Personal Injury Law in South Carolina
If you or a loved one has been injured, your South Carolina personal injury attorney will likely describe your situation as a “good news/bad news” scenario.
- The bad news, of course, is that you or your loved one has been injured and is suffering from physical pain and stress. There are likely lost wages and lost services to the family. You may be having difficulty sleeping well at night.
The good news is that you can get help. The legal system is set up to make you whole (in the eyes of the law) so you’re put in the position you would have been if the injury never would have happened.
No, your injury cannot be reversed, but financial compensation helps you to focus on healing without worrying about your bills.
- There’s more good news as well.
- The South Carolina personal injury attorney of your choice will offer you a free case evaluation so you know what to expect and know if you have a case. You’ll even know if you can handle the matter yourself, or not.
- Your PI attorney won’t charge any legal fees or expenses up front and will only charge if you win your case.
- The PI attorney will take care of everything – the paperwork, legal system, insurance companies, and medical records. You will avoid hassle.
If you or a loved one has been injured in the state of South Carolina, this article is written for you. We’ll discuss:
- The kinds of cases that South Carolina personal injury lawyers handle.
- What you need to prove in a personal injury case.
- Why you should call a lawyer immediately.
- How to find a South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney.
Would a South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney Handle My Case?
If you were injured in South Carolina, a South Carolina attorney would likely handle your type of case. Here are some of the cases South Carolina personal injury attorneys handle.
Motor Vehicle Cases include truck, car, motorcycle, pedestrian, bicycle, golf cart, RV, ATV, boat, cruise line, airplane, and amusement park ride accidents.
Defective Products Cases include tires, tools, equipment, medication, medical equipment, medical appliance, cars, hair dryers, power tools, medicines, vacuum cleaners, machines, appliances, kitchen tools, etc.
Types of Injuries include birth injuries, birth injuries, delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, death, dog bites, adverse drug reactions, burns, scars, lacerations, bruises, broken bones, fractures, nursing home abuse injuries, slip and falls injuries, food-borne illnesses, medical malpractice injuries, and Mesothelioma (i.e. cancer).
How Do I Prove My South Carolina Personal Injury Case?
To win a negligence case you would need to meet a three-prong test and prove each element beyond a preponderance of the evidence (i.e. the happening is more likely than not).
- First, you need to show that the defendant had a duty to you and failed to act as a reasonable person in that situation.
- Second, you need to show that the defendant’s unreasonable actions or inactions caused your injury.
- Third, you need to show that you suffered legal damages such as medical bills, lost wages, lost benefits, pain and suffering, and for family members, loss of consortium.
Why Should I Call a Personal Injury Lawyer Immediately?
- There’s no fee for the call and no fee for representation unless you win you case.
- As soon as you make the call, you’ll have professionals on your side to collect evidence and give you advice.
- Witness memories fade and physical evidence can disappear if not preserved by a professional.
- You cannot trust insurance companies, even your own.
You must file your case within the legal time limit or you will be forever barred from receiving financial compensation for your injuries.
Here are some example South Carolina statute of limitations for personal injury cases:
- Medical Malpractice is 3 years (S.C. Code В§В§ 15-3-530(5) and 15-3-545).
- Personal Injury is 3 years (S.C. Code В§ 15-3-530(5)).
- Wrongful Death is 3 years (S.C. Code В§ 15-3-530(6)).
- Property Damage is3 years (S.C. Code В§ 15-3-530(4)).
How Do I Find a South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney?
To find a South Carolina personal injury lawyer, search our site, www.attorneys.org, or ask the bar association or a loved one for a referral. Call the SC PI lawyer of your choice now.