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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Glossary of Common Legal Terms

Legal talk is often complex, and to the untrained ear it can sound like a completely different language. Luckily for you, the attorneys at Stewart Law Offices, LLC are here to provide simple, easy-to-understand definitions for some common legal terms which you might have heard.

Acquittal: A verdict from a judge or jury that a criminal defendant is not guilty, or the evidence is insufficient to support a conviction.
Admissible: Evidence is considered “admissible” if it meets all of the standards required to present it in a court of law.
Affidavit: A statement (written or printed) made under oath.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): A way to settle a dispute outside of the courtroom. Most ADRs involve the help of a neutral third party, such as a mediator or arbitrator.
Appeal: A request made after a trial by the losing party to have the case reviewed by a higher court.
Bench Trial: A trial where the judge acts as the decision-maker instead of a jury.
Class Action Lawsuit: A lawsuit in which an individual or small group sues an entity on the behalf of a much larger group. i.e.: Thousands of customers suing a company for damages caused by a faulty product.
Community Service: A verdict in which the court requires an individual to work without pay for a nonprofit organization.
Conviction: A guilty verdict against a criminal defendant.
Defendant: The individual or business against whom a lawsuit is filed.
Evidence: Facts or items presented in the court of law with the intention to persuade the judge or jury.
Felony: A serious crime, usually punishable by a minimum of one year in prison.
Hearsay: Information presented by a witness who did not see the incident in question, but rather heard about it from someone else.
Judge: An official of the United States Judicial branch with the authority to decide lawsuits brought before a court.
Jury: A group of people selected to hear the evidence in a trial and make a verdict.
Litigation: Another word for a court case, or lawsuit.
Misdemeanor: A less-serious crime, punishable by a maximum of one year imprisonment.
Mistrial: An invalid trial which leads to the restarting of the same case with a new jury.
Plaintiff: A person or business who files the lawsuit with a court.
Plea Bargain: An agreement made between the plaintiff and defendant where the defendant agrees to plead guilty in order to receive a lesser punishment. Also known as a plea deal.
Settlement: Parties resolve their dispute without trial. This usually involves the payment of the defendant to at least the partial satisfaction of the plaintiff.
Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials.
Verdict: The determination of guilt or innocence made by the judge or jury.
Witness: A person called upon during a trial to give a testimony before the court.
To learn more about common legal terms and their definitions, check out this expanded glossary from the United States Court System.

The personal injury attorneys at Stewart Law Offices, LLC are well-versed in the court of law and are prepared to defend you at your next trial. If you live in North Carolina or South Carolina, and have been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, don’t wait. Pick up the phone and call us for a free consultation at (888) 286-5600.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions About Stewart Law Offices, LLC

Stewart Law Offices frequently asked questions

Stewart Law Offices, LLC is here for you when it counts. Read through this list of frequently asked questions to learn more about our firm and the legal services we provide. If you still have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 866-783-9278.

What type of cases does Stewart Law Offices, LLC handle?

The attorneys at Stewart Law Offices, LLC handle all facets of personal injury, including:

  • Car accidents
    • Drunk driving
    • Texting while driving
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Tractor trailer accidents
  • Boating wrecks
  • Medical malpractice
  • Wrongful death
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Federal Litigation

Where does Stewart Law Offices, LLC operate?

Stewart Law Offices, LLC offers legal representation for injury victims across South Carolina, as well as portions in North Carolina. We currently have offices in Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Columbia, Beaufort, and Charlotte. Click here to learn more about our locations and service area.

Does Stewart Law Offices, LLC use contingency fee agreements?

Yes. Legal representation from Stewart Law Offices, LLC may be more affordable than you expect, thanks to our contingency fee agreement. Instead of charging for our services up front and making you pay out of your own pocket, our fees are paid as a percentage of any recovery we make on your behalf. This allows our clients to secure quality legal representation at no financial risk. Click here to learn more about our contingency fee agreement.

Why should I trust Stewart Law Offices, LLC with my personal injury case?

The personal injury attorneys at Stewart Law Offices, LLC are here for you when it matters most. After sustaining an injury, you may be overwhelmed with emotions or medical bills. Our lawyers will work diligently by your side to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. We will even visit you at home or in the hospital while you recover from your injury.

How can I get started with a free case evaluation?

Think you may have a personal injury case on your hands? Speak to our attorneys and let us know! We offer free case evaluations for all new clients. Simply contact us online to get started, or pick up the phone and call 866-783-9278.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

5 Things to Do Immediately Following a Car Accident

Getting into a car accident is a scary situation, even if it’s just a fender bender. Luckily, the personal injury attorneys at Stewart Law Offices, LLC are here to guide you through this traumatic experience, step by step. Here are five things you need to do immediately following your next car collision...

1. Check Yourself & Your Passengers

The first thing you should do after getting into an accident, before even getting out of the car, is make sure everyone is okay. The immediate health of you and your passengers is always priority number one. If nobody is in need of emergency medical assistance, get out and check on the other vehicle.

2. Contact Law Enforcement

After making sure everyone involved in the accident is okay, it is a good idea to call the police – even if there are no serious injuries involved. Responding officers can file a police report, which may be needed for your insurance claim. In some states, it is legally required to contact the police after an accident; no matter how small.

3. Document the Accident

After the police arrive, work with them to construct an accurate record of the accident. Tell them exactly what happened, to the best of your ability. If you aren't sure, tell them that, instead of making up facts or guessing. If they ask if you are hurt, do not say no, even if you aren't. Tell them you aren't sure – many times, injuries don't become apparent until hours (or even days) after the collision. It is also important to take plenty of pictures of your car for insurance purposes.

4. Gather Information

Obtain the name, address, phone number, and insurance information of the other driver(s) involved in the accident. If there are any witnesses, you should also collect their names and phone numbers in the event you need to contact them in the future.

5. Contact an Attorney

If you want the best chance at recovering costs for personal injury and damaged property, you will need to contact a qualified attorney. They can help you fill out proper documentation, file a legal claim, and recommend the best course of action to recover compensation for your damages.

In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one is involved in a car accident, the attorneys at Stewart Law Offices, LLC are just a phone call away. We offer legal representation for personal injury cases in North Carolina and South Carolina, and will even visit you at home or in the hospital while you recover. Contact us online for a free consultation, or give us a call at 866-783-9278.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

When Would I Need Uninsured Motorist or Underinsured Motorist Coverage In South Carolina?

