Bill Connor

Bill Connor
Orangeburg Attorney Bill Connor received his Bachelor of Arts from The Citadel in 1990, and after serving for over a decade as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army, including three deployments to the Middle East, he received his Juris Doctorate from The University of South Carolina in 2005. In 2012, Bill was honored to receive an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the top peer rating for American lawyers. Receiving this rating at such an early point in his career is unheard of among lawyers.

 

 

 
If you or a loved one is considering filing a personal injury lawsuit due to a car crash, slip and fall, or any personal injury in Columbia SC, you may be wondering "What is my lawsuit worth and should I even file a case at all?" The answer comes down to "damages" and calculating  what your injuries have cost you and your family monetarily, physically, and psychologically
 
In a personal injury lawsuit, financial damages are paid to an injured person (the plaintiff) by the people or company legally liable for the incident (the defendant, usually covered by an insurer). A settlement can occur after a negotiated agreement between the parties, their insurance companies, and their lawyers.  Alternatively, a judge or jury can award damages following a court trial in which a party is found liable. 
 
In this article, we are going to look at the different kinds of damages typical in most personal injury cases and how a personal injury damages award can be influenced by the plaintiff's action (or inaction).
 
 
Compensatory Damages in Personal Injury Lawsuits
 
Many personal injury damages are classified as "compensatory," this means that they are intended to compensate the injured plaintiff for what was suffered due to the accident or injury. This involves putting a dollar amount on all the consequences of an incident. Some compensatory damages are relatively simple to quantify such as reimbursement for property damage and the injured plaintiff's medical bills. But it's a lot more challenging to put a monetary value on pain and suffering or the inability to enjoy regular life events because of physical limitations caused by accident-related injuries.
 
Here's a list of the various kinds of compensatory damages that are standard in many personal injury cases.
 
Income
You may be awarded compensation for the accident's impact on your salary and wages. This includes income you've already lost and also the money you that you would have been able to make in the future, if not for the incident. In personal injury legalese, a damage award based on later  income is described as compensation for your "loss of earning capacity."
 
Emotional suffering
Typically linked with more severe accidents, emotional distress damages are intended to compensate for a personal injury plaintiff for the psychological impact of an injury. For example, fear, anxiety, and even sleep loss due to the accident. In some states, emotional distress is part of any "pain and suffering" damage that is given to a personal injury plaintiff.
 
Medical treatment
A personal injury damages award usually covers the cost of medical care associated with the accident, reimbursement for medical treatment you or a loved one have received any compensation for the estimated cost of medical care you'll require in the future due to the accident.
 
Pain and suffering 
You may be entitled to receive compensation for pain and severe discomfort that you have suffered caused by the accident and its immediate aftermath and also for any ongoing pain that can be associated with the incident. 
 
Property loss 
If any cars or other items were damaged because of the accident, you'd probably be entitled to compensation for repairs or reimbursement for the fair market value of the property that was lost.
 
Loss of consortium 
In personal injury lawsuits, "loss of consortium" damages usually refer to the impact the injuries have on the plaintiff's relationship with their spouse. For instance, the lack of companionship or the inability to keep a sexual relationship also some states consider the separate impact on the relationship between a parent and their children when a person is injured. In some instances, loss of consortium damages is given directly to the affected family member rather than the injured plaintiff.
 
Loss of enjoyment 
When injuries produced by accident keep you or a loved one from enjoying day-to-day activities including exercise, hobbies and other recreational activities, you may be entitled to get "loss of enjoyment" damages.
 
 
 
Punitory Damages in Personal Injury Lawsuits
 
In cases where the defendant's behavior is considered particularly outrageous or extremely careless, a personal injury plaintiff may be awarded punitive damages along with any compensatory damages award. 
Punitive damages are given to the injured plaintiff. The goal of these types of costs is to punish the defendant for their conduct. 
 
Contributory negligence
 In the handful of states that follow the concept of "contributory negligence" for personal injury cases, you may not be capable of recovering any compensation at all if you're considered partially to blame for the incident.
 
