Personal Injury, or “tort” law, allows people injured by the negligent behavior of others or by the use of a defective product to be financially compensated for pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of income, and long-term care, if necessary. Personal injury covers a broad spectrum, including defective or unsafe products, moving vehicle accidents, and construction and workplace accidents. Many of these injuries are caused by third-party negligence, resulting in significant, and sometimes life-changing, injuries. In South Carolina, there are specific time frames for which you can bring a personal injury claim. Don’t wait. Call Axelrod & Associates today for a free consultation and evaluation of your personal injury case.
There are many types of personal injury cases and situations in which the negligence of one party can cause serious harm to another:
- Automobile accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Tractor trailer accidents
- Boat accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Burn injuries
- Premises liability
- Dog Bites
- Slip & Fall Accidents
Over 3 million people are injured and over 40,000 die on U.S. highways each year. Approximately 40% of accidents resulting in fatalities are alcohol related. It is not a surprise that auto accidents are a primary source of personal injury litigation. Auto accident injuries are often serious and include whiplash, bone, joint and muscle injuries, head and brain injuries, and paralysis. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident that may have a claim for your injuries or damages include. Don’t fight the insurance company alone. Call Axelrod & Associates and we will fight for you.
- Drivers of vehicles involved in accidents where another driver was at fault
- Passengers in vehicle accidents whose driver or the driver of another vehicle was at fault
- Pedestrians hit by vehicles
- Cyclists and motorcyclists hit by motorists
Parties whose negligence is found to have caused an accident may face civil liability, criminal liability, or both. Failure to stop at the scene of an accident to exchange insurance and other information or to summon police is considered a “hit and run,” a criminal offense. Civil actions tend to focus on who is at fault, to what degree, and how much in damages is to be paid to the plaintiff by the defendant’s insurer. If a liable driver does not have insurance, victims may have other options for recovery.
The statistics are somber: about 50,000 people are injured and nearly 2,000 are killed in motorcycle accidents every year in the United States; motorcycle riders in accidents involving other vehicles have a 98% chance of sustaining an injury; and federal studies have shown that motorcycle riders are 35 times more likely to be killed than occupants of cars. Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that about 70% percent of motorcycle accidents are the result of another vehicle not seeing the motorcycle or failing to yield to a motorcyclist. Other leading causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Speeding, aggressive driving, and driver inattention
- Dangerous or hazardous surfaces
- Other moving objects (pedestrians and animals)
- Overcorrection or overreacting to potential dangers
Accident victims may be able to recover damages from another driver at fault for causing injuries. If you have been injured while driving your motorcycle, you may be entitled to recover for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain & suffering. Call your Myrtle Beach motorcycle accident lawyers at Axelrod & Associates today.
Tractor Trailer Accidents
The consequences of a large commercial truck accident are often extremely serious. Trucking cases can sometimes be more complex than standard automobile accidents, involving an analysis of federal and state regulatory requirements, on-board data recording, maintenance, and safety inspections. These cases could involve retaining experts who reconstruct the scene and what happened, as well as regulatory, biomechanical, and safety experts to evaluate the conduct of the at-fault truck driver and trucking company. Some causes of trucking accidents include:
- Unsafe or overloaded trucks
- Inexperienced, tired, or intoxicated drivers
- Driver negligence as a result of traffic violations
- Permitting violations
- History of safety violations involving the truck driver or trucking company
Compensation for injuries is often available through a corporation’s overall liability insurance policy for accidents caused by commercial trucks like semis, dump trucks, delivery trucks, logging trucks, and other vehicles owned and operated by companies. When filing a personal injury claim in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, time is of the essence. There are strict limitations on how long you have to make a claim. If you have been hurt in a trucking or tractor trailer accident, don’t delay. Call Axelrod & Associates for a free consultation.
