Personal Injury Attorney Greenville SC
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.
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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Distracted Driving blog Texting and Driving kills. Here are some apps that can help parents make sure their kids (and themselves) are driving safe: Canary is a free app that puts all the information in the hands of the parent. It offers text notification any time a child texts, tweets, or answers a call while driving. Canary will also provide notifications when the teenage driver exceeds a certain speed or goes outside a set perimeter on the map, so you’ll always know that your child is where they are supposed to be. CellControl is designed to disable only the driver’s phone, leaving other passengers free to use their phones normally. CellControl prevents behaviors that have been defined ahead of time: texting, taking selfies, using social media accounts, and playing games, among others. It can also be set to simply monitor usage to determine whether or not a teenage driver is using their phone responsibly. Drive First is an app from Sprint. Your phone automatically locks when you start driving, so no need to start or stop the app, and it automatically replies to texts. Drive First does allow you to set 3 driving apps, such as maps or music, so you can get what you need without being tempted to text. You can also set some contacts to bypass the block so important people (like your babysitter or boss) aren’t blocked every time you get into the car. Live2Txt is an app that turns off texts and incoming calls on command. Live2Txt also sends a message to anyone sending a text or a call so that they know you are driving and won’t continue trying to contact you. TextArrest allows parents to control the ways in which a phone can be used while in a moving vehicle. It can also be set up to notify parents when the teenage driver overrides the Text Arrest function, travels outside a certain geographic area, or exceeds the speed limit. The app will also allow the phone to be used in the event of an emergency with parent notification. TextLimit prevents predefined features on a phone from functioning when the phone is moving above a certain speed. Once the phone goes back under the predetermined speed, the Text Limit restores all features and they are fully functional once more. tXt Blocker It shuts down the phone completely when your teen is driving (and lets you set up “No-Cell Zones” to prevent texting from work or school) that teens can’t hack around. You can also track and find your teen through the tXtBlocker website and see reports on how safely they’re driving. DriveScribe blocks incoming calls and texts when the car is moving above a certain speed. In addition, the DriveScribe app notifies drivers who are traveling too fast. Safe Driver. This app monitors location and driving practices. The app can even send an alert to parents of infractions and where they occurred. Zoom Safer. This is another app that limits access to texting, calling and browsing while driving. If you need help with a car accident caused by a distracted driver, please call Venus Poe, PA at 864-963-0310 or 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 Importance of taking pictures after a car accident When you are in a car accident, the steps needed to document the accident are probably the last thing on your mind. Your first thoughts are probably getting treatment for your injuries and how you are going to go back to work and get your vehicle fixed. While it may not be your first thought, taking pictures after the accident can help get you full value for your injuries and property damage. The popularity of cellphones with builtin cameras make taking pictures after the accident easier than ever. Why are pictures important Everyone will have their own version of events after an accident. Pictures help those who weren’t there, including insurance adjusters and juries determine the truth. Pictures can show who was at fault in the accident Pictures can show details of the accident scene and damage to the vehicles. Pictures immediately after can show where debris on the road landed which might later be helpful in determining impact and fault for the accident. Pictures can show your injuries It is one thing to tell an adjuster or jury that you had bruising from the accident, it is another to have pictures of the bruising. Pictures are more effective than mere words in showing pain and suffering. Photos of broken bones, slings, wheelchairs, crutches, and braces help others understand what the injury has done to your life. Pictures show damage to your property Pictures are one of the best ways to show damage to your property. Take pictures of your vehicle including damage to the inside. Pictures can show airbag deployment, incursion into the passenger compartment and glass breakage. Take pictures of any other property that was damaged in the accident, such as cellphones, children’s car seats, computers, etc. When is the best time to take Pictures The best time to take pictures is immediately after the accident. If pictures are taken immediately after the accident, more can be captured such as debris on the road, traffic signals and weather conditions. If you did not take pictures at the scene, you can still take pictures of your injuries, the progress of your healing, any property damage that has not been fixed and later pictures of the accident scene. Tips for taking pictures for your car accident 1. Take photos as soon as possible. Your first priority should be to make sure everyone is ok and that emergency services are on their. If possible, take photographs at the scene. As we stated, pictures taken immediately after the accident can show many things that will not be able to be captured at a later date such as debris on the road and weather conditions. 2. Take as many pictures as possible and from different angles. You can not take too many photos. You never know what the pictures may later reveal. Take pictures of everything. This includes not only the cars, but also people at the scene, weather conditions, damaged objects, skid marks, the inside of your vehicle, police officers, the roadway where the accident occurred, debris on the road from the accident, stop lights, traffic signs, your injuries, and surrounding businesses. 3. Take pictures at different times of your injuries. Take pictures of your injuries throughout the healing process. A time line of your recovery if very useful in getting full recovery for your pain and suffering. These pictures can show how long it took you to recover and the pain that was involved in that recovery. If you would like to speak with a lawyer regarding your car accident case, please call Venus Poe at 864-963-0310. 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.
