Charleston Personal Injury Attorneys

Personal Injury Attorneys in South Carolina Helping Victims Obtain Compensation

From fine dining to amazing historical sites, Charleston is a favorite destination for more than 6,000,000 visitors annually. The Charleston metropolitan statistical area boasts a population of more than 760,000. Both the population and the number of tourists are expected to increase in the coming years. Unfortunately, more people and more activities bring more opportunities for accidents to happen. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to the recklessness or negligence of another person, you may be eligible for compensation. The skilled attorneys at the Hughey Law Firm can help.

South Carolina personal injury law encompasses a wide variety of accidents that can occur as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence. Personal injury cases may involve car and truck accidents, defective products, slip and falls, and premises liability.

When someone acts in a reckless or careless manner and causes injury to another person, they can legally be on the line for damages. Insurance companies and their lawyers who regularly represent these individuals are not in the business of compensating you for your injuries. Instead, they will do everything they can to try and “poke holes” in your case and reduce its value.

The South Carolina personal injury lawyers at the Hughey Law Firm regularly take on the big insurance companies and represent injured accident victims during settlement negotiations and at jury trials. Our experienced lawyers can aggressively advocate for you at the negotiation table or in the courtroom to help you achieve the settlement or jury verdict you deserve.

About Personal Injury Claims in South Carolina

Each state in the nation has rules regarding the filing of personal injury claims. Here are some of the highlights of South Carolina’s personal injury statutes:

  • The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in South Carolina is generally three years from the date of the accident.
  • The state has a modified comparative negligence rule. What this means is that if you are found to be partially responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, any award you receive for your damages will be reduced by the same percentage as your fault. For example, if you were twenty percent responsible for the accident, your damage award will be reduced by twenty percent.
  • If you are found to be more than fifty percent responsible for your accident, then you are not eligible to seek compensation for damages from other at-fault parties.
  • The types of damages that may be awarded for a personal injury claim include economic damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and property damages; as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Additionally, punitive damages—meant to punish the defendant for reckless or negligent behavior—may be awarded.
  • Punitive damages in personal injury cases are capped at three times actual damages or $500,000—whichever is greater.
  • The vast majority of personal injury cases will be settled before trial. Mediation is required in South Carolina civil litigation for the purpose of encouraging a settlement.
  • In South Carolina, there is strict liability for dog bite cases. What this means is that a dog owner is liable for any injury to another person by their dog, even if the dog had no previous history of aggression.
  • It is possible in South Carolina to file a personal injury claim against a governmental agency or its employees if the injury you incurred was the result of recklessness or negligence on the part of an entity or individual’s lawful actions. However, if the injury occurred due to unlawful actions, then damages may be sought only from the individual whose actions were unlawful, not the governmental agency.

Our Practice Areas

There are many ways in which an accident can occur. Here is a list of some of the areas of personal injury law that we have particular experience in assisting our clients:

  • Auto accidents: We represent those who have been injured in all types of auto accidents, including truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, accidents involving pedestrians or bicycles, rideshare accidents, accidents caused by defective car parts, and accidents caused by defective road design. We not only help our clients to obtain the maximum amount of compensation available through the at-fault party’s insurance, but we also help settle claims regarding property damage, and help our clients file a claim against their own uninsured or underinsured motorist policy.
  • Nursing home injuries: If your loved one has been mistreated, abused, or neglected by the staff at a nursing facility, we will fight to hold these facilities accountable for their actions, not only for your loved one’s sake but for the sake of preventing others from being injured by the same negligent actions.
  • Worker’s compensation: If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you have the right to file a worker’s compensation claim in order to get compensation for your injuries, including medical treatments and lost wages. We are happy to answer questions and provide guidance in your decision to file a claim. Additionally, if your workplace accident was caused by the recklessness or carelessness of an individual, you may be able to seek damages from the at-fault party who should also be held liable.
  • Product liability: Consumers have the right to expect that the products, medications, and food that they have purchased are safe to use. If you’ve been injured due to a defective product, you may have a valid product liability claim.
  • Slip and fall accidents: Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are among the most common premises liability claims. These types of accidents can result in serious injuries. If you have been injured due to an unsafe condition at a residential, commercial, or public property, you may be eligible to file a premises liability claim.
  • Catastrophic injuries: Certain injuries can result in a lifetime of medical care and expenses, and take away the victim’s ability not only to work at the job he or she formerly held, but to be gainfully employed at all. If you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries in an accident caused by someone else, you deserve an injury lawyer who will fight for you to get the necessary compensation to provide the care and necessities you need for life.
  • Wrongful death: Losing a loved one unexpectedly brings grief as well as complexity to the lives of family members left behind. Unfortunately, the process of holding the at-fault party accountable for the wrongful death of your loved one is complex as well. The experienced attorneys at Hughey Law Firm can guide you through that process.

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Auto and Truck Accidents

If you have been injured in an auto accident, give Hughey Injury Lawyers a call today and find out what your claim is worth and how to fight for compensation.

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Personal Injury

Do not let a personal injury fall by the wayside due to improper representation. Our lawyers will fight for fair compensation so you can move on with your life.

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Nursing Home Injuries

Hughey Injury Lawyers fights for the elderly who have been injured or mistreated in our state's nursing homes. Protect our elder and do what is right.

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Workers' Compensation

Being injured at work can seriously affect you and your family. If this has happened to you, let Hughey Injury Lawyers fight for workers compensation today

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Areas of Law We Practice

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Auto and Truck Accidents

If you have been injured in an auto accident, give Hughey Injury Lawyers a call today and find out what your claim is worth and how to fight for compensation.

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Personal Injury

Do not let a personal injury fall by the wayside due to improper representation. Our lawyers will fight for fair compensation so you can move on with your life.

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Nursing Home Injuries

Hughey Injury Lawyers fights for the elderly who have been injured or mistreated in our state's nursing homes. Protect our elder and do what is right.

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Workers' Compensation

Being injured at work can seriously affect you and your family. If this has happened to you, let Hughey Injury Lawyers fight for workers compensation today

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