A Newsletter Published by Shelly Leeke Law Firm, LLC By SML- Below is a Legal News April 2010 Volume 1, Issue 4 IN THIS ISSUE Oprah Pledges To End America’s Deadly Obsession Oprah’s Pledge A Special Thank You While South Carolina politicians debate how to tackle the ever Page 1 growing danger of texting while driving, Oprah Winfrey has started Frequently Asked Ques- her own movement to halt what she calls “America’s New Deadly tion Obsession.” With cell phone related accidents and deaths at an all Shelly’s Big News time high, Oprah is urging drivers across the nation to sign her No Page 2 Phone Zone Pledge. You can join her campaign to stop the deadly phenomenon by visiting Oprah.com and clicking on “No Phone Guest Spotlight Mother’s Day Contest– Zone” to sign the pledge. Since the end of March, more than Win a Prize! 152,000 people have signed. Observations from the Island of St. Thomas Page 3 FREE Accident Book! Here is the deadly truth about driving while using a cell phone: Page 4 Approximately 500,000 people are injured and about 6,000 people are killed yearly because of distracted drivers using their cell phones! The National Safety Council reports that cell phone distractions while driving cause Two Locations approximately 1.6 million car accidents a year! To Serve You: Reports indicate that drivers are four times more likely to have a crash while talking on a cell phone eight times more likely to crash if texting while driving! Goose Creek A University of Utah study found that texting while driving slows a person’s reaction (Main Office) time by 30%! 103 Laurel Avenue Goose Creek, SC 29445 19 states and Washington D.C. have already banned texting while driving! 23 states are currently debating legislation to ban texting while driving! Including Mt. Pleasant South Carolina! (By Appointment) Let's all do our part to decrease road dangers. Encourage your friends and family not to 222 W. Coleman Blvd. text while driving. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 Tel: 843-297-8485 Toll-Free: 877-533-1046 Thank You For Your Donations! Fax: 843-297-8497 As you know, the Shelly Leeke Law Firm served as a drop site for Practice Areas: the Cinderella Project, which provides prom dresses and accesso- Personal Injury ries to local high school girls who cannot afford their own dresses. Auto Accidents We would like to thank those of you who participated. Your kind Work Injuries donations helped turn several teens into princesses! Wrongful Death Truck accidents Dangerous Drugs We would also like to extend a special thank you to the anonymous person who Dog Bites dropped $100 in Claire’s gift certificates and 3 dresses by our office! We greatly appre- Pedestrian Acci- ciate your generosity! dents Bicycle Accidents WE APPRECIATE YOUR REFERRALS!! Page 2 perienced workers compensation attorney F.A.Q.’s immediately to discuss your rights. As The number of accidents you are involved Q: How soon do you may already know, the insurance in will affect your premium, which means I have to report company represents your employer, not the more accidents you are involved in, my work injury you, and they will certainly look for any the more "at risk" you are for an increase to my employer? reason to reject your claim. If your claim in your insurance premiums. Typically, is denied by the insurance company, it is only accidents occurring within the past A: You only advisable to consult with an attorney. three years affect premium rates. have 90 days Have a Question for Shelly? Just send from the date you realize you are injured Q: If I file a claim, will my premiums it to firstname.lastname@example.org.. Type “Ask the to report the injury, or you may lose your go up? Attorney” in the subject line. Or if you right to benefits. A: If the accident was not your fault, need to speak to a qualified personal If you suffer a serious injury, you could your insurance premiums should not in- injury attorney you can call us at 843- face permanent impairment or work re- crease. However, insurance companies 608-8811 to schedule a FREE consulta- strictions, so you should contact an ex- base their premiums on risk factors. tion. Attorney Shelly Leeke Ties the Knot As many of you know, on Saturday March 13th, my fiancé, Jason Walter and I got married in Charleston. It was a great day with a small ceremony of close friends and family, just what we’d hoped for. Thank you for the many best wishes I have received from so many clients, friends and col- leagues. I believe one of the best parts of the whole wedding experience was com- ing back to the office and seeing