September 13, 2013

Nursing Home Neglect of Dental Hygiene Brushed Under the Rug

In the course of highlighting the gravely serious issue of South Carolina nursing home neglect, there can be a tendency to overlook the seemingly small matters that can quickly snowball into major problems.
One of the best examples of this is staffers' neglect of dental hygiene among nursing home residents. This may seem a trivial matter when we know that harried, underpaid staffers are often charged with properly feeding, dressing, bathing and medicating those in their care. What's more, many patients with dementia often resist routine dental care, sometimes with physical force.

However, neglecting to take care of one's teeth and gums may result in more than just a cavity. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association linked oral hygiene to health-care associated pneumonia or respiratory tract infections in elderly people. This is alarming because pneumonia is the No. 1 killer of institutionalized older people.

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September 11, 2013

Bicycle Crashes in North Carolina Could Be Slashed by Lasers

Technological advances involving lasers have been applied to everything from eye surgery to military strikes to accurate lunar measurements.
The latest invention is a bit closer to the ground, and safety advocates are hoping it could serve to significantly reduce bicycle crash injuries in Greensboro and beyond.

It's called "Blaze," and it was invented by a British physics graduate student who recognized that the greatest problems for bicyclists include being sideswiped by vehicles or being struck because they were in a blind spot where a vehicle turned into a cyclist's path.

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September 9, 2013

Child Sport Injuries in South Carolina Gaining Awareness

Homecoming football games are on the horizon, marking a sports season in full swing for countless young athletes across the country.
For many young people, their involvement in sports will mark a crowning achievement in their lives. For some others, it will mark the the beginning of a successful athletic career.

Sadly for others, that involvement could result in a debilitating injury that might not only dash their sports dreams, it could lead to lifelong physical challenges. Our Spartanburg sports injury lawyers have long recognized the reality of risks. Recently-published research highlights the pervasiveness of these types of injuries and, we hope, encourages schools, coaches, parents and players to take the risks seriously.

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September 6, 2013

DMV Cracks Down on Motorcycle Beginner's License Renewals

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles recently announced that there is a new motorcycle beginner permit renewal system. This change comes as officials attempt to improve motorcycle rider safety. Now, before renewing a beginner's permit, each rider is required to make an effort to pass the motorcycle skills test.
This change was made specifically so that motorcyclists would not be able to continuously renew their beginner permit instead of applying to get a motorcycle license. Now they're got to take the test. If they pass then they will get a motorcycle enforcement or license. If they fail the test, they will more than likely be able to renew the beginner's permit.

Our Anderson motorcycle accident lawyers understand that motorcycle permits are good for one year and can be renewed without limit. The only difference between these two permits is that a motorcyclist is not allowed to operate the vehicle during nighttime hours. The law, however, also gives the DMV the option to refuse a renewal if they feel that the applicant does not make an attempt to pass the test.

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September 4, 2013

Keeping Child Travelers Safe -- "Let's Go NC!"

Children are some of the most vulnerable travelers. Their bodies are likely to sustain serious injury in the event of an accident -- much more likely than our larger, adult bodies. And it's these youngsters who oftentimes travel along our roadways on foot and on their bicycles, which makes them even more at risk for a serious injury or death in the event of a traffic collision.
Thanks to officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), there's a new way to help educate these young travelers. It's all a part of the "Let's Go NC! A Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Skills Program for Healthy, Active Children" curriculum. It's equipped with various lesson plans, supplemental tools, educational materials and more to help teach children grades K-5 about the basics of biking and walking. Officials are urging parents, schools, after-school programs, clubs and law enforcement officers to use this curriculum to help keep our children safe.

Our Asheville child injury lawyers understand that children don't fully understand the traffic around them. And because of this, it's difficult for them to foresee the dangers. Throughout the "Let's Go NC!" curriculum, students will learn safety tips regarding walking safely near traffic, crossing the streets safely, crossing intersections properly, safety on and around school buses as well as parking lot safety. The lessons for each grade grouping include a Discussion and Demonstration that occurs in the classroom and hands-on Skill-Building Activities which occur outdoors. Some lessons include a video to complement classroom instruction.

