Charleston Personal Injury Attorney

A catastrophic car accident, a back injury from a slip and fall, a crushed limb from a poorly maintained machine at work – these accidents can permanently change a person’s life. Personal injury accidents can occur anywhere, at anytime. Often, an injured victim can trace an accident back to someone else’s negligence, breach of duty, or failure to maintain an accepted standard of care. In these situations, the injured party has the right to sue the responsible party. The Hawkins Law Firm handles all types of personal injury accidents in Charleston, South Carolina, including Mount Pleasant and all of Berkeley County, and we can represent your case using our years of experience.

What You Need to Prove a Negligence Case

The law bases most personal injury cases on the legal theory of negligence. According to this theory, an injured person (the plaintiff) may bring a claim against an allegedly responsible party (the defendant) and pursue compensation for his or her injuries and property damage after an accident. Not every personal injury accident is grounds for a lawsuit, however. The plaintiff bears the burden of proof of negligence using four elements:

  1. The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care. Drivers, doctors, property owners, childcare supervisors, employers, and product manufacturers are just a few examples of potential defendants with duties of care to others.
  2. The defendant breached the duty of care. A plaintiff must have evidence that the defendant acted in a way that a reasonable person in the same circumstances would not have.
  3. The defendant’s breach of care caused the plaintiff’s injury. There must be a causal link between the defendant’s breach of duty and the plaintiff’s injury. Simply proving the defendant was negligent and caused an accident is not enough; the plaintiff must have suffered an injury as a result of the defendant’s breach.
  4. The plaintiff suffered damages due to the injury. A plaintiff cannot file a personal injury claim if he or she did not suffer any compensational damages in an accident. Damages include personal injury, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and property damage.

With these four elements, a plaintiff has the foundation for a personal injury lawsuit in Charleston. Every personal injury case looks different. Trust The Hawkins Law Firm with your case for a closer look at exactly what it might take to prove negligence.

Mt. Pleasant Personal Injury Lawyers serving Charleston, SC

The Hawkins Law Firm is proud to represent citizens of Charleston and Mt. Pleasant who have suffered damages in all manner of personal injury accidents. The practice areas we handle range from automobile accidents to criminal assault. We also handle wrongful death cases, in which a loved one has died due to someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, or intent to harm. Practice areas we can represent include, but are not limited to:

Personal injury cases in Berkeley County follow specific state rules, such as deadlines for filing, so having someone who understands South Carolina law by your side is crucial. Work with an experienced personal injury attorney for help with the entire legal process. The Charleston Personal Injury attorneys at Hawkins Law Firm offers free consultations at our Mt. Pleasant, SC office by appointment or over the phone.

Free Personal Injury Consultations in Mount Pleasant

Stop by our office! The Mount Pleasant location address is:

884 Johnnie Dodds Blvd #101
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

We will discuss the details of your Charleston personal injury accident during your consultation and help you determine the potential worth of your case. If you believe you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, call The Hawkins Law Firm Mount Pleasant office at (843) 737-9356 or contact us online.