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All drivers are legally required to have Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage in South Carolina.  This coverage applies in an accident where the responsible driver has no insurance, does not have coverage that meets state minimum liability limits, or has an insurance company that is unwilling/unable to pay.  It may also apply if you are injured in a hit-and-run accident.

Coverage limits in South Carolina are as follows: $25,000 per person for bodily injury up to $50,000 per accident and $25,000 per accident for property damage.

Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage is always included as part of your liability insurance in South Carolina.

Your insurance company is required to present you with Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Coverage in a meaningful way when you sign up for your policy, but it is not mandatory to sign up. Since there is no clear answer as to what constitutes a meaningful offer, many court cases arise from accidents with underinsured motorists.

One benefit of UIM coverage is the ability to stack your coverage. This means that if you have more than one car insured under the same policy, you could have access to the combined coverage limits of all insured vehicles when one of those vehicles is involved in an accident with an uninsured/underinsured driver.

Insurance companies may not always represent your best interests. Even with both types of coverage, there are many occurrences when medical bills or damages are greater than your policy limits. Should you find yourself in a situation where you are not getting the coverage that you need after an accident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured, call Stewart Law Offices at 1-866-STEWART. We have offices in Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Columbia and by appointment in Beaufort, and our attorneys represent victims throughout South Carolina.

Note: This information is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. You can only receive legal advice by meeting with an attorney.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Could a Drunk Driver Hit Me While I’m Sitting at an Intersection?

Of those convicted of drunk driving in the U.S., on average, 50 to 75 percent continue to drive on a suspended license, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Tragedy struck in Florence, South Carolina late last month, when a 19-year-old driver who was allegedly drunk killed a bystander while evading the police. According to WISTV-TV, the incident began around 5 a.m. on a Wednesday when the police received a call about burglary and gunfire taking place on June Lane near the Church Hill apartments.

Reportedly, the alleged drunk driver’s vehicle first sped away from police after a cruiser approached it with its blue lights flashing and sirens blaring. The officer recognized the vehicle from a police dispatch about the car fleeing the burglary scene.

During the chase, the burglary suspect’s vehicle veered off the right side of the road as it approached McLeod Regional Medical Center, resulting in multiple collisions involving two other vehicles and the McLeod’s west parking deck. A 33-year-old occupant of one of the vehicles the 19-year-old driver hit was killed in the three-car wreck. The suspected drunk driver and another person involved in the crash had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.

The 19-year-old faces several charges following the incident, including:

  • First degree burglary
  • Weapons/discharging firearms into a dwelling
  • No S.C. driver license
  • First degree assault and battery
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm by a person convicted of violent offense
  • Drugs/simple possession of marijuana
  • Second degree assault and battery
  • Traffic/failure to stop for a blue light, great bodily harm results
  • Felony driving under the influence (DUI) involving death

If the Drunk Driver Who Hurt Me Faces Criminal Charges, Will That Help Me?

Unfortunately, as attorney Jenna W Garraux explains in the video below, while drunk drivers should be punished to the full extent of the law, a criminal suit won’t provide the money victims need for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost pay from missing work and pain and suffering. To do that, victims must file a civil suit.

Youtube Video
Stewart Law Offices, LLC – Car Wreck Lawyers

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/27150385/police-bystander-killed-in-3-car-crash-after-chase-in-florence

Note: This information is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. You can only receive legal advice by meeting with an attorney.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Dog Bites? Can I Sue?

No one wants to find themselves the victim of a dog bite, but for the 4.5 million people who are bitten by dogs in the United States annually, this becomes a harsh reality. In fact, dog bites make up one third of all home owners’ insurance claims (www.dogsbite.org). Unfortunately, a family pet can seem to turn on a dime. Often, pet owners are blinded by affection for their animal and don’t take proper steps when aggressive behavior is shown.  There are many underlying factors surrounding a dog bite, and Stewart Law Offices LLC are here to help if you find yourself or your child a victim of an attack.  Consider the following information when exploring the appropriate legal action following a dog bite.

Dog Bite Circumstances to Consider

Dog bites are rarely a cut and dry event.  When considering your options, it’s important to note details surrounding the bite.  For example, if you were invited to someone’s property and their dog attacked, you might be entitled to compensation, whereas if you’re trespassing on private property, then the owner might not be responsible. Seek immediate medical attention, take pictures following the bite, and write down all details so you can accurately recall them later.  While each state, city and even county has specific rules regarding dog bites, a few circumstances make personal injury compensation more likely.

  • Owner is in violation of leash laws when the bite occurs
  • Bite occurs on public property
  • Bite occurs on a property where you have been lawfully invited and the dog was unprovoked
  • A dog had been declared dangerous and the owner failed to follow guidelines set out by the state
  • The owner failed to maintain reasonable control over the dog

Reminders for Dog Owners

A dog bite is an unpleasant situation for both the owner of the dog and the victim, and it’s important to take precautions to prevent these circumstances.  Dog owners should always err on the side of caution.  If children will be in your home, maintain strict control of your dog, as children are often unpredictable and can cause an otherwise calm dog to become anxious and aggressive.  When taking your dog in public, always obey leash laws.  Dogs that are easily excited should be kept muzzled in public.  Families who have a new dog should take precautions as they learn their dog’s demeanor.  It’s easy to assume that your beloved pet will treat others with the same affection as he treats you, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case.

Taking Precautions as a Parent

Though no one wants to be bitten by a dog, it is equally as necessary that steps are taken to prevent a dog bite when around an unfamiliar dog.  Children are more vulnerable when it comes to dog bites, and therefore adults should be cautious when bringing children around a new or unknown animal.  Teach your children to always ask before petting a dog.  Do not leave children alone with a dog and never assume that a child knows how to act towards a dog.  If you find yourself in a situation where a dog is running loose or “at large,” call animal control and avoid trying to make contact with the dog. 

Even the most cautious person can find themselves the victim of a dog bite.  Given the individuality of each case, it is important to consult with a lawyer to find out your rights as the injured party.  Should you fall victim to a dog bite, contact a person injury attorney at Stewart Law Offices, LLC to learn about your options and receive the personal injury compensation you deserve.  We’re ready and waiting for your call at 1-866-STEWART.

