Statute of Limitations in South Carolina for Personal Injury Suits

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When you are injured in South Carolina, you only have a limited time to file your personal injury suit. Bottom line. Depending on what your injury is, or what type of suit you are filing, will affect the time that you have the bring suit.

The set amount of time that you have to file you suit is referred to as the “statute of limitations.” There are even certain circumstances where if the person becomes aware, or should have become aware of the injury. This is found under any federal or state rule called the “Discovery Rule.”

Most importantly, South Carolina statute of limitations laws may differ from those of other states. Here is the comprehensive list of how long a person has after having a personal injury occur in their life to file suit in South Carolina:

1: If the claim is one of negligence, such as a car accident, or a slip and fall case, you have three years from the date of injury to file suit.

2. If the plaintiff wishes to file a civil suit against the defendant for assault or battery, they have three years to file suit from the date of incident.

3. If there is a claim the plaintiff is making for defamation, they have two years after the defendant “publicized” the false statement to bring suit. This personal injury is more one towards reputation.

4. All strict liability claims, meaning that there is no fault on part of the defendant, but he is still forced to pay, must be brought within three years.

5. If there is an injury due to a product malfunction, under a South Carolina product’s liability claim, the plaintiff has three years to bring suit since the date of injury.

6. Lastly, when the victim/plaintiff is killed in a wrongful accident, the family or estate of the victim has three years to bring suit against the defendant.

If you have become victim to any of the aforementioned injuries listed above, contact the personal injury attorneys at Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999 for more information.

Charlotte Police Arrest a Man Who Ran Over Two People in His Car then Ran

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department have just released that they have arrested a driver who recklessly ran over two citizens,Pedestrian Accident Attorney and then fled from the scene Friday night.

The Police released the location of the accident at the 6100 block of Reagan Drive, just a little after 10:30 p.m. They were called for a reported ” hit-and-run,” where the two victims were left with serious injuries.

According to the police report, officers say that a couple was crossing the street when they were struck by a black 2008 Chevrolet Impala, driven by a 45-year-old Charlotte resident. The man ran over the two people and then simply left the injured people lying in a pool of blood and pain.

The 23-year old man and the 30-year-old woman were seriously injured;  the man now being placed under “stable conditions,” and the woman still being in a critical stage.

Two days later, the CMPD was able to locate the defendant after being flagged down by a concerned local citizen.

He was easy to find, as the vehicle, he was driving was missing a side mirror and and serious front end damage from where he rammed into the couple.

The car was impounded and the defendant was arrested after questioning. He is subsequently charged with two counts  of “felony Hit and Run”, as well as a  “driving while license revoked.”

If you have been charged with committing a  serious crime and need a serious lawyer to defend you, contact to law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP for more information on your options. Contact us toll-free at 877-374-5999 to discuss the possibilities.

Clover SC Man Charged in Connection with a Charlotte Shooting

A Clover, South Carolina man has been charged in connection with a shooting which happenedBlog-Handcuffs in east Charlotte along the 5300 block of Independence Boulevard.  According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the man allegedly fired his gun, at least two times, and struck a 25-year-old in the arm and the leg.

The victim was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment, and the suspect was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm into occupied property, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury. He is being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $154,500 bond.

If you someone close to you has been charged with a criminal offense call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP.   If you have been charged in North Carolina, contact our Charlotte office at 704-499-9000; and, if you have been charged in South Carolina call our Baxter Village office in Fort Mill at 803-548-4444. You can also visit our website here.

Charlotte Man Shot and Killed and Still No Suspects in Custody

Tuesday night was grim for one individual in particular when a Charlotte man was shot and left for dead at the scene of the crime.Charlotte Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Attorneys

According to police reports, the man was found dead in his home off of Marlowe Avenue in West Charlotte a little after 11:30 p.m.

A neighbor was responsible for contacting the police, when she heard a group of men yelling at one another, shortly followed by gun shots.

The police have stated that this home in particular had been subject to numerous investigations in its possible interlinking to drug distribution and trafficking.

The police are currently canvassing the entire neighborhood in hopes of finding a witness who knows more details to to incident at hand.

Sadly, all that is known as of now is that a man is dead, and no one is stepping forward to admit or deny anything.

The police have been unable to identify any suspects in this shooting but strongly encourage anyone who had any information to contact the .

Being involved in any sort of altercation can be scary. What is even scarier is when the argument escalates and weapons become involved. If you or someone you know has been involved in a serious accident or even a death, contact the personal injury attorneys at Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP. We are equipped to handle cases ranged from personal injuries and wrongful deaths, all the way to criminal defense. Contact us today  toll-free at 877-374-5999 for a free consultation. Let us help take the burden off your shoulders during these trying times.

Two Arrested After Leslie-Mart Attack

Two men told police they were “set up” and “attacked” over the weekend at the Leslie-Mart in Rock Hill, according to a report from the York County Sheriff’s Office.   Police Car Closeup

One of the victims, a 47-year-old man from Rock Hill, was “bleeding profusely” when deputies arrived at the gas station around 9 p.m. Saturday, the report states.

He was attacked while sitting in his car, he told police. During a “scuffle,” the attacker “stepped on the gas and set the car in motion,” the report states.

Deputies subsequently found the car wrecked, 200 feet away from the gas station pumps, according to the report. The car had collided with a power pole.  A 24-year-old witness to told deputies that he and the injured man were at the Leslie Mart to pick up a female friend who had a fight with her significant other.  The friend, however, never showed up.

Police have charged a 24-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man with attempted armed robbery and criminal conspiracy in connection with the incident, the report states.  The woman charged is the friend the witness was attempting to meet at the Lesslie Mart.  The man and woman were arrested at the Leslie Inn, about 1,000 feet away from the gas station, the report states. They are each being held at the Moss Justice Detention Center on $19,000 bonds.

If you have been charged with a crime in South Carolina such as larceny, burglary, or robbery, call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP.  We have years of experience in defending those charged with criminal offenses, and would be happy to assist you.  For a consultation, call our Baxter  Village office in Fort Mill, South Carolina at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999


Intoxicated Man Charged with Assaulting Another with a Stick

Rock Hill, South Carolina Police Department reports that a man, who assaulted another man with a large stick, is being held at York County Detention Center.  The 48-year-old man is charged with second-degree assault and battery.

It is alleged that the man assaulted a 38-year-old man because a woman was paying attention to the other man, and not him.  The victim reported to police that, while he was sleeping, the man began to strike him with a 3 foot long stick.  Further, it is reported that the victim was hit several times in the head, finally fleeing the home.  The aggressor was reported to be intoxicated at the time.

At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP we understand that things can get out of hand when people have been drinking.   Assault and battery charges are more likely, as well as even more serious charges.  If you have been charged with a crime as a result of a night of drinking, call the law offices of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP.  We have criminal defense attorneys who are prepared to handle your legal problem.  For a consultation, call our Baxter Village office located in Fort Mill, South Carolina at 803-548-4444, or toll-free at 877-374-5999.