If you or someone close to you has been injured due to the negligence of another person or entity, you will likely be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. The first step in determining whether you have a personal injury case is to contact an attorney who in knowledgeable about the South Carolina personal injury laws and can provide you with sound advice. It is likely that if you were injured, and it can be found that the other party is more at fault, you may recover damages for property, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
In order to succeed in a personal injury claim, the first thing that must be proven is that the person or entity was at fault for your injury. If this can be established, the responsible party may have to compensate you for your injuries, property damage, and suffering. There are three grounds on which a personal injury claim can be filed. These are negligence, intentional wrong doing, and strict liability. For negligence, it must be proven that someone acted or failed to act in a particular way, and as a result an accident occurred. Next, an intentional wrong means that the party acted deliberately, such as in the case of an assault. Here a person may also be entitled to punitive damages for willful, wanton, and reckless conduct. The third ground is strict liability which protects consumers from being harmed by defective products. South Carolina abides by strict products liability, and therefore the manufacturer has an absolute duty to make the product safe.
After grounds for a claim are established, you must prove that you suffered from physical, emotional, or mental harm as a result of the accident. This can be a complicated process, and many variables factor into determining the amount of compensation one is entitled to receive.
The most common personal injury claims involve car accidents, medical malpractice, on-the-job incidents, and slip-and-fall cases. At Reeves, Aiken & Hightower, LLP, we are equipped to assist with a plethora of personal injury issues and claims that you may be confronted with. Examples include wrongful death, catastrophic injuries, brain injuries, spinal injuries, motorcycle accidents, defective highways, nursing home abuse, bicycle accidents, and also insurance issues that may come up. We work first-hand with the insurance companies to settle your case as effectively as possible to ensure adequate compensation.
This is why it is important to seek a personal injury lawyer to help you with your legal needs. Contact our law offices today for free a confidential consultation to see whether you have a claim, and if so what damages you should be seeking. You can contact our Fort Mill, South Carolina office at directly at 803-548-4444 or toll-free at 877-374-5999 with questions regarding your injuries.