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Chappell, Smith & Arden Attorneys at Law


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




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

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.

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.


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Whose Fault
Is It?
Black Boxes
Helmets May
Not Protect
Emma's Law

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?  <Full Story>

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. <Full Story>

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. <Full Story>


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. <Full Story>



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Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A. is located in Columbia, SC and serves clients in and around Orangeburg, Irmo, West Columbia, Lexington, Aiken, Greenville, Spartanburg, Rock Hill, Winnsboro, Camden, Florence, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Summerville, Beaufort and Hilton Head Island.

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

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