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Personal injury law involves civil claims in which an individual is injured through the negligence, recklessness or intentional misconduct of another person, a company, or property owner. A personal injury lawsuit may arise from physical or emotional injuries. Personal injury law compensates individuals injured as a result of another’s negligence or intentional misconduct. Personal injury laws vary from state to state. If you believe you have a personal injury claim, you should contact a personal injury lawyer in South Carolina to evaluate your claim.

South Carolina follows a system using the modified comparative negligence – 51% rule.  In states following a modified comparative fault – 51% rule, an injured party can only recover if it is determined that his or her fault in causing the injury does not reach 51%.  If the injured party was 50% or less at fault, he or she may still recover damages.  However, if a plaintiff’s fault reaches 51%, he or she recovers nothing.  In other words, a plaintiff may have caused half of the accident and still recover damages from the court, but if it is found that the plaintiff’s fault was responsible for more than half of the accident, that plaintiff is barred from receiving any damages determined by the court.  Here, as in a pure comparative negligence state, a plaintiff’s recovery is reduced by the degree of his or her fault.  For example, if Debbie sued Dave for damages she suffered in a car accident involving their vehicles, and Debbie was 51% at fault, Debbie would not recover anything from Dave.  If, however, Debbie was 40% at fault, she could recover damages, but the damage award would be reduced by her portion of the fault in causing the injury.  Therefore, a finding that Debbie suffered $10,000 in damages would result in Debbie receiving an award reduced by 40%, or a final award of $6,000. 

Click here to read about contributory vs. comparative negligence.

A statute of limitations is a type of law that restricts the period of time that a person may initiate legal proceedings.  Time limits can vary depending on the type of case and the state where the particular cause of action occurred. To learn more about statutes of limitations, read our Statute of Limitations page. To see a state by state comparison chart for the personal injury statute of limitations for each state, read our Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Actions page.

South Carolina Statutes of Limitations

In South Carolina, the courts follow the common law doctrine of joint and several liability, where each defendant is jointly and severally liable for the entire amount of the financial judgment.  Any defendant named in the judgment is liable to the plaintiff for the entire amount, regardless of his or her share of the fault.  

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One of the best ways to research personal injury lawyers in South Carolina is to contact courts in SC and ask them for information about the personal injury attorneys who utilize their legal facilities when they bring personal injury cases to court. We have compiled a list below of some courts in South Carolina to get you started:

Supreme Court
Supreme Court of South Carolina

P.O. Box 11330
Columbia, SC 29211

Court of Appeals
South Carolina Court of Appeals
P.O. Box 11629
Columbia, SC 29211

Circuit Courts
Abbeville County
PO Box 99
Room 103, Courthouse Court Square
Abbeville, SC 29620-0099

Aiken County
PO Box 583
109 Park Avenue
Aiken, SC 29802

Allendale County
PO Box 126
292 Barnwell Highway
Allendale, SC 29810

Anderson County
PO Box 8002
100 S. Main Street
Anderson, SC 29622

Bamberg County
PO Drawer 150
2959 Main Highway
Bamberg, SC 29003

Barnwell County
PO Box 723
141 Main Street
Barnwell, SC 29812

Beaufort County
PO Box 1128
102 Ribaut Road, Rm. 208
Beaufort, SC 29901-1128

Berkeley County
PO Box 219
300 B California Avenue
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Calhoun County
PO Box 709
902 F.R. Huff Drive
St. Matthews, SC 29135

Charleston County
100 Broad Street Suite 106
Charleston, SC 29401-2258

Cherokee County
PO Drawer 2289
125 E. Floyd Baker Blvd
Gaffney, SC 29342

Chester County
PO Drawer 580
140 Main Street
Chester, SC 29706

Chesterfield County
PO Box 529
200 West Main Street
Chesterfield, SC 29709-0529

Clarendon County
PO Box 136
Manning, SC 29102

Colleton County
PO Box 620
101 Hampton Street
Walterboro, SC 29488

Darlington County
1 Public Square, Rm B-4
Darlington, SC 29532-3213

Dillon County
PO Box 1220
401 West Main Street
Dillon, SC 29536

Dorchester County
101 Ridge Street
St. George, SC 29477

Edgefield County
PO Box 34
129 Courthouse Square
Edgefield, SC 29824

Fairfield County
101 South Congress St
PO Drawer 299
Winnsboro, SC 29180-0299

Florence County
180 N. Irby St., MSC-E, Rm. B11
Florence, SC 29501-3456

Georgetown County
PO Drawer 421270
715 Prince Street, Rm221
Georgetown, SC 29442

Greenville County
305 E. North Street
Greenville, SC 29601-2120

Greenwood County
528 Monument St., Rm114
Greenwood, SC 29646-2623

Hampton County
PO Box 7
1 Elm Street, Courthouse Square
Hampton, SC 29924

Horry County
PO Box 677
1301 2nd Avenue
Conway, SC 29528

Jasper County
265 Russell Street
PO Box 248
Ridgeland, SC 29936-0248

Kershaw County
PO Box 1557
515 Walnut Street
Camden, SC 29020

Lancaster County
PO Box 1809
104 N. Main Street
Lancaster, SC 29721-1809

Laurens County
PO Box 287
100 Hillcrest Square
Laurens, SC 29360

Lee County
PO Box 387
Courthouse Square
Bishopville, SC 29010

Lexington County
205 East Main Street, Suite 146
Lexington, SC 29072-3599

Marion County
PO Box 295
103 N. Main Street
Marion, SC 29571

Marlboro County
PO Drawer 996
105 Main Street
Bennettsville, SC 29512

McCormick County
133 South Mine Street, Room 102
McCormick, SC 29835

Newberry County
1226 College St Rm 7
PO Drawer 10
Newberry, SC 29108-0278

Oconee County
PO Box 678
205 W. Main Street
Walhalla, SC 29691

Orangeburg County
PO Box 9000
190 Gibson Street
Orangeburg, SC 29116

Pickens County
PO Box 215
214 E. Main Street
Pickens, SC 29671

Richland County
PO Box 2766
1701 Main Street, Rm 205
Columbia, SC 29202

Saluda County
100 E. Church St.
County Courthouse, Suite 6
Saluda, SC 29138-1444

Spartanburg County
PO Box 3483
180 Magnolia Street
Spartanburg, SC 29304-3483

Sumter County
141 N. Main St., Rm 308
Sumter, SC 29150-4965

Union County
PO Box 703
210 W. Main Street
Union, SC 29379

Williamsburg County
125 W. Main Street
Kingstree, SC 29556

York County
PO Box 649
1675 -1G York Highway
York, SC 29745