Greenville, SC Personal Injury Lawyer

Injuries from all kinds of accidents can leave victims with expenses and pain that they need compensation for.  Personal injury lawyers stand up for injured victims and work to get them compensation from the responsible parties.

Our lawyers often bring cases against companies that leave people injured, whether they be customers or employees.  In many cases, the at-fault party is just an individual, but insurance means there will be enough money to cover your needs.

If you were injured, call our personal injury attorneys at Rice, Murtha & Psoras today at (803) 219-4906 for a free review of your case.

What is Required for a Personal Injury Claim in Greenville, SC?

Personal injury claims, simply put, are legal claims to recover compensation for an injury to your body, along with the consequential effects to your mind and emotional health as well.  While other “injuries,” such as economic injury and damage to property, are often recovered within these claims, the core focus is to get you reimbursed for the expenses and the pain and suffering surrounding your physical injuries.

Most claims are based on “negligence.”  To prove a negligence claim, you have to show that the party that injured you did so by failing to follow some legal rule or standard that applied to them.  For example, if a drunk driver caused your crash because they were drunk, in violation of drunk driving laws, then they would be at fault.  In cases where there are no specific laws on point – such as in cases where a doctor provides negligent medical care – you judge them based on what would be reasonable in the same situation.  Failing to uphold this more general standard of reasonableness is also grounds for a negligence suit.

You have to also show that their mistakes are what directly caused your injuries.  Injuries that would have been unavoidable might be harder to recover for.

Some claims are not based on negligence but are instead filed for an intentional injury.  The most common way this occurs is in assault and battery cases or in other cases where crime victims suffered injury.  Our personal injury lawyers can help you determine whether your case is best filed as a negligent claim or as an “intentional tort” claim and fight to get you compensation in either case.

Kinds of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Greenville, SC

Accidents often happen in a few different common categories.  Although the specific facts of your case will make a difference when it comes to determining liability and how much your injuries are worth, there are certain commonalities in these accidents that can make it simpler to identify who is at fault and what evidence you need to prove it:

Slip and Falls/Trip and Falls/Fall-Down Accidents

When someone falls down because they tripped or slipped on a hazard, it is often the property owner/operator’s fault.  Their failure to keep their property safe for guests, customers, or other entrants is what makes them at fault for these accidents.  However, you usually need to prove that they knew about the danger or should have known about it through reasonable upkeep of their property.  Then, you can hold them responsible if they failed to warn you of the danger or adequately repair it.

Other Property Injuries

Injuries from other accidents on someone’s property work similarly.  For example, if a deck collapses and injures you or an electrical outlet shocks you, the property owner could be held responsible.

Car, Truck, Motorcycle, and Other Auto Accidents

Determining fault in a car accident often means looking at who broke the law.  If the accident happened because one driver was speeding, driving drunk, ran a red light, or committing some other violation, the accident will be their fault.  Even in the absence of a traffic violation, a driver can still be held liable for a crash if you have evidence that they did something unreasonable that was not necessarily a violation.

Medical Malpractice

While malpractice is not necessarily an “accident,” it is still a type of injury our lawyers can help you recover for.  To prove a doctor was responsible for malpractice, you need to show that they deviated from the standard of care required of them.  This standard of care is set by what other doctors with a similar background and experience would do in the same situation, which often means you will need a medical expert to testify in your case.  This same framework is used to assess cases ranging from surgical errors to misdiagnosis, and more.

Defective Products

If a product is made poorly and injures a user, it can often be blamed on the manufacturer in one of three ways.  First, if the manufacturer substituted different materials or deviated from the product’s design, evidence of this mistake will be found in the product that injured you.  Second, is a product’s design was unnecessarily dangerous, evidence of this dangerous feature can be found in any individual example.  Third, if there is an inherent danger the product cannot avoid, it needs adequate warnings or else victims could face injury using it as intended.

Workplace Injuries

While Workers’ Compensation laws often prevent lawsuits against an employer, you can sue other parties for injuries that happen at work.  For example, you can sue a driver who hit you while you were working, a property owner who caused you to slip and fall, or a maker of defective safety gear you used at work.  The evidence needed in these cases is the same as what would be needed in other cases, however claims can be complicated due to the fact that you are not able to include your employer in the lawsuit in most cases.

Wrongful Death

When accidents kill people, their family members have legal recourse in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit.  Our attorneys can help you file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your family’s expenses related to the death.  While no amount of money can ever return your loved one, it can help your family be able to move forward.

Call Our Personal Injury Attorneys in Greenville, SC Today

If you or a loved one faced injuries in an accident, call our personal injury lawyers at Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (803) 219-4906.