Related negligence 
If you or a loved one is at fault (even partially) for the accident that caused your injuries, the odds are that any damage award will reflect that. This is because most states adhere to a "comparative negligence" standard that combines damages to a degree of fault in a personal injury lawsuit.
 
 
After the accident: failure to decrease damages. 
The law in most states expects the plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits to take sensible measures to reduce or "mitigate" the financial impact of the harm due to the accident.  This is the case in South Carolina, including Columbia SC. If an injured plaintiff unreasonably allows damages to continue (by failing to get necessary medical treatment after an incident and causing their injuries to become much worse), a damages award might be diminished. 
 
 
Bill Connor is a Personal Injury Attorney in Orangeburg South Carolina.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident, call The Bill Connor Law Firm today! 

 

 
      When you have been hurt in an accident in Orangeburg SC that was the fault of another, it's important to receive proper medical care.  Whether the accident is a slip and fall, car wreck, bicycle accident, or whatever, getting a medical check after the incident is critical for many reasons.  First, immediate medical attention is just the best thing for your future health.  The longer the wait before treatment, the higher the chance of further and potentially permanent injury.  Particularly after a vehicle accident, the adrenaline involved can block the true level of pain associated with the injury and only a medical evaluation will discover the extent of the problem.  The adrenaline rush can last for a day or even days, before wearing off to reveal the extent of pain due to the injury.  By that point, further activity may have caused more problems to even a permanent nature.
 
       The second reason for immediate medical evaluation and treatment is important for a future personal injury claim.  The longer the time between the incident and medical evaluation, the more argument you will face of either an intervening event having caused injury.  You may also face more of an argument that the injury is minor.  This is particularly the case when injuries do not involve the clear and unquestionable like broken bones.  A strained neck can be just as harmful as a broken arm, and yet it becomes harder to objectively quantify the level of injury.  The quicker medical attention is sought and the injury noted on evaluation, the better for the future claim.  Additionally, X-rays and CAT scans help quickly find a serious injury that would not be apparent otherwise.
 
       Beyond initial treatment and evaluation, it's important to continue necessary follow-up treatment for the injury.  Like initial treatment and evaluation, it's important to seek and obtain the follow-on treatment to prevent further physical problems, including permanent injury.  Next in importance is the legal claim effect. When the injury is being evaluated, the total medical bills become the most important factor in insurance companies assessing cases. That same dynamic occurs with juries as well.  The more medical bills, the higher the value for the claim (in most circumstances).  Normally, more value is placed on medical bills verses either chiropractic or physical therapy bills. However, those bills still hold weight.  The consideration for possibly deferring some treatment might be the cost involved if a person has no medical insurance.  Even in that event, however, many times chiropractic clinics will offer treatment with a lien on their bill from the proceeds of a settlement or jury verdict.  It is always best for yourself and the claim to get all treatment necessary.
 
     Hopefully, this will help if you ever have the unfortunate experience of personal injury. Always seek good legal counsel to help guide you through the process.
 
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The Story.

James Stephen previously served with Bill Connor as interpreter to American forces during combat operations in Helmand, Afghanistan. After Bill and James served together, James left Afghanistan to become a missionary in New Delhi, India.

AT THE AGE OF 18 I HAD THIS EXPERIENCE.


I was sitting in Church one day as I was listening to a sister who came to the pulpit. She started to say that GANG MEMBERS wanted to join her two sons into their gangs. I had just joined the service and I looked around and noticed everyone wearing suits and ties but as for me I had a bald head and big pants and tattoos across my neck. I stood up and left the congregation because I felt out of place.

I was five blocks away and a sister came running towards me saying, “Omar, Omar, Jesus loves you. Don’t leave the path of God. “I turned around, looked at her and said, “What are you doing here? Are you crazy or what? Come on, I’m going to take you back.” As I was taking her back she started to tell me, “I know what it’s like because of what you look like and where you come from… but don’t leave the path of God. Jesus loves you.” She told me that she too also had been on the streets taking DRUGS and in GANGS and in and out of JAIL.. “But don’t leave the path of God. Jesus loves you..” As I was walking her back to the Church she had her baby held in her arms and she said, “I am going to pray for you.” As she started to pray I was walking on the side of the street and she on the sidewalk. I was looking down and listening to her prayer and a few seconds later she suddenly grabbed me as a bus whizzed by. The bus almost ran me over.

