North Charleston Car Accident Lawyers — Texting While Driving

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Texting while driving is incredibly dangerous.  Here are some statistics from textinganddrivingsafety.com:

In 2011, at least 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones; that’s 1.3 million crashes.

  • Five seconds is the minimum amount of time your attention is taken away from the road when you’re texting and driving.  If you’re traveling at 55 mph, this equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road;
  • Text messaging makes a crash up to 23 times more likely.
  • 13% of drivers aged 18-20 involved in car wrecks admitted to texting or talking on their mobile devices at the time of the crash.

The House Committee on Education and Public Works of the South Carolina General Assembly is considering a bill which makes it illegal to send a text message or receive a text message while driving.  The penalty for a first offense is a $250.00 fine or imprisonment for thirty days, and driver’s license suspension for one month.  The penalty for a second offense is a $1,000.00 fine or imprisonment for sixty days, a 60-day license suspension and two points on your license.  The penalty for a third offense is a $2,500 fine or imprisonment for 180 days, a 6-month license suspension and four points on your license.  A person who causes bodily injury while texting and driving is guilty of a felony and upon conviction must be imprisoned for not more than ten years.  A person who causes death while texting and driving is guilty of a felony and upon conviction must be imprisoned for not less than five years and no more than 20 years.  If the General Assembly passes this bill before the legislative session ends on June 6, 2013, South Carolina will join a number of states who have outlawed texting while driving.

If you or a member of your family is injured by a driver who is texting while driving their vehicle, call the North Charleston car accident lawyers at Callihan Lohr & Syracuse.  We will come to the hospital or to your home and fight to get you all the damages you are entitled to.

K.C. Lohr

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Warning: Be very careful when filling out employment applications

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Be very careful when filling out any application or pre-employment questionnaire.  Most people do not realize the potential future impact of how they fill out , check the box, type of questions on an application/questionnaire.   Employers and Insurance companies look for any reason that they can to deny workers’ compensation benefits and they have been especially harsh lately when dealing with pre-existing conditions.  If they can misconstrue your answers to mean that you were not being completely honest they will then later claim that there was fraud in the application and therefore they do not have to provide you with workers’ compensation benefits.  I personally have seen a claim denied because someone checked the wrong box or did not know their rating and failed to list it.

However, there are ways to get around these vague and sometimes ambiguous applications.  You must have knowingly and willfully made the false representation as to your physical condition, the employer must have relied upon the false representation and there must be a causal connection between the false representation and the injury.  But, it really is better to be safe rather than sorry in this instance and better to try your best at disclosing anything that could be later turned against you.  The insurance companies are looking for any loopholes in the system they can find.

But, if you find yourself in this situation and an insurance company is trying to bar your right to benefits contact a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible.  It’s better to head off these types of denials in the beginning.  We at Callihan Lohr and Syracuse have dealt with the strong arm tactics of the big insurance companies and will do everything we can to protect your rights and obtain for you the benefits that are rightfully yours by law.  Call us today at 843-790-3476 or click

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Boeing adding jobs – Charleston Workers Compensation

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According to this article in the P&C,  , Boeing Co. said today it will invest another $1 billion and add at least 2,000 jobs at its North Charleston 787 campus by 2020, citing steep demand for commercial airplanes over the next two decades.  It is so great to see the economy starting to rebound and to see actual progress in the Lowcountry.  2000 jobs in the Charleston area will definitely help to stimulate the economy.

Unfortunately on average, according to OSHA in 2010,  four out of a hundred US workers are injured every month. (http://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html).  With the boost in jobs will inevitably come a rise in injuries.

“Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover. These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families, and damage our economy. American workers are not looking for a handout or a free lunch. They are looking for a good day’s pay for a hard day’s work. They just want to go to work, provide for their families, and get home in one piece.”
– Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Workers Memorial Day speech April 26, 2012

If this happens to someone you know and love then please contact Callihan Lohr and Syracuse at 843-790-3476 to help navigate the process of workers compensation.  Sometimes the process can be very confusing and stressful.  At Callihan Lohr and Syracuse we will carry some of the burden for you and help to guide you through what is a difficult time.

