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Chappell, Smith & Arden Attorneys at Law

South Carolina’s Personal Injury, Accident & Workers’ Comp Lawyers


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Experience Matters

At Chappell, Smith & Arden Attorneys at Law, we believe a team of experienced, focused, and passionate trial lawyers gives injured clients the best opportunities to receive all of the financial compensation and medical treatment they need to recover as quickly as possible.
For a FREE consultation, call 800-531-9780

NEW! Chappell, Smith & Arden Accident Phone App

Chappell, Smith & Arden's FREE Accident Application is one of those things you don’t think you will ever need, until you do. And when you do, you’ll be glad you took a few seconds to download it. Our Accident App provides straightforward to-dos, fact and evidence gathering tools to ensure you or your loved one are prepared when vehicle accidents happen. None of us like to think about it, but accidents do happen.




Whose Fault
Is It?
Black Boxes
Helmets May
Not Protect
Emma's Law
How Much is Your
Injury Worth?

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?

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Black Boxes

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.

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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.

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Emma’s Law: DUI Bill Passes SC House

After a year-long battle, a bill that would put tougher restrictions on repeat DUI offenders and DUS for persons under 21 years of age has cleared the South Carolina House of Representatives. <Full Story>

Distracted Driving

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.

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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.

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Helping personal injury victims in South Carolina
and throughout the Southeastern United States

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.





Trucking Accidents


Accidents involving tractor-trailers are often more catastrophic than a typical motor vehicle accident. Learn how to get the justice and compensation you deserve at our SC Trucking Accidents website. [more]


Motor Vehicle


If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. [more]


Class Action


Civil litigation allows an individual to sue another party for damages after an injury. With a class action lawsuit, one or two victims will sue on behalf of a large group of people who... [more]


Workers' Comp


Injured at work? The skilled lawyers of Chappell, Smith & Arden have extensive experience helping injured workers settle their South Carolina worker’s comp cases. [more]


Social Security Disability


Have you filed a Disability Insurance claim with the Social Security Administration and been denied benefits? Many people like you file for disability and fight alone, without professional... [more]


Railroad Accidents


Thousands of people are killed every year in railroad accidents. Many thousands more are severely insured as the result of such accidents. [more]


Contractual Litigation


Whether we think about it or not, contracts are a part of everyday life. Where we work, where we live, what we insure – there are signed documents that spell out rights and responsibilities for ourselves and others. [more]


Product Defects & Liability


Numerous rules and regulations, as well as federal and state laws, regulate the standards of manufacturers and distributors of products. [more]


Insurance Disputes


It is in an insurance company’s interest to pay out as little as possible in claims. Insurance disputes arise regarding coverage, eligibility and many other factors that can impact the amount of money you receive following an accident.  [more]


Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect


Incidents of abuse and neglect in nursing homes continue to increase in the United States. Malnutrition, dehydration, bed sores, medication errors and neglect are inexcusable. [more]


Consumer Protection


The Department of Justice lists several types of consumer protection issues, ranging from false advertising and telemarketing scams to federal violations of food, drug, dietary supplement and cosmetics regulations. [more]


Complex Case Litigation


Complex case litigations usually involves multi-party, multi-forum lawsuits—litigation that often includes a multiplicity of individual actions arising out of the same transaction or course of... [more]

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.

For a FREE consultation, call  800-531-9780.



Personal Injury


Our lawyers have high profile, real world experience handling claims related to motor vehicle accidents, as well as a wide range of other personal injury cases. [more]


Traumatic Brain Injury


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain.  [more]


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. [more]


Chappell, Smith & Arden Attorneys at Law
Toll Free 800.531.9780   |   PO Box 12330  |   Columbia, SC 29211


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