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Beyond major life events, like buying or selling a house and creating estate documents like Wills and Power of Attorney, most people do not deal with lawyers.  That changes in the event of a major accident (vehicle, slip and fall, etc.), when an attorney becomes part of one’s life for months or sometimes years. Lawyers are meant to help clients navigate all the issues involved with resolving an accident, and clients are dependent upon the lawyer’s experience and expertise.  Sometimes, the lawyer involved does not appear to be doing all he should in the case or with communicating properly about important issues of events with the case.  It is at these times the client may need to switch attorneys, and it’s important to know how to do it right.

 

       The first thing to understand is that a potential substitute attorney cannot take over as lead counsel and advise about the case until the first attorney is discharged as counsel by the client.  Therefore, don’t be surprised when “shopping around” for a new personal injury lawyer if the potential new lawyer is limited in what they can advise.  They can do a consultation about the laws involved with the case, but cannot direct the client while that client is still represented by other counsel.  Normally, the “new” lawyer will ask the client to provide notice to the “old” attorney of being terminated and retrieve the file.  At that point, the “new” lawyer can become the lead counsel, file a notice of appearance (or “substitution of counsel” to switch out with the court), and start advising.

 

       A potential issue can arise when switching lawyers in a personal injury case in South Carolina, and this issue can sometimes deter “new” lawyers from taking over the case.  Personal injury cases are generally done on a “contingency” fee basis.  This means that the lawyer working the case is paid with a third (sometimes 40%) of the settlement or award at the resolution of the case.  If the “old” lawyer has put work in the case, he can attempt to put a “lien” on that contingency, and take some percentage to cover his work before switching lawyers. If the lawyers are switched at the end of the case, this can sometimes cause the “old” attorney to assert a lien most or even all of the contingency.  This becomes a deterrent from other lawyers taking the case and earning little for their work. It is just something to discuss with the incoming attorney and understand that dynamic between lawyers.

 

        Regardless of the issues involved, do not stay with an attorney if you have multiple indicators that the lawyers are not properly representing you.  It’s your right to have the best representation possible.

If you are in need of an attorney in Orangeburg SC contact the Bill Connor Law Firm to see if we can help.

Beyond major life events, like buying or selling a house and creating estate documents like Wills and Power of Attorney, most people do not deal with lawyers.  That changes in the event of a major accident (vehicle, slip and fall, etc.), when an attorney becomes part of one’s life for months or sometimes years. Lawyers are meant to help clients navigate all the issues involved with resolving an accident, and clients are dependent upon the lawyer’s experience and expertise.  Sometimes, the lawyer involved does not appear to be doing all he should in the case or with communicating properly about important issues of events with the case.  It is at these times the client may need to switch attorneys, and it’s important to know how to do it right.

 

       The first thing to understand is that a potential substitute attorney cannot take over as lead counsel and advise about the case until the first attorney is discharged as counsel by the client.  Therefore, don’t be surprised when “shopping around” for a new personal injury lawyer if the potential new lawyer is limited in what they can advise.  They can do a consultation about the laws involved with the case, but cannot direct the client while that client is still represented by other counsel.  Normally, the “new” lawyer will ask the client to provide notice to the “old” attorney of being terminated and retrieve the file.  At that point, the “new” lawyer can become the lead counsel, file a notice of appearance (or “substitution of counsel” to switch out with the court), and start advising.

 

       A potential issue can arise when switching lawyers in a personal injury case in South Carolina, and this issue can sometimes deter “new” lawyers from taking over the case.  Personal injury cases are generally done on a “contingency” fee basis.  This means that the lawyer working the case is paid with a third (sometimes 40%) of the settlement or award at the resolution of the case.  If the “old” lawyer has put work in the case, he can attempt to put a “lien” on that contingency, and take some percentage to cover his work before switching lawyers. If the lawyers are switched at the end of the case, this can sometimes cause the “old” attorney to assert a lien most or even all of the contingency.  This becomes a deterrent from other lawyers taking the case and earning little for their work. It is just something to discuss with the incoming attorney and understand that dynamic between lawyers.

 

        Regardless of the issues involved, do not stay with an attorney if you have multiple indicators that the lawyers are not properly representing you.  It’s your right to have the best representation possible.

If you are in need of an attorney in Orangeburg SC contact the Bill Connor Law Firm to see if we can help.

