Moving tort claims forward
When you’re injured due to someone else’s reckless or intentional action, you might be able to recover damages. It doesn’t matter if the injury was physical, such as a workplace injury, or financial, such as fraud.

In those cases and more, you can file a tort claim asking for compensation. At Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, our experienced attorneys have helped many clients pursue justice in both state and federal court. We approach every case with a combination of legal savvy and tenacious determination to fight for what’s right.

Tort claims go beyond the classic personal injury case – a slip-and-fall at a store or a car accident. They cover any action where an act or omission caused an injury. This can include civil rights violations. Libel or slander cases, too. Invasion of privacy and trespassing also are tort claims.

There are intentional torts, such as assault and battery (sexual misconduct) and defamation. There are negligence torts, such when someone’s careless action or inaction leads to injury.  In strict liability torts, the injured person must prove only that the incident occurred and that the defendant was responsible. Cases involving dog bites or product liability fall into this category.

Unlike many states, South Carolina allows juries to find that the plaintiff was partly at fault for the injuries.  There also are caps on “non-economic damages” such as pain and suffering.

That’s why people need experienced attorneys at their sides as they struggle to rebuild  finances, reputations or lives after an injury.  At Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, our tort lawyers have represented many clients who have come to us after a traumatic event, seeking a way to recover.

We won’t guarantee a big win or a huge award. No ethical lawyer can. We can, though, promise to work tirelessly to help give every client the best possible chance of prevailing.