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Personal Injury

There are some disasters in life you can prepare for; there are some that you cannot. If you, a family member, or a loved one have suffered serious injuries or have lost a family member due to the negligence of someone else, attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to help you. Before attending law school, Bruce Miller was a personal injury adjuster for a national insurance company where he learned how insurance companies think. At his first law firm, he worked with and defended many insurance companies. Attorney Bruce Miller has taken all of these years of experience to sharpen his skills to help the individual or family member who has been seriously injured. This comprehensive knowledge and experience of over thirty-four (34) years is what he uses to serve you. Early investigation and taking steps to preserve evidence are often critical keys to success. Please contact us today.

Airplane & Helicopter Crashes

Travel on commercial airplanes and helicopters have become increasingly popular in our modern society. Whether it is for the speed of business or the convenience of personal travel, airplane and helicopter travel have become a way of life. With that, people often take for granted flying because of the number of airplane crashes from the number of flights. The complexities of these aircraft require that they be properly designed, manufactured according to the proper specifications, maintained to the highest standards, and operated professionally by a pilot and the crew. When an airplane has a defective design, any type of manufacturing defect, or is negligently maintained or operated, a catastrophic, aviation disaster may occur. When this occurs, victims usually suffer wrongful death while family members suffer severe emotional distress. If an aviation disaster occurs, attorney Bruce Miller stands ready to serve and assist victims and their family members. Please contact us today.

Two major manufacturers produce most of the large commercial civilian aircraft flown today: Boeing in the United States, and Airbus in Europe. In the United States, civil aviation incidents are investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The most common causes of aircraft crashes include the following:

Private plane crash cases are complex and challenging. Private aircraft do not have the "black boxes" that commercial airplanes do. In addition, regulation and enforcement of maintenance and certification procedures are not nearly as rigorous for private aircraft as for commercial aircraft.

Helicopter crashes within the United States are occurring with alarming frequency. One-half of the entire worldwide civil helicopter fleet operates in the United States, and 36 percent of all helicopter crashes occur here. The accident rate for civil helicopter use is about 40 percent higher than that for general aviation, fixed-wing aircraft. The helicopter industry itself has acknowledged that the current helicopter accident rate is "excessive and unsustainable."

Some of the most common helicopter flight missions are listed below:

Each one of these carries risks for the pilot and passengers.

When an aviation accident occurs, each victim generally suffers severe emotional and physical personal injury or wrongful death. Attorney Bruce Miller stands ready to serve you and your loved ones in the event of an aviation disaster. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. We will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of an aviation accident, please contact us today.

Automobile Accidents

When you, a family member, or a loved one are seriously injured in an automobile accident, who is on your side? The insurance company of the at-fault driver will attempt to settle your claim for the least amount of money possible. Attorney Bruce Miller will seek the compensation that you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, along with other expenses arising from your auto accident. Please contact us today.

Automobile accidents are the leading cause in personal injury and death in the U.S., with almost three million injuries and over 40,000 deaths each year. It is a national tragedy and South Carolina is no exception. Attorney Bruce Miller offers experienced legal guidance that protects the rights of South Carolina victims and their families whenever a single car or multi-car accident, passenger injury, pedestrian hit and run accident, or a collision with an uninsured driver occurs. After listening to you, Attorney Bruce Miller will identify all liable parties and the best strategy to hold them accountable for the harm they caused you. We are committed to helping victims every step of the way—from handling the bureaucracy of insurance claims to convincing a jury to award a major verdict at trial, if necessary.

Attorney Bruce Miller will help you recover payments for medical and funeral expenses, physical pain and emotional suffering, future losses, or lost wages if necessary. Punitive damages that deter future wrongful conduct may be awarded to you in some disputes. He can give personal, legal advice for reducing the emotional and financial costs of a motor vehicle accident.

When a serious automobile accident occurs, each victim generally suffers severe emotional and physical personal injury or wrongful death. Attorney Bruce Miller stands ready to serve you and your loved ones in the event of a serious automobile accident. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. We will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a serious automobile accident, please contact us today.

Birth Injury

When a physician, nurse, midwife, anesthesiologist, obstetrician, or hospital fail to provide appropriate care during the labor and delivery, prenatal, or postnatal period, with resulting catastrophic birth injury, mothers and fathers are immediately placed in a position they never dreamed of: How can I assure that my child will receive the medical attention necessary to help him or her reach their full potential? How can I make certain that after I die, there will be someone to take care of my child’s needs?

Contact South Carolina birth injury attorney, Bruce Miller, who understands the complexities of birth injuries. A medical mistake can mean multiple surgeries, a lifetime of attendant care, recurring medical conditions, limited expectations, and a multitude of other issues.

