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!

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!


Featured in Fig Columbia’s Fall 2018 Issue

Our team loves living, working, and playing in the community that we call home: Columbia, South Carolina. There is so much to love about our town!
 
There are so many great local businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, and more that make our hometown a wonderful place. Have you taken the time lately to explore what Columbia has to offer these days? It has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years and we’re happy to have been a part of that growth.
 
This fall, our law firm has been featured in Fig Columbia. Fig Columbia is a quarterly lifestyle magazine that highlights all things local to Columbia and this issue, the Arts & Culture issue, focuses on the artists and creators that make this town a vibrant place to live.
 

 
In our office, we celebrate local history by turning historical South Carolina flags into artwork to adorn our walls. This Moultrie Flag, located in our conference room, is one of our favorites. It was commissioned in 1775 for use during the Revolutionary War down at Fort Moultrie, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. It’s a flag that’s filled with history and we love having it hanging in our office.
 

 
Have you spotted other flags in our office? Robert has collected quite a few over the years!
 

 
If you haven’t flipped through an issue of Fig Columbia yet, take time to check it out today! You can pick up a copy in our office the next time you’re here, at a local coffee shop or boutique, or read it online here.


A First Anniversary Celebration

August is a month to celebrate anniversaries in our office! Earlier this month, our attorney Jessica L. O’Neill Gooding celebrated her two year anniversary with us and now, our attorney Christian E. Boesl celebrates one year of working on our team at Goings Law Firm.
 

 
How did Christian end up working at our firm?
 
“Robert begged me! Robert and I have practiced together previously at another firm, and we enjoy trying cases together,” Christian said.
 
Christian is the head of our Workers’ Compensation team, which is comprised of him, Mallory, and Catherine. He has a strong workers’ compensation background, with nearly fifteen years of experience. In addition, he holds a Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification, approved Circuit Court Mediator for workers’ compensation.
 
Outside of work, Christian loves to spend time with his family—his wife, Emily, and their four children—and they help keep him active in our local community.
 
“Having four children keeps me pretty involved in the community from Booster Club activities to volunteering at food banks,” Christian said. He also spent time volunteering during the days and months after the 1,000 year flood that hit our city and state hard in October 2015.
 
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Christian became a South Carolinian after marrying Emily, a local of Columbia and it quickly became home for him due in part to the close-knit legal community
 
“My favorite thing about practicing in Columbia would be how cordial the Bar is and how closely connected you are to almost everyone in town,” Christian said. “It’s really almost a hometown feeling.”
 
Here in our office, we love having Christian as a part of our team.
 
“When I started my legal career, I worked at a law firm and Christian was my supervisor,” Robert Goings said. “I got to know him as an attorney and he became one of my closest friends. What I love is his honesty, his work ethic, and his passion for helping others. What has always set him apart from other people is his desire to help others. He’s a very strong advocate for his client—he believes in his clients. He never gives up. He has a zealous advocacy for people of need.”
 
Congratulations on your 1st anniversary, Christian! We hope to celebrate many more work anniversaries with you!


A Two Year Anniversary Celebration

This month, our attorney Jessica L. O’Neill Gooding celebrates her two year anniversary with Goings Law Firm. We absolutely love having her on our team! She’s a dedicated attorney who works incredibly hard for and is dedicated to each one of her clients.

 

 

“My favorite thing about working here is just working with the clients,” Jess said. “I grew up wanting to be a teacher. I actually had a couple of my favorite teachers talk me out of that but, this type of practice allows me to educate clients and take them through the legal process. I really enjoy that type of interaction with clients. Also, Robert is really hilarious to work with!”

 

She also loves the history found in the walls of the historical home that houses our firm in downtown Columbia.

 

“My favorite part of our office is the bullet in the chimney,” Jess said. “Downstairs in the conference room, in the brick chimney above the fireplace behind the finished walls, there are bullets from the Civil War. This house is one of two that was built for a pair of sisters—they’re twin homes with almost the exactly same layout. A confederate general built them for his two daughters. When Sherman was burning the south and raiding all of the homes, they came into this house. There was a portrait of the young woman’s father—the Confederate general—over the mantel of the fireplace. When the Union troops saw it, they shot through the portrait and the lead bullets lodged themselves in the brick of the chimney.”

 

Jess stays active our local legal community, and is a member of the South Carolina Bar’s Young Lawyer Division, South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association, the South Carolina Young Lawyers Division, the Richland County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

 

“In Columbia, it’s really easy to get involved with the Bar Association,” Jess said. “There are always a lot of events going on, the Annual South Carolina Judicial Conference is here in town, and it’s a great hub for the legal community with the government and the non-profits that are located here. It’s cool to be a part of that and to stay involved with it.”

 

Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary, Jess! We hope to celebrate many more work anniversaries with you!

 


Supporting the USC School of Law

Meet Chris Pascal, who has been working with Goings Law Firm this summer and will continue with us into the fall as he begins his 2L year at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

 

Chris attended undergraduate at Wofford University and he graduated  in May 2017. When he arrived at Wofford as a freshman in 2014, he decided to get involved in Wofford’s Student Government and was elected as a Freshman Delegate. Chis went on to lead the Student Government as Student Body President during his time at Wofford (just like Robert Goings did!)

