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Legislation for Self-Driving Trucks
October 21, 2017
Recently, the United States House passed legislation for driverless cars, but neglected to address how self-driving trucks would be covered under this new bill. Senators want to see self-driving trucks on the road and are disappointed that they are not included in the Self Drive Act. Including trucks in the Self Drive Act would... FULL STORY
Trucks Carrying Hazardous Materials
October 17, 2017
Trucks that transport hazardous materials, commonly referred to as “hazmats,” are required to carry a higher amount of liability insurance than other trucks. This is because there are few things on the road more dangerous than a hazmat truck. Wrecks with hazmat trucks can result in dangerous explosions and grave injuries. When it comes... FULL STORY
Columbia Motorcycle Accident Fatally Injures Motorcyclist
October 12, 2017
A motorcycle accident occurred in Columbia, South Carolina which fatally injured a man on Wednesday night. After making an improper turn and failing to yield to the right of way, a car, driven by a 21-year-old woman, collided with the motorcycle. The 26-year-old man who was operating the motorcycle succumbed to his fatal injuries... FULL STORY
How to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim
September 26, 2017
Workers’ Compensation is a statutory schedule of benefits available to workers who are injured on the job. Rules regarding the claims process and benefits available vary from state to state. In South Carolina, employers who have four or more employees are required to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance. If an employee suffers a workplace injury... FULL STORY
Motorists Believe They Are Good at Distracted Driving
September 24, 2017
A recent Progressive Insurance study reveals that although drivers believe that distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents, they are confident in their own ability to text and drive safely. The results of distracted driving can be deadly. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,477 fatalities... FULL STORY
Effects of Depression on Work-Related Injuries
September 22, 2017
Speaking about depression as an illness was taboo for many years. Only recently, has it become more common to openly discuss mental health issues. Although depression is not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of work-related injuries, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists depression as a leading... FULL STORY
Thursday is the Deadliest Day for Truckers
September 14, 2017
For both new and experienced truck drivers, Thursday is one of the busiest days of the week when it comes to wrecks. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that more truckers are on the roads hauling freight during the week than the weekends. Statistically this drives up the accident rate for weekdays. By... FULL STORY
Fatal Collision in Columbia Related to Hurricane Irma
September 12, 2017
On Monday afternoon, a fatal collision took place between two cars, which was related to Hurricane Irma. The accident occurred on Interstate 77 in the southbound lanes near the Bluff Road exit in Columbia, South Carolina. A 21-year-old man driving an SUV with Florida license plates collided into a sedan, causing the SUV driver... FULL STORY
No More 34 Hour Restart Rule
September 12, 2017
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has scrapped two provisions of the Hours of Service Final Rule that required commercial motor vehicle drivers to take two overnight breaks and a 34-hour break once per week. The rule was intended to prevent drowsy driving which, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, causes up... FULL STORY
Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps May Cause Death
September 7, 2017
On September 6, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration announced the immediate recall of over 12,000 intra-aortic balloon pumps manufactured by Datascope Corp./MAQUET due to a product defect that could result in death. The recall affects all such devices manufactured by the company from 2003 to 2017, approximately 5,000 of which were distributed in the... FULL STORY
The Nation’s 20 Most Dangerous Jobs
September 5, 2017
According to the most recent United States Bureau of Labor statistics, there were 4,836 fatal injuries and over two million nonfatal work injuries and illnesses in private industry in 2015. These workplace accidents can happen in any job, and there are many possible causes for them including overexertion, slip and falls, and exposure to... FULL STORY
Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim
September 1, 2017
The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act encourages prompt notification of work injuries, but requires injured employees to give notice of the accident or discovery of a compensable condition to employers within 90 days. It is best not to assume that your employer knows about the workplace accident simply because you went to the doctor.... FULL STORY
I-95 Worst for Road Rage Incidents
August 29, 2017
Whether it is because of economic improvement, lower gas prices, or other reasons, Americans are driving more, according to a Federal Highway Administration spokesman. Unfortunately, this also means there are more incidents of road rage, especially on busy roads like Interstate 95. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines road rage as angry and... FULL STORY
MIT Distracted Driving Study
August 25, 2017
Over 40,000 people suffered fatal injuries in the United States last year, largely due to the increase of distracted driving. There has been an influx of phone usage in cars, likely to be the biggest contributor to fatal and debilitating accidents. Additional distractions while driving include eating, arguing with other passengers, or adjusting music... FULL STORY
Jackhammer Syndrome
August 22, 2017
Jackhammer syndrome, also known as “hand-arm vibration syndrome” or “HAVS,” is caused by continuous use of vibrating hand-held power tools.  Some symptoms of jackhammer syndrome include tingling and numbness in the arms and fingertips. Severe cases can lead to gangrene, requiring amputation of the affected limb or limbs. Individuals who use power tools on-the-job... FULL STORY
South Carolina Has Worst Rural Roads in the Nation
August 18, 2017
South Carolina’s rural roads are the most fatal in the nation according to TRIP, a nonprofit transportation research group. TRIP’s study, titled, “Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland,” reports on various transportation challenges facing the nation, including traffic safety, access and connectivity, and deficient road conditions. The study lists 25 states that... FULL STORY
Hair Follicle Testing for Truck Drivers
August 17, 2017
All truck drivers must undergo pre-employment screening for drug and alcohol use as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA.) Currently, the mandatory test is done with a urine sample, but six major trucking companies have asked the FMCSA to allow them to use hair follicle testing instead, indicating that the test... FULL STORY
CPAP Machine May Curb Drowsy Driving
August 11, 2017
New research from the Cleveland Clinic shows that instances of drowsy driving can be reduced in sleep apnea sufferers who follow nighttime treatment guidelines. Sleep apnea affects up to 25 million American adults, meaning roughly one in five Americans has a mild case, and one in fifteen is affected with moderate to severe sleep... FULL STORY
Workers and Lead Exposure
August 9, 2017
Lead is a naturally occurring metal found in the earth’s crust and in our water, soil, and air. Because of its durability and versatility, it has been used from as far back as 4000 B.C. to create tools, paints, and building supplies. Lead exposure over time, even in small amounts, is dangerous. It is... FULL STORY
South Carolina Ranked Fifth Most Unsafe State
August 7, 2017
The National Safety Council’s report, “State of Safety: A State-by-State Report,” reveals that with over 146,000 fatalities each year, fatalities in the United States are at an all-time high. The NSC investigated state actions and policies pertaining to the reduction of risk for residents and has produced a report containing information gathered over the... FULL STORY
OSHA Rule in Limbo
August 3, 2017
The compliance date for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s electronic reporting rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, has been pushed back to December 1, 2017. Delaying the July 1, 2017 compliance deadline allows OSHA more time to review questions of law and policy and provides employers with four extra months to... FULL STORY
Advocates Urge Congress to Take Time with Driverless Cars
July 31, 2017
In just a few years, self-driving robotaxis will share the road with human drivers. While humans routinely drive 10 to 15 miles per hour above the speed limit, these self-driving cars will be programmed to drive at the speed limit and abide all traffic rules. As a result, safety and consumer advocates are urging... FULL STORY
Fatality and Seven Injuries Close Rides at Ohio State Fair
July 28, 2017
Amusement park rides have been closed at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio after a ride broke apart and caused a fatality and a varying range of personal injuries for seven individuals on opening day. On Wednesday night around 7:24 pm, the incident occurred when a ride called the Fire Ball malfunctioned while... FULL STORY