I tried thanking her but she responded, “It wasn’t me. It was Jesus.” I tried to hug her and thank her again, but she said “It wasn’t me. It was Jesus.” I sat down on the floor and had tears in my eyes and thought to myself, “I should of have been SMASHED or thrown fifty feet in the air. I SHOULD BE IN HELL RIGHT NOW.”

My mind was running fast over what just happened. Later I was reading a passage from the Bible which says, “My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins… (James 5:19-20). And that’s me. The verse applies to me.

James Stephens.

Bibles In India.

The Bill Connor Law Firm supports James in his efforts to bring Bibles to people in India.

THE

MISSION.

With an open Heart, to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ

~ Attorney Bill Connor, The Bill Connor Law Firm ~

"Beyond resources, the law firm team regularly prays for James and all his fellow missionaries. They are making a huge difference for God's Kingdom in bringing the light of the Gospel."

A message of hope.

"Greetings to you all in the Precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and may the grace of God be with you all Amen.

 Hi,
I'm James Stephen living in India for the last 10 year's sharing the love of Jesus to the people of Hindustan it is an amazing culture people place and a historic place from ancient people's of the past to a first world country. I'm here doing full-time ministry and I am without family or job. Serving people, providing Bibles and tracks to new families who have usually never been to church or have any Christian background. The support money helps me to travel and distribute the Bible's and track's as well as things for Church like supplies for our children's Sunday school and instruments for worship. We also buy books to teach and a few meals too. By faith and grace of God, we are doing it!"

-James Stephens-

 
 
Accidents can happen at any time.  No matter how good the driver, a person can still be involved in a crash and sometimes left with a totaled vehicle and serious personal injuries. This is particularly the case in Columbia, South Carolina which was ranked the second worst in the nation for drivers. While your insurance is intended to protect you against financial consequences that could break the bank, you could still end up on the hook for medical bills and car repairs. Being informed about what do if in an accident before it happens is the smart way to protect yourself. Here's a list of things you need to know if you or a loved one is involved in an accident in Columbia SC.
 
The first thing you want to do when a collision occurs is to check for injuries among those involved. That includes all passengers who were riding in your vehicle and everyone in the other automobile. If there has been any apparent physical injuries, immediately call 911. It's also important to remember that an internal injury can potentially be life-threatening and waiting to get help could make the situation worse. You should get checked by EMS after a car accident have record of your physical condition and ensure you don't have injuries you are unaware. 
 
Then, of course, you should always report the accident to the authorities.  This is the case even when an accident seems relatively minor. An officer will come to the scene to fill out a report, or you may be able to file one at your local precinct. This is important to have the record for your insurance claim or if anyone were to bring a claim against you. 
 
When completing the report, it’s crucial to be as detailed as possible and include everything you can remember. It’s also a good idea to get a copy of the report for your records, in case you end up in court later on.
 
Always take pictures of all the cars involved in the incident as soon as possible, noting any damage and how they’re positioned including photos of the area, including traffic signs or signals, lane markings, trees and anything you believe may have aided to the crash. Make a note of where in Columbia the accident occurred, the time of day, which direction you were heading and how fast you were going if possible.
 
Sometimes the other driver will tell you they don’t want to get their insurance company involved, but it's essential that you exchange the relevant information make sure to get their full name, address, and phone number as well as the name of their insurance company. Write down the car’s make, model and tag number and make sure they have all of your information as well. You should also get the names and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident which may be needed later on as proof.
 
If it’s possible, you should call your insurance company while you’re still at the scene of the accident. The agent you talk to should be able to tell you what you need to do next to file a claim. They should advise you in what kind of things you don’t want to do, which would include admitting guilt or signing anything that hasn’t first been reviewed by your insurer.
 
