Charleston Serious Injury Attorneys

Suffering from any kind of serious injury can have an immeasurable impact on a person’s life. Often, these catastrophic injuries involve severe and irreversible damage to the brain, spine or other crucial bodily organs and structures. And while the recovery process is never an easy one, for those facing potentially lifelong symptoms, the process is even more difficult. At the Steinberg Law Firm, we have a storied history of representing those who have suffered catastrophic injuries in South Carolina accidents including auto accidents, on-the-job accidents, and slip and fall accidents. Our goal is to help clients recover from the accident that has impacted their life – not just financially, but holistically. Unlike large, faceless law firms, we provide every client the individual attention they deserve, and our attorneys prioritize client interaction. While results are one measure of success, we are especially proud of the fact that, over the more than 90 years since we have been serving South Carolina clients, countless clients have referred friends and family to our firm.

Accidental Injury Statistics

Accidental injury is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

In the United States, someone is accidentally injured every second, and someone is killed every three minutes.

In 2016, 14,803 people died from accidental deaths.

In 2017, there were 4.6 million auto accidents requiring at least one person receive medical attention.

Each year, there are 39.5 million doctor visits for unintentional injuries and another 29.2 emergency room visits.

Catastrophic injuries include those to the:

  • Brain
  • Spine
  • Spinal cord

According to the National Spinal Cord Statistical Center, the most common causes of spinal injuries are:

  • Vehicle accident – 38.5 percent
  • Slip and fall accidents – 31.6 percent
  • Violence – 13.8 percent
  • Sports-related accidents – 8.2 percent

Sports Injuries are a major cause of catastrophic injury. Considering all types of serious injuries, the following are among the most dangerous sports:

  • Football
  • Cheerleading
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming

Someone suffers a brain injury in the United States every seven minutes.

More than 3.5 million children and adults suffer a brain injury each year.

At least 5.3 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury.

The most common causes of brain injury are:

  • Falls – 40.5 percent
  • Being struck by an object – 15.5 percent
  • Motor vehicle accidents – 14.3 percent
  • Assaults – 10 .7 percent
  • Unknown causes – 19 percent

According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance, the typical claim for a catastrophic injury has increased from an average of $5 million to upwards of $10 million.

Serious and Catastrophic Injury Cases in South Carolina

While any type of injury disrupts a person’s life, serious and catastrophic injuries present lifelong challenges for those who suffer from them. The term catastrophic injury is defined by the American Medical Association, and includes injuries involving damage to the brain, spine or spinal cord. Of course, other types of injuries also result in irreparable damage. Thus, federal law defines a catastrophic injury as one that “permanently prevents an individual from performing any gainful work.” Thus, the legal definition of a catastrophic injury is broader than the medical definition, and includes other types of injuries, such as amputations, severe burns and organ damage.

Catastrophic injuries seriously impact the lives of those who experience them. A few examples of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries – A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by sudden damage to the head, often caused by an unexpected blow or jolt. TBIs are common in car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and sports accidents. TBIs can be difficult to diagnose, as there are not always symptoms immediately after the accident. However, the long-term effects of a TBI can include memory loss, confusion, headaches, dizziness, loss of sleep, depression, vomiting, seizures and emotional disturbances.
  • Multiple bone fractures – When a bone break into several pieces, it is called a comminuted fracture. It takes a significant amount of force to cause a comminuted fracture, which are usually caused by a serious car accident. Comminuted fractures are serious, and typically require more than just a splint or a cast. Those who have suffered a comminuted fracture typically need open surgery to repair the bone structure. Even then, there may be residual pain and loss of movement.
  • Crush injuries – A crush injury can occur any time there is excessive force put on a part of the body. South Carolina workplace accidents are the most common causes of catastrophic crush injuries. A crush injury may result in broken bones or permanent nerve injury. In more severe cases, crush injuries can cause paralysis or even death.
  • Paralysis related to spinal cord damage – The spine is designed to protect the spinal cord, however, when experiencing excessive force, such as in a sports injury or car accident, the spinal cord itself can become damage. Damage to the soft, gel-like spinal cord often results in temporary or permanent paralysis. The vertebrae, or bones that comprise the spine, can also fracture, causing excruciating pain.
  • Amputations of limbs – The physical and emotional challenges that accompany limb loss cannot be overstated. It often takes years for someone to adjust to life after an amputation. Amputations are commonly caused by workplace accidents; however, they can also be caused by serious Charleston car accidents.

