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Frequently Asked Questions About Injury Accidents

Cavanaugh & Thickens Injury Law

Client Focused. Results Driven.


We know you did not ask for this injury to happen. That’s why we work tirelessly to get you a fair and timely outcome so that you can focus on healing. Accidents often lead to expensive medical bills, time missed from work, and other disruptions to your daily life.  Our attorneys are sympathetic to that. We are here for you every step of the way, with experience to help you preserve critical evidence and protect your rights following an accident or injury. 


Whether you were in a car accident, trucking accident, hit on your bike, or have any other personal injury caused by the negligence of others, we have the knowledge and experience to advocate for you and protect your interests. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help you when the worst happens.


At Cavanaugh & Thickens, we understand the legal process and our goal is to take the weight of it all off of you and provide you peace of mind. Our clients are the heart of everything that we do. Don’t go through this alone.

 

Schedule your free consultation today! Call us at (803) 674-8178 
 

J. Eric Cavanaugh

 

Bar Admissions 

South Carolina – 2011 

United States District Court,

Education
University of South Carolina, B.A. 

English & Political Science – 1995
University of South Carolina, J.D. – 2011

Joseph Thickens

 

Bar Admissions
South Carolina – 2013
United States District Court, District of South Carolina – 2013

 

Education
University of South Carolina, B.A., Political Science – 2010
University of South Carolina, J.D. – 2013

 

Car Wrecks 
Anytime you are involved in a motor vehicle wreck, you should notify the police and make an official report naming the parties, the witnesses, and the insurance carriers for each party involved, and take photographs of the scene, vehicles, and damages. Your first priority, when injured in a motor vehicle wreck is making sure that you receive the medical care that you need.

  • Seek immediate treatment and be sure to communicate all of your symptoms to your doctor.

  • Follow all of your doctor’s orders.  If you have continued symptoms or you need a second opinion do not wait—seek prompt follow-up care.

  • Make sure to keep all bills and records provided to you by your doctor, clinic or hospital and get excuses for any days missed from work from the medical provider.

 

Promptly notify your auto insurance company of your car wreck 

  • Most insurance contracts require you to cooperate by reporting a pending claim.

  • The at-fault party usually won’t pay for wages or medical bills up front, but your own insurance may have coverage for some of these expenses.

  • Your own insurance may also be able to help with obtaining a rental vehicle, towing and storage charges, and in promptly repairing or paying for the total loss of your vehicle.

 

Be aware that your interests are different from the interests of the insurance companies.  Insurance companies want to settle claims quickly and for as little as possible.  They have experienced adjusters protecting their interests.  Until you consult an attorney: 

  • Do not sign a release of your claims.

  • Do not make any written or recorded statements or sign anything that could be against your interest.  

  • Do not discuss settlement until you are fully recovered from your injuries and have been discharged by your physician.

 

Contact an attorney to help you understand your legal rights.  Legal rights, including filing a lawsuit, are subject to time limits called statutes of limitation.  You may need to act immediately to protect your rights. Every case is different, and only an attorney can help you best evaluate your legal rights.  Your consultation is free, and you owe us no fee or costs if we do not collect for you.  Please, Ask us a Question and we will immediately respond with an answer. 


18-Wheeler Accidents
18-Wheeler drivers are professionally trained and have strict guidelines that they must follow.  18-wheeler wrecks can often occur due to driver fatigue, overloading, brake failure, and other safety violations.  Your first priority when you are INJURED in a wreck involving an 18-wheeler is to make sure that you receive the medical care that you need.

  • Seek immediate treatment and be sure to communicate all of your symptoms to your doctor.

  • Follow all of your doctor’s orders.  If you have continued symptoms or you need a second opinion do not wait—seek prompt follow-up care.

  • Make sure to keep all bills and records provided to you by your doctor and get excuses for any days missed from work.

 

Be aware that your interests are different from the interests of the insurance companies.  Insurance companies want to settle claims quickly and for as little as possible.  They have experienced adjusters protecting their interests.  Until you consult an attorney: 

  • Do not sign a release of your claims.

  • Do not make any written or recorded statements or sign anything that could be against your interest.  

  • Do not discuss settlement until you are fully recovered from your injuries and have been discharged by your physician.


Contact an attorney to help you understand your legal rights.  Legal rights, including filing a lawsuit, are subject to time limits called statutes of limitation.  You may need to act immediately to protect your rights. Every case is different, and only an attorney can help you best evaluate your legal rights.  Remember, you owe us no fee or costs if we do not collect for you.  Your consultation is free, and you owe us no fee or costs if we do not collect for you.  Please, Ask us a Question and we will immediately respond with an answer. 


