Personal Injury Lawyer in South Carolina
A serious injury is a life changing event.
It can be overwhelming and you might wonder how you'll get your life back on track.
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Our team will fight to hold those responsible for your injuries accountable.
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Learn More About Personal Injury Claims in South Carolina and North Carolina
According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), approximately 550,000 people in our state seek medical assistance for injuries each year.
For victims and their families, dealing with the aftermath of a serious accident can be deeply challenging. Medical bills may be piling up and you could miss time at work. You may have options available. Through a personal injury claim, injured victims can seek financial compensation for their damages.
At the Peace Law Firm, our Greenville, SC personal injury lawyer commits to helping injured victims protect their legal rights and maximize their financial recovery. We know how to hold negligent defendants and insurance companies accountable. If you or your loved one is facing injuries from an accident in Greenville, SC, please contact us for a free review of your case.
The Steps to Take After An Accident
Following a serious accident, it is imperative that injured victims know the proper steps to take to protect their well-being and their legal rights. Sadly, many victims make avoidable mistakes after an accident. Even a relatively minor error could undermine your personal injury claim. If you or your loved one was in an accident and is dealing with injuries, please be sure to do the following three things:
1. Report the Accident
Report all accidents that result in serious injuries should to the appropriate parties. For example, for a Greenville car accident, your report your crash to law enforcement. Also, notify the responsible insurance companies.
2. Seek Medical Attention
If you are considering filing a personal injury claim, you need to see a doctor. Certainly, in some situations, the victim will need emergency medical care. Though, even if you believe that your injuries are only ‘moderate’, you still need to get yourself checked. You cannot bring a personal injury case without valid medical records.
3. Contact a Lawyer
Serious injuries require professional representation. Do not go up against the defendant and their insurance company alone.
Whether your injuries come from a slip and fall, a commercial truck crash, or any other type of accident, you need a qualified personal injury lawyer on your side. Talk to a lawyer before giving a statement
South Carolina Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
In South Carolina, one must file personal injury lawsuits within three years. (SC Code § 15-3-530). If the accident caused injuries, and you do not open your case before the deadline, then the Court will dismiss your case. While three years may seem like plenty of time, you should never wait to take legal action. Evidence drives personal injury cases.
When you hire a Greenville personal injury attorney immediately after your accident, it will be far easier to gather the evidence that you need to put together a strong legal case.
How to Establish Liability in South Carolina
South Carolina's comparative negligence rule guides most personal injury claims. To hold a defendant responsible for an accident, you must prove that they were at ‘fault’ for your accident. Fault is generally based on negligence. To establish negligence, you must prove that:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care;
- The defendant breached that duty of care;
- The breach of duty contributed to the accident; and
- You suffered real injuries.
What actually constitutes negligence? It depends entirely on the context surrounding the accident.
If a defendant acted in a reckless or careless manner, they can generally be liable for any resulting injuries. Some examples of negligence include a driver running a red light and causing an accident or a driver hitting a pedestrian because they aren't paying attention.
Other examples include things like a business failing to mop up a spill, thereby exposing customers to a major slip and fall accident risk. If you're facing serious injuries, speak to a Greenville personal injury attorney immediately.
Your attorney will be able to conduct a comprehensive investigation of your claim. They will determine who, if anyone, is legally responsible for your injuries.
Compensation Available for Injured Victims
Under South Carolina law, injured victims may be able to hold a negligent defendant liable for the full extent of their damages. A personal injury settlement should account for both direct financial losses (such as a hospital bill) and for intangible, non-economic damages (such as the victim’s pain and suffering).
Notably, insurers handle the majority of personal injury lawsuits. These companies fight aggressively to pay out as little as possible in compensation to injured victims. In settlement negotiations, insurers consistently undervalue personal injury damages. At the Peace Law Firm, we have the skills and legal experience needed to help plaintiffs maximize their recovery.
We can help you seek damages for:
- Emergency medical care;
- Medical bills;
- Rehabilitative therapy;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of earning potential;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Long-term disability; and
- Wrongful death damages.
Few personal injury cases actually go through a full trial. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of personal injury claims settle outside of litigation.
When we take on a personal injury claim, our legal team works tirelessly to get our clients a full settlement offer. We are always willing to take a claim to court if the defendant or their insurance company refuses to offer our client fair compensation.
Contact Our Greenville Personal Injury Attorney Today
At the Peace Law Firm, we represent injured victims. If you or your loved one faces serious injuries from an accident, we can help. To schedule a free, fully confidential review of your case, please do not hesitate to contact our legal team today by calling 864-298-0500 or contacting us online. Our law firm is in Greenville and we serve victims in South Carolina and North Carolina.