Executive Order Halting Truck Speed Limiter Rule
July 27, 2017
In 2015, 4,311 large trucks and buses caused or were involved in fatal crashes. After several years of discussion, debates, and truck accident data analysis, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a speed limiter rule applicable to all new large trucks weighing... FULL STORY
Drowsy Driving as Dangerous as Drunk Driving
July 24, 2017
Most people have heard about the dangers of drunk driving and distracted driving, but few are aware of drowsy driving. An American Automobile Association (AAA) study reveals that drowsy driving presents the same accident risk as drunk driving. Compared to drivers who sleep for seven hours a night, those who miss two to three... FULL STORY
Truck Drivers to Face More Sleep Apnea Rules
July 13, 2017
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a medical condition that causes disruption of breathing while sleeping. The upper airways collapse frequently, causing breathing to stop and start, often leaving the person fatigued and with excessive daytime drowsiness. If left untreated, OSA can lead to cardiac conditions. A study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of... FULL STORY
Helmets for Motorcyclists
July 11, 2017
Studies show that the number of motorcycle accidents with trauma cases have vastly increased since a helmet law in Michigan was repealed in 2012. The law made it mandatory for motorcyclists to wear helmets, however that is no longer the case. The repealed law allows riders to wear helmets at their own accord if... FULL STORY
Hiring a Lawyer for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
July 7, 2017
Workers’ Compensation can often be difficult for most workers and their employers to understand. Due to the many complexities and legal nuances involved, unrepresented workers are at risk of receiving an unfair award.  Working with an experienced lawyer can help injured workers avoid costly mistakes, and ensure that they receive the full amount of... FULL STORY
New Bill Makes Bars Liable for DUI Fatalities and Injuries
July 7, 2017
A new bill in South Carolina went into effect on July 1, 2017 making bars and other businesses that serve alcohol after 5 pm liable for fatalities and personal injuries caused by drunk patrons. Under what is called the Dram Shop bill, businesses and individuals who serve alcohol would be required to carry a... FULL STORY
Summer Truck Tire Blowouts
July 5, 2017
Summer travel can be particularly hazardous for a number of reasons: there is often more traffic on roadways due to summer vacations, more young drivers on the roads, more intoxicated drivers, and more dangerous tire blowouts. Most drivers have seen the evidence of truck tire blowouts strewn across the highway—strips of exploded tires and... FULL STORY
Fatal Florida Car Accident Involved Tennis Star Venus Williams
June 30, 2017
Venus Williams was involved in a car accident that claimed the life of a 78-year-old man in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The accident occurred on June 9 when Venus Williams allegedly ran a red light and struck the car occupied by the man and his wife who was driving. The man succumbed to his... FULL STORY
Summer a Dangerous Time for Teen Drivers  
June 29, 2017
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teen drivers aged 15 – 20 experience the most car accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day. More free time, less parental supervision, and limited experience behind the wheel are the main reasons teens are involved in more wrecks during the summer months. Teen Car... FULL STORY
Avoid Fireworks Accidents this Holiday
June 27, 2017
The Fourth of July is a festive holiday commonly associated with barbeques, parades, and fireworks. It is also one of the most dangerous holiday weekends of the year. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 230 people injured by fireworks visit the emergency room every day around the Fourth... FULL STORY
Work Zone Accidents in Summer
June 19, 2017
Summer is the busiest time of year for road construction and repairs across the country. Projects that cannot be completed in cold, wet weather are typically done during the summer months. With road repairs popping up across local highways, drivers, pedestrians, and construction workers are at increased risk for dangerous work zone accidents. According... FULL STORY
Columbia Truck Accident Lawyers: Truck Drivers’ Health
June 16, 2017
A sensible diet and regular exercise can prolong life by thwarting the development of cancer and other serious health problems. However, studies show another surprising benefit for commercial truck drivers who maintain a healthy lifestyle. According to the University of Utah’s School of Medicine, a direct correlation exists between poor health and truck accidents.... FULL STORY
Columbia Car Accident Lawyers: What to do Following a Car Accident
June 15, 2017
The shock of a car accident can leave drivers and passengers stunned and confused. Injuries may have been incurred, and at times, these injuries can be catastrophic or even fatal. Knowing what steps to take following a car accident can help you recover the compensation for injuries and damages you may be entitled to... FULL STORY
Columbia Personal Injury Lawyers: Swimming Pool Accidents
June 14, 2017
When school lets out and summer temperatures rise, many people flock to swimming pools, private and municipal, to beat the summer heat. Caution must be exercised when children are involved in pool activities. Nearly 300 children age five and under drown in pools and spas every year, according to a 2015 report by the... FULL STORY
Columbia Truck Accident Lawyers: Fiery Crash on I-95
May 23, 2017
A fiery crash closed part of Interstate 95 in North Carolina recently for hours after a speeding tractor trailer tanker caused a multi vehicle collision. The trucker failed to slow down and observe the lower speed limit going into a work zone. Unable to reduce speed, the driver rear-ended a pick-up truck which was... FULL STORY
Columbia Personal Injury Lawyers: Breast Implants and Lymphoma
March 23, 2017
The FDA is warning physicians and women of a link between breast implants and a rare form of cancer. Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (“ALCL”) is a type of T-cell lymphoma that can be particularly aggressive. Fortunately only about 600 women in the United States contract this cancer each year, but recent studies have shown... FULL STORY
Lexington County Personal Injury Lawyers discuss Chemotherapy and Permanent Baldness: Why Lawsuits are Emerging
March 1, 2017
Alopecia—hair loss—is a common side effect of chemotherapy. Permanent alopecia is not. Typically, a chemotherapy patient’s hair will fully regrow within 6 months of the end of treatment. In very rare circumstances (less than 1%), however, the intense drug regimen can permanently damage hair follicles, resulting in permanent baldness. But a new wave of... FULL STORY
Richland County Personal Injury Lawyers discuss IVC Filters: Case Screening
December 5, 2016
Blood clots are a common—and potentially fatal—condition associated with significant trauma and a variety of surgeries and medical treatments. Typically forming in the legs, clots have the ability to travel to your lungs, plugging vital vessels in those organs and resulting in a pulmonary embolism. One-third of people with untreated pulmonary embolisms do not... FULL STORY
Talc and Ovarian Cancer Update: Heading to New Jersey
October 20, 2016
A judicial panel has consolidated all federal talcum powder/ovarian cancer litigation in the District of New Jersey, joining sixty-six cases and what promises to be hundreds (if not thousands) more.  The order creates what is known as an “MDL” (multidistrict litigation) court in which single federal judge will coordinate the pretrial procedures of all... FULL STORY
Problems Frequently Arising out of and in the Course of a Workers’ Compensation Claim
September 8, 2016
Hardworking individuals are injured every day.  These men and women work diligently for their employers only to have insurance companies and employers often refuse to compensate them for their injuries.  Denials of workers’ compensation claims can occur for a variety of reasons, but below are several common reasons why employers and insurance companies deny... FULL STORY
Higher Speed Limits Have Killed at Least 33,000 People in the U.S. over the Last 20 Years, IIHS Reports
August 31, 2016
Speed limits across the nation have been on the rise over the past two decades since Congress repealed the National Maximum Speed Limit (NMSL) law in 1995. Some have argued that these speed limit increases are simply aligning the law with reality, given that many motorists are regularly driving at speeds that exceed 55... FULL STORY
South Carolina Car Accidents: A Look at the Prevalence & Impacts [Infographic]
August 26, 2016
Although South Carolina hasn’t been ranked as having the worst drivers in the nation, auto accidents are still a prominent cause of injuries and deaths in the state. In fact, while more than 13 traffic crashes occur in South Carolina every hour, every day, at least two people in the state are killed in... FULL STORY
Columbia Car Accident Lawyers Report: Top 10 States with the Worst Drivers in the U.S.
