Archive for December 2015

Premises Liability: When Shop Owners Fail to Clean Up

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With inclement weather fast approaching, including rainy weather, and eventually even snow, owners of businesses in South Carolina must be significantly more conscientious regarding the upkeep, maintenance, repair, and monitoring of their respective premises. The complacency of business owners in doing so can lead to situations that may increase the likelihood of customers, patrons, and…

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What Happens When Dining Out Means a Trip to the ER?

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A recent study indicates that approximately 351,000 individuals die every year as a result of food poisoning. With nearly 616,000 restaurants within the U.S., the risk of food poisoning, although not significant, is still a reality, especially where restaurants are facing stiff competition and are under immense consumer pressure to become more efficient, and cater…

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With Snow In the Forecast, Be Prepared to Shovel

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Although South Carolina may have a slightly differently climate than other regions in the U.S., the fact remains that the state gets its fair share of snow and inclement weather.  If fact, you don’t have to look any further than this past February, when a significant ice storm, snow, and sleet, hit the Mid-Atlantic region.…

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Poor Lighting in Public and Work Areas and Personal Injuries

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In South Carolina, owners of property have a legal duty to visitors, guests, and even the public to maintain, keep, and otherwise insure that their property is kept in a safe manner.  More specifically, the concept of premises liability involves the responsibility of property owners to maintain safe conditions for people coming on or about…

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Prescription Labels: Physicians Still Have a Duty to Warn of Medication Side Effects

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The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that drug manufacturers place labels on all approved medications, which set forth the various risks, side effects, and other relevant drug and medication information. Consumers and patients, when they fill their medications at the drug stores and pharmacies, receive labeling and packing inserts which provides much of…

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What to Do When a Health Care Provider Violates Your Privacy Rights

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In the United States, health care privacy is governed by what is referred to as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), 42 U.S.C. § 300gg and 29 U.S.C § 1181 et. seq. and 42 USC 1320d et. seq.  HIPAA is the foremost privacy law relating to the privacy and confidentiality of…

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