    Though cases do go to trial, most cases are settled between parties prior to trial.  After someone is injured due to the negligence of another, that starts a process toward an eventual resolution between the parties.  In most cases, the injured party will retain a lawyer who will put together the evidence of wrongdoing and evidence of damages, and send a demand for settlement to the other side.  Parties will then go back and forth over settlement numbers to attempt to reach a settlement. Mediation could come at this point, as a “pre-suit” mediation, but normally it happens after filing a lawsuit. This is the formal median to prepare to win.

 

        The Plaintiff, through his attorney, will normally file a lawsuit against the Defendant (and usually it’s through the Defendant’s insurance company) if the Defendant and/or his insurance company does not offer enough to satisfy what the Plaintiff perceives as his damages. The Plaintiff will file a Complaint, which will be served on the Defendant.  The Defendant will normally give it to his insurance company, and the company will assign an attorney to defend and answer the complaint.  After answering the complaint, parties will engage in discovery of information from each other, and this will include depositions of the parties and witnesses.  At any point along the way, either party could reach out with an offer to settle, but normally the suit does not settle until after discovery when the parties know all the evidence.

 

        Mediation is mandatory in most circuit courts in South Carolina prior to trial of the case, so most will engage in mediation.  The mediator is paid by both the parties, and is normally an attorney or former judge experienced in the type of case.  The parties will normally provide a mediation packet to the mediator prior to mediation, and will usually come to mediation with their first offers to settle.  What’s critically important is for parties and attorneys to plan the strategy of mediation.  They must go in with the “walkaway” amount that is the limit to what they will accept from the other side.  Most know from human nature if a side is desperate to settle, and willing to go as far as can be pushed.  Another important part of planning is identifying all potential quid pro quos (this for that) between parties. Usually, there are other exchanges of value beyond the strict dollar amount to settle.  Sometimes, it may be something as simple as an apology.  It may be a confidentiality agreement if parties settle.  Each case is different, but the reason for identifying potential exchanges is that it helps alleviate coming to an impasse with just the dollar figure of settlement.

 

       It’s important to “keep position” in a mediation.  The first offer should be to the high end of what is desired.  In almost all mediations, the starting offers are just that: A start.  A high-end position allows room before coming to the walkaway number.  It’s important to have the justification for demands, through good knowledge of both liability and damages.  Arguments are made between parties to convince them of what would likely happen at trial.  Most of the discussion will be about the legal and financial aspects of the case.  However, arguments can be made about other reasons for settlement, like the history of jury verdicts in the venue and other such considerations. During the mediation, it’s important to be patient and also flexible about reading the other side.  It’s important to understand the actual decision maker, which may not be the Defendant or attorney, but an insurance agent.  Lastly, it’s important that in reaching settlement the specific terms are spelled out at the mediation, and the mediator has all necessary parties sign a settlement which he will file with the court. 

 

       You can win at Mediation, but it just takes planning, preparation, and good execution.

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          When you have been hurt due to the negligence of another, whether in a car wreck or slip and fall, it’s important to consider the potential that the case may settle at any point before a jury verdict.  Normally, the first step after the injury will be to gather the evidence of the other side’s liability the accident, usually some kind of report, video or eyewitness statement. Along with the evidence of liability, evidence of the damages shown by medical reports/bills, lost wages, etc. are necessary.  

 

           Once your attorney has the necessary evidence, he will normally then send it to the other side, along with a demand to settle. In other words, he will offer to settle the case and have the injured person sign a release of the liable party in exchange for a sum of money.  Since most liable parties are insured, the attorney normally seeks satisfaction of damages from the liable party’s insurance company, and the demand will be capped at the limits of the insurance. For example, if the liable party only has minimum SC state vehicle insurance limits of $25,000.00, that’s the amount the attorney will likely demand if the medical bills are beyond five thousand.

 

         Parties will go back and forth after the initial demand, as the insurance company will likely “lowball” with a counter to the demand much lower than the demand.  Then the lawyer may drop his demand to a lesser amount, and the counter may come up. If parties reach agreement, the case is settled “pre-suit” or before filing.  The positive aspect of settling pre-suit is that at that point the injured party will likely have almost no “costs” involved, that would come out of his part of the settlement (note:  the attorney will normally perform work on contingency, in which the attorney receives 1/3 of the settlement or jury verdict and the injured party receives 2/3 but minus any costs of the litigation and any medical liens to his insurance company).

