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Serious accidents happen all the time. Many of these incidents result in severe injuries that carry life-altering consequences. From car accidents and semi-truck crashes to defective products and slip-and-fall accidents, many South Carolinians suffer injuries through no fault of their own. As a result, they face expensive medical bills, devastating loss of income, and worries about paying their bills.

If you have been hurt in an accident in North Charleston that was not your fault, you should not have to shoulder the financial burden. Contact Joye Law Firm today. For more than 50 years, our North Charleston personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of South Carolinians seek fair compensation after tragic accidents. We can put our experience to work for you right away.

Contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation with an experienced North Charleston personal injury lawyer.

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Joye Law Firm

5861 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 554-3100
Joye Law Firm’s law office in North Charleston is located at 5861 Rivers Avenue (U.S. Highways 52/78) between Aviation Avenue and Remount Road. A sign on the building helps visitors find Joye Law. Free parking is available in a parking lot behind the building. The law office is about 20 minutes, from the city center. The law office also is reachable by CARTA buses on the Rivers Avenue route. The office is handicap accessible. An attorney from Joye Law Firm can also meet with you at your home or hospital or other location convenient to you if your injuries limit your mobility.
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What To Do After a Personal Injury in North Charleston

With more than 250 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have the knowledge and skill to handle any personal injury case. We know that, in many cases, the steps a person takes in the aftermath of an incident can have long-term consequences. If you were hurt in a North Charleston accident, you should try to take as many of the following steps as possible to protect your legal rights:

  • Report the accident Regardless of the type of accident, report it to the proper authorities. If you are involved in a car accident, call 911 to summon the police and emergency medical services. For slip-and-fall accidents on commercial properties, make a written report to the property owner or manager as soon as possible. A written record of the accident can serve as crucial evidence.
  • Gather evidence If you are able, use your phone to take pictures of your injuries, where the accident happened, and any noticeable hazards in the area. Speak to any witnesses who saw the accident and get their contact information. Take note of any surveillance cameras that may have recorded the accident. You should try to do this before you leave the scene. Critical evidence may disappear or deteriorate over time. If you cannot safely gather evidence, ask a family member or friend to do so for you.
  • Seek medical attention See a doctor immediately after an accident. You should get medical attention even if you do not have visible injuries. For example, some people suffer serious brain injuries without showing any immediate symptoms. For the sake of your health, you should allow a medical professional to examine, diagnose, and treat you as soon as possible after an accident.
  • Keep copies of receipts and other records Make copies of any bills, receipts, or invoices related to your injuries or other losses from the accident. This information could provide valuable evidence of the compensation you are owed.
  • Keep a pain journal In addition to writing down your recollection of the accident, keep a pain journal. You can track how your injuries affect your daily activities and prevent you from doing things such as handling chores around the home or enjoying hobbies.
  • Stay off social media Today, insurance companies routinely search an injury victim’s social media accounts to find evidence that could potentially undermine their claim. Anything you post online could be used against you. Be cautious. Do not say anything about your accident or injuries until your case is resolved.
  • Do not speak to any insurance companies After an accident, you may receive a phone call from an insurance company. The person on the phone may seem friendly. However, insurance companies are for-profit businesses. They will try to save money by undervaluing your claim. If an insurance company contacts you, be polite, but tell them to talk to your lawyer.
  • Hire a personal injury attorney If you have suffered injuries in an accident, too much will be at stake to handle the case yourself. An attorney at Joye Law Firm can help you to pursue the money you need for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. We can communicate with the insurance companies and other parties on your behalf while you focus on recovering from your injuries.

How Our North Charleston Attorneys Can Help

Our attorneys at Joye Law Firm are committed to assisting you in every aspect of your injury case. If you have been seriously injured, your focus should be on your recovery. We can review the details of your accident and explain your legal options free of charge. We will give you our honest assessment of whether you have a valid personal injury claim. If we believe your case has merit, our North Charleston personal injury lawyer will offer to represent you on a contingency fee basis. You will not owe a legal fee unless we are successful in obtaining money for you through a settlement or jury verdict. We understand that you and your family are going through a stressful time financially if you have been seriously injured and do not have money to pay a lawyer.

We will help see that you get the medical care you need. We can help you get referrals to medical specialists and physical therapists.

We investigate each case thoroughly and prepare it as if it is going to trial. That preparation gives us command of the facts and lets us advocate on your behalf from a position of strength.

We will gather your medical bills and other expenses and estimate any future medical care or living assistance you will need as a result of your injuries. We will estimate the income you have lost as a result of the accident. All of these losses and expenses should be reflected in the accident claim.

Our accident attorneys at Joye Law Firm will work to identify all the parties that are potentially responsible for your injuries and the insurance policies available to provide compensation. This is an important step in the claims process. In some cases, more than one party contributed to a car accident or other personal injury accident. Identifying multiple potentially liable parties can increase the amount of insurance compensation available to cover your losses. We will prepare and submit a claim reflecting the full cost on your injuries.