🐕 For more detailed information about domestic animal laws in your state, visit the following websites.

North Carolina: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/statutes/StatutesTOC.pl?Chapter=0067
South Carolina: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t47c003.php


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Back to School Driving Safety

Early fall is filled with the excitement of a fresh start with back to school for students everywhere, but unfortunately, it also brings about new dangers for drivers and students.  Congestion near schools, newly licensed teen drivers, student commuters rushing to get to class, and buses making frequent stops all create increased need for drivers to be aware and remain safe. Stewart Law Offices, LLC wants to remind you of a few simple tips to help you and your students have a successful, safe, and injury free school year.

According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are struck by vehicles near schools than anywhere else.  Drivers have to be extra aware whenever they are in or near a school zone in order to avoid finding themselves in a tragic collision.

School-Zone Reminders

●    No double parking in a school zone.  This diminishes visibility for children and other vehicles.
●    Avoid loading and unloading children across the street.
●    Obey posted speeding signs in a school zone.  If no sign is visible, obey the standard 25 mph rule.
●    Do not use cell-phones in a school zone.  Drivers must remain aware at all times to avoid hitting students.
●    Scan constantly for absent-minded students.  Kids often don’t follow proper rules of the road and even if the driver has the right of way, tragedy can be avoided by maintaining intense awareness.
●    Teens and inexperienced drivers are often those surrounding high schools.  Maintain defensive driving at all time.
●    Avoid switching lanes or passing other drivers in a school zone.

Bus Safety Reminders

●    It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
●    Maintain extra distance behind a bus so you’re prepared to stop when needed.
●    Wait until the bus begins moving to resume traffic.  Late children often run out and aren’t aware of the dangers of their surroundings.
●    Buses merging back into traffic have the right of way.

While it might seem like a hassle to be stuck in the often overwhelming and frustrating traffic accompanying school start and end times, it is important as drivers and adults that we keep our children and those in the community safe.  If you or your family find yourselves involved in any type of accident and need a personal injury attorney, Stewart Law Offices, LLC is ready and willing to support you.  We hope you won’t need our number, but if you do, we will counsel you and help you get the compensation you deserve.  Call us at 1-866-STEWART.

For more information regarding back to school driving safety, please visit http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/back-to-school-safety-tips-for-drivers.aspx.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

How Can I Throw a Safe Holiday Party?

One of the best things about the holiday season is getting to gather together with friends, family and co-workers to celebrate. However, as much fun as such celebrations are, if those attending and hosting them do not do so safely and responsibly, they can result in tragedy.

According to the National Safety Council, from 2007 to 2011, 35 percent of accidents on Christmas were the result of drinking and driving. To avoid letting drunk driving auto accidents or any other safety issues result from a holiday party, The Herald of Everett, Washington recently published some tips for throwing safer holiday gatherings, including:

  • Don’t serve alcohol, or if you do, only serve beer and wine.
  • Hosts of work-related holiday parties should invite employees’ spouses and partners to attend and have employees and their guests pay for their drinks.
  • Stop serving alcohol after one or two hours.
  • Use drink tickets or some other method to limit the amount of drinks partygoers are allowed to consume.

Do I Need to Sue the Drunk Driver Who Hurt Me If He or She Was Arrested?

Stewart Law Offices wishes you and your family a very safe and happy holiday season. If you ever happen to need a auto accident attorney Columbia SC, we are here for you. To learn more about our firm or to get in touch with us to schedule a free consultation with one of our injury lawyers, call us or send us a message on our website.

Did You Know? Fatalities in drunk driving wrecks accounted for 41 percent of the traffic-related deaths in South Carolina in 2012, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Note: This information is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. You can only receive legal advice by meeting with an attorney.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pedestrian Vs. Car: What you need to know

Close to 5,000 people are killed annually in pedestrian vs. vehicle crashes, and the laws might not be as simple as you think.  It’s important to know and understand your rights and responsibilities as both a driver and pedestrian to avoid injury and stay safe in these encounters.

Almost fifteen percent of traffic deaths occur in a pedestrian vs. vehicle encounter (http://www.ncsl.org). Unfortunately, pedestrians, whether in the right or wrong, often have a lot more to lose in these collisions.  While pedestrians are more vulnerable, both drivers and pedestrians have responsibilities to abide by and rights to protect them.  Stewart Law Offices, LLC is well versed in cases involving personal injury of both drivers and pedestrians.  Read on for more information on pedestrians vs. vehicles and what to do if you find yourself involved in an accident as a pedestrian or a driver.

Pedestrian Rights and Responsibilities

Pedestrian laws vary by state, but one myth proves false in every states: The pedestrian always has the right of way.  Pedestrians are protected when observing the traffic laws provided to them, but also hold a responsibility that could leave them not only severely injured, but liable in a collision. Pedestrians on foot aren’t the only ones who may find themselves in a dangerous collision.  Cyclists are often traveling at higher speeds and sharing the roads with drivers can put them at a greater risk than even those on foot.

The following is a chart that summarizes both North and South Carolina’s pedestrian laws.  More information can be found at http://www.ncsl.org.

North Carolina Pedestrian Laws
•    Vehicles must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk, unmarked crosswalk, or near an intersection.
•    Vehicles emerging from any alleyway, building, private road, or driveway must yield the right of way to any pedestrian or person riding a bicycle approaching on a sidewalk extending across such alleyway, building, private road, or driveway.
•    Pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to vehicles when crossing outside of a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
•    Where traffic control devices are in operation, pedestrians may only cross between two adjacent intersections in a marked crosswalk.

South Carolina Pedestrian Laws
•    Vehicles must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within a crosswalk that are in the same half of the roadway as the vehicle or when a pedestrian is approaching closely enough from the opposite side of the roadway to be in danger.
•    Pedestrians may not suddenly leave the curb and enter a crosswalk into the path of a moving vehicle that is so close to constitute an immediate hazard.
•    Pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to vehicles when crossing outside of a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
•    Where traffic control devices are in operation, pedestrians may only cross between two adjacent intersections in a marked crosswalk and may only cross an intersection diagonally if authorized by a traffic control device.

Pedestrians who are observing these laws can often avoid collision and maintain safety.  It is also important that pedestrians avoid distractions while sharing the road with drivers.  Removing head phones and keeping eyes on the road will all serve to keep pedestrians safe.  Cyclists should always air on the side of caution when sharing major roadways with vehicles.  Light colored clothing, extra bicycle lamps and reflective surfaces and ensuring distractions aren’t present can all help keep a cyclist safe.  Those on bikes should avoid using cell phones when riding.

