Anytime you are hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, intentional violent act, or negligence, you have the right to hold the at-fault party accountable in civil court. With the help of a personal injury lawyer, you can file an injury claim and demand a settlement to cover the various losses the person’s actions caused you.
The attorneys at South Carolina personal injury lawyers fight for and with injury victims in South Carolina. Whatever type of accident caused your injury, a Denny Terrace personal injury lawyer from our team has the legal skill and experience needed to take your case through the legal process and work toward a positive resolution for a difficult time in your life.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Victims of motor vehicle accidents often file personal injury claims. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) factbook published recent statistics for motor vehicle accidents in the state. The findings reveal:
- One traffic crash every 4.3 minutes
- A fatal collision every 9.1 hours
- An injury collision every 16 minutes
- A property damage crash every 6 minutes
- A motorcyclist is killed every 3.2 days
- A bicyclist is killed every 24.4 days
- A pedestrian is killed every 1.9 days
Whether you are a driver, pedestrian, cyclist, or motorcyclist, if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, a personal injury lawyer can help you recover losses. It is important to have legal representation from Denny Terrace personal injury lawyer, knowledgeable in motorcycle safety and insurance laws, protections for pedestrians, rideshare insurance requirements, and regulations governing commercial trucks, as established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), depending on the vehicle involved in the accident.
Premises Liability Cases
If you are hurt on someone else’s property, the property owner may hold culpability for allowing the hazard that caused your accident to go unchecked. There are different levels of culpability depending on your role on the premises, so having a Denny Terrace personal injury attorney well-versed in premises liability laws is essential.
Business owners owe those visiting their establishments the highest duty of care–which is a legal obligation to keep these visitors, called “invitees,” safe. Business owners must check their premises for potential dangers and either remove or fix them or mark them with warnings.
Those visiting the homes of family or friends socially are called “licensees.” While homeowners need to warn guests of apparent dangers, their duty of care is less than what is owed by a business owner.
Injuries caused by dog bites are taken seriously by the South Carolina government, which follows “strict liability” statutes for dog (or other domestic animals) bites or attacks. If you are lawfully in a public place or on the property of the dog owner and are bitten or attacked, the dog owner or person overseeing the dog’s care can be held liable.
Attractive Nuisance Doctrine
While most trespassers are not protected under personal injury laws if injured on a property they have entered unlawfully, there are exceptions for children in some situations. The attractive nuisance doctrine is codified in South Carolina law and recognizes that children do not have the same awareness of risks as adults and, therefore, must be protected by property owners from objects (attractive nuisances) that may entice them and lead to injury.
Swimming pools, trampolines, backyard play structures, and mechanical equipment are examples of attractive nuisances. Owners must secure these nuisances according to government regulations to keep unsupervised children away from them. Property owners who neglect this duty can be held responsible when children–even as trespassers–are injured because of these structures.
Nursing Home Abuse
We trust nursing care facilities to care for our elderly loved ones or those with serious disabling conditions. Many facilities honor the dignity of residents and provide respectful care. Unfortunately, the Human Rights Organization reports evidence of nursing home abuse and neglect in years before the COVID-19 pandemic, an event that prompted greater awareness and instances of abuse.
When you suspect evidence of abuse, which can be physical, sexual, or emotional, or of neglect, report your suspicions. Then contact Shelly Leeke Law Firm to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Denny Terrace who handles nursing home abuse and neglect cases.
If your loved one dies in an accident or because of injuries sustained from the accident, a personal injury attorney in Denny Terrace can help you file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death settlements provide compensation for the deceased’s surviving family, helping to restore financial losses and acknowledge their emotional suffering and loss of relationship.
Compensation a Denny Terrace Personal Injury Lawyer Will Help You Secure
An experienced personal injury lawyer will help you recover your losses and stabilize your financial future following an accident. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be out of work temporarily or permanently, may have to adjust to life with chronic pain, limited mobility, or other conditions, and will likely experience emotional distress.
The amount of your settlement depends on the specific circumstances of your case, but you can expect your personal injury to calculate a fair settlement demand based on:
- Medical costs and continued care
- Value of property lost or damaged
- Lost wages, and if you cannot work again, your lost potential earnings and benefits
- Any new expenses incurred by the accident and injuries
- Your physical pain
- Your emotional suffering
- Your reduced quality of life
Negotiating Your Settlement
Just as you can count on your attorney to value your losses carefully, you can expect the at-fault party’s insurance representative to fight that amount. Insurance adjusters can be intimidating or coercive–or both–often striking fear into victims and convincing them to accept a paltry settlement or using unethical tactics to twist your words or the details of the accident to put fault on you.
Your Denny Terrace personal injury lawyer from Shelly Leeke will stand up for you and stand up to these insurance adjusters to protect your interests and hold them accountable for paying you the compensation you deserve.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers Get the Job Done
Accidents and injuries come with enough suffering. Do not add more pain to your experience by failing to secure the settlement you need to achieve maximum recovery and restore your quality of life.
After your accident, reach out to a Denny Terrace personal injury attorney from Shelly Leeke Law Firm for a free consultation right away. We fight hard for every case we take and are so confident in our representation that we do not accept any fees until we secure your settlement.