and personal care.

When we move an elderly or infirm loved one into a nursing home facility, we are putting an incredible trust in the facility to provide that person with physical safety and emotional as well as physical care.

The idea of your loved one being injured or sickened as a result of elder abuse in nursing homes may feel like a total betrayal of your trust.

Elder abuse and nursing home neglect are increasingly in the news these days, and we understand that you may be wondering, what should you do if your elderly parent is injured in a nursing home. Today, we'll take a look at types of abuse and what steps you should take if you begin to suspect your elderly loved one is being abused.

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Topics: Personal Injury

Spot the Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Posted by Allison Sullivan on May 11, 2017 9:05:51 AM

By the year 2050, it is estimated that 20 percent of all Americans will be at least 65 years of age, with the most growth occurring among Americans aged 85 and older. According to the 2010 census, about 5.8 million Americans were over the age of 85, and this number is expected to reach 19 million people by 2050. With the growing number of elderly patients and staff shortages in the medical field, there is an increasing cause of concern related to the quality of care for elderly patients and residents.

Nursing home abuse is what can, unfortunately, happen to any residents under the care of a licensed care facility. There are different types of abuse. The most common types of abuse are physical, sexual, emotional, or financial. This abuse often happens in plain sight, and can often be overlooked. It can be caused by a staff member at the facility, or even other residents living there.

Nursing home abuse is a severe issue at facilities across the country, with neglect being considered one of the most common forms of abuse. 

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Topics: Personal Injury

Injured By a Defective Product? You Have Options in South Carolina!

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Mar 7, 2017 9:00:42 AM

When you've been injured by a defective product, it may be hard to know where to turn. Should you simply try to return the product for the money you initially paid for it, taking on the cost of medical care for your injuries by yourself? Should you sue? In South Carolina, those who have been injured or made ill due to defective products they purchased have the ability to bring a products liability claim to court.

Let's take a look at the basics of defective product liability in South Carolina, what you'll need to do to prove your claim, and what steps you should take in the event of injury or illness in this situation.

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Topics: Personal Injury

Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney in South Carolina? Here's What to Do:

Posted by Allison Sullivan on Feb 20, 2017 2:13:02 PM

Whether you've been the victim of a dog bite, your car has been damaged (or you've sustained injury) as a result of a vehicular collision involving a car, motorcycle, or tractor trailer, you or a family member has suffered due to medical malpractice, or any other personal injury matters, you may find yourself looking to hire a personal injury lawyer in South Carolina.

Trying to decide how to get started on hiring an attorney to represent you in a court of law can be intimidating. We'd like to help make it easier by giving you a few tips on what to do when you're preparing to meet with a personal injury attorney for the first time.

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Topics: Personal Injury