The fact is that multiple factors are lined up against victims of car accidents and other personal injuries. In summary, liability coverage protects your assets if you cause harm to someone else. But being aggressive toward the other driver, yelling at him or getting in his face, will not help your cause. This is certainly a legitimate concern, and I could not make any guarantees, but I told him I felt it was very likely we would recover more than enough to cover all of his medical bills.Read More
South Carolina Accident Injury Claim
All auto accidents will inflict damage to you and your car. The amount of money needed to repair those damages depends on the gravity of the accident itself. If you are not responsible for the situation, you surely don’t want to be left with all the financial liability. To avoid this from happening you should think about hiring an accident injury attorney.
Having a legal representative has its advantages. He will help you to fill a personal injury claim and survey through all the legal aspects of the process. You may try to get compensation by yourself but is better to have a specialist by your side. If you check out our article about car accidents, you will find some reasons why hiring a car crash attorney is a wise decision.
If the accident is serious, it will be accompanied by severe consequences. This has a high impact on victim's life. Try to find retribution without the help of an expert could be impossible. In the best case, you will get just a little fraction of want you deserve.
Regardless of the severity of the accident, and therefore your injury claim, a lawyer will help you through all the process. Car accident lawyers with vast experience in personal injury claims and calculations know how to get the best deal possible for you.
If you have been involved in a car accident, you should get into contact with the best lawyer available. Car crashes can prevent you from working or leave you with permanent disability and injuries that require medical attention. Your accident lawyer should be able to get the maximum amount of money as compensation for these problems.
Personal Injury Claim in South Carolina
When you get injured by another person’s fault, you are entitled to compensation. This is known as a personal injury claim and it comprehends everything from traumatic injuries to simple bruises. You can make the claim all by yourself but is better if you have the help of a professional injury lawyer. He will protect your interest and he will do whatever it takes to maximize the amount of money you receive in compensation so all your expenses are covered.
Accidents can happen in any place at any time. They could be as simple as a slip and fall in a supermarket or as serious as a car crash. The severity of your injuries will be tied to the gravity of the accident. Anyway, before thinking about filling up the claim, you have to be able to prove that the injuries were caused by another person's negligence. It is the job of your injury attorney to prove it and to evaluate the legality of your claim.
Personal injury laws guarantees you monetary compensation for all the expenses related to the treatment of your injuries. In addition, having an attorney with the right experience will allow you to level the play in any negotiation. He will take care of all the paperwork and will represent you in all the steps of the process.
If you are thinking to hire a professional to take your case, you should hire the best personal injury attorney available in your area. Get a free consultation today with our team of experts either by calling (855) 906-2966 or fill up a quick form to let us call you.
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Top Lawyers Serving South Carolina
- Luke A. Shealey
- Brian C. Duffy
- Gedney M. Howe, III
- Angus M. Lawton
- Lionel S. Lofton
- Julie Moore
- J. Kevin Holmes
- Douglas E. Jennings
- Jennifer Spragins Burnett
- Michael Melonakos
- Brian P. Johnson
- Douglas Jennings, Jr.
Luke A. Shealey
A partner at Shealey Law Firm, Luke A. Shealey brings invaluable knowledge in matters of criminal defense, personal injury, DUI and qui tam/ whistleblower cases. His past service as a public defender makes him an aggressive attorney for his clients. Mr. Shealey offers powerful representation with his extensive courtroom experience, and handles cases in Columbia, SC and throughout the state. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in South Carolina and The United States Supreme Court. In addition to his trial work, he has also argued cases before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.Mr. Shealey was a member of the Student Bar Association during his time at New England Law | Boston. He started his educational experience with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina and later graduated law school from the New England School of Law. He would later further his intensive criminal defense training by graduating from the National Criminal Defense College. He also received additional training in death penalty jury selection from the Colorado School of Law and death penalty defense from the Santa Clara University School of Law. He frequently lectures on criminal defense topics and in the area of South Carolina immunity and Stand Your Ground law.Indigent clients accused of serious crimes were his focus during his time as an assistant public defender. He represented clients in cases of kidnapping, driving under the influence, domestic violence, assault and murder. In 2015, Mr. Shealey was appointed to represent his first death penalty case, securing a life sentence for the client and saving him from execution.Trained in death penalty defense, he understands the challenges for clients facing serious charges, and regularly earns exceptional results. Mr. Shealey is a tireless advocate for justice, and believes that clients have a right to be represented by someone with their best interests in mind, regardless of the challenges they are facing.
