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Multiple Victims Hurt in Walterboro Charter Bus Accident

Multiple Victims Hurt in Walterboro Charter Bus AccidentMultiple victims sustained a variety of personal injuries in a charter bus accident in Walterboro, South Carolina. On Sunday morning, around 1:10 am, a charter bus carrying 30 passengers crashed into a median, and then slipped down an embankment on Interstate 95 near the 68-mile marker. Seventeen victims incurred numerous injuries, eleven of whom went to the Colleton Medical Center for medical treatment. Two individuals including the bus driver sustained serious injuries in the charter bus accident. Members of a high school chorus team from Wilson, North Carolina were returning from a trip to Orlando, Florida.

Although public transportation such as buses provide convenient and reliable ways to travel for work or pleasure, they do not contain the same level of safety features as smaller vehicles. In some cases, bus companies fail to properly train their drivers or may use inexperienced drivers who find it challenging to safely operate a large vehicle like a bus. Passengers may sustain personal injuries or even fatalities while in a bus accident.

If you or your loved ones have been injured in a bus accident, our South Carolina personal injury lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. will offer a helping hand. You may schedule a free consultation by calling 803-929-3600 or 800-531-9780 or contact us online. With offices located throughout South Carolina, we serve clients in Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County, including those in towns of Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Rock Hill, Aiken, Sumter, Newberry, Florence, and Spartanburg.

Most Dangerous Jobs

Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers discuss the most dangerous jobs. The most dangerous jobs are those with high rates of fatalities which can be tallied in two ways. The number of actual deaths is one way to quantify the number of people who are fatally injured each year in a workplace accident. Another is to calculate the fatal injury rate per 100,000 full time workers in that industry. For example, using the number of fatalities in 2017, truck driving ranks first as the most dangerous job. But using the fatal work injury rate, workers in the logging industry come in at number one, at a rate of 135.9 per 100,000 workers.

Greater Fatality Rate Than 50 per 100,000 Workers

Fishers and fishing related workers face many risks at sea and working with processing equipment. This is reflected in a high rate of fatal injury of 86 per 100,000 workers. Being out at sea, often in inclement weather, presents a high risk of drowning from water vehicle transportation incidents.

Operating other forms of transportation like airplanes is also associated with great risk of fatal work injury. While many commercial aircraft are well maintained and operated by experienced pilots, smaller flyers, air-taxis, and bush pilots have a very dangerous job. Poor maintenance, inexperience, and unpredictable weather accounts for a fatal injury rate of 55.5 per 100,000 among aircraft pilots and flight engineers.

Fatality Rate Less Than Fifty per 100,000 Workers

The construction industry is known for its high rates of injury and fatalities. Among construction workers, roofers are the most at risk for fatal injuries due to the high risk of falls. Falls are one of the four most common construction accidents resulting in fatalities. The rate of fatal injury for roofers is 48.6 per 100,000, and 101 roofers were killed in 2017.

Working in refuse and recyclable material collections is another high-risk job. The close proximity to traffic in this profession puts workers at risk for struck-by accidents. Working outdoors in every type of weather means negotiating conditions that can cause slip and falls. Sanitation workers also operate dangerous equipment. Getting caught in this machinery can mean crushing injuries. In all, 31 workers were fatally injured in 2017 for at a rate of 34.1 per 100,000.

Truck drivers and structural iron and steel workers have similar rates of fatal injury at 24.7 and 25.1 per 100,000 respectively. Fatalities for truck drivers have been rising over the last three years, and are at the highest rate since 2007. Truck driver deaths make up a quarter of all the fatal work injuries in the United States.

In agriculture, farmers, ranchers, and agricultural managers have a fatal work injury rate just below that of truck drivers at 23.1 per 100,000. In 2017 the industry experienced 260 fatalities.

Completing the list of most dangerous jobs are supervisors of construction workers and grounds maintenance workers. Both occupations require the use of heavy machinery and machinery with blades. There were 134 fatal injuries to supervisors of construction workers in 2017, and 217 grounds maintenance workers who died. This translates into a fatal injury rate of 18.0 for the former and per 100,000 for the latter.

Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Assist Injured Workers of South Carolina

Contact the experienced Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. if you have been injured in a work-related accident. Our dedicated team will assist you in obtaining the maximum allowable benefits for your case. Call 800-531-9780 today for a free consultation in one of our six convenient locations. You can also contact us online.

We represent clients throughout South Carolina, including Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.

