Florence personal injury lawyer William J. Tuck represents clients throughout South Carolina who have been injured in a wide range of accidents. Whether a car crash on a crowded Darlington or Hartsville highway, a slip and fall in a slick grocery store aisle in Florence, or a mishap on the job elsewhere in South Carolina, Mr. Tuck has helped hundreds of clients get the legal remedies they deserve. He takes a personal interest in each and every case, making sure that he understands each client’s individual circumstances, and he works tirelessly to maximize the compensation to which they are entitled by law.Suing for Negligence in South Carolina
Personal injury cases run a wide gamut, but most are governed by state negligence law. Negligence is a legal theory that holds people and entities responsible for failing to live up to what’s called a “duty of care.” South Carolina drivers, for instance, owe others on the road a duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner under the circumstances. That means refraining from dangerous behavior like speeding, drinking and driving, or using a cell phone behind the wheel. Property owners, similarly owe visitors the duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn visitors of any hazards that the owner knows about or should be aware of. Other duties arise based on professional positions. Doctors, for example, are held to a higher standard in medical malpractice cases, which takes into account their training and expertise.
The compensation available in personal injury cases generally falls into two categories: compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are intended to make an injured person “whole” or to bring that person back to the position that he or she was in before the accident. That includes money for doctor’s bills and other medical costs, property damage, and missed wages due to time away from work after the accident. Punitive damages are designed to punish a responsible party for particularly reprehensible conduct. In order to obtain punitive damages, you must show that the person or entity being sued caused you injury through “willful, wanton, or reckless conduct.”
In wrongful death cases, the damages go to the estate of a person killed in an accident and to statutory beneficiaries of that person. The law allows certain family members representing the estate to essentially sue for negligence on behalf of a loved one who can no longer sue for his or herself. While the estate is entitled to compensation for medical bills and funeral expenses, family members - like spouses, children and parents, in some cases – are entitled to seek compensation for lost wages, loss of the loved one’s companionship, and pain, suffering and emotional distress, among other damages.Contact a Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer in Florence
Mr. Tuck has been representing clients in South Carolina accident cases for more than 15 years. He also has a record of successfully helping the people that he represents maximize their compensation. Mr. Tuck takes the time to personally explain to clients their options and to keep them fully aware of the progress of their cases each and every step of the way.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Florence, Darlington, Hartsville, or elsewhere in South Carolina, contact us online or call Attorney Tuck at 843-393-2201 to arrange a consultation. We are conveniently located in the historic old Bank of Darlington Building at 54 Public Square in downtown Darlington. We serve clients across the state, including in Darlington, Chesterfield, Bishopville, Myrtle Beach, and Sumter.