The South Carolina personal injury attorney team at Rikard & Protopapas represents injured victims and families. When you have been hurt, harmed, or wronged by the actions of others, our experienced team can help you get compensated. This monetary compensation can be an important part of your recovery and future.
Contact us to discuss your case and begin pursuing your compensation.
Lawyers for Personal Injury Cases in South Carolina
When you’re injured, you’re our top priority. Let our personal injury attorneys in South Carolina represent you to get a monetary payment for your damages. We have a strong history of success, representing more than 1,600 clients throughout South Carolina. Our experience can help you when you need an attorney to represent your legal interests.
Start your case today with a free consultation with our legal team.
Claims Handled Throughout South Carolina
The Rikard & Protopapas legal team handles cases throughout South Carolina. With a statewide practice, we understand the law and how to get results. With a 97% success rate, we take tough cases, challenge tough defendants, and win. We meet challenges for our clients following a personal injury accident. Our focus is results for you.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Our experienced team leads in medical malpractice litigation throughout South Carolina. We understand the complex nature of medical negligence. We gather the evidence, work with experts, and follow the procedures to make your case a success.
We will claim all the types of compensation you deserve following a car accident. We know how to prove negligence, value your case, handle all interactions with the insurance company, and take your case to trial if necessary.
Many truck accidents in South Carolina often involve serious injuries. When trucking companies have large teams of attorneys fighting claims, you can have our experienced lawyers fighting for you. We have deep experience litigating truck accidents.
Motorcycle accident victims may seek economic and non-economic compensation. If your life has been changed by a motorcycle accident, you can have our team of attorneys on your side.
South Carolina families who have lost a loved one unexpectedly may claim wrongful death compensation. Damages are based on the harm that the family has endured because of the loss of their loved one.
Nursing home abuse
Nursing home abuse causes physical and emotional suffering. Those responsible should be accountable, and victims should receive fair compensation. Our attorneys understand the challenges when victims are vulnerable and need legal advocacy.
When we represent pedestrian accident victims, we prove each element of the case including the duty of care, negligence, and how harm resulted to the victim.
Catastrophic injury claims require attention to future damages and pain and suffering. Our legal team pursues full compensation due to you under South Carolina law.
Investment and securities fraud
If you have been victimized by investment and securities fraud, let our attorneys in South Carolina explore every legal option and represent your interests.
Our Personal Injury Law Firm Profile
- Leadership: Our team has over 119 years of combined experience and a record of leadership in litigation throughout the state.
- Track record of success: We’ve recovered over $100 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
- Experience: We are experienced in injury claims where people are hurt, harmed, and wronged by the actions of others.
- Statewide practice: Wherever you are in South Carolina, we can assist you.
- Free consultations: It doesn’t cost you anything to talk with our legal team.
- Virtual consultations available: Plus, we can meet you at home or in the hospital at your convenience.
- Fully-resourced: With a large team of attorneys and support staff, and a statewide presence, we have the resources to meet your needs.
To meet our legal team and receive a personalized consultation about your case, contact us.
To Us, It’s All About Your Compensation
The purpose of a personal injury claim is to compensate you – the victim – for your losses. A personal injury victim usually has multiple types of losses. You may claim each category that applies to you. Some examples of compensation that may be available are:
Medical bills include emergency, urgent, and long-term care. Surgery, doctor’s evaluation, medical supplies, and medication may all be claimed. To the extent that medical bills are likely to occur in the future, they may be valued and made a part of the case.
Lost income and career
When a victim can’t work in the long term or the short term, their personal injury claim can include compensation for lost income and disruption in their career path.
Household services and personal care
If a family must hire replacement services for the household, or the victim needs assistance with personal care, these costs may be a part of economic losses.
Property damage, burial expenses, and other financial losses
Other financial losses that the victim or family has because of personal injury may be a part of the case for compensation.
Pain and suffering
A physical injury is painful. The victim may claim pain and suffering compensation that is proportional to the severity of their injury.
Disfigurement, disability, and lifestyle impact
If an injury is debilitating, and to the extent it impacts the person’s life activity, the victim may claim damages.
Mental and emotional anguish
A victim may seek compensation for mental and emotional anguish that results from their injury. They may claim injury to reputation and humiliation.
Other economic and non-economic losses
Personal injury losses are both financial and personal. A victim may seek fair payment for a range of economic and non-economic damages. Many victims underestimate the compensation they deserve, but our lawyers can fully represent your interests.
Compensation for a personal injury victim depends on many factors, both factual and legal. At your individual consultation, we review the circumstances of your case and evaluate what you may receive.
Basis for a Personal Injury Claim
The most common legal basis for a personal injury claim is negligence. Negligence requires proving the following elements:
- Duty of care: The defendant had a duty to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of others, including the victim.
