Medical Malpractice Settlement—$850,000.00

Plaintiff informed Defendant (regular physician) in 2009 that she felt a lump in her breast.  Defendant examined her breast, felt the lump and advised her to get an ultrasound.  She received the ultrasound and Defendant diagnosed the mass as fibrocystic and stated no additional treatment was necessary.  Plaintiff had her annual pelvic exam in December of 2010 and asked Defendant to examine her breast because she thought the lump was increasing in size.  He examined the breast and stated that though it felt more firm, he did not feel anything that resembled a tumor.  He did not recommend any additional testing at that time.  In February of 2011, Plaintiff’s breast began to change significantly in shape and appearance.  She immediately called to schedule an appointment with Defendant.  Defendant scheduled her for a mammogram and biopsy.  She was diagnosed with Lobular Carcinoma.  The mass in her breast was the size of a tennis ball.  She underwent various cancer treatments and surgeries.  Our South Carolina medical malpractice attorneys brought an action against the Defendant with the aid of co-counsel for medical malpractice and negligence.  The parties settled for $850,000.00.

Myrtle Beach Injury Lawyer Discusses GM Lawsuits

Earlier this month, car manufacturer GM hired an additional attorney to assist with their legal woes, this one is a specialist in disaster payouts. A hearing was held to obtain further information regarding the faulty ignition switches that GM allegedly knew of but never resolved. The attorney was hired after chief executive of GM, Mary Barra, announced that the company was considering paying the damages to the surviving families of the victims of deaths related to crashes caused by the defective ignition switches installed on some compact GM models. The disaster payout attorney, Kenneth Feinberg, has handled payouts for several huge cases across the nation, including cases related to 9/11 and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.This is pretty big news due to the fact that GM learned of the issue in 2001 and this is the first time that GM has acknowledged that they may pay damages to the victims’ families.
Surprisingly, chief executive Barra even hinted at the fact that she doesn’t feel GM is responsible for the crashes. She stated, “GM has civic and legal responsibilities, and we are thinking through exactly what those responsibilities are.” She went on to state that “I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to be announced in that program, but I can tell you that we will find out.” She said she is deeply sorry but she still can’t tell anyone why GM failed to resolve the issue years ago. Barra called GM’s actions “unacceptable” and “disturbing.” Basically, Barra used her words to dodge questions related to the actual reason for the hearing: How and why did GM repeatedly fail to fix faulty ignition switches on Cobalts and other compact cars. Barra took over as GM’s chief in January, right before an engineering panel was going to recommend a recall of defective Cobalts and other compact cars. There have now been 13 deaths linked to the faulty ignition switches, which will suddenly cut off power to the engine and deactivate airbags.
Barra had been working with GM for more than 30 years as an executive before she became chief. With all those years of experience and knowledge, she still stated that she had no idea about how serious the ignition switch problem was until the recall was recommended on January 31. In other words, she failed to recognize a serious problem, that lead to numerous untimely deaths, for over a decade. Barra’s expected earnings for the year exceed $14 million.
Barra wasn’t the only person under fire at the hearing; an administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, David Friedman, has also been criticized for failing to detect the defect even though there were reports that something was wrong. Those reports include consumer complaints, early warning data, special crash investigations and manufacturer information. Apparently, since 2001, none of those reports offered sufficient evidence to necessitate a recall. Despite the criticism he faces, however, Friedman vowed to “hold GM accountable” should they fail to provide appropriate and timely information to the regulators. Further hearings are to be scheduled to hopefully get more questions answered. Additionally, hiring Feinberg and establishing a compensation fund could prove impractical and be little help for this case.

After an accident, it is a wise decision to speak with an experienced South Carolina injury lawyer for an evaluation of your accident. Following your free consultation, should the injury attorney find that your case has merit, work will begin immediately on your case so that you may receive the compensation and justice that is deserved for your injury or loss.  The accident lawyers will also fully investigate the incident, visit the scene of the incident and interview witnesses for your case.

