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The aftermath of a personal injury can be frightening and full of uncertainty. You may feel alone and not know what to do as you are in pain and experiencing mounting medical bills for the treatment of your injuries.

You do not have to suffer alone. The dedicated South Carolina personal injury lawyers at HawkLaw are committed to helping injury victims get the help they need. We Fight to Win the settlement you deserve. Use our live chat or call 888-HAWKLAW to schedule a free case evaluation* and initiate your case.

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Why is Personal Injury Legal Representation So Important?

Your insurance company is more concerned with its bottom line than providing the compensation you deserve. That is one reason why you should hire personal injury law representation to help you navigate your future after injury.

Our lawyers have years of training and experience in protecting your best interests and striving for the fair compensation you need.

Personal Injury Claims in South Carolina

How much is your personal injury case really worth, and how has it impacted your life? There are many factors to think about when considering what your future will look like after suffering an injury. Obtaining proper representation can bring you peace of mind.

Do not let the carelessness of others or a lack of cooperation from insurers and their adjusters deny your right to fair and just compensation.

What Types of Personal Injury Case Does HawkLaw Handle?

Personal injury cases are not a one-size-fits-all problem or solution. Each case is unique, and the type of injury, along with the legal issues involved, will vary. As you consider what to do next, think about the type of personal injury case you are facing.

HawkLaw handles a variety of personal injury cases. Our compassionate and experienced personal injury attorneys dedicate themselves to helping injured people in South Carolina get the compensation they need and deserve.

Examples of the types of personal injury cases we handle include:

Common Personal Injury Cases in South Carolina

Personal injury cases result from several different types of accidents, some causing catastrophic injuries, which result in high medical costs and long-term treatment.

If you are in an accident, the most important thing you should do is seek medical attention right away and follow your provider’s treatment plan. Your priority is to take care of your body and heal. This likely means you will incur medical costs. You deserve to be compensated for these costs and more.

While you are healing, a South Carolina personal injury attorney can strive to protect your legal rights and empower you to receive the justice you deserve. HawkLaw works in several different practice areas, including but not limited to the following.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

A motor vehicle accident can happen when you least expect it. You may experience a single-car crash, multi-car accident, truck accident, motorcycle collision, or a pedestrian (hit by a vehicle) accident, any of which can result in serious injury.

  • Rear-end crashes
  • Sideswipe accidents
  • T-bone accidents
  • Side impact collisions
  • Rollover accidents
  • Hit-and-run accidents

The physical, mental, and financial toll of an auto accident can be overwhelming. You do not have to go through it alone. HawkLaw is here to help submit your claim, provide legal guidance, and offer heartfelt support.

Learn more about how we will represent you as your car accident lawyer.

Work Accidents

Work accidents can greatly disrupt your life due to pain and suffering, along with lost income. Different types of accidents people often experience during the course of their work duties include:

  • Slip-and-falls
  • Lifting injuries
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Electrocution
  • Overexertion
  • Struck by equipment
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Toxic or chemical exposure
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Machinery or equipment accidents

It is hard to recover from an accident on the job and even harder to go back to work. That is why we want to streamline your entire claim process. Our work injury lawyers will review your case and fight for the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.

Learn more about how to claim the benefits you deserve with our South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers.

Premises Liability (Slip-and-Fall)

Suppose you have an important meeting that ends, tragically, in a slip-and-fall, trip-and-fall, or other premises liability injury. You do not have to prove the building owner’s negligence alone. We have diligent premises liability attorneys ready, willing, and able to fight for a fair and just settlement.

Learn more about how to protect your well-being with our slip-and-fall lawyers.

Dog Attacks

We love our furry little friends, but occasionally, dog bites do occur, and they can be very serious. If you are the victim of a dog attack, you likely have questions, and we can help answer them. We will help you understand your rights and figure out how to move forward.

Learn more about recovering from an unexpected attack with our dog bite lawyers.