 

Motorcycle & Bike Accidents
No one is more vulnerable to injuries than those who ride bikes and motorcycles.  Your first priority when you are injured in a bicycle or motorcycle accident is to make sure that you receive the medical care that you need.

  • Seek immediate treatment and be sure to communicate all of your symptoms to your doctor.

  • Follow all of your doctor’s orders.  If you have continued symptoms or you need a second opinion do not wait—seek prompt follow-up care.

Promptly notify your own insurance company of the accident.  Your our own insurance may help in payment of your medical bills up front, or pay for all damages owed to you if the person who struck you was uninsured.

Be aware that your interests are different from the interests of your insurance companies.  The insurance companies have trained adjusters that want to settle claims as quickly and for as little as possible, or find a reason to deny liability of your claim.  Until you have consulted an attorney,

  • Do not sign a release of your claims.

  • Do not make any written or recorded statements or sign anything that could be against your interest.  

  • Do not discuss settlement until you are fully recovered from your injuries and have been discharged by your physician.

 

Contact an attorney to help you fully understand your legal rights.  Legal rights, including filing a lawsuit, are subject to time limits called statutes of limitation.   You may need to act immediately to protect your rights.  You won’t owe us a fee if we do not get a settlement or judgment for you. Your consultation is free, and you owe us no fee or costs if we do not collect for you.  Please, Ask us a Question and we will immediately respond with an answer. 

 

 

Boating Accidents
Each year thousands of people are injured, and hundreds of people are killed in boating accidents.  These accidents can happen on a privately-owned boat, a cruise ship, a jet ski, a ferry, or other types of watercraft.  The majority are caused by operator inexperience or inattention. Many people simply underestimate the dangers of operating a watercraft.
Your first priority when you are injured in a boating accident is to make sure that you receive the medical care that you need.

  • Seek immediate treatment and be sure to communicate all of your symptoms to your doctor.

  • Follow all of your doctor’s orders.  If you have continued symptoms or you need a second opinion do not wait—seek prompt follow-up care.

 

Promptly notify your insurance company of the accident.  Your own insurance may help in payment of your medical bills or wages up front, or pay for all damages owed to you if the person who struck you was uninsured.

Be aware that your interests are different from the interests of your insurance companies.  The insurance companies have trained adjusters that want to settle claims as quickly and for as little as possible, or find a reason to deny liability of your claim.  Until you have consulted an attorney,

  • Do not sign a release of your claims.

  • Do not make any written or recorded statements or sign anything that could be against your interest.  

  • Do not discuss settlement until you are fully recovered from your injuries and have been discharged by your physician.

 

Contact an attorney to help you fully understand your legal rights.  Legal rights, including filing a lawsuit, are subject to time limits called statutes of limitation.   You may need to act immediately to protect your rights.  You won’t owe us a fee if we do not get a settlement or judgment for you. Your consultation is free, and you owe us no fee or costs if we do not collect for you.  Please, Ask us a Question and we will immediately respond with an answer. 


Slip & Fall Injuries 
Each year, thousands of people suffer serious injuries due to falls.  Falls commonly occur in the home and in businesses. Falls can happen to anyone at any age, but older Americans are particularly vulnerable to falls.  Falls frequently occur because of hazards and defects associated with sidewalks, steps or slippery floors.  Homeowners and businesses may be liable if they fail to maintain their premises in good repair or fail to fix or warn about a defect or hazard that they knew about or should have known about.  You should also be sure to do the following in order to protect your legal rights:

  • Take photographs of the scene, or ask someone else to do so if you are unable due to your injuries

  • Identify and take photos of what caused your fall

  • Write down the names of all witnesses to your event

 

When you have been injured by a slip or trip and fall accident, your first priority must be to obtain the medical care you need in order to regain your health:

  • Seek immediate treatment and be sure to communicate all of your symptoms to your doctor.

  • Follow all of your doctor’s orders.  If you have continued symptoms or you need a second opinion, do not wait—seek prompt follow-up care.

  • Keep all bills and records from your medical treatment and obtain excuses for any time missed from work.

 

Be aware that insurance companies want to settle claims as quickly and cheaply as possible.  In most cases, their goal is to deny your claims altogether.  Know that insurance companies have experienced investigators, adjusters, and attorneys to build a defense against your claim.  

 

Due to the complex defenses involved in these types of injury cases, it is extremely important not to discuss your claim or give any written or recorded statements against your interest.  Also, do not discuss settlement or sign any releases for your claims.  Instead, you should contact an experienced attorney.  Legal rights, including filing a lawsuit, are subject to strict time limits.  You may need to act immediately to protect your rights.  Every case is different, and only an experienced attorney can evaluate your case, provide an unbiased legal opinion, and take your case to court if necessary.  Your consultation is free, and you owe us no fee or costs if we do not collect for you. Please, Ask us a Question and we will immediately respond with an answer. 


