Trusted Accident Attorneys
Life is full of unexpected events. Many of them are pleasant, but some of them are not. Serious accidents are among life’s most difficult surprises. Everything is going fine one moment, then suddenly something happens that changes all that. Accidents of all sorts often mean costly medical treatment, rehabilitation, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses.
While recovering from a life-changing accident, the last thing you need is the stress of dealing with insurance companies and the legal system. Joye Law Firm can help.
Our South Carolina personal injury lawyers have helped accident victims just like you get through the confusion and get the money they needed. We can help you, too.
To find out how we can help you, call Joye now or fill out our online contact form for a free and confidential claim evaluation.
Holding Negligent Parties Liable in South Carolina
In South Carolina accident cases, liability is typically based on the legal theory of negligence. To hold another party liable for your accident damages, you must prove that they were to blame for your accident.
Negligence is the failure to take proper care when performing an action and it can occur in many different situations. For example, you may have been the victim of a driver’s negligence, a property owner’s negligence or the negligence of a manufacturer. Regardless, proving negligence requires you to establish the following:
- Duty: First, you will need to prove that the defendant had a legal obligation to watch out for your well-being in a particular situation.
- Breach: Next, you will need to prove that the defendant breached that duty of care.
- Causation: Then, it must be established that there was a causal link between the defendant’s breach of duty and your injuries.
- Damages: Finally, it must be shown that you sustained actual harm.
If each of the elements of negligence can be proven, then you can recover compensation from the defendant. Assessing negligence in any type of accident case is always extremely fact-specific. Unfortunately, defendants and their insurance companies often try to deny their own negligence. At Joye Law Firm, our team can help you hold bad acting parties accountable.
Recovering Compensation for Accident Victims
In South Carolina, accident victims are entitled to recover compensation for the full extent of their losses. This includes losses that have already been incurred as well as reasonably anticipated future losses. Additionally, it includes both direct monetary losses as well as non-economic damages. More specifically, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Ambulance and emergency room fees;
- All other medical bills;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Expenses related to needed medical equipment or medication;
- Lost current and future wages;
- Loss of long-term earning power;
- Long-term disability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental anguish;
- Disfigurement; and
- Loss of lifestyle enjoyment.
Ultimately, determining how much your injury claim is worth will require a detailed review of the specific facts of your case. If you have been seriously injured in South Carolina, it is imperative that you have an experienced attorney by your side throughout the entirety of the accident claims process. Of course, you first need to prove that the defendant was liable for your injuries before you can collect any compensation. However, there is another issue beyond liability. You are also required to prove each aspect of the damages before you can recover any corresponding compensation.
Without an attorney, you are unlikely to receive the full and fair compensation that you deserve. This is especially true if your accident results in noneconomic damages (such as pain and suffering) or any long-term damages. These types of losses are inherently difficult to value. The big insurance companies often try to take advantage of the ambiguity and will attempt to dramatically undervalue your damages. The accident attorneys at Joye Law Firm will not let them get away with it. We will ensure that the negligent party is held fully accountable so that you can recover the fair compensation you truly deserve.