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KellyGram – The Recovery Continues

 

 

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the citizens of North and South Carolina begin the process of putting their lives and property back together. While our brothers and sisters to the North got hit harder than we did, there is still a lot of property damage in our Palmetto State. Inevitably, there will be Federal and State Disaster relief, private fundraising efforts and insurance claims arising from these losses. If you were affected by Hurricane Florence, please tread very carefully when filing an insurance claim, and do not accept the insurance carrier’s word that your damages are not covered. Whether you use the Mike Kelly Law Group, or another reputable firm, I suggest you seek legal advice before accepting any insurance claim settlement. Please contact us at one of our three offices should you need help dealing with your insurance claims.

 

We are the Mike Kelly Law Group and We Are Here For The People Of South Carolina!

Have a great weekend, 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Prayers for the Carolinas

 

 

Just like most of you, I’ve been glued to the media this week tracking Hurricane Florence, and despite the various courses she is predicted to take, one thing is for certain—this is a massive and dangerous storm, and everyone in the Carolinas needs to treat it as such. Three years ago, Hurricane Matthew taught us a devastating lesson—these tumultuous storms can cause unforeseeable loss, and we must be prepared to face the worst. For those of us along the coast, it is likely too late to make preparations. Mike Kelly Law Group has an office in Myrtle Beach, and my second home is located there, and I’m braced for impact. To the inland residents, assuming it is still safe to do so, please stock up on necessary provisions and be prepared for what may come.

 

Myrtle Beach, SC on the morning of September 13, 2018 (Image from The New York Times)

Those of us at Mike Kelly Law Group are praying first and foremost for no loss of life, and secondly for the safety of our first responders and emergency personnel as they carry out their duties. Finally, we pray for those who will inevitably face the loss of or damage to their homes as Florence wreaks havoc. We may not know to what extent, but we do know that the Carolinas will be profoundly impacted by Florence, and we must face what’s to come together.

Stay safe, 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Grandparents Day 2018

 

 

Since it’s been a LONG time since I had grandparents, National Grandparents Day had little meaning to me until March 13, 2018! In the last months before my first grandchild was born, people were frequently asking questions like, “Are you excited to be a grandparent?” Truthfully, though, I really didn’t think much about being a granddad UNTIL I walked into the maternity ward at Baptist Medical Center, where both of my children were born, and laid eyes on Helena Mink Kelly! To say it was love at first sight is an understatement, and when Martha and Patrick told me they decided to name her after my mother, I was moved and overjoyed.

Now, Helena and her parents live with me, and it is truly a gift. I am blessed that I get to see my granddaughter almost every day, and Beverly and I get to hold her every now and then. In fact, the highlight of my summer of 2018 was the night Beverly and I got to babysit Helena. Since she slept the entire time, it wasn’t a lot of heavy lifting, but we felt very important in watching over her and staring intently at her video monitor! I love Helena tremendously, and I know that as she continues to grow and develop a personality, it’s only going to get better and better. So I am now on the bandwagon of National Grandparents Day!

P.S. – This year I also get to celebrate having a precious granddog, Copper!

 

Happy Grandparents Day, and have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – There’s a Sandstorm Coming!

 

 

It’s that time of year again! That’s right—Gamecock football begins this Saturday! I refuse to reveal just how many seasons I have looked forward to the Gamecocks’ first kickoff, but it’s a big number! But even with my Medicare card in tow, I’m as excited as ever for not just the football itself, but the whole atmosphere in South Carolina that accompanies college sports. Nothing beats the reunion of friends and fans, the tailgating, and that hint of fall in the air. Not to mention the rush of adrenaline that hits the stands of Williams-Brice Stadium when we hear the first note of 2001!

As always, I hope Coach Muschamp, his excellent staff, and the Gamecock players will give us an exciting season with lots of victories. But win or lose, I intend to enjoy every second of this year’s football season!

 

Have a great weekend, a happy Labor Day, and GO GAMECOCKS!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

 

 

School is back in session, and the dog days of summer are nearing an end. Nonetheless, South Carolina’s beautiful beaches and its college football will continue to draw tourists, from both in and out of state, for months to come. In this week’s KellyGram, I want to shed some light on a growing risk that travelers face but often do not see—bedbugs.

Bedbug attacks are on the rise in the United States, a fact largely attributed to the growing rates of international and domestic travel by its residents as airfare becomes increasingly affordable. Bedbug professionals rank hotels and motels as the third most common place to encounter bedbugs, and against popular belief, bedbug infestations are not a problem exclusive to cheap, roadside motels. The CDC reports that, just like everybody else, bedbugs also enjoy the occasional stay at five-star hotels and resorts. Thus, it is important for all travelers to brush up on how to avoid bedbugs. For starters, the EPA has issued a list of preventative measures, found here, and www.bedbugregistry.com offers a public database of user-submitted bedbug reports in the US and Canada.

