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Common Accidents Due to Weather in SC

It is estimated that there is a car accident in South Carolina every 3.7 minutes. When inclement weather strikes, the number of accidents is bound to rise. Whether it be fog, thunderstorms, hurricanes, heavy rain,…

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What Can a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Do for Me?

Medical malpractice occurs when a physician or medical provider does not meet the expected standard of care. In 2022-2023, there were 1,150 incidences of malpractice reported in South Carolina, totaling $124.5 million in claim payments….

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Tourism Accidents in Downtown Charleston

Charleston is arguably one of the most appealing cities in the nation for downtown tourism, but joining the throngs of satisfied visitors is not without risk. If you’re a tourist who has been injured in…

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Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

When you’re out on foot, it’s a golden opportunity to enjoy Charleston’s beautiful weather and beautiful scenery, but it also leaves you vulnerable to dangerous pedestrian accidents. Because nothing comes between you and the immense…

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Does It Take Long to Settle a PI Case in SC?

If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, obtaining the compensation to which you’re entitled can play a key role in your recovery, which makes timing important. While successfully resolving your personal injury claim favorably…

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Overview of Recent Car Accidents in Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina, has recently been highlighted in several national and state reports for its concerning road safety statistics. At Parham Smith & Archenhold, LLC, we are dedicated to understanding these trends to better serve…

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4 common types of surgical errors

Surgery is often a necessary medical procedure, performed with the utmost care and precision. However, like any complex task, it is not immune to errors. 1. Wrong-site surgery Performing surgery on the wrong site is…

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Dog bite risks and liability in South Carolina

Dogs can be exceptional family companions, offering affection and loyalty to their human counterparts. They are often integral members of households. Nevertheless, even the most gentle and well-trained dogs can occasionally exhibit aggressive behavior that…

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What are the levels of spinal cord injuries?

The National SCI Statistical Center reported that since 2015, 38.6% of spinal cord injuries are a result of Motor Vehicle Accidents. Even a minor spinal cord injury can be devastating. The spinal cord, a critical…

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Truck driver killed in 2-vehicle crash

Tractor-trailers and other types of trucks are essential to South Carolina’s economy. These trucks haul goods and do necessary work throughout the state every day. But because they travel frequently and are on the road…

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Be aware of the signs of nursing home abuse

Placing a loved one in someone else’s care can be very difficult for families in South Carolina. Fortunately, there are many nursing homes with caring staff that provide the health care and other services individuals…

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Stay safe during summer road trips

Many South Carolina families enjoy taking road trips during the summer. Planning a trip may involve finding lodging, deciding on activities, and packing supplies for the trip. But it’s also important for one to check…

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NFL player files medical malpractice lawsuit

Professional athletes often seek medical treatment for injuries they receive while training and participating in their sport. But athletes are subject to the same risks when seeking medical treatment as everyone else in South Carolina…

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Pedestrian killed in Sumter County crash

Drivers in South Carolina and other states are responsible for watching out for vehicles, pedestrians and other obstacles in the roadway. When a driver isn’t cautious, acting recklessly, driving under the influence or otherwise not…

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5 signs of nursing home neglect

Quality care is a key factor in locating an assisted living facility that is right for your loved one. It would be nice to be able to say that every facility in South Carolina is…

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Understanding how premises liability civil lawsuits work

When a South Carolina property is not maintained for safety, those visiting the property can suffer from injuries. Whether indoors or outdoors, property owners are responsible for providing a safe space for guests. Premises liability…

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Head-on collision leaves 1 dead, injures others

Drivers in South Carolina face the same challenges as those navigating roadways in other states. One must not only drive cautiously but must also try to avoid negligent drivers. Driving under the influence of drugs…

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Hilton Head Island accident leaves pedestrian dead

Living in a community where many things are accessible by walking, like many communities in South Carolina, has advantages. Walking is beneficial for one’s health and it’s a cost-effective way to get around. But pedestrians…

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2 killed in head-on collision

South Carolina drivers have many hazards to consider when driving on the state’s roads. Inattentive and negligent drivers cause many accidents, some of which are very serious. A head-on collision, especially at a high rate…

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4 killed in accident on I-77

Traveling on interstate highways in South Carolina and other states comes with risks due to the higher speeds and volume of traffic. Accidents on busy highways can be serious and even fatal. A recent accident…

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Bicyclists at risk for collision in South Carolina

The beautiful weather in South Carolina makes outdoor activities possible year ’round, and bicycle enthusiasts often ride along coastal roadways. While riding bikes is an enjoyable hobby for you, careless or reckless motorists might place…

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Single-vehicle accident kills 1, injures another

It’s bad enough to be involved in a serious vehicle accident, but sometimes, a crash isn’t discovered until many hours later, leaving the victims to suffer until help arrives. Serious accident victims often need immediate…

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Gender may influence medical treatment

When people in South Carolina or elsewhere suffer traumatic injuries that cause excessive bleeding and other life-threatening complications, victims naturally assume that medical professionals will administer any and all medication and treatments to help save…

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Collision with SUV claims life of bicyclist

Many people in South Carolina and elsewhere choose to ride bicycles, either as a primary means of transportation or for recreation. While riding a bike is good exercise and offers a way to get around…

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Crash in Greenville County claims 2 lives

Driving along two-lane roads in South Carolina can be just as dangerous as driving on the interstate. One of the most common causes for accidents on two-lane roads is a head-on collision caused by a…

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Could bedsores be a sign of neglect?