 

         An example of a pre-suit settlement:  The injured party incurs $6,000 in medical bills.  The other side has a $25,000.00 policy, of which the demand is the full policy.  The parties go back and forth and finally settle on $18,000.00 paid by the liable party insurance company in exchange for a release of their insured by the injured party.  Because this was pre-suit and involved no costs, the injured party receives their full $12,000.00 with the contingency ($6,000.00 for the attorney). The medical insurance company may have a small lien (potentially $1,000.00) which would come out of the injured party amount, but the rest is with then injured party.

 

        If the parties are not able to settle pre-suit, the injured party begins to incur costs that will come out of his portion after the attorney contingency.  Filing a law suit is normally costs around $150, and all Defendants must be served at roughly $100 each.  During discovery, the injured party would incur the costs of depositions of around $400-500 per deposition.  Experts might be needed, and their fees of thousands of dollars would also factor.  If the case settles during litigation, the injured party might have settled at a higher amount, but then must pay the costs I described.  So “if” the parties settled for $21,000,00, meaning $14,000.00 for the injured party, costs may be beyond $2000.  In that event, the injured party may “take home” less than if settlement was pre-suit. If the case goes to trial, the injured party might obtain a jury verdict of $24,000.00, but the costs might be $4000. In that case, the injured party would be at $14,000.00 (minus any lien), which is $2000 more than if he settled pre-suit.

 

       The insurance limits will vary, and every situation is different. However, the above factors must be considered in regards to settlement.

 
       In many years past in South Carolina, for a plaintiff to bring a personal injury negligence case a defendant, the plaintiff could not have contributed to the accident. This is called "contributory negligence", and was previously a complete bar to a plaintiff bringing suit if the plaintiff was negligent in any manner, despite the level of negligence of the defendant.  Some states have maintained this bar to bringing a suit, but South Carolina has partially followed what many states use with "comparative negligence".  Under comparative negligence, a Plaintiff who has some level of negligence can still bring a suit as long he can show damages and the Defendant has a level of negligence.  South Carolina uses a modified comparative negligence.
 
      In South Carolina, a Plaintiff with damages and some negligence can bring a suit against a Defendant with a caveat. In South Carolina under modified comparative negligence, the Plaintiff must show the Defendant's negligence was at least 50% the proximate cause of the accident. This means the Plaintiff could be up to 50% negligent as the proximate cause of the accident and yet still sue. If a Defendant is found a certain percentage at fault, they will be responsible for that percent of the damages.  Therefore, if the Plaintiff's damages were determined to be $20,000 and the Defendant 50% at fault, the Defendant would owe half of the damages or $10,000.
 
     The comparative negligence can bring unique cases.  In one car wreck case I tried as defense counsel for a Defendant, we counter-claimed against the Plaintiff claiming he was at fault. The jury held both sides 50% at fault, and therefore each side owed the other side 50% of the damages determined for each.  In this case, the jury held the respective damages to be the exact same amount.  Therefore, each side owed the other side the exact same amount! This was a victory for me, as I had been retained to defend my client and the end result was my client (actually client's insurance company) owed nothing.
 
      In many cases, the percentage of fault will be well beyond 50%.  The principle remains the same of the Defendant owing the percentage of fault times the total damages. If Defendant was determined to have caused $10,000 of damages and 90% at fault, then the Defendant would have to satisfy a $9,000 verdict.  This percentage of fault is used with insurance companies evaluating settlements.  The lawyer will have to drop below full damages if his Plaintiff client was determined negligent in some percentage.
 
 
 
 
   

A vehicle accident can be a traumatic event.  In many cases, it can replicate the physiological responses associated with combat.  In particular, the adrenaline rush which can prevent the usual sensing of pain and sometimes cloud judgment and/or perception.  It is important to understand this dynamic in the immediate aftermath of a wreck.  First, you should always consider seeking medical evaluation after a wreck.  That's particularly the case when you have been rear-ended, and may have sustained back and/or neck injuries you might not feel in the immediate aftermath of the impact.  Beyond the care of the possible injury, it is also important to be seen as near to the accident as possible to prevent any question of the cause of the injuries.  If you wait days or weeks to seek care (after the adrenaline rush wears off), that could leave open the question of the accident causing those injuries.  The longer the time between the accident and treatment, the more it can be argued that the accident did not cause the injuries.  The length of time seeking treatment can also be used in the argument the injuries were less severe.

