No one expects to be involved in an auto accident, truck crash, slip-and-fall, or other personal injury accident. Unfortunately, these types of incidents happen far more often than most people realize and, when they do, they can turn your entire world upside-down, leaving you seriously injured, unable to work and buried under a mountain of unexpected accident-related debt.
If you sustained injuries and losses in a personal injury accident caused by another person or entity's negligence, as unfair as it is, you may live with the physical consequences of someone else's recklessness for the rest of your life. You shouldn't have to live with the financial consequences of those actions too. The knowledgeable South Carolina attorneys with the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve after a devastating personal injury accident. We've helped countless clients in situations similar to yours achieve successful—and fair—resolutions to their cases.
We understand that this is a difficult time—and we're here to help. Our attorneys can help you understand your rights and options, so you can make smart, informed decisions about your case and future.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
The Law Offices of Shane Smith's South Carolina attorneys have extensive experience handling the following types of personal injury cases:
- Auto Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- DUI Victims
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability Accidents
- Brain Injuries
- Wrongful Deaths
Injuries Commonly Associated With Personal Injury Accidents
Not all personal injury accidents are created equally. In some cases, victims may walk away with minor scrapes and bruises while, in other cases, victims suffer debilitating or even fatal injuries. Here are some of the most common injuries reported after personal injury accidents:
- Scrapes and cuts
- Whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries
- Internal injuries, such as bleeding or organ damage
- Broken or crushed bones
- Dislocated joints
- Dental trauma
- Facial disfigurement
- Head and brain injuries, such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Shoulder and back injuries
- Spinal cord trauma, which can result in varying degrees of paralysis
- Lost limbs and amputations
Damages Available for Personal Injury Victims
South Carolina law permits personal injury victims to pursue compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage repair or replacement costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential, if applicable
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Reduced quality of life
- And more.
When personal injury victims due as a result of another person's negligence, the executor of their estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek compensation on behalf of the victim's surviving family members. Available damages may include:
- Any related medical expenses the victim incurred prior to their death
- Property damages and other expenses related to the victim's death
- Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of income and benefits
- Loss of the victim's experience, knowledge, and guidance
- Loss of the victim's love, companionship, and protection
- Surviving family members' pain and suffering
In cases where the at-fault party's behavior is deemed especially reprehensible, personal injury victims may also be eligible for punitive benefits. Paying these benefits is intended to punish the defendant and deter similar conduct, rather than attempting to compensate a victim for a particular loss.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
In South Carolina, personal injury victims have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for injuries and other losses. Victims who fail to file a lawsuit within the three-year time limit forfeit their right to pursue a legal remedy.
Knowledgeable, Experienced and Compassionate Representation for Your Personal Injury Case
The legal team with the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you protect your right to recovery after a serious personal injury accident. Do you have questions about your accident and injury case? Our skilled personal injury attorneys represent clients in cities throughout South Carolina. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case.