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Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws in South Carolina

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No matter how safe you are as a driver, you can’t guarantee other drivers will always make the right decision. When you are in a car accident, and your child gets hurt by another driver’s reckless or careless behavior, you’re terrified and angry. You feel betrayed. Worse, you’re facing mounting medical bills, and you wonder if there was something you could have done to avoid what happened. Child safety seat laws can seem onerous to parents just looking to run to the store, but they exist for a good reason. Proper child restraint is essential to keeping your child safe should you be in an accident, and accidents happen all the time, every d…

Common Back Injuries Caused by a Car Accident

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In an instant, a life can be forever changed in a car accident. One serious injury accident victims suffer is back injuries, and unfortunately, it’s very common for them to find they’ve sustained one after a motor vehicle accident occurs. Statistics show auto accidents are the top cause of spinal injuries (31.5%), followed by falls (25.3%), gunshot wounds (10.4%), and motorcycle accidents (6.8%). Automobile accidents can result in lower back pain — sometimes even chronic pain. The human back is a fragile system of muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, joints, and nerves. Suffering an injury to any of these components can result in serious pa…

Dog Owners’ Obligations in South Carolina

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Dog ownership across the United States rises every year, bringing a level of responsibility all dog owners need to be aware of and adhere to as long as they own their dogs. Within South Carolina alone, a dog owner has specific obligations, particularly regarding their dog’s interaction with other people. The state firmly backs this up by enforcing its own set of South Carolina dog laws. Dogs are undeniably often referred to as “man’s best friend,” but that doesn’t negate the reality of dog attacks occurring. Unfortunately, some of these dogs are a true threat to overall public safety, According to the annual data compiled by the American V…

What Fireworks Are Legal in South Carolina?

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Fireworks are often used to celebrate an event or celebration. Whether it is a New Year’s or Independence Day festivity, fireworks are popular among South Carolina residents. As fun as fireworks displays may be, there are safety concerns and laws everyone should consider, and South Carolina personal injury lawyers can advise. Both federal and local laws prohibit certain fireworks, and when safety procedures are disregarded or illegal fireworks are used, the result is often severe injuries for people using or watching the displays. HawkLaw is known for its compassionate and personalized approach to handling personal injury cases. If you get…

If You Are Involved in a Boating Accident What Is the First Thing You Must Do?

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Enjoying a day out on the water can do wonders for you or your family and is a popular pastime here in South Carolina. All too often, however, boating accidents happen. If you are involved in a boating accident, what is the first thing you must do? Stay as calm as you can and assess the situation. Everything you do from this point forward will be important to your insurance claim or potential lawsuit. HawkLaw understands this, so contact a personal injury lawyer with our firm as soon as possible following the accident for legal advice and guidance. Knowing what to do following a boating accident is crucial for the safety of those on board …

Am I Entitled to Compensation After a Car Accident?

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When you sustain serious injuries in a car accident in South Carolina that is not your fault, state law allows you to file an insurance claim against the at-fault driver. At HawkLaw, we understand that you want to know how much compensation you might receive after a car accident. This blog explores the factors that play into the typical settlement offer from an at-fault driver’s insurance company. How Much Compensation Do You Get for a Car Accident, and What Factors Impact That Amount? The insurance company for the at-fault driver considers multiple factors before reaching an agreement with your car accident lawyer. Most of these factors f…

Questions to Ask a Lawyer After a Car Accident

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When you’re hurt in a serious car accident, you may have plenty of questions about your claim. You may have no idea where to even start on your claim, and you’re suffering in the meantime. That situation can make it tough to recover from your injuries.  Luckily, your car accident lawyer in South Carolina can help. Check out the questions below and talk to your car accident lawyer about the details of your claim. They can help you determine what to do about your losses.  Do I Have to Report the Car Accident?  When you’re involved in a car accident, you want the aftermath done and behind you. The problem is that your car may be seriously dam…

Will I Have to Pay Taxes on My Personal Injury Settlement?

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When you’re hurt in a serious South Carolina accident, you’re probably worried about getting the maximum settlement for your claim. You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for something the careless at-fault party did, right?  But getting fairly compensated is only part of your concerns. You also need to know whether you’ll have to pay taxes on your personal injury settlement. Your personal injury lawyer can help you determine the compensation you’re owed and give you an idea of what kind of tax burden you should expect once you’ve been compensated. Your South Carolina Settlement May Be Tax-Exempt When you’re hurt in an accident, the compe…

When to Sue for Medical Malpractice

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It may not hit you right away that the losses you suffered because of a medical injury were due to medical malpractice. Your doctor may be a great doctor—except that this time, they’ve left you severely injured and suffering.  The problem is, many malpractice victims don’t know when to sue for medical malpractice. You may be lost yourself, and now you’re worried about whether you’ll receive compensation at all for your losses.  If you’re not sure when to sue, you may need a lawyer’s guidance on your medical malpractice claim. Making the right call for your claim can be tough. But if you wait too long or make a mistake, it could be the end …

Can I Get Workers Comp Benefits for Hearing Loss?

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Losing your hearing means missing out on a lot of life events. Your child’s recitals, your favorite bands, and even the simple pleasure of hearing your spouse’s voice may be lost without your hearing. Worse, you did what you could to protect your hearing, but your job caused the damage.  The question is, are South Carolina workers comp insurers required to cover hearing loss? You need those benefits to cover your bills to maintain or repair your hearing, when possible, as well as making up for the losses you’ve suffered. If you’re having trouble getting workers comp benefits for hearing loss, you may need to seek your benefits with the hel…
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