Handling the effects of a birth injury can sometimes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes millions of dollars. A failure to diagnose a condition, the wrong response in a medical situation, or a lack of attention by the medical team for a crucial moment can result in birth injuries that last a lifetime.

Attorney Bruce Miller will assemble the proper legal team and other needed professionals with extensive experience in birth injury cases. We get to know the child and the child’s family so that we can tell "your story" to a jury. Our medical malpractice birth injury attorneys work with a network of medical and life-planning experts to determine the cause, extent, and prognosis of a birth injury. We work diligently and effectively for a fair settlement while always being ready to take the case to trial.

Attorney Bruce Miller’s one and only goal is getting justice for the injured child, and securing financial compensation to provide for their medical, rehabilitation, nursing, attendant, and medical care needs. He knows that expecting and delivering a new baby should be a happy time for mothers and fathers, a time free from any medical injury or medical complications. He also knows that birth injuries can occur at any point during a pregnancy – whether in the prenatal period, during delivery, during the post-natal period, or in the newborn nursery.

If you are a parent with a special needs child that you believe may have been caused by a birth injury, contact us today. If you have any question about the source or cause of your infant’s injuries or disabilities, or if you would like to learn more about your child’s right to recover benefits from a negligent healthcare provider, contact us today. Attorney Bruce Miller stands ready to serve you and your loved ones in the event of a birth injury. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. We will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with you in his office or in your home. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a birth injury, please contact us today.

Boating & Maritime Accidents

If you are a parent with a special needs child that you believe may have been caused by a birth injury, contact us today. If you have any question about the source or cause of your infant’s injuries or disabilities, or if you would like to learn more about your child’s right to recover benefits from a negligent healthcare provider, contact us today. Attorney Bruce Miller stands ready to serve you and your loved ones in the event of a birth injury. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. We will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with you in his office or in your home. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a birth injury, please contact us today.

Boating is a great way to enjoy the waters along the South Carolina coast or the inland lakes and rivers; however, far too often tragedy results because of the carelessness of a watercraft operator. Whether it is a pleasure boat ride, water skiing, wave riding, wakeboarding, diving, fishing, or cruise on a luxury ship, operators of boats, like automobile and truck drivers, have a legal obligation to operate watercraft in a safe manner. Unfortunately, hundreds of people are injured on the waters of South Carolina each year. The major causes of boat accidents are operator inattention, careless/reckless operation, operator inexperience, operating at an unsafe speed, and failure to have a proper lookout.

Boating accidents include capsizing, falls overboard, collisions, sinking/flooding, explosions, disappearance, and fire. Although collision with another vessel is the most reported type of accident, capsizing and falls overboard are the most reported types of fatal accidents and account for over half of all boating fatalities.

Drinking and boating is very dangerous, and if injury results you should contact us. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that boat operators with a blood alcohol concentration above 0.10 are more than 10 times as likely to be killed in a boating accident as those with a blood alcohol level of zero. Civil and criminal liability also may result when a boat operator causes an injury while operating a boat under the influence of alcohol. In South Carolina, an operator’s boat may be confiscated if he is under the influence of alcohol.

When a boating accident occurs, each victim generally suffers severe emotional and physical personal injury or wrongful death. Attorney Bruce Miller stands ready to serve you and your loved ones in the event of a boating accident. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. We will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a boating accident, please contact us today.

Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury ("TBI") can mean lifetime disability, economic devastation, loss of independence, personality changes, loss of earning capabilities, loss of memory, and dependence on family and friends for supervision and care. Of all types of injury, a TBI is the most likely to result in death or permanent disability. South Carolina attorney Bruce Miller knows the problems facing those who have sustained a brain injury through the fault of another. He knows that depending upon a victim’s age; his or her needs may vary greatly following their injury. This in turn will affect the compensation they are due.

Attorney Bruce Miller understands that a TBI has lasting consequences. He knows that many victims require future care, including attendant care. We will investigate the extent and nature of future medical bills, and whether rehabilitation and retraining can restore the victim to a former career and lifestyle. Our economic consultants and life care planners evaluate the ability of a victim to be retrained or returned to the workforce. Where the brain injury survivor is a wage earner, we will evaluate the replacement stream of income necessary to make up for lost earning capacity.

More importantly, attorney Bruce Miller is empathetic and understanding of the personality changes that often accompany traumatic brain injury and the resulting stresses placed on families when TBI strikes. He evaluates the resources that the patient and family require in order to compensate for a victim’s loss of cognitive ability, memory, and the ability to provide love, companionship and support.