Life will never return to normal for those who have suffered a catastrophic injury. Injury victims will never be able to work and will often be limited in their daily activities. Those who have experienced a catastrophic injury should consult with a dedicated South Carolina personal injury attorney to discuss bringing a claim against the at-fault party or parties.

Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

A catastrophic injury is defined as any injury that permanently prevents someone from working. Most often, these serious injuries involve damage to the brain or spine, limb loss, or severe burns. The most common causes of catastrophic injuries are:

  • Motor accidentsCar, truck and motorcycle accidents are the single leading cause of spinal cord injury. The forces involved in these collisions can seriously damage the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis. Due to the somewhat mysterious nature of the spinal cord, even seemingly minor accidents can cause symptoms to occur weeks or months after an accident. Thus, anyone involved in a car accident should be sure to obtain prompt medical care to rule out any serious injury.
  • Workplace accidents – Americans spend a significant amount of their time at work. And many who are employed in the construction and manufacturing industries regularly work in very hazardous environments. That being the case, it is not surprising that a large number of serious injuries occur while at work. Those injured in a workplace accident may be able to obtain South Carolina workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of who was at fault for their injuries. Depending on the nature of the accident, employees injured on the job may also be able to pursue a claim against the party responsible for causing the accident.
  • FallsSlip and fall accidents are the most common cause of brain injury. For example, slipping down a set of faulty stairs, or falling from an unsafe work zone are two common types of falls that present a major risk of brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries are extremely common, and the medical community has only recently started to really understand the long-term impact these injuries can have.
  • Sports injuries – Sports injuries are a leading cause of catastrophic injury, especially among younger people. While participation in any sport can result in a serious injury, the most catastrophic injuries occur in gymnastics, football, skiing, swimming, cheerleading, basketball and hockey. Often, these injuries include traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injury.

Catastrophic injuries are not defined by how they occur, but by the effect they cause. Thus, those who have been seriously injured in any type of South Carolina accident should reach out to a dedicated injury attorney for immediate assistance in determining whether they have a claim for damages. If successful, accident victims may be able to recover compensation for their past and future medical expenses, lost wages, decrease in earning capacity due to the accident, as well as for any pain and suffering caused by the accident.

Pursuing a Claim for Compensation

Those who have suffered a serious or catastrophic injury confront myriad hurdles. First, accident victims must overcome the physical injuries, which may take months or years. Indeed, in some cases, accident victims will never be able to fully recover, and can only make incremental progress up to a certain point. However, even after the physical injuries subside, there is often lingering emotional pain and suffering brought about by the accident. Of course, for many, it is impossible to work during this recovery process, making it nearly impossible to cover the costs of the medical care. As it if is not hard enough, going through all of this when the accident was due to no fault of the accident victim makes the process even more frustrating.

To help with the recovery process, those who have suffered serious injuries in a South Carolina accident can pursue a claim for compensation against the party or parties they believe to be at fault. For most South Carolina personal injury claims, a person has three years to file a case, starting from the date of the accident. It is crucial to file a clam within this period, otherwise the case may be dismissed without ever being reviewed by a judge or jury.

Those who fear that their own actions played a role in the accident causing their injuries should not be deterred from pursuing a claim. Under South Carolina’s comparative negligence rule, an injured party can recover against other at-fault parties provided the injured party’s negligence does not exceed the total negligence of the other parties. Put more simply, someone can recover for their injuries as long as they were less than 51 percent at fault. Of course, when a judge or jury determines that a plaintiff was partially at fault, they will have their damages award reduced by their percentage of fault. Thus, to maximize the amount of compensation received, it is important for South Carolina accident victims to work with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Recent Results Steinberg Law Has Obtained for South Carolina Serious Injury Victims

At the Steinberg Law Firm, we are proud of our track record of success. Over the past ten years, we have recovered over $500 million for our clients in personal injury, medical malpractice and workers’ compensation claims. Below are just a few of our recent results:

  • $2,750,000 in a product defect case involving a scissor lift malfunction.
  • $1,680,000 in a workers' compensation case involving a client who suffered a serious brain injury.
  • $1,450,000 in a case arising from a fatal automobile collision.
  • $1,000,000 in a case where a pedestrian was run over by 18-wheeler.
  • $1,000,000 in a medical malpractice case in which medical professionals failed to diagnose a client’s cancer.
  • $925,000 in a motorcycle collision case.
  • $925,000 in a boating accident case.
  • $515,213 in a workers' compensation case involving a client who suffered a serious head injury.
  • $325,000 in a product defect case involving a pressure cooker that exploded during normal use.
  • $300,000 in a dog bite case.
  • $300,000 in a slip and fall accident.
  • $230,000 in a case involving abusive staff at a South Carolina nursing home.

