Mark Bringardner is an experienced wrongful death and personal injury lawyer serving the entire state of South Carolina. He fights for his clients to recover the full and fair compensation they need and deserve after an accident.
He and his team handle all types of personal injury matters in South Carolina, including all traffic accident-related accidents:
- Car accidents
- Truck and Tractor-Trailer accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Train accidents
- Rideshare (Uber/Lyft) accidents
- Rental car accidents
Along with traffic accidents, other types of personal injury cases he handles include:
- Boat and Jet Ski Accidents
- Maritime/Port Accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dangerous Premises liability accidents
- Product liability accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Negligent security
- Dangerous drugs and medical devices
- Dog bites and dog attacks
- Insurance claims and insurance bad faith
- Workplace Accidents and On-the-job injuries
- Whistle Blower/Qui Tam Claims
Who is At Fault in a Personal Injury Claim?
Personal injury claims have very unique legal issues, and liability is not always obvious. If you or a family member is the victim of serious injury, abuse, neglect that was caused by another person or company’s negligence, you may have a case for personal injury. It is smart to hire a personal injury lawyer quickly after an accident to protect your rights. Insurance companies begin working against you immediately with the goal of paying nothing or very little for your claim.
These cases can be very different, with common themes of negligence. A skilled personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a claim, who may be responsible, and how to deal with the insurance companies. Some examples of personal injury scenarios that may occur – and the potentially liable parties are below:
- You are struck by a drunk driver while crossing the street. The drunk driver was drinking on his lunch break while driving a company owned vehicle. He had several prior DUIs and the company knew the history, yet continued to employ him. The employer of the drunk driver may be liable, in addition to the driver himself.
- You are riding your bicycle down the street and your tire becomes stuck in a crack in the road, causing you to fall off your bike and suffer a severe brain injury. You find out that crack has been there for years and several other bicycle accidents had occurred in the same spot, but the city did nothing about it fix it. The city responsible for maintaining the road may be liable for your injuries.
- You are working on a construction site. Another construction worker is operating an unstable backhoe which crushes your leg. An inspection reveals the backhoe had a manufacturing defect and was not capable of lifting the load it said it was rated for. The manufacturer of the backhoe may be liable for your injuries.
- Your mother is in a nursing home and is severely neglected by careless, overworked and/or underpaid nursing home employees The nursing home may be liable for your mother’s injuries, suffering, and emotional distress.
- An inexperienced boater runs aground or crashes into a boat or object on the water and injures you. You may be able to hold the boat’s owner responsible for negligently entrusting the boat to an inexperienced and unqualified boater.
- A busy restaurant over-serves alcohol to its customers to make as much money as possible. One of those customers drives after getting drunk at the restaurant and crashes into you. The bar may be liable for Dram Shop liability for contributing to the cause of the DUI crash.
- A crowded bar does not have enough properly trained security guards and a fight breaks out that could have been prevented. You are injured as an innocent bystander. The bar may be responsible for negligent security and premises liability.
- Your neighbor invites you to come over and while you are there, their dog attacks you, causing you to break your arm. You are hospitalized when the wound becomes infected. The neighbor may be liable for your injuries and hospitalization (covered under their homeowner’s insurance policy).
If you have questions about whether you may have a claim for injuries, call us. We are happy to review your unique case and discuss potential liability. With all personal injury cases, we recommend reaching out to us as soon as possible.
South Carolina Traffic Accident Statistics from SCDPS
Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries and accidental death across the country and in South Carolina. In 2018, 1,036 people died in South Carolina car accidents. And 58,053 people were injured. These numbers show that deaths, while tragic, are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to car accident statistics. The vast majority of these accidents are completely preventable, caused by distracted, drunk or reckless driving. The Palmetto state is among the worst in the nation for drunk driving, a 2019 report found.
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is the agency responsible for publishing statewide car accident injury and death statistics in South Carolina. Their most recent publication, the South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book 2018 Edition, reported the following statistics for South Carolina in 2018:
- An injury traffic collision occurred every 13.8 minutes
- A fatal traffic collision occurred every 9 hours
- A person was killed in a DUI accident every 30.1 hours
- A motorcyclist was killed in an accident every 3.3 days
- A bicyclist was killed in an accident every 16.6 days
- A pedestrian was killed in an accident every 2.2 days
- A child under 8 was injured or killed every 7.2 days.
