South Carolina Attorney for Personal Injury Case Referrals
A person might suffer numerous types of personal injuries in South Carolina. If the client’s attorney is not licensed to practice law in South Carolina or does not practice personal injury law, referring the client’s case will be in their best interest.
Our personal injury attorneys can help your client regardless of the kinds of personal injuries they suffered. Some cases are relatively straightforward, like car accidents involving only two drivers. Other personal injury lawsuits are much more complex and can involve multiple negligent parties and significant injuries that require expert medical testimony to explain. Our attorneys also firmly understand the South Carolina laws that can impact your client’s case.
Our personal injury attorneys in South Carolina are here to help your client recover the compensation they deserve. Contact Burriss Ridgeway Injury Lawyers at (803) 451-4000 for a free case assessment.
When to Refer Your Client’s Case Our South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys
There are several reasons to refer your client’s case to our personal injury attorneys. Our attorneys have years of experience representing clients in South Carolina courts. As such, we thoroughly understand South Carolina’s laws, including its rules of evidence, its procedural rules, and many other legal nuances that influence personal injury cases. If you are an out-of-state attorney not licensed to practice law in South Carolina, you can refer your client’s personal injury case to our local attorneys, who can take over from there.
Our personal injury attorneys can also take case referrals from other lawyers who practice in South Carolina but in another legal field. Most people outside of the legal profession do not understand that most lawyers practice in a particular area of law and might be unable to represent them in their personal injury cases. For example, clients might bring their personal injury case to their criminal defense lawyer or tax attorney, thinking they can help. Sometimes, providing effective legal services means referring a potential client’s case to an attorney who can best represent their interests.
Our personal injury attorneys can also offer support to attorneys with smaller firms or has a practice that is still growing. If you are a local attorney with a caseload that is too full to take another case or the case is beyond your current resources, our lawyers are ready to provide your client with the best legal advice possible.
Types of Personal Injury Cases Our Attorneys Litigate in South Carolina
Our personal injury attorneys can and do handle a vast range of cases for our clients throughout South Carolina. One of the most common personal injury cases we litigate is car accident claims. While these cases might be common, they are not always simple. That is why we pride ourselves on being able to litigate virtually any type of vehicle accident, including motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and accidents involving pedestrians.
We can also represent clients injured in slip and fall accidents. Whether your client was injured on public or private property, we can help them pursue compensation in a premises liability claim.
Our personal injury attorneys are also prepared to take on more complex cases. Medical malpractice, construction accidents, and nursing home abuse are some of the more challenging cases for which our attorneys can accept referrals. For instance, most medical malpractice and nursing home abuse cases involve seriously complex medical questions that typically require expert support and the knowledge to know what evidence to collect and from where.
Constructions accident cases can also be incredibly challenging since the accident could have been caused by the employer violating a state or federal safety regulation. This can be extremely difficult to prove but would typically allow the employer to be held accountable outside of South Carolina’s Worker’s Compensation laws.
Personal Injury Laws That Can Impact Your Client’s South Carolina Case
Referring attorneys should be aware of several laws, so their client’s case is not negatively impacted. Our personal injury attorneys are quite familiar with these laws and can explain more if you and your client have further questions.
At-Fault Insurance Rules
Since car accident cases are so common, you should know that South Carolina is an at-fault state for car insurance. This means the victims can start the recovery process by filing a third-party insurance claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance. However, a negligent driver’s insurance coverage might not be enough to fully cover all your client’s damages, as the minimum insurance policy limit in South Carolina is $25,000. When insurance is insufficient to cover a victim’s injuries, a lawsuit is the typical next step to recovering compensation.
At-Fault Insurance Rules
South Carolina’s practices modified comparative negligence rules when determining liability in a personal injury case, otherwise known as the “51% rule.” This means that victims can still recover compensation as long as they are not found to have a higher percentage of fault than the defendant for causing the accident. Compare this to Georgia’s “50/50,” which bars recovery if the plaintiff is 50% or more at fault, or North Carolina’s pure contributory negligence rule, which prevents victims from recovering compensation if they contributed in the slightest.
At-Fault Insurance Rules
The statute of limitations in South Carolina is three years from the date of the accident and is encoded in S.C. Code Ann. §15-3-530. Fortunately, this is a longer time limit than many surrounding states offer to file a lawsuit, which can be as short as one year in some states. Despite this timeframe, it is still critical to refer your client’s case as soon as you can. Unnecessary or unexpected delays can seriously impact a case and when it can be filed against the negligent party. Our personal injury attorneys are ready to help your client gather the evidence they need so that their case is filed promptly.
Our South Carolina Attorney for Personal Injury Case Referrals Can Help
If your client has a personal injury case in South Carolina that you need to refer, our personal injury attorneys are here to provide a free review of your client’s case. Contact Burriss Ridgeway Injury Lawyers today at (803) 451-4000.