Contact the Steinberg Law Firm for Immediate Assistance with your Catastrophic Injury Claim

If you have been hurt, our South Carolina personal injury lawyers want to help. We represent clients in all types of injury claims, including those involving car accidents, slip-and-falls, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, construction defects, and wrongful deaths. Our team of attorneys are both skilled negotiators as well as aggressive litigators and can seamlessly switch between those roles. Our attorneys have over 200 years of collective experience handling almost every type of personal injury case imaginable. Given this broad base of experience, chances are, we have handled a case just like yours. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation based on the catastrophic injuries you or your loved one has sustained, call 843-376-5896, or contact us through our online form. We represent clients in Charleston and throughout South Carolina. Calling is free, and because we offer a No Fee Promise, you do not pay unless we win. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you and your family through the recovery process.

 

 

RESULTS

WE HAVE RECOVERED OVER $500 MILLION FOR CLIENTS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, INCLUDING:
$2,750,000 in a product defect case, scissor lift malfunction.

Charleston Serious Injury Attorneys

Suffering from any kind of serious injury can have an immeasurable impact on a person’s life. Often, these catastrophic injuries involve severe and irreversible damage to the brain, spine or other crucial bodily organs and structures. And while the recovery process is never an easy one, for those facing potentially lifelong symptoms, the process is even more difficult. At the Steinberg Law Firm, we have a storied history of representing those who have suffered catastrophic injuries in South Carolina accidents including auto accidents, on-the-job accidents, and slip and fall accidents. Our goal is to help clients recover from the accident that has impacted their life – not just financially, but holistically. Unlike large, faceless law firms, we provide every client the individual attention they deserve, and our attorneys prioritize client interaction. While results are one measure of success, we are especially proud of the fact that, over the more than 90 years since we have been serving South Carolina clients, countless clients have referred friends and family to our firm.

Accidental Injury Statistics

Accidental injury is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

In the United States, someone is accidentally injured every second, and someone is killed every three minutes.

In 2016, 14,803 people died from accidental deaths.

In 2017, there were 4.6 million auto accidents requiring at least one person receive medical attention.

Each year, there are 39.5 million doctor visits for unintentional injuries and another 29.2 emergency room visits.

Catastrophic injuries include those to the:

  • Brain
  • Spine
  • Spinal cord

According to the National Spinal Cord Statistical Center, the most common causes of spinal injuries are:

  • Vehicle accident – 38.5 percent
  • Slip and fall accidents – 31.6 percent
  • Violence – 13.8 percent
  • Sports-related accidents – 8.2 percent

Sports Injuries are a major cause of catastrophic injury. Considering all types of serious injuries, the following are among the most dangerous sports:

  • Football
  • Cheerleading
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming

Someone suffers a brain injury in the United States every seven minutes.

More than 3.5 million children and adults suffer a brain injury each year.

At least 5.3 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury.

The most common causes of brain injury are:

  • Falls – 40.5 percent
  • Being struck by an object – 15.5 percent
  • Motor vehicle accidents – 14.3 percent
  • Assaults – 10 .7 percent
  • Unknown causes – 19 percent

According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance, the typical claim for a catastrophic injury has increased from an average of $5 million to upwards of $10 million.

Serious and Catastrophic Injury Cases in South Carolina

While any type of injury disrupts a person’s life, serious and catastrophic injuries present lifelong challenges for those who suffer from them. The term catastrophic injury is defined by the American Medical Association, and includes injuries involving damage to the brain, spine or spinal cord. Of course, other types of injuries also result in irreparable damage. Thus, federal law defines a catastrophic injury as one that “permanently prevents an individual from performing any gainful work.” Thus, the legal definition of a catastrophic injury is broader than the medical definition, and includes other types of injuries, such as amputations, severe burns and organ damage.