Overall, traffic fatalities, pedestrian fatalities, and bicyclist fatalities in South Carolina all increased in 2018 from the prior year. Traffic injuries decreased slightly, from 60,566 in 2017 to 58,053 in 2018. Statistics for 2019 and 2020 are not yet available.
Types of Personal Injuries We Handle
Mark Bringardner specializes in complex injuries and wrongful death cases. Some of the types of injuries our clients have suffered include:
- Traumatic brain injuries / concussions
- Blunt force injuries
- Broken bones / fractures
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries including paralysis
- Pinched Nerves and Disc Herniations
- Lacerations / Cuts
- Amputation injuries
- Bruises / Contusions
- Soft tissue injuries
- Fatal injury / wrongful death
If you have a serious injury due to another party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions, you need to contact a South Carolina injury attorney right away. Do not give insurance companies the chance to take advantage of you, and do not fall victim to their common delay, deny, defend tactics. You will increase your chances of winning your case if you have an experienced attorney on your side, fighting for you. We will guide you through every aspect of maximizing your injuries, from how to document your injuries and why you should not post on social media during your personal injury claim.
How Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help Following an Accident
As experienced advocates for injury victims, we know that catastrophic accidents cause debilitating injuries, changing the course of your future and turning your life upside down. When an accident is caused by another party’s negligent or reckless actions, you will have one chance to pursue a claim for your injuries. In the immediate aftermath of an accident, hiring a personal injury lawyer can help you:
- Make arrangements for immediate medical care, and communicate with insurance companies.
- Meet with medical specialists to treat and document your injuries, as well as how they are affecting you.
- Calculate your total medical expenses, lost earnings and pain and suffering
- Pursue a claim or lawsuit for maximum compensation from the at-fault party or their insurance company.
South Carolina Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What Types of Compensation Are Available in a Personal Injury Claim?
A: Serious injuries, especially those resulting in permanent disability, cause tremendous financial hardship. Damages may be broken down into actual damages (calculable economic damages), future damages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and shortened life expectancy, if applicable.
Medical expenses will include everything related to your medical care, like ambulance transportation, emergency room care, hospitalization, doctor visits, prescription drugs, physical therapy, and surgeries. We work with life care planners to calculate expected future medical care.
The financial strain of medical expenses following an accident are quickly followed by loss of income from being unable to work. When calculating damages in a personal injury claim, your salary will be considered, along with your future earning capacity, which is your reduced ability to earn an income. If you are permanently disabled, this will be calculated to the end of your work life expectancy, and can be substantial.
Along with the actual and future economic damages, compensation for pain and suffering may be available. This includes physical pain, mental anguish, stress, anxiety, PTSD. They are calculated based on your age and remaining life expectancy, the severity of your injuries.
A final consideration for a personal injury claim is the amount of insurance available. Each situation is different, and the amount of insurance available for your injury claim may depend on the specific facts of your case. Often times multiple insurance companies are responsible to pay. If you try to handle the case on your own, or hire an inexperienced lawyer, you may miss out on a lot of money that is available to pay for your medical bills, lost income, and damages.
Q. Do I Need to Report My Accident To My Insurance Company After An Accident?
A: Under the terms of most insurance policies, you are required to report your accident promptly. This is a contractual agreement you made when you purchased the policy. However, it is usually better if you hire an attorney to report the accident for you. Often times the insurance company, even your insurance company, will try to take your statement and then use it against you later. If you fail to report the accident to them, you could lose your right to file a claim for your injuries. After an accident, get medical attention right away. Then, hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to protect your rights.
If you do call the insurance company, give facts only. Do not provide a recorded statement, do not address how serious your injuries are, or speculate on fault. Insurance claims adjusters are trained to be friendly and compassionate, but their job and even their compensation is centered upon one end-goal: paying as little as possible for insurance claims.
Q. How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
A: One of the most frequently asked questions for anyone looking to hire a personal injury lawyer is “How much will your services cost?” Our law firm handles claims on a contingency fee, or no win, no fee arrangement. We are only paid when the case is resolved and a settlement or verdict is reached. We do not get paid unless you get paid. We typically charge 1/3 of the recovery if the case is settled before a lawsuit is filed, and 40% if the case is resolved after a lawsuit is filed. This arrangement allows you to put your energy into recovering and healing, while we fight for you and negotiate fair compensation. The last thing you should have to worry about during a difficult time is how to pay for a personal injury lawyer. We do not charge any fees up-front, and do not get paid until your case is resolved.
