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Personal Injury FAQ’s

November 13th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Being injured can be a painful experience, so we want to make sure you have the right answers to your questions. Our experienced personal injury attorney, Mark Peper, is committed to giving you the information you need.

How soon after I am injured do I have to file a lawsuit?

In South Carolina, you have three years to file a claim.

How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

In order to have a case, there must be a responsible negligent party. If the other person’s actions were the proximate cause of you or a loved one’s injury, then you have a valid claim.

What should I bring to meet my lawyer?

Anything that could help your case. Some of these items might include:

  • Photographs from the accident scene
  • Surveillance video
  • Statements from witnesses
  • Police reports
  • FR-10 Incident Report
  • Pictures of your injuries

Criminal Defense FAQ’s

October 30th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

At The Peper Law Firm, we want you to have the right answers about common questions in South Carolina. Our experienced criminal defense attorney, Mark Peper, is committed to giving you the information you need.

What are my rights if I get arrested?

If you are arrested, you have the right to remain silent and to speak to an attorney about your case. You also have the right to be told the charge(s) against you, and you have the right to notify someone of your arrest.

What should I do first?

We recommend that you do not say anything until you contact an attorney. An attorney helps ensure that your rights are protected.

Do I need a lawyer if I’m innocent?

You are presumed innocent for the entirety of the criminal proceeding, so yes, an attorney should review the charges against you and represent you in court.

Can I demand to see a lawyer?

Yes, all defendants are entitled to a lawyer.  If you cannot afford a private lawyer, a public defender will be provided to you.

Halloween Safety Tips

October 26th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Halloween is almost here, and children everywhere are picking out their costumes and thinking about all the yummy treats they will enjoy. At The Peper Law Firm, we have a few kids of our own who are pumped to go trick-or-treating. While it’s a fun celebration, it’s also important to remember a few safety tips.

Going trick-or-treating?

Follow these tips to enjoy a safe and fun night:

-Avoid trick-or-treating alone.

Make sure your children walk in groups (if age appropriate) or with a trusted adult.

-Costume accessories should be short and flexible (i.e; swords, knives, etc.)

-Check all treats for tampering and choking hazards

-Bring a flashlight if it’s already dark outside

-Try to walk only on sidewalks, if possible

-Avoid eating homemade treats by strangers

-Look both ways before crossing a street

 

Don’t forget to print out our Halloween crossword puzzle below:

Charleston Festival Guide

October 16th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

In South Carolina, we have a lot of fall festivals. It’s a great way to spend time with friends and family all while enjoying the cooler weather. While these events are fun, it’s important to think about a few things ahead of time.

Crowds

Public events usually mean crowds. Here’s how to stay safe:

-Make sure you know where the exits are

-Wear closed-toe shoes to prevent tripping or other injuries

-Leave early or late to avoid the rush

-Keep a close eye on your children at all times

-Travel in pairs, especially if it’s dark outside

Parking

It’s best to figure out the best places to park prior to the event.

  • Parking garages
    • Accept cash and credit card payments
    • Check out a list of city parking garages here.
  • Metered Parking
    • All street meters require payment Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., this excludes Sunday and official city holidays.
    • Look into getting a SmartCard. You can get back minutes you don’t use. Check it out here.
  • Free Parking
    • The Battery has limited spots, and they go fast, so always have a back up plan.
    • Some restaurants offer free parking, but don’t stay all day or you will be towed.

Theft

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Make sure to not leave personal or valuable items in your car. If you do, make sure they are hidden and not visible. Backpacks or cross-body purses are great for events because they are easier to keep track of and hands-free.

Here’s a few events happening this year:

Do I need a personal injury lawyer for dog bites?

October 9th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

At The Peper Law Firm, we are here to help you. We want to make sure you are fully equipped with the right information. In a previous blog, we discussed dog bite injuries and we want to further answer any questions you still might have.

Do I need a lawyer?

Dog bites can be a traumatic experience. You may be wondering, “Do I need a personal injury lawyer?” While each situation is different, we want to make sure you know the right information to help you decide if you need a personal injury lawyer.

In South Carolina, dog owners have a responsibility to maintain control of his/ her dog. This law can help prevent dog bite accidents from happening, so it’s important to keep dogs on a leash.

What do I do when a dog bites me?

If a dog bite occurs, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention because infections can happen. If possible, collect information about the dog and owner. You will need information about the dog’s shot records (i.e; rabies).

Insurance sometimes covers dog bites, but you don’t need to feel pressured to agree on a final settlement if you are thinking about consulting with a personal injury lawyer.

How does a personal injury lawyer help?

A lawyer will help you receive compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, psychological counseling, and any other expense you may encounter.

If you have any other questions, call The Peper Law Firm and set up a free consultation.

 

Motorcycle Safety

October 2nd, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

It’s finally fall which is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and take the good ole’ motorcycle for a spin. Motorcycle enthusiasts are ready to ride without the summer heat. Whether its a short day trip or down the east coast, it’s important to remember that safety comes first.

Often times, accidents occur because other drivers are unaware that a motorcycle is near them. It’s important for all drivers to check their mirrors before changing lanes. Sometimes a driver doesn’t see the cyclist or once they do, it’s too late to avoid an accident.

If you are a motorcyclist, here are some tips to prevent an accident related injury

1. Safety gear– While South Carolina does not have a helmet law, it’s highly recommended to wear one anyway. A head injury could result in life or death situation, and it’s always better to take precautions to stay safe. Check out this guide to motorcycle safety gear here.

2. Check blind spots– Be aware of a vehicle’s blind spots and try to avoid staying in them for an extended period of time.