Catastrophic injuries seriously impact the lives of those who experience them. A few examples of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries – A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by sudden damage to the head, often caused by an unexpected blow or jolt. TBIs are common in car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and sports accidents. TBIs can be difficult to diagnose, as there are not always symptoms immediately after the accident. However, the long-term effects of a TBI can include memory loss, confusion, headaches, dizziness, loss of sleep, depression, vomiting, seizures and emotional disturbances.
  • Multiple bone fractures – When a bone break into several pieces, it is called a comminuted fracture. It takes a significant amount of force to cause a comminuted fracture, which are usually caused by a serious car accident. Comminuted fractures are serious, and typically require more than just a splint or a cast. Those who have suffered a comminuted fracture typically need open surgery to repair the bone structure. Even then, there may be residual pain and loss of movement.
  • Crush injuries – A crush injury can occur any time there is excessive force put on a part of the body. South Carolina workplace accidents are the most common causes of catastrophic crush injuries. A crush injury may result in broken bones or permanent nerve injury. In more severe cases, crush injuries can cause paralysis or even death.
  • Paralysis related to spinal cord damage – The spine is designed to protect the spinal cord, however, when experiencing excessive force, such as in a sports injury or car accident, the spinal cord itself can become damage. Damage to the soft, gel-like spinal cord often results in temporary or permanent paralysis. The vertebrae, or bones that comprise the spine, can also fracture, causing excruciating pain.
  • Amputations of limbs – The physical and emotional challenges that accompany limb loss cannot be overstated. It often takes years for someone to adjust to life after an amputation. Amputations are commonly caused by workplace accidents; however, they can also be caused by serious Charleston car accidents.

Life will never return to normal for those who have suffered a catastrophic injury. Injury victims will never be able to work and will often be limited in their daily activities. Those who have experienced a catastrophic injury should consult with a dedicated South Carolina personal injury attorney to discuss bringing a claim against the at-fault party or parties.

Common Causes of Catastrophic Injuries

A catastrophic injury is defined as any injury that permanently prevents someone from working. Most often, these serious injuries involve damage to the brain or spine, limb loss, or severe burns. The most common causes of catastrophic injuries are:

  • Motor accidentsCar, truck and motorcycle accidents are the single leading cause of spinal cord injury. The forces involved in these collisions can seriously damage the spinal cord, resulting in paralysis. Due to the somewhat mysterious nature of the spinal cord, even seemingly minor accidents can cause symptoms to occur weeks or months after an accident. Thus, anyone involved in a car accident should be sure to obtain prompt medical care to rule out any serious injury.
  • Workplace accidents – Americans spend a significant amount of their time at work. And many who are employed in the construction and manufacturing industries regularly work in very hazardous environments. That being the case, it is not surprising that a large number of serious injuries occur while at work. Those injured in a workplace accident may be able to obtain South Carolina workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of who was at fault for their injuries. Depending on the nature of the accident, employees injured on the job may also be able to pursue a claim against the party responsible for causing the accident.
  • FallsSlip and fall accidents are the most common cause of brain injury. For example, slipping down a set of faulty stairs, or falling from an unsafe work zone are two common types of falls that present a major risk of brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries are extremely common, and the medical community has only recently started to really understand the long-term impact these injuries can have.
  • Sports injuries – Sports injuries are a leading cause of catastrophic injury, especially among younger people. While participation in any sport can result in a serious injury, the most catastrophic injuries occur in gymnastics, football, skiing, swimming, cheerleading, basketball and hockey. Often, these injuries include traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injury.

Catastrophic injuries are not defined by how they occur, but by the effect they cause. Thus, those who have been seriously injured in any type of South Carolina accident should reach out to a dedicated injury attorney for immediate assistance in determining whether they have a claim for damages. If successful, accident victims may be able to recover compensation for their past and future medical expenses, lost wages, decrease in earning capacity due to the accident, as well as for any pain and suffering caused by the accident.

Pursuing a Claim for Compensation

Those who have suffered a serious or catastrophic injury confront myriad hurdles. First, accident victims must overcome the physical injuries, which may take months or years. Indeed, in some cases, accident victims will never be able to fully recover, and can only make incremental progress up to a certain point. However, even after the physical injuries subside, there is often lingering emotional pain and suffering brought about by the accident. Of course, for many, it is impossible to work during this recovery process, making it nearly impossible to cover the costs of the medical care. As it if is not hard enough, going through all of this when the accident was due to no fault of the accident victim makes the process even more frustrating.

