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Venus Poe has practiced law for more than a decade and was the managing personal injury attorney in the Greenville office of a large multi-state law firm where she successfully represented large corporations in the courtroom.

Ms. Poe decided to follow her calling and open her own law firm representing individuals and helping them through sometimes difficult and devastating situations. Ms. Poe personally meets with each new client to understand your case and explain the process and personally checks on each of her clients throughout their recovery.

When it comes to hiring an attorney you have a lot of choices. You may have looked at other attorney’s websites and tried to do your homework. So why should you hire me? I can help you. I deal with the insurance company, your health insurance company and the investigation of your case.

My clients come back to me and refer their friends and family to me because I take the time to personally listen to you, give you honest advice and take care of the details for you so you can concentrate on getting better. For me, being an attorney is not just a job, it is a calling. I am aggressive and work hard in each case so that you get the best results and that you feel confident and referring your friends and family to us in the future.

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If  you have been injured or have been denied social security benefits, chances are you are stressed and not sure how to get your life back on track.  Seeking legal representation now allows you to concentrate on your recovery while we take on the stress of dealing with the insurance adjuster and the courts.

Whether you have experienced serious personal injury, a work injury, the wrongful death of a family member in a fatal accident, or require someone to fight for your social security benefits, we are ready to fight for you.  Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

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What are the rules to make sure there are no sleepy truck drivers?

<h1>What are the rules to make sure there are no sleepy truck drivers?<h1> Nearly 4000 people are killed each year in tractor-trailer accidents. The federal government established hours of service rules because truck driver fatigue is one of the highest causes of these tractor-trailer accidents in the United States. In a bid to provide the truck drivers with rest and sleep, and to reduce truck accidents due to truck driver fatigue, these laws have been put into effect to limit the number of hours that a truck can be on the road. Truck driver can drive for a maximum of 11 continuous hours, in a 14-hour work day, after which they are required to take a mandatory rest period of 10 hours before getting behind the wheel of their truck again. The 14-consecutive-hour driving window begins when the trucker start any kind of work. Once the trucker have reached the end of this 14-consecutive-hour period, he cannot drive again until he has been off duty for another 10 consecutive hours, or the equivalent of at least 10 consecutive hours off duty. Who must follow these Hours of Service rules? In general it is a truck, or truck-tractor with a trailer, that is involved in interstate commerce and: • Weighs (including any load) 10,001 pounds (4,536 kg) or more, or • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds (4,536 kg) or more, or • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards. We will describe these terms in greater detail in the next sections of this document How are hours documented? Tractor-trailer drivers have been required to keep paper logs of their hours dating back to 1938, but accident investigators and safety advocates have long complained it’s easy to change the logs or keep two different sets of records to evade restrictions on hours. Electronic logging devices automatically record driving time by monitoring engine hours, vehicle movement, miles driven and location information.The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has recently enacted new rules requiring electronic logging of hours. The FMCSA estimates about 26 lives will be saved and 562 injuries prevented each year. Many times when we get involved in a case involving a tractor-trailer, we find that logs have not been kept as they should and their are multiple hours of service violations. If you have questions about an accident involving a tractor trailer, please contact Venus Poe today at 864-963-0310 click here to fill out an online case evaluation form. We handle case across South Carolina and have offices in Greenville, South Carolina and Fountain Inn, South Carolina to better serve you. There is no obligation or charge for our initial consultation to see if we can help you with your case. The information you obtain in this article is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should not read this article to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction in which you may have a case.

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What in the world is a “Dram Shop” action?

