South Carolina Personal Injury Guide

SC personal injury case & accident info

South Carolina, with its influx of tourists every year, is unfortunately very familiar with car accidents, negligence and personal injury cases. Pinning liability on locals or out-of-towners becomes a back-and-forth between lawyers that can last years.

Maybe it was you who experienced a life-altering injury, or maybe it was a family member or friend. Whatever happens during your South Carolina journeys, if you need help for your personal injury case, Enjuris can offer guidance.

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South Carolina personal injury law: the basics

South Carolina statutes online

This is where you’ll find the South Carolina Code of Laws. The website has details about how long you have to bring a case, monetary limits on personal injury cases (which are also known as damage caps), and other important information.

South Carolina Code of Laws

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South Carolina's car accident statutes of limitation

In South Carolina, you have three years to bring both a personal injury and a property damage claim. That means you have three years to file your paperwork with the court, not that your case has to be completed in that time frame.

South Carolina's Statute of Limitations

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Accident worksheets

Your First Meeting with an Attorney
A worksheet to prepare for your first meeting with a personal injury attorney – what to bring, what they'll ask
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Documents & Evidence Checklist
Checklist of 30 items to help you prepare for making a personal injury or accident claim
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Personal Injury Attorney Interview Sheet
Worksheet with questions to ask a personal injury attorney to help determine if he or she will be a good fit for your case
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Damages/Expenses Worksheet
Damages worksheet to track expenses for your injury claim (medical treatment, property damage, lost wages, prescriptions)
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Post-Accident Journal Form
Sample accident journal/diary to help you document the effect on your daily life
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Accident Report Form
Sample post-accident report form to keep in your glove box - fill out at the scene or as soon as you can after a car accident
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Hiring a lawyer in South Carolina

The first meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free of charge. (Note that other legal specialties, such as traffic law or domestic relations law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they will receive a third of the eventual reward, plus whatever office expenses they incur along the way.

If your case proceeds to trial, that percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't determined by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something else.

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Is time ticking on your personal injury case?

What are the time limits for personal injury compensation claims?

Generally, from 1-6 years, most commonly 2 years, starting from the time you were injured. Read more

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Law libraries in South Carolina

There are a number of issues you can solve without the help of a lawyer. If you don't know where to begin, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like LexisNexis or Westlaw.

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