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KellyGram – Why I Love Golf

 

 

During my high school years, I started playing golf at a 9-hole County Club in my hometown of Emporia, Virginia. I would play with my best friend, Mike Wesson, who now resides in Charlottesville, Virginia and is retired. That “R word” does not resonate with me, LOL, and I am still going strong! Even before I had a driver’s license my mother would take me out to the Country Club and dump me off, where I would walk and play 45 holes, before jumping in the swimming pool and waiting on my ride until dusk. I doubt I could walk 18 holes now, and definitely not 45! Fast forward to the present. I took a break from golf for about four years and started back almost two years ago. I rejoined WildeWood Country Club, where I was a longtime member, and am absolutely enjoying my return to golf! I am working on my game and am happy to say I have seen improvement in recent months. So why do I love golf so much even though I am not particularly good?

Golf gets me outside and it temporarily takes my mind off everything that fills my thoughts! Having an inside job and not being a fan of yard work, it gives me some good old Vitamin D, some exercise, some competition, and especially enjoyment!

If you are currently involved in some sport, and are physically able to do so, I suggest you pick your favorite sport and enjoy the benefits including the fellowship that is available. For me it is Golf!

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Superior Customer Service

 

 

Lately I have noticed four instances of outstanding customer service coming my way. The medical providers here in my hometown of Columbia, for example, have really ramped up customer service. Through MyChart or other platforms, you can get your medical records instantaneously, schedule appointments online and speak to your doctor via telehealth. For the most part, wait times have been drastically reduced as the medical profession tries to put its best foot forward regarding doctor-patient relations.

We are trying to follow the lead of our brothers and sisters in medicine here at the Mike Kelly Law Group. We emphasize prompt returning of phone calls, emails, and other communications, and we work really hard to get clients seen, their needs addressed in a courteous manner, and put them on their way as soon as possible.

I am also seeing greater attention to the finer points of customer service at restaurants in Columbia and Myrtle Beach. This is particularly difficult given the staff/kitchen help shortage that currently exists in that industry, but the restaurants I frequent are really trying hard to do what they can.

I do not know about you, but I am loving the increased emphasis on customer service.

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Workers’ Compensation Benefits in 2022

 

 

As most of you know, we handle a variety of legal matters here at the Mike Kelly Law Group but one of my personal favorites is the practice of Workers’ Compensation law. We represent injured workers (claimants) exclusively in our Columbia and Myrtle Beach offices. In recent years, Kimberly Cropper (Columbia) and Linda Willis (Myrtle Beach) and I have noticed that more and more claims are being outright denied as being not compensable when they clearly are and refusing to pay full benefits, particularly on the medical side. We literally spend half our workers’ compensation time getting carriers to pay for prescribed medical treatments, surgeries, prescriptions, etc. This can be frustrating to people who are not represented and frequently they give up and get medical treatment on their own. If they do not have health insurance, however, that can be a problem. It really feels like they refuse to pay anything in order for people to go away or accept a small settlement.

If you or anyone you know has an issue involving workers’ compensation do not hesitate to contact either one of our three offices.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – America’s Game

 

 

I must confess that Gamecock Athletics are number one with me, but a close second is the so called “national pastime” Major League Baseball! I have been a Braves fan since moving to South Carolina and currently watch almost every game (West Coast excluded). I love all the Braves’ teams whether they win or lose and was especially excited when 6 Braves’ players got named to the All-Star team. Although they are currently in second place, breathing down my friend, Chris Millar’s Metropolitans necks, I am hopeful for an exciting second half of the season!

I enjoyed watching the Home Run Derby on Monday night and the All-Star game on Tuesday. There are so many young athletes in their early 20’s that are going to be heroes to their fans for all time, such as Juan Soto, Shohei Ohtani, Ty France, Julio Rodriguez and our very own Ronald Acuna, Jr., and Michael Harris, II. Any time the Pennant Races or the competitors of the National League East and/or a Braves baseball game is on, you will know where to find me. Go Braves!

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Generosity

 

 

It is easy for all of us, whether we are 15 or 85 years of age, to become depressed and/or anxious about all the challenges in this crazy world we live in today! Sometimes I take the bait myself and worry or get concerned about a myriad of topics, issues, and the happenings in the world around me, but I have received signals this week from my devotional readings to focus on all my blessings as well as love and generosity.

No matter what our circumstances may be, everyone reading this KellyGram can cite blessings and love all around us! We all know that love is a very incredible tool in our lives! My focus today, from my heart, is on GENEROSITY!

There are too many indicators coming my way not to experience the joys of generosity in my life! I have been richly blessed in all aspects of my life, but I am not speaking of finance or charitable giving. I am speaking of generosity at its MOST basic level – sharing food or material items, giving hugs, kind words, a smile are even more precious to some, the giving away of my time to others especially to family, friends, and anyone I come across.