Uber Self-Driving Cars

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers discuss a fatal pedestrian accident involving an Uber self-driving car. A pedestrian was recently struck and fatally injured by an Uber self-driving vehicle when she attempted to cross a street in Tempe, Arizona with her bicycle. According to police, the 49-year old woman was jaywalking with her bicycle at approximately 10:00 p.m. The Uber vehicle was operated by self-driving technology, but also had an emergency driver ready to take control of the vehicle, if necessary. The emergency driver was not able to brake in time to avoid the accident and the autonomous system failed to detect the woman as well.

What Went Wrong?

In this pedestrian accident, some experts say that the SUV’s sensors failed to distinguish the woman from cars or other objects on the road, while others blame inadequate lidar sensors for the crash. Lidar, a safety system that uses laser light pulses, radar, and cameras to detect hazards on the road, is used in self-driving vehicles to help avoid accidents. According to former Uber employees, the new self-driving vehicle has only one roof-mounted lidar sensor, compared to seven lidar sensors on their older models, which left a blind zone around the SUV’s perimeter.

Who Is Responsible?

Although there were other crashes involving a self-driving vehicle, this is the first one involving a pedestrian fatality. The cause of the accident is still unclear, and it is currently being investigated by local police and federal safety officials. Uber’s decision to use only one lidar sensor also remains under review and it is uncertain whether the company will be held responsible for the fatal pedestrian accident.

This case has brought attention to the lack of clear laws and policies regarding self-driving technology in the United States. Other countries have begun to implement more laws and policies regarding self-driving vehicles; the United Kingdom is conducting a three-year review before allowing self-driving cars on the road and India’s transport minister has vowed to ban self-driving vehicles to save jobs.

The Future of Self-Driving Vehicles

This case has also raised concerns about cybersecurity. Self-driving vehicle manufacturers will have to consider the dangers posed by hackers. Last year, researchers in China were able to make objects invisible to a car’s navigation system by jamming various sensors. In a recent survey of 1,000 licensed drivers over the age of 18, 61 percent reported that cyber protection is important while only 41 percent said they were confident that autonomous vehicle manufacturers would be able to protect against cyberattacks.

The chair of the National Transportation Board says he is very optimistic that self-driving technology will reduce the number of car accidents. Ford’s CEO announced that they will have thousands of autonomous vehicles offering urban car sharing and ride-hailing services by 2021. For now, Uber has suspended its self-driving tests in four cities and it remains to be seen whether car companies or state regulators will halt the introduction of self-driving vehicles to public roads.

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Provide Experienced Representation to Those Injured In South Carolina Car Accidents

If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, contact an experienced Columbia car accident lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A.. Our experienced legal team are committed to holding negligent parties liable for their actions and can help you recover the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 803-929-3600.

We represent clients throughout South Carolina, including the towns of Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.

Diesel Exhaust Exposure Linked to ALS in Men

Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers weigh in on diesel exhaust exposure and the link to men with ALS.A study conducted by researchers at Harvard University has found that men who are exposed to diesel exhaust fumes at work may have a higher risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The study suggests that the longer men are exposed to diesel exhaust, the more likely they are to be diagnosed with ALS. Another aspect of the study found that women who are exposed to diesel exhaust regularly on the job do not seem to have the same risk.

The Study: Methodology and Results

The Harvard researchers looked at a group of around 1,600 patients in Denmark who were diagnosed with ALS over the past thirty years and gathered information on their employment histories to determine whether they had been exposed to diesel exhaust on a regular basis, and if so, for how long. They found that men who were highly likely to have been exposed to diesel exhaust for five to ten years were forty-five percent more likely to be diagnosed with ALS than their counterparts, who were not as likely to be exposed to diesel exhaust on the job.

What is ALS?

ALS is a motor neuron disease that affects the nerves responsible for controlling voluntary muscle groups. The symptoms can be very subtle at first, such that they are often overlooked. For example, a person in the earliest stages of ALS may notice that they are falling more often, or having trouble buttoning their shirts. But symptoms gradually increase over time. Common symptoms include:

  • Muscle twitches in the arms, legs, shoulders, or tongue
  • Cramping
  • Tight and stiff muscles
  • Slurred speech
  • Nasal speech
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle weakness

Eventually, as symptoms worsen, a person may not be able to walk, stand, or use their hands or arms. They tend to have trouble staying nourished and maintaining a healthy body weight, because they burn calories at a faster rate than those without ALS.