What in the world is a “Dram Shop” action? When someone is injured by a drunk driver, they may recover damages from the drunk drivers’ car insurance company. They may also have a dram shop action against businesses that served the drunk driver alcohol  when they person was visibly intoxicated or underage. Those suits brought against the restaurant or bar after an accident caused by a drunk person are brought under dram shop laws.  A “dram shop” is the old legal name for a seller of alcohol.  Traditionally, it referred to a shop where spirits were sold by the dram, a small unit of liquid. Most of the time the drunk driver does not have enough insurance to cover the damages they cause. Many times the drunk driver doesn’t have the insurance or other resources to cover the damage they cause others.  Many individuals have no or insufficient auto liability insurance, and sometimes accidents are so serious that a plaintiff’s damages will be greater than the auto liability policy limits required by law. South Carolina law only requires that a driver carry $25,000 per person liability coverage. In these situations where an individual is injured by a drunk driver, the bar, liquor, beer, or wine store, may be liable for the results of the drunk driving accident, if those parties acted negligently. South Carolina Dram Shop law is pursuant to common law, not statute. In South Carolina, there is no “Dram Shop” Act; however, our courts recognize an injured party’s right to pursue an establishment for damages caused by the acts of an intoxicated adult patron.  Specifically, to pursue such an action, the injured party must apply the criminal statutes governing alcohol control (S.C. Code Ann. § 61-4-580) and demonstrate the permit holder knowingly sold beer or wine to an intoxicated person. Ordinarily, acting negligently in serving alcohol will mean serving alcohol to someone that a reasonable person would know shouldn’t be served alcohol, due to the unreasonable danger it may create. When gauging whether a person should have sold someone alcohol, what matters is not the individual server’s impression of the person.  It is whether a reasonable, ordinary person would think the person was intoxicated knowing the facts that the server should have known.  So if the person is slurring their speech or stumbling, and the server doesn’t notice, he or she should have, and the server’s business will likely be liable in negligence. Dram shop cases require an experienced attorney to do a thorough investigation. “Dram shop” laws help injured individuals and their families recover compensation for injuries caused by the restaurant or bar’s negligence in serving alcohol to the at-fault driver. Dram shop case are difficult to establish. Establishments routinely claim that the person was not “obviously intoxicated” or that the establishment had no reason to know the person had consumed too much alcohol. This requires that injured party to conduct a thorough investigation to discover all the evidence that would support their claim the establishment was negligent. Evidence a lawyer can collect include: records showing a large number of alcoholic drinks served to the person, eyewitness testimony from others a the establishment including employees and patrons,and,  surveillance footage from the establishment or other locations. If you have questions about a car accident involving a drunk driver,please contact Venus Poe today at 864-963-0310 click here to fill out an online case evaluation form. We have offices in Greenville, South Carolina and Fountain Inn, South Carolina to better serve you. There is no obligation or charge for our initial consultation to see if we can help you with your case. The information you obtain in this article is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should not read this article to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction in which you may have a case.  

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As SC Workers’ Compensation Act turns 80, Some Large Companies Want to Opt-Out..

The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission turned 80 year old on September 1, 2015. In light of the anniversary, the time is right for a review of the significance of the workers’ compensation system. At the turn of the 20th century, the industrial revolution was in full force. The increase in machines and automation also increased on-the-job accidents. At this time, a workers only remedy was to sue his employer in civil court. Many injured workers did not have the means to take their employer to court or the time to go without a paycheck. These workers became dependent on charity to care for their families. It became apparent to state courts that a new system had to be implemented to handle the increasing and unique caseload. In 1911, the first workers compensation laws were passed in the United States. Historically, the workers’ compensation law had six basic objectives: 1. Provide immediate and reasonable income and medical benefits to work-related accident victims regardless of fault; 2. Provide a single remedy and reduce court delays, costs, and judicial workloads arising out of work place personal injury litigation; 3. Relieve charities of financial demands created by uncompensated workplace accidents; 4. Minimize payment of fees to lawyers and witnesses as well as time-consuming trials and court appeals; 5. Encourage employer interest in safety, and, 6. Promote frank study of the causes of accidents (rather than the concealment of fault) in an effort to reduce preventable accidents and human suffering. Introduced during the 2015 South Carolina Legislative session, the South Carolina Employee Injury Benefit Plan Alternative, or H.B. 4197, would allow employers to opt out of the state’s workers’ compensation system and provide alternative private coverage for injured employees. The South Carolina bill, sponsored by state Rep. Bill Sandifer, Rep.Craig A. Gagnon, and Rep. David R. Hiott has not been revisited this year, but sources said eventual amendments are anticipated. This bill, ghost drafted by Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation (an organization made up of large employers and insurance companies) would allow employers to opt-out of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act by providing private insurance to cover injuries. These private insurance plans can make their own rules including reporting timelines and definition of injury. Further, state workers’ compensation benefits are not subject to income tax; however, benefits paid out under these proposed alternative plans would be. What do these proposals mean for small businesses? Large multi-state companies like Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Costco, and BMW can benefit from opt-out laws because they have the resources to administer their own workers’ compensation plans. Small local businesses, however lack capital and staff to administer their own programs, so they will continue paying into the traditional South Carolina workers’ compensation system. However, if larger employers are able to opt out, this will reduce the total premiums paid into the state system, which means costs will eventually rise for small, local businesses. To see more on how these opt-out systems are “working” in Texas and Oklahoma check out

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