Medical Malpractice

We all trust doctors to do the right thing while under their care, but what if a costly mistake leaves us in debilitating pain? We want you to leave the doctor’s office healthy and happy, so we will stand by your side in fighting against medical malpractice. The attorneys at HawkLaw will explore all legal options and strategies available to pursue the compensation your family is entitled to receive.

Learn more about how we stand up for medical malpractice cases.

Compensation For South Carolina Injury Victims

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As we determine your claim type and who might be at fault for your injuries and responsible for your medical bills, we will also work to win you the compensation you deserve. This compensation should cover all the suffering — financial and otherwise — that you have endured because of your injury.

You will more than likely suffer several types of damages after being injured in South Carolina, which we have detailed below.

How is Pain and Suffering Calculated in South Carolina?

Compensation for pain and suffering in South Carolina is based on economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are calculated based on actual financial losses you have suffered. Non-economic damages are additional awards you may receive based on the severity of your accident, and compensation is determined by the non-monetary losses you and your family have suffered.

You can claim non-economic damages in most types of personal injury cases since the likelihood you have suffered non-monetary losses from a serious injury is high. Examples of accidents where individuals can claim pain and suffering include car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents.

Economic Damages From Your Injury

The easiest damages to calculate the value of will be your economic damages. This category includes the financial losses you have suffered because of your accident — both current and future. This includes:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future wages
  • Any property damage
  • All other economic costs tied to your injuries

These damages are usually determined by adding the costs together and estimating future expenses.

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South Carolina Personal Injury Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are more complicated to calculate. These are the intangible losses you have suffered because of the injury, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Loss of consortium
  • PTSD

Because you may have trouble calculating your intangible damages, it is helpful to speak with a lawyer before you begin. Damages will depend on the amount of suffering you have experienced.

Punitive Damages Attorneys

If the person who injured you meant to harm you, or if his or her actions were especially reckless, you may be entitled to more than the damages described above. While economic and non-economic damages are meant to compensate you for the hardships you have experienced, you may be eligible for punitive damages (also called exemplary damages).

  • Designed to punish the at-fault party for carelessness
  • Intended to prevent similar actions by others
  • Very difficult to obtain
  • Have capped amounts under South Carolina law

You will need to prove that the at-fault party’s actions were wanton, willful, or reckless, which is not easy to do without help. A personal injury lawyer in South Carolina can help you fight to maximize your compensation.

Steps to Take After a Personal Injury

It can be difficult to know what to do in the immediate aftermath of an accident. If you are in this stressful situation, we have outlined important first steps to take as soon as possible.

  1. Get medical attention: Your health is a top priority, and even if you do not feel hurt, it is important to get yourself looked at as soon as possible.
    • If you experience pain, dizziness, confusion, or anything else, see a medical provider right away.
    • Severe injuries, such as internal bleeding or head, neck, and back injuries, may be hidden.
    • Symptoms may not immediately be obvious.
    • Seeing a provider also documents your injury for legal purposes.
  2. Gather evidence: To successfully obtain compensation in a personal injury claim, you will need strong evidence to present to an insurance company or a court. Any evidence you can gather at the scene of the accident will help strengthen your case.
    • Take photos and videos.
    • Get contact information from eyewitnesses.
    • Write down anything you can remember about the accident.
    • Over time, evidence disappears, and events are not remembered in detail.
    • If you cannot gather evidence, ask a trustworthy individual to do it for you.
  3. Report your injury: After suffering an injury, report the incident to the appropriate authorities. This may be police, local highway authorities, your supervisor, or your insurance company. Reporting your accident establishes a valid record it occurred and you took appropriate and correct steps.
  4. Call a personal injury lawyer: As soon as possible, contact a personal injury law firm for a consultation. Doing so will help you build a strong case to collect compensation and prove negligence. Your injury attorney can handle all the details of your case while you focus on healing.

Remember, never admit fault before speaking with an experienced lawyer. There may be pressure put on you by insurance companies to accept blame, but you may not be fully aware of all the circumstances just before or during the accident. Let your attorney do the investigating.

How South Carolina Law Will Affect Your Injury Claim

While every claim is different, and your attorney will need to keep all relevant South Carolina laws in mind, nearly all personal injury claims will be affected by two basic laws: the statute of limitations and comparative negligence.

