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A “pedestrian” is defined in South Carolina law as “any person afoot.” A “driver” is defined in South Carolina law as “Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.” “Actual physical control” is a legal concept that governs laws regarding driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and does not have any bearing on our discussion of pedestrian and driver rights and responsibilities. For the purposes of this entry, a driver is “every person who is driving.”

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If you or a loved one has been injured, on the job, in a car accident, while at a shopping mall, or any number of other ways, you may be entitled to compensation. In order to accurately determine how much compensation you might be entitled to, different methods are used. For example, medical expenses can easily be determined by reviewing medical bills. Pain and suffering, on the other hand, may be more difficult to quantify. Universally, however, the best way to make sure you are fully compensated is to keep an injury diary – even for expenses you think may be easily provable.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in the state of South Carolina, in a car accident, a slip and fall accident, or any number of other ways, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Personal injury is defined in the state of South Carolina as “injuries to the person, including but not limited to, bodily injuries, mental distress or suffering, loss of wages, loss of services, loss of consortium, wrongful death, survival, and other noneconomic damages and actual economic damages.”

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At Connell Law, our South Carolina personal injury attorneys are well versed in representing victims of personal injuries throughout the state. Most personal injury victims just want justice and the compensation that is rightfully owed to them to cover their medical care, lost wages, and other damages. The sad reality is, however, that many people make serious mistakes when pursuing their South Carolina personal injury claims. For this reason, we want to address some of the most common issues that we see in personal injury claims and brain injuries that prevent the victims from obtaining the compensation that they need and deserve.

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When you’ve been injured through someone else’s negligence, whether it is an auto accident, a premises liability claim, or any other type of personal injury claim, the last thing you want to do is to hesitate to take action. The longer you wait to contact an attorney and/or pursue a personal injury claim, the more difficult it will be to prove your case. Further, even if you take action quickly, waiting to contact an attorney could leave you exposed to underhanded insurance company tactics and the all too common mistakes that many victims of personal injuries make when they don’t have the benefit of an experienced lawyer’s advice. If you are not decided on whether or not you want to hire an attorney, then read on to learn about the benefits of doing so, and keep in mind that the initial consultation is free with the Connell Law Firm, so you have nothing to lose by seeking that initial guidance and advice.

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In South Carolina, the laws and requirements for auto insurance are clear cut and based on fault. Whomever is at fault for the auto accident is liable for the damages, and that driver’s auto insurance is tasked with covering the expenses and damages associated with the accident and injuries. Yet, the power of auto insurance policies to cover those expenses is limited to the amount of coverage carried by the at fault driver. There are legal requirements for minimum coverage amounts, but this is not always enough to cover all of the associated damages. Then, there are circumstances in which it is necessary to actually file a lawsuit to receive compensation, rather than simply filing an auto insurance claim. Ultimately, the value of your claim will be improved with the guidance of a South Carolina auto accident attorney like those at the Connell Law Firm. Contact us to schedule your free consultation, today.

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It can be difficult to establish and prove fault in a South Carolina auto accident. While some cases are fairly clear cut, others are more complex with details that are challenging to determine and prove. Every case is unique, and you may find yourself in the unenviable position of one who cannot prove the fault of the other driver, even if you know that you are not the one to blame. This is where you will find it extremely helpful, and perhaps even entirely necessary to have the benefit of a South Carolina auto accident attorney on your side. The attorneys at the Connell Law Firm can provide a free consultation to get you started, and then help you through every step that follows. We know how to gather and investigate the evidence, consult with eye witnesses and expert witnesses, and represent you in your pursuit of compensation for your auto accident injuries and losses.

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There are many forms of personal injury claim, and slip and fall injuries are among the most common of them. While some slip and fall accidents lead to no serious injury or long term damage, others can have a tremendously harmful impact on the victim’s life. Depending on when, where, and why the slip and fall accident occurs, you may have a South Carolina personal injury claim against a negligent party.

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For many people who suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or who know someone who does, it probably seems like a very simple conclusion to come to that such a disorder might put a person at greater risk of getting into a South Carolina auto accident. Well, if you think so, then you are absolutely right; and now, there is evidence to prove it. This evidence was published by JAMA Psychiatry, which indicated that a person with ADHD who drives has a 50 percent greater chance of getting into an accident than a driver who does not have this condition.

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When you are in a South Carolina auto accident, you are probably going to be terribly shaken up, in shock, and possibly facing quite serious injuries and property damage. So, what should you do, and what should you avoid doing when this unfortunate situation happens to you?
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