- Breach of the duty of care: The actions of the defendant are compared to what a reasonable person would have done in those circumstances.
- Causation of harm: Breach of the duty of care must be the cause of harm to the victim.
- Damages: Damages are the losses that the victim sustains that should be compensated.
Negligence law applies throughout South Carolina. In addition, a claim may be based on recklessness or intentional acts. Our lawyers understand the laws that are specific to certain types of claims including medical malpractice expert testimony and damages limitations, standards for dangerous product claims, and other unique laws and procedures that may apply. Our representation includes fully investigating the basis for your personal injury claim.
Courts for Personal Injury in South Carolina
Many personal injury claims are heard in state courts. Each county in South Carolina has its own Circuit Court, and the county courts are organized into 16 judicial circuits. The Circuit Courts have general jurisdiction over most injury claims. Claims under $7,500 may be heard by magistrate courts.
United States federal courts
Some injury claims may be heard in federal courts. Our attorneys are admitted in the United States District Court for South Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Some compensation claims are handled through administrative proceedings.
Process of a Personal Injury Claim
The process of a personal injury claim begins with the victim receiving medical attention. Follow your health care plan. Contact our South Carolina personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. We begin with a preliminary investigation of your case, gathering evidence, and evaluating who may be responsible for paying compensation.
We prepare and file your legal claim. Some claims are settled through insurance negotiations, but it’s always critical to thoroughly build every element to prove your case. In the preliminary process, we utilize legal procedures to build evidence, file legal motions, and move your case forward.
We are trial lawyers, and we are prepared to represent you at hearings and at trials. You may extend or accept a settlement offer, and we’ll guide you through evaluating non-trial resolutions. We fully represent your interests through trial, settlement, and collecting your compensation. Each process of a personal injury claim is unique. We understand the procedure and tailor a legal strategy to meet your needs.
What is a settlement offer?
A settlement offer is an offer to resolve the case on terms that both parties accept. If both parties agree, it becomes the final judgment and resolution of the case. Either party may extend a settlement offer. Both parties must agree for it to become official.
When Rikard & Protopapas represents you, we identify what your case is worth. We can help you extend or respond to a settlement offer. In addition, we are trial lawyers and fully prepared to represent you in adversarial proceedings.
How Our Injury Attorneys Assist You
When the Rikard & Protopapas personal injury attorneys assist you, here are some of the ways we may serve you:
- Determining the type of case and who may be liable
- Preparing your legal documents, stating the appropriate cause or causes of action
- Filing your case and serving other parties with legal documents
- Evaluating types of compensation and what your case is worth
- Identifying what you must prove to win your case
- Building evidence of your claim
- Interacting with other parties including settlement negotiations
- Representing your interests in court
- Guiding you through the process and answering questions
We bring years of experience and dedication to each case we handle and the client we represent. You can count on the team that has built a reputation of exacting litigation, personalized to the needs of each client.
We speak to the insurance company
Many personal injury claims involve insurance companies. Car accidents may involve car insurance, or medical malpractice may involve a malpractice insurer, for example. The insurance company wants to minimize your claim or deny it completely. As your lawyer, we handle interactions with the insurance company. You can have our professionals speak to the insurance company on your behalf.
Deadlines apply – don’t wait to file a claim
Personal injury claims have a limited time frame. If you miss the time window, it may be impossible to receive compensation. Waiting too long to contact us may make it difficult to pursue your case. Reach out as soon as possible so that we can pursue all opportunities for you to receive compensation.
Why choose the Rikard & Protopapas law firm?
You need legal support and representation that you can depend on. Our team of professionals comes from many specialties and areas of injury law. When you are crushed with the financial and personal burdens of a personal injury, the funds you receive may be an important part of your healing and your future.
With our decades of experience and history of success, we are prepared to succeed in a wide range of challenging cases. That’s why more than 1,600 clients have chosen Rikard & Protopapas for their legal representation in South Carolina.
Free Consultations and Videoconferencing Available
Rikard & Protopapas offers free consultations for personal injury victims and their families. There is no cost to talk about your situation and see how our attorneys may assist you.
Contingency fees are available, along with a variety of fee agreements to meet your needs.
Start your case with your consultation. Meet in our offices, through videoconference, in the hospital, a nursing home, or another location that is convenient for you.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer – We’re Taking New Cases Now
The Rikard & Protopapas lawyers are currently taking new cases. Our South Carolina personal injury attorney team can help you claim your damages and pursue your rights under the law.
If you or your loved one has been hurt in South Carolina, we invite you to contact our offices. See how we can help, what your case may be worth, and start your case today. Call or message us to talk to our team and begin.