South Carolina Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations limits the amount of time you have to file your claim. In South Carolina, you will typically only have three years to file your claim. Although some cases may have a shorter timeframe to file your claim. If you miss this deadline, you could lose your chance at compensation because the courts will likely refuse to hear your case.

Modified Comparative Negligence

Once you file your claim, you are still not guaranteed the full compensation you need. South Carolina recognizes modified comparative negligence. This means:

  • You might hold some of the blame for your injuries.
  • If so, compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault (for example, if you are found to be 20 percent at fault, you will receive only 80 percent of the awarded compensation).
  • Being found to hold more than 51 percent of the fault means you will not be eligible for compensation.

You can protect your claim by having your attorney fight back against any accusations of negligence on your part. Find out what to do if you cannot afford an attorney.

Why Choose HawkLaw’s Personal Injury Attorneys

HawkLaw, P.A. is a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers serving clients in Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Orangeburg, Spartanburg, and the other surrounding areas in South Carolina.

You do not have to fight your case alone. We will provide legal advice, fight passionately, and work tirelessly for your claim. Each situation is unique, and our personal injury attorneys are committed to providing your case with the care and attention it deserves. Call 888.HAWK.LAW today or use our live chat, and we will get to work right away!

We fight to win and will stand with you every step of the way. You will never feel alienated as you navigate your personal injury case. Our team will be right there with you.

Recent Client Testimonials

Camden and his team worked hard on my case, very friendly and always let me know what the next steps would be. Thank you for treating my case with importance – Sheila M

My attorney Anna Pruitt and paralegal Samantha were absolutely amazing. They kept me updated every step of the way. Great experience definitely recommend if you’re an accident. If I ever need an attorney I will use them again. – Amber D.

I was in a fender bender at around 15 weeks pregnant in April. Attorney Anthony Stadler and his paralegal Cynthia assisted me with reaching a settlement that best fit my needs. I am very happy with the professionalism and the consideration I received. – Ann C.

Contact a South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you or a family member has suffered injuries received in an accident or lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at HawkLaw. Insurance companies and their adjusters, unfortunately even your own, typically do not have the best interests of injured victims at heart. The trial lawyers and legal team at HawkLaw will always put your needs as the top priority.

The personal injury attorneys at HawkLaw have years of experience working diligently for our clients’ compensation. Call our law firm today at 888.HAWK.LAW or complete our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.*

Frequently Asked Questions

How much should I ask for in a personal injury settlement?
Believe it or not, there is no true average payout for a personal injury legal claim in South Carolina. The potential payout amount depends on factors like the circumstances that caused the accident and the amount of available insurance. The severity of your injuries and the incident that caused the accident will influence the amount you submit in your personal injury claim. Your lawyer will negotiate a settlement that’s fair and just to cover the physical, mental, and emotional trauma you sustained as a result of the accident.
How Long Does It Take to Resolve a Personal Injury Case in South Carolina?
Generally speaking, a personal injury case in South Carolina takes approximately one year from the date the lawsuit is filed to go to trial. Insurance companies often use delay tactics which can stretch a case to 18-24 months after you file. Most cases, however, never make it to trial because attorneys can usually negotiate settlements, resulting in cases resolving more quickly.
What Percentage Does a Lawyer Get in a Personal Injury Settlement Case in South Carolina?
Attorney’s fees, also referred to as contingency fees, are typically between 30-40 percent. You do not owe your attorney any fees unless you win.*
Where Does HawkLaw Practice?
Hawklaw, P.A. has offices in Charleston, Greenville, Columbia, and Spartanburg. Via these four offices, we serve all South Carolina residents.

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HawkLaw, P.A.
3 Caledon Ct # A
Greenville, SC 29615
+1 (864) 514-4383
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John D. Hawkins
Founder and CEO

John Hawkins is the Founder and CEO of HawkLaw He has been licensed to practice law in South Carolina since his graduation with honors in 1994 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was on the Law Review and Order of Wig and Robe.