Once you’ve alerted the insurance company and begin the claims process, continue to document everything that happens. If you were injured, for instance, it’s a wise idea to keep copies of your doctor’s reports and medical bills.
 
It’s also vital to hold on to any receipts for all car repairs you pay for out-of-pocket. If the other motorist or their insurance company tries to contact you, remember to make a note of the call and politely refer them to the adjuster who is managing your claim or your lawyer. 
 
When a car accident happens, it’s up to the insurance companies to try and determine who ’s liable and what each party is responsible for financially. While it’s generally in the best interest of both sides to settle, there are situations where one person may decide to take the dispute to court. You should always speak with an experienced attorney following a car accident. 
 
Never make an admission of fault at the scene of the accident, as they admission can and will be related in court to your detriment.  Insurance companies will normally not settle claims in favor of a party who made an admission.  Even if you think you may have done something wrong, the other driver may be more at fault. 
 
The more you know, the more prepared you will be if you are involved in an accident. 
 
 
 

 

When someone you know has been injured, it can be frustrating and leave you feeling overwhelmed, confused and uncertain in how to proceed or what to do.  One of the most important things to do is find a qualified Personal Injury Attorney serving the Columbia SC area. This greatly helps you to proceed with most types of injury claims, and can be a very valuable resource throughout the injury claim process. Not only will you no longer have to worry about all the aggravating details of proceeding with a claim on your own but you will be able to rest easy knowing that The Bill Connor Law Firm is here for you to make sure you get the proper treatment you deserve. 
 
Personal Injury Claims including the physical, mental or emotional injuries which are a result of negligence on behalf of another individual such as a person or business. Personal injury claims should be made as quickly as possible since most states have a statute of limitations that limits the amount of time you have to file a claim.  The normal South Carolina statute of limitations is three years for most situation, but can be as little as two years if it involves a government entity.
 
There is a wide range of accidents bringing grounds for a personal injury claim in Columbia SC. The four most well-known types of accidents are automobile accidents, slip and fall accidents, premises liability, and product liability (also known as defective products). Your lawyer will be able to assist you in figuring out who was at fault in the accident and whether or not you have a viable case. 
 
Filing a personal injury lawsuit can be complex, so it's always best to consult with a personal injury lawyer before proceeding. An attorney will evaluate your injury claim and be able to guild you through every step of the claim process. Moreover, most personal injury lawyers are paid by contingency, and therefore not paid unless they resolve the case with money going to you. 

 

A vehicle collision with an 18-wheeler in Columbia SC is a traumatic experience, which can leave victims with critical, life-changing injuries.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured because of a semi-truck accident in Columbia SC, it’s crucial to know what to do after you've been involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer.  Importantly, how to prepare your personal injury insurance claim for greatest compensation.
 
When a big rig hits your vehicle, the first and most important thing to do is call 911 for help (ask someone else to call if you’ve been injured).
The dispatcher will need to know your location and that you’ve been in an accident with a semi-truck.  The dispatcher will also need to know all the require help you need, so tell the dispatcher if anyone else is hurt, trapped, or if anyone has been thrown from their automobile. The dispatcher will need to know if there are any hazards at the scene such as, leaking fuel, if there are any downed power lines, or if the semi-truck that hit you is carrying any dangerous cargo.
 
Never to refuse medical care. When medical help arrives, the police will begin to secure the scene, and medical responders will evaluate each person for injuries. It is critical not to refuse medical treatment at the scene for multiple reasons. Some injuries are apparent, for example, bleeding wounds and broken bones, but there could also be potentially life-threatening injuries, like internal bleeding or head trauma, which are not apparent.
 
Sometimes shock and excitement can mask injury symptoms. You should tell the paramedics about every symptom, no matter how small. If the paramedics want to take you directly to the hospital go with them to be on the safe side. Rejecting or delaying medical treatment after an accident will harm any future legal claim for compensation.  The insurance company may use your rejection or delay to deny your injury claim, alleging that your wounds are not associated to the collision.
 