Most of all, attorney Bruce Miller knows that a TBI changes the entire family. Relationships are changed. Sexual intimacy may disappear. Independence is replaced by dependence. Children are alienated and confused. Parents are puzzled. He knows that family members need compassion, therapy, and compensation just as much as the TBI patient. He will see that such compensation is recovered on your behalf.

When a traumatic brain injury occurs, each victim generally suffers severe emotional and physical personal injury or wrongful death. Attorney Bruce Miller stands ready to serve you and your loved ones in the event of a traumatic brain injury. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. We will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a traumatic brain injury, please contact us today.

Burn Injury

A burn injury can be one of the most painful and devastating injuries a person can sustain both physically and emotionally. Many burn injury victims have suffered their injuries as a result of defective products or improperly maintained property. As a consequence of such negligence, some have spent years in a painful, rehabilitation process and going through reconstructive surgeries in an attempt to rebuild their lives. If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact us today for a free consultation and case evaluation. A burn injury case can be complex and requires an experienced trial attorney. Attorney Bruce Miller can help you no matter where you live in South Carolina. Most serious burn victims in South Carolina are taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. If needed, Bruce Miller will visit you in your home or at the hospital.

Several factors are used to determine the severity of a burn injury, including the patient’s age, size and depth of burn, and the location of the burn. These are First-Degree; Second-Degree; and Third-Degree burns.

Fire has been associated with three different types of inhalation injuries. More than a hundred known toxic substances are present in fire smoke. When inhalation injuries are combined with external burns, the chance of death can increase significantly. The three types of inhalation injuries are: damage from heat inhalation; damage from systemic toxins; and damage from smoke inhalation.

When a burn accident occurs, victims suffer severe emotional and physical personal injury or maybe even wrongful death. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. Our team will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a burn accident, please contact us today.

Construction Accidents

Construction is one of the largest industries in America and involves inherently dangerous tasks and work conditions. Accidents on and around construction sites kill and severely injure thousands of workers every single year. Construction accidents are frequently serious, leading to spinal cord injury, brain injury, burn injuries, or even death. Construction accidents often involve OSHA investigations, which require a detailed understanding of related OSHA regulations and guidelines.

Construction site accidents can involve:

Many construction accidents can be avoided through sound safety practices and/or better equipment. Defective construction equipment like safety harnesses, nail guns, ladders, and protective gear contributes to thousands of workplace accidents each year across the country. Additionally, many serious injuries and deaths at South Carolina construction sites could have been prevented by more thorough employee training under OSHA rules and regulations.

While many injured workers qualify for workers compensation benefits under the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Act, there are often other parties who may additionally be liable for the injuries. You need an experienced South Carolina personal injury lawyer on your side to help you uncover all of the responsible parties so that you can get your medical bills paid, your lost wages recouped, and obtain any other damages to which you are entitled. Attorney Bruce Miller will look to hold property owners, architects, contractors, and equipment manufacturers responsible for your workplace injuries.

When a construction accident occurs, victims suffer severe emotional and physical personal injury or maybe even wrongful death. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. Our team will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a construction accident, please contact us today.

Dental Malpractice

During the first fifteen years of being a trial lawyer, Bruce Miller defended oral surgeons, dentists, and other dental care providers in dental malpractice trials. This valuable experience allows Bruce Miller to serve you and your loved ones by knowing how to present your case against dentists and to combat the defenses used by their insurance companies. Unlike other types of personal injury cases, the facts necessary to prove your case are based on the dental records and testimony of dental experts. Your attorney must understand both dentistry and the law to effectively prepare expert medical witnesses whose testimony is necessary for any successful dental malpractice case. Ultimately, your attorney must be able to explain the dental and legal issues to the dentist’s insurance company or the jury to recover the best settlement or verdict.

Dental Malpractice occurs when the treatment provided by a dentist or dental healthcare provider falls below the acceptable standard of care causing serious personal injuries. Like other areas of professional malpractice, dental malpractice is a form of negligence. This is why you may hear "dental malpractice" and "dental negligence" used interchangeably.

As an experienced dental malpractice attorney, we start working for you as soon as we are retained. The first course of action is to send correspondence to the dentist demanding a full and complete copy of your dental records and that no records are destroyed. We then fully investigate your dental malpractice case. This includes hiring specialists in the fields of dentistry at issue to act as your experts. These experts work with us to help determine if your injuries are due to malpractice and, if so, how the malpractice caused your injuries. Among other things that your dental experts do are: study all of your dental records, perform research to fully understand the issues at stake, work closely with attorney Bruce Miller to determine strategy, and help to ensure that you receive the necessary dental treatment you need to recover fully for your injuries.

