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Potential Damages in Personal Injury Cases

The Anastopoulo Law Firm

Accidental injuries can happen anywhere, such as in a store or restaurant, while out running errands, or even at a public park or recreational facility. Accidents involving slip and falls, or being struck by or against an object are common, and the people who suffer them often blame these accidents on themselves. If you have suffered an injury as a result of this type of accident, you may feel slightly embarrassed and attribute it to your own clumsiness, or that you were not paying attention or were distracted when the accident happened. You may be tempted to downplay your injuries, or avoid or delay in seeking medical care. The fact is that these types of accidental injuries are generally not accidental at all, but are the result of someone’s negligent or reckless conduct and can result in serious, potentially long term health problems. If you have suffered an accidental injury, it is important to know the types of compensation you may be entitled to by law.

South Carolina Damages in Personal Injury Cases

Under South Carolina law, injured people may be entitled to the following types of damages in personal injury cases:

ECONOMIC DAMAGES

This type of compensation is awarded for the actual costs incurred as a result of your injury. Economic damages include:

  • Medical care and treatments
  • Rehabilitative care
  • Both present and potential future lost wages
  • Education costs if you are unable to return to your former occupation
  • Loss of retirement or pension benefits and other monetary costs
  • Costs for domestic or personal care services required due to your injuries

NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES

This form of compensation covers those related losses stemming from your injury that is difficult to put an actual price tag on. Non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Loss of society or companionship
  • Loss of enjoyment or quality of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Any inconveniences associated with your injury

Punitive Damages In Personal Injury Cases

Under Section 15-32-510 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, punitive damages are a form of compensation which may be requested in cases where the at fault party acted in a particularly reckless, negligent, and wanton way. Punitive damages can be as much as two or three times the total amount of other damages awarded, and include factors a judge would consider when awarding these types of damages includes:

  • The severity of the harm caused
  • Any attempted concealment of their actions by the at fault party
  • The existence of similar past conduct
  • The potential profits the at fault party stood to make by engaging in the conduct

Punitive damage awards are often awarded in product liability cases, as well in property liability and auto accident claims.

Let Us Provide You with Professional Representation

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, as the result of someone’s reckless or negligent conduct, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm. Our experienced South Carolina personal injury attorneys may be able to help you hold responsible parties accountable for your injuries so that you can get the compensation you deserve.

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