The term personal injury is one that can define an array of accidents. If you have been injured and it was directly related to the behavior of someone else, then you will likely be eligible for compensation. Sometimes when someone fails to act to protect you, that is a personal injury case. You can also file for a case if you are harmed by someone acting in a careless way.
The types of personal injury cases that we handle include:
If you have an injury that is within these categories, you are likely eligible to receive compensation for your damages.
Something that you should be aware of if you want to be compensated for your damages is the statute of limitations. Though you may find that the statute of limitations can vary slightly between different types of cases, it is important that you know the general time limitation is three years starting from the date of your accident. That means you have no more than three years to bring your claim or have it files in civil court. If you are late for this statute, then you will no longer be able to bring your claim.
The sooner you get to a lawyer about your claim, the better off you will be. It takes time to build a strong case and the longer you wait, the less time your lawyer will have to do that for you. Your evidence may go missing if you wait and your witnesses could forget key details that might be crucial to the success of your case.
When you are seeking compensation, you are doing so from the insurance company of the liable party. They will be the ones responsible for covering your damages. In a case such as a slip and fall at someone’s residence, you would be asking the homeowner’s insurance company to cover your compensation. They can cover your damages including:
These damages are calculated and you will be given a compensation award based on the number that is determined. However, your award will be affected by the role you played in causing your accident. For instance, if you were speeding on the highway before someone side swiped you and caused an accident, the insurance company may deem you partially responsible for your injuries.
South Carolina is a shared fault state which means you can still collect compensation even if you are deemed partially at fault. The rules go as such:
If you have been deemed 20% at fault and were given $10,000 in damages, you will be allowed to collect $8,000 to account for your fault in the accident.
The best way to protect your rights to full compensation is to avoid taking a phone call from the insurance company. They will reach out to you shortly after your accident and it is important that you do not give them a recorded statement. They will say that it will help resolve your claim, but they are only interested in protecting their bottom line. If you say something wrong, they can use that to reduce or eliminate your claim. The wisest thing to do is have your lawyer take over communication.
If you have been seriously hurt in an accident, we want to help you get the compensation that you deserve. Your compensation is important to us and we will work tirelessly to get that for you. Our South Carolina personal injury lawyers are here to help you every step of the way. When we take on a case for you, our goal is to make it as successful as possible. Please call our office today to get your free, initial consultation.