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Congratulations to our partner Scott Masel, who successfully appealed an adverse decision from the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission. The South Carolina Court of Appeals agreed with Scott that the Commission erred in finding our client's injury was an idiopathic fall not compensable as an "injury by accident arising out of and in the course of [her] employment." S.C. Code Ann. § 42-1-160(A) (2015).  The insurance company denied the claim and refused to pay any benefits for our client's very substantial injuries.  After reviewing the surveillance video, the Court of Appeals agreed with Scott that our client "was undeniably performing a work task when she "suffered an injury by accident arising out of and in the course of her employment." Exactly what workers compensation insurance is supposed to cover.

To read the full opinion, go to

http://www.sccourts.org/opinions/HTMLFiles/COA/5491.pdf


Congratulations to our partner, Juliet Casper, for her recognition by the Sun News Editorial Board of her work in combating human trafficking, both in the state, and locally.  She was instrumental in planning and presenting a major forum on the subject with the North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club that featured South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and other prominent speakers.  Juliet has been a tireless advocate on this issue, and plans to continue her efforts as the President Elect of GFWC-SC next year, and the State President 2018-2020.  The forum brought light to a problem that has assumed significant size locally, but has been largely unknown to the general public before this.

To read the editorial, go to

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/opinion/editorials/article115388858.html


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