The new year is in full swing, and in South Carolina, it is best to stay informed about everything from winter weather to the products you may use everyday. Most of the US, will see a spike in traffic through the beginning of 2019. A few other things to be aware of in the state are detailed below, to keep you aware and alert to these potential hazards.
Poor Weather Leads to Bad Conditions
All experts indicate this will be a cold and wet winter for most of South Carolina; this means roads could be icy and slippery in the morning and evening hours – right at the time we head to or from school and work each day. Extra caution is advised, as many in our area are not used to driving under poor wintery weather conditions and could pose an additional hazard during your commute.
High Profile Settlements Across the State
In the weeks leading up to the start of the new year, there have been settlements and decisions in some high-profile cases across the state. A woman hit by a falling store display in North Charleston was awarded almost $600,000, while a worker hit by a city truck on a job site was awarded $6 million to compensate for his injuries. Many of the recent settlements feature injuries caused by government workers or contractors and by negligence on the part of retail store employees.
Product Malfunction and Danger
One of the most significant issues to hit the news in South Carolina and across the country was the discovery that not only was a dangerous chemical present in Johnson & Johnson baby powder, but the company was allegedly aware of it. Recent news stories indicate that despite having knowledge that this universally used baby product was laced with arsenic, the health and beauty giant continued to sell it to families with babies; in some cases, families were given the tainted powder in hospitals as part of “congratulatory” baby bags.
There is no way to know the extent of the injuries and illnesses this may have caused, but South Carolina residents are urged to be aware of the dangers of asbestos and the signs of exposure.
From increased danger on the roads to injuries in stores, at work and on the go, if you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, it is time to seek help. Our team understands the hazards posed by seemingly benign products and circumstances and knows how a single accident caused by someone else can derail your life, health and finances. Contact us today if you have been injured; we’ll be able to talk with you about your case and ensure you are being treated fairly by all involved parties.