To help with the recovery process, those who have suffered serious injuries in a South Carolina accident can pursue a claim for compensation against the party or parties they believe to be at fault. For most South Carolina personal injury claims, a person has three years to file a case, starting from the date of the accident. It is crucial to file a clam within this period, otherwise the case may be dismissed without ever being reviewed by a judge or jury.

Those who fear that their own actions played a role in the accident causing their injuries should not be deterred from pursuing a claim. Under South Carolina’s comparative negligence rule, an injured party can recover against other at-fault parties provided the injured party’s negligence does not exceed the total negligence of the other parties. Put more simply, someone can recover for their injuries as long as they were less than 51 percent at fault. Of course, when a judge or jury determines that a plaintiff was partially at fault, they will have their damages award reduced by their percentage of fault. Thus, to maximize the amount of compensation received, it is important for South Carolina accident victims to work with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Recent Results Steinberg Law Has Obtained for South Carolina Serious Injury Victims

At the Steinberg Law Firm, we are proud of our track record of success. Over the past ten years, we have recovered over $500 million for our clients in personal injury, medical malpractice and workers’ compensation claims. Below are just a few of our recent results:

  • $2,750,000 in a product defect case involving a scissor lift malfunction.
  • $1,680,000 in a workers' compensation case involving a client who suffered a serious brain injury.
  • $1,450,000 in a case arising from a fatal automobile collision.
  • $1,000,000 in a case where a pedestrian was run over by 18-wheeler.
  • $1,000,000 in a medical malpractice case in which medical professionals failed to diagnose a client’s cancer.
  • $925,000 in a motorcycle collision case.
  • $925,000 in a boating accident case.
  • $515,213 in a workers' compensation case involving a client who suffered a serious head injury.
  • $325,000 in a product defect case involving a pressure cooker that exploded during normal use.
  • $300,000 in a dog bite case.
  • $300,000 in a slip and fall accident.
  • $230,000 in a case involving abusive staff at a South Carolina nursing home.

Contact the Steinberg Law Firm for Immediate Assistance with your Catastrophic Injury Claim

If you have been hurt, our South Carolina personal injury lawyers want to help. We represent clients in all types of injury claims, including those involving car accidents, slip-and-falls, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, construction defects, and wrongful deaths. Our team of attorneys are both skilled negotiators as well as aggressive litigators and can seamlessly switch between those roles. Our attorneys have over 200 years of collective experience handling almost every type of personal injury case imaginable. Given this broad base of experience, chances are, we have handled a case just like yours. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation based on the catastrophic injuries you or your loved one has sustained, call 843-376-5896, or contact us through our online form. We represent clients in Charleston and throughout South Carolina. Calling is free, and because we offer a No Fee Promise, you do not pay unless we win. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you and your family through the recovery process.

 

 

 

 

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RESULTS

WE HAVE RECOVERED OVER $500 MILLION FOR CLIENTS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, INCLUDING:
$2,750,000 in a product defect case, scissor lift malfunction.

What Our Clients Say About Us

I am very pleased with my experience

I have, and will continue to recommend The Steinberg Law Firm. They have worked very hard on my behalf.

It is hard to really put in writing how much Tom was there for me

He really did such an unbelievable job. Even when the settlement was made, he returned a text with a call to share in the joy over another medical event we were going through, that had a great outcome. Yes, they really do care.

I would highly recommend them

Enjoyed the fact that every time I called, someone called me back. It made me feel like my case mattered, and that I mattered. They answered all of my questions and concerns in a timely manner.

They will go the extra mile for you

David Pearlman and his staff did an exceptional job on my claim. Mr. Pearlman was honest, patient and steered me in the right direction. A’Riel was always nice and very helpful. I would recommend them to everyone.

I would never seek help from any other Firm!

The lawyers and their staff are very professional, caring about your situation! They are one of a kind!Get this Firm behind you and you will never be sorry!

It was a pleasure working with Steven Goldberg and his staff

They were courteous and professional. They maintained regular contact for status reports on my case and provided needed documentation on a timely basis. I would recommend this firm.