The suffering after an injury can seem never-ending. The rehabilitation can go on for years, you aren’t able to work, and your enjoyment of life has taken a turn for the worse. You don’t want to complain, and you don’t need someone to pay for the rest of your life—but you would like the person who caused your injury to apologize and pay you a fair amount for your losses.
No matter who is to blame for your suffering, one thing is certain: you deserve a chance to get proper compensation for all that you have been through.
Our Charleston Personal Injury Lawyer Can Get You the Payment and Justice You Deserve
If you or someone you love has been hurt by someone else’s negligence, you should strongly consider filing a personal injury suit. If your injury could have been prevented, you have the right to recover fair compensation, not just the amount that an insurer or defendant is prepared to give you. Injuries from serious falls, violent acts, trips, and other accidents can cause painful and permanent effects, including:
- Brain injuries. Trauma to a person’s head does not have to be particularly hard or sudden to cause trouble speaking, walking, behaving, or thinking.
- Back injuries. An injury to the upper back can affect a person’s ability to sit, walk, or lift objects, while an injury to the lower back can result in paralysis.
- Loss of limb. It only takes a second to lose a hand, arm, finger, or leg in a dangerous environment, permanently altering the victim’s way of life.
- Paralysis. Spinal cord injuries and head trauma can result in partial or total paralysis, affecting a victim’s ability to earn a profitable (or even sustainable) living.
Although these incidents may be called “accidents,” there is usually someone to blame for the injury. We can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Simply fill out our quick contact form to ask us a question or set up your free consultation with a personal injury attorney.
Why Do I Need a Charleston Injury Attorney to Help With My Case?
Many victims are not only suffering from the painful effects of their injuries, but they are also struggling to pay bills and are attempting to find some means of employment that they are able to do after their life circumstances have changed. The thought of hiring an attorney may seem like one more cost you could do without; however, you should never begin your personal injury case without seeking competent legal advice.
Our Charleston personal injury team can advise you on many complex aspects of your case, including:
- Time limits. As incredible as it may seem, you only have a limited amount of time to bring a case against the person responsible for your suffering. In South Carolina, the time limit (called the statute of limitations) is three years from the date of your accident or injury. Once three years have passed, you will not be able to file a lawsuit in the state—even if the effects of your injuries last for the rest of your life.
- Fault. The person who was to blame for your accident may not have to pay for all of your injury costs if you could share fault for the accident. While you can still sue—and win—if you are partially to blame, the amount of the damages you receive can be reduced. However, if you are found to be more than 50 percent liable for the incident, you are barred from recovering anything at all. We can determine what role your actions played in the events leading up to your accident, helping you fight a shared negligence claim.
- Communications. Since they have so much at stake, insurance adjusters and defendants will often begin building their own cases before you have even had a chance to consider legal action. Their goal in contacting you is simple: to get you to agree to as little money as possible. This could be by gathering evidence against you, taking a recorded statement from you, or asking you to sign documents that bar you from recovery. When we represent you, we take over all communication with the other side, making decisions that will protect your best interests.
- Damages. It can be hard to place a dollar value on everything your injury has cost you. Our firm can assist you in estimating your total financial and economic losses, as well as explore the possibility of punitive damages in your case. In South Carolina, victims can be awarded a lump sum in addition to their losses (called punitive damages) to punish the person responsible for causing the injury. By state law, victims can be awarded punitive damages up to $500,000 or three times the amount of economic damages, whichever is higher.
At the Law Office of Jared C. Williams, we realize the strain that victims are under when they come to our offices. That is why we offer a free consultation, either in our offices or at your home, in order to examine the facts of your case and answer any questions you may have. We also take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will not owe us anything unless we win your case. Fill out our quick contact form to set up your free consultation, or call the number on this page to have us come to you.