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September 2, 2013

Expectant Parents Killed in Asheville Limousine Accident

Two young motorists were killed following a serious Asheville traffic accident. The female was pregnant with the couple's first child, according to Hollywood Life. The first sonogram pictures of their baby were recovered in the mom-to-be's purse after the accident.
The couple were passengers of a limousine company they had hired in North Carolina when the limo driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a tree. The woman died immediately upon impact, but the husband didn't know. He pleaded with responding paramedics to save her and his unborn child first. He later died from injuries sustained in the accident at the hospital. The limo driver also remains in the hospital and awaits the outcomes of a pending investigation. According to the investigation thus far, the driver's "actions directly contributed to the collision."

Our Asheville personal injury attorneys understand that limos are used on special days. During the celebration, it's important to keep an attentive eye on safety. For that reason, we're here with a few simple safety tips to help ensure that your big day is a safe one. Limousine accidents can be more serious than an ordinary accident because of the mass and weight of the vehicle. This increases the forces at work during the collision and can result in more serious injuries, especially with passengers in the back who may not be wearing a seat belt.

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August 31, 2013

Are We Safe? New Report on State Building Safety Inspections and Codes

Residential building codes ensure that development companies, builders, contractors, landlords, and homeowners meet safety standards. Commercial and residential building codes are necessary to maintain safe premises and to prevent serious injury to owners, tenants or visitors. According to a recent report in Newsday, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) has released an update to a state report which reviews progress of 18 states in the Atlantic Coast region, including North and South Carolina.

Having a clear understanding of your rights, obligations and responsibilities is critical to ensuring safe premises. Our Asheville premises liability attorneys are committed to preventing serious injury and accidents involving failed maintenance. Slip and fall injuries, catastrophic back and head injuries, paralysis, even wrongful death can be attributed to dangerous properties. Whether you are a homeowner, landlord, developer, or business owner, it is important to know how safety standards can impact your rights and liability.


According to the report, which focuses on 18 states, some states have made progress, while other states have failed to create better residential building codes. Uniform state building codes are important because they are the standards to which builders and property owners are held. The current IBHS report is intended to raise awareness surrounding building codes and keep citizens aware of building code activity. Citizens in each state can check building code standards to ensure that they are meeting obligations to the community.

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August 28, 2013

Hidden Dangers in and Around Your Vehicle

While we have regularly covered safe driving to keep your children safe, it is also important to remember the dangers of vehicles, even when you are not behind the wheel. A car, SUV or truck can be a hazard to you and your children while parked. To keep your family safe, it is important to remember the hidden dangers in and around your vehicle to prevent accidents and injury.

A vehicle is a large, heavy piece of machinery with electrical components, dangerous fumes, as well other attributes that could potentially put your child at risk. Whether your car is parked in the driveway or the garage, you should keep in mind that it could be dangerous to your loved ones. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are committed to keeping our community safe and preventing serious accidents and injury. We are dedicated to raising awareness about vehicle hazards that could threaten the safety of your loved ones.


When you purchased your vehicle, you probably looked for safety features. When you had children, you bought car seats and ensured that your vehicle was safe for driving. Sometimes the most obvious dangers are the ones we can forget. Here are five common dangers and tips from the Department of Transportation to keep your children safe around vehicles.

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August 26, 2013

Keeping Children Safe from Home Water Hazards

Every year, home dangers and accidents claim the lives of healthy children. In many cases, these accidents are preventable. One of the primary risks that children face in and around the home involves water. Water injuries and accidents can result in suffocation and brain damage, electrocution, and in the most severe cases, accidental death. Taking the time to safeguard your home and understand potential dangers can keep your children safe.

Whether you have moved into a new home or are interested in safeguarding your existing home, there are a number of ways you can prevent water-related injuries to children. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are dedicated to keeping children safe at home and in the community. We will take a proactive approach to raise awareness to prevent injuries and to protect the children of North and South Carolina.


Every year, children fall victim to serious injuries and accidents involving pools and bodies of water in the home. Potential accident sites include bathtubs, baby baths, buckets and pails, chests of ice, coolers with ice or melted ice, hoses, hot tubs, whirlpools and spas, irrigation ditches, wells, pot holes, lakes, fish ponds, and garden fountains. Even a small body of water can create a serious hazard and risk for your children. It is important to identify the known water hazards in and around your home, lake house or other property.

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August 22, 2013

Save Your Back with Back-to-School Safety Tips

Kids seem overloaded these days with school, extra-curriculars, music, sports, friends, video games, iPods, computers, and other activities. Their backpacks tend to carry the burden of these busy lives. Every year, thousands of children and teenagers suffer serious and long-term back injuries because they are weighed down by heavy and overloaded backpacks. To prevent long-term injury, you should be aware of how to protect your child or teen from backpack-related injuries.