How Your Age Effects Your Application For Social Security Disability Many people have questions about how their age would affect their application for disability. Some people have heard that it is harder to get disability the younger you are. This is true. There is a five step process to determine if a Claimant is awarded disability benefits. To prove that you are disabled and entitled to Social Security Disability benefits you must show 1. You are not working. If you are working in 2016 and your earnings average more than $1,130 a month, you generally cannot be considered disabled. 2. Your condition must be “severe.” To be considered “severe” your condition must interfere with basic work-related activities. 3. Does you “severe” condition meet a listing? For each of the major body systems, the Social Security Administration maintains a list of medical conditions that are so severe they automatically mean that you are disabled. For each condition you will normally have to produce medical labs, test or other evidence that is required by the individual listing. The conditions that meet a listing can be found here https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/listing-impairments.htm If you meet a listing then you are awarded disability and the analysis stops there. If you do not meet a listing, you must proceed to the fourth part of the Social Security Disability Analysis. 4. Can you do any work that you have done previously? If, given your limitations caused by your severe condition, you can still perform any work that you have done in the past, your claim will be denied. If you cannot do any work that you have done previously, you must proceed to the Fifth and final part of the Social Security Disability Analysis. 5. Can you do any other work in the national economy? If you cannot do the work you did in the past, the burden of proof shifts to the Social Security Administration to show that their are other jobs in the national economy that you can perform given your limitations. The Social Security Administration considers your medical conditions, what you are functional capable of doing, your age, education, past work experience and any transferable skills you may have. If there are other jobs that exist in the national economy that you can adjust to, your claim will be denied. If given all those factors, no jobs exist that meet those criteria, you will be found disabled. In these cases, the Social Security Administration will first make a determination on what level of exertion you can perform at in a work environment. The categories are divided from the least level of exertion to most. The category is as follows: Sedentary work. Sedentary work involves lifting no more than 10 pounds at a time and occasionally lifting or carrying articles like docket files, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met. (b) Light work. Light work involves lifting no more than 20 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds. Even though the weight lifted may be very little, a job is in this category when it requires a good deal of walking or standing, or when it involves sitting most of the time with some pushing and pulling of arm or leg controls. To be considered capable of performing a full or wide range of light work, you must have the ability to do substantially all of these activities. If someone can do light work, we determine that he or she can also do sedentary work, unless there are additional limiting factors such as loss of fine dexterity or inability to sit for long periods of time. (c) Medium work.Medium work involves lifting no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds. If someone can do medium work, the Social Security Administration will determine that he or she can also do sedentary and light work. (d) Heavy work. Heavy work involves lifting no more than 100 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 50 pounds. If someone can do heavy work, the Social Security Administration will determine that he or she can also do medium, light, and sedentary work. (e) Very heavy work.Very heavy work involves lifting objects weighing more than 100pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing 50 pounds or more. If someone can do very heavy work, the Social Security Administration will determine that he or she can also do heavy, medium, light and sedentary work. Once the Social Security Administration has made a conclusion on your level of exertion, they will then correlate it with the GRID chart with your age, education, level, and past work and make their decision whether you are disabled or not. The GRID rules are comprised of age, education, and past work. This is because your physical abilities are not the only factor in determining your disability. Generally, the older and less educated you are the more likely you will be found disabled. The social security office has specific ages and categories in which they place you according to your age. 18-49 years of age is considered to be a “younger individual”; 50-54 years of age is “approaching advanced age”; and, 55 and older is “advanced age” according to the Social Security Administration and the GRID rules. To view the GRID go to: https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/404/404-app-p02.htm Find which category you fall under listed above by your age. Next consider your education, are you “limited or less”, “high […]