August 17, 2016
Not all motorists on the road are as safe, sober, careful and attentive as we would like to believe. In fact, most people with even just a little bit of experience driving have likely come across at least one driver who’s been distracted, drunk, overly aggressive or just flat-out careless on the road. Shedding... FULL STORY
‘Safe Cars Save Lives’ Campaign Looks to Promote Proactive Approach to Vehicle Safety
August 9, 2016
Today, authorities at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are rolling out a new safety campaign, focused on informing drivers and vehicle passengers about what they can do to minimize their risk of traffic crashes and injuries. This multi-faceted safety campaign, operating under the name Safe Cars Save Lives, will reportedly involve a... FULL STORY
Dangerous Drug News: FDA Strengthens Warnings for Levaquin Antibiotics
August 3, 2016
A certain class of antibiotics used to treat serious bacterial infections has recently become the focus of a strong public warning issued by regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These antibiotics – known as fluoroquinolones and sold under various brand names (including Levaquin) – have been linked to “disabling and potentially... FULL STORY
Richland County Car Accident Lawyers: How to Obtain a Copy of a Car Accident Report in South Carolina
July 31, 2016
After a car accident happens, there will generally be a police report for the crash so long as law enforcement was called and officers responded to the scene. The car accident police report can be an important element to proving fault and, in turn, securing compensation for the crash-related property damage, injuries and other... FULL STORY
Seatbelt Use in South Carolina Reaches Record High in 2016, SCDPS Reports
July 26, 2016
Across the state of South Carolina, more people are buckling up than ever before. In fact, according to the findings of a study recently conducted by researchers at the University of South Carolina, 93.9 percent of passenger vehicle drivers (and occupants) are wearing seatbelts every time they travel. This is a record high for... FULL STORY
New OSHA Rule Requires Employers to Electronically Submit Injury & Illness Reports to Regulators
July 22, 2016
Employers across the U.S. will soon have to submit electronic injury and illness reports to regulators at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in addition to maintaining their own onsite reports. This new requirement, which will take effect on January 1, 2017, is the result of a new OSHA rule that is aimed... FULL STORY
Fatal ATV Accidents: A Look at the Causes, Incidence & Outcomes [Infographic]
July 18, 2016
The fun adventures that come with riding ATVs can also carry some significant risks for riders, especially those who are younger, less experienced and/or not wearing safety gear. In fact, annually, nearly 700 people are killed in ATV accidents – and about 20 percent of these victims are riders under the age of 16.... FULL STORY
The Big Lie: Johnson & Johnson, Talc, and Ovarian Cancer
July 15, 2016
In the aftermath of verdicts of $72 million and $55 million on behalf of ovarian cancer victims, Johnson & Johnson is fighting back by releasing a public statement which misleads women about the connection between perineal use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Here, we dissect the pharmaceutical giant’s claims to bring you the... FULL STORY
Lexington County Car Accident Lawyers: Fatal Auto Accidents in the U.S. Increase Nearly 8% in 2015, NHTSA Reports
July 13, 2016
Last year, at least 35,200 Americans were killed in traffic accidents, marking a dramatic 7.7 percent increase in the rate of fatal crashes occurring in the U.S. (when compared to 2014). These are some of the latest findings reported by officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who have also revealed that,... FULL STORY
11 Traffic-Related Deaths Occurred in South Carolina Over the July 4th Holiday, SCDPS Reports
July 7, 2016
Over the July 4th holiday weekend in 2016, 11 people across South Carolina were killed in traffic crashes, according to the latest reports from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS). This reportedly marks a nearly 58 percent increase in the number of traffic-related deaths when compared to the data from 2015, when... FULL STORY
Columbia Personal Injury Lawyers discuss 10 Essential Firework Safety Tips for a Safe & Fun July 4th Celebration
July 1, 2016
Fireworks are often a highlight of July 4th celebrations, adding a fun, dynamic element to many festivities. As captivating as fireworks can be, however, they can also come with some risks. In fact, at least 11 people were killed in fireworks accidents in 2014.1 Additionally, the latest findings about fireworks accidents in the U.S.... FULL STORY
Kershaw County Car Accident Lawyers: More Deadly Car Accidents Happen on July 4th than Any Other Day of the Year
June 30, 2016
Fireworks, barbeques and other festivities are hallmarks of the July 4th holiday for many people. Tragically, however, U.S. Independence Day is not only associated with celebrations and fun. For law enforcement and transportation safety officials, July 4th is also known as being the single deadliest day of the year when it comes to traffic... FULL STORY
Federal Railroad Association (FRA) Enhances Drug & Alcohol Testing Rules for Certain Railroad Workers
June 25, 2016
In the ongoing effort to prevent railroad accidents, injuries and deaths, regulators at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have recently issued a new final rule to enhance the alcohol and drug testing protocols for some railroad workers. Officially known as the Control of Alcohol and Drug Use rule, this requirement will expand drug and... FULL STORY
New Ultrasound Technology Could Improve Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Diagnoses
June 20, 2016
Detecting traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) – especially closed brain injuries that involve brain bleeding – may soon become far less difficult for medical professionals. That’s because new software, which is currently being developed, could soon empower physicians to see the brain – even from remote locations – and effectively diagnose TBIs. How the Software... FULL STORY
Ashley Furniture Will Pay $1.75 Million to Settle 60+ OSHA Citations for Safety Violations
June 15, 2016
Ashley Furniture has recently come to a settlement agreement with regulators at the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), agreeing to pay a $1.75 million civil penalty in order to resolve more than 60 citations related to machine hazards – particularly those that lead to amputations. The terms of this agreement will reportedly impact... FULL STORY
South Carolina Ranked as 5th Deadliest State for Bicycle Riders
June 8, 2016
Beware, South Carolina bicyclists – riding on the roads in our state comes with a big risk of life-threatening accidents, as South Carolina has recently been named as the fifth leading state for fatal bicycle accidents in the U.S. This is according to a recent report that presented a fascinating analysis of bicycle crash... FULL STORY
Starbucks’ Teavana Ordered to Pay $3.75 Million Penalty for Exploding Tumblers, CPSC Announces
June 4, 2016
Teavana, a tea retailer purchased by Starbucks’ in 2012, has recently been hit with a hefty civil penalty for its role in failing to report major defects associated with its glass tumblers to federal authorities. According to regulators at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Teavana “knowingly failed to report to CPSC, as required... FULL STORY
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents Jump 10% in 2015, Authorities Report
May 31, 2016
More than 5,000 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2015, according to the latest findings from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). This reflects a 10 percent increase from the number of deadly motorcycle accidents reported in 2014 – and, perhaps more importantly, represents: The reversal of a two-year decreasing trend, during which... FULL STORY
‘100 Deadliest Days’ for Drivers Starts on Memorial Day
May 27, 2016
Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer, a season that traditionally sees a spike in the number of motorists hitting the roads. And while the summer season comes with better weather (than other seasons) and longer daylight hours – two factors that would seem to promote safer roadway travels, this season is... FULL STORY
Engineer Distraction Cited as Cause of Fatal Amtrak Train Crash, NTSB Reports
May 23, 2016
Engineer distraction was likely a contributing factor to the deadly Amtrak train crash (of Amtrak passenger train 188) that occurred in Philadelphia just over a year ago. This is according to the latest reports from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which has also explained that the source of distraction was reportedly emergency broadcasts... FULL STORY
5 Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips for May, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
May 18, 2016
With May serving as the gateway from spring to summer, far more motorcyclists are hitting the roads, taking advantage of the warming weather. That’s one of the main reasons that transportation safety authorities across the nation have designated May as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Looking to spread the word about riding safety and... FULL STORY
FDA Issues New Safety Alert for Popular Antibiotics: ‘Fluoroquinolones’ Risks Don’t Outweigh Benefits for Some Patients,’ Regulators Announce
May 14, 2016
Yesterday, regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new safety alert, urging medical professionals to limit their use of certain popular antibiotics – fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs – for some patients. According to this warning, regulators have discovered a link between the use of fluoroquinolones and the development of “disabling and... FULL STORY
Takata Airbag Recall News: NHTSA Announces Plans to Expand & Accelerate the Recall
May 9, 2016
Regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have just announced that all Takata airbags that have frontal inflators lacking a chemical drying agent are now subject to the recall. This expansion of an already massive recall effort will reportedly impact at least 35 million additional Takata airbags, bringing to the total number... FULL STORY
Ovarian Cancer and Baby Powder: J&J Hammered Again
May 4, 2016
A Missouri jury has returned a verdict of $55 million on behalf of a woman who contracted ovarian cancer as a result of her use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. This verdict comes two months after a $72 million verdict on behalf of another cancer victim. The Plaintiff, Gloria Ristesund, testified that she... FULL STORY
The Facts about Teen Motorists & Car Accidents [Infographic]
May 2, 2016
While anyone who drives regularly can be at risk of being involved in a traffic crash, teen motorists have a significantly high risk – not only due to their general lack of experience behind the wheel but also, at times, as a result of the poor choices they may make while driving. To minimize... FULL STORY
The Tragic Scope of Fatal Work Accidents in the U.S.: An Infographic for Workers’ Memorial Day
April 28, 2016
Workers’ Memorial Day, which is observed annually on April 28th, “is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers,” according to OSHA.1 At Chappell, Smith... FULL STORY
Social Security Disability: Top 6 Reasons Claims Are Denied
April 22, 2016
Frustrated men and women call our office every day seeking answers as to why their claims for Social Security Disability Insurancebenefits have been denied. Unfortunately, denials of SSDI claims are quite common. So what are the top 6 reasons such claims fail? Employment—SSDI claims are denied routinely because people will apply for benefits while... FULL STORY
Gree USA to Pay $15.45M Fine for Defective Dehumidifiers that Caused Fires, CPSC Announces
April 20, 2016
Gree USA Sales, Ltd., along with its overseas affiliates, has recently agreed to pay a $15.45 million fine issued by authorities at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in relation to the company’s defective dehumidifiers. According to the announcement for this penalty, Gree sold at least 2.5 million defective dehumidifiers in the U.S. from... FULL STORY
The Prevalence of Nursing Home Abuse in the U.S. [Infographic]
April 16, 2016
Nursing home abuse can as physically harmful as it may be psychologically damaging. While this abuse can come at the hands of nursing home staff and caregivers, it may also result from other residents or guests, especially when homes are understaffed, when staff are inexperienced, etc. To shed some more light on the scope... FULL STORY
South Carolina Trucker Banned from Operating Commercial Vehicles after Fatal Crash
April 12, 2016
A truck driver licensed in South Carolina has recently been prohibited from operating any commercial vehicles by authorities at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). According to the announcement, this federal order was handed down following a fatal truck accident involving the driver. Background on the Truck Accident As the FMCSA report explains,... FULL STORY
Federal Regulators Renew the Fight against Distracted Driving with National Campaign, DOT Reports
April 8, 2016
Starting today, federal regulators with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will be rolling out a new anti-distracted driving campaign, hoping to encourage all motorists in the nation to be proactive about ignoring distractions when they are behind the wheel. According to DOT’s recent announcement, this campaign – U Drive. U Text. U Pay.... FULL STORY
Dangers of Distracted Driving Revealed for April, National Distracted Driving Awareness Mo. [Infographic]
April 4, 2016
Distracted drivers can be as dangerous as drunk drivers, as distractions can significantly impair motorists’ judgment and reaction times. Although various efforts are being made to deter distracted driving in the U.S., every day, motorists across the nation are still making the poor decision to divert their focus from the roads, heightening the risk... FULL STORY
Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in the US Hit Record-Breaking High in 2015, Federal Data Reveal
March 31, 2016
  For the first time in about four decades, pedestrian deaths in the U.S. have hit a record high, surging more than 10 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). This reportedly reflects the largest annual increase in pedestrian deaths in the U.S. since this data was first... FULL STORY
99% of US Auto Makers Agree to Make Automatic Emergency Braking Standard on New Vehicles, NHTSA Reports
March 26, 2016
  Nearly all of the carmakers comprising the U.S. auto market have agreed to include automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems as standard features “on virtually all new cars” by September 2022, according to a recent announcement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This historic agreement, which includes 20 major auto manufacturers, reflects... FULL STORY
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer: 7 Things You Need to Know
March 22, 2016
The $72 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of the family of an ovarian cancer victim has raised numerous questions pertaining to the connection of the disease and exposure to talcum powder. Here are the answers to the seven most common questions we are receiving from clients. “How long has talcum powder... FULL STORY
Top 3 Causes of Car Accidents in South Carolina
March 20, 2016
A traffic crash occurs about every 10 seconds on a U.S. roadway.1 While any number of factors can contribute to an auto wreck, research indicates that the following are the leading causes of traffic collisions in both South Carolina and across the nation: Drivers – Federal transportation safety authorities have reported2 that at least... FULL STORY
How Much Is My Car Accident Case Worth?
March 16, 2016
The value of a car accident case will hinge on a number of different factors, which an experienced attorney can identify and analyze to evaluate the worth of a specific car accident case. While every car accident case is different – and while the specifics of a given case will be pivotal in determining... FULL STORY
TBI Infographic Reveals the Prevalence, Causes & Effects of TBIs in the U.S.