Call one of the experienced Myrtle Beach injury lawyers at The Mace Firm for South Carolina legal services. One of The Mace Firm’s personal injury lawyers is ready to speak with you about your case.

How to Choose Car Insurance in South Carolina

When faced with the decision of buying auto insurance, which is legally required of all drivers in South Carolina, many factors must be taken into consideration. Some consumers base their decision on price, others may be more concerned with the insurance company’s level of customer service, or ease in which claims can be made. In addition to those factors, another common reason  consumers find themselves in the market for auto insurance is their interest in finding the best deal possible. In other words, consumers want the best coverage for the least amount of money. These factors have an extremely significant influence on the purchasing behaviors of consumers when buying car insurance in South Carolina.

A study recently posted online explored the link between the car insurance quote you receive and where you reside. One interesting statistic from the study reveals that, in the most expensive territory in South Carolina, a car insurance policy can cost up to 91% more than the same policy in the cheapest territory. However, some insurance companies give quotes that depend less on your location. For instance, one insurance company has a difference of only $87 between the cheapest and most expensive territory. Put simply, some car insurance companies rely more heavily on where you live and others don’t. The only way for the consumer to find out is by asking the insurance company directly.

The study also found some serious differences in the general price of insurance across all the territories in South Carolina. The study collected 920 car insurance quotes, using the same personal information for each quote. The smallest quote they received was $414, and the largest was $1,528. That is a difference, or savings, of $1,114.

Speaking of savings, there are a few ways consumers who are planning to buy car insurance in South Carolina can keep their premiums on the low end. One way to find the cheapest rate is to make phone calls to all your local and/or national insurance agencies. Even if one agency quotes you a rate and tell you its the best deal around, keep searching. Another way to save on auto insurance is to do something called bundling. When the insurance customer combines all their insurable things and pays one premium for everything, they are bundling. For example, a married consumer is shopping for insurance. The consumer and their spouse have a total of two vehicles, one small boat, and they own a home. The consumer may find that, if they insure all those things at one insurance company, they will save an amount they wouldn’t normally save if they have separate policies for each item.

It is likely that many consumers are paying too much for their insurance policy right now. Unfortunately, even with the wide-spread capabilities of the Internet, the only way to obtain accurate quotes for auto insurance is by placing a call to an agent who can verify the information you provide. Quotes can be obtained on the Internet, however, if the consumer is shopping-around, multiple quotes can be obtained quicker by picking up the phone.

When purchasing auto insurance, consumers must also be mindful of the type of coverage they need. The type of coverage selected will alter the price of the policy. Typically, the types of coverage available include liability coverage, collision coverage, comprehensive coverage, personal injury protection and uninsured/under-insured motorist protection. Not all types of coverage are required, and not all types of coverage are available everywhere. The best way to find out what types of coverage you are required to have and which types you can add onto your policy or leave off, is to call or email a local auto insurance agent. Always remember to give each agent you speak to the same information so that your car insurance quotes will be accurate.

Liability insurance covers you if it is determined that the accident was your fault. It is wise to have more liability coverage than your state minimum requires to provide extra protection in case your policy limits are exceeded by the costs of the accident. Liability coverage will keep you from paying large sums of money out-of-pocket to cover claims. Collision coverage is used for the cost to repair damages to your vehicle after an accident. This type of coverage is good for those who have expensive vehicles, and the vehicles with lien-holders. The value of your vehicle will determine if you should have collision coverage in your policy. Comprehensive coverage covers things like weather damage or stolen vehicles. This type of coverage is for damages unrelated to an accident. Comprehensive coverage is great if you can afford it, and it is required if the vehicle has a lien-holder. Personal injury protection, or PIP, will help to cover medical bills no matter who caused the accident. This type of coverage will cover the medical bills of the passenger as well, but it is not available in all states. Uninsured/under-insured motorist coverage offers protection against drivers who do not carry insurance, or drivers who only have liability coverage. Un/under-insured protection is worth the added cost (usually pretty cheap) to the policy premium because some states have a really low requirement for minimum insurance coverage, increasing your chances of needing this coverage.

