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December 15, 2014

Attorneys Steven Goldberg and Kelly Alfreds recently volunteered to draft wills and answer questions for all Summerville police officers, free of charge. Several members of the Summerville Police Department took advantage of the opportunity and met with our attorneys last Friday. Paralegal Elizabeth Capps organized the free will clinic and helped collect all the necessary forms and information from each of the officers to make the process quick and easy for everyone. Throughout the day, the officers came down to the Summerville office to sign their wills along with healthcare Power of Attorney documents.

Everyone at the Steinberg Law Firm is incredibly appreciative of the Summerville Police Department and we are happy to offer this service to those who lay their lives on the line to protect our community. It was a great opportunity to make some friends and put all minds at ease. We hope to offer this free will clinic to Summerville officers again in the spring. Many thanks to Elizabeth Capps for spearheading and coordinating this event!

 

December 04, 2014

The holiday season provides a wonderful opportunity to spend with friends and family, celebrate the season, and start planning for the new year. It's also a great time to reconsider your health and safety habits. Here are some helpful tips to stay healthy and safe this holiday season. 

Wash your hands! Keep your hands clean to avoid illness and the spreading of germs. Wash your hands with soap and hot water for at least 30 seconds each time you use the bathroom and before handling any food. Cover your mouth with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow if you have to cough or sneeze; do not sneeze or cough into your hands! 

Stay dry and warm. As the temperatures drop, infants and elderly adults are more succeptable to the cold weather. Stay indoors when temperatures are below freezing, and if you have to go outside, make sure your clothing is dry. Dress in multiple layers and always wear a hat and gloves to keep warm!

Don't stress! While this time of the year can wear you down financially, it's important to manage your stress. Create a budget for holiday spending, get adequate sleep, and make a plan to balance your work, family, and free time. Ask your friends and family for support and remember to relax and enjoy the holiday season.

Be careful while traveling. No matter how far you go - whether it's across the country or across the street - travel safely. Don't drink a drive; always designate a sober driver. Always buckle your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are also buckled in safely. Make sure children are in appropriate booster seats and distractions are limited while driving. Always look both ways before crossing the street, and wear brightly colored clothing if going out after dark. Make sure your vehicle is operating properly in cold weather, and the tires are holding adequate pressure. Keep an emergency kit in your car with extra clothes and blankets. 

Schedule your annual check-up. If you haven't been to the doctor in a while, now is a good time to schedule your annual check-ups and vaccinations - for you and your family. Regular screenings and exams can help you discover potential problems early, and help you plan treatment options or lifestyle changes for the year to come. Vaccinations like the flu shot can help prevent diseases and illnesses, and even save lives. Schedule a visit with your family doctor and ask about what vaccinations and tests you should receive based on your age, lifestyle, and family history. 

Keep an eye on the kids! This time of year has children very excited and sometimes more rambunctious. Children are at a higher risk for injuries when they are horseplaying. Keep watch and remove potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and choking hazards that might be within a child's reach. Consider learning child and infant CPR, and learn how to provide treatment for a child who is choking. Set ground rules and encourage safe behavior. 

Be careful when decorating. Always use a step stool, avoid climbing on furniture, and have a friend or family member nearby to spot you when hanging decorations. Replace old or damaged electronics and lights to prevent electrical fires. Be aware of weight limits and make sure all hanging decorations are properly secured to prevent anything falling down on someone's head! 

Review fire safety techniques. Too many residential fires happen during winter months. Keep candles and hot lights away from flammable materials like curtains, trees, and garland. Never leave fireplaces, candles, stoves, or children unattended. Make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors are working properly and all batteries are fresh. Do not use grills or other burning devices inside your home or garage. Turn off your Christmas tree lights at night and when you leave the house. 

Prepare and handle holiday food safely! Avoid food-borne illnesses by washing your hands and countertops often. Keep raw meat and poultry away from other foods and cook everything to the proper temperature. Use a food thermometer to make sure! Refrigerate foods that need to be kept cold, and do not leave out perishable food on the counter for more than 2 hours. 