March 12, 2016
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can cause physical and cognitive impairments that may impact people for years, if not for the rest of their lives. What can be just as tragic as the impacts of TBIs, however, is that fact that, in many cases, TBIs are the result of preventable accidents and negligence. To elucidate... FULL STORY
5 Essential Pedestrian Accident Facts to Know for Spring
March 8, 2016
Spring is just around the corner. And in terms of traffic trends, that means that, as the weather warms up, far more pedestrians will soon be sharing the roads with vehicles. Given that pedestrians are about 1.5 times more likely than people in passenger vehicles to die in a traffic crash any time they... FULL STORY
South Carolina Employers Fined More than $350k in 2015 for ‘Serious Violations,’ OSHA Reports
March 4, 2016
Last year, regulators at the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued multiple South Carolina employers expensive fines for their serious violations of federal safety rules. Serious violations include any failure to abide by federal workplace safety standards that disregards workers’ health and safety. While the minimum OSHA fines for serious violations is $5,000... FULL STORY
Jury Links Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder to Ovarian Cancer
February 29, 2016
A St. Louis, Missouri jury’s award of $72 million to the family of an ovarian cancer victim has brought new attention to safety concerns pertaining to the use of talcum powder. The lawsuit, brought by the family of Jackie Fox, alleged that extended use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Power and Shower-to-Shower led to... FULL STORY
March Kicks Off Brain Injury Awareness Month
February 29, 2016
Tomorrow is the official start of the 2016 Brain Injury Awareness Month, a period dedicated to educating the public about brain injuries while empowering brain injury survivors. Spearheaded by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), Brain Injury Awareness Month focuses on outreach and support to destigmatize brain injuries and, at the same time,... FULL STORY
Trucker with History of Meth Use Deemed “Imminent Hazard to Public Safety,” FMCSA Announces
February 24, 2016
A commercial truck driver licensed in California has recently been deemed to present an “imminent hazard to public safety” due to his history of testing positive for methamphetamines, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced. According to regulators, the trucker who has been prohibited from operating commercial vehicles “in interstate commerce” has... FULL STORY
Traumatic Brain Injuries Linked to Development of Alzheimer’s Plaques by New Study
February 20, 2016
Traumatic Brain Injuries Linked to Development of Alzheimer’s Plaques by New Study Sustaining a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) may contribute to the accumulation of Alzheimer’s-type plaques in the brain, according to the findings of a recent study. Published in early February in online journal Neurology, this small-scale study found that, over... FULL STORY
2015 May Be Most Heavily Traveled Year in U.S. History, Initial DOT Data Reveals
February 16, 2016
Through January to November 2015, motorists drove about 2.88 trillion miles on U.S. roadways, positioning 2015 to be “the most heavily traveled year in history,” according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). While federal authorities are still analyzing data from December 2015 to finalize the... FULL STORY
Fatal Truck Accidents in U.S. Decline for Second Consecutive Year, ATA Reports
February 12, 2016
Fatal Truck Accidents in U.S. Decline for Second Consecutive Year, ATA Reports Over the past two years in the U.S., the incidence of fatal truck accidents has declined by nearly 5 percent, according to a recent report from the American Trucking Associations (ATA). While this short-term decline has been promising for both the trucking... FULL STORY
Check Your Vehicle VIN Twice a Year for Recalls, NHTSA Urges Vehicle Owners in New Safety Campaign
February 8, 2016
Check Your Vehicle VIN Twice a Year for Recalls, NHTSA Urges Vehicle Owners in New Safety Campaign Safe Cars Save Lives, officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are reminding vehicle owners as part of a new national public awareness campaign. The goal of this new campaign is to urge vehicle owners... FULL STORY
71,000 Britax Infant Car Seats Recalled due to Fall Hazards, NHTSA & CPSC Announce
February 4, 2016
Thousands of infant car seats made by Britax have recently been recalled by federal regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The problem with these recalled car seats, according to the recent recall announcement, lies in their potentially faulty handles, which can crack or break,... FULL STORY
Fatal Traffic Crashes in South Carolina Cost More than $1 Billion Each Year, CDC Reports
January 31, 2016
A deadly traffic wreck can be tragic and costly to victims’ families. In the big picture, however, fatal traffic accidents may have far greater impacts, as the costs of recovery and lost productivity skyrocket when adding them up for a given state over the course of a year. In fact, that is just what... FULL STORY
Investigation Underway into the Potential Risks & Dangers associated with Hoverboards, CPSC Announces
January 28, 2016
Investigation Underway into the Potential Risks & Dangers associated with Hoverboards, CPSC Announces Hoverboard fever seems to have swept the nation, as these boards have provided a new, futuristic way for people to have fun and get around. While the hoverboard craze seems to be in full swing, however, regulators are taking a closer... FULL STORY
Regulators Propose New Methods for Evaluating ‘Fitness’ of Trucking Companies, FMCSA Announces
January 24, 2016
For the first time in more than 30 years, trucking regulators at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are proposing to update their methods for evaluating the safety fitness of trucking companies and other motor carriers. According to the official announcement, the FMCSA has published a “Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) Notice of Proposed... FULL STORY
Top 7 Most Dangerous Toys for Children
January 20, 2016
Top 7 Most Dangerous Toys for Children Toy-related injuries sent about 251,800 American children to emergency rooms last year.1 While about 42 percent of these injuries involved cuts and/or bruising, about 44 percent impacted children’s heads, increasing the risk of longer-term complications, like traumatic brain injuries. Looking to pinpoint just which toys are most... FULL STORY
FDA Reclassifies Vaginal Mesh Implants as ‘High-Risk’ Devices, Authorities Announce
January 16, 2016
Transvaginal mesh implants – also referred to as bladder mesh, bladder slings or vaginal mesh implants – have recently been reclassified by regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Once classified as a class II “moderate-risk” device, transvaginal mesh has been reclassified by regulators as a class III “high-risk” device due to... FULL STORY
South Carolina Workers Compensation FAQs: Important Answers for Workers
January 12, 2016
Suffering an injury at work can be physically and financially devastating. Although injured workers can seek compensation via the South Carolina workers compensation system, this system can be challenging to navigate – and missing deadlines, making mistakes in paperwork, etc. can end up resulting in delayed or reduced benefits, if not the wrongful denial... FULL STORY
4 Essential Facts about Seatbelt Use: What All Roadway Travelers Need to Know
January 8, 2016
South Carolina is among the many states that have primary seatbelt laws, meaning that drivers can be pulled over and cited for failing to wear a seatbelt. Despite the law – and the fact that wearing seatbelts can prevent serious injuries and deaths in the event of a crash, however, only about 86 percent... FULL STORY
3 Traffic Fatalities Occurred in South Carolina over NYE Reporting Period, SCDPS Reports
January 4, 2016
From Thursday, Dec. 31st through Sunday, Jan. 3rd, three people were killed in traffic crashes on South Carolina roads, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS). This 78-hour period reflects the New Year’s Eve Reporting Period, a time frame during which South Carolina traditionally sees a spike in impaired driving and... FULL STORY
NHTSA Fines BMW $40 Million for Multiple Violations Related to Vehicle Safety Issues
December 31, 2015
BMW North America has recently been issued a multi-million civil penalty for multiple violations related to vehicle safety issues, officials at the NHTSA recently explained. This penalty totals $40 million and is part of a larger Consent Order, which will require BMW “to take a series of steps to remedy the practices and procedures... FULL STORY
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, DOT Warns Drivers before New Year’s Eve
December 28, 2015
In the final days of 2015, transportation safety regulators are urging drivers to make safe choices, reminding them to not get behind the wheel if they have been drinking. This national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over anti-drunk driving campaign is part of an annual holiday tradition for regulators, as each year more than... FULL STORY
How to Give Gifts that Won’t Harm Your Loved Ones: 4 Holiday Giving Tips from the CPSC
December 24, 2015
Christmas is right around the corner. While some people will be hitting the roads to get to their Christmas celebrations, others may be rushing to the stores to buy gifts. If you are among these shoppers and you’ll be looking for gifts for children, the following safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission... FULL STORY
E-Logs Now Mandatory for Tracking Truckers’ On-Duty Time, FMCSA Announces
December 20, 2015
Commercial truck and bus drivers operating vehicles on U.S. roads will have to be logging their driving time with electronic logging devices (ELDs) within two years, according to a new Final Rule recently adopted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This rule, which is expected to impact about 3 million American truckers... FULL STORY
Fiat Chrysler’s Failures to Report Safety Data to NHTSA Lead to $70M Civil Penalty
December 16, 2015
A $105 million civil penalty issued to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Fiat) this past July has just been increased by $70 million, according to officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA). That is because, as officials have explained, Fiat’s failures to properly carry out 24 vehicle safety recalls have been compounded by new... FULL STORY
What Are the Dangers of Drinking & Driving?
