South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer

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Personal injury lawyers represent victims of personal injuries resulting from negligent behavior, such as negligence in employment and retention, negligent maintenance of property, and fire-death cases. A personal injury lawyer also provides legal guidance to the client in cases of wrongful death. A professional personal injury lawyer will work toward competently representing their clients and seeking the rightful compensation for damages caused. Personal injury lawyers also work in cases of serious injuries and death claims, as well as insurance disputes and medical and disability coverage disputes.

A personal injury is defined as an injury to the emotions, mind, or body, juxtaposed to an injury to a piece of property. It usually is referred to a lawsuit that involves a plaintiff having been injured due to another person's carelessness. There are many different types of personal injuries, including tripping accidents, assault claims, dog bites, accidents at work, accidents in the home, holiday accidents, medical and dental accidents, and defective product accidents. A personal injury is not only physical in nature, but it can be industrial disease cases. These include occupational stress, contact dermatitis, mesothelioma and asbestosis, chest diseases, vibration white fingers, and repetitive strain injuries.

South Carolina wrongful death attorneys understand the suffering endured when someone is killed by wrongful conduct or by the gross negligence of a third party, termed as wrongful death. A lawyer can help seek justice by guiding the victim's family through the legal aspects and provisions available for suitable reparation. The client is entitled to compensation even if the deceased was partially responsible for the events leading to the fatality.

In cases of death owing to gross negligence such as automobile accidents, the legal system provides that the next of kin can act as the plaintiff and thereby recover economic and non-economic damages. The next of kin as defined by law will include family members such as the spouse or domestic partner, children, parents or siblings, as well as persons who would have been receiving financial support if the deceased was alive.

A wrongful death plaintiff can file for damages to help recover funeral expenses, loss of income or household support owing to the death of the deceased, and other non-economic damages, such as mental anguish and suffering. A surviving spouse or partner can recover damages for the injury caused due to loss of partner in a couple's relationship termed a loss of consortium. The surviving spouse's loss is recognized as a separate civil action and provides separate damages.

An average of 11,200 accidental injuries that are considered disabling take place every hour, during every year. The most common accident at construction sites are falls. And, every year, about 11,000 people in America suffer from a traumatic spinal cord injury, which many will turn into permanent disabilities. About 6,500,000 construction workers were active in 1995 in the United States. Out of those, there were 1,040 construction related deaths and 350,000 disabling injuries. The part of the body that is the most commonly injured is the back, making up about 25 percent of all work-related injuries.

A personal injury lawyer's extensive experience with complex accidental death cases will provide a good legal representation to help minimize the impact of the personal tragedy. Many lawyers will also work on a contingency plan, which means they receive fees only after the client wins the compensation due. If you have suffered a personal injury, or are disabled owing to negligent behavior of a third party, or if your loved one has been killed by the negligence of another, you will need a good legal representation from a qualified personal injury lawyer.


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