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Serious Injuries

South Carolina Serious and Catastrophic Injury Lawyers

First-rate representation for serious injury victims across the state

Personal injury victims who suffer serious or catastrophic injuries can face a lifetime of severe financial and medical difficulty. Injuries can be life-altering and financially, the cost of around-the-clock medical care or long-term care can be devastating. Emotionally, serious injuries can mean an inability to enjoy life’s pleasures such as enjoying family and friends. Career-wise, long-term injuries can prevent you from ever working again, or forcing you to work at a much lower salary.

Serious injuries require top-notch legal advice. Whether you were hurt on someone’s property, injured in a vehicle accident, the victim of medical malpractice, hurt at work, or mistreated in a nursing home; our lawyers have the experience to fight for all your compensation. We work with your doctors to make sure we know the long-term extent of your medical condition. At McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, we hold wrongdoers accountable. It’s all we do. Each South Carolina injury attorney at our firm understands how to prove liability and how to ensure all of your losses are taken into consideration.

Frequently asked questions about serious injuries in South Carolina

What are some examples of serious injuries?

The attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, have decades of experience helping victims of serious and catastrophic injuries, including:

Amputation and loss of limb

Amputations are an extremely traumatic experience. Even when the surgery goes well, the victim must continue life without one or more limbs or arms. The loss of a limb often directly impacts the victim’s ability to work and to enjoy life. For most people, the psychological scars are just as overwhelming as the physical ones.

Burn injuries

Burns are some of the most horrific injuries one person can endure. Burns often affect multiple body parts and functions. Damage is often to the skin, nerves, muscles and even a person’s bones. Burns usually leave the victim disfigured and having to cope with the psychological as well as the physical pain. Treatment can take years or last a lifetime. Many patients need to undergo multiple surgeries.

Spinal cord injuries

The human spinal cord connects the brain to the rest of the body. Because of this crucial connection, a spinal cord injury can cause paralysis. Partial paralysis patients can often function if they get necessary treatment. Patients with complete paralysis, or quadriplegia, lack sensory and motor functions in both the upper and lower extremities. Both types of paralysis and other spinal cord injuries such as infections face can result in a lifetime of medical bills.

Traumatic brain injuries

Brain injury symptoms are not always immediately apparent. Our first recommendation is that victims get immediate medical attention if they suffer any head trauma. Brain injury complications include loss of consciousness, a possible coma, confusion, depression, difficulty speaking, loss of cognitive function and a host of life-changing problems. These injuries often require extensive physical therapy, expensive in-home care costs and multiple doctor visits. Our lawyers work with neurologists, psychologists and other medical professionals to fully analyze the long-term treatments needed.

Wrongful death

In cases of wrongful death, the family members have the right to bring a claim against the responsible party or parties. A South Carolina serious injury attorney will explain this complicated area of the law. We explain which family members are entitled to benefits and what damages the family members can get. We also discuss whether a survival action can be brought for the victims’ pain and suffering.

Other serious injuries can include:

  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Loss of vision
  • Loss of hearing
  • Internal injuries
  • Any injury that leaves the victim with permanent damage

The injury attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC can evaluate the full extent and scope of your injuries in order to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.

What are the most common causes of catastrophic injury?

Serious injuries can happen in the blink of an eye and in a wide variety of circumstances. Some of the more common ways people suffer catastrophic injuries include:

If your injury was caused by another person’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation for your losses.

Who is liable for my injuries and damages?

When another person or party holds responsibility for your injuries, they can be held responsible for your losses as well. For example, if you are injured in a car crash due to another person’s reckless driving, you are likely eligible to file a claim for your injuries, as well as any damage to your car and property. Likewise, if you are hurt on another person’s property, the owner of that property can be held responsible under product liability law.

What is my South Carolina serious injury case worth?

High medical expenses and loss of income often accompany catastrophic injuries. Every person and every case is unique, but everyone deserves compensation for their losses. Victims of serious injuries often see their lives turned upside down. They may not be able to work, and will need to pay for long-term care.

Our SC personal injury attorney seek compensation for your losses and damages, including:

  • Medical expenses, current and future
  • Lost income and future earning capacity
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering
  • Rehabilitative therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium

Catastrophic and serious injury cases are different from other personal injury cases due to the severity of the injuries involved. Because awards and settlements are much higher, insurance companies will fight to keep any type of payout as low as possible – or  attempt to deny your claim altogether.

Especially when you are facing serious injuries with a long recovery period, you should never accept a settlement offer from an insurance company without consulting with experienced counsel. The attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder fight to get you every dollar you deserve.

Trusted South Carolina serious personal injury attorneys

McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, are dedicated, driven, and committed to delivering results. Your serious accident injuries matter to us. If you suffered a serious or catastrophic injury, or lost a loved one to wrongful death, let us help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve. Call us today at 803-327-7800 or fill out our contact form and schedule an appointment. We proudly serve clients throughout South Carolina and nationwide from offices in Columbia, Rock Hill, Sumter, Greenville, Charleston, and Georgetown.