If you did not go to the hospital from the scene of the accident, then you should at least have a medical evaluation as soon as possible. If your doctor is unable to see you the day of the crash then try to find the closest emergency department or urgent care center.
 
Always make sure you (or someone else depending on the situation) get the truck driver's information.
Always exchange information with the truck driver including full names, home addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and any other relevant contact information. You can also ask to see the other person's driver’s license. Many states require drivers to show their driver's license after an accident. Semi-truck drivers should have a different driver’s license, so pay close attention.
 
Other important things to remember when involved in a wreck with a tractor-trailer in Columbia SC, is that you’ll need specific information concerning the truck, including:
 
The license plate number of the cab
The name, address, and contact information of the truck driver, if another person other than the driver owns the cab of the truck then get their information as well. 
The trucker's insurance information
The company that the driver works for
Gather evidence from the accident such as pictures and the names and phone numbers of any witnesses
 
If you can try and collect as much additional evidence as you safely can including:
 
Pictures: Use your camera or cell phone to take pictures of the accident. Always include photos of the truck and your car and the point of impact on the vehicles.
Also, try to take photos or videos of skid marks, road conditions, and damage to the surrounding area.
 
Notes: Write down your observations of the accident, be as detailed as possible. You can even make a note on your cell phone just as long as you record the information while it’s fresh in your mind. Make sure to write any admissions that the truck driver may make such as “I’m sorry, I didn’t see you.” The same goes for any witnesses who may have heard admissions the driver made.
 
Witness reports: Witnesses and their observations are valuable. The police may not have had a chance to speak with everyone that saw the incident. Try to get the contact information from all the witnesses.
 
It's important to remember that witnesses aren’t legally obligated to talk to you or the police but if you find a cooperative witness, ask them to write down what they saw and heard and also to sign and date their written statement.
 
Evidence gathered at the accident scene is crucial because it can help your injury claim, but don’t try to collect evidence if you've been injured. Your well being is the most critical thing and delaying medical treatment or aggravating your injuries will not help your insurance claim.
 
Severe injury and wrongful death claims following semi-truck accidents are complex and expensive claims, and insurance companies won’t pay large settlements without first putting up a fight. They will try to come up with any reasons to deny your claim or reduce your compensation. You will need a skilled personal injury lawyer to get the insurance companies to pay the fair value of your claim. Insurance companies generally make lower offers to claimants who don’t have an attorney. Let The Bill Connor Law Firm fight the battles for you so that you don't have to worry about dealing with the insurance companies and all the aggravation associated with dealing with a claim.
 
Never make an admission of fault at the scene of the accident, as they admission can and will be related in court to your detriment.  Insurance companies will normally not settle claims in favor of a party who made an admission.  Even if you think you may have done something wrong, the other driver may be more at fault. 
 
 
Your lawyer won’t get paid unless you do and there’s no obligation. It doesn't cost you anything to find out what The Bill Connor Law Firm can do for you.

 


Giving another person power of attorney in Orangeburg South Carolina is sometimes necessary, but should only be done after learning about the different types of power of attorney and the associated legal ramifications. In discussing this subject with clients (or those I am advising), I usually explain the importance of executing a power of attorney in certain circumstances. I also provide the options for powers of attorney, and consequences. This usually comes as I am discussing estate planning, and considerations for both usually run together. Power of attorney is given to another to give that person the ability to make critical decisions and take critical actions on one's behalf, usually due to the inability of the person giving power of attorney.

The law in South Carolina now allows for providing a power of attorney which (POA) will continue beyond the mental incapacity of the person giving POA. This is called a "durable" POA. One is not required to give a durable POA and may decide they don't want the POA to go beyond incapacity. The person giving POA can also decide what powers to give. A "general" POA gives all powers for signing financial (business, real estate, and banking) related documents. However, the POA can be tailored to offer only specific powers. For example, a POA that allows the person receiving the power of attorney to sign certain specific real estate documents. The most wide-ranging POA would be a general durable Power of Attorney, which gives all powers in survives incapacity to the point of death. A limited non-durable POA would be restrictive. The Power of Attorney Document must be signed in front of two witnesses, notarized, and registered in the County Register of Deeds before it will be accepted by businesses as authoritative. That's why it is important to execute a POA with an attorney.