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October 28, 2014

Drunk DrivingEffective October 1st, 2014, anyone convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol with a BAC over 0.15% will be required to use an ignition interlock device on his or her car for a minimum of 6 months. Any second-time offenders must use the locking device for two years.

DUI Ignition InterlockThis new ordinance, named for 6-year-old Emma Longstreet who was killed in an accident caused by a repeat DUI offender, was signed into law on May 1st of this year by Governor Nikki Haley. DUI offenders who install ignition interlock devices on their cars will not be able to start their vehicles if they have been drinking. The devices also have cameras which take a picture of the person blowing into the device, to make sure someone else doesn’t blow into it to get the car to start.

Each ignition interlock device costs about $30 dollars to install, and the offender will need to pay roughly $100 each month to keep it in his or her vehicle, as well as a $100 fee for a restricted ignition interlock license. Officials hope it will reduce the number of drunk drivers on South Carolina Roads.

October 28, 2014

Attorney Michael Jordan was recently elected the new President of the Berkeley County Bar Association. Having served as Vice President of the BCBA for many years, Jordan is excited about leading the organization in the 2014-2015 term. Jordan is a personal injury attorney at Steinberg Law Firm’s office in Goose Creek.

The Berkeley County Bar assists attorneys and the public by providing dedicated legal services, helpful resources, and community involvement. All members of the BCBA are licensed with the South Carolina Bar and often practice and hold memberships in other counties across the state. The BCBA is proud to promote the exchange of legal information and new ideas among its members and serves as the “hub of legal communication” in the Lowcountry.

Michael Jordan is also a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, Charleston County Bar Association, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, and South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division.

October 28, 2014

Halloween is just around the corner. Children and adults will be dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, attending parties, and probably driving around late at night. While the holiday calls for celebration and fun, it’s also important to remember these safety tips to ensure a safe and happy Halloween for everyone.Halloween safety

Slow down! There will be lots of children out trick-or-treating on Halloween. Keep your speed below 10 MPH in residential neighborhoods.

Always have your children trick-or-treat in groups or with a responsible adult.

Fasten reflectors to your children’s costumes or bags to improve visibility for drivers.

Examine all candy and treats carefully before allowing your child to eat anything.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.

Avoid dark or poorly lit areas and only visit well-lit houses when trick-or-treating.

Look both ways before crossing the road. Use well-lit crosswalks wherever possible.

Look out for trick-or-treaters and other pedestrians when driving around on Halloween night.

Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitted costumes and reflective clothing to prevent falls and enhance visibility.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Don’t eat homemade treats made by strangers.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.

Never drink and drive. Always designate a sober driver before going to a Halloween party.

For more Halloween safety tips, visit CDC.gov. Happy Halloween!

October 21, 2014

More than 12 million vehicles have been recalled around the world due to a dangerous defect in air bags, and the problem could affect 20 to 25 million cars in the United States alone.

faulty air bagsThe United States government recently issued a warning to more than 4.7 million people, urging them to get the air bags in their vehicles fixed. Officials are concerned that a defect in the air bag inflator mechanisms can possibly kill or seriously injure drivers or passengers. The inflator mechanisms may rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the air bags are deployed during an auto accident. At least four people are reported to have died from the problem caused by the air bag defect, and there have been multiple injuries.

Multiple automakers, including Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, General Motors, Ford, and BMW have recalled vehicles in the last two years to repair air bag inflators produced by Takata Corporation. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has warned owners of these vehicles to act right away; safety advocates report the problem could affect more than 20 million vehicles in the United States. Since June, the NHTSA has reported six air bag inflators rupturing, causing injuries to three people.

On Monday, Toyota issued a passenger air bag recall for 247,000 older model vehicles, including the Lexus SC, Matrix, Tundra, Sequoia, and Corolla. Toyota is working with Takata Corp. to figure out why the inflators are rupturing, and to gauge the impact of high humidity on the air bag inflator mechanisms. Takata supports Toyota’s recall decision and will continue to support the NHTSA and customers by providing replacement parts and technical analysis.

