Greenville Injury Blog

Are perspectives on distracted driving changing?

South Carolina readers know that distracted driving is a serious issue. With more distractions affecting drivers than ever before, it is a problem that does not seem to be going away any time soon. Authorities and researchers have looked for ways to decrease the number of people driving while distracted, including looking at the reasons why people make this choice.

Some hope that looking at the motivation behind distracted driving could lead to better ways to inform and educate drivers about the dangers of it. There are various parties working to reduce distracted driving in 2018, and it is possible that these efforts could make the roads safer for every driver and passenger.

ERISA health insurance and your rights

Started in 1974, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act is intended to protect the interests of the employees, retired and active, who have pension plans, health care plans, disability insurance plans and other benefit plans through their employer. While the law does not necessarily require that an employer offer a specific type of benefits, it does mandate that the employer adhere to what was offered to employees and in accordance to certain standards.

South Carolina readers may know that ERISA cannot mandate your employer to offer you a certain plan, however, ERISA does require that your employer adhere to assurances made to you. Essentially, ERISA demands that employers protect the financial interests of retired and active employees. If you are having trouble getting the benefits you deserve or need to know more about ERISA, you have the right to seek help to do so.

Are you seeking long-term disability benefits?

In the days after your illness or injury, you may have held out hope that you could fully recover. Then, it became evident that you may not, and you began to look toward an uncertain future plagued with financial worries. You realized that what you had hoped would be a short-term hiatus from work has now become a long-term issue.

Then you remembered that you decided to participate in your private employer's long-term disability insurance plan. As you look into filing a claim, it more than likely became clear that the process would not be an easy one. In fact, insurance companies are in business to make a profit, and finding a reason to deny your claim may be a priority for your insurer.

Spinal cord injury may require a lifetime of care

The circumstances surrounding your accident may be a blur, and that is often a mercy. Motor vehicle accidents can be emotionally traumatic, having a negative impact on someone who has a long recovery ahead. What is clear is that you suffered a devastating spinal cord injury. In fact, car accidents are the cause of nearly half of all spinal cord injuries.

Depending on the location in your spine where the injury occurred, you may have many difficult adaptations to make. Spinal cord injuries often result in some sort of paralysis, whether partial or total, which may be permanent. If this is your situation, you have every right to be concerned about your future and the future of your family.

How ERISA helps -- and complicates -- your disability claim

If you are fortunate to have retirement benefits through your employer, you may be aware of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. ERISA provides strict guidelines for private employers who offer such benefits to ensure that the trustees of retirement plans behave ethically with your money.

What you may not know is that ERISA also regulates health and disability plans private employers provide. Because ERISA is complex and rigidly regulated, you would benefit from understanding how the law protects your rights, especially if you have recently suffered a debilitating illness or injury.

Foster Law Firm is doing its part to help flood victims

The Foster Law Firm, L.L.C., is collecting food, clothing and household items for survivors of the flooding in Texas and Florida. But the relief effort doesn't stop merely with the donations. Once our generous community has filled the rental van, one of our lawyers will actually drive the truck to Houston to deliver the goods to a distribution point.

Please drop off donations at our law office at 601 East McBee Avenue in Greenville. And keep the donations coming through Friday, Sept. 15. In addition to Hurricane Harvey relief, we anticipate sending a second load to Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

We welcome donations of canned goods, baby food, pet food, diapers, toilet paper, cleaning products, toothbrushes and other personal items, new or gently used clothing, and school supplies for Texas students when they resume classes. Stop by during our normal business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or call 864-386-4569 after hours to make drop-off arrangements.

Distracted driving: a real threat to South Carolina drivers

South Carolina drivers know that distracted driving is a serious problem, yet many people choose to continue participating in this type of dangerous behavior. There are various types of distracted driving, but no matter the specific behavior, it is always dangerous, always preventable and always inexcusable.

If you believe that your car accident was the result of a distracted driver, you have options. It is possible to hold that individual accountable for his or her actions, naming the liable party in a civil claim and securing appropriate compensation for your financial losses and emotional trauma.

Is your child safe on the school bus?

Every parent is grateful for summer vacation, but they are just as grateful when fall rolls around and the family gets back on a routine. Many children walk or bike to school, but each year millions of kids take a bus--one paid for by the school district.

As parents, we assume that the district has scrutinized the drivers--juts as the schools have scrutinized teachers--and have found that they are drug and alcohol free with no criminal background. But have they? CBS news is reporting that school bus drivers might be a lot less wholesome than you think.

Seeking appropriate damages for nursing home abuse victims

Nursing home residents have the right to quality care and safe facilities, but sadly, some of them do not provide these things for patients. Nursing home abuse comes in many forms, but all of them can leave innocent and elderly individuals dealing with physical pain, medical problems and emotional trauma.

If you placed a loved one in a long-term care facility in South Carolina, only to learn that he or she suffered physical or emotional harm, you have the right to take legal action on his or her behalf. Civil claims for nursing home abuse can be complex, but you have the right to seek help in order to ensure that you receive the appropriate amount of damages for all pain and suffering.

New South Carolina child restraint law enhances car seat safety

In May of this year a new law was passed in South Carolina to update child passenger restraint policies. The new law is composed of several changes. One of the major changes is how long children should ride in rear facing seats. The law now states that children two years old and under will need to be restrained in rear facing car seats. This is until they exceed the height and weight limits detailed by the car seat manufacturer.

It is important that you pick the right seat for your child. Car seat compatibility is based on the size and age of your child.

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