The Bill Connor Law Firm wants you to know, It's important to remember that in giving another a general and durable power of attorney, that person has the power to take all financial related actions as though they were the person who provided power of attorney. Yes, that means the person must be trusted, as they can go to a bank and clear out accounts among other things. Even with a limited POA for certain business transactions, the person can do anything within the scope of the POA and will not be questioned by the respective business. This can be necessary when someone is in a position they cannot conduct business, for example when I was mobilized for over 15 months for a deployment to Afghanistan I had to allow my wife general durable POA. It can also be for when one is in the hospital in a limited state of ability.

Of course, POAs can be revoked, but that requires the same requirements of two witnesses and notary and registration with the Register of Deeds.

A general durable or more limited POA allows for handling financial matters. Another type of power of attorney allows for making health care decisions for another when incapacity prevents the person giving POA from giving his wishes. This is similar to a living will, as it deals with situations in which the person giving POA is being kept alive by either life-sustaining support or forced hydration/nutrition. The Health Care POA also allows for the decision to donate organs after death. This POA giving three options to the person providing POA: 1. Discretion to the POA holder. 2. Directive not to continue life-sustaining support or forced hydration/nutrition. 3. Directed to continue all life sustainment or forced hydration/nutrition. Most giving POA will just give the decision-making to the person receiving POA.

In all cases of giving Power of Attorney in Orangeburg SC, whether general durable, limited, or health care POA, it is critical to have trust in the person receiving Power of Attorney. It is also critical to discuss the POA with the person who will be acting on one's behalf. They will need guidance to act appropriately. This is something to prayerfully consider, and ensure it is done right.

If you are in need a Lawyer in Orangeburg SC Call The Bill Connor Law Firm at 803-937-5571

 


Slip and Fall accidents can happen anytime, anyplace, and anywhere, even at your job or in a place of business. The factors that cause these accidents are usually when a floor is slippery and wet or if there is an obstruction in the walkway that causes you to trip. No matter what the situation, if a person is injured due to a slip and fall the employer or business may be held liable for those injuries. There are several factors to consider when determining whether or not a person is eligible for a slip and fall lawsuit such as negligence and liability. Also, there are several common injuries associated with slip and fall accidents; the compensation is awarded for different kinds of damage, for example, attorney fees, medical bills, as well as pain and suffering.

The chief considerations that determine the outcome of slip and fall claims in Orangeburg SC, revolve around three particular questions. First, who is the people/business that is liable for the accident? Second, Was the responsible party negligent or otherwise contribute to the incident? And finally, did the injured person cause or add to their accident in any way.

What do we mean by negligence?
Negligence is when the safety of others is disregarded by failure to act as any other reasonable person would. For instance, if a pothole or uneven surface created a dangerous situation. The primary attribute in this example is whether or not a reasonable person knew about the dangerous or potentially hazardous conditions and if the liable party had the opportunity to improve the conditions prior to the accident. The task then is to prove whether or not the responsible property owner specifically caused the dangerous situation themselves and if it was clearly understood that a person could suffer an injury due to the situation.

Things such as inadequate lighting and limited visibility are also factors that contribute to the determination of negligence in a slip and fall case. Plaintiffs are overwhelmed with the responsibility of proving that the liable party could have taken some other action to prevent the accident but declined to do so. They must also show that even if there was a legitimate reason for the obstruction to be present, that the justification was no longer valid at the time that the injury took place also that no preventive measures were made to prevent the disaster. While the difficulty of proof lies with the plaintiff, the facts of the case will present the affirmations or declarations necessary to determine the level of negligence committed.