Serious injuries may result in large amounts of damages in the form of medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, disfigurement, future medical bills, and a diminished quality of life. In addition, the spouse of a seriously injured person is entitled to be compensated for their "loss of consortium," which is the loss that occurs when one loses their spouse's companionship, services, and marital relations.

If you or a family member has suffered a permanent nerve injury or other serious injury due to dental malpractice, you are entitled to be fully compensated for your injuries. Attorney Bruce Miller stands ready to serve you and your loved ones in the event of dental malpractice. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. We will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of dental malpractice, please contact us today.

Electrocution

An electric shock can occur when a person comes into contact with any source of voltage high enough to cause sufficient current flow through the muscles or hair. If the shock is high enough, the current from the electrical shock may cause burns, heart fibrillation, or death. When death occurs from an electric shock, it is labeled as electrocution. If you, a family member, or loved one is the victim of an electrical burn, please contact us today.

An electric shock can occur when a person comes into contact with any source of voltage high enough to cause sufficient current flow through the muscles or hair. If the shock is high enough, the current from the electrical shock may cause burns, heart fibrillation, or death. When death occurs from an electric shock, it is labeled as electrocution. If you, a family member, or loved one is the victim of an electrical burn, please contact us today.

When a serious electrical burn occurs, victims suffer severe emotional and physical personal injury or maybe even wrongful death (electrocution). At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. Our team will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of serious electrical burns, please contact us today.

Medical Malpractice

During the first fifteen years of being a trial lawyer, Bruce Miller defended doctors, surgeons, hospitals, nurses, and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice trials. This valuable experience allows Bruce Miller to serve you and your loved ones by knowing how to present your case against doctors and hospitals and to combat the defenses used by their insurance companies. Unlike other types of personal injury cases, the facts necessary to prove your case are based on the medical records and testimony of medical experts. Your attorney must understand both medicine and the law to effectively prepare expert medical witnesses whose testimony is necessary for any successful medical malpractice case. Ultimately, your attorney must be able to explain the medical and legal issues to the doctor’s insurance company or the jury to recover the best settlement or verdict.

Medical malpractice generally occurs when a negligent, careless or reckless act, mistake, error, or omission by a doctor or other medical professional causes damage or harm to a patient. Medical malpractice errors or negligence typically occur in the diagnosis or treatment of a patient. When this occurs, a patient’s right to recover compensation for medical malpractice is generally governed by common law as well as statutes and regulations written to protect patients. Medical malpractice lawsuits are generally complex, time-consuming, expensive to litigate, require testimony of medical experts, and vigorously defended by healthcare providers and their insurers.

Most medical and healthcare providers (doctors, surgeons, hospitals, nurses, pharmacists, and emergency medical technicians ("EMTs") do provide the proper medical care for us when we need it the most. Some, however, fail to meet the "standard of care" in certain situations and, in those situations, they are liable for medical malpractice or "med mal" as it is commonly called. Using his thirty years of experience, attorney Bruce Miller, with the aid of expert medical witnesses, will determine for you if the care has fallen below the "standard of care."

A doctor or physician’s failure to obtain a patient’s "informed consent" with regard to a procedure or treatment is a form of medical malpractice or negligence. The term "informed consent" means that a physician or other healthcare provider must tell a patient all of the potential benefits, risks, and alternatives involved in any surgical, diagnostic, medical, or therapeutic procedure, or other course of treatment, and must obtain the patient's "signed" written consent to proceed.

While most healthcare providers will not guarantee (or warrant) a particular outcome, there are times when they do, and a failure to successfully provide the outcome may give rise to a breach of contract or breach of warranty claim. An example of this type of claim may involve plastic surgery when the patient is told that his or her post-surgery physical appearance will be the same as demonstrated on a computerized enhancement of the patient’s photograph.

When medical malpractice occurs, victims suffer severe emotional and physical personal injury or maybe even wrongful death. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. Our team will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones think they may be the victims of medical malpractice, please contact us today.

Motorcycle Accidents

When medical malpractice occurs, victims suffer severe emotional and physical personal injury or maybe even wrongful death. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. Our team will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones think they may be the victims of medical malpractice, please contact us today.

South Carolina motorcyclists are protected under South Carolina motorcycle law that makes negligent drivers responsible and liable to South Carolina motorcyclists. A biker who is involved in a South Carolina motorcycle accident may obtain compensation for his or her injuries that were caused by the other driver’s negligence. Damages may include payment for pain and suffering, scarring, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, economic loss, no fault benefits, and more.

When a serious motorcycle accident occurs, each victim generally suffers severe emotional and physical personal injury or wrongful death. Attorney Bruce Miller stands ready to serve you and your loved ones in the event of a serious motorcycle accident. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. We will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a serious motorcycle accident, please contact us today.

