Monthly Archives:' September 2013

Unanswered emergency call costs nursing home $850K

From South Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly, 9.9.13:

Amber Nimocks, amber.nimocks@sclawyersweekly.com

The estate of a woman who bled to death in the night at an assisted living facility earlier this summer reached a settlement worth $850,000 on claims of negligence and wrongful death.

Plaintiff’s attorney Gary Poliakoff said that Kathleen Brown, a resident of Windsor House Assisted Living and a dialysis patient, had a shunt in her arm and began to bleed from it. She pressed the emergency call button in her room many times, leaving it covered in bloody hand-prints, but died before anyone responded to the call.

Mount Pleasant passes texting ban, preparing signs to post on roadways

Natalie Caula
Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 9:15 a.m., Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 4:12 p.m.

“Don’t text and drive. It’s the law.” Drivers will soon read this warning on state transportation message boards and signs around Mount Pleasant.

 Police wasted no time in getting the word out following Town Council’s passage of a ban on texting while driving, making Mount Pleasant the first Charleston-area town to take such action.

Hold your nose over dump ruling

Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:01 a.m.

If you, like thousands of people in South Carolina, live near a smelly landfill, it just got more difficult to get compensation when your life is disrupted by unpleasant odors wafting your way.

The S.C. Supreme Court recently ruled that, while a company can be found guilty of trespassing when it produces dust or water that is transmitted to other people’s property, odors don’t count as trespassing. That includes hog farms, too.