 

North Charleston Car Wreck Lawyers

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Imagine the following scenario:

You are driving through an intersection with your teenager in the front seat.  Suddenly, out of nowhere, a driver texting on his cell phone hits you in the driver’s side door.  The impact causes you to hit your head and pass out.  When you come to, your daughter is screaming and blood is running down the side of her face.  You are in excruciating pain.  The ambulance takes you and your daughter to the nearest hospital.  As a result of the collision, both you and your daughter have head injuries and see a neurologist for nine months for post-concussive syndrome.  The headaches from the head injuries are so bad that you miss time from work and your daughter misses school.  The collision also caused a herniated disk in your lumbar spine.  You’ve undergone physical therapy, MRI, lumbar epidural steroid injections, and finally surgery on your low back.  Your daughter’s medical bills total about $27,000.  Your medical bills total $120,000.

You have spoken to the at-fault driver’s insurance company and the driver only has liability coverage in the minimum limits of 25/50/25.  With that amount of coverage, that means that the highest an injured person in your vehicle can receive is $25,000, the insurance company will pay no more than $50,000 for a single accident regardless of the number of people injured in the accident, and the highest you can receive for your property damage is $25,000.  After dragging their feet, the at-fault driver’s insurance company pays you $25,000 and your daughter $25,000 for your bodily injury.  Now, the at-fault driver’s liability coverage is exhausted.

This is where things get tricky.  You are required to have uninsured motorist coverage in South Carolina.  But in a situation where the at-fault driver has liability coverage, uninsured motorist coverage doesn’t apply.  You have to look to your underinsured motorist coverage from the policy that you have on the car that was involved in the collision.  You are not required to carry underinsured motorist coverage, but you should seriously consider purchasing it anyway.  If you do not have underinsured motorist coverage, then you are out of luck.  You cannot get any more money from any insurance companies for this collision.

Thankfully, you have underinsured motorist coverage.  Underinsured motorist coverage only applies in situations where the at-fault driver’s liability coverage is not enough to cover all of your damages as in the situation above.  Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage are not the same thing and people often think that as long as they have uninsured motorist coverage they are covered if they are involved in a collision.  Not the case at all.  As a lawyer, it is an awful feeling to explain to a client that the only compensation available for their injuries is the at-fault driver’s liability coverage because they did not purchase underinsured motorist coverage from their own car insurance company.  The lack of underinsured motorist coverage can have a devastating effect on the financial consequences of a collision.  You also have to be very careful about the way the liability coverage settlement is handled because you could jeopardize your ability to use the underinsured coverage that you purchased from your own insurance company.  It is best to speak with an attorney before you reach this point, preferably at the beginning of your case right after the collision occurs.

The North Charleston lawyers at Callihan Lohr & Syracuse handle car wreck cases all the time and know what it takes to get you the most underinsured motorist coverage that you are entitled to.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck, call the North Charleston attorneys at Callihan Lohr & Syracuse for help.

K.C. Lohr, Attorney

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North Charleston Car Wreck Attorneys

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Uninsured motorist coverage on your car is required in South Carolina for good reason.  But do you really know what that reason is?  Let me explain it using this example:

You are driving through an intersection with your teenager in the front seat.  Suddenly, out of nowhere, a driver texting on his cell phone hits you in the driver’s side door.  The impact causes you to hit your head and pass out.  When you come to, your daughter is screaming and blood is running down the side of her face.  You are in excruciating pain.  The ambulance arrives and you are taken to the nearest hospital.