Most people who suffer from ALS do not usually lose their mental capacity, although some suffer from dementia over time. Most people diagnosed with ALS eventually die from respiratory failure, between three to five years of their diagnosis.

Who Is at Risk for Developing ALS?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are certain occupations that are associated with a potential risk of diesel exhaust exposure, including:

  • Miners
  • Construction Workers
  • Railroad workers
  • Loading dock workers
  • Truck drivers
  • Garage and auto maintenance workers
  • Longshoremen
  • Farmers
  • Factory workers who handle material
  • Bridge and tunnel crews
  • Heavy equipment operators

Because you give your all on the job, your employer should be there for you if you are injured at work. The Workers’ Compensation system was designed to protect American employees by requiring most employers to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance and provide injured workers with benefits.

Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Are Dedicated to Fighting for Injured Workers

If you have been injured at work or have been diagnosed with a disease such as ALS that you suspect may be related to your occupation, our experienced Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyers can help. At Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. we provide free consultations at our six office locations throughout South Carolina. Contact us at 803-929-3600 or by filling out an online contact form.

We represent clients throughout South Carolina, including Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.

Road Signage for Older Drivers

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers discuss ways to make the roads safer for older drivers. A recent study has revealed that the number of American drivers aged 65 and older increased from 36 million to 41.7 million between 2012 and 2016. That suggests that our aging population is becoming more active. However, a higher percentage of older Americans are fatally injured in car accidents.

During the above-mentioned period, the number of older drivers fatally injured on the roadways rose from 3,741 to 4,204, which represents a 21 percent increase. In fact, according to TRIP, the national transportation research group that hosted the study, the fatality rate of drivers aged 65 and older is rising even faster than the percentage of all drivers. Part of the reason may be that older travelers are not as healthy as their younger counterparts. However, it may also have to do with road signs and other issues.

Improving Driving Conditions for Older Drivers

The consensus of the study was that each state should do more to make its roads safer for older drivers. It is believed that larger road signs with brighter lights, longer entrance and exit lanes, and more roundabouts to reduce turns across traffic would keep drivers safe, but especially those who are older. Since those with diminished eyesight and slower reflexes can experience greater challenges when estimating the speed and distance of other vehicles, these changes can make a big difference.

The suggested changes are cost-effective, and would eliminate the ambiguity of insufficient road signs, poor lighting, and other problems. These changes would create a roadway environment that is safer for everyone, not just older drivers.

Pennsylvania Makes Changes

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently took steps toward construction projects to create larger signs, rumble strips between lanes and on edges to keep drivers from veering out of their lanes, and upgraded road markings to stop drivers from going the wrong way on ramps. The department also reviews and approves courses provided by groups, such as AAA and AARP, for older drivers. The results speak for themselves; the fatality rate for drivers aged 65 and older in Pennsylvania dropped from 300 in 2014, to 279 in 2015, to 267 in 2016.

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Help Injured Victims Claim the Compensation They Deserve

If you have been injured in a car accident, the Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. can help. Please call 803-929-3600 or contact us online for additional information or for a free consultation. Our offices are conveniently located throughout South Carolina, serving clients in Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County. 

Drowsy Driving a Factor in Almost 10 Percent of Crashes

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers discuss the amount of car accidents caused by drowsy driving. According to a recent American Automobile Association (AAA) study, drowsy driving accidents are more prevalent than previously thought. The study shows that drowsiness was a factor in 9.5 percent of all crashes; this is higher than estimated by previous federal studies indicating that drowsiness was a factor in only two percent of crashes. Drowsy driving is one of the most under-reported safety issues, and it can also be difficult to determine if drivers were drowsy at the time of the wreck. AAA researchers set out to get more accurate results regarding the role of drowsy driving in accidents by eliminating the need for self-reporting.

A recent AAA study was the most in-depth of its kind ever conducted in the U.S. Researchers set up dashboard cameras inside over 700 drivers’ vehicles and later examined the footage. They looked for any signs that drivers might be drowsy, such as drooping or closing eyes during the three minutes before an accident. The executive director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety stated that conducting this in-depth analysis allowed researchers to better assess if a driver was fatigued in the moments before the crash.

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

According to the AAA’s director for traffic safety and advocacy and research, one in five crashes involving fatalities also involve a drowsy driver. Drowsy driving accidents are often caused by drivers who did not get enough sleep the night before. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 35 percent of U.S. drivers do not get the recommended seven hours of sleep a night.  However, AAA notes that drowsy driving is also attributable to factors other than lack of sleep, such as medications that cause drowsiness.

