Chappell, Smith & Arden Attorneys at Law
South Carolina’s Personal Injury, Accident & Workers’ Comp Lawyers
Accidents involving tractor-trailers are often more catastrophic than a typical motor vehicle accident.
Litigation of railroad accidents is often quite complex. Chappell, Smith & Arden handles all types of railroad cases.
Chappell, Smith & Arden understands the Workers’ Comp system and can help you settle your on-the-job injury claim.
Personal injury victims often have sizeable medical expenses associated with the accident. We will fight for your rights.
Whose Fault Is It?
Defects in design, workmanship, or materials are no laughing matter, especially when the end result is serious injury or even death. If you are injured due to a defective product, is the manufacturer responsible?
Beginning in the early 1990’s, trucking manufacturers started incorporating “Black Boxes” into engines to capture information about the driver’s operation of the truck. No longer do we have to take the truck driver’s word for what happened when an accident occurs.
Football Helmets May Provide Inadequate Protection
According to a new study conducted by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, football helmets do not adequately protect players against Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) if hit from side.
Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2012 alone, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes.
Workers’ Compensation benefits are limited by statute and often do not adequately compensate injured workers for the disability their injuries create. An injured worker can receive a maximum of 500 weeks of compensation for permanent and total disability in SC. That is a little less than 10 years of disability benefits. So whether someone is 25 years old or 65 years old if it is determined that they are unemployable because of their injuries they are entitled to less than 10 years of benefits under Workers’ Compensation.
Our lawyers have high profile, real world experience handling claims related to motor vehicle and work-related accidents, as well as a wide range of other personal injury cases. Mark Chappell, a partner at Chappell, Smith & Arden, was appointed the lead plaintiff’s liaison counsel in the Graniteville train disaster cases pending before Judge Margaret B. Seymour in U.S. District Court in Columbia, South Carolina. The January 6, 2005 train derailment and chlorine gas spill in Graniteville, South Carolina adversely affected thousands of local residents and employees. Mark was also appointed to the legal steering committee following the May 2000 bridge collapse at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Chappell, Smith & Arden coordinated all documents and discovery, depositions, and the resources of the 24 law firms representing the 87 race fans injured during the collapse.
Bill Smith and Mark Arden also have 45 years of combined experience handling worker’s comp cases. Both attorneys limit their practices to workers’ comp and represent injured workers daily before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. Each serves or served on virtually every board and committee of workers compensation-related organizations on behalf of injured workers.
Thousands of people are killed every year in railroad accidents. Many thousands more are severely injured as the result of such accidents. Often, the railroad company is responsible for these tragic accidents as the result of failing to properly maintain the tracks or provide an adequate warning of oncoming trains. Chappell, Smith & Arden understands the railroad industry and knows what to investigate and handle all types of railroad cases.
Product Defects & Liability
Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
If you suspect someone you love may be the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, it is time to contact an attorney experienced in nursing home litigation to investigate your claim and pursue the appropriate legal remedy. Our attorneys understand the elder care industry and know what to investigate. Chappell, Smith & Arden is made up of trial attorneys who will not shy away from taking cases all the way to trial.
Complex Case Litigation
Traumatic Brain Injury
Catastrophic Injury & Death
A catastrophic injury is a sudden or serious injury or illness that has an enormous impact on the lives of the injured victims. Chappell, Smith & Arden represents the victims of catastrophic injuries and their families. Our attorneys have represented individuals who have been injured in major railroad accidents, trucking accidents, bridge collapses, and workplace accidents.
Our experienced team of legal professionals at Chappell, Smith & Arden will help you determine whether an individual or a class action lawsuit is your best way to prove your claim and bring you compensation for your physical, financial or emotional injury. We have a strong record of success with either approach. We can help you.
South Carolina Trucking Accident Facts
South Carolina has the fourth largest state-maintained system in the country; which consists of Interstates, U.S. highways, state highways, and secondary roads, totaling approximately 41,500 miles. South Carolina's primary interstates include I-20. I-26, I-77, I-85 and I-95. Add to that list I-126, I-185, I-326, I-385, I-520, I-526 and I-585 and you can see why there are so many motor vehicle accidents each year in our state.
Major trucking companies love to use our highways and plentiful railway facilities, booming ports and airports. Approximately 130 truck lines and 150 motor freight lines operate in South Carolina. Have you seen these trucks on our highways? UPS, FedEx, JB Hunt, Con-Way, Swift, Landstar, Old Dominion, Southeastern, Estes, R+L Carriers, Saia, Averitt, AAA Cooper or C.R. England? Chances are good you answered "Yes" to more than one of those big names. And chances are you or
someone you know will be involved in an accident with a truck
at some point.
Chappell, Smith & Arden Attorneys at Law
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