Driver Rights and Responsibilities

As the operator of the more heavy machinery, drivers often feel a responsibility beyond what they deserve when in a collision with a pedestrian.  While the result of a pedestrian collision can be catastrophic and even fatal, the driver is not always the responsible party.  North Carolina drivers can often prevent citation and fault for an accident if they observe posted signage and remain aware of pedestrian laws and right of ways.

While a driver may not be responsible under the law if adhering to these traffic regulations, being involved in a pedestrian crash may still leave you feeling responsible.  Avoiding distractions, especially in high pedestrian areas and approaching pedestrians with caution, even when you have the right of way, may prevent a tragedy from occurring.

No one wants to find themselves in a car accident, but if you do end up in a collision, the personal injury lawyers at Stewart Law Offices, LLC are ready to help you with your needs. Serving the South Carolina cities of Rock Hill, Beaufort, Spartanburg and Columbia, as well as Charlotte, North Carolina, Stewart Law Offices can help ensure you are treated fairly and receive any compensation you deserve. Call us at 1-866-STEWART

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Injured By Medical Malpractice?

Medical negligence injuries can devastate the lives of people and their families. According to the Institute of Medicine, nearly 100,000 patients die from medical negligence every year. Our personal injury attorneys want to ensure that healthcare providers accept responsibility for these serious errors. If you believe you may have suffered due to an error committed by a medical professional, you should learn more about medical malpractice and about what you can do if it happens to you. We can provide you with free attorney advice, and we can even visit you in the hospital or your home to talk to you about your potential injury case.


Not every medical error constitutes medical malpractice. Doctors sometimes make mistakes, but when healthcare providers fail to provide a reasonable standard of care, medical malpractice occurs. Essentially, this involves a healthcare provider, such as a doctor or surgeon, making a negligent mistake that causes the patient to suffer an injury. While medical malpractice takes many different forms, a few common examples include:
  • A doctor unreasonably fails to diagnose, misdiagnoses or delays a diagnosis of a medical condition
  • A physician provides incorrect treatment
  • A surgeon commits and surgical error by operating on the wrong part of the body or leaving a piece of equipment inside the patient’s body
  • A doctor makes an error that causes a birth injury and potentially permanent complications for the newborn
For medical malpractice to occur, the healthcare provider’s negligence must be the cause of the error and subsequent injury. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can determine if your case constitutes medical malpractice.


If you believe you may have suffered from medical malpractice, talk to our attorneys. For no charge, we will evaluate your case and discuss whether your facts will allow us to seek compensation for your injury.

In some cases, your medical care provider’s insurance company may attempt to settle a medical malpractice claim with you directly to prevent you from hiring an attorney. However, you should always speak with a lawyer before accepting any settlement offer from an insurance company. Stewart Law Offices, LLC can represent your case and work to get you as much compensation as possible for your injury.

Stewart Law Offices, LLC represents injury victims across South Carolina, along with Gastonia, Charlotte and surrounding areas in North Carolina. Assistance at our Beaufort location is by appointment only. We are always available, so contact our injury and accident attorneys Spartanburg SC today for a free consultation about medical malpractice.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summertime Water Safety

As summertime continues on, so do long days spent by the pool or at the water park. But increased fun often means increased risk of injury. Avoid experiencing water accidents or injuries by following a few common safety tips and looking for warning signs for potential dangers. While the most severe risk involved with water play is drowning, there are many other dangers that adults and caregivers should be cognizant of when monitoring children around water activities. Slip and fall hazards, sunburn and sun poisoning, chlorine burns, and other accidents are all risks that can often be avoided by following a few simple safety practices.

Water Safety Tips:

1. Monitor young children and non-swimmers at all times. Even if a child seems safe in a water floatation apparatus, a designated adult should remain on duty at all times. Seemingly safe devices can malfunction in a split second and one shouldn’t depend on a lifeguard to be the sole responsible party.

2. Check for compliant drain covers in all pool or spas. The Pool and Spa Safety Act is named for Virginia Graeme Baker, a seven year old girl who died as a result of non-compliant drain covers. One might not realize the power behind the filtration system and an improperly covered drain could lead to serious injury or even death.

3. Abide by all posted safety signs and avoid running near wet areas. A slip and fall personal injury are more prone to occur in wet areas. While excited children might find it difficult to abide by a no running rule, broken bones, sprained ankles, and skinned knees can often be avoided by slowing down. Furthermore, investing in water shoes with traction on the bottom might also help avoid injuries.

4. Beware of hot pavement and play equipment. According to National Safety Incorporated, when the air temperature is 87 degrees Fahrenheit, the pavement can reach temperatures as high as 145 degrees Fahrenheit. While it might be easy to assume that water will cool surfaces surrounding pools and water equipment, injury can still occur when temperatures creep up. Check all surfaces before allowing children to play or walk in order to avoid burns.

5. Utilize a sunscreen or sun block to prevent sunburn. Most of us have experienced sunburn at one time or another and often it seems more of a nuisance than anything. It can become serious, however, if prolonged exposure to the sun occurs. Sun poisoning can even occur if a burn is severe and results in fever, vomiting, and purpling of the skin. Additionally, unprotected sun exposure increases the risk of skin cancer.

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, over 80 percent of skin cancers are a result from sun exposure.  They recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen (one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays) that is water resistant and at least an SPF 30.  Furthermore, rash guard SPF protective clothing, hats, and umbrellas can further defend against the sun.  And don’t forget to reapply as often as recommended, especially for children who are in and out of the water or doing activities that cause friction. Find a more comprehensive list of tips and warnings by visiting The Skin Cancer Foundation website: http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/swimming

6. Know the warning signs of chlorine burns. The sun isn’t the only potential source of burning.  Chlorine is used in many pools and water parks to kill bacteria in the water.  While it presents little risk when administered properly, there are reported cases each year of people, especially children, who suffer from chlorine burns as a result from exposure to too much of the chemical and the gas it produces.  Blurred vision, nausea, difficulty breathing, and redness around the eyes and mouth are a few of the early warning signs found on the CDC website.  The risk for exposure is higher in indoor pool buildings, as ventilation can be a problem.