Previous AAA research has shown that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. According to one AAA study, drivers who miss just two to three hours of sleep more than quadruple their chances of being involved in a drowsy driving wreck. Almost all the drivers surveyed by AAA (96 percent) agreed that drowsy driving is a serious threat to on-road safety, yet 29 percent admitted to driving drowsy. A National Sleep Foundation poll also revealed that 37 percent of drivers admitted to falling asleep at the wheel in the past year.

AAA warns that drowsy drivers pose a threat to themselves and to everyone else on the road. The agency recommends preventing drowsy driving accidents by recognizing the signs, such as drifting from your lane, difficulty keeping your eyes open and inability to recall details about the last few miles you drove. To prevent drowsy driving accidents, drivers should take breaks when driving long distances and pull over to rest if they find themselves feeling fatigued.

Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Provide Experienced Representation for Those Injured in Drowsy Driving Accidents

If you were injured due to a drowsy driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A.. It can be difficult to establish that someone was fatigued or fell asleep behind the wheel. Our experienced legal team is skilled in proving negligence by showing how long the driver was awake before the accident and accessing traffic cameras and vehicle data recorder technology. Contact us online or call us at 803-929-3600 or toll-free at 800-531-9780 for a free consultation.

We represent clients throughout South Carolina, including Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.

Chameleon Carriers Pose Increased Risk

Columbia Truck Accident Lawyers discuss the dangers associated with chameleon carriers. Commercial trucks can pose significant dangers on the road due to their large size, lack of maneuverability, and inadequately vetted or trained drivers. As such, trucking companies that operate commercial vehicles must comply with safety regulations, and are issued ratings by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reflecting their level of compliance. Those that receive poor safety ratings may be assigned penalties or even shut down. However, some trucking companies are bypassing these consequences by exploiting a loophole in the system.

What Are Chameleon Carriers?

Chameleon carriers are trucking companies that shut down and then register under a new name and operate under a new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) number in order to avoid the consequences of their subpar safety records or deadly crash history. These companies often retain the same employees with poor safety histories, and have not made any changes to improve their operations. They simply re-register with the DOT to avoid fines and potential shut-down.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) discussed chameleon carriers in its March 2012 report to Congress. The GAO reported that 18 percent of applicants with chameleon attributes were involved in severe wrecks, as compared to only six percent of applicants without chameleon attributes. The GAO defines a carrier with chameleon attributes as one that previously registered and had a motive for evading detection such as a history of safety violations.

The GAO found that between 2005 and 2010, applicants with chameleon attributes were three times more likely to be involved in a severe accident than new applicants. The GAO also reported that the number of chameleon attribute carriers increased from 759 in 2005 to 1,136 in 2010.

Efforts to Crack Down on Chameleon Carriers

A fatal bus crash involving a chameleon carrier in 2008 prompted the FMCSA to implement a Vetting Program dedicated to identifying and denying chameleon carriers’ operating authority. In that crash, 17 people were fatally injured by a carrier that was ordered out of service by the FMCSA just two months prior. Other chameleon carriers have been held responsible for fatal accidents caused by drivers who were hired or retained despite their criminal history of drug use.

The Vetting Program now applies to passenger carriers, movers and freight carriers. It uses software to conduct an automatic risk-based assessment for applicants. The FMCSA hopes that the program will support the administration’s mission to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

Columbia Truck Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Those Harmed in Wrecks Caused by Chameleon Carriers

Many factors can contribute to truck accidents including negligent drivers, defective equipment, failure to abide by trucking regulations and improperly secured truck loads. Chameleon carriers put other drivers at risk by attempting to evade responsibility. The skilled Columbia truck accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. are dedicated to holding negligent parties such as chameleon carriers accountable and recovering the financial compensation that injured victims deserve. If you were injured in a truck accident, contact us online or call us at 803-929-3600 or toll-free at 800-531-9780 for a free consultation.

We represent clients throughout South Carolina, including Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.

Pedestrian Accident in Harleyville Results in Fatality

Pedestrian Accident in Harleyville Results in FatalityA pedestrian accident occurred in Harleyville, South Carolina, which resulted in a fatality. The fatal accident took place on Wednesday night, around 9:25 pm, along Interstate 26. The victim, who was walking on the road, was struck by a vehicle and succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene of the pedestrian accident.