Brian C. Duffy
Brian C. Duffy is shareholder at Duffy & Young, LLC and handles cases for both plaintiffs and defendants in South Carolina in matters of business litigation. A fellow of the American Bar Foundation, he was also named in 2018 by Lawyers Weekly as an honoree of the South Carolina Leadership in Law. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell.Admitted to practice in South Carolina and the District of Columbia, Mr. Duffy is also admitted to practice before several federal courts. These include the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mr. Duffy earned a Bachelor of Arts before obtaining a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt Law School. Mr. Duffy also had the opportunity to teach at the Charleston School of Law as an adjunct professor.Mr. Duffy was the president and member of the executive committee of the Charleston County Bar Association and an active member of The James L. Petigru American Inn of Court and the South Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. An active participant in many civic and legal service projects and organizations, Mr. Duffy is a permanent member of the Judicial Conference for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
Gedney M. Howe, III
Attorney Gedney M. Howe III focuses his practice on representing plaintiffs in personal injury litigation as well as criminal defense litigation. He began practicing with his father, Gedney M. Howe Jr. in 1973 and continues with his partners at his Charleston-based firm, Gedney M. Howe, III, P.A. Mr. Howe has more than 35 years of experience in litigation and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer-review rating an attorney can attain for legal practice and ethics.Mr. Howe represented the South Carolina State Senate in reapportionment litigation and has participated in numerous significant trials, including Hurd v. U.S. (4th Cir. 2002), in which Mr. Howe represented the plaintiffs and won a $19 million judgment. He is a member of the Best Lawyers in America, the International Society of Barristers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and National College of Criminal Defense Attorneys.AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished, are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.
Angus M. Lawton
Angus M. Lawton is the founding attorney of the Lawton Law Firm in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Mr. Lawton focuses his practice on personal injury law matters involving motor vehicle accidents, brain injury, medical malpractice, premises liability, trucking accidents and wrongful death. He serves South Carolina residents in Mount Pleasant, Charleston, North Charleston, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner and Summerville.Mr. Lawton has more than 30 years of experience. He is a former insurance defense attorney, and he has acted as a fast track trial judge. His many years of experience and the team-based approach at his firm allow him to provide dedicated and thorough representation to each client.Over the course of his career, Mr. Lawton has successfully recovered significant verdicts and settlements for his clients. In 2016, he was included in the publication The Best Lawyers in Americain recognition of his contributions to the legal profession.A member of many professional legal organizations, Mr. Lawton belongs to the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Association for Justice, the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He is active in his local community and belongs to the North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati.Mr. Lawton earned a bachelors degree in philosophy from Duke University and received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is board-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and a South Carolina board-certified civil court arbitrator and civil mediator. He holds a license to practice law before all South Carolina state courts.
496 Bramson Court, Suite 100,, Mount Pleasant SC 29464
Lionel S. Lofton
A native of South Carolina, Lionel S. Lofton is an attorney at Charleston-based Lofton & Lofton, P.C. Providing representation to clients throughout the region, he divides his practice between criminal defense matters, and personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Admitted to practice before all South Carolina state courts, Mr. Lofton is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Held in high regard by his fellow attorneys for his successes in and out of the courtroom, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1992, and he has received both an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 Superb peer review rating through Avvo.Mr. Loftons personal injury and wrongful death cases have stemmed from incidents involving medical malpractice, truck and other motor vehicle crashes, premises liability, defective products, and workplace accidents. He has been able to obtain numerous sizable settlements and jury awards during his career. In his criminal defense practice, Mr. Lofton focuses on alleged white collar offenses such as bank fraud, securities violations, Ponzi schemes, money laundering, counterfeiting, bribery and embezzlement. He has an excellent track record in obtaining acquittals and negotiating favorable plea agreements with the prosecution.After attending the University of Georgia for one year, Mr. Lofton transferred to Campbell University, and he obtained a Bachelor of Science in 1967. He subsequently enrolled at the University of South Carolina School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1971. After graduation, Mr. Lofton spent several years as an assistant prosecutor with the United States Attorneys Office for the District of South Carolina before entering private practice.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