School season is beginning and it can be difficult to keep safety in mind when you are trying to meet the demands of your child's changing schedule. It is important to plan ahead to prevent serious injury. Our Charlotte child injury attorneys are dedicated to helping keep children safe this back to school season. In addition to traffic and bus safety, we also believe in backpack safety to prevent serious injury to children.

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Well-designed backpacks are intended to distribute heavy weight loads between the strongest body parts, including the shoulders and upper back. When a backpack is used improperly or overloaded, that weight distribution can fall heavily on other muscles, causing the risk of serious injury and harm. An improperly packed or worn bag can lead to severe back, neck and shoulder pain as well as muscle injuries. Overtime a child could develop posture problems that could impact their growth and development and cause additional issues later in life.

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August 20, 2013

Checklist to Keep Teens Safe This Sports Season

Teen athletes face a number of dangers every time they go to practice or have a game. In addition to regular injuries that could be caused by impact or repetitive stress, traumatic injuries could also cause serious or permanent damage. Despite the benefits of getting good exercise and learning teamwork, parents, educators, and teens should be aware of the risks and be prepared before starting a new school and sports season.

While there are some accidents that aren't preventable, taking a proactive and knowledgeable approach to this year's sports season could prevent serious injuries, and death. Our Asheville personal injury lawyers are experienced with the investigation and representation of teen sports accidents. We are dedicated to sports and team safety and helping to prevent injuries, including traumatic brain injury.


Teen athletes are vulnerable to joint injury, head and neck injury, heart trouble, and heat stroke. In a recent report by NPR, sports medicine doctors and other professionals offer the following checklist to keep your teen athletes healthy and safe.

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August 18, 2013

Hilton Head Death Highlights Golf Cart Risks

In areas with warmer climates, golf carts are an enjoyable, easy way to get around the neighborhood or the resort, along the beach or in small communities. While golf carts can be fun on and off the course, it is important to remember golf cart safety. After a recent golf cart accident and death in South Carolina, drivers and passengers should be reminded of the importance of driving and riding safely.

Golf carts are not as fast as cars, but they are definitely not toys. Every year, tragic accidents cause serious injuries and take the lives of drivers, passengers and bystanders. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are experienced in golf car accidents and will help victims and their families protect their rights. As experienced attorneys, we are committed to public wellness and to keeping North and South Carolina residents safe for tourists and residents.


According to reports, authorities are still investigating the death of a man following a fatal golf cart accident. The 77-year-old victim was driving his golf cart on a road in Sun City Hilton Head. Police indicated that the golf cart veered off the road, struck a car and then a small tree. The Highway Patrol found the victim next to the golf cart following the accident. The golf cart driver and victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he died the next day. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.

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August 16, 2013

Nursing Home Falls Are Common Cause of Preventable Death

Making the important family decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is always difficult. For many families, providing daily care and trying to meet the needs of an ailing parent or grandparent is too overwhelming. Seeking out nursing home care and professional assistance is one solution to meet the growing demands of an aging population. While nursing home care has been under scrutiny for years, new evidence suggests that patents are dying from a preventable cause: negligence and falls.

While a child who falls and breaks a limb can recover quickly, an elderly person could have a more difficult time healing. In some cases, a broken limb or brain injury could eventually lead to death. Our Rock Hill nursing home injury attorneys are experienced in complex cases involving nursing home negligence. We are dedicated to helping our clients protect their rights and recover compensation in the event of an accident or wrongful death.


Every year, thousands of nursing home patients suffer from preventable falls. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are approximately 1,800 deaths every year related to fall injuries. Victims can suffer any number of traumas, including broken bones or head injuries. In many of these cases, victims are left with a permanent disability that can further impact the quality of life in their final years.

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August 14, 2013

A Matter of Degrees: Treating Burn Injuries

Burns can be among the most excruciating injuries accident victims endure and can cause permanent injury, including loss of limb, nerve damage, scarring, loss of mobility, and host of other issues. For the victims and families of burn injuries, recovery can take a significant amount of time. Burns can range from first-degree minor blisters to more severe cases. Knowing what kind of burn you have suffered is important to obtaining treatment and in getting the care you need.

