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Welcome to Poliakoff & Associates, P.A. We are one of South Carolina's most respected personal injury law firms. We invite you to explore our website to learn about our proven track record of success and how we can help you with your major accident or injury case. Poliakoff & Associates, P.A. carefully screen each case before assigning it to a team selected for its relevant expertise. The Firm employs experienced paralegals with diverse backgrounds and expertise.

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Largest Settlement in S.C. in 2005 – 42 Million Largest Nursing Home Jury Award in County 1.05 Million Highest Jury Award in S.C. in 2004 – 15 Million *Any result achieved on behalf of a client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients. * Prior results should not be interpreted to create expectations in a different matter. * All cases have differing specific factual and legal circumstances.

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Monthly Archives:' October 2017

We May Be Severely Underestimating the Number of Car Fatalities Caused by Cell Phones

By: Paris Martineau, Source: NYmag.com, Originally Published: 10.17.17

It’s a pretty self-evident fact that cell-phone use makes you a crappy driver. But the consequences of that crappy driving are still murky: According to a recent report by Bloomberg, what we think we know about our cell-phone usage behind the wheel is wildly inaccurate, and that’s a serious problem.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration keeps a running tally of all of the vehicular-related fatalities that occur each year in the U.S., and it’s from that information that lawmakers, journalists, and activists decide where to focus their energies. Bloomberg’s report found that the NHTSA’s data set is severely underreporting one major cause of road fatalities: cell-phone usage.

Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail

By: Timothy Williams, Source: NY Times, Originally Published: October 12, 2017

 SUMTER, S.C. — Larry Marsh has a history of mental illness and drug addiction. Homeless, he has no place to go. The police in this city have arrested or cited him more than 270 times for trespassing. In December, they got him four times in one day.

For this misdemeanor offense, Mr. Marsh, 58, has repeatedly served time in jail, and was even sent to prison. Not once has he had a lawyer.

Being represented by a lawyer is a fundamental right, enshrined in the Sixth Amendment and affirmed by the Supreme Court, which has ruled that anyone facing imprisonment, even for a minor offense, is entitled to legal counsel. But the promise has been a fragile one, with repeated complaints that people without means are stuck with lawyers who are incompetent, underfunded or grossly overworked.