On December 21, 2012, a young man's life was nearly ended due to another driver's negligence. The young man (Mr. C) was driving his motorcycle on Highway 378 in Lexington, SC, when a woman turned left in front of him, causing catastrophic injuries. In addition to head and neck trauma, Mr. C sustained multiple fractures in the wreck.
He spent the Christmas holiday at Palmetto Health Richland, undergoing surgeries and skin grafts. When he was finally discharged to home care, Mr. C was facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Though employed, Mr. C's health insurance was not scheduled to take effect until January 2013. Therefore, the large majority of expenses related to the accident were not covered.
When the hospital refused to grant him an indigent waiver, Mr. C and his father came to our law firm seeking help. They had questions about insurance coverage, how the medical expenses would ever get paid down, and what could be done to determine whether the at-fault driver had any way to pay for the harm she caused.
In the end, Mr. C was not only able to regain his ability to walk, but also walk away without any debt to his medical providers. What began with a catastrophic motorcycle accident, ended with justice.