Thanksgiving Gratefulness

This Thanksgiving, our team is reminded of all of the wonderful blessings and people in our lives that we’re thankful for each and every day. We’re all exceptionally thankful to be able to do the work that we love in a community that we love. Our clients are a constant reminder of why we do what we do, and we’re grateful to be able to serve them.

 

What else are we thankful for this Thanksgiving?

 

“I’m thankful for my family because without them, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do each day at Goings Law Firm. I’m also thankful that I get to work with my friends everyday at the office.” – Robert Goings

 

“I really am thankful for family and friends. I’m blessed with friends that I practice with, and family that I love and that loves to spend time together. I’m thankful for my new practice and the clients that I get to represent. They are good people who just find themselves in really bad predicaments, and it makes me want to work even harder for them.” – Christian Boesl

 

“This Thanksgiving, I’m very thankful for community. This time last year, I had just become a mother, which is a wonderful but overwhelming experience. I am so thankful for the community of people who have stepped in and supported me through all the adjustments that come with becoming a parent, especially my Goings Law Firm family and other members of the bar. The grace and encouragement I’ve received from people in my professional world has made all the difference, and I’m thankful to be able to practice among such caring and heartening people.” – Jessica Gooding

 

“I’m thankful for my family, friends, and a career that I love. As a recent cancer survivor, I’m especially grateful for my health, and a new perspective on just how many wonderful blessings exist in my life.” – Catherine

 

“I’m extremely thankful for a job that allows me to truly help people in their time of need—I have the opportunity to interact with and get to know so many wonderful people on a daily basis. I’m thankful for my Goings Law Firm family that has made me feel so welcome in my move back to Columbia, and for the support of my family and friends.” – Mallory

 

From our team to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Workers Comp: What if I can’t return to work?

What happens if I can’t return to work?

A common question we get is “What happens if I cannot return to work due to my work injury.”  The fear of not being able to return to work is a real concern if you have been involved in a work related injury.  Often we counsel with people who have given their best years to an employer only to end up with a debilitating injury caused by their work.  Like any hard working individual, they are concerned with their ability to recover and get back to work as quickly as possible.  Unfortunately, many individuals suffer injuries so bad that they are no longer able to meet the work requirements of their job.  Sometimes these injured workers are ill informed that their injury is limited to a recovery solely based on the injured body part.  The insurance company, or its attorney, will try to hurriedly rush an injured worker into a settlement that neither represents the fully injured body part or takes into account their inability to return back to work.  Many injured workers will reluctantly accept a quick settlement only to find out they don’t have a job to be able to return to and can’t support their family.

Fortunately, the South Carolina Workers Compensation Laws provide a mechanism where injured workers can receive an award to address their inability to return to their job instead of just the injured body part.  To be eligible for wage loss the worker must be able to demonstrate they meet the necessary elements of a wage loss claim.  If left to handle these complicated issues by themselves, injured workers may end up without the benefit of the law, or worse miss the requirements to be eligible for wage loss recovery.  At the Goings Law Firm we routinely assist injured workers to determine if they may be eligible for a wage loss recovery.   To determine if you need help with a workers’ compensation injury contact Attorney and Workers’ Compensation Managing Partner Christian E. Boesl with the Goings Law Firm.  Let us help you get the medical treatment you deserve to back to work, or get the money you are entitled to receive if you are unable to return to your job.


What are the 10 most dangerous intersections in Columbia?

Many of Our Clients Are Injured in the Worst Intersections in Columbia and Richland County by Reckless Drivers

The Most Dangerous Intersection in the entire State of South Carolina is located in Columbia.  A study performed by The State Newspaper in Columbia determined that the most intersection collisions in the entire state of South Carolina occurred in Columbia a I-20 and U.S. 176 (Columbia), with a total of 669 collision from 2011-2015.

In this study, the State Newspaper also analyzed the most dangerous intersections based on reports of collisions that occurred in Columbia and Richland County during 2016.  The data was obtained from incident investigated by the Columbia Police Department and S.C. Highway Patrol.

The State compiled the following list of intersections in Columbia and Richland County with the highest number of crashes:

INSIDE COLUMBIA CITY LIMITS

1. Assembly Street and Elmwood Avenue: 50 collisions, 10 with injuries

2. Taylor Street and Huger Street: 49 collisions, nine with injuries

3. Devine Street/Garners Ferry Road and Rosewood Drive: 45 collisions, 10 with injuries

4. Main Street and Elmwood Avenue: 38 collisions, four with injuries, one fatal

5. Gervais Street and Huger Street: 37 collisions, nine with injuries

Investigated by Columbia Police Department

JUST OUTSIDE COLUMBIA IN RICHLAND COUNTY

1. I-20 and Broad River Road: 142 collisions, 26 with injuries

2. I-20 and I-26: 84 collisions, 15 with injuries

3. I-26 and Broad River Road: 78 collisions, nine with injuries

4. Killian Road and I-77: 75 collisions, 10 with injuries

5. Two Notch Road and Sparkleberry Lane: 64 collisions, eight with injuries

Read more here: https://www.thestate.com/news/local/article153453474
Please contact us today if you were injured in a collision in Columbia or its surrounding counties in South Carolina.  Many of the cases that we handle have involved collisions in the dangerous intersections that are listed in this study.  We offer compassion, aggressive, and experienced representation to victims of car and truck accidents — call us at 803-350-9230 today for a free consultation.

