If you’ve been the victim of a personal injury or have lost a family member to a wrongful death, hiring the right Personal Injury Attorney to represent you is vital. In a personal injury case, if someone else is negligent or at fault you may be able to pursue compensation for damages sustained at no fault of your own. This may include compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, pain and/or suffering, and/or punitive damages.
In South Carolina, accidents oftentimes result in serious physical injuries. These injuries can lead to both physical, mental, and financial struggles for you. Mr. Peacock helps the injured party and their family recover for damages including, but not limited to, compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. We handle every case with compassion and great care. Our firm knows the financial and emotional impact of accident injuries and will strive to get you the compensation you deserve.
Personal injury victims throughout South Carolina have relied on Richard Peacock to help them get the justice and compensation they deserve. He knows the way insurance defense attorneys think! He used to be one! Contact Mr. Peacock today for a free consultation. There is no fee unless we win your case. If your world feels turned upside down after a serious accident, get help from a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Our firm has experience representing victims in a broad range of personal injury claims. Whether you have questions about how these cases proceed or whether you need to prepare to file, we are here to help you make an informed decision about your future.
Peacock Law Group of the Lowcountry, LLC provides the following legal services:
- Medical Malpractice
- Construction Site Injuries
- Dog Bites / Dog Attacks
- Premises Liability
- Wrongful Death
- Truck Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Slip and Fall
- Motorcycle accidents
How much is my case worth?
This is by far the question asked the most often by potential clients. Unfortunately, it is also one of the few questions that cannot be answered quickly. The reason this cannot be answered quickly is because the value of your case will depend on how the facts specific to your case develop. Many factors impact the value of a case. Please call us to schedule a no-pressure, free consultation to evaluate your case.
What is Negligence?
Negligence occurs when an individual fails to exercise a reasonable standard of care for the safety of others. If a person fails to act as a reasonable person would, he or she may be liable for any resulting injuries or damages. An example is that if you are stopped at a red light, a reasonable person would have seen your brake lights and stopped. Hence, it is negligent for the person to rear-end your vehicle; therefore, the person who rear-ended your car may be found liable for any injuries and damages caused to your person.
How do you value a negligence case?
Here is a brief overview of what needs to be determined before a value can be placed on negligence in your case:
Negligent Conduct: Did the person that injured you (the defendant) act negligently? If he or she did act negligently, was their conduct entirely to blame for the entirety of the accident or were they only partially to blame?
Causation: Did the defendant’s actions cause you harm? Or is the defendant going to point to another accident or event in your life that contributed to the harm in question?
Damages: If the defendant’s actions are to blame for your harm, how much harm did they cause you?
-How much have you spent on medical bills?
-How much do you anticipate spending on future medical bills?
-Have you lost wages because of the accident?
-Have you lost the capacity to earn a living?
-How much pain and suffering have you endured?
-How much insurance coverage and/or assets does the defendant have to compensate you?
How long will my case last?
This is specific to each case, as no two cases are ever the same. A simple case may only take a few months to resolve. A more complicated case often takes longer to resolve and may take up to 2-3 years to fully resolve in a settlement or litigation.
How much will it cost me to sue for negligence?
The good news: we work on a contingency basis for injury cases. This means that we don’t get paid unless you get paid. If we are successful in settlement and/or litigation of your case, we earn a percentage of the money we recover on your behalf (typically 1/3), and you don’t have to pay us anything out of pocket. In most matters, we front all the expenses we are allowed to by law, and if unsuccessful, you won’t owe us anything.
Is there a time limit to bring my negligence lawsuit?
Yes, there is a statute of limitations, which places time limits on your ability to bring a lawsuit. The exact amount of time differs from state to state and also by the type of case. If you wait too long to call an attorney you could forfeit your rights to file a suit. Call us today for a free consultation; you don’t want to miss the statute of limitations in your lawsuit.
Should I give a statement to the defendant’s insurance company?
We advise clients, in most situations, to refrain from providing any statement to an insurance company If a statement is necessary, you should always have a lawyer with you to make sure that the insurance company does not take advantage of you. The insurance company sometimes may not have your best interest at heart, and it’s important to have a lawyer to protect your interests.
Frequently asked questions for Wrongful Death
My loved one was killed because someone was negligent. What rights do I have?
When a person is killed due to the negligence of another, South Carolina statutes provide for what is known as a Wrongful Death action. The case must be pursued by the Personal Representative of the estate of the deceased person for the benefit of beneficiaries listed in the statute. Another scenario is a called a survival action. This is an action that may be brought on behalf of the estate of the deceased person, by the Personal Representative, to recover funeral expenses and pain and/or suffering prior to the death.
Should I file a wrongful death lawsuit?
While no amount of compensation can replace the loved one you lost, a successful lawsuit may provide you with much needed financial support. When a person passes away from someone else’s mistakes, his or her loved ones may be emotionally devastated. You may also suffer financial difficulties due to the many costs associated with funeral arrangements and the possible loss of the deceased’s income. While it may be difficult to think about taking legal action to pursue compensation for these expenses, there are limits to the amount of time a deceased’s family members have to file a lawsuit. In South Carolina, this limit is set at three (3) years from the date of passing.
A Wrongful Death claim may help you pursue the compensation you need and/or are entitled to.