South Carolina’s coastline, lakes, and rivers are popular with recreational boaters and their families. The state has more than 420,000 registered boaters, a ranking of 8th in the nation. Unfortunately, far too many boaters do not know or bother to learn the rules of the water, and others simply ignore safe boating practices. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there are over 8,600 boat crashes each year that cause over 900 deaths and serious injury to almost 4,500 people.
Typically, powerboats such as speed boats, cabin cruisers, and jet skis are the most common types of watercraft to be involved in boating accidents. The most common causes of boating accidents include:
- Capsizing, sinking or flooding
- Falls overboard
- Speeding and collisions
- Fire or explosions
- Bad weather conditions
- Driver error or recklessness
- Impairment (boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol)
- Overcrowding conditions
Boaters have the same responsibility as passenger vehicle drivers, therefore if you are injured in a boating accident, the boat operator can be held liable for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other compensation to which you are entitled.
Strict regulations on airplane design, maintenance, and the licensing requirements pilots must fulfill before they can fly a plane are in place to make flying safe. Yet all of the regulations, laws and safety procedures cannot prevent crashes caused by human error and negligence. When mistakes are made and people are injured or killed in plane crashes, victims or their family members have certain legal rights in South Carolina.
Aviation accidents can occur on many different kinds of aircraft, such as a U.S. or international commercial airlines; private aircraft (helicopters, jets, propeller planes); charter planes; air medical planes; and sightseeing planes. The most common cause of aviation accidents, pilot error, accounts for a least 40% of all accidents. Other causes include:
- Inexperienced or impaired pilots
- Equipment malfunction (engine, landing gear, hydraulic system)
- Improper aircraft maintenance or repairs and defective parts
- Adverse weather conditions
- Failure to comply with FAA rules and regulations
- Air traffic control errors
- Failure to follow visual flight rules (VFR)
- Take-off or landing negligence
Up to three government agencies may work together to determine what caused a plane crash: National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Evidence from a government investigation into the cause of a crash, along with black box data, can be helpful in victims’ claims for compensation. The goal is to clarify who was responsible for the crash and the resulting injuries and losses. Liability can rest with multiple parties:
- Manufacturer of the plane or its parts
- Company that owned and operated the plane
- Maintenance company that worked on the plane
- Air traffic controllers and their employers
- Pilots or airline employees who were negligent or careless
Burn injuries and deaths caused by fires occur every day in the United States. Burn injuries can cause tremendous physical suffering, emotional pain, disfigurement, and death. The people most likely to suffer serious burn injuries or die in fires or fire-related accidents are adults age 65 and older, and children younger than five. The most common causes of fires and burn injuries include:
- Gas or chemical explosions
- Chemical exposures
- Electrical or electrocution accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Gasoline spills
- Defective candles, lighters and matches
- Defective industrial products
If you sustained a burn injury because a property owner did not properly maintain his or her property or a manufacturer produced a defective or dangerous product, the negligent party could be held liable for your injuries.
Commonly referred to as “slip and fall liability,” premises liability backs the theory that businesses and property owners have a duty to provide a safe and secure environment. When they don’t, and people get hurt, the at-fault business or property owner can be held liable for damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of death for older adults and the leading cause of hospital admissions for trauma. Other situations that can lead to a premises liability claim against a business or property owner include:
- Accidental drowning
- Rape or attack at a business, in a parking lot or apartment complex
- Injury from objects that fall from store shelving
- Injuries due to inadequate lighting, uneven sidewalks, or faulty stairs or handrails
The most prevalent injuries incurred from falls are fractures of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand, as well as traumatic brain injuries. Such injuries can limit mobility and independent living, and even result in nursing home confinement or lengthy stays at a rehabilitation facility.
Consult with the Axelrod Team
Personal injury can occur in a variety of ways, causing serious physical and financial burdens for you and your family. The personal injury lawyers at Axelrod & Associates are here to help you prove your case, fight the insurance companies, and recover the compensation you are entitled to.
For a FREE consultation with a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer, call us at (843) 916-9300 or fill out our contact form.