As a resident in the “Capital of Southern Hospitality,” you know that integrity goes a long way. A nod to a neighbor on the street, the shared mutual love of “Columbia Gold” over that other, highly inferior kind of barbecue sauce, a deep discussion over the last Gamecocks showdown! At Green Law Firm, we understand how important respect is. We’ve got it by the boatload, old-school style. Which is why, when you work with us, we give your case the respect it deserves each step of the way.
If you or a loved one has experienced an injury at the hands of another, we can help. Our team of experienced, diligent professionals will jump into action to protect your rights to return your life to normal as soon as possible. We think of your family, your dependants, your quality of life. It’s our job to make the legal process efficient and as hassle-free as possible. With over 20 years of hands-on experience protecting the victims of a personal injury, we fight for you. From a car accident to a slip and fall. From the broken leg you got on-the-job to the negligence you think your mom is experiencing in her aging care facility. We are here for you.
Understanding Personal Injury Law
“Personal injury” is a legal term for any injury that a person undergoes at the hands of another. It covers injuries of the body, emotion and mind. “Personal injury cases” are legal disputes that are brought when one person experiences an injury due to the negligent actions (or lack of actions) by another. The objective of personal injury cases is for judging bodies to decide who is at fault for an injury and what the proper compensation is.
Personal injury law does not cover damage to property; property damage is not the same thing as “personal injury” law, but the two are often bundled together in cases. Personal injury cases are usually resolved one of two ways; with a lawsuit or an informal settlement. Lawsuits are federally recognized actions between a person who starts a claim (known as a “plaintiff”) and a defendant; in these cases, a judge or jury makes the decision regarding fault. A settlement is when both parties agree to a negotiation that transpires between attorneys and insuring agents.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Thirty-one million Americans will be injured and require medical attention every year. Over 160,000 will lose their lives at the hands of another. Personal injuries can be scary and life-altering and can happen to anyone on any given day! Ninety percent of the clients we work with are involved in a personal injury lawsuit. We know the law and how to make it work for you!
We can represent both adults and minors in personal injury cases! Some of the personal injury cases we work with include:
- Car, truck, bus and commercial vehicle accidents
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall/tripping accidents
- Medical claims and defective drug
- Nursing home negligence
- Faulty product liability cases
- Medical malpractice and wrongful death
After an injury has occurred, you may be unable to work. Bills may begin to pile up, and you may wonder how you will be able to care for your family. We will help you get the compensation you deserve!
Essential Information About Personal Injury Law
Here are a few more things to consider about your personal injury case.
First, that all cases have a deadline for filing. This is known as a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations varies state by state. In South Carolina, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit is three years. After this time, it is unlikely the civil court system will hear your case.
Personal injury law is not the same thing as criminal law. Forget about what you know from watching years of “Law and Order”. Personal injury law is “civil” law. In civil lawsuits, one person brings a case against another; in criminal law, cases are initiated by the government on behalf of an injured party.
South Carolina follows a rule of “modified comparative negligence.” This means that your compensation will depend on the amount you may have contributed (if in any way) to the accident that caused your injury. Personal injury law is not an example of definitive black and white! There’s a lot of gray involved in providing enough evidence to determine fault. This is one of the reasons it’s essential you work with a highly skilled personal injury attorney! Bill Green and Green Law Firm understands how to make your case rock solid, so you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.
There is a limit on compensation in South Carolina based on the type of personal injury case being pursued. For example, in medical malpractice, damages designed to compensate for pain and suffering are limited at $350,000 and $1.5 million overall.
South Carolina does allow punitive damages to be rewarded in personal injury cases. Punitive damages are compensation that is awarded to a plaintiff to punish the defendant for wrongdoing. For those in South Carolina, the limit on punitive damages is set at three times the actual damages, or $500,000.
How an Insurance Company Impacts Your Personal Injury Case
To put it plainly, insurance companies work very hard to pay you as little as possible! As a single entity, it is up to your skilled personal attorney to compile a tight and detail-oriented case to support you. Once an injury as occurred and has been reported, the insurance company that represents the defendant will snap into gear to protect their client. They will work tirelessly to do “damage control” and pay out as little as possible by trying to prove you are partially responsible for the accident. Remember, the more you are responsible, the less they are legally required to compensate you for:
- Lost wages due to your having to take a break from work while recovering
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
How Green Law Firm Can Help With Your Personal Injury Case
A rock-solid attorney can make all the difference in the success of your case! Still not sure? When an accident occurs, the last thing you should be spending your time with is paperwork and court details. Your time, attention and focus should be on your recovery or that of your loved ones. Getting the right medical care, getting back to work as soon as possible, keeping your family safe and sound. These are the things that really matter! Which is where we can step in. Green Law Firm removes the burden, takes the weight off your shoulders and will compile the strongest case we can on your behalf.
We know what is needed to make your claim a success! The most important element of any good case is strong evidence. We will:
- Review the specifics of your case with a fine-tooth comb
- Get all the facts and investigate evidence that includes photos, any video possible and written and audio statements and evidence from the accident scene
- Compile police reports, medical records and all official documents
The stronger a case is, the more chance you have of receiving a judgment in your favor and a high compensation! We may have seen an injury like yours before but YOU are unique! We will handle your case with respect and keep you in-the-know every step of the way.
No Cost. No Risk. No Worry
Remember, Green Law Firm will review and take your case at no cost to you! We are compensated based only on the amount you receive. No risk, no hassle and no obligation. If you are have been involved in an accident and are ready for help, call our team today toll free at 888-800-2455!