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National Safety Council Predicts Highest Labor Day Auto Accident Fatalities since 2008

August 25, 2016 12:16 am

Columbia auto accident attorney - McWhirter, Bellinger & AssociatesLabor Day is a little more than a week away, and many individuals in the Columbia area will embark on a road trip over the long weekend. However, it is important to drive safely and alertly due to the large increase in auto accidents occurring on our nation’s roads this year. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) predicts approximately 438 people will be killed in car accidents over Labor Day weekend. This is the highest number of fatalities predicted since 2008.

This estimate reflects a trend that has been occurring over the past two years. According to the NSC, fatal motor vehicle accidents between January and June 2016 increased 9% compared to the totals from the same time period last year. This figure also represents an 18% increase from the totals between January and June 2014.

The NSC has identified several factors impacting this increase in car accidents over the past few years. In general more people are driving, especially during holiday weekends, due to:

  • Lower gas prices
  • Lower unemployment rates
  • A stronger economy

In addition, the NSC has found that distracted driving is becoming more prevalent, especially among teenagers. A survey of more than 1,000 drivers between the ages of 15 and 17 found that:

  • 35% of teenage drivers use social media while driving
  • 21% video chat while driving
  • 43% text and drive

“People are very willing to engage with social media when they are behind the wheel,” said Deborah Hershman, CEO of the NSC. “People have a lot of selfies that you can tell that they are in a car when they are taking those. We know that people are using Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter when they are behind the wheel.”

The attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates encourage you to take the proper precautions to avoid an auto accident over Labor Day weekend. Make sure you don’t use your cell phone while driving. In addition, be on the lookout for erratic behavior from other drivers which may indicate that they are either intoxicated or distracted.

If you are injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. At McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, we’ve been fighting for the rights of accident victims in the Columbia area for more than 40 years. We’ll stand by your side every step of the way to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve.

Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates using the form on this page or call (888) 353-5513 today to schedule your free auto accident consultation. We serve clients in Columbia, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Aiken and throughout South Carolina.




Common Workplace Injuries

August 15, 2016 6:54 pm

To have a worker’s compensation case, your injury must have happened while you were arriving, leaving or working on the job. You still may have a case even if the injury was your fault. Not all injuries that occur on the job are accidents. Repetitive injuries like carpel tunnel or chronic back and limb problems may occur while performing your job duties over a long period of time. Heart conditions, lung disease, or mesothelioma may also be from working conditions.

CommonConstruction Worker Falling Off Ladder And Injuring Leg workplace injuries include:

  • Slips and falls
  • Brain injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fractures
  • Amputation

Click here for more information on worker’s compensation cases.

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., at 803-353-5513 for a free case evaluation. We have lawyers who are experienced in worker’s compensation cases, and we have offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina.




SlideShow – Defective Medical Products & How We Can Help

August 8, 2016 6:19 pm

Defective medical products or prescription drugs are more common than you may think. When you or a family member has a medical device used on you or a prescription drug prescribed, you have the rightful expectation that everything will go according to plan. Unfortunately and all too often, a prescription or medical device doesn’t work the ways it’s supposed to and causes horrible injuries, illness, suffering, and even wrongful death. Please view this Slideshare presentation for more information about common defective medical devices and dangerous drugs and how our attorneys can help:

To have our attorneys help you with your defective medical device or dangerous drug case, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. today by calling (888) 353-5513. We are proud to serve clients in Columbia, Lexington, Sumter, and the surrounding South Carolina areas.




Taxotere Linked to Permanent Hair Loss

August 2, 2016 7:21 pm

Taxotere is an Intravenous Infusion (IV) drug which interferes with the growth or spread of cancer cells in the body and is used to treat various cancers in men and woYoung sick woman with cancer lying in hospital bedmen. 2.8 million women in the US have breast cancer, and 75 percent of those women have been treated with Taxotere. The women being treated with this drug may not know that it can cause permanent hair loss (Permanent Significant Alopecia or PSA), because Sanofi-Aventis, the pharmaceutical company that created and distributed the drug, failed to inform the public of this side effect.

