Every person is expected to act with caution so that accidents can be avoided. However, when someone acts in a careless manner and you are injured as a result, you may have the legal right to receive compensation for your injuries, financial losses, and pain and suffering.
The Gaffney personal injury lawyers at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC have been locally and nationally recognized by a number of legal organizations and consumer groups. We represent injured clients throughout North and South Carolina and will fight for your fair recovery. Contact us today at (828) 286-3866 for a free consultation.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle
According to Cornell’s Legal Information Institute, every personal injury claim has two basic issues: liability and damages. Liability establishes the legal principles at play that entitle you to compensation. Damages make up the financial and other losses you suffer as a result of the defendant’s liability. Here are how these issues play out in the following practice areas:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
As a condition of being licensed to drive, all drivers must follow the rules of the road, such as those in the South Carolina Driver’s Manual, including:
- Not drinking and driving
- Obeying all posted speed limits
- Avoiding driving while drowsy
- Not diverting your attention from the road because of distractions
- Yielding to emergency vehicles
- Not passing stopped school buses
- Slowing down in construction zones
If a driver does not follow these rules and causes you harm, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation for the harm you have suffered. This may include compensation for the following:
- Your past and future medical expenses
- The amount of income you lost because of your injury
- Your pain and suffering
- The cost to repair or replace your vehicle
- The cost of a rental vehicle while your vehicle is being repaired
- The cost of any personal belongings that were in your vehicle at the time of the accident and that were damaged
South Carolina imposes strict liability for dog bites, according to South Carolina Code § 47-3-110.
If you can prove the dog bit you, that you were not trespassing, and that you did not provoke the dog, you are likely entitled to compensation.
When a person’s negligence or recklessness causes the death of your loved one, it is called a “wrongful death.” You may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Final medical expenses
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
- Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of financial support and services
- Loss of companionship, comfort, and guidance
We know nothing can bring back your loved one, but we want to help you seek justice.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for the damages you have suffered. However, you will first need to establish your legal right to this compensation by showing the other party was negligent. Your lawyer can investigate your claim and present evidence that establishes the following legal elements:
- The defendant had a legal duty
- The defendant violated the duty
- The defendant’s violation of the duty caused your harm
- You suffered damages
Your lawyer can request your medical records, interview eyewitnesses, and obtain video or audio recordings, if any, that help establish how the accident happened. He or she can also handle communications with the insurance company and negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company.
After you are injured, it is important that you seek medical attention, follow your doctor’s orders, and focus on your recovery. A Gaffney personal injury lawyer can give you peace of mind by protecting your rights and pursuing compensation on your behalf to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages while you are healing.
A Gaffney personal injury lawyer can also explain the relevant laws that may affect your claim and give you advice, such as whether or not a settlement offer is fair, given your particular circumstances. If the case is not settled through an insurance settlement, your lawyer may be able to file a lawsuit and represent you in court.
Limited Amount of Time to Act
You have only three years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party, under South Carolina Code § 15-3-530. If the injury caused your loved one’s death, you have three years to file the lawsuit. However, there are certain situations that may shorten or lengthen this timeframe, so it is important to first discuss your possible claim with a personal injury lawyer.
Contact Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC for a Free Consultation
Because time is limited and personal injury claims often involve many complex issues, it is important that you reach out to a Gaffney personal injury lawyer who can guide you through the process. Contact Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC at (828) 286-3866 for a free consultation. We work on a contingency-fee basis. This means there are no up front costs and you pay us no attorney’s fees unless you win compensation. Once you win your case, we take a percentage of that settlement or award as our fee. Get help today.