December 12, 2015
The holiday season can be a fun, festive time. It can also be a time when drivers face an increased risk of being involved in a drunk driving accident, as impaired driving is far more likely to occur between the Thanksgiving and New Year’s (when compared to any other time of the year). So,... FULL STORY
Don’t Fall for Christmas Decorations: 4 Christmas Decorating Safety Tips from the CPSC
December 8, 2015
Each year in the U.S., at least 12,000 Americans seek emergency medical attention after falling or getting hurt while decorating for Christmas. This is according to officials at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) who have also pointed out that, during an average holiday season in the U.S.: About 250 people are injured every... FULL STORY
11% of South Carolina Drivers Are Uninsured
December 4, 2015
More than 1 in 10 motorists in South Carolina is uninsured, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). While this is a bit below the national average (of nearly 14 percent of drivers being uninsured), it is still a troubling statistic. And what may be more distressing are the facts that: Far... FULL STORY
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing Auto Accident Claims
November 30, 2015
When a traffic collision happens, filing an accident claim with an insurance company will typically be part of the recovery process. Although you may have had fair and easy dealings with your insurer at every point up until this time, when it comes time to file an auto accident claim, you may find that:... FULL STORY
CO Poisonings Surge in the Winter, CDC Warns – Here’s How You Can Stay Safe
November 28, 2015
Known as the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide (CO) causes at least 15,000 Americans to seek emergency medical treatment each year, as officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have noted. While CO poisoning can happen anywhere and at any time, it is far more likely to occur in the months of... FULL STORY
4 Facts to Know about Drunk Driving Accidents for Black Wednesday
November 24, 2015
Thanksgiving week is here. And, while some people will be spending tomorrow holed up in their kitchens preparing a big feast, many others will be spending the evening before Thanksgiving drinking alcohol and kicking off the celebration early. In fact, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest alcohol-drinking days of the year,... FULL STORY
Self-Driving Cars Are More Likely to Crash than Standard Vehicles, Study Reveals
November 20, 2015
Self-driving cars are about five times more likely to be involved in a traffic accident than standard passenger vehicles, a study1 recently published by the University of Michigan has reported. In fact, what these researchers specifically found was that: While the collision rate for self-driving vehicles is about 9.1 (per every million miles traveled),... FULL STORY
5 Most Dangerous Products for People over 60
November 16, 2015
As we age, our balance, coordination, strength and vision can start to deteriorate. This can make it far more likely that elderly people will fall down – and will sustain serious injuries from these falling accidents. What can be just as distressing as this may be the facts that: Many harmful falls happen in... FULL STORY
Debunking 4 Myths about South Carolina Workers Compensation Claims
November 12, 2015
Suffering a work injury or developing an occupational illness can be physically, emotionally and financially catastrophic to workers, especially if they are the primary breadwinners for their families and/or the health complication has irreversible impacts. While the South Carolina workers’ compensation system is available to help injured workers during such difficult times, the myths... FULL STORY
3 Ways Trucking Companies Can Be Liable for Truck Accidents
November 8, 2015
When commercial truck accidents happen, figuring out if any of the involved motorists was responsible for the crash can be one of the first steps to take as victims focus on recovering. While one or more drivers may be at fault for a given truck accident, it’s also crucial to consider whether the trucking... FULL STORY
Takata Hit with $200 Million NHTSA Fine over Defective Airbag Crisis, Violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act
November 4, 2015
Transportation safety regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have just issued Takata two federal orders related to the ongoing Takata airbag recall, the NHTSA announced yesterday. These orders are remarkable in that they: Impose the single largest civil fine the NHTSA has ever issued in its nearly 50-year history – This... FULL STORY
8 Important Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating Pedestrians & Motorists
October 31, 2015
While Halloween can be full of fun and frights, the really frightening aspect of this holiday may be the threat that it poses to young trick-or-treaters and teenage pedestrians alike. In fact, for pedestrians who are younger than 18 years old, the risk of being fatally hit by a vehicle on Halloween (as compared... FULL STORY
In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems Significantly Contribute to Driver Distraction, Study Finds
October 27, 2015
Drivers who use in-vehicle infotainment systems (IVI) systems can take as long as 27 seconds to return their full attention to the road and driving after interacting with these systems, studies commissioned by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety have recently revealed. In fact, these studies, conducted at the University of Utah, analyzed motorists’... FULL STORY
How to Protect Your Interests with Auto Accident Claims: What You Can Do
October 24, 2015
One of the steps in recovering after a traffic accident can be filing an auto insurance claim. These claims can end up getting victims the compensation they need to fix their vehicles and get treatments for their accident-related injuries. All too often, however, car accident victims end up finding out that the auto accident... FULL STORY
NHTSA’s Annual 5 to Drive Campaign Kicked Off for National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 20, 2015
This week is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) National Teen Driver Safety Week, a yearly campaign aimed at preventing teen driver traffic accidents and saving lives. Urging parents to take an active role in this effort, the 5 to Drive campaign is calling on “parents and guardians of teen drivers to discuss... FULL STORY
Parents & Students, Next Week Is National School Bus Safety Week
October 16, 2015
This coming Monday kicks off National School Bus Safety Week (SBSW), an annual campaign dedicated to protecting students who ride the bus by preventing school bus accidents. Operating under the theme Be Smart – Be Seen, I wait in a safe place!, this year’s SBSW is looking to involve “parents, students, teachers, motorists, school... FULL STORY
Top 15 Most Dangerous Items in Schools
October 12, 2015
School may not be as safe as you think for children, as some of most basic equipment at schools injures thousands of kids each year. This is according to researchers at Health Grove, who recently evaluated data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in order to rank the most dangerous equipment and products... FULL STORY
The Top 4 Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in the U.S.
October 8, 2015
The leading causes of TBIs in the US may surprise you. Contact our Columbia SC personal injury lawyer if your TBI was caused by negligence. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be some of the most debilitating and difficult injuries to overcome. That’s generally because TBIs can have elusive symptoms, complicated diagnoses and uncertain prognoses.... FULL STORY
Personal Injury Lawsuit FAQs: Important Info for Injured People
October 4, 2015
Physically and emotionally recovering from a personal injury can be difficult and take some time, as the nature of the injury may require months – if not years – of treatment. What can help victims in these situations is pursuing compensation via a personal injury lawsuit, as this can help people cover their expenses... FULL STORY
5 Mistakes to Avoid Making after an Auto Accident
September 28, 2015
Getting hit by another driver can be as frustrating as it may be damaging. What you do in the immediate aftermath at the scene of the accident, however, can help you start to pick the pieces – or it could cause you to subvert a future auto accident claim. To help you avoid doing... FULL STORY
3 Myths about Personal Injury Cases that Can Cost You
September 28, 2015
The negligent actions of others can end up harming you on a physical, psychological and even financial level, especially if you are left with permanent impairments that prevent you from working and/or that require long-term medical care. In these cases, you may have the opportunity to financially recover by pursuing a personal injury case... FULL STORY
Andrew Fajardo joins Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A.