that the week I was away went by with- out a glitch. With such great assistance from Mary, Kristen, Sarah, Suz- anne, Chiquetta, and several others, while I was in the Caribbean, the office was smooth sailing. I bet many of you didn’t even realize I was gone!! I have to admit, while I had a great time on our trip, I was very happy to be back home and back to work. A whole week without a phone and lim- ited access to email allowed me to read a few books and relax, but also made me appreciate just how much I love my work!! Cases In the News: Mom with spitting match with her child the previ- pleaded guilty to not being in proper ous day. The woman was charged with control of a vehicle. He was ordered Sword aggravated assault and having a weapon to pay a fine, in addition to other Runs on school property. costs. He also gained three more Through points on his license and is now School Man in Doghouse barred from driving for six months. After Driving Dog The mother of a Tennessee elemen- A man from England has been fined tary school student after taking his dog for a stroll while was arrested after drinking a 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor before brandishing driving next to him in his car. The a sword in her child's school. The reason man was allegedly driving slowly on that the woman gave for her behavior a country road while holding his This is one of my dogs, was that she wanted to confront the par- dog's leash through the car window T.T. He is a six year old ents of another child who had been in a as the dog ran alongside. The man Chihuahua. Pretty fe- rocious looking, huh? This publication is intended to educate the general public about personal injury, car accidents cases, work injuries, and insurance issues. It is not intended to be legal advice and does not constitute attorney-client relationship. Every case is different. To dis- cuss your individual case call Shelly Leeke Law Firm, LLC 843-608-8811. Page 3 Page 3 LEGAL NEWS Guest Spotlight: How not to lose your Injury Case. Guest Spotlight: Dr. Mother’s Day Contest Chris Tierney Dr. Chris Tierney MOTHER’S DAY CONTEST Win Free Movie Tickets! The steps you Headaches can be a pain in the neck- need to take if you are involved in an accident. literally. can be a Headaches WIN A PRIZE! Nominate any mom as: pain in the neck- Did you know that most headaches begin I wrote this Book for You! of literally. in the muscles of the neck and upper “The Best Mom Of 2010” 2, Did you know true. Win 2 movie tickets ORDER YOUR FREE COPY TODAY! For You back? Well it’sthat If you have been in a car accident or if you spend hours sit- Nominate any mom as: most headaches And 2 movie tickets For the “Best Mom” ting inin the musclescomputer chances begin front of your of the neck and are you have experiences or you have upper back? Well it’s true. Ifcontinue to “The Best Mom Of 2010” Call: 877-216-6723 experience them. been in a car accident or if you spend HOW TO ENTER: Or E-mail: Info@LeekeLaw.com hours sitting in front of your computer When the muscles of the neck, shoul- Win $100 For You E-mail email@example.com with chances are you have experiences or your name and address, and the name and address of And want to For The “Best Mom” the mom you$100 nominate. ders, or in between your shoulder blade continue to experience them. become injured or overworked they be- Winter Safety Tips: come tight, achy and mayneck, shoul- When the muscles of the develop ders, or or tender points. These “knots” “knots” in between your shoulder blade We will draw names for the winner. The winner of the con- will often refer or overworked the be- become injured or send pain up theyneck test will be posted on our website, LeekeLaw.com, on June 3, Never may develop and into the achy and leave animals outside if temperatures drop come tight, head. Two of the more com- below freezing. 2010. sure it says to enter is May 31, on the label. before feel points. These Artificial Tree makeThe deadline“Fire “knots” or tender the headache pain are mon areas toWhen buying an“knots” Resistant” 2010. Hurry, HOW TO ENTER: the base of the skull and/or in the tem- will often refer or send pain up the neck it’s too late to nominate your mom! Water your live treeThe often E-mail Kmrayner9@gmail .com with ples into the head. the head near the eye). and (side ofInspect lights for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose con- your contact nectionscommondescribe thea fire or electrical shock. info and the name of the headache may be on one side or on both sides.of the more cause may areas to feel Two Patients