South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

Few things in life are more disruptive than suffering a serious injury in an accident or incident that wasn’t your fault. From car accidents to slips and falls, unexpected injuries can leave you in significant pain and dealing with stacks of medical bills. There may even be long-term health impacts that harm your quality of life.

Unfortunately, the person or organization responsible for your injuries won’t always offer the compensation you deserve for the harm that’s been done to you. If you’ve been injured in South Carolina and you’re struggling to figure out what comes next or fighting with insurance companies or other parties to get the compensation you deserve, you may need legal representation. Contact the Hughey Law Firm today at (843) 881-8644 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your injuries, your needs, and how we may be able to help.

Hughey Injury Lawyers: Proven Results for Our Past Clients

To date, the lawyers at Hughey Injury Lawyers have collected more than $110 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. We’ve dealt with a vast range of personal injury cases, including:

  • A trucking accident case in which the client suffered catastrophic injuries when the defendant’s truck collided with our client’s pickup. Our client recovered an award of more than $5.4 million for his injuries.
  • A Myrtle Beach premises liability case in which a deck collapse crushed our client’s leg. The case settled for more than $1.6 million.
  • A matter involving a defective warning on a corn picker, which resulted in our client recovering more than $900,000 in damages.
  • A fatal injury to a baby during delivery, which resulted in a $975,000 damage settlement.
  • A wheelchair accident at an assisted living facility which left our client with a broken neck and pelvis. The case ended in a $975,000 settlement.

If you sustained an injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to significant compensation. To protect your rights, it can be important to seek legal help as soon as possible from an experienced personal injury attorney with a track record of results.

Do not try to go it alone, which can result in an outcome much less favorable than you’re entitled to. At Hughey Injury Lawyers, we’re dedicated to investigating and litigating our client’s cases in order to achieve the maximum damages recoverable. We fight for our clients in and out of the courtroom.

When It’s Time to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal injury attorneys seek compensation for people injured by someone else’s actions. At the heart of nearly every personal injury case lies a simple three-step analysis. It goes like this:

A victim may be entitled to compensation for a personal injury when…

  • An individual or entity owed the victim a duty of care not to act in a way that would put the victim in harm’s way;
  • The individual or entity violated that duty of care; and
  • The individual or entity’s actions caused the victim harm and damages.

At the Hughey Law Firm, this is the basic analysis we conduct whenever a potential client walks through our door. When all three conditions are met, there is a good chance the potential client has a claim for compensation from the individual or entity that caused the client harm.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

At Hughey Injury Lawyers, we represent clients in a broad range of personal injury matters. There are, however, several types of personal injury matters that we deal with most often. These include:

Auto accidents: Drivers of motor vehicles have a duty of care to all of the other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians around them not to drive in a way that could do harm. That duty of care includes a responsibility to follow the rules of the road by observing the speed limit, following signs, using signals, not driving distracted, and not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As anyone knows, when drivers violate that duty, accidents happen, and those accidents can cause serious injuries and even fatalities—525 in South Carolina in 2016.

Truck accidents: Tractor-trailer truck drivers, in particular, bear a high burden when it comes to appropriate behavior on the road. Unfortunately, truckers also operate their vehicles under sometimes dangerous conditions, on tight timetables, and often with inadequate rest, resulting in about 1,700 injuries and more than 100 deaths. Trucks are much larger than most other vehicles, which means that they have the potential to cause catastrophic damage in a collision or rollover.

Motorcycle accidents: Motorcycle riders take a risk by riding in the open air, unprotected by the steel and aluminum frames, airbags, and seat belts that protect car and truck drivers in an accident. But that doesn’t mean other drivers owe motorcyclists any less care on the road. Bikers can suffer serious injuries even in low-speed collisions—187 deaths in South Carolina in 2016.

Nursing home injuries: When you put a loved one in a nursing home, you intend for them to receive a high quality of care that will enhance their quality of life. Nursing homes have a high duty of care to their residents. Under South Carolina law, elder abuse occurs when a nursing home resident suffers physical harm, emotional harm, sexual abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Unfortunately, nursing home and elder abuse run rampant in South Carolina. Nursing home abuse is often spotted through the presence of multiple injuries in varying stages of healing or through the behavioral changes of an aging loved one.

Assisted living facility/in-home care injuries: Like nursing homes, assisted living facilities and in-home caregivers have a duty to provide high-quality care to the elderly people who employ them. Unfortunately, the elderly are often highly vulnerable to abuse and neglect, leading to serious injuries.

Slip and fall injuries: When you visit someone else’s property, whether it’s open to the public or by invitation only, you have the right to depend on the property owner to take the necessary steps to provide a safe environment, from maintaining the property in safe condition to warning you of potential hazards. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Wet floors, debris, loose handrails, and even wrinkles in a carpet can all be enough to cause someone to fall and sustain serious harm, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and broken bones.