Unfortunately, although adult bedbugs are visible, they often remain hidden and only make themselves known when they bite their unsuspecting victims. These bites can be extremely painful, especially to those with bedbug allergies, and often last for thirty days or more. The bite symptoms vary from person to person, but generally appear as small, unsightly red bumps or welts. Bedbug attacks are also very emotionally traumatic, as they occur when one is most vulnerable and disrupt the sanctuary of the bedroom and sleep. The pests will even hide in travelers’ luggage and infiltrate their homes, leaving them with the extremely difficult feat of bedbug eradication.

 

Those who have the misfortune of suffering a bedbug attack in a hotel, resort, etc. may, at the very least, have a legal remedy available. A bedbug victim may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering for bite injuries, and for furniture replacement and extermination costs should the bugs follow that person home. Currently, Mike Kelly Law Group is working on a considerable number of bedbug injury cases, most of which I personally handle from our Myrtle Beach office. If you or your loved one has suffered an injury from a bedbug attack, please do not hesitate to call us at (866) 692-0123.

Have a great weekend,

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Central Carolina Community Foundation

 

 

I am a firm believer in the adage “to whom much has been given, much is expected,” and I have lived by this principal during my long and successful legal career. With no shortage of blessings in my lifetime, I have a moral duty to repay what I’ve been given by serving others.

One way in which I have been able to serve is through Central Carolina Community Foundation, an organization that shares my sentiment on the importance of giving back. The Community Foundation is a non-profit that helps charitable people and businesses make impactful giving decisions that best serve the needs of our community. The organization’s operations extend across eleven counties in the Midlands, including Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield Counties, where the majority of my legal practice takes place. I have had the privilege of sitting on the Central Carolina Community Foundation Board for a total of six years, serving as Board Chair for two of those years. And, while my years of working with the Community Foundation brought with them a tremendous sense of accomplishment, my greatest success during my tenure there was the appointment of JoAnn Turnquist as President and CEO of the organization—through her extraordinary leadership, the Community Foundation has reached new, extraordinary levels and has become more impactful than ever before.

 

Central Carolina Community Foundation’s mission is to promote, facilitate, and increase philanthropy to create a sustainable impact within our community through responsible giving. They do this in the following ways:

  • Promote & Increase Philanthropy: Initiatives like Midlands Gives, the annual online day of giving, allows everyone in our community to be a philanthropist. Over the last five years, Midlands Gives has raised over $7.25 million for hundreds of local nonprofits.

  • Connect Our Community: The Foundation connects people in our community together to deploy resources effectively and impact our community. On October 24, 2018, the first On the Table initiative will bring small groups together across Richland and Lexington counties to discuss how to make our community stronger.

  • Distribute Grants: Since inception in 1984, the Foundation has distributed over $157 million in grants. The Foundation’s Connected Communities grants fund innovative projects that strengthen our region by creating vibrant social offerings, superb public spaces, and a welcoming community.

  • Provide Fiscal Oversight: The Foundation manages charitable funds established by families, businesses, and nonprofits and works with these donors to fulfill their charitable wishes. As partners in giving, Foundation donors receive the tax advantages of a public charity combined with the personal recognition, involvement, and flexibility of a private foundation.

The work of Central Carolina Community Foundation is a driving force behind the improvement and growth of the Midlands community. If you know of a local, charitable cause in need of funding, or if you want to support the excellent work of The Community Foundation, I encourage you to visit their website here for more information!

Have a great weekend,

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Hurt on the Job?

 

 

For 40+ years, I have had the privilege of representing people all over the state who have suffered on-the-job injuries. Handling workers’ compensation claims is a highly rewarding practice, and I am proud to have an exceptional team in place to help hard-working South Carolinians get back on track after their lives have been disrupted by a work-related injury.

Injuries occur in every profession and affect workers from all walks of life. Our clients’ professions range broadly, from construction to health care to higher education, and the like. Likewise, the types of claims covered under South Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws run the gambit from A to Z. For example, workers may bring a claim for an acute injury, such as a broken bone or laceration, or for more complex problems that develop over time as a result of the normal working conditions of a particular job. For instance, carpal tunnel syndrome may be a compensable injury for workers who perform tasks requiring repetitive wrist or hand motions, like typing; or, someone whose work requires prolonged exposure to mold or toxins may have a claim it later causes respiratory problems.

Rarely do people expect to get hurt while at work, yet it happens all the time. South Carolina has workers’ compensation laws in place for that very reason. Generally speaking, an employee who has suffered an on-the-job injury is entitled to reimbursement for related medical expenses, weekly payment while he or she is unable to work, and compensation for any permanent disability. So although these injuries may be traumatic, they should never lead to financial ruin. Unfortunately, though, the workers’ compensation process is complex, and injured workers are regularly denied their rightful benefits.

Over the past several years, workers’ compensation law has become a fiercely competitive market, but so far this area of my practice has continued to thrive. We may not have billboards around town or flashy, primetime commercials, but we do have decades of experience fighting for injured workers and a genuine desire to help people. My team knows the ins and outs of this field of law, and when I tell folks I wrote the book on workers’ comp, it’s not hyperbole!

