Navigating a legal claim shortly after a truck accident can be challenging for victims and their families. While still recovering from physical and emotional injuries, a victim may find filing an accident claim daunting. Many accident victims may wonder if pursuing a claim is worth it and how much compensation can be obtained from a personal injury case.
Understanding Accident Compensation in South Carolina
It’s important to know the types of compensation available to truck accident victims. In a personal injury claim, the law allows a victim to pursue compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Factors That Affect the Value of a Myrtle Beach Truck Accident Claim
Compensation for an accident can be highly variable. The specifics of each unique accident dictate how much a claim is worth. Some of the main factors that affect the value of a claim include:
Nature of Injuries
Typically, the more severe the injury, the more compensation is likely to be awarded. Those with serious and lasting injuries will likely incur higher medical bills and experience a significant change in their daily lives. Higher compensation is also likely if the degree of pain and suffering the victim experienced is severe.
If injuries will continue to affect a victim’s life, or he’ll need care and rehabilitation well into the future, compensation can be awarded for that distress.
Ability To Return To Work
In some cases, an injury makes it impossible for an accident victim to return to work—either at all or in the same capacity as before the injury. Any lost wages or reduction in earning potential could be addressed by the law.
Degree of Fault
South Carolina is a fault state that follows the rules of modified comparative negligence. This means, an accident victim can receive compensation equal to the at-fault driver’s degree of liability. For example, if you are speeding 10 mph over the limit at the time that a driver runs a red light and hits you, you may be found to be 10 percent liable for the accident and the at-fault driver 90 percent to blame.
Every truck accident claim is different, and an experienced attorney can examine the details of an accident and help victims and their families gain an understanding of what a specific case might be worth. Our legal team can answer your questions and help you more fully understand your rights.
Have You Been Injured In A South Carolina Area Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one was injured in a commercial truck accident in South Carolina, you should speak with a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Charleston, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.2359 to schedule your consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Conway, Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.