Every person is expected to act cautiously so that accidents can be avoided. However, when someone acts in a careless manner and you are injured as a result, you may have the legal right to receive compensation for your injuries, financial losses, and pain and suffering.
The Gaffney personal injury lawyers at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC have been locally and nationally recognized by several legal organizations and consumer groups. We represent injured clients throughout North and South Carolina and will fight for your fair recovery.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle
According to Cornell’s Legal Information Institute, every personal injury claim has two basic issues: liability and damages. Liability establishes the legal principles at play that entitle you to compensation. Damages make up the financial and other losses you suffer due to the defendant’s liability. Here are how these issues play out in the following practice areas:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
As a condition of being licensed to drive, all drivers must follow the rules of the road, such as those in the South Carolina Driver’s Manual, including:
- Not drinking and driving
- Obeying all posted speed limits
- Avoiding driving while drowsy
- Not diverting your attention from the road because of distractions
- Yielding to emergency vehicles
- Not passing stopped school buses
- Slowing down in construction zones
Potential Forms of Compensation for Personal Injury Victims
If a driver does not follow these rules and causes your injuries, you can seek compensation through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. This may include compensation for the following:
- Your past and future medical expenses
- The amount of income you lost because of your injury
- Your pain and suffering
- The cost to repair or replace your vehicle
- The cost of a rental vehicle while your vehicle is being repaired
- The cost of any damaged personal belongings that were in your vehicle at the time of the accident
We understand how important it is for you to access the medical care you need and get your life back on track. You shouldn’t have to foot the bill due to someone else’s negligence.
Our personal injury team can see what your individual losses warrant in financial recovery. We will also make sure we seek awards for any future accident-related expenses that will be incurred. The last thing we want is for you to accept an unfair settlement offer only to have to pay out of pocket down the road.
Other Options for Debt
If piling medical expenses or the inability to continue earning a stable income has weighed you down, declaring bankruptcy may be a viable alternative to free yourself of debt. Our bankruptcy lawyers can help you understand what type of bankruptcy applies to your case and can guide you through the filing process.
South Carolina imposes strict liability for dog bites, according to S.C. Ann § 47-3-110.
If you can prove the dog bit you, that you were not trespassing, and that you did not provoke the dog, you are likely entitled to compensation.
If the dog bite severely injured you and you cannot work for an extended period, you may qualify for social security disability benefits. While a personal injury settlement seldom impacts an SDI payment, you should still trust a social security disability lawyer in Gaffney to review your case.
When a person’s negligence or recklessness causes the death of your loved one, it is called a “wrongful death.” You may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- Final medical expenses
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
- Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of financial support and services
- Loss of companionship, comfort, and guidance
We know nothing can bring back your loved one, but we want to help you seek justice.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for the damages you have suffered. However, you must first establish your legal right to this compensation by showing the other party was negligent. Your lawyer can investigate your claim and present evidence that establishes the following legal elements:
- The defendant had a legal duty
- The defendant violated the duty
- The defendant’s violation of the duty caused your harm
- You suffered damages
Your lawyer can request your medical records, interview eyewitnesses, and obtain video or audio recordings, if any, that help establish how the accident happened. He or she can also handle communications with the insurance company and negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company.
After you are injured, it is important that you seek medical attention, follow your doctor’s orders, and focus on your recovery. A Gaffney personal injury lawyer can give you peace of mind by protecting your rights and pursuing compensation on your behalf to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages while you are healing.
A Gaffney personal injury lawyer can also explain the relevant laws that may affect your claim and give you advice, such as whether or not a settlement offer is fair, given your particular circumstances. If the case is not settled through an insurance settlement, your lawyer may be able to file a lawsuit and represent you in court.
You Have a Limited Amount of Time to Act on Your Gaffney Personal Injury Lawsuit
You generally have only three years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party under S.C. Ann § 15-3-530. If the injury caused your loved one’s death, you also generally have three years to file the lawsuit. Certain situations may shorten or lengthen this timeframe, so it is important to begin working on it as soon as possible. Our personal injury attorneys can help you meet your deadline.
Contact Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC for a Free Consultation About Your Personal Injury Case
Because time is limited and personal injury claims often involve many complex issues, it is important that you reach out to a Gaffney personal injury lawyer who can guide you through the process. Contact Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC for a free consultation. We work on a contingency-fee basis. This means there are no upfront costs, and you pay us no attorney’s fees unless you win compensation. Once you win your case, we take a percentage of that settlement or award as our fee. Get help today.