Construction accidents: Workers on construction sites risk serious injury every day. Items falling from a scaffold, electrocutions, and crushing damage can all occur when co-workers or employers fail to follow property safety protocols, resulting in catastrophic injuries and death. With more than one month left to go in 2018, 17,130 workers’ comp claims had already cost state workers $600 million in total compensation and $286 million in medical bills.

Medical malpractice: Doctors are responsible for the care they provide to their patients. In cases where the doctor is negligent or fails to provide the proper care, patients can suffer harm. Any of the following events could constitute an act of medical malpractice for which the patient may be entitled to recover compensation:

  • Failure to appropriately diagnose a patient, given accurate symptoms
  • Giving the wrong medication
  • Failing to warn the patient about the potential side effects or repercussions of using a specific treatment or medication
  • Causing harm to a patient over the course of the treatment

Workers’ compensation: Workers’ compensation insurance should cover all workers who sustain an injury on the job. Unfortunately, sometimes the workers’ compensation claim process leaves injured workers without appropriate medical care and struggling to make ends meet. We help injured workers obtain the compensation the law requires.

Establishing Liability: Personal Injury Cases and Who’s Responsible

In most personal injury cases, the person considered to be at fault is the one who had a duty of care to the individual who was injured, but who failed to properly perform that duty of care. This might include:

  • Drivers on the road, including truck drivers
  • Doctors, nurses, and others in a medical facility responsible for treating a patient
  • Premises owners and managers
  • Private property owners
  • Caregivers

In some cases, there may be more than one person or entity who breached a duty of care to the victim. It may not be obvious who that person or entity is. For example, if a driver consumed excessive amounts of alcohol shortly prior to the incident, the bar or restaurant that over-served the driver may be held partially liable for the injuries the accident caused.

Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer is one of the most effective ways to determine who bears liability in a personal injury case.

Your Personal Injury Damages Guide

What kinds of compensation can the victim of a personal injury recover? The short answer is, it depends. The types and amount of damages one of our clients might recover varies widely based on the severity of the injury, how many people might be at fault for the injury, and whether any of the parties responsible carries insurance that covers the injury. In general, however, there are several common categories of damages that attorneys seek in most cases:

Medical expenses: In many cases, victims of personal injury have significant medical expenses because of their injuries. Victims may be able to recover compensation to pay for those expenses that insurance does not cover, including:

  • The cost of an ambulance ride and initial visit to a hospital emergency department;
  • The cost of ongoing medical care and physical therapy;
  • Any modifications that the victim’s home or vehicle needs to accommodate the victim’s injuries (such as a ramp or stair lift); and
  • The cost of in-home care services.

Pain and suffering: Many personal injury victims experience substantial pain and suffering that causes long-term alteration to their overall quality of life. Pain and suffering can also come in the form emotional pain caused by injuries.

Lost wages and lost earning potential: Personal injury victims who have suffered severe injuries may be unable to return to work temporarily, or even permanently. As a result, they may be entitled to recover compensation to make up for wages lost while out of work recovering, and any reduction in future earning potential because of disabilities caused by the accident.

Property damage: In some personal injury cases, there may be substantial property damage to go along with the victim’s physical injuries. In many cases, victims can recover the cost of fixing damage or replacing damaged property.

Funeral and burial expenses: When someone is killed as a result of someone else’s negligence, it may be possible to recover reasonable funeral and burial expenses.

When Those Liable Don’t Want to Pay

Few personal injury cases result in immediate and full compensation from the parties at fault or their insurance companies. Defendants and their insurers will often try to reduce their financial exposure in personal injury case by:

  • Denying liability. In an auto accident case, for example, the driver responsible for the victim’s injuries may try to prove that his or her actions didn’t cause the victim’s injuries. This may include attempting to shift blame to the victim in a bid to reduce potential damages. In the case of elder abuse, wrongdoers may even attempt to prove that abuse never occurred and that the elderly victim cannot remember things clearly.
  • Offering a low settlement offer. Instead of offering the victim the compensation the victim deserves, an insurance company may instead offer a low settlement to try and take advantage of the victim’s financial difficulties during a vulnerable time.

Working with an experienced personal injury attorney is one of the most effective ways to prove your case and ensure that you recover the appropriate compensation for your injuries.

Get the Legal Help You Need From a South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney

Funds may already be tight following a personal injury. At Hughey Injury Lawyers, we always offer a free consultation with a member of our team to discuss how we may be able to help. When we agree to represent a client, we may also agree to do so on a contingent fee basis, which means that we receive our feel only out of any settlement or judgment we are able to recover for the client.

If you have a personal injury case in South Carolina, don’t wait to get the legal help and support you need. Contact the Hughey Law Firm today at (843) 881-8644 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we may be able to help you obtain compensation for your injuries.

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