A trial lawyer at Duffy & Young, LLC, Julie Moore focuses her practice on civil litigation. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, her work consists in large part of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, and she represents people and families across South Carolina who have incurred economic and noneconomic losses due to the negligence or recklessness of other persons or entities. The cases that she has handled in this area have arisen out of instances involving medical malpractice and defective products. Ms. Moores other civil trial experience has involved the representation of policyholders whose claims have been denied in bad faith by their insurance companies, and she also has a background in cases involving fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty.The successful results that Ms. Moore has been able to obtain for her clients both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table have earned her the high regard of her colleagues, as evidenced by her receipt of both an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Avvo and a 10.0 Superb peer review rating through Avvo. Admitted to practice before all South Carolina state courts, Ms. Moore is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.Ms. Moore majored in philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of South Carolina, and she received a Bachelor of Arts in 2004. She pursued her legal education at the University of South Carolina School of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 2009. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Moore clerked for the Honorable John C. Few, then the Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. She is currently the chair of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the South Carolina Bar.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
J. Kevin Holmes
Kevin Holmes has a sign hanging over his sink that reads, I wasnt born in the South but got here as quick as I could.He moved to Columbia in 1975 right after he graduated from Rutgers University School of Law. When he passed the South Carolina bar exam, he took a job working with then Senator Isadore E. Lourie, the Speaker Pro Tem of the South Carolina Senate and champion of the rights of working men and women of our State. It was during his time with Senator Lourie that he won the landmark case of Marquard v. Columbia Pacific Mills which was the first time a cotton mill worker was awarded death benefits for the lung disease called byssinosis or brown lung. The case broke the stranglehold the political Medical Panel had on denying benefits to mill workers and made it easier for all workers to receive workers compensation benefits for occupational diseases.Kevin moved to Charleston and joined the Steinberg Law Firm, in 1979 where he has practiced ever since. He became a partner in the firm in 1985. He says, I choose to come work for the Steinberg Law Firm because its founder, Irving Steinberg, was also recognized as being a champion for the rights of working men and women. Irving Steinberg helped write South Carolinas first workers compensation statute and get it passed into law by the Legislature in 1936.”,Kevin has 42 years experience trying civil and criminal cases in the State and Federal Courts of South Carolina. He is a member of the bar of the State of South Carolina, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He has tried 38 homicide cases, including two death penalty murder cases. He has tried hundreds of civil trials in State and Federal court earning him a membership in the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates. It isnt enough to be a good trial lawyer,Kevin explains, A good lawyer must also be prepared to fight their clients case on appeal.” Since joining the Steinberg Law Firm he has won numerous important Supreme Court cases expanding and protecting the rights of injured persons. You can review a list of his cases on our firm web page.Kevin currently serves on the Board of the Charleston County Bar Association and has served several terms on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Association for Justice. He has been continuously recognized by the Million Dollar Advocates, Best Lawyers in America for both personal injury and workers compensation, and Top Lawyers. He is also been active in our community having served the boards of numerous charitable organizations. He is married to Mary Hiott Holmes and they have five children.
Douglas E. Jennings
Douglas grew up in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina in the city of Bennettsville. After graduating from Clemson University and receiving a B.A. in Political Science, Douglas attended law school at the Charleston School of Law.While a law student, Douglas served as Vice-President of the Student Trial Lawyers Organization and worked for the First Circuit Solicitors Office and the Douglas Jennings Law Firm, LLC in Bennettsville, SC with his father.While at Yarborough Applegate, Douglas has helped clients achieve successful results in cases involving tractor trailer collisions, bad faith (insurance) litigation, motor vehicle collisions, wrongful death lawsuits, medical malpractice, commercial/business litigation, and premises liability.During this time, Douglas has litigated numerous complex civil cases which have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in both state and federal courts. He is based out of Charleston but maintains strong ties to his local community in the Pee Dee where he currently serves as co-counsel in many cases.Douglas was selected in 2018 as a ‘Rising Star by Top Lawyers and awarded the Top 10 Under 40 in 2015 by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA) and the Top 40 Under 40 in 2017 by the National Trial Lawyers. He is active in the American Association of Justice (AAJ), the South Carolina Association of Justice (SCAJ), AAJs Trucking Litigation Group, the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), the Charleston County Bar Association, and the James L. Petigru Inn of Court.Douglas also serves on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit, Camp Happy Days, which assists young kids and families impacted by pediatric cancer with a variety of outreach and support programs.Prior to attending law school, Douglas worked on Capitol Hill for a short time and then with Erwin-Penland, Inc. a marketing/advertising firm in Greenville, SC.