If you have unpaid medical debt, we will contact your doctor and hospital and let them know that a legal claim is pending. Many health care providers will hold off on the collection process if they understand that litigation is in process that may cover the medical bills.

We will negotiate aggressively with the insurance companies. Insurers often make initial low ball offers to limit their liability. But you do not have to accept a low offer. If we receive a settlement offer in your case, we will discuss it with you and provide guidance about whether it is a reasonable amount. We will keep you updated on our progress on your case and remain accessible to you if you have questions.

We settle most car accident cases without going to trial. But our willingness to go to court when necessary and our success in presenting our cases to juries mean that insurance companies are more likely to offer a full settlement to avoid a trial. That allows us to obtain maximum value for our clients.

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Ryan LeBlanc is an attorney you want on your side. He will not only fight hard for you but will keep you informed of every aspect of your case along the way. He listens to your input.

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From the moment I met Mr. Harrell and the wonderful people of the Joye Law Firm, I knew I was going to be okay. I knew that they were going to help me, and make sure I was treated fairly, and respectfully.

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Would like to express my gratitude for the service level received from Jeff Gerardi. Joye Law Firm has gone above and beyond my expectation.

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I trusted Attorney Jackson with my medical needs for the rest of my life… He made sure I was represented and thought about my needs as if I was a family member.

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I thank God there are lawyers out there willing to fight for employees in situations like mine.

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Why Choose Joye Law Firm for Your North Charleston Personal Injury Case?

Joye Law Firm has the experience, resources, and skills it takes to pursue full and fair compensation for our clients. When you work with our attorneys at  Joye Law Firm in North Charleston, we bring to the personal injury case:

  • Decades of experience — For more than 50 years, Joye Law Firm has advocated for the rights of injury victims in North Charleston and throughout South Carolina. The injury attorneys at Joye Law Firm help people pursue the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. Our lawyers have 250 years of combined legal experience. We can leverage our knowledge of state law and our connections to get you the best outcome.
  • A proven record — We have a strong track record of getting injury victims the compensation they need after tragic accidents. Our legal team has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, and testimonials illustrate how satisfied our clients are after working with us.
  • Our focus on the community Our North Charleston personal injury lawyers believe that serving our community goes beyond showing up in court. We care deeply about the people in the communities we serve. We support many charitable causes in the area through Joye in the Community. We also offer annual scholarships to help aspiring college students pay for their education.
  • Our dedication to forging strong client relationships — No two personal injury cases are identical. We treat everyone who seeks our help with the utmost respect and compassion with the goal of having a positive impact on their lives. We are available to answer your questions anytime and will do whatever we can to make your life easier while we handle your case.

What Are Recoverable Damages for a Personal Injury in North Charleston?

People who suffer injuries in accidents through no fault of their own may seek just compensation for their financial and personal losses. In a typical personal injury case, you may possibly seek damages such as:

  • Medical costs related to treating your injuries, including doctor’s visits, prescription drugs, hospital stays, lab work, physical therapy, and medical equipment
  • Incidental expenses, such as mileage for travel to and from medical appointments
  • Lost wages if you cannot work while recovering from your injuries
  • Loss of future earning capacity if your injury results in a permanent disability
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Diminished quality of life due to your injuries.

Joye Law Firm strives to recover maximum compensation for our clients in every case. We can review your case and evaluate the types of compensation that may be available to you.

What Is the Time Limit for Personal Injury Lawsuits in North Charleston?

Under South Carolina law, the deadline to file a personal injury lawsuit is three years from the date of the accident. There are some exceptions, however. For example, the deadline for medical malpractice claims is three years from the date when the injury was discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. The deadline to file a lawsuit against a local or state government agency is two years from the date of the accident.

Speaking to an experienced personal injury attorney immediately after an accident is essential. If you miss the filing deadline, you could lose your opportunity to seek compensation. A lawyer at Joye Law Firm can keep track of deadlines and file paperwork on your behalf to protect your legal rights.

How Is Liability Determined in a Personal Injury Claim in North Charleston?

Typically, the plaintiff in a personal injury case must prove that the defendant’s actions contributed to the accident that injured them. Lawyers may use various pieces of evidence to prove liability in a personal injury case. Some of the most common types of evidence include:

  • Medical records
  • Photos and video from the accident scene
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Expert testimony from medical professionals or accident reconstruction experts
  • Surveillance footage from nearby businesses or homes
  • Police accident reports
  • Footage from traffic cameras or dashcams
  • Cell phone records, employment records, and driving records.

What Compensation is Available After a North Charleston Car Accident?

The value of your case will be determined by a number of factors including the specific facts, the severity of your injury and the types of losses you have suffered.