After the wreck, the police officer who investigated the collision, comes to the hospital and provides you with an FR-10, which is an insurance verification form issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.  The next day, you call the at-fault driver’s insurance company to report your claim for property damage and bodily injury only to be told by the adjuster that the at-fault driver’s insurance lapsed for non-payment of premiums.  So, the driver that hits you has no liability insurance coverage on his vehicle.

That’s where uninsured motorist coverage comes in.  Uninsured motorist coverage provides you coverage on your vehicle when you are in a collision with an uninsured driver.  The minimum limits required in South Carolina are 25/50/25.  With that limit of coverage, that means that the highest an injured person in your vehicle can receive is $25,000, the insurance company will pay no more than $50,000 for a single accident regardless of the number of people injured in the accident, and the highest you can receive for your property damage is $25,000.

The North Charleston attorneys at Callihan Lohr & Syracuse handle car wreck cases all the time and know what it takes to get you the most uninsured motorist coverage that you are entitled to.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck, call the North Charleston attorneys at Callihan Lohr & Syracuse for help.

K.C. Lohr, Attorney

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North Charleston Insurance Lawyers Help You Deal with Insurance Companies

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When it comes to collecting compensation for an injury, the insurance company often stands in the way of you getting the amount you deserve. Most insurance companies would rather pay you minimal compensation and earn a profit than truly look out for your best interests. North Charleston injury lawyers help ensure that you don’t get the short end of the deal when the time comes to recover for your injury claim. At the Callihan Lohr & Syracuse law firm, we examine the details of your case, help you navigate the obstacles associated with dealing with the insurance company, and provide fervent representation throughout the process to ensure you get every dime you deserve. Our goal is to help you get the most value for your injury case so you can focus on your recovery.

The attorneys at Callihan Lohr & Syracuse will work hard in your fight against the insurance company:

Insurance appeals

  • If you’re denied a claim for short-term or long-term disability benefits, our North Charleston insurance lawyers help you navigate the appeals process.

Workers compensation

  • If you are injured in the workplace, our attorneys fights to get you the compensation you deserve.

Auto accident attorneys

  • Were you injured in a car accident? The at-fault driver’s insurance company will often seek to pay you the bare minimum for your injury. Our lawyers will work to get you the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages you suffer from your injury.

Personal injury

  • For some injury cases, such as those involving products or premises liability, the person  responsible for the injury (along with their insurance provider), will often try and fight the case in court. Our lawyers will help you get the best possible outcome.

Don’t add to the stress you’re already under after an injury by trying to deal with the insurance company on your own. Let a North Charleston injury attorney who knows the system handle your case and help you navigate through the system.

Call Callihan Lohr & Syracuse at 843-790-3476 today, or click below to set up a consultation.

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Do You Need a Car Accident Injury Lawyer?

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The injuries and emotional consequences of car accidents are often significant. The situation is even more frustrating when you have been injured by a negligent or reckless driver and their insurance company refuses to cooperate in helping you deal with the effects of your injury. The good news is that injury lawyers in North Charleston are here to pursue justice for you after you’ve been hurt in a car accident.

The attorneys at Callihan, Lohr and Syracuse take every step to ensure South Carolina auto accident victims get fairly compensated for their injuries:

Medical expenses

When you’re hurt in a car accident, medical expenses can get out of hand quickly – especially if the injuries are extensive or they include residual effects that require long-term treatment. Callihan Lohr & Syracuse has experience handling cases for a range of car wreck injuries:

  • Head and neck injuries
  • Spinal and back injuries
  • Shoulder, elbow, knee and other joint injuries
South Carolina car accident injury victims can receive compensation for medical bills accumulated in the aftermath of their accident as well as compensation for anticipated future medical expenses. Your North Charleston injury lawyer and your doctor can help you prove the extent of future medical expenses.

Lost wages

If your car accident injury puts you out of work, you can receive damages for the wages you lose during your absence.

Loss of earning capacity

If your auto accident injury forces you out of the workforce or into a different profession that puts you at a financial disadvantage, North Charleston car accident injury lawyers can help you gather the evidence needed to prove your loss of earning capacity.