South Carolina Ranked 3rd Worst State for Dangerous Roads

The Highways in South Carolina are Among the Most Dangerous in the Nation

Wall Street 24/7 has released its latest study of United States Roadways, ranking the safest and most unsafe by state.   In ranking the safest and most dangerous states to drive in the United States, data of roadway fatalities from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration was reviewed.  The state with the safest roads was Rhode Island.  The state with the most unsafe road was Mississippi.  Surprisingly, 9 of the 10 safest states were in the Northeast.  Six of the top ten worst regionally fall in the Southeast with South Carolina coming in this year’s survey as the 3rd worst state for roadway safety.  As the number 3 dangerous state, South Carolina has the following statistics:

South Carolina  (#3 most dangerous roads in America)

Road deaths per 100,000: 20.5

2016 roadway fatalities: 1,015 (13th most)

Seat belt use: 94%

Deadliest holiday in 2016: Martin Luther King’s Birthday (16 fatal crashes)

Fatal crashes on rural roads: 60%

If you or a loved one have been injured or suffered death as as result of a collision in South Carolina, you need to hire an honest, aggressive, and experienced attorney that can help you get the compensation that you deserve.  You need a Real Lawyer, with Real Results.  Contact the Goings Law Firm today at 803-350-9230 to see how we can help you.


Drivers in Columbia SC are Speeders, 2018 Study Shows

We find that car collision are often caused by drivers who are breaking the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of car accidents in Columbia, South Carolina, and a new study may explain why–  Columbia drivers are heavy-footed Speeders!

A new study ranks drivers in Columbia, South Carolina as among the fastest drivers in the United States.  Columbia ranked 6th in the top 25, with drivers who break the speed limit.  Charleston ranked 9th and Greenville, SC ranked 11th in the study.  The study was published by QuoteWizard, an online insurance comparison website.  QuoteWizard analyzed self-reported data from users on driving infractions, which includes speeding tickets. These rankings are based on over one million data points on speeding infractions from 2017. Cities ranked ‘speediest’ have the highest rate of speeding tickets per driver.  A more detailed look at the study can be found here:  more detailed looks at the fastest specific markets is available here: https://quotewizard.com/news/posts/fastest-driving-cities-2018

From faster to slower, these are the top 25 fastest driving cities in the US:

1. Wichita
2. Omaha
3. Boise
4. Portland
5. Richmond
6. Columbia, SC
7. Salt Lake City
8. Minneapolis
9. Charleston, SC
10. Virginia Beach
11. Greenville, SC
12. Charlotte
13. Durham
14. Columbus
15. Kansas City
16. Bay Area
17. Riverside

The Story Behind Our Historical Home

Can you believe that we’ve already been in our new location on Calhoun Street in downtown Columbia for over a year? Our new location has been wonderful—we love everything about the new-to-us house that our firm’s office is located in.

The house that we’re in is a historical home that was built in the mid-1800s, prior to the start of the Civil War. It was originally built on the grounds of the mental health asylum here in town and in 1982, was moved to its present location on Calhoun Street. Our historical home has a sister structure that was built at the same time and was also moved to Calhoun Street in the 1980s. Both structures resemble one another—they are two-story rectangular clapboard buildings with metal roofs, full front porches, and multi-paned wooden windows.

When we were working towards making the historical home our perfect office location, we rehabilitated the home only as needed without replacing any of the original features. There was so much history and charm to be found in the house and we did not want to ruin or take away any of it. We prepped and painted the building, repaired some of the rotting and deteriorated trim and features with like materials, and fixed up the front porch.

As we’ve heard told, the homes were originally built for two sisters by their father, who ended up becoming a Confederate General in the Civil War. When General Lee and his troops came to Columbia during the Civil War, we’ve been told that the troops shot at a portrait of the Confederate General that they found hanging over the fireplace and that the bullets are still lodged in the fireplace today. We love the history found in our office!


This stately home has been a great location for our team to practice out of—it has plenty of room for everyone on our team and since we all love history (especially South Carolina history!), it was a perfect fit for us. Each day, we make the space a little bit more of our own. Have you been to see us yet in our new location? We’d love to give you a tour and tell you more about it the next time that you drop by for an appointment!


Increased Workplace Fatalities Prove that Hiring a Workers Compensation Attorney Is Important

The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Prove that Hiring a Workers Compensation Attorney Is Important

Fatalities and serious workplace injuries are on a rise in the United States.  Year after year, workplace deaths are increasing South Carolina.  If a loved one has died at work, or you have suffered a serious on the job injury, it is important to hire an experienced workers’ compensation attorney so that you are fully protected under the laws of South Carolina.  Without an attorney, the insurance company can take advantage of you and quickly deny benefits that the law affords you for medical treatment, pay while not at work, and disability payments for permanent injuries or death.  The insurance company has a team of lawyers, so should you!

Based on the current National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries published by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2016, a 7-percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries reported in 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See chart 1.) This is the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) since 2008. The fatal injury rate increased to 3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers from 3.4 in 2015, the highest rate since 2010.  https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf

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Work injuries involving transportation incidents remained the most common fatal event in 2016, accounting for 40 percent (2,083). Violence and other injuries by persons or animals increased 23 percent to become the second-most common fatal event in 2016. Two other events with large changes were exposure to harmful substances or environments, which rose 22 percent, and fires and explosions, which declined 27 percent.