July 31, 2015
Chappell Smith & Arden is pleased to announce that attorney Andrew Fajardo has joined the firm. Fajardo is an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who has argued cases and handled appellate work before the state workers’ compensation board and the appellate courts.  He has focused his legal career almost exclusively in the field of workers’... FULL STORY
The Frightening Reality of Auto Accident Litigation
July 2, 2015
We’ve all been there: a perfectly normal day is turned upside-down by the screeching of tires, the explosion of airbags, and the wailing of sirens. A car wreck is an all too-familiar experience. But what most of us don’t know is that the liability insurance company on the hook for the property damage and... FULL STORY
The Case of the Stuffed Alligator
May 17, 2015
  It sounds like a Hardy Boys title, but this case was no mystery… In 2009, a 77 year-old Ohio man was visiting Fripp Island, South Carolina on vacation with his family. He was an avid golfer, so he and his son decided to use some of their down time to play a round... FULL STORY
Mark Chappell Receives Prestigious “Compleat Lawyer” Award
May 1, 2015
In a reception last night at the University of South Carolina, Chappell, Smith & Arden co-founder Mark Chappell received the prestigious “Compleat Lawyer” award from the USC School of Law Alumni Council. The Compleat Lawyer award was established in 1992 and is bestowed upon attorneys who have made significant contributions to the legal profession... FULL STORY
Suspending Students for Hate Speech: Why the Univ of South Carolina Must Tread Lightly
April 5, 2015
An image of a University of South Carolina student’s use of the “n-word” on a dry erase board made national headlines this weekend as the image “went viral” through social media. The University responded quickly, suspended the student, and began an “investigation.” USC’s quick action, however, may well be unconstitutional and the school would be... FULL STORY
The State House Report – Top Three Things You Need to Know
March 24, 2015
Chappell, Smith and Arden, P.A. is proud to host the contributions of our newest guest blogger, Ashley Hunter, Vice President of McKay Public Affairs (MPA). Ashley has spent more than 13 years advocating for state and local organizations before the South Carolina General Assembly and is also a political consultant for local candidates and issues-based campaigns. She... FULL STORY
Solving the Cause of an Interstate Tractor Trailer Collision
March 23, 2015
As we tragically saw yet again this weekend, tractor trailers can be instruments of death when placed in the hands of unqualified or irresponsible people. Tractor trailers go by a wide variety of names: “trucks,” “eighteen wheelers,” or perhaps “big rigs.” But they all have one thing in common. Tractor trailers are vastly larger... FULL STORY
Disturbing Statistics on Race and Awards of Child Support
March 22, 2015
An article today from FiveThirtyEight (a Chappell, Smith and Arden  favorite) reveals a disturbing trend in child support awards across the country: White custodial parents receive awards of child support at a substantially higher rate than do Black and Hispanic parents. The statistical gurus at FiveThirtyEight employed the 2011 census data from the U.S.... FULL STORY
It’s Friday Afternoon…
March 20, 2015
It’s Friday Afternoon… .Neptune says “It’s Friday afternoon. I’ve been good. Now I deserve a treat!”FULL STORY
The Role of the Family Lawyer in Mediation
March 20, 2015
The Rules of Professional Conduct define a lawyer’s role to the client as both an advocate AND a counselor. There is no more important place to serve in both of those roles than at mediation. Although advocating at mediation is different from advocating in the courtroom, there are certain crucial ways for a lawyer... FULL STORY
NY Times: Servicemembers Denied Rights, Forced into Arbitration
March 18, 2015
Charles Beard, a sergeant in the Army National Guard, was on duty in Tikrit, Iraq, when repossession men in California took his family car. (Credit Matt Black for The New York Times) Yesterday, in a front page article, the New York Times detailed the damage wrought by mandatory arbitration on the legal rights of... FULL STORY
Class Actions are Working: What the CFPB Report Tells Us
March 16, 2015
  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a monumental report last week which firmly establishes that  class actions are benefiting the American consumer. The full report is a 728-page analysis of mandatory arbitration in the financial industry and its effects on both lenders and borrowers. The CFPB was mandated, within the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform... FULL STORY
Chappell, Smith & Arden’s Top 5 Blogs (excluding us, of course!)
March 10, 2015
Graham Newman: setting the record straight. So what are the best blogs out there for those of us interested in the law? First of all, if you are truly interested in the law you must understand it for what it is: a set of rules designed to promote fair play throughout society. Fair enough:... FULL STORY
“Simple” Divorce
March 10, 2015
Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A.‘s guest blogger, Attorney Shawn L. Reeves, blogs on topics involving family law, which is an area that those of us at CSA do not handle. But we are dedicated, through this blog, to advancing the conversation in all areas of the law and are thus proud to bring you Shawn’s commentary. Enjoy! I often... FULL STORY
Takin’ It to the Streets: How Class Actions Empower Personal Liberty
March 10, 2015
  The central function of the class action in American law is to bestow upon an individual the power of an army of similarly situated individuals in order to vindicate his rights against an otherwise overwhelming opponent. The class action finds its roots in Anglo-American notions of equity and remains a vital tool for... FULL STORY
The Primary Issues in a Divorce Case
March 6, 2015
Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A. is excited to introduce its first guest blogger, Attorney Shawn L. Reeves. Shawn will  be blogging on topics involving family law, which is an area that those of us at CSA do not handle. But we are dedicated, through this blog, to advancing the conversation in all areas of the law... FULL STORY
As Workers’ Compensation is Dismantled, Insurance Profits Soar
March 5, 2015
Dennis Whedbee got a tattoo of his lost hand after workers’ comp offered him a prosthesis with a hook instead of the one with a hand his doctor recommended. “I got tired of people staring at it,” he said. “So I thought, you know what, I’ll just put it on and let them know... FULL STORY
Has Your Investment Gone South? Take Stock in Your Shareholder’s Rights
March 4, 2015
Has Your Investment Gone South? Take Stock in Your Shareholder’s Rights   As a shareholder you have a right to inspect the internal records of the corporation in which you invested. So that “hot stock” your buddy talked you into buying has turned out to be a dud. The company is sputtering. Rumors abound... FULL STORY
Class Actions: How Do You Find Them?
March 2, 2015
Class Actions: How Do You Find Them? So you’ve seen the articles of mutli-million dollar class action settlements. You take a look at the stack of personal injury files on your floor and, in your mind, you quickly estimate the $13,000 of attorneys’ fees that they *might* generate. You glance back at the article... FULL STORY
“Don’t Mess with Our Soldiers”: Santander learns the hard way
March 1, 2015
The Department of Justice announced on Thursday a $9.35 million settlement with Santander Consumer USA, Inc. for systemic violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. The lawsuit, filed by the federal government, revealed evidence that the financing company had illegally repossessed 1,112 motor vehicles belonging to active duty men and women between January 2008... FULL STORY
“All Roads Lead to Rome”: Chappell, Smith & Arden Lands Another Cover!