       You should also consider being careful about what you say after the wreck and at the scene of the accident.  In court, a third party can testify to an admission of a party to being at fault.  This is despite normal hearsay rules.  You might think you are at fault and make admissions at the scene which can be used later to prove the case.  In many instances, those in accidents admit fault despite objective questions of fault by either party.  The problem with this comes down to perception, and perception can be clouded after an accident and during the adrenaline rush.  The best thing to do is remain quiet about fault even while helping others where appropriate.  

      Consider contacting an attorney at the earliest possible time after an accident. This person can help with directing you to treatment and how to handle insurance carriers during the process.  If the attorney is experienced, they will know the steps you should take to gather evidence including personal injury damages.  The attorney will likely take the case on contingency, meaning you should pay nothing unless the case brings an award (either by settlement or jury verdict).  The attorney will normally contract to take a third of the award.

      If you believe you are at threat of being sued after an accident, put your insurance carrier on notice.  You are entitled to a legal defense with your insurance, and that includes an attorney defending your case if you are sued.  If you are served with a complaint after the filing of a suit against you, immediately forward that to your insurance carrier and cooperate in your defense with their attorney.  I spent a number of years as an insurance defense attorney, and from experience know the insurance defense attorneys are usually experienced in handling defense cases.  Listen to them and work with them.

Update:  States differ on the issue of "collateral source" in determining damages the court can consider with personal injury.  South Carolina has the "Collateral Source Rule", in which the Court (Judge in a bench trial or jury) cannot consider the fact that a Plaintiff's bills were paid by an insurance company or another such collateral source.  This means that even if the insurance company paid the entire bill, the damages considered would be the bill before being paid by the insurance company and not a deductible (or any other type of sum paid to the Collateral Source).  Some states allow the Court to consider what was paid by the Collateral Source.

 

When an accident occurs, the last thing an injured party considers is the potential evidence that might be needed for a claim or lawsuit.  Usually, many things are taking place at once, whether it be a car wreck or a slip and fall.  Emergency Medical Services might be contacted and on the way to evacuate injured.  Police might be showing up to gather statements from parties and witnesses.  Loved ones may be showing up to care for injured loved ones.  The injured person is thinking about the consequences of the injury, and what must be done to handle life commitments while being treated:  Care of children, work absence, etc.  It's only when the dust settles that the injured party will usually start thinking about the issue of evidence. Unfortunately, in some cases it might be too late to gather critical evidence. It's important to consider the issue of evidence before an accident takes place, and that's what this article covers.
 
    Arguably, the most important bits of evidence to consider are an official memorialization of the incident, and the corresponding medical memorialization of evaluation and treatment. One should always consider having law enforcement produce at least an FR10 (done by law enforcement for use by insurance companies) about the accident for insurance purposes, and push for an accident report. In the case of a slip and fall, having the store fill out an accident report memorialization (and get a copy!) is critical. Ensure to ask that any video be preserved.  Additionally, it's important to quickly obtain medical notes and billing statements about the injuries associated with the accident. 
 
    Witness statements are important, as outside witnesses lend credibility to one's version of events.  Parties will be assumed to be biased, but non-party witnesses are assumed to be unbiased. They should be people who have actually witnessed the accident.  Those who have only heard from another about the accident would be barred by hearsay rules.  The exception is when a party admits to at least some liability.  The person who has heard a "party admission" can testify about that admission in court (note:  That's a reason insurance companies tell clients not to "admit" liability at the scene of an accident.  They may be wrong, but that admission will be part of the evidence, and can sink any case).  Ensure to get point of contact information for witnesses whenever feasible.
 
