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The Difference Between Being Uninsured and Underinsured

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If you have ever been in a car accident, you understand the pain of dealing with auto insurance companies. Not only are you trying to recover from potential injuries, but you must also now deal with the back and forth required to file a car accident claim and receive deserved compensation. The whole process can be challenging, frustrating, and stressful. Help is available, however. The experienced attorneys at HawkLaw, P.A. can help you understand what happens with your insurance after you have been in an accident and will fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve, including under any uninsured or underinsured coverage. …

Noneconomic Damages in a South Carolina Personal Injury Case

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You may be entitled to compensation if you or someone you love has sustained a life-altering injury because of someone else’s negligence. The injury attorneys at HawkLaw are here to protect your rights. What Is Considered Pain and Suffering in an Injury Case? In a legal sense, pain and suffering is broadly defined as the physical, mental or emotional damage or distress an individual incurs from an injury. In the instances that injury resulted from negligence, the injured party may be able to recoup special damages for those losses. Pain & Suffering Damages: Defined Damages for pain and suffering are typically broken down into two categ…

Will I Have to Pay Taxes on My Personal Injury Settlement?

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When you’re hurt in a serious South Carolina accident, you’re probably worried about getting the maximum settlement for your claim. You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for something the careless at-fault party did, right?  But getting fairly compensated is only part of your concerns. You also need to know whether you’ll have to pay taxes on your personal injury settlement. Your personal injury lawyer can help you determine the compensation you’re owed and give you an idea of what kind of tax burden you should expect once you’ve been compensated. Your South Carolina Settlement May Be Tax-Exempt When you’re hurt in an accident, the compe…

When to Sue for Medical Malpractice

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It may not hit you right away that the losses you suffered because of a medical injury were due to medical malpractice. Your doctor may be a great doctor—except that this time, they’ve left you severely injured and suffering.  The problem is, many malpractice victims don’t know when to sue for medical malpractice. You may be lost yourself, and now you’re worried about whether you’ll receive compensation at all for your losses.  If you’re not sure when to sue, you may need a lawyer’s guidance on your medical malpractice claim. Making the right call for your claim can be tough. But if you wait too long or make a mistake, it could be the end …

Can I Sue for Mishandled Coronavirus Tests?

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact everyday life, testing becomes an important part of treatment, quarantine, and preventing new cases. You may have already been tested because you may have been exposed to a sick person, or you may be concerned about some symptoms you’ve had. Unfortunately, you may have received a mishandled or failed coronavirus test. Can you sue for mishandled coronavirus tests in South Carolina? As the situation unfolds, you deserve to know the details of your situation and what you can do if government agencies and health professionals aren’t giving you the best care possible.  Who’s at Fault for Mishandli…

How to Get an Accident Report in South Carolina

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One moment, you’re on the road, commuting, running some errands, or just enjoying the ride. The next, you’ve been hit by a careless driver, and now you’re suffering the consequences for their actions.  When that happens, you need help recovering from your car accident in South Carolina. Getting a car accident report can help, but you may not be familiar with the details. What can an accident report really do for you, and how do you get one? If you’re dealing with the aftermath of a car accident and you need help with your recovery, reach out for more information about your accident report.  Requirements for Accident Reporting When you’re i…

What You Need to Know after Being Injured at Work in South Carolina

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One minute, you’re just doing your job, ready to clock out and enjoy a little bit of free time. The next, you’ve been injured on the job, and the ambulance may already be on its way. That could lead to a major life change, one that could affect not just your health but your career.  When this happens, it’s important to act now to handle your work accident claim. While you may not have much time to file a claim after your injury, fortunately, a lawyer may be able to tell you what you need to know after being injured at work in South Carolina.  We understand that a work injury can affect your quality of life, and we’re willing to help people…

How to Recover Compensation after a Brain Injury

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Suffering through a brain injury can be a traumatic experience, and it’s not an easy one to recover from. You’ve suffered through a devastating accident, and now every facet of your life is affected. You’ll need compensation to recover, but you may need help getting that compensation. If you’re struggling with a brain injury, it can be tough to focus and get the full compensation you deserve. So, seek out help recovering compensation when you’re overwhelmed by your brain injuries. You’ll need to ensure you’re getting the full amount you’re owed, which may be high, and a lawyer can help. Damages for a Brain Injury The brain is the control…

Personal Injury Compensation for PTSD

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Dealing with an accident or traumatic event is difficult on its own, especially if you were injured. Medical care and repairs are expensive, and there’s often an emotional toll. Unfortunately, your emotional toll might be especially serious, and it’s affecting your life. Those with PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, are often the victims of frightening, painful events. A car crash, assault, or other injury can leave you feeling afraid and unsafe, which affects all other parts of your life. You need to know how to recover personal injury compensation for PTSD, but that can be difficult. If you’re struggling with your compensation, b…

How is Comparative Negligence Used in Charleston Personal Injury Cases?

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During any personal injury case in South Carolina, the legal concept of “modified comparative negligence” may arise. This concept deals with the idea that two or more parties share fault for an accident, instead of one party being 100% responsible. Not all states abide by comparative negligence or contributory negligence laws. South Carolina follows a modified version of the standard law, which places a cutoff on how much fault a party can have before losing his or her right to compensation in a Charleston, SC personal injury case. Here’s what to know about this fault law. About Comparative Negligence Laws There are three main comparative …
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