Choosing an auto insurance policy can be confusing. It is very disheartening to get into an accident, only to eventually learn that you or the other driver do not have enough insurance to cover all your medical bills and to repair or replace your car. After an accident, it is a wise decision to speak with an experienced South Carolina injury lawyer for an evaluation of your accident. Following your free consultation, should the injury attorney find that your case has merit, work will begin immediately on your case so that you may receive the compensation and justice that is deserved for your injury or loss.  The accident lawyers will also fully investigate the incident, visit the scene of the incident and interview witnesses for your case.

Call one of the experienced Myrtle Beach injury lawyers at The Mace Firm for South Carolina legal services. One of The Mace Firm’s personal injury lawyers is ready to speak with you about your case.

Deadly Crash in Dillon County

On March 23, 2014, Carmichael was travelling near Lake View in Dillon, South Carolina when she apparently lost control of her vehicle, ran off the road and crashed.  Her mother, Ore Lee, was a passenger in the vehicle and passed away later that night in the hospital.  According to Carolina Live, Samantha Carmichael has been charged with Felony DUI and Driving Under Suspension.  She is currently awaiting bond.

This is an unfortunate situation for all involved.  The family must be devastated that they have lost a loved one and have the potential to lose yet another family member who likely faces a strict prison sentence.  During a time like this, no one wants to think about the costs.  However, the family will likely have to consider the expenses associated with the funeral for Ms. Lee.  For many individuals, this can be difficult to afford.  Our South Carolina personal injury attorneys understand that financial worry is the last thing on someone’s mind during these troubling times.  But, insurance companies are hesitant to turn over the policy limits even in a deserving cases.  You do not want an insurance company to take advantage because you are in a vulnerable state and settle for less than the claim deserves.  Our attorneys handle personal injury cases through every stage of the process and can represent your interests while you focus on what really matters.

We have injury attorneys licensed in South Carolina, Florida and Georgia.  Our central office is located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and we handle cases throughout the state.  We represent clients on all types of injury claims, including car accident, wrongful death, slip and fall and traumatic brain injury claims. Contact us today for a free consultation at (843) 839-2900 or online.

Injury Attorneys and Traumatic Brain Injuries: What You Need to Know

Traumatic brain injuries are happening, and being reported, more frequently than ever before according to injury attorneys and the Brain Injury Association.  In fact, more than 1.5 million traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) occur each year as both isolated injuries or in addition to other injuries.  It also seems that reports of chronic brain injuries are on the rise, leading us to believe that TBI has become a serious public health issue.  Even worse than a single TBI, chronic brain injuries are those suffered by, for instance, football players who repeatedly have injuries to their head.  CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is another term is used to describe this occurrence in the medical field.  CTE can be caused by multiple TBI’s, and is defined as a degenerative brain disease that is usually found in athletes who have dealt with long-term effects of head injuries and concussions.  In sports, awareness of CTE has increased in recent years due to several athletes who had committed suicide were found to have suffered from the disease.  Unfortunately, the only way to diagnose CTE is to examine the brain after death.  Even so, there are still no established range of identifying features for the disease.

The root of the problem is the TBI.  TBI’s have the ability to inflict serious and sometimes permanent disabilities on people.  This could lead to impairment of things like motor skills, abilities to speak and visual capabilities.  More severe impact is often noted once the victim has had the time to understand their injury and just how serious it is, and they are usually left with feelings of emptiness and depression.

According to the Brain Injury Association, When a head injury occurs and a TBI is suspected, there are three criteria that may be met:  1) documented loss of consciousness; 2) failure to recollect the actual traumatic event that occurred; and/or 3) presence of skull fracture, post-traumatic seizure or receipt of an abnormal brain scan following the traumatic event.  There are many things to be considered when a head injury occurs, which is why it is critical that victims seek medical attention without delay so that a secondary injury does not happen.  In TBI cases, the secondary injury can possibly occur after the initial injury (trauma) due to, for instance, lack of oxygen to the brain.

