DDSN Medicine Error Rate Raises Eyebrows

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Some South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs facilities have medicine error rates as high as 25 percent, according to a recent survey. Despite the fact that almost a quarter of the homes which an area newspaper examined had dangerously high rates, DDSN Director Beverly Buscemi insisted that the agency’s medication administration procedures were […]

Pedestrian-Auto Fatalities Soar

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The number of fatal pedestrian-auto crashes increased more in 2015 than in any other year on record. The 10 percent spike comes after years of rather steady declines. Additionally, pedestrians now make up 15 percent of traffic fatalities; in 2005, that figure was only 11 percent. Observers theorize that higher motor vehicle traffic, because of […]

Serious Car Crash Kills One Teen And Injures Another

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A 17-year-old boy died after a 16-year-old driver apparently lost control of his vehicle. The 16-year-old boy, whose name was not released, may have been speeding when he ran off the road on Six Mile Highway near Madden Bridge Road, not far from Central. The car launched into a culvert and then overturned. 17-year-old Dillon […]

Maximizing Compensation In Personal Injury Cases

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To make a prima facie negligence claim, the plaintiff must establish that the tortfeasor (negligent driver) owed a legal duty to the victim, the tortfeasor breached that duty, and that breach caused foreseeable damages. In most cases, drivers have a duty of reasonable care, which basically means that they must obey all traffic laws, drive […]

Obtaining Compensation In Landowner Liability Matters

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Every year, roughly eight million people are rushed to the emergency room after a serious fall, and many of these incidents occur away from home. Moreover, thousands of people are hurt or killed every year at swimming pools, due to drowning or poisoning (too many pool cleaning chemicals or not enough chemicals). Altogether, landowner liability-related […]

Deadly Multi-Car Wreck In Charleston

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A local man faces multiple charges after he was allegedly intoxicated when he caused a fatal multi-car collision on eastbound Interstate 26. Authorities and witnesses state that 56-year-old Dale Yarborough was speeding when he merged onto the Cosgrove Avenue off ramp on I-26. He apparently plowed through three vehicles, one of which careened across Cosgrove […]

Patient Apparently Left To Die In the Rain

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A nursing home caregiver left a disabled patient outside unsupervised during Hurricane Matthew; the patient subsequently drowned in a puddle of water. 66-year-old David Outlaw was a resident at the National Health Care facility in Columbia; the Vietnam War veteran had suffered multiple strokes and was partially paralyzed. During his seven years at the facility, […]

A Deadly Week For Area Riders

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Three riders died in three separate crashes in seven days, and two of these crashes were of the “smidsy” variety. 62-year-old Thomas Dunleavy, of Charleston, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash near the intersection of Camp Road and Fort Johnson Road on James Island; the tortfeasor (negligent driver), 26-year-old Anthony Marino was […]

Three Types Of Elder Abuse In South Carolina

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Observers predict that the number of Americans over 65 will double by 2050, and the increasing population means increased abuse incidents. So, the 2.1 million reported abuse cases will probably at least double in that period as well. Experts caution that the abuse figure is vastly understated, because they estimate that only about one case […]