Although pedestrians are free to walk along local roads and state highways, they may be at-risk for incurring a range of personal injuries as well as potential fatalities while doing so. Earlier this week, another fatal pedestrian accident occurred on the same road, which may point to a notoriously dangerous area for pedestrians and motorists. Poor lighting, a lack of designated crosswalks, faulty traffic signals, and other factors may contribute to the number of pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents at that location.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a pedestrian accident, our South Carolina personal injury lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. will act as your advocate. You may schedule a free consultation by calling 803-929-3600 or 800-531-9780 or contact us online. With offices located throughout South Carolina, we serve clients in Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County, including those in towns of Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Rock Hill, Aiken, Sumter, Newberry, Florence, and Spartanburg.

Violations at Residential Care

Columbia Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers discuss violations that take place in residential care. Making the decision to place a loved one into a nursing home or assisted living facility is never easy.  Family members, friends, and relatives rely on the facility’s doctors, nurses, and staff to take care of the patient’s needs while treating them with dignity and respect.  Unfortunately, many residents suffer neglect and abuse that is not always obvious or reported.

Advocates for those in residential care facilities continually lobby for new laws and regulations that protect these residents, but change has been slow moving.  Many patients suffer from malnutrition, dehydration, medication mistakes, neglect, and bedsores.  In some cases, a lack of supervision or mishandling of patients leads to broken bones, lacerations, and bruises from falls from a bed or wheelchair.  Even more disturbing is the fact that some residents become victims of physical and sexual abuse.

It is the obligation of the nursing home or assisted living facility to protect residents from harm, and to contact family members when an injury or health incident occurs.  In South Carolina, the Department of Heath and Environmental Control (DHEC) mandates regular inspections of these facilities, and requires written reports to be filed with the DHEC. However, the information is not readily available to the public.

Concerned family members need to petition the DHEC for copies of reports through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The process can take weeks.  In the meantime, family members are kept in the dark about unsatisfactory conditions and cases of abuse found at a facility.  If the reports were made available online to the public, the loved ones of residents in these facilities would be able to monitor conditions more closely, and better protect their family member from harm.

Investigations Raise Concerns

A local ABC News affiliate in Charlotte, South Carolina recently reported on a case wherein such information could have helped a family member protect a loved one.  ABC4 recounts that a woman filed a report with the DHEC after her brother was injured in multiple falls at the assisted living facility where he resided.  In one of the falls, the man was injured and required hospitalization.  The woman reported that no one from the facility called to inform her that her brother was injured or in the hospital.  Instead, nurses from the hospital called her 36 hours after the man had been admitted.

Upon further investigation, ABC4 uncovered 30 inspection reports with over 80 violations and close to $35,000 in fines against this facility and its affiliate in another county.  One inspection reported insects crawling on patients and in beds, as well as deplorable conditions of the bathrooms at the home.  The incident mentioned above was included in the report with a recommendation that the facility contact family members in the future when an emergency happens.

Had the victim’s family been able to access the reports online, they could have made a more informed decision on whether this facility was the right place for their loved one.

Columbia Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Advocate for Residents of Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facilities

If you suspect a loved one has been a victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted living facility, the Columbia nursing home neglect lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. can help you claim justice.  Call us at 803-929-3600 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.

Our six offices located throughout South Carolina serve clients in Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.

Fatal Car Crash in Sumter Claims Young Woman’s Life

Fatal Car Crash in Sumter Claims Young Woman’s LifeIn Sumter, South Carolina, a fatal car crash claimed the life of a 29-year-old woman. On Tuesday morning, around 8:30 am, the car accident occurred when an SUV driver made a left turn into a plaza located on South Pike West and struck a car. The driver of the car was brought to the Palmetto Health Tuomey Hospital for treatment but unfortunately, succumbed to her fatal injuries after the car crash. The SUV driver escaped the collision unscathed and was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

Car accidents may occur when drivers least expect them to happen. They may be caused by distracted driving, speeding, failure to obey traffic signals or signs, or drunk driving. Depending on the severity of the crash, drivers and passengers may be in danger of incurring a variety of personal injuries as well as potential fatalities.

If you or your loved ones sustained personal injuries in a car accident, our South Carolina car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. will lend a helping hand. You may schedule a free consultation by calling 803-929-3600 or 800-531-9780 or contact us online. With offices located throughout South Carolina, we serve clients in Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County, including those in towns of Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Rock Hill, Aiken, Sumter, Newberry, Florence, and Spartanburg.

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