3. Group riding etiquette– Always remember to ride in a staggered formation. This will help increase your vision of one another and help prevent collision if one of you has to come to a sudden stop.

4. Avoid the “Death Zone”– Avoid riding through an active traffic lane and parked cars. While this seems like a great idea to avoid sitting in traffic, it puts you at risk to other drivers or pedestrians who may not be looking out for you. This area is called the “Death Zone,” obviously for good reason.

5. Watch your speed- It’s so easy to just cruise along, but always check your speed. You would hate to hit a corner too fast or have something unexpected happen and not be able to break in time.

While you can take precautions of your own to prevent accidents, you can’t control other drivers on the road. If you find yourself injured from a motorcycle accident and need help claiming your injuries, call The Peper Law Firm for a free consultation.

What did today’s vote on Judge Kavanaugh mean?

September 28th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

The nation has been torn apart by the nomination process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, and after today’s vote by the Senate Judiciary committee, the drama has just begun.
In short, the Senate Judiciary voted 11-10 to move forward and present Judge Kavanaugh to the full Senate for a vote on his confirmation to sit on the United States Supreme Court. The vote was along party lines, with Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican Senator from Arizona, casting the deciding vote; with one caveat.

Sen. Flake, who released a statement early this morning strenuously supporting the nominee, apparently had a slight change of heart as the day went on. At the call of the committee hearing, the Chairman allowed Senator Flake to address the committee prior to the vote. His position was clear: he would vote in favor of submitting Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate, but would not commit to voting on his confirmation until and unless the FBI performed an investigation limited in time and scope. One week to investigate, on just the current allegations.

Immediately upon Sen. Flake’s impassioned statement to the committee, the motion was seconded, and a vote took place, with all 11 Republicans, included Sen. Flake, voting “yes”, and all 10 Democrats voting “no.”
Then all hell broke loose, with several committee members being confused as to what they just voted on. The Senate Democrats wanted to make sure that everyone understood, including the general public, that an agreement had been reached with Sen. Flake wherein a one-week FBI investigation would take place before the full Senate voted on the nominee. At least that’s what they thought they’d just voted on. In reality, they voted to present Judge Kavanaugh to the full Senate, period, and their only chance of delaying the Senate vote rests with Sen. Flake.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, Sen. Flake doesn’t control the full Senate, and only the majority party leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, can delay the vote. Further, only the President can order an FBI investigation, so it doesn’t mean that a week delay to allow an FBI investigation will actually occur. Or does it?

Sen. Flake, arguably, is the deciding vote in the Senate, and he’s made it very clear that he would like an FBI investigation limited in time and scope before he casts his vote to confirm. The last time I checked, 51 out of 100 votes are needed to confirm, so Sen. McConnell would be wise to adhere to Sen. Flake’s request.
So what happens next? If Senator McConnell has the votes without Sen. Flake, then he can simply call for a vote as early as tomorrow. If he doesn’t, then he really has no choice but to delay the vote until an FBI investigation can occur, after which, Sen. Flake indicates he would vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

Of course, President Trump alone gets the final decision as to whether to ask the FBI to perform a one- week investigation, and we all know how President Trump feels about the FBI. And Judge Kavanaugh.
The drama continues as we wait to see what Sen. McConnell decides.

5 tips for law school students

September 25th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Whether you’re a returning law school student or just starting your first year, these 5 tips will help you in your journey to become a lawyer.

So, newbies- don’t freak out just yet. We’ve got some words of encouragement for you.

1. Write every day. Great writing skills are essential to every law student; and trust me, we’ve all been there. We know all skills require practice, so practice writing so that you can write clear and concise arguments.

2. Get experience. Take as many internships, clinics and practicums as you can. The more experience you get outside the classroom will help you better understand how what you’re learning about relates to a legal career. It’s also a great opportunity to network and open doors for your future.

3. Make friends in your classes. There’s this stigma that says you should view all other students as competitors, but you might actually learn something from other students. Not only will you have friends to help encourage you along the way, but you will have students who can potentially give you notes or study advice.

4. You can’t control your environment, but you can control your reaction. A lot of first year law students hear stories about professors who will call you out in class. Whatever the reason may be, just go with it. Learn to be confident in your answers and focus on why you’re there, not why you can’t stand that professor.

5. Get involved. Go to your professor’s office hours and ask questions. This is the best way to establish a relationship with them. Join clubs and organizations on campus that you stand for and maybe even hold a position.

Good luck!

Mary Doe and John Doe vs. CCSD

September 20th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

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What to do after Hurricane Florence

September 17th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Over 1 million people were under mandatory evacuation while Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday, September 14th.  While the storm has passed, we are now dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane (i.e. damaged homes, flood waters). Here are 5 ways you can help your local community post Hurricane Florence.

1. Donate

One SC fund

The One SC Fund is a fundraising effort that helps South Carolinians who are recovering from natural disasters. Donate here.

North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund

Donate here to help with the immediate needs of Hurricane Florence victims.

American Red Cross

Donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund here or text ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10.

Habitat for Humanity

Donate here to help raise money to renovate homes.

Salvation Army

Donate here to help assist those in need after Hurricane Florence.

2. Volunteer

Get involved with an organization that you are affiliated with or go to VolunteerSC.org.

3. Food

Did you stock up before the storm and now have way too many water bottles and canned foods? Drop them off at the South Carolina Food Bank Association or call (803) 254-4432 to find out what they need most.

4. Clothing

The state is not taking clothing donations at this time. If you have clothing items that you want to donate, bring them to a charitable organization who can make the best use of the donations.

5. Help rebuild local economy

Buy resources and materials locally to help rebuild the economy in the affected areas.

 

For more information, visit https://scemd.org/recover/volunteer-and-donate/.

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