Nursing Home Abuse

You or a member of your family placed your elderly loved one in a nursing home. You were assured quality, medical care; a pleasant, caring environment; and individualized attention – but each time you visit – you are taken aback by what you see. Nursing home residents, such as your loved one, are being left alone for prolonged periods, the staff seems indifferent or incompetent, and the living conditions are unsanitary. Your loved one looks dirty and disheveled. He or she seems sad or frustrated. There may have been unexplained injuries, infections, or wounds. You try to convince yourself that your elderly loved one is going to be fine. You want to trust that the nursing home is providing proper care, but your common sense and instincts tell you otherwise.

When a nursing home accepts residents into its facility, it accepts certain legal duties to its residents to meet their specific needs related to their condition. Many of the injuries, accidents, and conditions that commonly occur in nursing homes are the result of negligence, and sometimes even intentional acts of abuse. When a nursing home fails in its responsibilities and causes harm to a resident, the nursing home should be held accountable.

South Carolina and federal legislators have recognized that nursing home residents are all too often given substandard treatment because they are feeble, old, or poor. Accordingly, tough laws have been enacted and extensive regulations have been drafted on both the state and federal level to ensure that every nursing home resident is entitled to certain basic rights. These laws not only declare that nursing home residents have certain rights; they also list a number of responsibilities that nursing homes have with regard to the care of residents. These responsibilities include a nursing home resident’s right to receive "the necessary care and services to attain and maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plan of care." 42 C.F.R. § 483.25. Attorney Bruce Miller will utilize these laws and regulations to serve your elderly loved one and obtain full compensation for the abuse and neglect.

Attorney Bruce Miller knows that nursing homes often attempt to argue that injuries were unavoidable or inevitable because of the resident’s advanced age and pre-existing-health conditions instead of the nursing home’s own negligence. If, however, the nursing home’s conduct caused harm, worsened an existing condition, or hastened the decline or death of a nursing home resident, thereby causing additional and unnecessary pain and suffering, the nursing home should be held responsible. Whether the nursing home’s failure to properly care for and treat your loved one resulted from corporate greed valuing profits over people’s welfare, systemic problems such as inadequate staffing of caregivers, or simple human error, the nursing home has a duty to protect and care for each of its residents and should be held accountable for such failures when they cause injury or death.

When nursing home abuse occurs, each victim generally suffers severe emotional and physical personal injury or wrongful death. Attorney Bruce Miller stands ready to serve you and your loved one in the event of nursing home abuse. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. He will give you the advice and direction you need to help prevent further abuse or neglect. He will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in the nursing home. If a family member or your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, do not let it continue. Please contact us today.

Premise Liability Injury

When building and land are together and considered the property of an owner, they are also considered a "premises." When there is a premises that usually accommodates visitors and a high traffic of people, there are laws that protect those who may suffer injury as the result of an accident on the property, and in South Carolina these laws are known as premises liability laws.

The law states that the owner of the property is responsible for any accidents or incidents that happen on their property that cause the serious injury or damage to a person on their premises. In most cases, the owner has liability insurance to cover these types of incidents. Any kind of business or practice may be held accountable. The law may include accidents, assaults, attacks, and other incidents that occur on another’s property. Depending on the case, the law may apply in different ways, and it may vary as to what kind of liability a company or property owner may have. In South Carolina, when an assault or attack happens and is caused by a third party on the premises of another person, the property owner may be liable for the physical injuries or damages suffered by the victim. The owner may have failed to provide adequate security for its residents or guests.

The most common South Carolina Premises Liability cases are the following:

Attorney Bruce Miller is well-versed and aggressive in his battle for the rights of those victims who have been injured on the property of a negligent owner. With his four years of experience in the claims department of a national insurance company combined with his thirty years of trial experience, he is committed to serving you to obtain justice for your injuries. His fervent approach to seeing you receive justice is what sets him apart from all of the rest.

When an event occurs on the property of another, each victim generally suffers severe emotional and physical personal injury or wrongful death. Attorney Bruce Miller stands ready to serve you and your loved ones in the event of a premises liability incident. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. We will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a premises liability incident, please contact us today.

Prescription Drug

Prescription drugs/medicine is more common in our life today than ever before in history. Illnesses that once led to an early death are now being cured or slowed by the advances we have seen in prescription medicine. Despite these advances, thousands of people are injured each year by adverse reactions and harmful side-effects of prescription drugs. Unfortunately, it is estimated 250,000 Americans die annually from the causes. Attorney Bruce Miller vigorously works to help victims who sought to improve their health, but instead were injured by the prescription drugs they relied on for relief. Manufacturers of drugs and supplements can be held responsible for the sale of defective products, devices, and drugs. This responsibility is broad and includes the duty to exercise reasonable care in the design and manufacture of a product. The obligation of the manufacturer to make a safe product includes the duty to design, manufacture, inspect, and label a product appropriately. Proving that a manufacturer of a prescription drug is responsible for a defective product can be complicated and expensive.