Q. What Is the Statute of Limitations for South Carolina Personal Injury Claims?
A: All states have a “statute of limitations” which is a strict time limit imposed on any civil lawsuit. In South Carolina, you typically have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. However, the Statute of Limitations may be shortened dramatically depending on the facts and circumstances of your case. For example, if a governmental entity or contractor causes your injury, you may only have 2 years to file a lawsuit. If you case has “jurisdiction” in another state, you may have even less time. Each case is different, and it is important to hire a personal injury attorney early so you do not miss important deadlines.
Of course, we recommend that you hire an attorney as soon as possible. The most important part of many cases is the initial investigation that should occur immediately after an accident. If you wait too long to hire an attorney, important evidence and eye witnesses may never be found. As soon as you contact us and retain our services, we will begin our investigation. We can handle communications with the insurance companies on your behalf and help ensure your rights are protected, especially in regards to preserving evidence. For example, if you are injured in a crash with a semi-truck, we can immediately send the trucking company a “evidence preservation letter”, to formally demand evidence relevant to the collision is preserved. Immediately after an accident, the trucking company may tow the truck hundreds of miles away to be repaired or destroyed. This evidence is important to your claim. In some cases, a settlement has come down to a single piece of evidence.
Q. Will My Personal Injury Case Go To Trial?
A. The vast majority of South Carolina personal injury claims will be resolved out of court. Settlements can be faster, less expensive, and provide certainty and closure. However, we prepare every case for trial, following legal procedures and letting the insurance company and defense attorney know we are serious about your case. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, we will have no problem taking your case to trial.
Q: Why Should I Choose Mark Bringardner For My Personal Injury Claim?
A: Mark exclusively represents injury victims and families who have lost loved ones. Mark’s record-setting jury verdicts and settlements demonstrate his experience, work-ethic, and customized approach to each case that he handles. Because of his success, Mark is more selective about the cases he handles than most attorneys. He understands that no two cases are alike. He believes that you deserve a customized legal service and aggressive representation to protect your interests. Excellent customer service is the most important value of our firm. While past performance cannot guarantee future results, a good way to evaluate an attorney is to see what he has achieved for his past clients. If you ask around, Mark has a strong reputation among lawyers and insurance companies. He is known to get significant results quickly and efficiently. Because Mark is willing to try his cases to a jury if the insurance company is unfair or unreasonable, he often obtains larger settlements because the insurance companies know they are up against a serious lawyer. Unlike most lawyers seen on TV and billboards, Mark is a real personal injury lawyer with extensive courtroom and trial experience. Most lawyers on TV never step foot in a court room. They are just figure heads and advertisers.
Mark has dedicated his career to practicing personal injury law and helping victims. He cares deeply for each of his clients. Although no one wants to need to hire a personal injury lawyer, clients enjoy working with Mark because he treats them like family.. He has had tremendous success recovering maximum compensation for injury claims because he brings knowledge, experience and skill to every case, and insurance companies are familiar with his prior cases. He is passionate about every case he works on.
The attorney rating service Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, has honored Mark Bringardner as a “Rising Star” in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. He also has been listed in the National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 and “Top 40 under 40” lawyers in South Carolina in 2019 and 2020. Mark has also been recognized by the 2021 edition of
“Best Lawyers”, a peer reviewed publication for legal professionals. Mark also serves as the chairman for the Torts & Negligence section of the South Carolina Association for Justice, South Carolina’s leading plaintiff attorney organization.
Get a Free Consultation For Your South Carolina Personal Injury Case
We know you have many questions about your potential personal injury case. If you have been injured, South Carolina accident lawyer Mark Bringardner is here to provide information and resources immediately. In your free consultation, Mark and his team will review your case, answer your questions, explain your legal rights and options, and give you an experience-based opinion about the potential value of your case. If we represent you, we will do everything we can to take the stress off of you so you can focus on healing and getting the best medical attention. Call us seven days a week to speak with a member of our team. In-person, phone and video conferences are available free of charge.