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Frontline Workers’ Lives Endangered by COVID-19

We’re going into month four now in the COVID-19 pandemic, with more Americans testing positive and more deaths every day. COVID-19 is a highly contagious coronavirus with common symptoms of fever, body aches, dry cough, fatigue, chills, headache, sore throat, loss of appetite, and loss of smell. In some people, it can cause more serious Read More

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Where are All the Non COVID-19 Emergencies?

Many emergency rooms have seen a huge increase in patients with fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other signs of possible pneumonia stemming from COVID-19 lately. “However, ER physicians have also noticed a startling decrease in patients coming in for serious non-COVID issues, such as heart attack and stroke.” ( Because of the “Stay at Read More

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Will COVID-19 Change the Workers’ Compensation System Forever?

Even after the worst part of the coronavirus pandemic subsides, it will likely take many years to assess the ways it has altered American society and culture. Certainly, the effects on employment and the healthcare industry will be significant, so we should expect laws to change to address those changed circumstances. Accordingly, states might be Read More

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Drop in Car Crashes, Spike in Bicycle Accidents Linked to Coronavirus

Once Americans came to understand how deadly the coronavirus can be and how easily it is passed from person to person, transportation habits changed. Not only did people drastically curtail business and personal travel, but many stopped going to their workplaces. That has led to a reduction in car accidents at the same time that Read More

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FDA Recalls All Ranitidine (Zantac) Products Due to Cancer Risk

On April 1, 2020 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was pulling all ranitidine off the shelves due to a possible link to cancer. This recall includes all prescription and over the counter ranitidine (best known by the brand name Zantac). In September of last year, the FDA put out a warning Read More

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Higher Safety Standards for ATV’s Don’t Seem to Affect Death Rate in SC

All-terrian vehicles (ATV’s) can be a lot of fun, but can also be very dangerous. Injuries and deaths can be caused by: not having proper safety equipment, riding incorrectly, riding in unsafe places or conditions, and letting children ride adult-size ATV’s. Before you ride, make sure you are aware of the hazards, and the rules Read More

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How to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Do you know what to do if a family member’s death is “caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another?”  (South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 15, chapter 51, Article 1, Section 15-51-10) You may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against them, which may allow you to collect monetary damages Read More

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Deadliest American Jobs for Baby Boomers

Americans are living significantly longer than ever before. Baby Boomers (those age 55 and older) are more likely to be employed now, for many reasons. In the 25-year period of 1992 and 2017, the number of older Americans in the work-force more than doubled to 35 million. This increase is due to a rising population Read More

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Single Mother of Brain-Damaged Boy Wins $50 M in Malpractice Suit

Poor communication at hospitals can cause medical negligence that leads to injuries and sometimes disabilities. Ms. Snow can now afford to have her 5-year-old son live back home with her, where he belongs. In November of 2019, a jury deliberated six hours before awarding her son and his mom $50 million. Ms. Snow says she Read More

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The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

How risky is your occupation? We all have complaints about our job on occasion; but some may have more reason to be concerned than most. In 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,250 work-related fatalities, a 2% increase from 2017. “While no job is completely free of risk, most jobs are Read More

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