I am urging my fellow friends who read this blog to ponder this thought and act on it in whatever manner you wish. Just try it!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Construction Defects

 

 

Happy Friday, Folks!

Today I want to talk about a growing area of practice in our law firm – Construction Defects. With the housing industry boom in Horry, Lexington, and Richland Counties, we are fielding many calls about shoddy construction involving both residential and commercial properties. In many cases, the contractors and subcontractors are either unqualified or they are not paying sufficient attention to the details and are instead trying to get on to the next job while the housing boom is in full gear.

Our Construction Defect litigation team headed by Partner, Brad Hewett, and ably assisted by two attorneys as well as our excellent paralegal team are handling these cases to successful conclusion.

While our primary practice areas remain Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Disability, and Employment, our work in the field of construction litigation is rapidly growing. If you have had a Construction Defect problem created by a builder, contractor, or remodeler, please give us a call for a free consultation.

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – The Lexington County 62nd Peach Festival

 

 

Without revealing specific numbers, I have been to many, many July 4th festivities celebrating this great Nation, but I have never been to where I am going on Monday, July 4th – The Lexington County Peach Festival! I have been learning about it and understand it is an all-day celebration at the Gilbert Community Park in Gilbert, SC. It features a peach parade, arts and crafts, food (especially the “Peachy” delights!), a classic car show, all kinds of live entertainment, and ending with a fun display of fireworks. The action kicks off at 8:30 AM and the peach parade starts at 9:30 AM and the Mike Kelly Law Group, under the leadership of our Legal Administrator and lifelong Gilbert resident, Amanda Miller Swearingen, will be spearheading a Mike Kelly Law Group tent full of swag and takeaways.

Come on out and get some goodies from Mike Kelly and company. We look forward to seeing you there.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

 

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KellyGram – A Young Man and His Truck!

 

 

This was a wonderful week for my younger son, Mac, who purchased his first ever pickup truck! Going back in history, I will tell you that my father, whose life we celebrated on Father’s Day (he died in 2008) left school in the 8th grade to take care of my grandmother. He worked the same job in men’s retail clothing sales for 55 years. He told me even though his formal education was limited that he was smarter than this old lawyer will ever be and thankfully shared lots of wisdom with me. Two things particularly stand out. He said, “Mike, we Kelly’s are working men” and the second thing was, “We’re Ford men.”

Mac and I try to keep the tradition alive by only driving Fords or Lincolns. This week Mac took delivery of his dream truck, a 2022 Ford Ranger and is still in heaven. Every family needs a pickup truck and now we have one.

Give me a call or send me an email and I will make sure Mac comes to your house and gives you a ride!

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Speeding Part Three

 

 

I know I have discussed this topic in my KellyGram a time or two before, but I am really fed up with the way people drive in my hometown of Columbia, SC. They continue to come racing off I-126 down Huger Street like it is a freeway! The turn I make off Trenholm Road while driving home at night is extremely dangerous (drivers act like Trenholm Road, which is only two lanes, is another freeway!)

I cannot speak with as much authority as first responders or emergency room personnel, but I can speak from my perspective. I have handled auto accidents among other areas of practice for 44 years of my life and I have seen the damage caused by a speeding vehicle crashing into another or striking a pedestrian. These auto accidents are devastating to many, and fatal to others.

We recently began working on two cases right here in the Columbia area, where people were walking safely off the roadway, and drivers who were speeding and probably talking on their cell phones (we will find that out soon) veered off the roadway and struck the pedestrians. Two people were badly injured, and another person was killed. PLEASE SLOW DOWN! Getting to your destination a minute or two early is never worth the injury or loss of life which can occur.

If this week’s KellyGram causes one person of the thousands that read it to think twice, then it was certainly time well spent.

Have nice weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Remembering D-Day

 

 

Seventy-eight years ago, this past Monday, June 6, 2022, the allied forces crossed the English Channel (approximately 160,000 of them!) and landed on the beaches of Normandy in France. While this operation was very risky, it contained the element of surprise. There was heavy loss of life, this was the beginning of the end of Hitler and the German dictatorship. Currently there are 9387 Americans buried on Omaha Beach and I certainly want to visit there one day soon!

As a long-time member of St. Martin’s-in-the Fields Episcopal Church, I am blessed to know Vernon Brantley who participated in this invasion to protect America. Although he is 97 years young, he is an amazing person, in great physical condition and mind, with a vivid memory. I guess after going through that experience, his faith will always remain important to him. I look forward to seeing him every Sunday that I am at church and showing him the respect that he so deserves.

WLTX, a CBS affiliate here in Columbia, featured him in a news article this week. You owe it to yourself to spend a few minutes watching it.

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Mike Kelly

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