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Firefighters Denied Workers’ Compensation Claims for Work-Related Cancer

74-year-old Steve Dillman, who spent 38 years as a firefighter, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2008. Doctors told him it was caused by smoking. Dillman says, “I thought it had to be job-related, because I’ve never smoked a day in my life. I don’t chew. I don’t drink excessively … and that’s the three Read More

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SC Ranked 10th Most Dangerous for Pedestrians

Even though Americans are walking less, U.S. pedestrian deaths have risen by 45% since 2010. Cities are encouraging residents to walk and bike, but have not updated city streets (designed largely for motor vehicles) to accommodate pedestrians. Roads have been “engineered for fast-moving and unhindered vehicular traffic, with few pedestrian crossings…” (FastCompany.com) Where there are Read More

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Veterans Sue 3M for Hearing Loss

Hundreds of veterans are suing 3M, the company that manufactured and sold dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs to the military, under Government contract, between 2003 and 2015. The affected veterans say the earplugs were faulty, and have caused them permanent hearing loss. “3M touted its Combat Arms earplugs as capable of allowing users to hear commands Read More

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New Technology Makes South Carolina Railroads Safer

In 2008, a federal law was passed to require railroad companies to implement Positive Train Control (PTC) – “a system that combines GPS, wireless radio and computers to monitor trains and stop them from colliding, derailing or speeding” by 2015. (CNN.com) PTC compensates for human error by monitoring train positions and track conditions. Unfortunately, in Read More

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South Carolina Motocross Facilities Unregulated

Thirteen-year-old Patrick Terry was killed in December of 2014 in a horrible accident that never should have happened. Patrick’s father, Ed Terry has sued Club MX in Chesterfield, SC for the wrongful death of his son. Patrick had begged his dad to take him to the motocross track in NC where they lived. His dad Read More

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Stem Cell Therapy: Safe and Effective for Relapsing MS

A recent study taking place in the US, UK, Sweden and Brazil proved Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HCST) to be a safe and effective treatment for people with a relapsing form of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). HSCT “is more effective at preventing disease progression compared to currently used disease-modifying therapies, according to the new study Read More

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Can Your Job Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome afflicts more than 1 in 20 adults in the United States. It is the basis for many workers’ compensation claims. What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome [CTS] occurs when the nerve that runs from the forearm to the wrist becomes squeezed or compressed.”(HealthDay.com) What are the Symptoms? Symptoms, as well Read More

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Electric Scooters are Causing Dangerous Accidents

Electric scooters started out as a fun way to get around. Unlike an automobile, they don’t need gas; unlike a bicycle, there is no pedaling. However, they are leading to deadly situations. Pat Brogan, 63, rented one of these e-scooters while on vacation. While descending a steep hill, she realized the brakes were not working. Read More

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Secondary Asbestos Exposure: Five Things You Need to Know

The only known cause of Mesothelioma Cancer is exposure to asbestos fibers. “Any amount of asbestos exposure is considered dangerous, even for those who do not directly work with or come into contact with the toxin.” (Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center) Although the majority of Mesothelioma cases are due to occupational asbestos exposure, among women Read More

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West Columbia Drug Clinic at Fault in Fatal Crash

Columbia Metro Treatment Center in West Columbia, and its chain owner, Colonial Management Group will pay $10.5 million to settle two wrongful death lawsuits after one of its patients, under the influence of drugs, killed an elderly couple and their grandson in a 2015 auto accident. The order says that this lawsuit settlement almost exhausts Read More

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