In most cases, the statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in South Carolina is three years from the date that the injury occurred. If you file a lawsuit after the three-year deadline, the court will likely dismiss your case. You will lose your chance to pursue compensation in civil court. There are some exceptions to the deadlines imposed by the statute of limitations such as for injuries discovered later or if the defendant is a governmental entity. It’s best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible following a serious accident to understand your rights.