To lower risk, avoid swimming right after chemicals have been administered, make sure areas indoors are well ventilated, and never be afraid to ask about a pool maintenance and chemical administration before swimming in a new place. If chlorine burn is suspected, move to a ventilated area, remove effected clothing and wash with soap and water immediately. Follow up by rapidly seeking medical attention. For more detailed information about chlorine burn, visit the CDC website at the following address: https://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/chlorine/basics/facts.asp

Injury doesn’t have to be a part of your summertime fun, but if you do find yourself in a situation where you are the victim of an injury due to improperly maintained pools or parks, please don’t hesitate to contact personal injury attorneys at Stewart Law Offices, LLC to help you with your needs. Serving the South Carolina cities of Rock Hill, Beaufort, Spartanburg and Columbia, as well as Charlotte, North Carolina, Stewart Law Offices can help get the compensation you deserve. Call us at 1-866-STEWART, and we’ll help you get back out in the sun.

For more information about pool safety, visit https://www.poolsafely.gov/parents/safety-tips/

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

How Could a Tape Measure Lead to a Fatal On-the-Job Injury?

In early November of 2011, a 58-year-old man was killed at work when a tape measure fell 50 stories and hit him on the head while he was delivering sheet rock at a New Jersey construction site.

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According to the Courier-Post, the Somerdale, New Jersey man was listed on the police report as working for a Charlotte, North Carolina-based company, National Gypsum, at the time of the incident. The tape measure that hit the man weighed 1 pound, according to a spokesperson for the Jersey City Department of Public Safety.

The tape measure fell after it was knocked off the belt of a worker on the 50th floor of a building on the construction site. After leaving the worker’s belt, the tape measure hit some construction equipment around 10 to 15 feet above the ground, which caused it to ricochet and hit the Somerdale man.

The 58-year-old worker was taken to the hospital following the incident, where he died later that day. Although he was listed as working for National Gypsum on the police report, the company said he was only delivering one of its products and actually worked for an independent trucking company.

Lawyer for On-the-Job Injury in Rock Hill, South Carolina

Following an on-the-job accident, as workers comp lawyer Beau Wilder explains in the video above, there are many benefits you may be entitled to that you could be unaware of, including:
  • Being allowed to seek a second opinion if you don’t feel you’re getting the medical treatment you need
  • Being eligible for a higher average weekly wage
  • Being owed a higher recovery amount
To learn more about the workers’ compensation process and why hiring a workers’ comp lawyer can help you, contact us today. Give us a call or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.

Source: http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2014/11/03/somerdale-man-killed-falling-tape-measure/18441551/

Note: This information is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. You can only receive legal advice by meeting with an attorney.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Ten Most Commonly Reported Worker Injuries

Workplace injuries can happen in a variety of different ways and many occur without warning. There are some workplace injuries that are more common than others, many of which can be caused by another person’s negligence. In this article, we take a look at a list of the top 10 workplace injuries commonly seen by workers comp attorneys Columbia SC to Charlotte NC, which could potentially lead to a workers’ compensation claim.


Basically, this means a person has hit their absolute limits physically and/or mentally. This can be caused by constant and repeated physical activity which could include lifting, pushing, climbing and other activities. It can also occur when a person’s body is contorted while working or exposed to extreme temperatures. What happens is that the body starts to fatigue from so much stress that it eventually gives out. This could affect numerous parts of the body. Most common being the soft tissue, joints, and spinal discs.

Trip and Fall

Some workplaces may have clutter and debris which cause you to take a fall, sustaining a potentially serious injury in the process. Employees are sometimes forced to navigate other hazards that may be a violation of safety regulations and considered reckless on the employer’s part.

Equipment Injury

Tools, machines and materials may be spread out all over worksites. This presents an ever-present hazard and much of that equipment is capable of inflicting severe bodily harm. Employers are required to train and equip employees to work with such equipment.

Exposure to Hazardous Materials

There needs to be proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials on a job site. If chemicals, biological or radiological hazardous materials are mishandled it could create toxic vapors, explosion, fire, or contamination. An exposure to hazardous materials could lead to serious consequences, which is why safety is stressed in these environments.

Hit by a Falling Object

Some worksites are multi-level which means that there is a constant threat of falling objects. This can affect workers on an entirely different level, as they may be unaware that they are even in danger. It maybe best to speak with a workers compensation lawyer about the circumstances surrounding your accident and injury.

Carpal Tunnel

Those who do repetitive tasks with their hands could wind up with carpal tunnel syndrome. This can even affect those who do a lot of clerical and computer work. There are a number of potential preventatives including maintaining good overall health, regular stretching, and proper posture.

Slip and Fall

Wet surfaces present a significant amount of danger while workers in all types of settings could experience a slip and fall. Wet floors should be indicated with proper signage or they should be cleaned altogether.

Workplace Violence

Some workers find it difficult to get along and that has could have the potential to escalate into a physical altercation. Sometimes, but less commonly, an individual maybe be personally disturbed and lash out at others without any known indications. Workplaces should be free of this kind of threat, although that is not always the case.

Anxiety and Stress

Some workplaces put a lot of pressure on workers and that can take a mental toll. It is just as important to provide a workplace where employees’ mental state is not impacted in a negative way.

Fall to a Lower Level

Elevated worksites, or ones that take place on multiple levels, run the risk of employees falling down a level or more. Workers could sustain serious injuries or death if this were to occur. It is important to follow safety measures and wear harnesses when necessary.

Throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, Stewart Law Offices can help workers who have been injured on the job. We can provide you with an experienced workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyer who will answer any question you may have and fight to get the benefits and compensation you rightfully deserve.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Could Workers Comp Help Me If My Husband Died on the Job?

While it is not always the case, there are instances where the family members of an employee who was killed in a workplace incident could be eligible for workers compensation benefits. In the wake of losing a loved one, the family should be able to concentrate on the grieving process without having to worry about the financial ramifications of their loss.

By seeking workers comp, families may be able to receive the help they need to deal with mounting expenses associated with their loved one’s death, such as credit card bills and funeral expenses.
Recently, a Caldwell County, North Carolina family lost a loved one, who was a forest worker, in a fatal on-the-job construction accident.