On December 16, 2013, the National Institutes for Health announced that the NFL has made a large donation to fund eight research projects surrounding the TBI issues at hand.  They hope to find answers to their questions about TBI, including the understanding of long-term effects of repeated injury (CTE) and the improvement of recognizing concussions and their subsequent treatment.

TBI is the leading cause of death in young adults, but there are groups that are at higher risk, including young athletes, men and women in the military, and individuals with other professions that are associated with frequent head injuries.  This research should help lead to better testing, as there is currently no test to reliably identify when someone has a concussion.  Furthermore, additional research and new tests have the potential to allow medical professionals the ability to predict recovery times and symptoms for victims of head injuries.  According to NIH, there is a need “to be able to predict which patterns of injury are rapidly reversible and which are not.  This program will help researchers get closer to answering some of the important questions about concussions.”  In fact, two of the eight projects are focused solely on “defining the scope of long-term changes that occur in the brain years after a head injury or after multiple concussions.”  The remaining six projects will be focused on providing support for “the early stages of sports-related concussions.”  The projects will also help medical professionals in the future to distinguish between CTE and Alzheimer’s, including other neuro-degenerative disorders.  Hopefully this will help identify the disease during someone’s lifetime, rather than after they have passed.  With some of the newest brain-imaging equipment available, researchers will be able to come up with the diagnostic criteria needed to identify chronic features all types of brain trauma, from mild TBI to the most severe cases of CTE.

Head injuries may be hard to avoid due to one’s profession, but other times accidents may happen and lead to a head injury.  Our injury lawyers in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina are aware of these dangers.  The last thing a victim or family member should be concerned with is how to cover the costs of their loved one’s medical expenses or worse, funeral arrangements.  Our traumatic brain injury lawyers can assist you through every step of this process.  We can help you recover for your or your loved one’s medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitative costs, and any other expenses associated with the incident.  No amount of money will take away the pain or bring your loved one back, but the process will often bring some type of closure and hold the accountable party responsible for their negligence.  Here at The Mace Firm, we are advocates for victims and seek to provide them the best representation possible.

If you are considering filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim, contact one of our Myrtle Beach personal injury attorneys for a free consultation at 1-800-94-TRIAL.  You may also contact us online.  Visit our website for more information on traumatic brain injuries.

Millions in Legal Fees for Citizens Property Insurance

According to the Miami Herald, Citizens Property Insurance spent over $100 million in the past two years in legal fees.  The opinions as to what caused this recent and dramatic spike differ.  Representatives of Citizens claim that it is because aggressive lawyers have targeted them in the Miami-Dade area for water-damage losses.  However, these attorneys state that Citizens has a reputation for delaying claims, especially water-damage claims, forcing the cases into litigation.  Citizens spent $64 million in defense fees in 2012 and $46 million this year.  Citizens is reportedly trying to alter its litigation strategies.

Insurance companies have the resources available to fight large claims.  While they may be aware of their liability, they usually want to reimburse the insured for the least amount possible.  As a result, they will not always be quick to offer a settlement.  It is in these types of situations where you will need an experienced civil trial attorney.  Our leading civil attorney, Russell W. Mace III, has handled hundreds of trials and was voted as one of the top 100 trial attorneys nationwide.  He has over 15 years of experience in the legal field and his effective representation for his civil clients has enabled him to become a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  When dealing with insurance companies like Citizens, it is vital to have an knowledgeable civil trial attorney by your side.  Mr. Mace will provide you with the best representation possible on your case and will fight to win your claim.

To schedule a free consultation with our civil trial attorney, Russell Mace, contact our office at 1-800-94-TRIAL or contact us online.  He is licensed in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Motorcycle Accident on U.S. 17 Bypass

Personal injury lawyers are always on high alert during the summer months in Myrtle Beach due to the increase in motorcycle traffic.  According to the WMBF News, a fatal accident occurred on U.S. 17 Bypass near 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The Myrtle Beach Police Department has confirmed that one male who was on a motorcycle has been killed as a result of the accident.  There is no indication as to whether he was wearing a helmet.  A woman, accompanying the man on the motorcycle, was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and was reported to be in critical condition.  Police state that the motorcycle was heading north and lost control.  It crossed the median and hit an SUV traveling south.  Passengers in the SUV were also taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.  It is unclear as to the state of their conditions.

