Injuries can occur anywhere, and without any warning, but there is one thing that is constant in almost all cases where a person has been injured negligently: a person or entity is responsible for the injury. Whether it is an injury sustained in a car accident, or wounds inflicted in a dog bite attack, the fact is that many traumatic injuries are preventable in Ladson. Fortunately, the law allows victims to seek compensation for injuries through a personal injury claim when negligence is present. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Howell and Christmas are dedicated to helping victims recover the compensation they deserve.
Common Causes of Personal Injury
From fractures in a slip-and-fall accident on someone’s property to a brain injury during a bicycle accident, there are a number of ways that a person can be injured as a result of another’s negligence. Broadly, however, injuries in Ladson are likely to stem from the following incidents:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 there were 863 traffic accident fatalities in South Carolina. Most of those fatalities could have been avoided if motorists had exhibited safer driving practices. Some of the most frequent causes of car accidents are:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Reckless driving
- Vehicle defects
The most vulnerable users of South Carolina roads are motorcyclists and bicyclists who have little physical protection during an accident. Most motorcycle accidents occur because of motorists’ failure to look out for motorcyclists, especially at intersections. While the number of people riding bicycles in South Carolina has increased, bicycle safety initiatives have not really kept pace. Therefore, motorists are largely unaware about bicyclists’ rights, and this often creates an unsafe environment.
Man’s best friend is, unfortunately, very often linked to dog bite attacks that can leave a victim severely injured and permanently traumatized. These attacks are often the result of irresponsible dog ownership, which results in the animal being unrestrained, non-socialized, and aggressive. An unhappy animal that has not been given sufficient opportunity for socialization and physical exercise is much more likely to turn aggressive, and attack.
Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their property, and ensure that it is safe for guests, visitors, customers, and others who enter the premises. Failure to do so can result in an injury when someone trips over a broken stair, slips on a puddle of water that has been left on the floor, or is injured from toppling merchandise in a store.
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury
In South Carolina, the statute of limitations for filing most personal injury claims is three years; a claim for damages must be made within this time frame.
While no amount of compensation can eliminate the anguish resulting from a traumatic injury in Ladson, financial compensation can help you deal with many of the associated expenses. Whether you have been injured in a fall accident in a store, or in a car accident, you may be eligible for compensation.
The personal injury lawyers at Howell and Christmas bring over 30 years of combined legal experience to your case, and can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced lawyer at our firm for a free initial evaluation of your potential case.