South Carolina allows victims of car accidents to seek compensation for expenses related to your injury that was caused by another’s negligence. The compensation may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Physical therapy
  • Future loss of income
  • Long-term disability
  • Pain and suffering and emotional distress.
  • Disfigurement

It is often difficult to think clearly amid the pain and disruption after a serious accident. It is important to have legal guidance you can trust.

Serving Clients in North Charleston

With a population exceeding 100,000, North Charleston is the third-largest city in South Carolina. North Charleston ranked among America’s top 10 boomtowns in a 2019 Smart Assets study based on population and economic growth.  It is part of the Tri-County area, which includes Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties.

The Ashley and Cooper rivers form the southwest and southeastern borders of North Charleston and provide nature lovers with places to hike and spend time outdoors.

North Charleston is also one of the biggest major industrial centers in the state. In 2009, Boeing Aircraft opened its assembly and delivery prep center in North Charleston. It provides thousands of jobs to residents and is one of the largest employment centers in the state of South Carolina.

In fact, the region leads the state in gross retail sales, annually exceeding $6 billion in sales. With the most hotels in the area to boast, including many 4-star hotels, visitors come to North Charleston for business and pleasure alike.

What to Do in North Charleston

Whether you are in town for an event at the Charleston Convention Center or you have come to see a performance at the world-class Performing Arts Center, North Charleston has no shortage of things to do and see.

Shoppers have access to major outlet stores and nationally known restaurants at The Center Pointe development. The Riverfront Park offers sightseers stunning views of the Cooper River. It also boasts a beautiful boardwalk, fishing piers, an outdoor performance venue, and places to picnic and enjoy a day with friends or family.

North Charleston is home to many historic plantations like the Archdale Hall Plantation, the Elms Plantation, and Camp Plantation, as well as the French Botanical Garden, established in the late 1800s.

North Charleston Accident Injury Statistics


North Charleston straddles three counties that have some of the highest motor vehicle accident rates in South Carolina.

According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, there were 16,224 collisions in Charleston County in 2018, which led to 65 fatalities and 6,100 injuries. Charleston had the highest number of serious injury collisions in South Carolina that year.

Depending on the location, traffic accidents in North Charleston may be handled by the North Charleston Police Department, the South Carolina Highway Patrol or one of the local sheriff’s departments.

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North Charleston Police Department
2500 City Hall Lane
North Charleston, SC 29418
(843) 740-2800
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Charleston County Sheriff’s Office
3691 Leeds Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 202-1700
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South Carolina State Highway Patrol
8740 N. Park Blvd.
North Charleston, SC 29406

Charleston Hospitals & Medical Centers

If you have been injured in a vehicle or at the workplace, you may need immediate and ongoing medical treatment. Hospitals and other major medical centers located in Charleston, S.C., and the surrounding area include:

  • Bon Secours-St. Francis Hospital
  • Roper Hospital
  • East Cooper Regional Medical Center
  • Summerville Medical Center
  • Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Medical Center
  • Trident Health System
  • Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health

Charleston Court System

Charleston Municipal Court is the court of local jurisdiction for the City of Charleston, South Carolina, and is responsible for adjudicating criminal misdemeanor offenses involving city ordinances and state statutes. This includes traffic offenses and property crimes involving $1,000 or less.

Charleston County belongs to the 9th Judicial Circuit. The Court of Common Pleas is the Circuit Court branch that has jurisdiction over civil cases in Charleston County in which the value at stake exceeds $7,500. Cases involving less than $7,500 are heard in the Small Claims Magistrates’ Court.

The state agency in charge of administering the workers’ compensation laws in South Carolina is the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commission. The agency is broken into districts, with Charleston forming District 4. Informal conferences and hearings before deputy commissioners are held within this district, while appeals go to the Full Commission and, if necessary, the S.C. Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. More information about the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commission can be found through their website at

If you are filing for Social Security disability, your application will be reviewed at the local Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). If you appeal the decision on your claim, this same office will be where your hearing occurs before an administrative law judge.

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Charleston Municipal Court
180 Lockwood Blvd # B,
Charleston, SC 29403-5152
Phone: (843) 724-7460
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Charleston 9th Judicial Circuit
100 Broad Street,
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 958-5000
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3875 Faber Place Drive,
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: (843) 727-4511
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Heartland Rehabilitation Services – The licensed therapists at our Heartland Rehabilitation Services clinics provide comprehensive programs in sports medicine and industrial, pediatric, physical, occupational, speech and orthopedic therapy for patients recovering from major surgery, strokes, heart attacks, neurological and orthopedic conditions, and other illnesses, injuries and disabilities.

Our North Charleston Personal Injury Attorneys Are Ready to Help You

If you were hurt in an accident in North Charleston, the attorneys at Joye Law Firm can help you to seek the compensation you need for your injuries and other losses. Our experienced lawyers will navigate the legal system for you, allowing you to focus on recovering from your injuries.

We can investigate the accident, gather evidence, determine liability, and identify all potential sources of compensation. Contact our office today for a free consultation to learn more about how our attorneys can help.

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North Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 554-3100
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