U.S. 17 Bypass is a dangerous road.  Drivers have to be especially cautious on this highway because accidents occur on a daily basis.  Here are just a few examples of the catastrophes that have occurred on this highway:

October   2, 2013: runner hit by car while running near her home on U.S. 17   Bypass.  Her pelvis, wrist, and several bones in her back were   broken.  She is currently at Grand Strand Regional Hospital in serious   condition.

March   31, 2013: pedestrian killed by hit-and-run vehicle on U.S. 17   Bypass.  He died of internal injuries from the accident.

September   10, 2012: woman died in a two car accident on U.S. 17 Bypass.  She   was attempting to cross the highway in her vehicle and was struck by an   oncoming motorist.  Both drivers were taken to the Grand Strand Regional   Medical Center.

April   2, 2012: two car accident on U.S. 17 Bypass.  Several people injured   and taken to Grand Strand Regional Hospital.

May   24, 2011: man died from head trauma following a motorcycle accident on   U.S. 17 Bypass.  The at-fault driver failed to yield the right of way to   the man.

February   28, 2010: SUV was flipped onto the driver’s side and man in vehicle was   seriously injured on U.S. 17 Bypass.  He was transported by helicopter   to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

It only takes one negligent driver for horrible consequences to result.  At times, it is not the act of a negligent driver but a defective product that causes an accident.  Our personal injury lawyer in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina are aware of the dangers on these highways.  Unfortunately, these types of accidents occur quite frequently.  The last thing a victim or family member should be concerned with is how to cover the costs of their loved one’s medical expenses or worse, funeral arrangements.  Our personal injury and wrongful death lawyers can assist you through every step of this process.  We can help you recover for your or your loved one’s medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitative costs, and any other expenses associated with the incident.  No amount of money will take away the pain or bring your loved one back, but the process will often bring some type of closure and hold the accountable party responsible for their negligence.  Here at The Mace Firm, we are advocates for victims and seek to provide them the best representation possible.

If you are considering filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim, contact one of our Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyers for a free consultation at 1-800-94-TRIAL.  You may also contact us online.  Visit our website for more information on wrongful death claims or car accident claims.

South Carolina Automobile Insurance Law

South Carolina automobile insurance law can often be confusing.  It is best to hire a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury and accident attorney to determine if you have a potential claim.  However, in this post, we will attempt to explain the basics of South Carolina insurance law as to liability insurance, underinsured motorist coverage, and uninsured motorist coverage.  Please note that such an analysis may not apply in your particular case.

When you are involved in an accident, there are three possible routes to insurance coverage depending on the extent of your injuries: (1) liability insurance; (2) first-party insurance; and (3) un-involved vehicle underinsured motorist and uninsured motorist coverage.


South Carolina requires that insurance policies governed by its laws have a minimum amount of liability coverage.  The minimum amount is $25,000 per person and $50,000 per occurrence (“$25,000/$50,000”).  See S.C. Code Ann. § 38-77-140.  This means that the insurer will pay each victim up to $25,000, but no more than $50,000 for that accident.  Of course, individuals seeking an insurance policy may opt for more than the minimum amount.

The liability insurance would be the first place an injured party would seek reimbursement for his or her injuries.  Liability insurance is insurance that provides payment to an injured party when an insured under the policy is legally liable.  The at-fault driver cannot collect liability insurance because this policy only pays for liability and you cannot be liable to yourself for “self-inflicted” injuries.  In order for an injured party to collect from the policy, it must be determined whether the at-fault driver is an insured on that specific vehicle’s policy.  This does not necessarily mean that the at-fault driver must be the named-insured on the policy.  They could be a resident relative or spouse and be covered under the policy.  They could also have permission to drive the vehicle which would also invoke coverage if the at-fault driver acted within the scope of that permission.  See S.C. Code Ann. § 38-77-140(7) (“‘Insured’ means the named insured and, while resident of the same household, the spouse of any named insured and relative of either, while in a motor vehicle or others, and any person who uses with the consent, express of implied, of the named insured the motor vehicle to which the policy applies . . . .”)


