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    Bamberg, SC Personal Injury Lawyer

    Some of the most commonly filed civil claims involve personal injuries. If you are in such a situation, talk to our attorneys about how to file your personal injury case in South Carolina.

    Our legal team has experience with various personal injury claims, including, but not limited to, vehicle collisions, defective goods and products, injuries in nursing homes, and slip and fall accidents. The costs of your injuries might add up to a significant sum, and we can help you evaluate your damages. Economic damages may include the monetary costs of the accident, like medical bills and the cost to repair damaged property. Non-economic damages represent painful experiences and are not necessarily tied to money. Punitive damages, while rare, may be awarded to punish defendants for egregious behavior. It is best to get started quickly, as you have limited time to initiate a lawsuit.

    Call (803) 451-4000 and ask our personal injury attorneys at Burriss Ridgeway Injury Lawyers for a free, private evaluation of your case.

    Examples of Personal Injury Claims Filed in Bamberg, SC

    Personal injury claims might involve a broad spectrum of injuries, accidents, and legal claims. This is one of the largest legal fields for civil claims. It is important to work with a lawyer who has experience with cases similar to yours. Below are some, but not all, of the claims our personal injury lawyers have handled before.

    Auto Accidents

    Accidents and collisions on the road are some of the most commonly filed personal injury cases. Car crashes occur almost daily. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who has never had an accident, even a minor one.

    Accidents might involve only two or multiple vehicles, and liability might be shared among several defendants. You might not have even been driving a car. Maybe you were hit by a car while on your bike or motorcycle. Accidents with trucks and other larger vehicles are also common.

    Defective Products

    Your injuries might come from damaged or defective products. When people buy a good or product, they expect it to be safe. There might be serious safety issues when products are damaged before they reach the consumer or are poorly designed. For example, a carpenter who buys a new circular saw might be gravely injured if the saw was damaged during manufacturing. The saw might instead have serious design flaws that make it too dangerous to use. Call a lawyer right away if a defective product injures you.

    Nursing Home Abuse

    We often think of medical facilities as safe places where people can rest and recover from injuries. Unfortunately, many people are injured in these places, including in nursing homes. Nursing home residents often live in these places long-term and rely on staff for many basic needs. When staff members are abusive or neglectful, residents physically and mentally suffer. If you have a family member in a nursing home you believe has been abused, call our team now.

    Slip and Fall Accidents

    Taking a bad fall can be embarrassing. It can also be extremely dangerous. People often underestimate the severity of these accidents, but victims often suffer painful injuries and incur expensive medical bills. Something as simple as a puddle from a spilled drink or a freshly mopped floor can cause someone to fall.

    Recoverable Damages in Bamberg, SC Personal Injury Cases

    Damages in a personal injury claim may be quite substantial. An attorney can help you identify all the damages in your case so no compensation is left on the table.

    Economic Damages

    Your economic damages are usually directly tied to the money you spent because of your accident. Medical expenses are a huge expense for many injured victims, especially if you do not have health insurance. The cost of replacing or repairing damaged property and the income you lose because you are too injured to work might also be considerable. Keep a thorough record of your expenses after the accident.

    Non-Economic Damages

    Not all injuries can be measured in dollars and cents. Your non-economic damages may involve subjective yet painful personal experiences. For example, the pain from your bodily injuries and the mental suffering you endured might have taken a significant toll. These experiences deserve fair compensation. You might also evaluate humiliation, damage to your reputation, and other psychological traumas.

    Punitive Damages

    Punitive damages are not meant to compensate for injuries or losses. Instead, they are meant to punish defendants. These damages tend to be rare, as only the most egregious behavior may be met with punitive damages.

    According to S.C. Code Ann. § 15-32-520(d), the plaintiff must prove by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant’s conduct was willful, wanton, or reckless. This is more serious than ordinary negligence in most cases, but the damages might be significant.

    How Much Time You Have to File a Personal Injury Case in Bamberg, SC

    Your time to file your case is not unlimited. According to S.C. Code Ann. § 15-3-530(5), plaintiffs must file their personal injury claims with the court no later than 3 years after the injuries occur. This is a tighter time limit than you might initially think. Plaintiffs often spend months getting claims ready to be filed. The longer you wait, the less time your attorney has to prepare.

    Time Limits for People with Disabilities

    Not all plaintiffs are capable of filing lawsuits before the statute of limitations expires. The law makes exceptions for plaintiffs under very specific conditions. According to S.C. Code Ann. § 15-3-40, if a plaintiff was under 18 or “insane” when the accident occurred, they have extra time to file their case.

    Minor plaintiffs may have 3 years from their 18th birthday to file a claim. Plaintiffs who are “insane” – meaning they have a mental disability that prevents them from understanding their rights or filing a case – have no more than 1 year after their disability ceases. However, the deadline for people with a mental disability may not be extended by more than 5 years.

    Time Limits When the Defendant Leaves the State

    If the defendant has left the state, you may also have additional time to file your case. This can be especially problematic when defendants flee the state to avoid civil liability. Under S.C. Code Ann. § 15-3-30, if the defendant was outside South Carolina when the accident occurred, the time limit does not start until they enter the state.

    Alternatively, if they were in South Carolina when the accident occurred but then left for at least a year, the time they are outside the state does not count toward the time limit.

    Our Bamberg, SC Personal Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help

    Call (803) 451-4000 and ask our personal injury attorneys at Burriss Ridgeway Injury Lawyers for a free, private evaluation of your case.