When you are harmed by an at-fault driver in Columbia or anywhere else in South Carolina, you are entitled to compensation. How much money? It depends largely on your harms and losses. Our state's auto accident laws do not operate like “Wheel of Fortune.” Instead, the law seeks to fix, help, and balance. Allow me to explain.
Calculating How Much Money You Should Receive After a Wreck
When I say “fix,” I mean repay you for all losses that can be fixed. Good examples of this include your medical bills, future medical expenses, and lost income. These figures can be calculated. A jury is then suppose to compensate you for all those losses, so that an innocent person is not forced to incur a burden caused by a rule breaker.
South Carolina law also says money should be allowed for losses than can be helped. For instance, if someone is rendered a paraplegic, the law cannot give him back his ability to walk. However, money can be awarded to cover the costs incurred in refitting his home. Specifically, compensation could be allowed to install ramps and handrails. The verdict may also allow money so that the paraplegic could enroll in vocational rehabilitation. This money does not fix the paraplegic’s harms and losses, but it does help him.
Lastly, the verdict should account for the worst harms in any case: the things that cannot be fixed or helped. Using the example above, nothing could fully restore our paraplegic’s health. Nothing could give him back the self-esteem he felt when he walked - rather than wheeled - through a grocery store. Nothing could take away the isolation he experienced every time he wanted to leave his home, but remembered he had no way of getting where he needed to go. Nothing could give him back his self-reliance or take away the feelings he experienced every time he thought about what life used to be like. A jury must be shown what cannot be fixed so that they can determine the amount of money it takes to match and balance it.
Get Legal Help Following A Car Accident in South Carolina
Every car accident case is different. Some cases involve very few losses. Other cases involve life-altering harm. If you have questions about how much compensation you should receive after your car accident, please request free copies of my books and call my Columbia, SC personal injury firm today for a free case evaluation at 803-790-2800.