Personal Injury Law

Personal Injury Attorneys in Columbia SC

At Burriss and Ridgeway, we are passionate about making sure that injury victims recover the compensation they deserve so that they can restore their lives to normal as much as possible. 

If you are hurt in an accident

In the unfortunate event that you are injured and someone else may be liable, there are several important steps to take.

1. Get Medical Care

Be sure that you allow a doctor to do a thorough exam and cooperate with medical advice and treatment.

Don’t immediately assume you are fine.

You will need proof that you sought medical attention right away if you decide to file a case later.

2. report your injury

In a traffic accident, always call 911 and stay on the scene until the police arrive.

If you are injured on the job, report the incident to your manager immediately.

If you are injured on someone else’s property, report your injury to the property owner.

3. Collect evidence

Take pictures from multiple angles of the scene and any dangerous conditions, property damage, or injuries you sustained.

Try to get the contact information for other people involved and any witnesses.

Be sure to keep all of your medical documentation so that you have all of the evidence you need later to support your case.

4. Call a Personal Injury Lawyer

Schedule a free consultation to meet with a personal injury lawyer on our team.

Our lawyers can tell you if you may have a case and what steps to take next to protect your interests.

This can help ensure that you are compensated appropriately for your injuries.

A Personal Injury Lawyer in South Carolina can help with:

Types of Injury

When people are seriously injured, the results can be catastrophic and life-changing. We are familiar with many serious injuries including broken bones, puncture wounds, traumatic brain injuries, crush injuries, spinal injuries, internal injuries, deep cuts, and prolonged emotional or mental trauma (ie: PTSD).

 

Some of the most common accident injuries we see include these categories:

Burn

When equipment or chemicals catch on fire or explode, burn injuries can often result. Unfortunately, severe burns are very serious. They often have to be treated in expensive specialized burn units. 

Sometimes it can take multiple surgeries and many months or even years of rehab. Even then, some burn victims experience medical difficulties or problems being able to return to work. 

If you have suffered a significant burn injury, you’ll definitely want legal help to make sure you receive proper compensation for all of your expenses.

Dog Bite

We all love our own pets. And many of us consider our dogs to be “man’s best friend.” But there is no denying that a dog bite can get very nasty. Between the physical injuries (deep cuts, tears, and puncture wounds) and the bacterial infections that can result from the dog’s saliva, the aftermath of being bitten by a dog can be daunting.

People may require high potency antibiotics, rabies vaccine shots, and reconstructive surgery (or multiple surgeries in some cases) to try to restore their appearance and the functionality of the bitten body part(s).

Dog owners are responsible for the damage their dogs inflict on other people. We can help you determine the amount of liability the dog’s owner has in your particular case. 

If you have suffered from a significant dog bite injury, please seek an experienced accident and injury lawyer to be sure you receive all the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.

Brain

The human brain is infinitely more complex than any high tech computers we have today. But when there is significant damage to the brain, it can be difficult to heal the damaged neurons and to completely restore all original functions.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result when someone is in a car accident, a bicycle accident, a fall, a fight, and any other situation where the head receives a heavy blow. For months or even years afterward, some people experience difficulties like sensitivity to light and sounds, severe headaches, emotional trauma, depression, anxiety, and difficulty functioning in normal life.

Often people who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury have a lot of rehabilitation to go through and sometimes multiple CT scans and even surgeries, as well. 

They may experience difficulty returning to school or work. Sometimes reading too much, being on screens, and concentrating for long periods of time is just too much. There can even be problems with mobility, taste, touch, vision, or hearing depending on the part of the brain that was affected.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a significant brain injury because of someone else’s actions or negligence, please reach out to a personal injury lawyer near you to make sure you receive all of the compensation you deserve for the injuries, lost wages, medical bills, future expenses, and general damages, as well.

Serious

Serious injuries can include a wide variety of things that result in significant medical expenses, surgeries, rehabilitation, and/or loss of mobility or productivity.

