When you or someone you love is involved in an accident, the ramifications can be very severe. In addition to medical care for the injuries you sustain, in some cases, you have to live with the consequences including potential spinal cord injuries, back or spinal disc injuries or scars that never go away. When the accident is caused by the negligent behavior of another person, you have the right to file a civil lawsuit generally within three years of the accident to recover financial damages including medical care bills, lost wages and, when appropriate, for pain and suffering.
South Carolina statutes define wrongful death as “wrongful act, neglect, or default” which caused the death of another person. In some cases, this may be fairly easy to prove. For example, if someone you love was killed because someone shot them, then this is a wrongful death.In other cases such as medical malpractice or death resulting from a car accident, liability may not be as easy to prove. However, you still have the right to seek compensation for medical care prior to death, burial and funeral expenses and in some cases, additional punitive damages.
Every year, more than 800 people lose their lives on South Carolina roadways. An additional 50,000 suffer some type of injury. Victims of auto accidents often have long-term complications including back injuries, head and neck injuries and more. If you or a loved one is injured because another driver was negligent, you may have the right to recover financially for your injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life and lost income.
In most cases, when a car is involved in an accident with a truck, the damage is serious. Because of the sheer weight of a tractor-trailer, the injuries tend to be more serious than those that one would suffer in an accident involving a car. Truck drivers, their employers, and in some cases, their repair companies may have been responsible for the accident. Immediate action to protect critical evidence and vehicle data is essential to a successful outcome. A personal injury attorney should review your case to determine who was at fault and help you hold them accountable.
Injuries sustained by motorcycle operators can be very serious because of the lack of protection. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, or a loved one has lost their life because of another driver’s careless behavior, we may be able to help you recover a full measure of damages. Inattentive drivers who say, “I never saw him,” are far too common. Failing to keep a proper lookout is just one form of negligence that can help to hold the at fault driver accountable for the injuries.
Slip and Fall
Business owners are required to maintain their premises in order for them to be safe for shoppers and visitors. When someone falls in a store because of wet floors or loose items that have been left unattended and without warning of the potential of danger, the store owner may be liable for the injuries sustained. It is important to take steps to immediately protect evidence such as videotapes and written statements. We can ensure your case is properly documented.
Unlike some states, South Carolina holds dog owners strictly liable for injuries caused by their dog. Victims can suffer devastating injuries that can leave life-long scars. Children are most often the victims of dog bites and, when this occurs, they can develop a fear of dogs that never goes away. Serious injuries require serious representation. We will be happy to review your or your loved one’s situation.
Because South Carolina is a shared fault state, it is important to have a personal injury attorney evaluate your case. If the person who caused the injury maintains you shared the blame, you could have any subsequent award reduced and if they are able to prove the victim is more than 50 percent to blame, there may be no award at all. If you live in Greenwood, Laurens, Newberry or Abbeville counties in South Carolina, contact Attorney Edward S. McCallum at (864) 223-8546 for a consultation.