Too often people assume that approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") means a drug is safe; however, recent examples prove this can be a dangerous assumption. Problems with particular medications sometimes surface only after their use becomes widespread. By the time doctors and regulators spot the trouble, it’s often too late for patients taking these prescription drugs. In addition, each year, thousands experience complications associated with over-the-counter medications and supplements.

When a prescription drug injury occurs, victims suffer severe emotional and physical personal injury or maybe even wrongful death. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. Our team will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a prescription drug injury, please contact us today.

Product Defect Injury

Dangerous, defective, inadequately labeled or improperly used products can be found almost anywhere. Products liability cases require a thorough investigation by an experienced legal team to determine which organizations should be named as defendants and which legal theories should be pursued. It is also essential in products liability to take measures promptly to preserve evidence, document the chain of custody of the product, and to enable various expert witnesses to carefully evaluate the product which caused your injuries. Attorney Bruce Miller is an experienced trial attorney who knows how to thoroughly investigate the injury, identify or rule out all potentially responsible parties, determine whether foreseeable hazards were ignored or overlooked, and pursue the proper parties. These may include the manufacturer, a manufacturer of component parts, the wholesaler, the retail store that sold the product, and others.

People throughout South Carolina have been injured due to defective product design, defective manufacturing, inadequate labeling and product warnings, misuse by a third party, recalls, and other factors. This includes injuries arising out of:

  • Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) Rollovers
  • Defective Tires
  • Defective Airbags
  • Defective Seatbelts
  • Vehicle Components
  • Automobile Products
  • Medical Devices
  • Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs
  • Construction Equipment
  • Machinery
  • Ladders and Scaffolds
  • Tools
  • Motorcycles
  • Motorcycle Helmets
  • All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
  • Personal Watercraft (Jet Skis)
  • Consumer Products
  • Household Products
  • Children’s Toys
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Defective Roof Structures
  • Toxic Exposures
  • Asbestos

In a product liability case, the law may find blame with any or all individuals involved in the manufacture or sale of a product. This can include the designer, manufacturer, supplier, and retailer. These individuals may be held liable for any injury their product causes. A defect is an imperfection that renders a product unsafe for its intended or reasonably foreseeable uses. There are three general kinds of defects: design defects, manufacturing defects, and warning defects.

Auto product defects can be deadly. Automobile manufacturers have an ethical and legal duty to make vehicles that are safe and "crashworthy" – able to protect occupants in a serious accident. When manufacturers fail in that duty, by making and offering for sale cars and trucks that crumple, roll over, do not protect you in an accident, or may contribute to causing an accident, you have the right to hold them liable for that negligence in a court of law.

Some of these types of cases include:

If you or a loved one has been injured by any defective product, including an automobile, contact attorney Bruce Miller. He will prepare a comprehensive, compelling case for your right to receive monetary compensation for any injuries you or your loved ones may have suffered due to a product defect injury. He will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a product defect, please contact us today.

Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury ("SCI") completely changes the life of the victim and those who are close to him or her. Paralysis or quadriplegia is a life-altering experience, which results in enormous financial costs to cover ongoing medical care, attendant care, medical equipment, adaptive technologies, specialized medicines, and supplies. Attorney Bruce Miller fully understands the personal and family tragedy that results from a spinal cord injury. Whatever the cause or type of injury, contact us for immediate case analysis, evaluation, and representation.

SCI victims face a lifetime of health-related problems that are peculiar to their disability – problems such as bladder infections, kidney stones, upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, bedsores, pressure sores, skin contractions and others. Expenses in just the first year following a serious spinal cord injury average over $200,000, ranging from $175,000 for paraplegics to $500,000 for quadriplegics. Average lifetime costs for quadriplegics who sustain their injury between ages 25 and 30 are estimated at close to one and a half million ($1,500,000) dollars. Unfortunately, only 50 percent of injured clients are covered by private health insurance at the time of their injury. Your lawyer must be prepared to evaluate your long-term medical needs, and be able to place a value upon them by hiring and working with specialists in the field of life-care planning.

In representing SCI victims, we keep in mind that medical technologies and adaptive technologies are evolving. Supplies and equipment for those who have spinal cord impairment are improving, and any settlement or verdict must take into account a budget that permits or makes funds available in the future to cover the cost of technologically-improved medical equipment. When injury results in loss of employment, we seek compensation for current and future lost wages, health care insurance, and pension or retirement benefits according to law. When you or your loved one requires a caregiver or chore worker, we seek compensation for the cost of attendant care. When a spouse loses his or her mate to a paralyzing injury, we seek compensation for loss of consortium, loss of household services, and loss of spousal intimacy. In such circumstances, the change of roles from partner to attendant can be disruptive to the entire family, and often times specialized family or individual therapy is required.

