Time Limit for Filing a Claim in South Carolina

Were you, or someone you love, recently injured due to the negligent behaviors of another individual or business? If yes, you should know that each state has enacted a time limit for filing a personal injury claim; this is known as a “statute of limitations.”

The statute of limitations is different in each state. If you are injured and you fail to file a lawsuit within your state’s statute of limitations, you will lose your right to file a claim permanently.

In South Carolina, the statute of limitations – or otherwise the deadline – for filing a personal injury claim is three years from the date of the injury. The three-year deadline also applies to wrongful death claims. A wrongful death can arise out of a variety of situations, such as:

If you would like to read about South Carolina’s statute of limitations under Section 15-3-530, you can learn more about it here.

If you, or perhaps a close family member, such as your spouse, child, or parent, was injured in an accident, such as a car accident, a pedestrian accident, or in a slip and fall accident, it’s critical that you honor South Carolina’s statute of limitations.

Under South Carolina law, if you do not file your personal injury lawsuit before the three-year deadline, the state’s civil court system will not hear your case. Don’t lose this valuable window of opportunity!

Be Cautious of Insurance Companies

After an injury accident, usually what happens next is the insurance company contacts the injured and offers them a quick, low-ball settlement. The insurance carrier explains why the case is not worth a lot and makes every attempt to get the injured to accept a devalued settlement.

Often, such attempts are made when the injured is recovering and has no clue as to the extent of their injuries, let alone the full cost of their losses, such as future medical bills and lost income. The individual may still be in a lot of pain and on medication. The injured person is at a significant disadvantage.

If the insurance company is contacting you, please understand that they are “for-profit” companies and no insurance adjuster ever received a pat on the back for offering a generous settlement.

If you are interested in filing a personal injury claim in Columbia, contact The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC for a free case evaluation. We are members of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers and A+ Rated by the BBB.

Don’t miss the deadline for filing your personal injury claim. Contact our firm today to get started!

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