How to provide proof that someone is liable?
To prove that someone is liable, they must have a legal responsibility for the property. A property owner or business owner would have to usually assume liability for an accident that occurs in their place of business except in the case that they have insurance that would relieve them of that liability. In the case, the owner or employer insurance company would assume, and therefore the plaintiff would have to file a suit against them instead of the insured.

Where you at fault in an accident in Orangeburg SC?
While there may have been dangerous conditions present at the time of the slip and fall, the plaintiff must be free from guilt to place all of the liability on the defending party. If the injured party added to the accident in any way, they must accept their part of the liability, which usually repeals the assumption of full responsibility by the property or business owner.

Some states recognize contributory fault laws and will not award a settlement to a plaintiff if there is any degree, no matter how small, of partial blame on the part of the injured person. These states enforce similar negligent laws and will award compensations in cases where there is partial negligence and will reduce the settlement in balance to the percentage of liability. Determining partial liability on the part of the injured person is determined by the engagement, access, and warnings provided to the plaintiff. For example, if a person is distracted by talking or texting on the phone, they may be found personally liable. If the accident happened in a restricted area in which the plaintiff was not given access to, or if they disregarded warning signs posted in the area, those issues may also present a case of partial liability.

What are some typical injuries associated in slip and fall incidents?

Slip and fall accidents can result in wounds that range from just minor bumps and bruises to in some cases permanent disabilities. While many injuries can be suffered as a result of slip and fall accidents, there are a few injuries that are more common involving the head, neck, back, and pelvic areas.

What are the categories of compensation?

General compensatory damages are most likely to be awarded in slip and fall cases. These types of awards serve to repay an injured party for damages that are considered non-monetary.

These damages include:
Pain and Suffering
Mental Anxiety
Loss of Companionship
There are special compensatory damages that are awarded in cases where monetary expenses are acquired on behalf of the injured person as a direct result of the injury. The purpose is to make the plaintiff whole again and restore their financial situation to where it was before the accident.

These compensatory damages include:

Medical bills
Lawyer fees
The cost of future medical services
Household bills

In conclusion, there are many factors to consider when determining slip and fall settlements. Negligence and liability are two of the significant components of discovery, but the plaintiff must be free from blame for the injuries. To see if you qualify for Slip and Fall Compensation, call the Bill Connor Law Firmin Orangeburg SC Today!

 

ADMINISTERING AN ESTATE AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE (WITH OR WITHOUT AN ESTATE LAWYER)

Losing a loved one can be one of the most challenging events in life. In addition to the emotional pain of the loss, the person closest to the dearly departed is usually the one who must administer the Estate. With all the grief involved with the loss, the task of inventorying, appraising, safekeeping, and finally distributing the Estate can bring a great deal of trepidation. Personal Representatives, or those charged with Estate administration, are accountable for all the legal requirements involved, and to the beneficiaries of the Estate. Though many in Orangeburg SC will hire an Estate lawyer to handle the legal technicalities, it is still important to know the basic requirements of administration in order to ensure things are done correctly.

Within a few days after the loved one has passed, the person designated by Last Will and Testament as Personal Representative should probate the Will and request appointment as Personal Representative (PR). If there is no Will, the person closest to the dearly departed should file in intestacy and request appointment as PR. In either case, the County Probate Judge) of the residence of the dearly departed) must order the PR appointment. Other interested parties can contest that appointment, though if the PR is designated in the Will it is highly likely the Judge will appoint. In intestacy, the surviving spouse has priority, followed by children (children would have equal rights, and each may be appointed).

After the PR appointment, the next step is for the PR to inform heirs and devisees of the Estate (heirs are those who would take in intestacy, and devisees are those designated as beneficiaries by the Will) and to begin the Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate (which must be completed within 90 days of appointment as PR) and notice must go out to creditors. Creditors have eight months to make a claim on the Estate, or they lose the right to come back. This means the Estate must remain open for eight months from the notice to give time for the creditor period to pass.