February 26, 2015
The Winter 2015 Bulletin of the South Carolina Association of Justice is out, and Chappell, Smith & Arden is featured on yet another cover. The article, “Avenging Germanicus: the Murder Trial of Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso,” takes readers back to 20 A.D. for the trial of a former Roman consul accused of poisoning the heir... FULL STORY
The Person That Damaged Me is Incorporated: He’s Protected from Liability, Right?
February 24, 2015
Nope! Not by a long shot! Protection from liability via incorporation is one of the great myths of law that far too many people believe. Particularly in the case of small businesses, incorporation (or organization of a limited liability company) can provide very little protection from liability. Seasoned Plaintiff’s attorneys, like those of us... FULL STORY
I Have a Legal Claim: Can I Represent Myself?
February 22, 2015
I Have a Legal Claim: Can I Represent Myself? Sure you can. Of course, you could also perform your own appendectomy with a kitchen knife. But that doesn’t make it a good idea. At some point in life, every single one of us is going to possess a legal claim—be it a property damage... FULL STORY
Court of Appeals Warns Trial Attorneys: Preserve Your Objections!!!
February 12, 2015
“You are protected on the record.” These are words every trial practitioner has heard countless times. To a lawyer, “protected on the record” means a trial judge disagrees with you, but you have registered your objection to the judge’s decision and may use that objection, after trial, as a basis to appeal the final... FULL STORY
Mark Chappell Delivers ABOTA “Masters in Trial” Closing Argument
February 2, 2015
Mark Chappell, founding member of Chappell, Smith and Arden, P.A., delivered the closing argument for the Plaintiff’s case in the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates “Masters in Trial” competition last Friday. The mock-trial, held at the University of South Carolina law school, featured many of the most distinguished courtroom advocates in South Carolina.... FULL STORY
What an Electric Arc Flash Does to a Hard Hat
January 27, 2015
What an Electric Arc Flash Does to a Hard Hat Industrial accidents can be flatly horrifying. Electric arc flashes are some of the worst. Even relatively small plants and factories require tremendous amounts of electricity to maintain production. This, in turn, necessitates large, complex equipment that can safely disburse thousands of volts from a... FULL STORY
CSA Attorney Graham Newman Argues Before SC Supreme Court
January 26, 2015
Graham Newman, an attorney with Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A., argued before the South Carolina Supreme Court on January 14, 2015 in a case that could alter the rules of admissibility of polygraph evidence. The case, State v. Samuel, arises from charges of Homicide By Child Abuse stemming from allegations that a young woman caused... FULL STORY
High Drama in Ferguson, Mo. as Juror Sues Prosecutor in Fed Court
January 5, 2015
An anonymous grand juror is suing the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney for the right to disclose publicly what he feels were notable aberrations in the manner prosecutors handled the grand jury investigation. But while the suit itself focuses upon the juror’s freedom of speech, the complaint’s substance implies the Prosecuting Attorney always intended... FULL STORY
Supreme Court Strengthens Federal Class Action Jurisdiction
December 26, 2014
Supreme Court strengthens federal class action jurisdiction In a 5-to-4 opinion released on December 15, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court eased the process by which civil defendants may remove state court class actions to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”). The case, Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC v. Owens, addressed... FULL STORY
McAngus to Speak at 37th Annual Auto Torts Convention
December 5, 2014
McAngus to Speak at 37th Annual Auto Torts Convention CSA Law attorney, Hugh McAngus, Jr. , today will speak to several hundred attorneys at the 37th annual Auto Torts Convention at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The title of McAngus’s presentation is “First Impressions Aren’t Always What They Seem: Overcoming an Adverse... FULL STORY
McAngus Secures $12 Million Premises Liability Verdict
December 4, 2014
McAngus Secures $12 Million Premises Liability Verdict CSA Law attorney, Hugh McAngus, Jr., has secured a $12 million premises liability verdict on behalf of his client in the Horry County Court of Common Pleas. The case, Richard Campbell v. The Dog House Bar & Grill, et al., focused upon a Myrtle Beach bar in... FULL STORY
Newman Named Univ of SC Instructor
November 24, 2014
Newman Named Univ of SC Instructor CSA attorney Graham Newman has been named an instructor at the Honors College of the University of South Carolina for the Spring 2015 semester. Newman will teach a class of approximately fifteen undergraduate students. The title of the class is “The Fourteenth Amendment: Avatars, Lawsuits, and Equal Protection”... FULL STORY
Report: Johnson & Johnson to settle 1000 more hip cases
November 2, 2014
Report: Johnson & Johnson to settle 1000 more hip cases Bloomberg reports that Johnson & Johnson is maneuvering to settle one thousand additional products liability cases brought against its line of DePuy ASR hips. This wave of settlements would push the amount Johnson & Johnson has paid recipients of these defective hips to $2.75... FULL STORY
Newman’s Polygraph Appeal Selected as “Class Action”
October 31, 2014
Newman’s Polygraph Appeal Selected as “Class Action” The South Carolina Supreme Court announced this week that CSA attorney Graham Newman’s appeal in the case of State v. Kendra Samuel had been selected as the Court’s “Class Action” for the January term of 2015. The Supreme Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice Jean Toal,... FULL STORY
Bill Smith Receives National Award
October 30, 2014
Bill Smith Receives National Award Attorney Bill Smith, co-founder of Chappell, Smith and Arden, PA, received the “Rising Star” award at the national Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group conference in Santa Barbara, California this week. The WILG “Rising Star” award is given by an attorney’s peers for outstanding contribution to protecting the rights... FULL STORY
McAngus Named Officer of SC Association of Justice
August 15, 2014
McAngus Named Officer of SC Association of Justice Hugh McAngus, Jr. has been elected the Secretary/Treasurer of the South Carolina Association of Justice for the 2014/15 year. McAngus, who has been practicing law with Chappell, Smith and Arden, P.A. since 2006, will now serve as an officer of SCAJ until 2016/17, at which point... FULL STORY
Spartanburg Groundwater Contamination Suit Proceeds
August 11, 2014
Spartanburg Groundwater Contamination Suit Proceeds Last week, a federal judge in Spartanburg, South Carolina denied numerous motions to dismiss filed in response to a class action alleging that various industrial entities had contaminated the groundwater in the Cannon’s Campground community from the 1960s to the present. The lawsuit rests primarily upon the Resource Conservation... FULL STORY
Rejected Class Action Settlement Highlights Court’s Role in Protecting Class Members
August 10, 2014
Rejected Class Action Settlement Highlights Court’s Role in Protecting Class Members In an unusual turn of events, this week a federal judge in the Northern District of California rejected a settlement proposed by both the plaintiffs and defendants in a major antitrust class action involving many of the nation’s largest tech companies. The settlement... FULL STORY
3 Personal Injury Claims When You REALLY Should Talk to an Attorney
August 8, 2014
Sometimes, the skills of an experienced personal injury lawyer — or at least the threat to an insurance company that such a lawyer may present — are worth the money you must pay that lawyer to represent you. You may need a lawyer because of complex legal rules involved in your particular claim, or... FULL STORY
Product Defects: Whose Fault is It?
August 4, 2014
Product Defects: Whose Fault is It? What would you think about a coffee pot whose handle came off when the pot became hot enough to, oh, make coffee? Or a ladder that would collapse under the weight of an average person? How about a refrigerator with defective wiring that starts a house fire? Don’t... FULL STORY



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