An injured party would next look to first-party insurance on the vehicle that was involved in the accident if the liability coverage was not enough to cover your injuries or if the at-fault party was uninsured.  In this case, you would be seeking underinsured motorist coverage (“UIM”) or uninsured motorist coverage (“UM”).  UIM applies when your injuries exceed the amount of the at-fault driver’s policy limits.  See S.C. Code Ann. § 38-77-140(15).  UM applies either when the at-fault driver is uninsured and has no insurance policy, when the at-fault driver is unknown, or when the at-fault driver’s coverage is less than the minimum requirement for liability insurance (i.e., $25,000 per person/$50,000 per occurrence).  See S.C. Code Ann. § 38-77-140(14).  A person may have less than the minimum requirement if they are from another state that requires less coverage than South Carolina law.  UM coverage is mandatory in South Carolina and an insured is entitled to at least the $25,000/$50,000 in coverage.  See Burgess v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 373 S.C. 37, 40-41, 644 S.E.2d 40, 42 (2007).  UIM; however, is not mandatory in South Carolina.  Id.  Your insurer must offer you the coverage, but you have no obligation to accept it.  Id.

First-party insurance is different from liability insurance.  It is an auto policy in which the injured claimant is an insured.  There are two categories of insureds: Class I insureds and Class II insureds.  See Concrete Services, Inc. v. U.S. Fidelity & Guar. Co., 331 S.C. 506, 509, 498 S.E.2d 865, 866 (1998).  Class I insureds include the named-insured, the named-insured’s spouse, and any resident relatives of the named-insured.  Class II insureds are permissive users and guests.  Id.  Class I and II insureds are entitled to collect UM or UIM (if available) on the insurance policy.  Id.  In other words, you do not necessarily have to be paying directly on the policy to receive coverage.  In fact, you may not even know the insurance policy exists and may still be considered an insured if you fall within the two categories.


Next, you would seek coverage on any un-involved vehicles that you are a Class I insured on if the previous two options were not enough to cover your injuries.  UIM and UM are personal and portable.  Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co. v. Rhoden, 398 S.C. 393, 399, 728 S.E.2d 477, 480 (2012)In other words, UM and UIM is for the benefit of the insured and follows the insured, not the vehicle.  It makes no difference whether you were injured in the vehicle that has the UIM or UM coverage.  Depending on your status as an insured in the involved vehicle, you may be able to stack or reach back to your UM or UIM policy on an un-involved vehicle or vehicles.

An insured may stack multiple policies when they are considered a Class I on the vehicle involved in the accident (i.e., the vehicle you were driving or riding in at the time).  However, you can only get as much from each policy as you collected from the involved-vehicle.  For example, if the involved-vehicle policy provided $25,000 in UIM, then any stacked policies cannot provide more than $25,000.

If you are not a Class I insured on the vehicle involved in the accident, then you have the option to reach back to one other policy to which you are a Class I insured.  You may only reach back to one policy, unlike stacking.  However, you are not limited by the involved vehicle’s policy coverage.  For example, if the involved-vehicle policy provided $25,000 in UIM and you have a vehicle with $100,000 in UIM in which you are a Class I insured, you may be able to collect the full limits depending on the extent of your injuries.  This means that the best alternative is obviously to go after the policy that has the most coverage.  It is not clear whether UM has the same limitations in South Carolina law.  Therefore, it is arguable that you could potentially reach back to as many UM policies as you have available.


These are the most common ways in seeking automobile insurance coverage after an automobile accident.  Of course, most insurance policies include an exhaustion policy in which you are not entitled to UIM coverage until you have exhausted the liability coverage.  Because this process can be very complicated, it is best to speak to a knowledgeable car accident attorney to determine your options and potential for coverage.  Our injury attorneys at The Mace Firm will ensure that we do everything possible to get reimbursement for your injuries.  Our personal injury lawyer, Russell W. Mace III, has over 15 years of experience in personal injury litigation and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  Mr. Mace aggressively represents his clients and is always concerned for their best interests.

