South Carolina Personal Injury Accident Attorney
Evaluation of Negligence in Accident Cases
Who is going to pay for my medical treatment? How am I going to support my family while I’m unable to work? Will I recover from my injuries and be able to go on with my life? You have enough to worry about without having to try to figure out the law. That’s why you need to hire an experienced accident law firm to take this burden away. Whether you’ve been involved in a car accident, motorcycle accident, trucking accident, boating (or personal watercraft [PWC]) accident, or any other accident, our firm can help you and your family navigate through the process and complex personal injury laws of South Carolina. Here is the good news: SC injury laws are inherently fair to those injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. In this era of so called “tort reform” and other laws being passed to limit injury awards, South Carolina laws are fair and equitable to injured persons. In any accident case, we have to first begin with an examination of negligence. In other words, who is at fault. We also have to evaluate both drivers’ roles in the mishap. The only parties who are completely innocent are drivers who are rear-ended while stopped, passengers, and children below the age of seven (7). Usually, any other accident scenario will involve some degree of “fault” on both sides.
While some states like North Carolina still have “contributory negligence” as defense, South Carolina has adopted “modified comparative negligence.” In the contributory negligence scenario, any negligence at all will bar compensation, no matter how seriously injured or even if a person is killed. That system seems terribly unfair and unjust. In South Carolina, however, a person can be “at fault” up to fifty percent (50%) and still recover that portion of their damages (medical bills, lost wages, permanent disability, pain and suffering). However, if they are ever so slightly more than fifty percent (50%) at fault, then they are barred from any recovery. That seems just. After all, if you are more at fault than half, you caused the accident.
Jury Trial or Arbitration
While there is clearly a trend in many aspects of law towards mandatory arbitration, you are still able to have your accident case heard before a jury of your peers in South Carolina. In most contracts now, there are non-negotiable arbitration clauses that can significantly limit your ability to seek redress in court. The reason is that insurance companies fear juries and “runaway jury awards.” Certainly, jury verdicts in most parts of South Carolina have come down in the past few years. However, you can have your case tried in court relatively cheaply. Arbitration, by comparison, typically requires several “arbitrators” all of whom are paid hourly for their time. As a result, large corporations and insurance companies have a substantial advantage over most individuals in terms of litigation costs. That’s why a jury trial is still the most fair way to resolve accident cases for individuals and their families.
SC Accident Lawyer Robert J. Reeves
With over 26 years litigation experience, SC accident lawyer Robert J. Reeves has assisted many clients over the years just like you. As a former Registered Nurse (RN), he has personally treated serious accident victims and understands the long-term consequences of serious injury cases. We appreciate the fears you and your family are having during this crisis in your life. We limit our personal injury practice to truly serious or catastrophic cases. These are the cases where our experience and backgrounds really can make a difference. In less serious accident cases, we are happy to guide individuals as a courtesy. We also have written our South Carolina Auto Accident eBook that further explains the process and what to expect. Hopefully, you will never need our services, but we are here if you do. We are also available “after hours” in the evening and on weekends to answer your questions and concerns. Your can reach Mr. Reeves directly by calling his mobile 803-554-4157 or email him email@example.com. We look forward to seeing what we can do to help. Call us now.
Social Security Disability Claims
Because so many of our clients are seriously injured from vehicle accidents or workers compensation claims, we can assist them through our friend and colleague Rachel Pickard, a board certified specialist, apply for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits.