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South Carolina’s Texting and Driving Ban: Seeking to Reduce Distracted Driving Fatalities

In June of 2014, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed legislation imposing a statewide texting while driving ban, which was essentially a formal response to eliminating, in part, all of the various inconsistent and disparate local texting bans enacted by local municipal governments, and creates a uniform texting while driving ban throughout the state. The…

Poor Lighting in Public and Work Areas and Personal Injuries

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…

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

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…

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

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…

Auto Accidents in Adverse Weather

As the weather begins to get colder, many individuals are thinking ahead to winter. South Carolina winters may involve some snow and ice, which means that road conditions may become dangerous and the risks will increase for auto accidents. Some collisions simply cannot be avoided and are entirely due to the weather conditions. However, many…

When Dogs Bite: The Case of the Jogger and the Rogue Dog

  Although not particularly common, a recent report estimates that in 2014, there were approximately 42 fatal dog bites in the U.S.  Additionally, it is reported that approximately 37-47% of all households in the U.S. are dog owners, and that there are approximately 70-80 million dogs owned by households in the U.S.  With the significant…