 

When Chris began his classes at the University of South Carolina School of Law, he didn’t immediately jump into student government. However, at the encouragement of his friends, he decided to run for a Student Body Association position and was elected to the SBA as the Class Representative for the Class of 2020. He will begin his term this fall when he begins his 2L year.

 

“I’m really happy to be working for Robert and for Goings Law Firm,” Chris said. “It’s been a great experience, and I’m blessed to have it. I love seeing what it takes to be a successful attorney. You have to be hardworking and client driven. Goings Law Firm has taught me that you can be both principled and family oriented. Yes, it can be hard work and a lot of hours, but at the end of the day you still want to have your principles, your morals, and your beliefs.”

 

Like Chris, both Robert Goings and Jess Gooding, attended the USC School of Law. Because of our firm’s close ties with the University and because of our proximity to campus, we believe in being actively involved at the USC School of Law and try to do as many things with the school as we can. We are firmly invested in the futures of the law students there and want to do what we can to help further their education and their experience.

 

 

“Everyone here is very involved,” Chris said. “They have spoken to our entire graduating class, they help put on the Alumni and Student BBQ every June, and they participate in the On Campus Interviews each year. Goings Law Firm shows that even small firms can have a big presence on campus.”

 

As the summer begins to wind down and students begin making their way back to campus, we want to wish everyone at the USC School of Law a good school year. We look forward to seeing the new class and the returning students around campus!

South Carolina Workers Comp – Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of the frequently asked questions about workers’ compensation laws that we receive from people who have been injured on the at work.

  • How do I report an on-the-job injury?

    Report all injures at work to your employer immediately and request medical treatment, if needed. If you neglect to report the injury within 90 days of the accident you may lose your benefits. However, it is very important that the injury be reported as quickly as possible so that the employer does not claim that the injury did not occur. Although you must report the injury within 90 days, you have up to two years to file a claim for benefits. If a worker dies because of work-related injuries, the workers’ dependents, or parents if there are no dependents, must file a claim within two years of the death to claim benefits.

  • How do I file a claim?

    You may personally file a claim if your employer does not report your accident, denies your injury by accident, or if you believe you did not receive all of your benefits. To file a claim you must submit a Form 50 or Form 52 to the Commission.  When filing a claim on a Form 50 or Form 52, mark the box 13a. which states, “I am filing a claim. I am not requesting a hearing at this time.”  However, if you believe that you are not receiving the benefits that you are entitled, you should contact an attorney immediately so that you can properly request a hearing

  • What medical treatment am I entitled to receive?

    You are entitled to all necessary medical treatment that is likely to lessen your disability. Workers’ compensation generally pays for surgery, hospitalization, medical supplies, prosthetic devices, and prescriptions. Keep in mind that in most circumstances in order to receive these benefits you must go to the doctor chosen by your employer or its insurance representative.

  • How is the compensation rate determined?

    You are entitled to compensation at the rate of 66 2/3 percent of your average weekly wage based on the four quarters prior to your injury, but no more than the maximum average weekly wage determined each year by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. If you are working two or more jobs at the time of accident, those wages may be included as part of the average weekly wage and compensation rate.

  • Will I get compensated for missing time from work because of my injury?

    The law requires a seven-day waiting period before benefits can be paid. If you are out of work for more than seven days, payments will come from your employer’s insurance representative. If you are out of work for more than 14 days, you will receive compensation even for the first seven days. You can expect payments to be made directly to you and these should continue until the doctor releases you to return to work.

  • When are my benefits terminated?

    After the doctor releases you to return to work with or without restrictions, within 150 days of notification of the accident, you should receive two copies of Form 15 with Section II completed indicating that compensation has been stopped and for what reasons. If the insurance carrier stops your compensation, and if you disagree, complete Section III of the Form 15 and send it to the Commission’s Judicial Department. This is your way to request a hearing to be held in sixty (60) days. If the doctor releases you to return to work after the 150-day notification period, your employer or insurance representative will ask you to sign a Form 17 (receipt of compensation) after you have been back to work for 15 days.

  • What if the doctor releases me to light duty? 

    You must accept light work if it is ordered. If you do not accept, all compensation may cease as long as you refuse to return to work. You have a right to a hearing if you believe that you are not able to do the work assigned to you. If you return to light work before you are fully discharged by the doctor at a wage less than you were earning at the time of your original injury, you are entitled to weekly compensation at the rate of  66 2/3% of the difference between your average weekly wage and your new wage.

  • What if I receive an impairment rating?  

    If you receive an impairment rating, then you may be entitled to additional benefits under workers compensation.  We strongly urge anyone who is injured to contact an attorney  if their injury involves a surgery or a impairment to a body part.  Without an attorney you may be required to have a hearing against the insurance company’s doctor.  It has been our practice that insurance company never want to pay what you are entitled to receive based on the level of impairment or disability from your work related injury.

  • Do I get reimbursed for my travel expenses when I go to the doctor?