According to WBTV-TV, the incident in which the man, who worked at the Tuttle Educational State Forest, lost his life happened while he was trying to remove a fallen tree from a roadway using a tractor. While the man was moving the tree, it snapped, causing a section of it to collide with his torso.

The forest worker, who was a husband and father, died at the scene. The North Carolina Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Division was still investigating the incident at the time of this report.

I Need a North Carolina Workers Comp Lawyer

If you have lost a family member in a work-related incident, you should speak with a workers compensation attorney as soon as possible. The workers comp process can be difficult and complicated, especially without the assistance of a qualified and experienced lawyer to help guide you through it.
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Source: http://www.wbtv.com/story/26275771/officials-forest-service-officer-killed-in-construction-accident

Note: This information is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. You can only receive legal advice by meeting with an attorney.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Boating Accident and Injury Prevention

Boating accidents and personal injuries are often caused by negligence and occur more often in the summer months. However, many of these accidents can be prevented. Here is a look some ways to help prevent boating accidents and injuries in the Carolinas.

Lake Wylie bordering North Carolina and South Carolina

Don’t Drink and Boat

One of the top ways to prevent boating accidents is to avoid drinking and driving a boat. Boaters who are found guilty of this infraction could face the same charges as people who are arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

For example, the state of North Carolina has three varying levels associated with BUI (Boating Under the Influence). Boat checks can also done on the whim by state wildlife and game officials, who have more leeway in this area than police officers making auto related traffic stops.

Avoid Excessive Speeding

Unlike cars, boats are not equipped with brakes. Therefore, stopping suddenly is not as simple which makes speeding even more dangerous in a boat. A lack of seat belts can also cause severe injuries to passengers in the event of a collision. Boat captains should be well-trained in how to handle a boat, which becomes increasingly difficult at high speeds.

Stay Stocked and Ready

More than 80% of all boating fatalities occur when a person is not wearing a life jacket. Stocking your boat with an ample amount of life jackets is extremely important before heading out on the water. Keeping a fully-stocked emergency kit, distress signals and a working fire extinguisher can also help manage through any unforeseen trouble.

Careful Captains and Passengers

Recklessness should not only be avoided by the captain, but passengers should also be mindful of their behavior. People falling overboard is one of the most common causes of boating deaths. It is important to be mindful of that.

Maintaining what is considered to be safe speeds, limiting alcohol consumption among passengers, and constantly monitoring the weather can help safe passage in a boat.

Don’t Rely On Cell Phones

Every boat should be equipped with GPS navigation and the ability to radio into shore. That does not mean relying merely on a cell phone, since both signal and power could be lost at sea. Having working GPS instruments onboard can potentially assist in successful navigation and calls for help if needed.

Stewart Law Offices handles jet ski and boating accidents Columbia SC to Charlotte NC. Our team of experienced attorneys are here to help. If you have been injured in a boating related accident in SC or NC, please give us a call at 866-STEWART.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Are Roundabouts Safe?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), converting 10 percent of the signalized intersections in the U.S. to roundabouts would have helped prevent around 46,000 motor vehicle accidents in 2012, including 184 fatal accidents and 31,000 injury accidents.

In addition to improving safety, IIHS studies have shown that in locations where roundabouts replaced traffic signals, there was, on average, an 89 percent reduction in vehicle delays and a 56 percent reduction in vehicle stops.

In Myrtle Beach, after years of struggling with traffic and safety issues, the city is considering implementing roundabouts. According to WPDE News Channel 15, in early July, Patrick Sadek, a city engineer, presented a plan to the Myrtle Beach City Planning Commission that involved installing roundabouts at four intersections along Robert Grissom Parkway.

Two of those four intersections have been the site of two fatal crashes within the last two years, according to News Channel 15.

“With the roundabout, you’re coming almost to a complete stop so it’s like you’re reducing the severity of the accident by almost 80, 90 percent,” Sadek pointed out.

If approved, each roundabout would cost around $500,000 to install.

How Do I Use a Roundabout Safely?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), following these steps can help a driver use a roundabout safely:
  • Slow down as you approach the roundabout.
  • As you pull up to the entry of the roundabout, remember circulating traffic as well as pedestrians and bicyclists have the right of way.
  • If an emergency vehicle needs to pass, clear the roundabout.
  • If the roundabout has multiple lanes, do not attempt to pass large trucks within the roundabout.
  • Use your right turn signal to alert other vehicles that you are exiting the roundabout.

You can find more information about roundabout intersection safety here on the FHWA website.

Source: http://wpde.com/news/local/myrtle-beach-looks-for-way-around-a-traffic-problem
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Note: This information is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. You can only receive legal advice by meeting with an attorney.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Knowing What You Are Buying With Motorcycle Insurance

While motorcycles are much smaller than most automobiles, a motorcycle accident in SC could potentially have much more severe repercussions. This is why it is important to be aware of some of the small details when deciding on a motorcycle insurance policy.  Below are some helpful tips to consider.

Not All Policies Are Created The Same

No two motorcycles are exactly the same and neither are motorcycle insurance policies. Your motorcycle insurance policy can be customized to meet the specifications and modifications made to your bike. For example, two 2006 Harley Davidson models can have different policies as dictated by a variety of upgrades and differences in those two bikes. Just as there is a wealth of options to choose from when customizing your motorcycle, there is also a wealth of options to choose from when customizing your motorcycle insurance policy.

Less Money Means Less Coverage

If a motorcycle policy is significantly cheaper than an auto insurance policy, make sure you read the fine print. Often times, these policies appear to be cheaper but in reality it is because there is significantly less coverage, including personal injury coverage. Don’t expect to pay significantly less for a motorcycle insurance policy that has proper coverage. When getting a price quote, it is important to look into what you are actually getting and go beyond the bare minimum coverage.

Valuable Additions

Because of the serious nature of motorcycle accidents, it is important to be prepared. Purchasing uninsured and underinsured coverage options can help immensely when you are in a collision with a driver who does not have insurance or has too little insurance to pay for repairs and medical treatments.

Also, for insurance companies to pay for additional damages not sustained in an auto collision, you will need comprehensive coverage. This usually includes theft and vandalism, as well as natural disaster, civil unrest, and collision with an animal.