frequently mom you would like doorways, and the headache as Keepare the treepressure or from fireplaces, radiator’s, to nominate as exits.best mom. pain your base of the the headacheachy, sharp deep 3ft. away throbbing. These symptoms may come in the use outdoor lights Observations on Driving in the U.S. Virgin Island skull and/or Only temples (side of the outdoors and go throughout the day or be constant head near the eye).off all lights may be you goThe Thomasthebe chosen at random and will be Turn The headache when of St. winner will house. to bed or leave all one long.or on both sides. Patients on day side Medication either over the counter or prescription may provide frequently describe the headache as posted on our website on June 2, 2010. some temporary relief but or throbbing. achy, sharp deep pressure never address As a car accident attorney, I am always the real cause of the problems. Chiro- These symptoms may come and go throughout doctors who are trained day practors arethe day or be constant allto interested in various rules of the road look for these problematic muscles. long. when I visit new places. While spending a Once identified the muscles are treated to provide long term relief. counter or Medication either over the Often Spring Cleaning Checklist day on the island of St. Thomas, I picked stretches andmay provide some tempo- things that you about the up on a few ensure differentand your family have a healthy and safe In order to prescription easy at home rubber band traffic rules: island’s it is important to check these items while cleaning your home: exercise prevent these types of head- rary relief but never address the real Spring, aches of thereturning. If left untreatedare cause from problems. Chiropractors doctors who headaches may last for these muscle are trained to look for these Staying you drive on this Holiday Season in an In St. Thomas, Positivethe left side of -smoke detectors to make sure that they are in working condition year. Life’s too short, Once identified the problematic muscles. feel better today. the road, but the steering wheel is on the Economic -fire extinguishers for proper care and Crisis: muscles are treated to provide long term left side of the car, just like in the states;placement relief. are seeking treatment or home If you Often stretches and easy athave Suicide windows to see if they can during the holidays. -doors and and Depression Rates increasebe easily opened To avoid the rubber band exercise prevent Tierney at questions, contact Dr. Christhese types blues law and drivers can seats There is no open container this season wobbly tips: -bikes for loose screws, soft tires, andtry theselegally drive with an open 843-552-5353. He returning. 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Life’s too Charleston at to- DrivingMake for new Family enforced, or using driving fast is nearly im- 2. grill -barbecue lawsup a not strictly Tradition. although it the first time are leaks or holes before Ashley Phosphate Road.. day. 3.Get enough sleep, don’t skip meals overeat. chemicals inthe many steep hills and winding happy. the house to make sure that roads; -allpossible withonthe everyday things that make you they are stored properly 4.Focus Dr. Chris Tierney is a Chiropractic Phy- 5.Turn off the TV & children and out of the reach ofcomputer and have family time outdoors. sician at BP Chiropractic in West Ash- 6.Be more open happy about than there are permanent There are thankful and air taxi cabsthe good things in your life,. residents of 7.Remember that money doesn’t always equal happiness. the island!! ley. COMMUNICATION POLICY: Generally Ms. Leeke does not take unscheduled phone calls. This allows her to focus and pay more attention to individual cases resulting in higher quality legal services. This policy also helps Ms. Leeke resolve cases more quickly. This is a lot better than the endless game of “phone tag” played by most attorneys and businesses today. To schedule a phone call or in-person appointment with Ms. Leeke call 843-608- 8811. 103 Laurel Avenue Goose Creek, SC 29445 RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED Contest! Details on How to Win Movie Tickets You and Movie Tickets For a Mother Inside! Help Protect Your Family By Ordering This FREE Book! The South Carolina Accident Book provides the information that you need if you have been injured in an accident and have questions on how to deal with insurance adjustors, handle accident and medical forms, and how to hire the right lawyer for your case. 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