    Yes, if the round trip distance is more than ten miles from your home. Effective August 23, 2004, Commission approved allowance for trips to a pharmacy if the round trip distance is more than ten miles from your home. You should be reimbursed for the round trip mileage at the rate allowed state employees for mileage.

  • Can I get a second opinion if I am not happy with the doctor to whom the insurance carrier refers me?  

    Under certain circumstances you can obtain a second opinion, but the insurance carrier will likely send you to another “insurance company doctor.”  If you need a second opinion, we strongly urge you to contact our firm so that we can obtain a fair and impartial  second opinion from a trusted physician.

  • Who sends me my weekly check?

    Your employer is required to have workers’ compensation insurance if they have four or more employees and the insurance carrier will be responsible to pay compensation to you if you are out of work for more than seven days.  If the insurance company has not started you checks, or if your checks are delayed or not timely coming to your address, you need to contact our office immediately to protect your rights.

If you or a loved one has a question about any worker’s compensation issue that you are facing, please do not hesitate to contact us today.   Often times a claim for workers compensation benefits can be tricky to navigate on your own, and the insurance companies can be notorious for my protecting the injured workers so that it can save money.  Don’t put your financial benefits in the hands of a workers’ compensation insurance adjuster without first talking to a seasoned worker’s compensation attorney.  We are here to help, so call the Goings Law Firm today at (803) 350-9230.


SC Worker’s Compensation Answers: Am I stuck with the Workers Compensation Doctor?

Do you feel like this when you treat with the Insurance Company Doctor?

Question: Do I have to use the workers comp insurance doctor?

Answer:

This is a question that we often hear from individuals who are dissatisfied with the medical care they been receiving from their employer’s worker’s compensation insurance carrier. For individuals who choose to go through this legal process by themselves the answer is most likely yes….you are stuck with their doctor. To those who seek the proper legal representation the answer and the outcome can be quite different.

The South Carolina Worker’s Compensation Act provides that individuals who are injured while working on the job are entitled to medical benefits. These benefits need to be provided at no expense to the injured worker. At first blush, the Workers Compensation Act provides that those individuals seeking medical treatment must receive treatment initially from a doctor provided by the employer and their worker’s compensation insurance carrier. That medical treatment must continue until it lessens the period of disability or the insurance doctor has placed you at maximum medical improvement (“MMI”). Similar to how your car’s damage is devalued instantly in an automobile accident by the insurance carrier, some injured workers find the insurance carrier’s physician devalue their injuries as well. This process often leads to months of frustration treating with a physician who will not listen to their needs or hastily rushes them out the door to end treatment.

If you have the proper legal representation, however, the process may be very different. Prior to my representation of injured workers, I worked as counsel for 14 years representing workers compensation insurance carriers. I have worked with some excellent carriers and physicians and unfortunately have seen firsthand some of the struggles injured workers face when paired with some carriers and physicians who do not care. My unique perspective allows me to know which physicians to steer away from and how to utilize the insurance industry standards and protocols for changing medical providers. We work, using the law, to obtain second opinions provided by the carriers or through our own means to allow our clients to get the best medical treatment that they need. Let me see if I can provide you that same medical treatment. For free consultation on your workers compensation claim, call me at 803-350-9230.
Answered by Christian E. Boesl, Manager of the Workers’ Compensation Department


Welcome Back Mallory Haber!

Mallory Haber

The Goings Law Firm is excited to have Mallory Haber back with the firm. Mallory helped with the start of the Goings Law Firm in 2011! We are so lucky to have her back!!
Mallory attended the University of South Carolina and graduated in 2005. Upon graduation, Mallory began working as a legal assistant at a firm in Columbia. Upon obtaining her paralegal certification, Mallory began working at the Goings Law Firm. Mallory then moved down to Charleston and worked as a paralegal at a firm on Daniel Island. Mallory returned to Columbia and the Goings Law Firm this Fall and couldn’t be more excited. In her free time, Mallory loves watching all Gamecock sports, and hanging out with her husband and dog.

Thousands of possibly defective CPR training air valves recalled in the US

A Massachusetts-based importer has issued a recall to estimated 10,000 units of air valves used in training people to conduct a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) due to a problem that could cause harm to people using it, a cpsc.gov article stated on November 23.

According to the recall, the “Practi-VALVE” CPR training air valves of Work ‘N Leisure may possibly cause choking injuries to intended users if a part of it suddenly detaches while being used. In the recall documents submitted by Work ‘N Leisure, the cap attached at the end of the air valves could choke the user when they use it in mouth-to-mouth CPR training using a dummy. Before the recall was issued, the company and the CPSC have been notified of three air valve end-caps accidentally getting into the trainees’ mouth or throat. People who might have the air valves bearing Lot 3197 have been advised to stop from using it and coordinate with the recalling company for the free product replacement.

People could find themselves seriously injured as a result of using defective products sold in the market. If you experienced this, the Columbia product liability lawyers of Goings Law Firm, LLC may possibly help you get compensation from negligent companies. Call us today at (803) 350-9230 to learn more about your legal options.


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