      Lastly, it's important to know about new technology which can act as evidence with high accuracy and credibility.  One example is the vehicle "black box" (vehicle recorder), which gives a precise information of almost everything associated with the vehicle.  When someone has been rear-ended, his black box will tell the speed of the rear-ending vehicle at the point of impact (and whether the vehicle being rear-ended was stationary, for how long, or speed if it was moving).  It can tell whether passengers were wearing seat belts.  It can even tell exactly who fast the rear-ended vehicle was pushed and for how far.  It can tell if the vehicle was tilted, and in what direction.  The black box can basically make or break a personal injury claim or defense with the information obtained.  It's important to get hold of the black box at the earliest, as totally vehicles could be quickly cannibalized, and the Black box lost.  Video technology has increased to where videos should be assumed to be almost ubiquitous. Stores, street corners, lights, etc. etc.  Video technology allows for accurate and critical evidence for cases.
 
        Think about this now, and if the worst happens you will not be caught short.
 

 

Whenever one is injured by the negligence (or intentional conduct) of another, the first priority is always to treat injuries.  Health always takes priority over concerns about potential claims against other parties.  At the same time, it's important to keep a level head about documents that will be needed later. Without documents, claims can quickly devolve into a "he said/she said", with insurance companies unwilling to resolve through settlement, and potential major evidence problems with a lawsuit.  What are the documents needed?
 
        For purposes of your attorney attempting to resolve a claim with the liable party's insurance company, the first key document is one evidencing the incident causing the injury.  In a vehicle wreck, this would normally be the FR10 document completed by the law enforcement officer responding to the scene (which is why it's always wise to request an officer complete an FR10 when another party is liable in a wreck).  The officer can also complete a similar document which is a formal accident report, depending on the accident. This provides the first documented evidence that something happened, and it tied to the next set of documents to obtain.
 
      When an accident has resulted in an injury, it is always best for a future claim to have documents evidencing evaluation and/or treatment as close to the accident as possible.  EMS will normally offer to transport to the nearby Emergency Room, and it is wise to consider accepting.  If not, it is still important to have someone drive you to the Emergency Room, and keep the resulting documentation from the Emergency Room.  Ensure the treating provider includes on the documents the basic information about the incident.  This will later show the insurance company and potentially a jury that the injury was connected to the incident:  The date of the treatment will be the same day as the incident, and the document records the incident as the cause of the injury.
 
       Beyond document(s) showing the incident and the resulting treatment, it's important to obtain billing information associated with the treatment. In most cases, insurance will cover the costs of evaluation/treatment (with a potential minor deductible) and will pay far less than the actual medical bill.  Regardless of what the insurance company pays, or how much you pay with the deductible, the actual medical bill will be the key document used to assess the value of the claim. The initial emergency room bills for evaluation and treatment are rarely questioned as to being necessary.  Some follow-on treatment, for example chiropractic, might be viewed differently and require more proof of necessity, but the ER bills are usually solid.  
 
       With the FR10 and/or accident report, medical notes about the treatment, and medical bills associated with the notes, the claim is ready to go to the liable party's insurance company.  At that point, it just becomes a question of proof of liability (which the FR10 or accident report holding the other party liable helps greatly) and the settlement amount beyond the medical bills covering pain and suffering and potentially lost wages.  Your attorney should be able to resolve the case with the insurance company or have what he needs to take it to trial.
 
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 One of the most important parts of any litigation is the deposition of the parties to a lawsuit.  This will normally come after a complaint is filed and served by the Plaintiff bringing the suit, the Defendant has answered the Complaint (and potentially filed counterclaims), and interrogatories and production of documents have been exchanged between parties.  The depositions of parties and potential witnesses is normally the last stage of the litigation process (with the exception of a motion for summary judgment) before parties mediate and then go to trial. A "good" deposition could make the difference in mediation, as the other side comes on notice of how credible and sympathetic the party would be to a jury. A good plaintiff deposition would likely mean a higher offer from the other side, while a good defendant deposition would mean the opposite.  The deposition can be used at trial to impeach parties, and therefore becomes critical to advocacy in front of a jury.  What makes a good deposition?
 
        First, when lawyers are deposition the adversarial party, they are evaluating the person.  They want to see how the person/party will look in front of a jury.  Are they personable and sincere in effect?  Are the lawyers able to cause the other party to "lose it" with uncontrolled anger (which would be perceived negatively by the jury)?  Does the person come across as "shifty" and insincere?  Is the person Defensive?  Beyond the cosmetic aspects of the evaluation, the party is being scrutinized for inconsistencies with known facts or prior statements.  Any contradictions can and will be used for impeachment at trial.  Additionally, a party is evaluated by what they are able to testify and what is remembered.  A lack of direct knowledge or memory of critical facts becomes critical in evaluation for a mediation or trial.
 