When a spinal cord injury occurs, victims suffer severe emotional and physical personal injury or maybe even wrongful death. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. Our team will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a spinal cord injury, please contact us today.

Swimming Pool Accidents

Official estimates indicate there are more than 10 million swimming pools in the United States, of which more than 350,000 are public pools. Our beautiful, South Carolina weather makes residential swimming pools popular options for homeowners. Few activities are more relaxing for South Carolina families than a Saturday afternoon spent in the backyard swimming pool. But as much fun as they are, pools can pose a serious hazard – especially for young children. In our country, drowning is the second-leading cause of fatalities among children under age 15, and about 3 children lose their lives every day. Even when deaths don’t occur, near-drowning accidents can leave victims with severe and life-altering injuries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. children between the ages of 1 and 4 are those most likely to drown and most of these are in swimming pools. Just a few minutes unobserved is all that is needed for a child to run into difficulty. Most children who drown are out of sight for fewer than 5 minutes.

Near-drowning accidents can also bring their own tragedies to families. Government research has found that for each child who loses his or her life by drowning, another 4 children receive emergency medical attention because of submersion injuries. Consumer Product Safety Commission studies report an average of 5,100 such injuries per year. Almost 8 out of 10 of those treated for submersion injuries are children under the age of 5, and most accidents took place in swimming pools. The greatest concern for those who suffer submersion injuries is permanent damage to the brain.

Serious injuries occur because of faulty or malfunctioning swimming pool equipment. Children may become trapped in drains and suffer injuries to the bowels or other body systems that leave them with lifelong health issues. Children who have suffered intestinal damage because of swimming pool drain malfunctions may encounter problems with eating, digestion, elimination, infections and mobility.

When swimmers dive into shallow water or fall on pool decking and strike their heads, traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries may result. Traumatic brain injuries can cause permanent brain damage, affecting victims’ cognitive abilities, motor skills, language capabilities and many other functions. When spinal cord injuries result from swimming pool accidents, victims may suffer neurological problems that range from issues affecting breathing and elimination to partial or complete paralysis.

Attorney Bruce Miller encourages families to educate themselves about the potential dangers of swimming pools. He knows that close supervision of swimmers – particularly children – is the most effective safety measure when it comes to reducing drowning and near-drowning risks. When pool owners fail to use effective barriers or to maintain pool equipment properly and injuries result, they may be liable for the harm their negligence has caused. Attorney Bruce Miller remains dedicated to helping families that have been touched by the tragedy of wrongful deaths or serious injuries. He knows about the devastation too often caused by swimming pool accidents. He is sensitive to the emotional issues involved and is committed to providing you with the accurate legal advice you need. Our team will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a swimming pool accident, please contact us today.

Tractor Trailer Accidents

With their tremendous size and sheer power, tractor trailer trucks are one of the more troublesome aspects that drivers of smaller passenger cars have to overcome on a daily basis. With goods being transported all across the country via truck, there is a tremendous amount of truck traffic that passes over South Carolina's roads and highways. Large trucks are particularly useful in their ability to haul large amounts of goods from one place to another; however, as any victim of a tractor trailer accident knows, an increase in usefulness in this case also means an increase in potential hazard posed to other drivers on the road.

Truck drivers, in control of these motorized behemoths, have a responsibility, like all other motorists, to be cautious and diligent drivers, always obeying the rules of the road so as to prevent accidents and injury. If a driver chooses not to follow the rules of the road, drives recklessly in dangerous road conditions, chooses not to inspect his or her truck regularly to ensure complete functionality, or chooses to abandon rules that have been set in place for truck drivers to always perform at an optimum level, such as truck driver fatigue, then that driver has chosen negligence over safety and may be entirely responsible for any damage he causes on the road.

Truck drivers, in control of these motorized behemoths, have a responsibility, like all other motorists, to be cautious and diligent drivers, always obeying the rules of the road so as to prevent accidents and injury. If a driver chooses not to follow the rules of the road, drives recklessly in dangerous road conditions, chooses not to inspect his or her truck regularly to ensure complete functionality, or chooses to abandon rules that have been set in place for truck drivers to always perform at an optimum level, such as truck driver fatigue, then that driver has chosen negligence over safety and may be entirely responsible for any damage he causes on the road.

