Learn More About Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury covers a wide range of cases, and injuries can occur in numerous ways. Sometimes these injuries have lifelong, and even fatal, consequences. From spinal cord injuries to broken bones and more, the harmful effects of personal injury can change the course of a victim’s life forever.
Personal injury can occur anywhere: at your place of work, on the road, at a friend’s house, in stores, and even just walking down the street. Some accidents are unavoidable, but in certain cases negligent parties can be held liable for a personal injury that could have been prevented.
Personal injury doesn’t only refer to a person’s physical bodily injury. Personal injury also covers emotions and reputation. Personal injury claims can be brought based on three grounds:
- In most personal injury claims, negligence is the basis for the claim. If an individual harms or injures another person by failing to exercise reasonable prudence, they have acted negligently. For instance, if a person points a loaded gun at someone, they are acting carelessly, and are therefore negligent in their actions.
- Strict liability says that the defendant is liable for an action even if they did not intentionally act negligently or did not intend to cause harm. An example of this would be a defect in a manufacturer’s product that causes injury or harm.
- Intentional wrongs are the result of a defendant intentionally acting to cause harm. These include assault, trespassing, battery, false imprisonment and intentionally causing emotional distress.
Personal injury cases can make two types of damages claims: compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages compensate you for any costs that are associated with your injury. When you collect for special compensatory damages, you are getting reimbursed for things you had to pay for or income you have lost because of the accident. These would also include medical expenses, expenses incurred from damage to any property, lost wages or loss of ability to earn wages, loss of items considered irreplaceable, and expenses associated with changing or canceling plans. When you collect general compensatory damages, these are costs that aren’t as easily quantifiable. These would include: pain and suffering, both physical, mental and emotional, decreased quality or enjoyment of life, loss of companionship, physical impairments or disfigurement, and inconvenience.
Wrongful death is classified under compensatory damages and covers things such as: funeral and burial expenses, expenses incurred before the wrongful death, loss of companionship, loss of deceased’s financial contribution, and mental/emotional distress.
Punitive damages are meant to punish the responsible party. They do not compensate you for your loss. If the court finds that the compensatory damages provided to you do not deter the defendant from doing the same thing again that caused your injuries, they may award you punitive damages. Your chances of being awarded punitive damages increases if the defendant is found to be grossly negligent or having acted maliciously or criminally.
If your injury was the fault of another person (such as a drunk driver), a defective product, unsafe premises, or other responsible party, you have the right to seek compensation. A personal injury can stop your life in its tracks, forcing you out of work and thus leaving you with no income as medical and other expenses pile up. Insurance companies should compensate you for medical expenses, damages, disability, pain and suffering, and more.
Insurance companies working on behalf of responsible parties are working to save their client money by finding a way to deny you compensation. A personal injury lawyer, like those at the John Price Law Firm, uses their expertise to help injured individuals and their loved ones seek compensation from negligent or responsible parties and foil insurance companies’ efforts to deny the deserved compensation to victims.
Handling Car Accidents, Premises Liability And More
There are many kinds of injuries that fall under the scope of personal injury. The experienced Charleston personal injury attorneys at the John Price Law Firm represent clients in a wide range of cases, including:
- Wrongful Death
- Defective Products
- Unsafe Property
- Medical Negligence
- Dog Bites
- Injuries to Children
- Auto Accidents
- Rear-End Collisions
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Hit-and-Run Accidents
- Uninsured Motorists
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
Any of these injuries can result in lifelong health issues and in the worst cases, wrongful death. When you are injured, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention and report your injury as soon as possible. A personal injury attorney can then advise you on the appropriate next steps to seek compensation.
Reporting Personal Injury
People are sometimes reluctant to report accidents or injuries because they fear the ramifications, both legal and otherwise, that may result. You may be afraid to take on an intimidating opponent in a personal injury case, like your employer or a big company with extensive insurance coverage. That’s where experienced personal injury attorneys like those at the John Price Law Firm can help. We do not hesitate to stand up to even the largest opponents.
On the other hand, you may be reluctant because a claim could have consequences for someone you care about. Maybe your friend’s dog bit you, but you don’t want to report it because it might result in negative ramifications for your friend. Or maybe your friend was driving recklessly while you were a passenger in their car, and as a result you were injured.
In these situations, we may put off filing a claim or taking legal action following a personal injury. However, for your own safety, it is extremely important to report any injury you suffer and seek immediate medical attention.
Though we may think an injury is superficial and will heal quickly on its own, that is not always the case. What if the pain persists? You may have suffered nerve damage or other more serious issues that could have been managed and assuaged had the proper medical examinations been completed.
If you wait and only report the incident that caused an injury 6-8 months later because your pain has persisted, it can be more of a challenge to prove the incident caused the injury. However, as long as the statute of limitations has not been exceeded, the passage of time does not nullify or disqualify a case. If the symptoms of your injury are consistent with the incident, like a dog bite, you still have a case to be made.
After seeking the appropriate medical attention, contact a personal injury attorney to help you navigate the next steps of the process. Our experienced North Charleston personal injury lawyers at the John Price Law Firm know what it takes to file a claim and seek compensation for your injuries.
Compassionate and Experienced Representation from South Carolina Attorneys
When you need help, the John Price Law Firm, LLC is here for you. If you or a family member has been injured in a personal injury accident, you don’t want a quick-claim lawyer who will take the insurance company’s first offer. You need a qualified and compassionate attorney who will work tirelessly to represent your case so that you can focus on recovery.
At the John Price Law Firm, our team works to show that the responsible party acted negligently or breached their duty to your safety to defend your right to compensation. Our South Carolina personal injury lawyers have obtained substantial compensation for thousands of clients in all types of injury claims.
When you or a loved one is injured, you shouldn’t add legal stress to your pain and suffering. Let our Charleston personal injury lawyers deal with the insurance company so that you can focus on recovery and avoid any legal headaches.
With office locations across South Carolina, including North Charleston, Summerville, Columbia, , and Myrtle Beach, our Charleston personal injury and medical negligence attorneys are able to help you or your loved ones seek compensation for negligent care from responsible parties. Some offices are fully staffed with attorneys and administrative support, while other offices are not. However, all offices are available to clients according to their desires and convenience.