If you have been hurt by another person’s careless, reckless or intentional conduct, you owe it to yourself to seek help from an experienced and compassionate South Carolina personal injury lawyer. Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., is a family-run law firm that can provide that high level of service to you.
Our lawyers have more than 120 years of combined legal experience. We can handle a broad range of personal injury cases and bring our experience in many other areas of law to bear on your case.
We work hard for our personal injury clients and seek maximum compensation for them. Above all, we treat each client who walks through our door like family. We care about their future.
When you are prepared to take legal action after suffering a personal injury due to the wrongful conduct of another, please call or connect with us online to speak with an attorney.
We help clients in Manning and surrounding South Carolina communities, including Bishopville, Mayesville, Summerton, Sumter and Turbeville. We can provide a free review of your case.
Personal Injury Claims Our Lawyers Handle in South Carolina
Our lawyers are committed to helping our personal injury clients to pursue the compensation they deserve. We can handle a variety of different types of cases including:
- Car, truck and motorcycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Dog bites
- Workplace accidents
- Injuries from dangerous and defective products
Our experience with assisting clients who have suffered many different types of injuries helps us to understand the severe impact that a person’s negligence can have on a victim’s life. This understanding helps us when seeking compensation for our clients through negotiations with the insurance company or through a trial. We can help clients who have suffered:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Soft tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury (or other neck and back injuries)
Please get in touch with Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., today to learn more about how we can help you based on the specific accident and injuries involved in your case.
Do You Have a South Carolina Personal Injury Claim?
At Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., we help plaintiffs in personal injury claims in South Carolina. In other words, we only help those who have been harmed by the negligence or other wrongdoing of another.
We perform a thorough investigation of each case, which includes gathering and reviewing evidence such as:
- Accident scene photos
- Witness statements
- Police or other accident reports
- Cell phone records
- Surveillance camera footage
- Medical records
Our goal in each investigation is to answer the following questions:
Did the other party owe a duty to you?
This duty can be established by case law or by statute. For instance, drivers owe a duty to other drivers to operate their vehicle as a reasonable, ordinary person would under the same circumstances. If a case involves medical negligence, the question is what “standard of care” applied to the medical professional who treated you.
Did the defendant breach his or her duty?
Did the defendant’s acts or failure to act amount to a violation of the duty owed to you? For example, in a car accident case, a driver may have breached a duty to operate his or her vehicle in a safe manner by driving while distracted by a phone call or text message. Our lawyers can consult with experts in order to establish the duty (or standard) of care that applied in your case and to explain how it was breached.
Did the defendant’s breach cause you to suffer damages?
Another way of asking this question is: But for the defendant’s breach of the duty owed to you, would you have been harmed? This is also called “causation.” For example, if a driver had not been driving outrageously fast, would you have suffered your bodily injuries in a crash? Again, experts may be needed to establish causation – especially in a complex medical malpractice case.
Did you actually suffer damages?
If you suffer no actual harm as the result of another person’s negligence, then you are not entitled to a recovery of what are called “damages.” An example of compensable harm would be a serious bodily injury that leads to medical bills, forces you to miss work and causes a great deal of pain and suffering.
We carefully prepare personal injury cases and treat each one as if it is going to trial. We believe this gives us a position of strength when we seek a full and fair settlement of a claim with the defendant’s insurance company. It also allows your attorney from Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., to be ready to present the strongest case possible in court if a trial is needed.
What Can You Recover in a South Carolina Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Generally speaking, a personal injury claim is aimed at making you as “whole” as possible after you have been harmed by the wrongful acts or omissions of another person, company or even a government entity.
In your case, we will seek a recovery that includes:
- Economic damages – Past and future medical expenses, including rehabilitation, as well as past and future lost income, repair or replacement of property (such as a vehicle), loss of services that your spouse would have received from you and other costs and expenses.
- Non-economic damages – Compensation for your pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, disfigurement, physical impairment and the loss of society and companionship.
Depending on the facts of your case, we may also pursue punitive damages on your behalf, which are meant to punish a defendant and deter future misconduct.
It is important to know that South Carolina follows a rule of comparative fault. If you are partially responsible for your own injuries, your recovery would be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.
For example, if you were 20 percent at fault, your recovery would be reduced by 20 percent.
However, if your fault exceeds the fault of all other parties involved in your case, you could be completely barred from a financial recovery. This is also called the “51 percent” rule.
In many cases, the clients we assist in personal injury claims may also be eligible to pursue workers’ compensation benefits and/or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. We can help you with seeking these benefits.
Contact a South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney
In general, a personal injury victim in South Carolina has three years from the date of the injury in which to file a claim. For this reason, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after you have been harmed by another person.
Call Land, Parker & Welch, P.A., today or reach us online. We would be glad to provide you with a free consultation at our Manning office or another location that is most convenient for you.