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If you suffered a spinal cord injury due to another party’s careless or reckless actions, you may be able to hold them responsible and recover compensation under South Carolina’s personal injury laws. Hammack Law Firm represents injury victims and their families in Spartanburg County and nearby areas.

A Spartanburg spinal cord injury lawyer from our team will review your case for free. Take this opportunity now to learn about your rights, your options for seeking justice, and more during this meeting with a Hammack Law Firm team member.

The Costs of a South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Add Up Quickly

According to a 2019 report published in Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation, about 12,000 people suffer new traumatic spinal cord injuries (TSCIs) in the United States each year. The outcome of these injuries can vary dramatically. Some people heal almost completely, while others may suffer:

  • Chronic pain
  • Temporary impairment
  • Lasting disability, often affecting the limbs and bodily functions below the level of injury
  • Paralysis

Even in the best-case scenarios, back or neck injuries involving the spinal cord often require surgery or stabilization. Hospitalization, often in a trauma center or the intensive care unit, is almost a certainty. They also often require inpatient rehabilitation, although some people can manage with a combination of outpatient therapies.

Those with moderate or severe spinal cord injuries will likely need to learn to use a wheelchair or other mobility tools, including transferring, handling self-care and toileting, and more. Those who suffer paralysis or impairments from the chest or neck down will likely require around-the-clock care and assistance.

Other Damages Related to Spinal Cord Injuries

There are many other losses the individual and their family will likely face, including services they provide around the house, their time away from work, and future earnings if they can no longer work at all. They will also suffer intangible damages related to their pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, and loss of enjoyment in activities.

Recoverable Losses in a Spinal Cord Injury Claim

The compensation recovered in an insurance claim or lawsuit could cover several damages suffered by the claimant, including expenses and losses such as:

  • Medical treatment and support
  • Future medical care related to the spinal cord injury
  • Ongoing care costs
  • Mobility equipment and tools, including wheelchairs and lifts
  • Lost income and diminished earning capacity
  • Property damage, if any
  • Miscellaneous costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Other intangible losses

Wrongful death losses could be available if your loved one died from their injuries. This may include a lethal injury when the death occurred right away or a delayed death when complications caused them to pass away weeks, months, or even years later.

At Hammack Law Firm, We Provide Our Clients
with Compassionate Representation

At Hammack Law Firm, we strive to treat every client as one of our friends or family members. Each case gets the resources and personal attention it needs, allowing us to build a strong claim for compensation.

Our mission is:

  • To build personal relationships with our clients
  • To work together to make South Carolina a safer place for everyone

This includes holding those responsible for injuries legally liable via insurance claims or in civil court. Our team takes an empathetic and compassionate approach, and our clients recognize this as one of our strengths. You can see this again and again in our Google Reviews. For example, consider this review from a former client:

“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 made me feel like family.”

What Kind of Accidents Might Support a Spinal Cord Injury Claim?

Some of the primary causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States include falls, traffic crashes, violence, and recreational accidents, such as sports injuries. At Hammack Law Firm, we help clients who suffered spinal cord injuries in many types of negligence-related incidents, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck crashes
  • Slip and falls
  • Trip and falls
  • Motorcycle collisions
  • Boat accidents
  • Bicycle crashes
  • Pedestrian collisions
  • Construction accidents
  • Garbage truck accidents
  • Product liability
  • Medical malpractice

We can identify the liable party, develop a case, file an insurance claim or lawsuit, and pursue justice for the victims of almost any type of personal injury accident in Spartanburg. Our team at Hammack Law Firm strives to hold negligent parties accountable, fighting for the financial compensation our clients need and deserve. While we settle most cases out of court, we build support and evidence for each claim like it will go to trial.

With a strong case and proven negotiation tactics, our Spartanburg spinal cord injury lawyers may be able to get more from the insurance companies than they would likely offer the client on their own. You can count on Hammack Law Firm to protect your rights and seek the compensation you need to cover your bills and meet your needs after a spinal cord injury.

Deadlines for Suing in a Spartanburg County Civil Court

There is a deadline of three years from the injury date for suing in most personal injuries in South Carolina. The state’s statute of limitations on these cases (S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530) enforces this deadline.

We must carefully determine whether suing is necessary to force the insurer into considering a higher settlement offer if this date approaches without an agreement in your case. Our team has experience handling this important decision, and we will try any case we take on if necessary.

If this deadline passes without suing or signing a negotiated agreement, it will become much more difficult to get a fair settlement in your case.

Liability for Spartanburg Spinal Cord Injury Victims

Since there are so many ways spinal cord injuries can occur, it will be up to your attorney to conduct an in-depth investigation into your accident to establish liability.

If you hope to recover compensation in civil court, your attorney will be tasked with proving the defendant’s liability based on a preponderance of the evidence. The evidence presented at trial will need to show that the defendant is more than likely responsible for causing your spinal cord injuries.

For this reason, examining the type of accident you were involved in and the way the accident occurred will reveal the truth. For example, if you were involved in a motor vehicle accident and subsequently suffered a spinal cord injury, several parties could share liability, such as:

  • Reckless drivers
  • Government agencies
  • Municipalities
  • Maintenance technicians
  • Auto parts designers, manufacturers, and distributors
  • Motor vehicle dealerships
  • Dram shops

You can find out more about who could be found liable for your spinal cord injury when you contact your lawyer to discuss the specific details of your case.

How the Spinal Cord Injury Claims Process Works

Many people who have suffered spinal cord injuries hesitate to contact a lawyer for help. This is partially because they are intimidated by their perceptions of the claims process. Although every person’s case can take a different route, generally, you can expect the following from the spinal cord injury claims process:

  • You hire an attorney from our firm
  • We begin investigating the cause of your injuries
  • We gather evidence to support your case
  • We analyze your damages to calculate the value of your claim
  • We file a claim with the liable party’s insurance company
  • We negotiate with the insurer
  • We bring your case to court and advocate for fair compensation at trial, if necessary

In some cases, you may be able to avoid bringing your case to court if the insurance company is willing and able to compensate you fairly for your damages. However, if the liable party does not have insurance protection or the insurance company is not required to compensate you for every loss, bringing your case to court may be the best way to secure fair recovery.

Proving Negligence in Spartanburg Spinal Cord Injury Claims

To prove negligence in a Spartanburg spinal cord injury claim, your lawyer will need to show that the four elements of negligence have been met. These include:

  • Duty of care
  • Breach of duty
  • Causation
  • Damages

Liability must be proven based on a preponderance of the evidence, so you can expect your attorney to investigate tirelessly to obtain the evidence needed to support your case. Some of the common types of evidence used to establish liability in Spartanburg spinal cord injury claims include:

  • Witness statements
  • Expert testimony
  • Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test results
  • Cell phone records
  • Photos of your injuries
  • Photos of the accident scene
  • Medical records
  • Video of the accident
  • Police and accident reports

Get Help From a Spartanburg Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

At Hammack Law Firm, we know how frustrating and frightening it can be to face a spinal cord injury and all the challenges that come with it. We believe you deserve justice if someone else caused your pain and losses.

Call (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 now for a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.

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