NHTSA urges people to check for recalls by going to https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ and typing in their vehicle identification number (VIN).

September 16, 2014

work accidentAccording to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,405 workers were killed on the job in the United States last year.

Last Thursday, the government issued a new law that will require employers to file a detailed report within 8 hours of a fatal workplace accident. Additionally, severe work injuries that do not result in death but require hospitalization, including amputation or loss of an eye, must be reported within 24 hours. These reports must be filed to the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These new regulations will take effect January 1, 2015. The new rule maintains the current exemption for any employer with 10 or fewer workers from the requirement to keep records of employee injuries and illnesses.accident report

Until now, OSHA only required these reports if three or more workers had been killed or hospitalized as a result of an on-the-job accident. Reporting single-instance hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye was not required under previous rules. These new regulations will help OSHA more effectively hold employers accountable for preventing workplace injuries and fatalities.

Severe injuries can indicate that serious hazards may be present in a workplace, and intervention may be required to protect other workers from harm. OSHA’s new reporting requirements will make available the data needed to make decisions regarding workplace safety, and help employers reflect on what is happening within their own businesses.

If you have questions about workplace injuries, work related fatalities, or the laws surrounding workers’ compensation benefits, contact the Steinberg Law Firm to get the answers you need. Our experienced workers’ comp attorneys know the system, and have helped injured workers get the care and compensation they deserve for over 85 years.

September 08, 2014

Steinberg Law Firm attorneys David T. Pearlman and Malcolm M. Crosland have once again been selected by their peers to be included in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants.

The Best Lawyers in America is a highly-regarded peer-review publication for lawyers and legal professionals. Inclusion in this publication is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey comprising more than 5 million evaluations by top attorneys across the country. For over 30 years, Best Lawyers has been regarded as the most credible and definitive guide to the legal profession in the United States. Being listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America is considered a great honor.

Attorney David Pearlman has been recognized by Best Lawyers ten years in a row, and Malcolm Crosland has been included for the last six years. Both are dedicated members of the legal community, and continue to provide award-winning service to injured workers across the Lowcountry.

August 28, 2014

The Steinberg Law Firm is excited to announce that our phones are now answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! We know accidents don’t always happen during business hours, and we want to do everything we can to make ourselves available to anyone who needs help – day or night.

24-Hour Hotline:  843-720-2800

Call 24 hoursPress 1 to be instantly connected to a firm representative for a FREE, confidential consultation. 

If you’re hurt in a car accident or injured on the job, don’t wait to call us for a free consultation. A firm representative is standing by right now to take your call, answer your questions, and get you the help you need. Simply dial (843) 720-2800 and press 1 to receive your free, confidential consultation over the phone.

Even if our offices are closed for weekends, holidays, or bad weather, our 24-hour hotline will be available for whenever you need it most. If you’ve been injured in an accident or due to someone else’s negligence, contact our firm anytime to get the legal help you need.

For your convenience, we also have a 24-hour live chat service available on this website. Simply click the “Live Chat” button to connect with an online representative now.

August 27, 2014

The Steinberg Law Firm is excited to announce that our phones are now answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! We know accidents don’t always happen during business hours, and we want to do everything we can to make ourselves available to anyone who needs help – day or night.

24-Hour Hotline:  843-720-2800

Call 24 hoursPress 1 to be instantly connected to a firm representative for a FREE, confidential consultation. 

If you’re hurt in a car accident or injured on the job, don’t wait to call us for a free consultation. A firm representative is standing by right now to take your call, answer your questions, and get you the help you need. Simply dial (843) 720-2800 and press 1 to receive your free, confidential consultation over the phone.

Even if our offices are closed for weekends, holidays, or bad weather, our 24-hour hotline will be available for whenever you need it most. If you’ve been injured in an accident or due to someone else’s negligence, contact our firm anytime to get the legal help you need.

For your convenience, we also have a 24-hour live chat service available on this website. Simply click the “Live Chat” button to connect with an online representative now.

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