Victims may have sustained an injury in a fire, car accident at home using the grill or stove top or in a work-related accident. Our Spartanburg personal injury attorneys are experienced in the investigation of accidents and in helping victims recover the full compensation they deserve. If you have suffered a burn injury, we can help you recover financial support for medical treatment, pain and suffering, treatment, long-term care, lost wages, and any additional losses you have sustained.


A first-degree burn is a simple injury that may occur when touching a stove top, brief exposure to a flame or even sunburn. If you or someone you love has suffered a first-degree burn, you should soak the affected area in water for 15 minutes. No matter how severe the burn is, doctors assert that this period of time with water is crucial to protecting the skin. Even if you will be making your way to the emergency room, you should keep the injury covered with a wet cloth.

In addition to reducing swelling and pain, the use of water on a burn can release the pain and stop the worsening of a burn wound. In the long-term covering wound with water during the first 15 minutes will also help the area recover faster. For most first-degree burns, this should be enough. A patient may want to go to a general practitioner who can clean and dress the wound.

Second- and third-degree burns often require a hospital visit. If a burn is critical, then the patient may require a burn specialist and plastic surgery. The severity of a burn is based on the depth of the burn. Usually a third-degree burn is the deepest and will show discoloration. A victim can lose sensation and the burn could penetrate the skin and muscle. A second-degree burn usually appears with blisters.

The severity of a burn also depends on where it occurs on the body and how much of the body is affected. When a burn covers more than 15 percent and affects a victim's face, neck, chest, hands, genitals or feet a patient should be admitted to the hospital. After initial treatment of a wound, a burn victim may have to go through skin grafts and other surgery, including reconstructive surgery.

Victims of burns may also suffer from smoke inhalation, which can be very dangerous and permanently damage the lungs. Older patients may be at a greater risk of deep burns and smoke inhalation, while a younger patient may have less risks. Though burns are very common, only the most severe burns threaten the life of the patient. Taking immediate steps to reduce pain, swelling and additional damage caused by a burn can improve opportunities for long-term recovery.

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August 9, 2013

Hidden Summer Dangers and Injury Risks

In previous posts, we have discussed the dangers of swimming and boating as common summer activities that can cause serious injury. While you may already have a grasp of summer boating and swimming safety, remember that there are other summer activities that can result in accidents or serious injury you may not expect. Bracing the outdoors and enjoying the summer sun are important for every family this season, but remember that there are some hidden risks that could be harmful.

Drinking, the outdoors, and over-exposure to the sun are all potential risks that land millions of Americans in the emergency room every summer. Our Greensboro personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping members of the local community prevent serious accidents and injury and to seek appropriate care and compensation in the event of an accident.


Here are other injuries to watch out for this summer:

Lawnmower injuries. Every year there are 80,000 hospitalizations involving lawnmower accidents. Most of these cases occur when rocks, sticks, and other debris are picked up and thrown by the blades. When cutting the grass this summer, be sure that you know how to properly use your equipment and that it is maintained. You should also wear protective eye gear and clothing to prevent injury.

BBQ accidents. Firing up the grill is a common past time throughout the summer, but is important to take necessary precaution to prevent explosions and burns. According to reports, the U.S. fire department responds to over 8,000 fires every year involving grills and barbeques. Always be cautious when lighting a grill and opening the cover. Make sure your grill is in a safe spot and keep small children away from the BBQ.

Dangerous sunburns. While a minor sunburn impacts all of us, a dangerous sunburn can be deadly. Repeat sunburns can permanently damage DNA and increase your risk of skin cancer. To prevent sunburn, wear appropriate sunscreen and continue to apply it throughout the day, especially if you are in the water.

Heat rash. In addition to sunburn, exposure to sun can also result in heat rash causing blisters or deep red bumps. Victims may experience itchiness and sensitivity. Heat rash can occur anywhere on the body. Dehydration is another risk of being in the sun too long and can be extremely dangerous if left untreated.

Slips, falls, and flip-flops. Though summer means sandals, remember that footwear can also be dangerous and result in achy feet or injury from a fall. Most flip flops have no cushion or support. Exposure could also result in cuts to feet or ankles. Unless you are on the beach or at the pool, you should wear shoes with support to prevent injury.

Hangovers and alcohol-related accidents. For many of us, being out in the summer sun also involves beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages. Remember that alcohol can impair judgment, reduce motor skills, and leave you vulnerable to any number of accidents or injuries. In addition to being a danger to yourself, you could be a danger to others.

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