Once the creditor period has passed, the Estate Lawyer (or PR without a lawyer) will begin to close the Estate. This is the part that can become a bit complex and must be done correctly to allow for Probate to close the Estate without liability against the PR. There must be a Deed of Distribution executed and registered with the Registry of Deeds for any Real Property of the estate. This allows for a chain of title from the dearly departed to the devisee(s) of the Real Property. The PR must account to the penny for all money and other assets that came in the Estate, and were then redistributed by the PR. The PR must also account for expenses he paid for the Estate, and up to a 5% PR fee (5% of the gross value of the Estate) that the PR can claim for himself. He must sign a proof of delivery that he has mailed the Accounting, Application for closing, Amended Inventory and Appraisement, and a Notice of Right to Hearing to all heirs and devisees of the Estate. That gives them notice they have 30 days to contest the accounting or any other closing document.

At this point, the PR or the PR lawyer takes the Estate closing packet: Application for Settlement, Deed of distribution (if applicable), Accounting, Proof of Delivery, Notice of Right to Hearing, Amended Inventory and Appraisement (normally, there will be modifications to the initial). After 30 days, assuming no request for hearing to contest the closing, the Probate Judge will sign an order closing the estate. If assets have not already been distributed, they are distributed with a Receipt and Release With Waiver. Thus closing out the Estate.

Estate Lawyers in South Carolina will be doing all the above, and they can be paid as an expense of the Estate from Estate funds. In some cases, houses and other real property may be sold during the administration, causing delays. However, it is important that the PR supervise the process and understand they are personally liable and accountable for the Estate. With the basic information, PRs should be able to understand the process and ensure their loved one's wishes are honored.
If you need an Estate Lawyer in Orangeburg South Carolina call The Bill Connor Law Firm Today!

 

Incidents involving personal injury usually come without warning, and what happens right after can be a nightmare to those who are hurt. In some cases, the injury is severe enough to cause unconsciousness. In that event, the person hurt might wake up in medical treatment away from the scene of the accident. Most commonly, the person hurt is conscious but in some level of shock after the crash. Decisions made in the immediate aftermath can have later wide-ranging consequences when it comes to redressing for the damage caused by the incident. That is the purpose of this article: Knowing what to do and thinking about what to do after personal injury in Bamberg Sc.

The first priority after an accident must be safety and immediate care of those affected. The critical thing to remember during this time is, In Bamber South Carolina, any admission of fault can and will be part of the record in the event of a legal conflict. Typically, "hearsay" testimony is not allowed in court, but an exception is for the admission of a party. Anyone who has heard an admission can testify about that admission and it can be the evidence that determines the case. With any accident involving personal injury, A person might feel sorry for what happened and even think they are to blame. However, in the emotion-filled moments after accidents parties are generally not thinking clearly or know all the facts. On an objective reflection with the facts, a person may discover they are not at all at fault or less at fault than the other people involved. If the other party admits guilt, it is important to note.

The other priority after an accident in Bamberg South Carolina is ensuring an accident report memorializes the accident. Wait for law enforcement to arrive and record the accident, and take the time to speak to the officer if at all possible. Note the witnesses to the accident and attempt to learn their identity if possible. If EMS has evacuated before the arrival of law enforcement, ensure you speak to the officer at the earliest opportunity. That includes in the Emergency Room if necessary.

Note potential evidence beyond witnesses that may be used to help prove what happened. For example, almost all modern vehicles will have a so-called "black box" data recorder which provides a great deal of evidence of what happened: Speed of the cars at impact, the angle of impact, etc. In some incidents, the accident may have taken place under the observation of a surveillance camera. This could be the case if it was inside or near a business.

Use discretion in what is said, ensure the accident is correctly memorialized with your input, note and remember witnesses, know about other evidence like black boxes and videos. Be sure to secure a thorough medical exam in the immediate aftermath to note all injuries immediately after the incident (to prove the connection to the accident). All of these things should be considered before an incident to guarantee the proper actions after an accident.

Bill Connor is a Personal Injury Attorney serving Bamberg and all of South Carolina, if you have been involved in an accident contact the Bill Connor Law Firm Today.

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