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Can I Sue for Defamation in SC?

If someone makes false statements about you that damage your reputation, you may have a lawsuit for defamation in SC.

There are many factors that you must consider before filing suit for defamation, however, including:

  • whether the statements were false,
  • whether they were a matter of opinion or fact,
  • whether you are a public figure,
  • whether the subject of the statements was a matter of public concern,
  • how much damage was caused by the statements, and
  • whether the defendant has the means to pay a verdict.

Below, I'll discuss these factors and what defamation means under SC law.

If your reputation or business has been hurt by someone's defamatory statements, call the Myrtle Beach defamation lawyers at Axelrod and Associatesnow for a free initial consultation about your case.

How do DUI Defense Lawyers Challenge Breathalyzer Results?

How do you challenge breathalyzer results in SC?

You get stopped by a cop for speeding, he says he smells alcohol, and next thing you know you're in custody at the police station waiting to blow into a breathalyzer machine. You know that you were not under the influence, but will the machine give an accurate result?

Most people who are not cops, prosecutors, judges, or defense lawyers may not know the problems that breathalyzer machines have had across the country - defense attorneys, independent experts, trial courts, and appellate courts for years have pointed out the many ways that these machines give inaccurate results.

But how do you challenge breathalyzer results? If you don't successfully challenge an inaccurate breathalyzer reading, the prosecutor will use it at trial to put you in jail, take your license, and give you a permanent DUI that cannot be expunged in the state of SC.

5 hotel accidents that can ruin more than your vacation

Every year, people from around the world travel to Myrtle Beach for vacation. As part of their vacation, many stay in hotels, hoping to relax and have a good time.

Unfortunately, not everyone's trip goes as planned. This can be the case if you or a loved one suffers an accident at your hotel. Below are five events that can occur at a hotel and ruin more than your vacation.

Essential estate planning for young adults

If you are a young adult, you probably have not given much thought to estate planning. After all, you are young and do not have a lot of assets to speak for, so why would you need an estate plan?

An estate plan includes a lot more than who gets what when you die. Creating an estate plan can ensure that your wishes will be granted when you're no longer able to speak for yourself.

When can I sue for nursing home neglect?

It can be a difficult decision to put your loved one into a nursing home. But you make that choice because you trust that your loved one will receive the attention and care they need. Unfortunately, some caregivers don’t live up to the responsibility that’s required of them.

If you suspect your loved one has experienced neglect at the hands of their caregiver, you may have grounds to pursue legal action. But what is neglect, and how do you know if your loved one has suffered from it?

How Is Debt Divided in a Divorce in SC?

How is debt divided in a divorce in SC?

Marital property is subject to equitable division in a divorce - things like real estate, cars, bank accounts, and most things of value will be divided between the parties either by agreement or by the court.

But what about debt?

Like marital property, debt is divided between the parties either by agreement or by the court at the final divorce hearing. But how is debt divided in a divorce? Is only the debt incurred during the marriage divided, or does a spouse take on the debt obligations that were also incurred before marriage?

Does it matter if one spouse didn't know about the debt?

If you are considering separation or divorce and have questions about the division of marital assets or marital debt, contact your Myrtle Beach divorce lawyer on the Axelrod team immediately to find out how we can help you to safeguard your property and financial interests during a SC divorce.

Boating Accidents in Myrtle Beach, SC

How common are boating accidents in Myrtle Beach, SC?

In an area surrounded by water and visited by millions of tourists each year, boating, fishing, and recreational watersports are a big deal. Deep-sea fishing, parasailing, water skiing, jet skis, speedboats, and other activities on the water result in injuries and deaths every year in the Myrtle Beach area.

Below, I'll discuss some recent boating accidents in the area, the US Coast Guard's recreational boating statistics, and when you can sue after a boating accident.

If you have been involved in any kind of boating accident in the Myrtle Beach area, contact the Myrtle Beach boating accident lawyers at Axelrod and Associates immediately for a free consultation to find out whether you have a case and how we can help.

When the Prosecutor Loses Their Case...

Sometimes, it's not so much the defense lawyer wins as the prosecutor loses their case.

For example, in an attempted murder trial in Richland County earlier this month, the case ended in a directed verdict of acquittal for the defendant because the prosecutors on the case failed to introduce any evidence that the man on trial was the same man accused of the crime.

Not only did they fail to identify the defendant as the alleged perpetrator, but they also failed to introduce any evidence of the location where the alleged crime happened - either of these alone is a fatal error for the prosecution.

The attempted murder charges were "dismissed" mid-trial, and he cannot be tried again because it would violate double jeopardy.

Can I Get Workers' Compensation and File a Lawsuit?

Can you get workers' compensation and file a lawsuit?

Like most questions about the law, the answer depends... In most cases, you cannot sue your employer if they have workers' compensation insurance - one purpose of the workers' compensation laws is to protect employers from lawsuits by their employees...

You can both 1) file a workers' compensation claim, and 2) file a lawsuit, however, if you are suing a third party - someone other than your employer - for their role in causing your injuries. If you get workers' compensation and file a lawsuit against a third party, can you keep the money from both claims?

What are the benefits of filing both a lawsuit and a workers' compensation claim?

If you have been injured on the job because of a third party's negligence, you may be able to both get workers' compensation and file a lawsuit. Call or email the personal injury and workers' compensation lawyers at Axelrod and Associates now to set up a free consultation about your case.

Does SSDI cover mental-health issues?

We all pay into federal payroll taxes each check with the comfort of knowing that if we're ever injured or otherwise disabled we have a social safety net on which to rely. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a government program designed to provide income to people who are unable to work because of their disabilities.

While it's easy to see that someone who is blind or someone who is confined to a wheelchair might have difficulty working, other disabilities aren't so readily apparent. Mental disabilities may impinge holding down full-time work just as much as physical disabilities, but other people might not be able to see this. Luckily, those suffering from medically documented mental impairments may qualify for SSDI.

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