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Key factors of workers' compensation in South Carolina

Individuals who suffer an injury on the job can face physical and financial strain without the right support. Receiving workers' compensation benefits may be essential to their survival.

Many employees qualify for workers' compensation but may not fully understand how the program works. There are a few key factors to understand about this form of assistance in South Carolina.

How to avoid injuries on construction worksites

Many construction workers in South Carolina are aware their line of work is filled with dangers and hazards not present in many other industries. There is a one in 200 chance of death for an individual who works in the field 45 years or longer, states Capterra.com. However, the risk of serious injury and death are not enough to deter some professionals. 

There are many safety protocols in place to protect construction workers and prevent accidents. However, those safety precautions are not enough to keep some people from being injured while they are on the job. According to Fortune.com, 2.9 million construction workers suffer non-fatal injuries on their worksites each year. The number of workers who die from construction workplace accidents is 5,000. 

The basic components of a car accident case

If you suffered in a car accident caused by someone else, one of your options might be to pursue a lawsuit. A successful case should meet certain basic requirements in order to proceed and have a chance of success.

As the plaintiff, the two main issues you would need to prove are fault and damages. The other driver must have been at fault and you must have sustained actual damages.

3 things that make truck accidents harder to deal with

While car accidents in general range from frightening to seriously devastating, truck accidents present some unique features that can make things even harder on accident victims. Knowing some of the challenges you can expect can help you avoid getting blindsided.

When a commercial truck becomes involved in a crash, there are several factors that tend to increase the scope and level of the resulting damage and complicate dealing with the aftermath.

Common mistakes you should avoid after a car accident

One thing you may not think about until after you are in a car accident in South Carolina is what you should do. The trauma and suddenness of motor vehicle wrecks can leave behind more than damaged vehicles. Car accidents can irrevocably change the lives of everyone involved, especially passengers, pedestrians and their family members. It is important for you to know how to handle the aftermath of a car accident so you can improve the outcome. 

It is very common for people to downplay the severity of their accidents to minimize its importance and effect on their lives. Even the smallest car accidents can have major and far-reaching consequences. Here is a brief overview of some common mistakes you want to avoid after a car wreck. 

Why Breathalyzer test are not conclusive

If police officers pull you over because they suspect you of driving drunk, you probably already know that you can expect them to test you with a portable Breathalyzer. Many people make the mistake of thinking that a positive result makes the case against them a slam dunk. They give up and do not even bother fighting their DUI charges.

However, nothing could be further from the truth. While a positive result can be enough to allow the officers to file DUI charges, it will not by itself support a conviction. This is because Breathalyzer results can vary and may generate false positives due to a number of causes.

Understanding the phenomenon of false DUI arrests

It is commonly understood that a person is innocent until proven guilty when he or she is accused of a crime. This may not seem to be the case, though, when it comes to a DUI arrest. People and courts might assume that an arrest and a breath test are evidence enough of guilt without considering potential innocence. However, according to the United States Department of Transportation, arrest numbers surpass 1.4 million in a single year, so it is worth wondering what fraction of these arrests are falsely made. These are a few reasons this may occur. 

4 reasons you need a lawyer after a DUI

If you have recently been charged with a DUI, you might be wondering what comes next and how you can recover from it. Whether it is your third arrest or your first, you should take care to protect yourself from consequences that could destroy your life. However, doing this on your own is difficult, and the legal system can easily be overwhelming. According to one study, the percentage of convictions for defendants who hired private lawyers was lower than any other group. If you want to put your DUI behind you, these four reasons will show you why hiring a lawyer is the best way to do so. 

People who have a drug addiction need treatment, not jail time

Addiction is not easy to handle. It is often a factor in drug-related crimes, but is prison always the answer? If you know someone who is struggling with addiction or have yourself, you might be inclined to suggest an alternative - like drug court.

Protecting yourself against sexual assault accusations

The discussion concerning consent and sex has seen a dramatic shift in the past few years. It's important to know what constitutes consent in today's world. One study estimates that about one-third of college men do not know what constitutes rape. In fact, in a 2015 article published in "JAMA Pediatrics," 10.8 percent of college men had committed rape in either high school or college based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation definition of the crime.

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