Elderly people who rely on nursing home staff for their care depend on them for more than meals and medication. They may also rely on staff to make sure that they remain clean, are properly…

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Understanding negligence in South Carolina

Most, if not all, medical malpractice and personal injury claims in South Carolina and elsewhere are based on the concept of negligence. When people fail to take proper care in doing something, those injured or…

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South Carolina car accident claims a teen’s life

Young people often enjoy the freedom driving brings. However, their inexperience behind the wheel sometimes increases their chances of being involved in an accident. Often, these accidents can have disastrous results, as made evident in…

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Why does your loved one have bed sores?

When you helped your aging parent transition to residence in a South Carolina nursing home, you no doubt expected that there might be some challenges ahead, both for you and for your loved one. Relying…

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What are the signs of a traumatic brain injury?

If you’ve ever had a bad headache, you understand how uncomfortable it can be. You might be the type of person who has certain food allergies, which produce symptoms that include head discomfort. Some people…

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Medication errors in nursing homes cause concern

Reportedly, about one in five nursing home patients are victims of medication errors. Facilities nationwide, including South Carolina, aim to keep the rate of medication errors below 5%. However, the percentages are significantly higher. Adverse…

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How wrong-way highway accidents happen

Most car accidents seem to happen in an instant, but none happen more quickly than a wrong-way crash on the highway. Two vehicles traveling 55 miles per hour or faster toward each other can close…

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6 steps to take after an accident

A motor vehicle accident that results in injuries may also result in financial hardships for the foreseeable future. You may find yourself unable to work at a time when you depend on your income more…

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6 steps to take after an accident

A motor vehicle accident that results in injuries may also result in financial hardships for the foreseeable future. You may find yourself unable to work at a time when you depend on your income more…

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Attorney focus areas in the Upstate

Most people who practice law are focused, educated and have the ability to adapt and learn as the situation demands. However, the direction of that focus and aptitude also plays a role in which cases…

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How to identify bed sores

There are numerous types of injuries senior citizens can sustain in nursing homes. One of the most common is bed sores. Loved ones need to pay attention to the warning signs someone suffers in a…

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What is placental abruption?

As a mother-to-be in South Carolina, you likely spend a good deal of time thinking about the health, safety and welfare of your developing baby. You also likely do everything possible to ensure that both…

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When a car crash traumatically injures your brain

As we head into South Carolina’s vacation and tourist season, the number of vehicle accidents likely will increase due to the increased traffic. Sadly, many of these accidents will result in serious, possibly catastrophic, injuries…

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Most common signs of nursing home abuse

There are plenty of reputable nursing homes in South Carolina, and many of them have earned a Top Performing rating from U.S. News and World Report. However, regardless of how good a facility may seem,…

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Preventing pressure sores

One serious problem faced by many people in nursing homes is that of bedsores or pressure ulcers. These sores damage the cells of the skin. People who cannot freely move about are at the highest…

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How to store your fireworks safely

Perhaps you bought your fireworks on July 4 and discovered at the end of the night that you had bought too many. No problem – you can save them for another holiday or even for…

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3 warning signs of nursing home neglect

While nursing home abuse is sometimes characterized by intentional violence, it often takes the form of neglect. Intentional and unintentional neglect can cause serious problems for your loved one. Your loved one is in a…

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Signs of nursing home abuse

Elder abuse is becoming a bigger problem in the United States for a multitude of reasons, and people are more aware of the issue. The National Center on Elder Abuse reports in 2014, over 2…

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Birth injuries can lead to life-long effects

We recently discussed how superobese women have considerations during labor and delivery that need to be studied more. Of course, this is also true for a variety of other situations that occur in labor and…

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Understanding dangerous driving

When you are out on the road, you need to be able to keep yourself and your passengers safe. That means knowing everything you can about how to operate your vehicle and putting that knowledge…

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Most common causes of accidents in Greenville

Car accidents happen so often on the roads in Greenville that it is not uncommon for you to see them on a daily basis. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, there were…

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Wet weather safety tips

The mix of cold temperatures and wet weather often creates nightmarish driving conditions for motorists. According to the AAA Exchange, each year the number of car accidents that occur from wet pavement is almost 1.2…

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What is an incompetent cervix?

The cervix is the bottom most part of the uterus. The cervix has to thin out and dilate before a child can be born vaginally. For some women, the cervix is considered incompetent or weak….

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Steps to take after a car accident

Car accidents can be extremely frightening experiences that can change the lives of those who are involved and their families. According to the National Safety Council, the odds of you dying from a car crash…

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Steps to take when you suspect elder abuse

While it may be distressing to consider and upsetting to discover, elder abuse in retirement homes can be overlooked due to a loved one’s deteriorating mental condition or inability to communicate as a result of…

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5 signs of nursing home neglect

As family members age, they may develop health conditions that leave them unable to live on their own. Without the ability and training to house and care for them in your home, you may have…

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Don’t fall victim to medication errors

Medication errors can be deadly. That is one reason why you should make sure that you know about what medications you are taking, why you are taking them and the prescribing information about each one….

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How important is prenatal testing?

Prenatal testing is a chance for doctors and parents to find out if there is anything medically wrong with a fetus before birth. This testing can help to plan out a woman’s care during pregnancy,…

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Birth injury case challenges Feres doctrine

Imagine losing a loved one to medical malpractice and being told that you can’t take any action to hold the medical staff accountable. That is the reality that many military families are facing because of…

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Why does wrong-site surgery happen?

Hospitals call wrong-site surgery a never event. Though the name suggests it shouldn’t happen at all, the reality is quite different: There are about 40 never events every week in the United States. So, why…

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What are Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy?

Birth injuries can come in a host of different forms. Two of the possible birth injuries that a baby can face are Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy. Both of these conditions are commonly association with…

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