People are injured everyday in South Carolina and throughout the United States. If asked to make a list, you could probably name at least ten ways to become injured off the top of your head. There are car accidents, animal attacks, slips and falls, falls from heights, medical malpractice injuries, work related injuries, injuries caused by carrying something heavy and pulling a muscle, injuries from fires, injuries from weather events, and so many more. But what are the most common personal injury claims that we at the David Aylor Law Offices see in South Carolina? We’re glad you asked. The injuries that we deal with most often include the following.
South Carolina Personal Injuries from Auto Accidents
Auto accident injuries are so common that we have dedicated an entire section of our blog to this type of personal injury claim. Drivers of cars, trucks, vans, buses, commercial vehicles, and more suffer from auto accident injuries every day, as do their passengers.
Yet, you’ll also find auto accident injuries involving motorcyclists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and construction workers. It seems that anyone who is anywhere near a South Carolina road is at risk of being involved in an auto accident injury. You can hardly look out your window at the passing traffic without having a vehicle crash into your home. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but on the other hand, it’s not like it hasn’t happened. Auto accident injuries are common, and the range of victims and types of injuries are diverse.
They are most frequently caused by people who fail to follow the rules and laws of traffic. For example, people cause auto accident injuries by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including OTC and prescription medications), by texting or being distracted in some other way, by driving when they are fatigued and falling asleep, by giving into the temptations of road rage and driving aggressively, by speeding, by tailgating, and by making all sorts of simple mistakes.
South Carolina Personal Injuries on Private and Public Premises
The next most common form of personal injury claim that we see at the David Aylor Law Offices involve those that occur on private and public premises, namely, slip/trip and fall injuries. These are caused by a variety of different hazards, such as wet floors, damaged flooring, carpet that isn’t secured, electrical cords, damaged walkways, and more. There are also premises liability injuries that occur because of broken stairs, loose handrails, fire hazards, unsupervised swimming areas, children’s play equipment (like swing sets and trampolines), etc.
South Carolina Personal Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice
Another common source of personal injury claims in South Carolina are those caused by medical malpractice. This refers to any kind of mistake or mistreatment by a medical professional. The image that often comes to mind, thanks to television, is the mistake of leaving a towel or some other item or piece of medical equipment inside of a patient. This really does happen, perhaps more often than we’d like to think, but there are plenty of other medical mistakes that can lead to personal injury claims. For example, misdiagnosis can lead to more problems than you started with. Being given the wrong medication is another unfortunate situation that occurs all too often. Sometimes, the doctor simply doesn’t explain the procedure and the associated risks well enough or doesn’t obtain the necessary signatures and agreement to the procedure. There are also situations where patients get infections from unsterile medical equipment.
Have You Experienced a Personal Injury in South Carolina?
If you’ve sustained any of these personal injuries – or any other kind of personal injury – in South Carolina, you need to contact a dedicated South Carolina personal injury attorney to discuss your options. Be wary of any communication with an insurance company, and don’t talk about the incident without first discussing it with a lawyer. Most importantly, don’t sign anything, unless it’s consent for medical treatment (preferably not from any physician who has already made a mistake in treating you). You should seek medical treatment for any injuries, right away, and contact the David Aylor Law Offices for a free consultation as soon as possible.
David Aylor is a Criminal Defense Attorney who practices in Charleston, Walterboro, and Myrtle Beach, SC. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and has been practicing law for 11 years. David Aylor believes in defending the accused. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.