Serious injuries can happen in an instant. Another car slams into yours, a faulty piece of equipment breaks at work, you sustain a fall after your landlord fails to repair property – and these are only a few examples of the ways that South Carolinians sustain life-altering injuries each year.
Sadly, many serious injuries are preventable. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injuries in South Carolina, and falls were the number one reason for hospital admissions, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control’s most recent injury report. More than 50,000 public and private sector employees in South Carolina are injured each year on the job, according to the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
Unfortunately, these all-too-common occurrences of injury can lead to physical damage that cannot be reversed, including:
Need Help? Just Call Joye Law Firm
At Joye Law Firm, we understand that life can feel overwhelming and chaotic after a catastrophic injury. But you are not alone. Our South Carolina personal injury attorneys have handled cases for people who are paralyzed or who required an amputation due to the negligence of another party.
We can help you, too. Contact our South Carolina attorneys at (888) 324-3100 or by using our online contact form. It is one of our law firm’s client commitments that we return all phone calls within 24 hours or one business day. There is no fee for your first consultation.
Joye Law Firm has offices in Clinton, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Clinton, and Columbia. Our lawyers can handle cases across South Carolina, including Florence, Richland County, Orangeburg, Columbia, Horry County (including Conway and North Myrtle Beach), North Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Summerville.
With nearly 250 years of combined litigation experience, our South Carolina serious injury lawyers at Joye Law Firm have achieved several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for people who survived life-threatening accidents. Our firm’s lawyers have also received an AV rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell, and several have been recognized as Super Lawyers.
While every case is different and past results are in no way intended to imply that a similar result can be obtained in a case, past results obtained by a law firm are an indication of the firm’s experience when it comes to serious injury and wrongful death cases. For more details about the results obtained for previous Joye Law Firm clients, please see the Our Results tab on our home page.
I Just Sustained a Serious Injury in SC. Do I Need a Lawyer?
When you’re initially recovering from a catastrophic injury, oftentimes the last thought on your mind is the legal implications of your accident. But you should remember to consider your legal options if you’ve been injured, because some of them are time-sensitive.
Here are some things to think about:
- What is the statute of limitations to bring a claim in South Carolina? A personal injury suit is generally subject to a three-year statute of limitations in South Carolina, with some exceptions in specific circumstances. For example, a negligence suit against a South Carolina state government agency has a two-year statute of limitations pursuant to state and federal tort laws.
- Has the evidence been preserved? In South Carolina, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injuries each year. When wrecks occur, the vehicles are often taken to a tow yard. Experts need to examine the vehicles to determine how fast they were moving at the time of the crash or if there were mechanical defects that caused the wreck. It is crucial to make sure the vehicles are examined soon after the accident, because the tow yards may dispose of them quickly. Just as important as inspecting any vehicles involved in an accident, the conditions of an accident scene change rapidly after the accident. The sooner one of our law firm’s investigators or attorneys can visit and inspect an accident scene, the better we’ll be able to protect your interests in regard to proving liability to allow you to obtain a fair recovery.
- Does the insurance company know you’ve been injured? Some insurance carriers have time limits for how soon they must be notified of an accident. Know what your policy says, and be sure to call your agent to avoid being denied coverage. However, you may want to consider talking with one of Joye Law Firm’s serious injury lawyers before giving a sworn statement to your insurance company to be sure your rights are being protected.
What Types of Compensation Can I Receive if I Received a Serious Injury?
If you’ve been hurt in South Carolina, you may be entitled to monetary damages if the injury was caused by the negligence of others. For example, you may be compensated for:
- Loss of income earning potential: Regrettably, many injured people can no longer work or earn money at the same level they did before their accident. Experts can help calculate how much money your family will lose as a result of your injury.
- Long-term care costs: The annual cost of long-term care can be sky high when you take into account paying for medical equipment, medications, home health aides, therapy and other complications that result from your injuries. The courts may award damages to compensate for those expenses.
- Pain and Suffering: There is no doubt that your quality and enjoyment of life has changed as a result of your injuries. That could translate into a court award.
Contact Joye Law Firm Today
If you’ve been seriously injured in a South Carolina accident, you can count on our personal injury attorneys at Joye Law Firm to give you a fair and honest evaluation of your claim. Call Joye Law Firm at (888) 324-3100 or use our online form. There is no fee for your first consultation.