Archive for November, 2019

Legal Representation for Victims of Workplace Violence

When working in any environment, employees expect a reasonable amount of safety. However, employees working in almost every industry can become vulnerable to dangerous situations that cause illness or injury. In fact, a recent incident involving workplace violence at McDonald’s made national news. With more incidents like this happening on a daily basis, employees need to be aware of their rights. Employees should also understand the options available to them after a violent incident occurs.

About Recent Incidents

The most recent incident involving McDonald’s took place in early 2019, when a customer became angry because there weren’t any straws at the condiment station. The customer reached over the counter and grabbed one of the employees in retaliation. When other employees attempted to escort the man out of the restaurant, he kicked one of them in the stomach. This customer was eventually charged with battery for his actions.

Unfortunately, this incident is hardly isolated. In fact, it is just one of many examples of violence in retail, restaurant and other establishments throughout the state. From hospital shootings to hands-on attacks, workers in South Carolina have been subjected to almost every type of violence imaginable.

When these violent incidents occur, employees can suffer considerably. In addition to physical injuries, being subjected to violence in the workplace can also lead to emotional or mental anguish that continues to affect the employee long after the incident is over.

Understanding Employer Responsibility

Employers in all industries have a legal responsibility to ensure that employees have a safe work environment. To prevent injuries and illness in the workplace, employers must have effective safety protocols in place. This means that they must have established policies and procedures that employees can use to prevent violent situations. Employees must also know how they should do in the event of a violent situation involving a coworker or customer. When employers fail to uphold their responsibilities with regard to providing a safe work environment, they may be liable for any resulting injuries or other losses that occur because of workplace violence.

Getting Help After an Incident

If you have been a victim of workplace violence, contacting an experienced attorney is recommended. Ryan Montgomery Law will review your situation and help you determine whether you should file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries.

Our law firm understands how these cases work, and we can help you make the best decisions following an incident at work. Please contact Ryan Montgomery, Attorney at Law today to discuss your situation and learn about your options under the law.

Stop For School Buses

Now that school is back in session, millions of school children are taking the bus to and from school. Did you know that when children get on and off the bus or waiting for the bus they’re at more risk than when riding? Do your part to keep children safe around school buses. Here’s a guide to stopping for school bus.

Understand the School Bus Signals

It’s probably been a long time since you reviewed your driver’s handbook. Here’s a refresher on the signals school buses use and what they mean for drivers:

Yellow Flashing Lights

This means the bus is getting ready to stop to drop off or pick up kids. You should slow down in preparation for an upcoming bus stop. Do not try to pass just so you don’t have to wait!

Red Flashing Lights

The school bus is stopped and waiting for a child to embark or disembark. Stop your vehicle at least 20 feet behind the bus. When the extended arm starts retracting, you’ll know it’s almost time to drive again. Do not try to get around the bus. Often kids will try to cross the street as soon as they get off the bus.

Be Cautious at Bus Stops

When you’re driving and you see a bus stop with children waiting, slow down. Kids are often energetic and may do unexpected things like step into the roadway suddenly. They may drop something into the roadway and rush in to pick it up. Slow down and proceed with caution.

Wait For Kids to Cross

After a school bus drops off a child, don’t immediately start driving. Often the bus is so big that it keeps you from seeing if they dropped off or picked up a child. Let the bus move ahead and don’t proceed until you can visually tell if there’s a child waiting to cross the road. If you’re not the first car behind the bus, do not try to pass the car in front of you if they haven’t started moving yet. They may be waiting and allowing a child to cross the street. Finally, take a look across the street. If there is a parent waiting, the chances are the child will be focused on their parent and not the traffic. Take every precaution to ensure you don’t start driving forward when a child is trying to cross to get to their parent.

The challenge is that school buses are on the roads at the same time as drivers who are eager to get to work or get home from a shift. Exercise patience and caution to help prevent accidents. For help with an accident that already occurred, contact a South Carolina attorney specializing in personal injury cases.

Importance Of Medical Evidence In A Personal Injury Claim

When you are involved in a personal injury claim, the process can sometimes be a bit confusing. Your personal injury attorney will ask you for your medical history as well as other medical evidence in the personal injury claim. While you may ask why all this medical evidence is necessary, there are some very compelling reasons to make sure that your personal injury attorney gets a full and complete record of your medical history so that they may best serve your interests. Here is some information so you can better understand the importance of medical evidence in a personal injury claim.

Personal Injury Claims Must Be Proven

In order for your personal injury attorney to have any chance of winning your case for your, there must be proof of the personal injury. Your medical records will help to prove that you actually did sustain one or more injuries that require medical attention and/or treatment.

The Injury Must Be Related to the Incident

Another criteria so that your personal injury attorney can have a chance of winning your claim is that the injuries that you sustain must be related to the incident. This is why your personal injury attorney will ask you for all of your medical records; not just the most recent ones. Otherwise, the other side could make an argument that you had a previous condition that caused your personal injury. They could say that your injury was related to your previous condition and not the incident that you are making a claim about.

How to Provide Medical Evidence in a Personal Injury Claim

Now that you can see the importance of medical evidence in a personal injury claim, you need to know how to provide this evidence. First, it’s crucial that you see your doctor as soon as possible after the incident. If you can’t get in to see your own doctor, it may be necessary to visit and emergency room for immediate treatment. Your health and safety are paramount, so whichever treatment you can get first, that’s what you should do. Next, collect as much photo and video evidence as you possibly can. This will help your personal injury attorney to document your injuries immediately after the incident. Be sure to keep all the paperwork regarding your medical treatment. If possible, obtain two copies; one for yourself and one for your personal injury attorney. Finally, get a complete medical history and have that sent to your personal injury attorney for their use.

The importance of medical evidence in a personal injury claim cannot be overstated. If you would like more information about how to document your injuries, please contact our offices today.