Taxotere has been approved for use when treating:

  • Breast and lung cancer
  • Advanced stomach cancer
  • Metastatic prostate cancer
  • Cancer of the head and neck

Temporary hair loss is a common side effect of Taxotere and most other cancer treatments; however, studies have shown those treated with Taxotere have a 10-15 percent chance they could suffer from permanent hair loss. When you suffer from Alopecia, it’s not just the hair on your head that can fall out. You can also lose eyelashes, eyebrows, and other body hair.

If your hair is not growing back after your cancer treatment, ask your doctor if Taxotere was used during your chemotherapy.

If you or a loved one is suffering from permanent hair loss after taking Taxotere, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., today at 803-353-5513 for your free case evaluation. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina.




Quiz: Do You Know Your South Carolina Motorcycle Laws?

July 28, 2016 11:08 pm

Columbia Motorcycle Accident LawyersThe state of South Carolina has enacted several motorcycle laws intended to maintain optimal levels of safety for all riders sharing the road. However, obeying these laws is important for much more than safety reasons. If you violate state motorcycle laws, it can impact your ability to recover compensation after being injured in a motorcycle accident.

The following quiz will test your knowledge of South Carolina motorcycle laws. Click on the link and take it to find out whether you are obeying all necessary rules and regulations.

https://www.qzzr.com/c/quiz/249993/do-you-know-your-motorcycle-laws

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. The attorneys at McWhirder, Bellinger & Associates have been fighting for the rights of injured victims in Columbia and throughout South Carolina for more than 40 years, and we can help you hold all negligent parties accountable for your damages.

Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates using the form on this page or call (888) 353-5513 today to schedule a free motorcycle accident consultation. We serve clients in Columbia, Sumter, Lexington, Camden, Orangeburg, Newberry, Aiken and throughout South Carolina.




Bodies Recovered After Weekend Boating Accident

July 27, 2016 3:06 pm

Jacque Brwhite boat rides alongthe river, past the fisherman on the boatacewell Jr.  and several others were enjoying a night out on Lake Moultrie around 7:30 on Saturday, July 23rd, when their night quickly turned deadly. Bracewell’s 35-foot Contender was 3 miles out from Short Stay boat landing when it hit a wave and made a sharp turn. Several people were thrown overboard, to law enforcement’s knowledge no one on the boat was wearing a life jacket.

Berkeley County Rescuers and Department of Natural Resources Dive Team were able to recover two bodies on Monday July 25th, who had been missing since Saturday night. The two men were aged 47 and 51.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports more than 8,600 boat crashes occur each year, leaving approximately 900 people dead and almost 4,500 injured. Click here for more information on boating accidents.

If you or a loved one had been the victim of a boating accident anywhere in South Carolina, contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. today at 803-353-5513 for a free case evaluation. With more than 40 years’ experience helping boating accident victims in South Carolina, our attorneys know how to fight for you. We have offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina.




Takata Airbag Recall Impacts 1 in 8 Vehicles

Takata Airbag Recall Lawyer - Columbia Auto Accident Lawyer July 19, 2016 6:08 pm

Takata Airbag Recall Lawyer - Columbia Auto Accident LawyerAccording to a new report by Kelley Blue Book, recalls of vehicles containing defective Takata airbags impact approximately 1 out of every 8 vehicles on our nation’s roads. However, this report also found that 33% of individuals surveyed were unsure whether their car was part of the recall.

To date, more than 32 million vehicles in the United States have been recalled due to safety issues associated with defective Takata airbags. In the event of an auto accident, the chemical propellant that inflates the airbag may explode with too much force, causing the airbag to rupture and shoot shrapnel towards vehicle occupants.

There have been 10 fatalities and over 100 injuries reported across the United States as a result of these dangerous airbags. If your vehicle is equipped with a defective Takata airbag and you do not participate in the recall, your safety may be at risk during an auto accident.

You can find out additional information about the recall by visiting safercar.gov. If your car is included in the recall, contact your local dealer to schedule a time to repair the issue.

The auto accident attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. have been fighting for the rights of injured victims in the Columbia, South Carolina area for over 40 years. We have the resources and experience necessary to battle the high powered legal teams employed by negligent vehicle manufacturers. If you’ve been injured by a defective Takata airbag, we will fight aggressively to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. using the form on this page or call (888) 353-5513 today to schedule a free auto accident consultation. We serve clients in Columbia, Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Aiken and throughout South Carolina.