Don’t Forget Your Gear

Motorcycle riders purchase various safety equipment to ensure their personal safety on the roadways. These kind of purchases are not cheap. This kind of gear includes gloves, eyewear, helmets and protective motorcycle clothing. In North Carolina the law calls for all motorcyclist to wear an approved helmet with a secured chin scrap while South Carolina only requires those under the age of 21 to wear an approved helmet. *See state websites for more information.

Roadside Assistance

Roadside assistance for your bike goes beyond towing. This can protect motorcyclists who are taking longer trips and that may go out of state as well as those that run out of gas on the side of the road. Trip interruption is an add-on that will serve as a form of protection when something happens to your bike out on the road. This could provide extra peace of mind on long road trips and lone adventures.

When a motorcycle accident affects you or someone you love, the injury attorneys at Stewart Law Offices LLC are ready to help. Our staff is experienced in motorcycle and auto accidents. Serving the South Carolina cities of Rock Hill, Beaufort, Spartanburg and Columbia, as well as Charlotte, North Carolina, Stewart Law Offices can help get the compensation you deserve. Call us at 1-866-STEWART.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The “100 Deadly Days” Of Summer

As much joy as the summer months often hold for the residents of South Carolina, it is unfortunately also a time of great tragedy. Typically, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day bears witness to a flood of fatal, and often alcohol-related, boat and car accidents.

The period has become so infamous that it has been dubbed the “100 Deadly Days” of summer, and judging by the numbers, it is easy to understand how it earned that nickname:
  • According to NBC 2 News in Mt. Pleasant, officers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) have estimated that close to 200 people are killed on South Carolina’s roads because of impaired drivers.
  • The SCHP reported that over Memorial Day weekend in 2013, there were 12 deaths involving car wrecks.
  • During last year’s “100 Deadly Days” of summer, there were 234 deaths caused by car accidents. In addition, there were 14,553 people injured in car crashes during that time.
The alcohol-related fatalities have specifically been targeted by the SCHP as a key to making the “100 Deadly Days” a thing of the past. To that end, officers are reiterating the harsh penalties drunk drivers could face.

“Normally, someone on a Friday night doesn’t ride by themselves…there [are] usually two to three people in the car,” Sr. Trooper Hannah Wimberly of the SCHP told NBC 2. “If you kill all three people, you are looking at up to 75 years in prison.”


A qualified and experienced injury attorney can guide you and your family through the process of bringing a drunk driver to justice and recovering the money you need for pain and suffering, medical bills and living expenses.

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Source: http://www.counton2.com/story/25529582/south-carolina-highway-patrols-warns-of-100-deadly-days-of-summer

Note: This information is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. You can only receive legal advice by meeting with an attorney.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Four Summertime Hazards to be Aware of While Driving

The summer season is upon us. This can mean road trip adventures and tons of fun, however getting places in the summertime comes with many more obstacles on the roadways. Here is a closer look at four summer hazards every driver should be aware of before they get behind the wheel.


The summer weather means more people taking to the road on bicycles. While some roads are equipped with bike lanes, many roads are not. In addition, some drivers are not accustomed to checking for bikers before making a turn. It is a good idea to be extra careful by checking blind spots and mirrors when changing lanes or turning in order to avoid accidents. While bicyclists should be wearing bright clothing often times that isn’t the case, making it difficult to spot them on roadways. It is still up to drivers to identify them and act accordingly.

Construction Zones

The winter months can take their toll on roads and by the time summer rolls around, construction crews are busy making necessary repairs. Some drivers do not always slow down to the posted speeds in construction zones and are often unaware of the risks. These areas have proven to be dangerous for drivers as they present many obstacles such as workers, cones as well as hanging machines. Drivers speeding through these zones are pose a threat to workers, other drivers and themselves. This behavior could easily lead to personal injury. It is a good idea to slow down and be very mindful when driving through construction zones and work areas.

Mother Nature

Sudden thunderstorms can quickly saturate roads, making hydroplaning a possibility. Flash flooding and hailstorms can also occur without warning. In areas where creeks or streams have overflowed, the roadway can be severely damaged or washed away. Additionally, these storms can affect driver visibility and cause skidding and swerving. The summertime means more sun, which also hinders visibility. The glare from the summer sun is particularly strong, forcing drivers to be prepared and extra vigilant on the roads.

A section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

More Inexperienced Drivers

When school lets out for the summer, it means many more young drivers on the road. Less experienced drivers may be easily distracted and that may be intensified in the summer with so much going on around them. Driving and texting, taking unnecessary risks, and speeding are common among young drivers.

These are all elements that drivers need to be prepared for throughout the summer months.

If you are involved in an auto accident and are in need of an attorney, contact Stewart Law Offices. With multiple South Carolina locations and a Charlotte office, you can speak with one of our auto accident attorneys to see if we can help. Give us a call at 1-866-STEWART.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Is It Safe For My Parents In A Nursing Home?

Placing your loved one in the care of a nursing home can be a difficult decision. Often, a nursing home promises to provide your elderly relative with a better quality of life, including round the clock supervision and medical attention.

Unfortunately, nursing homes do not always fulfill the promises they make. Nursing home abuse is a very real problem and one that does not discriminate. Finding out that a staff member violated your trust can be quite devastating, especially if it results in a serious injury or death of a loved one.

With so much on the line, it is important that the families of nursing home residents know how to recognize the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. According to U.S. News & World Report, some traits of the worst nursing homes include:
  • A history of abuse or neglect, including low star rating with Medicare.gov, which takes into account factors such as staffing, time spent with residents and state-conducted health inspections.
  • A record that includes several severe violations.
  • A consistently large amount of staff turnover.
  • Overly restrictive of residents’ independence.
  • It simply does not pass the eye test.

My Parent Was the Victim of Nursing Home Abuse. Who Can I Call?

Stewart Law Offices, LLC represents nursing home abuse victims and their families throughout South Carolina as well as Gastonia, Charlotte and surrounding areas in North Carolina. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced injury attorneys, call us today.
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Note: This information is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. You can only receive legal advice by meeting with an attorney.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Are VA Directors Profiting from Medical Negligence?

In the healthcare industry, when mistakes are made, people can suffer catastrophic injuries and even die. Therefore, it is not a stretch to say that when we submit to the care of a medical professional, we are trusting them with our wellbeing as well as our very lives.

man carrying cardboard sign stating "Veterans Support The Good And Caring At All VA Hospitals - Clinics" while walking Memorial Day parade in Bangor, Maine
With that in mind, it is criminal that not only are our veterans being neglected and mistreated by VA hospitals, but in some cases, those in charge of the facilities are receiving bonuses despite their negligence.

