Thousands of Charleston residents are injured in car accidents caused by the negligence of others. Many of the victims in these collisions are left with injuries that affect them for the rest of their lives. If the injuries sustained were catastrophic, victims may struggle with long-term disabilities that make it difficult for them perform daily living tasks or to return to work.
If you have been injured in a car crash, you may recover compensation for losses (McNeil v. United States, 519 F.Supp. 283 (D.S.C. 1981)) you have sustained such as:
If the accident you were involved in was the result of another’s carelessness or recklessness it is important to speak with an experienced car accident attorney. Recklessness, carelessness or negligence in causing an accident may be the result of:
In cases where a defendant acted recklessly, willfully or maliciously, punitive damages may be awarded as well. Punitive damages are intended to punish the liable party and stop others from committing the same acts.
Time Limits for Filing Charleston Car Accident Lawsuits
Charleston, as most other cities, has statutes of limitations — meaning there are time limits on bringing a personal injury lawsuit. Generally speaking there is a three-year statute of limitations in relation to a personal injury lawsuit. There are also many exceptions, depending on the details of the accident. Your experienced car accident attorney can explain what the timelines are and how to proceed with a lawsuit.
It should be noted that there are different statutes of limitations for diverse negligence claims against a government agency and/or the federal government. If a plaintiff was injured by a state employee, it is likely their claim would fall under the South Carolina Tort Claims Act. If a victim was injured by a federal government employee, their claim would likely fall under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
To find out how our experienced attorneys can fight for you and your family following a serious car accident injury, call the Steinberg Law Firm, LLP, at 843-720-2800 for a FREE case review. We serve Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and surrounding areas.