291 East Bay Street, Floor 2,, Charleston SC 29401
Jennifer Spragins Burnett
A partner at Anderson, South Carolina-based Harbin & Burnett, Jennifer Spragins Burnett focuses her practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. She assists clients throughout the area who have been the victims of professional negligence, including medical malpractice, and she also represents people and their family members who have been harmed by nursing home neglect or abuse. Ms. Burnett has obtained sizable settlements and jury verdicts during her career as a plaintiffs attorney, and as a result, she is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an invitation-only group in which the membership is limited to attorneys who have won million- and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements. As an undergraduate, Ms. Burnett attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina, with a double major in French and psychology. She received a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude from that institution in 1996. Remaining in the state, she then decided to pursue a legal education and enrolled at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she received several academic honors before being awarded her Juris Doctor in 2001. After clerking for a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Ms. Burnett joined a personal injury defense firm, where she focused her practice on the representation of nursing home facilities and personnel in abuse cases. She joined her current firm in 2007. Ms. Burnett is admitted to practice in South Carolina and before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Highly regarded by her fellow attorneys, she has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and she has also been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
The founder of his eponymous law firm, Michael Melonakos focuses his practice primarily on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. From the firms office in Greenville, South Carolina, he provides advice and counsel to people throughout the state who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties. Mr. Melonakos also represents policyholders whose claims have been delayed, challenged or denied in bad faith by their insurance companies. He is admitted to practice before all South Carolina and Georgia state courts.The types of personal injury cases that Mr. Melonakos has handled have arisen out of incidents involving truck and other motor vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, workplace accidents, and defective products. Throughout his career, he has been able to procure numerous sizable jury verdicts and negotiated settlements for his clients, including a settlement in excess of $1 million in a truck accident that resulted in a severe lower back injury sustained by his client. In another case that was settled through mediation, Mr. Melonakos obtained $946,105 for a client whose vehicle was rear-ended by an ambulance. His successes both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table have led to his receipt of a 10.0 Superb peer review rating through Avvo and to his being named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40.Mr. Melonakos is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he majored in finance and received a Bachelor of Arts in 2005. He then went on to attend the University of Georgia School of Law, and he served on the Journal of Intellectual Property Law before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 2008. He was an associate with Atlanta law firms before opening his own firm in 2018.
Brian P. Johnson
The founder of his eponymous law firm that is located in Greenville, South Carolina, Brian P. Johnson divides his practice between criminal defense cases and family law matters. Providing dedicated representation to clients throughout the state, he is admitted to practice before all South Carolina state courts. The high quality of his work along with his superb ethics have earned Mr. Johnson the high regard of his fellow professionals, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.In his criminal defense practice, Mr. Johnson assists people who have been accused by the state with having committed misdemeanor or felony offenses. The types of cases that he has handled on their behalf have included fraud and other white collar crimes, driving under the influence of alcohol, drug possession and distribution, sex crimes, armed robbery, domestic violence, kidnapping, arson, and homicide. Mr. Johnson has been able to obtain positive outcomes in many of these cases, whether through dismissals or acquittals, or as the result of the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecution. His family law experience is largely centered on divorce and its related issues such as child custody and visitation, spousal and child support, and property division.Born and raised in South Carolina, Mr. Johnson attended Clemson Universitys Calhoun Honors College, where he majored in history and obtained a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in 2002. He then went on to pursue his legal education at the University of South Carolina School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2005. Prior to opening his own firm in 2012, Mr. Johnson was an attorney with the 13th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office in Greenville.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.
Douglas Jennings, Jr.
At the Douglas Jennings Law Firm, LLC, located in Bennettsville, South Carolina, Douglas Jennings Jr. concentrates his practice on personal injury, workers compensation and appellate matters, handling cases involving serious motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death and representation of inmates at Parole Board hearings. With more than 30 years of experience, he serves clients throughout the state of South Carolina.After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Clemson University, Mr. Jennings attended the University of South Carolina School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1982. Admitted to practice in South Carolina, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.Prior to entering private practice in 1984, Mr. Jennings was an assistant solicitor for the 4th Judicial Circuit of South Carolina, helping to prosecute criminal cases in Dillon County and surrounding areas. A member of the South Carolina House of Representatives since 1991, he serves on its Judiciary Committee and is the former chairman of that committees Criminal Laws Subcommittee.Due to his experience and track record, Mr. Jennings has frequently been asked to give presentations at various continuing legal education programs and has authored articles for legal publications. A recipient of the Compleat Lawyer Award from the University of South Carolina Law School Alumni Association, he has been named Legislator of the Year by both the South Carolina Department of Revenue and the South Carolina Troopers Association. Mr. Jennings gives further of his time to his community through his membership on the board of the North Eastern Strategic Alliance, an economic development organization that serves a nine-county region in the northeast corner of South Carolina.
151 Broad Street, PO Drawer 995,, Bennettsville SC 29512