       Knowing what's being evaluated allows for proper preparation for the deposition. A party facing deposition in South Carolina should normally review all prior statements and anything that will help in remembering key facts about the case. The most important thing with a deposition is telling the truth and not being caught with inconsistencies with facts or prior statements. After reviewing everything possible, it's important to practice being deposed to prepare for hard questioning.  It's perfectly acceptable to say "I don't recall", but a practice deposition will help with not being trapped with even that statement.  Additionally, one of the most important points to prepare is in answering only questions asked and nothing more.  As I tell clients "don't do the other lawyers job for him be talking beyond the question".  It's important to come across as pleasant with the other attorney, but not his friend (this goes for any discussions with the opposing attorney outside of deposition like small talk before and after:  You are not his buddy, though he is not a bitter enemy).  
 
      On the day of deposition, it's usually best to dress conservatively and show a controlled demeanor, remembering that the opposing counsel is constantly considering how credible you will come off to a jury. It's important to know that once a deposition starts you cannot speak with your attorney until the deposition ends.  At the same time, you have the ability to take time with thinking about and answering questions.  Additionally, any time you need a break you can ask for it.  Remember that when the deposition goes "on the record", everything spoken will be recorded by the court reporter.  You must be prepared to speak clearly and never rely on non-verbal responses (like nodding your head for yes).  Be prepared for insulting questions, like "have you ever been arrested (or seen a psychologist, etc.)", but know that much of what's answered during deposition will not get into trial.  Do not get distracted by your attorney objecting to the form of questions, as you must normally still answer the question even if it cannot be used at trial (sometimes your attorney may say: Don't answer that question as in the case of a question about attorney/client privilege information)  Assume the other side knows the truth when asking the question.  Do not get angry.
 
       Follow your attorney's advice and these simple guidelines and your deposition will be a success. It's never fun, but it can be something you have prepared properly and control the final product.
 
Bill Connor is an Attorney Practicing Law in South Carolina, The Bill Connor Law Firm is located in Orangeburg South Carolina.

In my last article about South Carolina's Statute of Limitations (SOL), I outlined the general rules to know.  For example, for most negligence causes of action (which would include most cases involving car wrecks or vehicle accidents or slip-and-falls) involving a non-government liable party, the SOL is three years from when the incident occurred.  I also noted that when the liable party is a government entity the usual SOL is two years. It's also good to know some of the nuances and exceptions which might apply, and that's the purpose of this article.  Always remember to check with your attorney and understand that these laws can change based on new legislation.
 
        First, as I touched on in the earlier article the SOL technically begins when the party bringing the lawsuit is on "notice" of the wrong committed. In the case of a car accident or fall, it would be extremely difficult to convince the court (the judge would rule on a motion to dismiss for SOL, and not the jury) that notice was not when the accident occurred.  However, in some cases, like a medical malpractice suit, for example, the "victim" of malpractice may not be aware of the malpractice until months later. This can be "actual" notice, that the person was made objectively aware, or "constructive" notice, that the person should reasonably have been aware of the wrong done.  
 
        Second, in some cases, the party filing the suit may be able to argue "equitable tolling" (tolling basically means stopping the SOL clock) to go beyond the filing deadline of the SOL. Being prevented from filing the claim within the SOL for extraordinary circumstances could successfully keep the suit from being dismissed. The equitable tolling would be during the period of the extraordinary circumstances but would end when the extraordinary circumstances ended.  If the defendant has actively prevented a party from filing or misled to prevent filing, the Court could determine that justified missing the SOL deadline.  If a Defendant leaves the state for a year or more, the SOL can be tolled until the Defendant returns.
 
        Though a cause of action bringing damages can be barred by SOL if not filed by the deadline, it's important to note that continuing related causes of action can still fall within the SOL.  For example, in the nursing home context, the substandard care may have been ongoing for many months (or years). Though the initial substandard care may be barred by SOL, the continuing violations may fall within the SOL and suit can be filed for those acts of omissions.  This normally does not apply to the personal injury cases involving slip and falls or vehicle wrecks, it can apply to other torts.
 
          Know your rights and the basics of the law, including the Statute of Limitations in South Carolina, to ensure your rights are protected.   
 

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