When a trucking accident occurs, victims suffer severe emotional and physical personal injury or maybe even wrongful death. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. Our team will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a trucking accident, please contact us today.

Train & Railroad Accidents

There are over 600 railroads and 200,000 miles of track in the United States. About once every two hours, a train strikes a vehicle or pedestrian at a railroad crossing somewhere in the United States. In 2012, there were approximately 89,000 accidents caused by trains, and 607 people were killed. Many of these accidents were due to the negligence of the railway company, but accidents can also be caused by the negligence of motor vehicle operators, who fail to yield at railway crossings. Many accidents are caused by inspection and maintenance violations. Railroad companies and commuter rail lines are considered common carriers and as such they are held to heightened liability standards by the federal and state government. A common carrier is generally required to exercise the utmost care, diligence, and vigilance in transporting passengers. If you, a family member, or a loved one is the victim of a train or railroad accident, please contact us today.

Passengers riding on trains are entitled to a very high duty of care from the operator of the train line. If you are injured because of the negligence of the conductor or the engineer, then the train company is liable for your injuries. Unfortunately, many train companies do not readily accept responsibility for their negligence. Train accidents can happen at crossings where the safety equipment fails or at unprotected crossings where there are no lights or signals to indicate an oncoming train to passenger vehicles. Trains can derail due to improper track maintenance or mechanical failure. Driver fatigue can contribute to train and railway accidents. Excessive speed is often a cause of train accidents. Train accidents can also lead to hazardous cargo spills, which can injure or kill nearby residents.

In January 2005, a freight train accident in Graniteville, South Carolina caused a hazardous chemical spill that caused nine deaths, sent 550 people to hospitals, and forced the evacuation of 5,400 people – the nation’s worst chemical accident from a train crash since 1978. The accident was caused when a manual track switch was left in the wrong position. After moving their train onto a sideline track, operators of the train failed to reset the manual switch so that another train would stay on the main line. Hours later, a train, carrying various chemicals, was improperly diverted off the main line; hit the parked train on the sideline, and the resulting crash released the chemicals. The spilled chlorine caused a gaseous cloud that hovered over the city through nightfall.

When a train or railroad accident occurs, victims suffer severe emotional and physical personal injury or maybe even wrongful death. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. Our team will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room. If you or your loved ones are the victims of a train or railroad accident, please contact us today.

Wrongful Death

After the death of a loved one, families have questions such as, "How will we pay for the funeral?" "How will our family pay the bills?" And the ultimate question often heard, "How do we find justice?" A wrongful death is one of the most traumatic events a family can endure. You need an experienced trial attorney to help your family navigate the laws regarding wrongful death cases in your state.

The insurance company for the person or company at fault is going to hire the best lawyer that they can. If you do not hire an equally skilled attorney, you may be overwhelmed by the insurance company’s lawyer. Attorney Bruce Miller has thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer in wrongful death cases and four years of working for one of those national insurance companies before law school. He has served and represented families just like yours.

Attorney Bruce Miller helps people who have had family members killed or seriously injured by others. These families are in an emotionally and financially difficult situation, and he can help them by working for justice. He begins by thoroughly investigating the facts. After this investigation, he talks with the family and determines a fair settlement. Then, he negotiates hard with the insurance companies. Most cases settle before going to trial, but if the insurance companies do not make a fair offer, then attorney Bruce Miller has the experience to take the case to a jury trial.

What separates attorney Bruce Miller from others is that he limits the number of cases that he takes so that he can build a strong relationship with each client. If he did not limit the number of clients that he had, he would not have time to develop this relationship. The second difference is that with this smaller case load, he is able to provide personalized attention to your case. The third difference is that he has more than 30 years of combined experience in negotiations both working for the insurance companies and as a trial attorney.

A wrongful death due to another’s negligence or wrongful act can occur in a variety of circumstances, including:

A wrongful death action is generally initiated by the personal representative of the victim’s estate, which may be a spouse, child, or other family member. The recoverable damages include the following:

In addition to wrongful death damages, the estate may also recover under the South Carolina Survival Statute, which provides money damages for the conscious pain and suffering the decedent experienced prior to death as well as medical expenses incurred.

When a wrongful death occurs, families and loved ones suffer severe emotional and financial harm. At such a difficult time, it is so important to have legal counsel you can trust to handle your case with the special, professional care it deserves. Our team will investigate the facts, assess your claim, and determine which parties and insurance companies are to be held responsible, organize all of the evidence of your case, and pursue it vigorously in settlement negotiations or at trial. Attorney Bruce Miller is prepared to meet with injured people and their families in his office, at your home, or in your hospital room, and at the time when you are ready. If a family member or loved one is the victim of a wrongful death, please contact us and let us serve you by seeking justice.

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