Auto accident cases in South Carolina come with a variety of recovery options. Many accidents are simple “fender benders,” which result in simple bodily repairs to your vehicle. Unfortunately, the more severe
accidents tend to result in greater damage to both the vehicle and the passengers inside. Since recovery amounts vary with each accident, a free consultation is a good step to assist in determining appropriate recovery amounts for a specific accident.
South Carolina has what is called the “statute of limitations,” meaning that a lawsuit cannot be filed after a certain period, with some exceptions. For personal injury, the statute of limitations allows for filing up to three years after the injury was known or should have been known to the plaintiff. However, delaying a filing could reduce the amount recovered. It is important to consult with an attorney to determine the appropriate time for filing your case.
Does South Carolina Tort Reform Limit Damages on Car Accident Claims?
Along with the statute of limitations, South Carolina has instituted various tort reform legislation, which allow for the accident victims’ recovery based on certain types of injuries. Your award amount will be based on the extent of damage to you and the other passengers, the determination of your insurance claim’s value, the ability to recover from the at-fault driver’s insurance policy, the amount of fault – if any- you contributed to the accident, and the continuing need for medical attention, among other factors.
There is also a process by which you can file an insurance claim to receive lost wages due to medical recovery. This filing requires medical verification of your injuries, but is extremely helpful in getting your finances back in order after an auto accident. In some cases, non-economic damages are awarded on top of the economic recovery. These are punitive damages and are awarded in cases of willful or extreme negligence. You should discuss these possibilities when you come in for your free consultation.
It is important to stress that each accident has its own damage recovery amounts due to the unique nature of the collision. One important step to follow is to keep all receipts and documents from any company or agency – insurance, auto repair, law enforcement, medical bills, etc. – so that we can make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact Greenville South Carolina Automobile Accident Attorney Dan Pruitt for help with your case. We handle these types of cases each day, and look forward to speaking with you.
Please contact my office at 864-232-4273 to set up a free consultation today. We will not accept any compensation for our services until you receive a favorable settlement or judgment.
Dan Pruitt is a Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Greenville, SC. He graduated from University of Georgia, and has been practicing law for 25 years. Dan Pruitt believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.