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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
803-734-1080

Court of Appeals
South Carolina Court of Appeals
P.O. Box 11629
Columbia, SC 29211
803-734-1890

Circuit Courts
Abbeville County
PO Box 99
Room 103, Courthouse Court Square
Abbeville, SC 29620-0099
864-366-5312

Aiken County
PO Box 583
109 Park Avenue
Aiken, SC 29802
803-642-1715

Allendale County
PO Box 126
292 Barnwell Highway
Allendale, SC 29810
803-584-2737

Anderson County
PO Box 8002
100 S. Main Street
Anderson, SC 29622
864-260-4053

Bamberg County
PO Drawer 150
2959 Main Highway
Bamberg, SC 29003
803-245-3025

Barnwell County
PO Box 723
141 Main Street
Barnwell, SC 29812
803-541-1020

Beaufort County
PO Box 1128
102 Ribaut Road, Rm. 208
Beaufort, SC 29901-1128
843-470-5218

Berkeley County
PO Box 219
300 B California Avenue
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
843-719-4400

Calhoun County
PO Box 709
902 F.R. Huff Drive
St. Matthews, SC 29135
803-874-3524

Charleston County
100 Broad Street Suite 106
Charleston, SC 29401-2258
843-958-5000

Cherokee County
PO Drawer 2289
125 E. Floyd Baker Blvd
Gaffney, SC 29342
864-487-2571

Chester County
PO Drawer 580
140 Main Street
Chester, SC 29706
803-385-2605

Chesterfield County
PO Box 529
200 West Main Street
Chesterfield, SC 29709-0529
843-623-2574

Clarendon County
PO Box 136
Manning, SC 29102
803-435-4443

Colleton County
PO Box 620
101 Hampton Street
Walterboro, SC 29488
843-549-5791

Darlington County
1 Public Square, Rm B-4
Darlington, SC 29532-3213
843-398-4333

Dillon County
PO Box 1220
401 West Main Street
Dillon, SC 29536
843-774-1425

Dorchester County
101 Ridge Street
St. George, SC 29477
843-563-0121

Edgefield County
PO Box 34
129 Courthouse Square
Edgefield, SC 29824
803-637-4080

Fairfield County
101 South Congress St
PO Drawer 299
Winnsboro, SC 29180-0299
803-712-6526

Florence County
180 N. Irby St., MSC-E, Rm. B11
Florence, SC 29501-3456
843-665-3031

Georgetown County
PO Drawer 421270
715 Prince Street, Rm221
Georgetown, SC 29442
843-545-3038

Greenville County
305 E. North Street
Greenville, SC 29601-2120
864-467-8551

Greenwood County
528 Monument St., Rm114
Greenwood, SC 29646-2623
864-942-8546

Hampton County
PO Box 7
1 Elm Street, Courthouse Square
Hampton, SC 29924
803-943-7510

Horry County
PO Box 677
1301 2nd Avenue
Conway, SC 29528
843-915-5080

Jasper County
265 Russell Street
PO Box 248
Ridgeland, SC 29936-0248
843-726-7710

Kershaw County
PO Box 1557
515 Walnut Street
Camden, SC 29020
803-425-1500

Lancaster County
PO Box 1809
104 N. Main Street
Lancaster, SC 29721-1809
803-285-1581

Laurens County
PO Box 287
100 Hillcrest Square
Laurens, SC 29360
864-984-3538

Lee County
PO Box 387
Courthouse Square
Bishopville, SC 29010
803-484-5341

Lexington County
205 East Main Street, Suite 146
Lexington, SC 29072-3599
803-785-8212

Marion County
PO Box 295
103 N. Main Street
Marion, SC 29571
843-423-8240

Marlboro County
PO Drawer 996
105 Main Street
Bennettsville, SC 29512
843-479-5613

McCormick County
133 South Mine Street, Room 102
McCormick, SC 29835
864-852-2195

Newberry County
1226 College St Rm 7
PO Drawer 10
Newberry, SC 29108-0278
803-321-2110

Oconee County
PO Box 678
205 W. Main Street
Walhalla, SC 29691
864-638-4280

Orangeburg County
PO Box 9000
190 Gibson Street
Orangeburg, SC 29116
803-533-6243

Pickens County
PO Box 215
214 E. Main Street
Pickens, SC 29671
864-898-5857

Richland County
PO Box 2766
1701 Main Street, Rm 205
Columbia, SC 29202
803-576-1999

Saluda County
100 E. Church St.
County Courthouse, Suite 6
Saluda, SC 29138-1444
864-445-4500

Spartanburg County
PO Box 3483
180 Magnolia Street
Spartanburg, SC 29304-3483
864-596-2591

Sumter County
141 N. Main St., Rm 308
Sumter, SC 29150-4965
803-436-2227

Union County
PO Box 703
210 W. Main Street
Union, SC 29379
864-429-1630

Williamsburg County
125 W. Main Street
Kingstree, SC 29556
843-355-9321

York County
PO Box 649
1675 -1G York Highway
York, SC 29745
803-628-3037

 
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