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Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse occurs with depressing regularity. Many of these cases get reported to watchdog organizations such as the National Ombudsman Reporting System (NORS), while an unknown number go unreported and unaddressed. Even with sporadic and incomplete data, however, this organization received 14,258 complaints of nursing home abuse in 2014 alone.

If you worry that a senior citizen in your life has suffered, or could suffer, from nursing home abuse, you must acquaint yourself with the types of activities that elder abuse encompasses. Here are some primary categories of nursing home abuse that you may need to watch out for and fight through legal action.Read More

What Happens If the SSA Denies My SSDI Application?

The SSA denies more than half of all Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims the first time. Social Security can deny your claim for a variety of reasons, including application errors and inadequate medical evidence.Read More

Proving Your Nursing Home Negligence Case

When your senior parents can no longer care for themselves, you trust in nursing homes to give them the attention, support, and assistance they need to thrive. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed, which can lead to nursing home negligence. Even if no one meant to hurt your loved one, you may be able to sue for damages. Before you do, however, check out these commonly asked questions to better prepare yourself for a potential case.Read More

Common Questions About Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina

If you have been injured on the job for the first time, you may not be fully aware of workers’ compensation and how the process works. While you deal with physical pain, you likely also have some concerns about how to pay your bills. Fortunately, workers’ compensation can help you.

The following are some of the more common questions employees have about workers’ compensation benefits.

What Is the First Step After an Injury?

Once you are hurt in a work accident, you need to notify, as quickly as possible, your direct supervisor or someone in a supervisory capacity.  If you have a substantial injury, one of your co-workers should notify your supervisor for you if possible. You should not wait to see if you will get better before reporting the injury.

Your employer and/or the insurance company may question whether you were hurt at work if you wait too long to report the injury to your employer.

You should also ask for medical attention after a work injury. If the injury is not an emergency, you need to ask for medical care when you inform your supervisor of the accident.  If they refuse to provide you medical care you should see a doctor for your own health and for purposes of documenting your injuries.

How Long Does the Case Take?

The length of your workers’ compensation case will depend on the injury you have. If you have a minor injury, your case will typically take a short time to resolve. If you have a serious injury or an injury that results in a disability, the claim can take a long time to resolve.

Can You Lose Your Job?

In the state of South Carolina, you can technically lose your job at any time for any reason or for no reason.  However, your employer cannot terminate your employment in retaliation from your employer for making a workers’ compensation claim. You can, however, lose your job while your claim is in process for various reasons, but not because you filed a claim and are receiving benefits.

How Much Is Your Payment?

In South Carolina, you will receive 66 2/3% of your average gross wages while you are out of work on a workers’ compensation claim. To determine your benefits, your average weekly gross wages are calculated. This number is not the same as your typical weekly pay.

It is very important that the wages be properly calculated to ensure that you receive the correct compensation.

Work-related injuries are frustrating and scary if you do not have enough funds to pay your expenses. If you need assistance with your workers’ compensation claim, please contact us at Smith Jordan, Attorneys at Law. We will work hard to ensure you receive the medical care and other benefits that you deserve.  We will also work diligently on your behalf for a fair payment to you for any permanent disability as a result of your injuries. Contact us today by visiting our website.

Your Guide to Nursing Home Abuse

As the population gets older, more Americans reside and receive care in nursing homes. You want the best possible care for your friends and relatives, and it’s disheartening to suspect that they may not receive the loving treatment they deserve.

Here’s what you need to know about nursing home abuse, including the various types of mistreatment, signs of abuse, and what you should do if you suspect abuse.

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How Do Families Deal With Nursing Home Abuse?

If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, you may be unsure what to do. The good news is that, after you’ve contacted the proper authorities and removed your loved one from the abusive situation, there are many methods for how to deal with nursing home abuse after the fact, depending on your needs and those of your loved one.

The following coping options can help you deal with the aftermath of discovering nursing home abuse. Keep reading to see what steps you can take and what you need to consider.

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Is Posting Photos Nursing Home Abuse?

When you think of nursing home abuse, you most likely think of physical abuse. You may not initially envision the damage that can be caused by nursing home staff posting photos of your loved one on social media. When people take pictures of your loved one that they or you aren’t aware of, the effects feel dehumanizing and degrading. But do you have a personal injury case? A lawsuit is a possibility.Read More

Upstate Nursing Homes

The Independent Mail conducted an eight-month investigation that revealed dramatic variations in the quality of care at Upstate nursing homes.

Check out this story here from Independent Mail.

Disability Backlog Tops 1 Million

Right now, there are than 1 million Americans wait hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security. An article posted by CBS News on September 17, 2017 highlights the real challenges facing Social Security in the United States.

To see the full article, click here.

 

 

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My husband was injured on his job. Two weeks later his boss the owner of the company fired him. He told my husband he couldn’t afford to send him to the dr. It would put his company at risk. When my husband hung up the phone I handed him the phone book and told him to call Grady Jordan. That was in 2008. Grady and everyone at his law firm treated us like decent people. Grady fought for and won my husband’s workers comp case. Then went on to represent and win my husband’s disability. The first time we met with Grady he walked us out, shook my husband’s hand and told him he believed him, that he was hurt on his job. When we left both of us almost cried. We had someone on our side. Grady Jordan is a great human being, he listens to his clients. And he is the best lawyer I have ever met. Thank you Grady. You helped us to be able to live again. Instead of waiting on someone else to decide our future. Bless you and everyone in your firm. Charles and Sandra Turner.

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