Pain and suffering

Due to the traumatic nature of auto wreck injuries, many victims succeed in claims of pain and suffering, which include compensation for the negative physical, emotional and psychological consequences of their injuries. An injury lawyer can help you prove your claim after you’ve been injured in North Charleston.

If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident, click below, or give us a call today – 843-790-3476

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Boeing worker hurt on the job

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North Charleston On the Job Injury Attorney

Unfortunately, sometimes the unexpected happens and what would have been a normal work day turns into a serious trip to the hospital.  That’s what happened to a local man at the Boeing North Charleston facility this week according to this Post and Courier article.

When something likes this happens to you, contact Callihan Lohr & Syracuse at 843-790-3476 to help navigate you through the many obstacles you will face in the very near future. You can be sure that an insurance company will not go out of their way to offer you all that you are entitled to.  And you need someone on your side who understands and deals with the system on a daily basis to help you navigate through what will be a difficult time in your life.  We here at Callihan Lohr & Syracuse will do everything we can to help you through this difficult journey and try to lessen your burden as much as we can.  We will handle the legal aspects so that you can focus on healing from your injury and getting back to your way of life.

If you’ve been hurt on the job, contact us online, or give us a call today – 843-790-3476

 

 

 

 

 

North Charleston Personal Injury Law Firms – Find the One That’s Right for You

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If you’ve been injured, you need to consider your options. Was your injury the result of someone else’s negligence? Did you incur any expenses such as medical bills or lost wages? If you answered yes, you may be able to get compensation. Our North Charleston personal injury law firm specializes in helping victims just like you recover damages for the lost income, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other costs associated with their injuries. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a lawyer to represent you for your injury case:

1) Experience dealing with your particular type of injury case.

Although many of the issues involved in personal injury cases are similar from injury to injury, there are particular nuances involved with each particular types of injury case. A medical malpractice lawsuit, for example, will have very different considerations than an auto accident lawsuit. You want to be sure to choose a personal injury lawyer who has experience dealing with your specific type of injury case they can advise you on the best courses of action to get compensation for that injury.

2) Experience getting compensation for injury victims.

You may come across an attorney who has a limited track record in terms of actually recovering compensation for clients who’ve had an injury similar to yours. It’s best to consider all your options in this scenario – find a firm that has had success recovering compensation for injury victims.

3) Experience in the courtroom.

Some North Charleston personal injury law firms have gained the majority of their experience through settling cases or by working as a liaison between parties. But when it comes to fighting to get your optimal level of compensation, you want a law firm who has experience in the courtroom and who knows the various nuances that can make or break a personal injury case.

If you’re looking for a North Charleston personal injury law firm, give Callihan Lohr and Syracuse a call. We’ll be glad to help.

North Charleston Medical Malpractice Attorneys

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An article in USA Today reports that approximately a dozen times a day, surgical objects including instruments and sponges are left in a patient’s body after an operation.  Research and government data suggest that retained surgical items occur 4,500 to 6,000 times per year and two-thirds of those cases involve retained surgical sponges.

Medical-Malpractice-Attorneys-North-CharlestonSurgical sponges are used to soak up blood and fluids during an operation.  When a surgical sponge is retained, it can take weeks, months and sometimes years before the true cause of a patient’s ongoing pain and symptoms is discovered.  When a retained surgical sponge is discovered, the patient’s body is often full of infection leading to additional surgeries, hospital bills, permanent injuries and even death.  Retained surgical sponges are most common in abdominal surgeries.

Retained surgical items are entirely preventable but hospitals have been reluctant to make substantial changes to ensure that items are not left in a patient’s body.  If you or a family member has been the victim of a retained surgical item, please call the North Charleston Medical Malpractice Attorneys at 843-790-3476.  We will be happy to take the time to discuss the case with you.

K.C. Lohr