South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney

We have represented hundreds of clients in personal injury cases. There is no case too big or too small for our firm to handle. We’re ready to lend a hand in any kind of personal injury accident, to seek out the truth and earn our clients the justice they deserve. No matter what your case entails, the Hawkins Law Firm has the experience and knowledge to represent your case in South Carolina. We represent clients in these practice areas:

At the Hawkins Law Firm, we never treat two cases the same way. Every case is unique and requires careful attention to detail and due diligence. We personalize our approach to every case, working one on one with accident victims and their families to come up with a solution that best resolves the situation. We individualize our approach to address specific legal needs. Your case matters to us.

Attorneys Who Understand South Carolina Personal Injury Law

Personal injury law is different in every state. If you suffer a personal injury in South Carolina, you need local attorneys to represent you and help you file a claim with the SC courts. The laws regarding car accidents, premises liability accidents, and others have nuances and complexities. Accident victims need legal counsel from a law firm with real local experience. Different state laws and insurance rules can affect a settlement after an accident. Before you embark on a lawsuit, here are a few things you need to know about personal injury law in South Carolina.

There are statutes of limitations in every state that limit how long you have to file a lawsuit. Such statutes are in place to protect defendants (the party allegedly responsible for your accident). Statutes of limitations encourage plaintiffs to initiate legal proceedings in a timely manner, with reasonable diligence. If a plaintiff waits too long to file a claim, the defendant may lose evidence that proves his or her innocence. After the statute of limitations period has passed, you can typically no longer pursue a personal injury claim. However, there are possibilities for overcoming them.

In South Carolina, an injured party has three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury or property damage claim with the civil courts. If you don’t discover your injury until later, for example, you find out you have cancer from breathing in asbestos at work 10 years ago, you have three years from the date you discover the injury to file a claim. The law gives families three years after the date of a loved one’s death to file a wrongful death claim. Considering the time restrictions, it’s best to speak with an attorney as soon after an accident as possible. Consult us for more information about time limits and options in your particular case.

Personal Injury Laws Specific to South Carolina

If you or a loved one is in an accident in South Carolina, you’ll want to know the specific laws that may affect your case. We’ll provide a brief overview of some of the most important things to know about the legal system in South Carolina, so you’ll have a basic idea of what to expect. Remember, each personal injury case is different. Always contact us about your case before assuming a law will or will not pertain to you.

  • Fault and comparative fault rules. North and South Carolina may share a border, but their laws are very different when it comes to car accidents. South Carolina is a modified comparative negligence state, meaning the courts will split compensation between both parties if they share any of the responsibility for an accident. North Carolina, on the other hand, is a fault state. This is a tort-based system that places responsibility for an accident entirely on one party.

According to comparative negligence rules, if the courts find you partially at fault for an accident, you may walk away with some compensation. For example, you rear-end someone because you weren’t paying attention to the road, but the other driver’s brake lights weren’t working. You might still receive partial compensation in a comparative fault states like South Carolina.

It’s important to understand South Carolina’s comparative negligence rules to realize the importance of hiring an efficient personal injury lawyer.

  • Workers’ compensation laws. South Carolina law requires nearly every company that employs at least four employees to carry workers’ compensation insurance. However, workers’ comp does not cover every on-the-job accident or injury. In addition, insurance companies often deny valid workers’ comp claims. The Hawkins Law Firm has qualified workers’ compensation attorneys to help you with your case. The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission (SCWCC) will then decide if workers’ comp should cover your injury.
  • Dog-bite law. In South Carolina, a dog bite victim can recover compensation under the doctrine of strict liability. This rule holds dog owners are strictly liable for dog-bite injuries, regardless of the actions of the owner. That this means that a dog owner is responsible for damages whenever his dog injures or bites someone.

In South Carolina, a dog-bite victim can sue a dog owner, even if the owner did nothing negligent when the injury occurred.

These are just three examples of dozens of personal injury laws specific to our state. When you’ve sustained a personal injury in South Carolina, don’t hesitate to schedule a free consultation* with the Hawkins Law Firm, a team of attorneys local to South Carolina. Our lead attorneys will discuss which state and county laws may apply to your case and provide our professional advice for you moving forward. You pay nothing out of pocket until we win*. Call (864) 312-9999 to speak with caring attorneys, receive knowledgeable counsel, and enjoy peace of mind.

What to do after and accident

You were in an accident. Now what? Most people don’t imagine they’ll ever be involved in a traumatic accident. Unfortunately, they happen to thousands of people every day. A simple trip to the grocery store can turn into a harmful trip and fall accident. Your daily commute to work can end in a high-impact collision. When the unexpected happens, you need a trustworthy source of legal information by your side. The attorneys at the Hawkins Law Firm have practiced personal injury law in South Carolina for years, and we have the experience you need to walk you through any type of accident.

First, check to see if you have any personal injuries. After a traumatic event, you may not notice your own injuries right away. Limit your movements until help arrives. Call the police and report the accident. Even if it appears no one has an injury, obtaining an official police report of the incident is wise. Gather as much information about the scene of the accident as possible. This includes the contact information of anyone present at the scene, involved in the accident, and the police officer who responds to the call. Once you’ve seen a medical professional regarding your injuries, contact the Hawkins Law Firm.

The Hawkins Law Firm offers free consultations*, over the phone or in person, to anyone who believes he or she may have a personal injury case. You’ll speak with one of our lead attorneys about your accident, not just another staff member. During your consultation, we’ll listen to what happened and give you our professional opinion about whether we think you have a case. If you do have grounds to file a personal injury claim, we’ll do all the paperwork for you. South Carolina personal injury law is what we do best. When you trust us with your case, you’re investing in your future. Call 888-HAWKLAW to set up your free consultation* today.