Some common serious injuries are things like crush injuries, internal injuries, deep cuts or lacerations, bad fractures, significant head injuries, spinal injuries, paralysis, etc…

Any time there is any kind of significant injury and there is another person who is liable for that injury, it’s wise to have legal representation. Look for the best injury lawyer you can find in your area.

Slip and Fall

One of the most common types of personal injury is a slip and fall case. Someone slips on something icy, wet, or slippery and falls—sustaining physical harm from the fall. Sometimes tripping over something and falling is included in this category, as well.

These kinds of injury cases often involve head injuries, brain injuries, broken hips, broken arms, and other bone fractures. People may need surgeries and rehabilitation. They may have difficulty getting back to their normal functioning if the damage is severe enough.

If you fall and experience a significant injury because a property owner was negligent or you slip and fall at work, it would be wise to consult with a slip and fall lawyer near you to see if you may be able to receive compensation for your injury.

Spinal

A spinal injury can happen because of a slip and fall, a traffic accident, diving headfirst into a shallow pool, a fall from a height, or even because of assault or battery. Spinal injuries can result in very serious problems for victims including sometimes partial or total paralysis. 

This type of injury requires prompt and continuing medical attention. If you have a serious injury as the result of someone else’s negligence or intentional acts, we recommend that you consult with an injury claim lawyer.

Types of Liability

When someone is hurt and someone else can be legally held responsible for the injury, that person has liability.

There are three general types of liability for personal injury cases:

  • Intentional actions
  • Negligence
  • Strict liability

If you have suffered from an injury in a place of business or on someone else’s property, you may have the right to pursue legal action against the party at fault because property owners have strict liability. This means they are responsible for certain types of injury even if the property owner was not at fault or negligent.

If you sustain an injury because of another person’s negligence or intentional actions, you may also have a valid case against the responsible party. 

Negligence would require that someone had a certain legal duty of care or responsibility not to cause harm and they did not uphold their duty. 

If someone purposely assaults, batters, or attacks someone else to cause intentional harm, the injured party may be able to file a case against the person. Sometimes criminal charges are also involved. 

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort as a result of a fall, someone else’s negligence, or an attack of any kind, do not let the opposing party offer you a low settlement. Seek professional advice to ensure that your rights are protected.

Hurt and need Compensation?

If you can prove that the defendant is liable for the damages you suffered, then you may deserve monetary compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and future wage losses. You may also be awarded compensation for physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, any disability you have sustained, or physical disfigurement you may have due to your injury.

The exact types of compensation you can receive will vary depending on the specifics of your case, the amount of liability the defendant has, and the extent of your injuries and damages.

personal Injury Claims

In South Carolina, people can generally file a personal injury claim within three years from the date of injury. However, there may be a shorter time window for filing a claim if the liable party is a government agency or entity.

Be sure to speak with one of our attorneys to check on any time limits that may apply to your particular case. It’s always best to ask about your situation sooner rather than later. Once you pass the deadline, there is nothing even the best injury lawyer can do.

Dealing with Insurance Companies

All too often, we as lawyers are faced with clients that allowed an insurance company or commercial defendant to force them into a settlement that was too low, simply because it seemed convenient at the time. Or maybe our clients didn’t realize what they could actually receive if only they had proper legal representation. 

How you deal with the insurance company involved in your case is very important. Don’t let them push you around or try to coerce you into saying or doing anything to hurt your case.

 

Quick Tips for Dealing with the Insurance Company:

  • Try to avoid talking with the insurance company yourself. It’s best to let your attorney handle the communication.
  • Ask for everything to be documented in writing.
  • Don’t sign anything or make any negotiations without consulting with your attorney.

 

At Burriss and Ridgeway Injury Lawyers, we will aggressively investigate your case and protect your right to be fully compensated for the injuries that result from another party’s negligence. Personal injury cases are serious and require a comprehensive investigation sooner rather than later. Allow Burriss and Ridgeway to help you before it is too late.

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