According to Newsmax, on May 28, members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee discovered that VA personnel at 42 VA facilities under investigation for ignoring and abusing their patients still received bonuses for their performance, including:
    • Carl Hawkins, who as regional director of the Columbia, South Carolina VA allowed the backlog of disability claims to double, with 95 of the claims, reportedly, being improperly shredded. Despite those failings, in addition to his $165,300 salary, from 2007 to 2011, Hawkins received bonuses totaling $79,275.
    • Diana Rubens, who as supervisor of 60 VA offices allowed the disability-benefit claims backlog to grow to seven times the size it was before she took the position. Still, despite that being the case, from 2007 to 2011, she collected bonuses totaling $96,896.
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      No one, especially our veterans, should be subjected to this level of incompetence when it comes to his or her medical treatment. Stewart Law Offices, LLC understands what is at stake for the victims of medical malpractice and their families. We take these cases very seriously, and will fight relentlessly to ensure our clients’ needs are met and justice is served.
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      Source: http://www.newsmax.com/Murdock/VA-Bonuses-hospitals-patient/2014/05/29/id/574054/

      Note: This information is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. You can only receive legal advice by meeting with an attorney.

      Tuesday, May 16, 2017

      Can Commercial Truckers Drive as Long as They Want?

      The human body was not meant to stay awake for 24 hours. If this basic fact is ignored, drivers and trucking companies put everyone else on the road at risk of being involved in a tractor trailer accident.

      There is a reason we have federal hours of service laws for truck drivers: truckers may only drive a maximum of 11 consecutive hours after 10 consecutive hours of rest. This is extremely important as at full capacity, these drivers are responsible for what can be 80,000 pound vehicles. When drivers ignore the federal truck regulations, people die.

      The recent auto accident involving actor and comedian Tracy Morgan shows how deadly these violations can be. Morgan, 45, was traveling in his limo when a Walmart truck slammed into it on the New Jersey Turnpike. There has been one reported death and many critical injuries. Truck driver Kevin Roper, 35, was allegedly awake for more than 24 hours when the wreck occurred.

      Who is Liable for Truck Collisions?

      Walmart has issued a statement saying that it will take full responsibility for the crash if it turns out that the truck caused the accident. The driver will face criminal charges, but we still do not know who is truly responsible for this wreck.

      Did the driver decide to violate these hour restriction laws on his own? Did his employer set unreasonable deadlines that forced him to stay awake? An investigation should look into all these questions and more.

      Victims of truck wrecks and their surviving family members must act quickly if they want to seek justice. Important evidence in truck crash cases, such as driving logs and internal communications, have a habit of disappearing after serious wrecks like this. A skilled accident attorney can preserve vital evidence before it is too late.

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      Note: This information is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. You can only receive legal advice by meeting with an attorney.

      Tuesday, May 9, 2017

      Can A Drunken Boater Get Away With Hurting Me?

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      Following a June 14 recreational boating accident, the 43-year-old driver of the craft is in jail facing charges for boating under the influence, according to WLTX CBS 19.

      The accident happened around 7:30 p.m. on Lake Marion just outside of Eutawville, South Carolina when the boat struck a buoy near Red Bank Landing. The force of the collision sent three of the four people onboard the boat flying into the water, resulting in the death of one and injuries to the others.

      While the drunken boater in the reported incident referenced above is facing criminal charges, that may be of little direct benefit to his victims. The state or prosecuting attorney represents the collective interests of society, not individual victims of wrongdoing. For victims, a civil suit often represents their best chance to hold the drunken boater accountable in a way that will actually help make the victim whole again.

      Is My Family Safe on the Water?

      No matter how responsible you are behind the wheel of a boat, the reckless actions of your fellow boaters can still put your family in harm’s way. Victims of boating accidents caused by the mistakes of others need to act as soon as possible to ensure valuable evidence is not lost, and obtain the assistance they need to help secure the money they will require for hospital bills, long-term medical care and living expenses incurred during the recovery process.

      An experienced accident lawyer can guide families through the process of holding those at fault accountable for the pain and suffering they inflict on others.

      Did You Know: Alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents in 2012 according to US Coast Guard data, causing 17 percent of all such incidents.

      Source: http://www.wltx.com/story/news/local/2014/06/16/drunken-boating-charges/10575521/

      Note: This information is for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice. You can only receive legal advice by meeting with an attorney.

      Thursday, March 30, 2017

      I’m the Victim of a Recent Hit and Run Incident. What Can I Do?

      Being the victim of a hit and run accident can leave you hurt, angry, confused, and with a mountain of bills. While you may be disoriented, it is important to be cognizant of the actions you take immediately following the accident. Taking the right steps could help you track down the responsible driver and secure the compensation you deserve.
      Here are six steps you should take following a hit and run accident, courtesy of the personal injury attorneys at Stewart Law Offices, LLC:

      • Recollect the details. Try to remember everything you can about the car that hit you, including the color, make, model, and state license plate. Write these details down so you don’t forget later.

      • Take photographs. A picture is worth a thousand words, and is usually weighted more heavily than a verbal testimony in the court of law. Take pictures from as many angles as you can, making sure not to alter any of the evidence.

      • Contact law enforcement. It’s always a good idea to contact local law enforcement after any kind of automobile accident. The police report could come in handy later if your claim goes to trial. Plus, some states legally require it.

      • Get the medical attention you need. If you have been seriously injured, get professional help as soon as possible. Make sure to keep copies of all appointments, medical bills, prescriptions, and doctor’s notes.

      • Know how to speak to insurance adjusters. If you are contacted by an insurance adjuster, stick to the facts and avoid saying things such as, “I’ll be fine,” or “I should have seen him coming.” The person on the other end of the phone may sound friendly, but they will do anything they can to minimize your payout – don’t give them any ammunition.

      • Consult a personal injury attorney. Don’t plead with your insurance company for a small settlement. An experienced personal injury attorney can review your case, assemble supporting evidence, and secure the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.

      If you have been the victim of a hit and run in North Carolina or South Carolina, the personal injury attorneys at Stewart Law Offices, LLC are here for you in your time of need. Contact us online to get started with a free case consultation, or call us anytime at 866-STEWART.