If you would like to speak with a personal injury attorney, please contact our office at (843) 829-2900 or toll free at 1-800-94-TRIAL for a free consultation.  You may also contact us online.

Meningitis Outbreak could be Devastating in South Carolina

So far 105 people have reported symptoms. The contaminated steroids were sent to several locations in South Carolina. In particular Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina was a delivery location for some of the contaminated steroid. This is a very dangerous situation and the threat to life is a very real consideration. If the contaminated material reach the spinal column the result could be death. While Tennessee leads the nation with the number of reported incidents, that does not mean that more may come from South Carolina at some point. The company responsible for this is New England Compounding Center. To date 8 people have died and several others have become sick from this steroid. It also appears this is not the first time this company has encountered problems with its production. Prior complaints led to an agreement with government regulators in the early 2000s for New England Compounding. The Centers for Disease Control is out tracking down everyone who may have received the steroid injections. It is great that we have an agency that will help protect the our health and safety, but the real question is what is New England Compounding doing? Any commercials or warnings on TV? Mass email and snail mail to the possible victims? How about beating the CDC to the consumer and trying to ensure they are safe. This is a typical case of a pharmaceutical company making its’ money and moving on to the next consumer. The real problem is where is the quality control for such a dangerous product. The company knows what these steroids are going to be used for and know how they will be administered to the patients. Intravenous injections deliver the steroid right into the nervous system. There is no getting it out once it is in. There is no way for the physician to know that the product is contaminated and will possibly kill the patient. It will not be long before several large personal injury law firms line up to help protect the patients who have been affected. For at least 8 people it is to late to help. The damage has already been done and no one can bring back the person that has died from meningitis. Our meningitis injury lawyers can help with anyone who is affected by this horrible infection. Several containers of the infected steroid have been sent to South Carolina and in particular Mt. Pleasant.

Please do not wait if you feel you feel that you have had a steroid injection over the past 6 months and are having any symptoms. Go to the CDC website to get further details.

Couple Charged with Selling Neighbor’s Dog on Craigslist

A couple in Leechburg, Pennsylvania is facing criminal charges after allegedly selling a Rottweiler puppy belonging to their neighbor on Craigslist. The puppy wandered into their yard along with another dog, a golden retriever mix. The couple returned the retriever mix but allegedly told police that the Rottweiler puppy had run away.

The puppy’s owner believed that his dog was inside his neighbor’s home and contacted police. When the police showed up at the couple’s home, their five year old son explained that his mother had given the puppy “to a woman from the Internet.” The Rottweiler has been returned to his owner and the couple have been charged with false reporting, two counts of conspiracy and for failing to make a reasonable effort to return lost property.

Most criminal defense lawyers in South Carolina are aware that South Carolina has a specific dog stealing crime statute, which states that “it shall be unlawful for any person to steal a dog in which any other person has a right of property.” see Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976 section 16-13-60. Dog stealing is a common crime, and is a problem in the Myrtle Beach area.

A pet owner may also take action to recover damages from the finder of a lost pet through the traditional tort actions of conversion and trespass. A personal injury attorney in Myrtle Beach, SC would file a civil action in Conway, SC seeking monetary damages. In order to prove trespass in a civil action, a personal injury attorney in Myrtle Beach, SC would allege that there was an intent to cause unlawful or unauthorized entry on land of another. To prove the intentional tort of conversion, a myrtle beach personal injury lawyer must prove purposeful or knowing dominion or control over another person’s property.

The original owner of a lost dog may wish to recover actual possession of the dog in addition to monetary damages if it is still alive. Generally, in South Carolina you need to be able to prove ownership of the lost dog and the wrongful detention by another person. This is called a replevin action, which was a common law remedy created to restore possession of property to the party who is entitled to have possession of it.