If you or a family member has suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident, we understand the difficulties you may be facing right now. Severe injuries such as these can be life-altering – not just for the victim, but their entire family. However, you may have legal options, allowing you to pursue compensation from all liable parties to your injuries.
Hammack Law Firm handles spinal cord injury (SCI) cases, and we are here to ensure you are not alone. An Anderson spinal cord injury lawyer from our team will act fast with full empathy and compassion for your unique circumstances. We are here to assist our clients in seeking fair compensation for their injuries, starting with a complimentary case review.
How Hammack Law Firm Can Help Your Anderson Spinal Cord Injury Case
One of the most demanding aspects of an SCI is cost. Treatment isn’t cheap, and depending on the severity of your injury, you could be away from work for some time. Everyday activities often become challenging or even impossible until you recover. This is why we accept no fees unless you win your case.
We are here to build personal relationships with you and work together to help you heal—not burden you with compounding costs. Furthermore, our team wants to work with you to make South Carolina a safer place for everyone. We can do this by holding all negligent parties accountable for their carelessness.
For a free legal consultation with a spinal cord injury lawyer serving Anderson, call 864-326-3333
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries in Anderson
If you hope to recover fair compensation for your Anderson spinal cord injury, your attorney will need to determine what caused the accident and who is responsible for causing your injuries. There are virtually endless ways in which spinal cord injuries can occur.
Some of the possible causes of spinal cord injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Work injuries
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Premises liability claims
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Defective product claims
These are only a few types of accidents and incidents that may cause spinal cord injuries. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in a different kind of accident or incident and you were unsure where to turn for help, our firm can discuss your legal options further.
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Proving Negligence for a Spinal Cord Injury
Building an SCI claim involves several steps, many of which are either time-consuming or emotionally draining. However, you can avoid much of this hassle as you recover by contacting a legal team to assist you. When you hire us, our attorneys will take the correct steps and provide skillful preparation for your case.
Our goal when investigating your injuries is to collect evidence of:
- Duty of care: We need to prove the negligent party had a responsibility to not harm others.
- Breach of duty: We need to establish the actions that caused the negligent party to violate their duty of care.
- Cause of injury: We must prove that the breach of duty of care caused the accident that led to your SCI.
- Measurable harm: We must prove you suffered economic and/or non-economic damages because of your spinal cord injury.
Our lawyers know what it takes to recover evidence in these cases. Some of the steps we employ include listening to your account of what happened, speaking to others who witnessed the accident, reviewing your medical records, and looking for video or photographic evidence. Then, we’ll compile all the evidence we find into a compelling case to present to the insurance company or in court.
Other Factors We Consider When Fighting for Your Financial Recovery
A few factors can affect a spinal cord injury claim or lawsuit. It’s crucial to be aware of these elements to ensure your case is prepared for negotiations and going to court if necessary:
- Risk assumption: The liable party may suggest that your SCI happened because you chose to involve yourself in an activity with risks and were fully aware of those risks. We will need to show that the risks were not apparent, and the liable party is responsible for the harm you suffered.
- Comparative negligence: The insurance company may argue that you played some part in the carelessness that caused the accident. If we can prove that you were less than 50% responsible, S.C. Ann. § 15-38-15 still allows you to recover damages. However, the more fault assigned to you, the lower your award will be.
- Statute of limitations: The statute of limitations for personal injury, found in S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530, is three years from the date of the injury. Thus, we must be prepared to initiate a lawsuit before this deadline arrives. Otherwise, the court can dismiss your case without hearing it, no matter how compelling your evidence may be.
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Economic and Non-Economic Damages in South Carolina
The amount of compensation you receive is unique to you based on the facts of your case, the extent of spinal cord injury, and the damages involved. However, personal injury cases typically allow accident victims to recover compensation for their economic and non-economic losses. The list below details potentially recoverable damages.
Economic Damages (Clear Monetary Damages)
- All medical expenses related to the injury (past and future)
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Domestic services you now require
- Property damages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Earning capacity reimbursement
Non-Economic Damages (Less-Tangible Losses)
- Pain and suffering
- Livelihood inconveniences
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
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Anderson Spinal Cord Injury FAQ
We understand how overwhelming the spinal cord injury claims process may be while you are still in the middle of your recovery. In hopes of easing your concerns, we have addressed some of the frequently asked questions surrounding spinal cord injury claims in Anderson. If you have additional questions not answered on this page, we can discuss your questions further during your free consultation.
Will I Have to Go to Court?
There is always a possibility that your case will need to go to court if you hope to recover fair compensation for your damages. However, it may also be possible to settle your case outside of court with the insurance company.
Remember that insurance companies often cannot compensate victims for non-economic damages, and they are bound by the limits of the policyholder’s policy. If your damages exceed these limits, bringing your case to court may be one of the only ways for you to recover full compensation for your damages.
Can I File a Claim for My Child’s Spinal Cord Injury?
Absolutely. In fact, as your child’s parent or legal guardian, it is up to you to advocate for their right to financial compensation when someone else is responsible for causing a severe injury.
A spinal cord injury could significantly impact your child’s life. Make sure you fight for the compensation they will need to get through these difficult times and prepare for their future.
Should I Give the Insurance Company a Statement?
We strongly recommend that you avoid giving the insurance company a statement without first discussing your case with an attorney. Insurance companies are profit-driven. They may be looking for opportunities to get away with reducing your compensation or denying your claim altogether.
By manipulating any statement you give to them, they may be able to get away with settling your claim for less than you deserve. Instead, have your attorney step in and handle the insurance company on your behalf, so you can avoid being taken advantage of.
Discuss Your Options with a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Who Cares
When you contact Hammack Law Firm, our Anderson spinal cord injury lawyers will provide all the legal support and guidance you seek. We are always present and available throughout your case and will work to hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions that led to your spinal cord injury.
We want you to feel like family when you choose us. You can take a look at our Google reviews from our clients to find out what it’s like working with us:
- “There are not enough words to describe the great experience that I have had dealing with all of the kind people at Hammack Law. Whenever I called or texted, you would think I was their only client. They immediately answered and [were] always so professional, but yet made me feel like family…” – Jean Smith
- “I was in a wreck and hit in the back end, got in with this law firm and it has been a wonderful experience… dealing with Lynn Dunn and Dawn McGill has been great… they are very nice professional women that I have enjoyed getting to know.” – Renee Sigmon
- “Everyone at Paul Hammack Law Firm was a dream to work with! Lynn and Dawn were always very responsive and knowledgeable!” -Amanda Litton
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Contact our office today, and let one of our legal professionals at Hammack Law Firm review your case for free. We want to give you the legal assistance you deserve in your Anderson spinal cord injury case. There is nothing to lose – we charge no fees unless you win your case.