Preparing For Your Workers’ Compensation Medical Evaluation

July 14, 2016 3:30 pm

After you have been injured on the job, and submitted a written report to your supervisor, you may be required by your supervisor to get a medical evaluation. The results of this examination can affect the final outcome of your case, so you need to be aware of how to prepare for it.

Male doctor examining a patient's sprained neck in the medical officeKeep in mind the following tips:

Dress to your injury – If your injury requires you to wear a neck brace, sling, or use crutches, be sure to bring these with you to your appointment. This will help your doctor get a better idea of your injuries and may keep you from making your injuries worse.

Know your medical history – One of the things your doctor will be making sure of is that your symptoms are not from a previous injury than the one you got on the job. You can help by knowing your medical history and pointing out how your injuries now differ from previous injuries.

Know your symptoms and treatment – Be sure to go over the tests, medications, and exams you’ve already had. The more you can tell your doctor, the better.

Explain how the accident happened – Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, so you won’t be denied payment because you caused your injury. Your injury does have to be related to your job, and being able to explain the accident in detail can provide more evidence that it was work related.

Arrive at your appointment early and bring along a friend or family member to take notes, ask questions, or just provide support. If you want to challenge your physician’s ruling, it will help to have a witness support your claim.

Click here for more information and tips on workers’ compensation cases.

At McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, we take your workers’ compensation claim seriously, and we will do everything we can to make sure you get the payment that you deserve. With over 40 years’ experience and a proven record of success in South Carolina, our workers’ compensation lawyers will fight hard for you.

To schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, call 888-353-5513. We serve clients throughout the midlands, with offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina.




Abilify Linked to Compulsive Behaviors

July 8, 2016 2:52 pm

Millions of people worldwide suffer from mental health disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Millions more have autism or Tourette syndrome. 5 million of the people suffering with these disorders have been prescribed Abilify, the top grossing antipsychotic in the world. This drug is listed at number 2 on the list of the top 10 best-selling drugs, raking in over 6 billion dollars a year, a number which continues to grow.

HowevePortrait of lonely depressed man sitting on the floor ** Note: Soft Focus at 100%, best at smaller sizesr, Abilify works by targeting the brain’s dopamine and serotonin receptors. With long term use, Abilify has been reported to cause neurological changes.

Multiple reports show a link to Abilify with symptoms such as:

• Compulsive gambling;
• Compulsive spending;
• Compulsive eating;
• Hyper sexuality;
• Shoplifting/stealing

Studies show these compulsive behaviors stop immediately or within days of stopping the drug. If you or a loved one has taken Abilify and experienced compulsive behaviors, such as gambling, eating, or spending, call McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., at 803-353-5513 today to setup your free case evaluation. We have lawyers who are experienced in dangerous drug cases, and we have offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina.




How Can I Claim My Volkswagen Settlement?

June 29, 2016 11:21 pm

How to Claim Your Volkswagen Settlement | Columbia SCGerman automaker Volkswagen recently settled with the United States government over emissions tampering lawsuits, which began to appear after the company admitted to putting software in its diesel vehicles that was designed to cheat emissions tests. According to the terms of the deal, owners of affected car models can sell their cars back to Volkswagen for their pre-scandal market price, and will receive an extra payout of between $5,100 and $10,000.

Over 475,000 vehicles are covered under the settlement, which includes the following years and models:

  • 2013-2015 Volkswagen Beetle
  • 2010-2015 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta
  • 2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat
  • 2010-2015 Audi A3

If you own one of these models, you may be eligible to receive your share of this settlement from Volkswagen. But how do you receive that payment, who do you receive it from, and do you need to hire a defective product lawyer in order to get it?

The first thing you should know is that you won’t be able to receive your payment for a few months. The settlement is still in the process of being finalized, and payments are not expected to start until October of 2016 at the very earliest. The website vwcourtsettlement.com has been set up for anyone who wants to look up their VIN or research basic questions about the settlement.

You should not need to hire a lawyer in order to receive your settlement. However, if you have any other issues with defective vehicles or other malfunctioning products, the attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates will be happy to offer you a free case evaluation. Contact our offices in Lexington, Columbia, Sumter, or the surrounding areas at 888-353-5513.






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