 

If you or a friend or loved one has suffered an on-the-job injury, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (866) 692-0123 for a complimentary claim evaluation. We’re the Mike Kelly Law Group, and we’re here for the people of South Carolina!

Have a great weekend, 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – V.C. Summer Nuclear Meltdown: One Year Later

 

 

Lately, it seems like SCANA is receiving a lot of publicity—but not the good kind. And, while I hate to pile onto the outcry, a year has passed since the V.C. Summer nuclear project was abandoned, and I, along with thousands of others, continue to lament the devastating damage caused by this nuclear disaster of sorts.

The V.C. Summer shutdown was particularly devastating for the residents of Fairfield County, whom I have grown particularly fond of during my time practicing law there. The loss of 6,000 jobs, as well as decades of future income from a stable industry, has brought this county economically to its knees. Though Fairfield is the ninth smallest county in South Carolina, it has the highest unemployment rates in the state, and the level of poverty there is alarming. With the loss of V.C. Summer, hope for many residents there looks as bleak as the unoccupied storefronts that line the streets of downtown Winnsboro. Nonetheless, as described in this compelling interview with Senator Mike Fanning, the strong citizens of Fairfield County love their home, and they have come together in this time of crisis with shared determination to rebuild and improve the quality of life in their community.

 

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The Mike Kelly Law Group is very proud of being woven into the fabric of Fairfield County, and we are grateful to be in a position to help the fine folks there during this trying time. There is a reason Fairfield County is known for its beauty, its natural resources, and its people, and I am hopeful that these characteristics will enable its residents to rise despite such a devastating setback. Prayers for Winnsboro and Fairfield County!

Have a blessed weekend, 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Respect (and Protect) Your Elders

 

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The legal team at Mike Kelly Law Group receives calls all too frequently from concerned family members whose loved ones have faced mistreatment in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Cases of nursing home negligence and abuse are extremely disconcerting. Not only does the frequency of mistreatment cause me grave concern for the vulnerable residents of these facilities, it leaves me worried about my own future as well. After all, I’m no spring chicken, and I may well find myself in assisted living one day sooner rather than later!

Callers and clients shed a bright light on how severe a problem elder abuse can be within the walls of the very facilities promising a better life and standard of care to our older population. Complaints range from bed sores, to physical mishandling of patients, to avoidable fatalities. The word neglect carries a strong connotation, but sadly it is prevalent in the nursing home industry. A startling 40% of nursing home residents have reported abuse, and over 90% have either experienced neglect or witnessed the neglect of a fellow resident. Studies show that approximately half of nursing home attendants have abused or neglected patients.

At the Mike Kelly Law Group, we carefully screen incoming complaints of nursing home negligence and vigorously pursue those claims which are actionable. We undertake representation for two very important reasons: 1) to compensate victims for their injury or loss; and 2) to prevent future harm by holding the offending facilities accountable for their misconduct.

 

If you or your loved one has fallen victim to nursing home neglect, please don’t hesitate to call Mike Kelly Law Group at (803) 726-0123 or submit an inquiry on our website to schedule a consultation at no cost to you. We’re here for the people of South Carolina.

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Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – People Helping People

 

 

For some time now, the media has been dominated by a seemingly endless stream of alarming, tragic, and divisive news, leaving many of us desperate for an uplifting story. Like a breath of fresh air, recent headlines highlighting the courage, selflessness, and resolve of everyday people have broken the monotony of doom and gloom and restored some faith in humanity. Last week, the world watched as a team of divers risked their lives in the successful mission to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach, who were trapped deep inside a cave that flooded during a team excursion. Then, on Monday, this heartwarming story went viral after a young man walked all night to his new job, 20 miles away; his employer’s reaction will literally bring tears to your eyes.

These modern heroes remind us that, amidst the hate and corruption plaguing today’s society, there are powerful forces of good at work. I believe that we would all be well served physically, emotionally, and spiritually by making a habit of going the extra mile to serve others. What I love most about being an attorney is that I am in a prime position to help people and make a positive difference in their lives. Just this week, one of our lawyers shared with me an anecdote about the impact a personal injury settlement had on a teenage client. The young man, as one of four children in a single-parent household, has neither been afforded luxuries in the past, nor has he pressed for them. Still, his mom knew that he had dreamed of getting a pair of Air Jordan shoes for years. After we settled his case, the boy’s mother surprised him with a trip to Foot Locker. As mom described her son’s reaction to learning he was getting a pair of Air Jordans—sheer disbelief followed by wide-eyed excitement and overwhelming joy—both she and my associate became teary-eyed.

In my years of practice, countless clients have shared similarly touching experiences. Though they may not make for front-page news, these accounts share the sentiment of recent headlines and demonstrate that an ordinary person can profoundly and positively impact the lives of others. So, when the status quo is grim, take comfort in knowing that you wield the power to make the world a better place by simply making a conscious effort to do good!

 

Have a great weekend!

Mike Kelly

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