Nursing Homes
When you or a loved one enters a nursing home or extended care facility, you expect to receive competent, quality care. Tragically, sometimes, these facilities make mistakes, take unnecessary risks, or act negligently and fail to deliver a basic standard of care and respect due to their patients.  Many states may have specific rules about pursuing medical malpractice cases.  If you or a loved one has been injured or improperly cared for at a nursing home or extended care facility, you should:

  • Seek a second opinion, and explain to your doctor how the prior care caused your injury or made your condition worse. 

  • Also know that you may report a negligent nursing home to several sources, including but not limited to a state long term care ombudsman or an adult protective services agency.

  • Keep all of your medical records and reports, including prescription receipts.

 

Nursing home malpractice claims involve complex theories of liability.  The nursing home or extended care facility’s malpractice insurance wants to deny or settle your claim for as little as possible.  Be aware that they have experienced adjusters and legal teams trained to protect their interests and ask questions to build legal defenses to your claim.  Until you have contacted an attorney:

  • Do not sign a release of your claims.

  • Do not make any written or recorded statements or sign anything that could be against your interest. 

  • Do not discuss settlement until you are fully recovered from your injuries and have been discharged by your physician.

 

Contact an attorney to help you understand your legal rights.  Legal rights, including filing a lawsuit, are subject to time limits called statutes of limitation.  You may need to act immediately to protect your rights.  Every case is different, and only an attorney can best explain your legal rights and provide an unbiased legal opinion. You owe us no fee or costs if we do not obtain a recovery for you.  Your consultation is free, and you owe us no fee or costs if we do not collect for you. Please, Ask us a Question and we will immediately respond with an answer. 

 

Dog Bites
Each year there are more than 4.7 million dog bites reported in the United States.  Alarmingly, children are the most common victims and account for 77% of the attacks.  Dog bites are the second leading cause of childhood injury, surpassing even playground accidents.  Whether the victim is a child or an adult, a dog bite can cause severe physical and emotional damage that can take years to recover from.  When you have been bitten or attacked by an animal, you should immediately: 

  • Contact the proper authorities including the police department to make an official report of the occurrence and the health department to quarantine the animal.

  • Identify the owner of the animal and the name of their homeowner insurance carrier.

 

When you have been injured in an animal attack, your top priority must be in obtaining the medical care you need in order to regain your health:

  • Seek immediate treatment and be sure to communicate all of your symptoms to your doctor.

  • If you have been bitten, make sure that your doctor reviews all health department reports regarding the animal so that you receive any necessary vaccinations.

  • Follow all of your doctor’s orders.  If you have continued symptoms or you need a second opinion do not wait—seek prompt follow-up care.

  • Take pictures of all visible injuries including tear and puncture wounds caused by an animal bite.

 

Keep all records and reports, and make sure that the incident is reported to the animal owner’s insurance.  Keep in mind that insurance companies want to settle claims as quickly and cheaply as possible or find a reason to deny your claim.   They have experienced adjusters trained to protect their interests and ask questions to build legal defenses to your claim. As a result:

  • Do not sign a release of your claims.

  • Do not make any written or recorded statements or sign anything that could be against your interest.  

  • Do not discuss settlement until you are fully recovered from your injuries and have been discharged by your physician.

 

Animal attack cases are subject to time limits called statute of limitations; you may need to act immediately to protect your rights.  Every animal attack case is different and may involve complicated issues of liability and legal defenses.  Only an experienced attorney can evaluate your unique case and provide an unbiased legal opinion.  You owe us no fee or costs if we do not get a settlement for you. Your consultation is free, and you owe us no fee or costs if we do not collect for you.  Please, Ask us a Question and we will immediately respond with an answer. 


Medical Malpractice
The National Institute of Medicine reports that between 44,000 and 98,000 hospital patients have preventable deaths every year.  Nursing home studies show even higher rates of preventable injuries and deaths in assisted living facilities. 

Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor, or assisted living facility fails to provide adequate care to a patient that meets the standards for the type of care provided. As a general rule, medical negligence cases have very specific requirements that must be met for the case to be brought in court. 

 

When a patient is injured or dies as a result of medical negligence, there is a limited period of time (called a “statute of limitations”) to investigate and bring a claim. Some examples of medical negligence and medical malpractice patients may have endured include: 

  • Misdiagnosis

  • Failure to diagnose in a timely manner

  • Surgical error

  • Failure to follow up

  • Failure to treat

  • Anesthesia errors

  • Medication and prescription error

 

Medical negligence cases are often complex and require substantial investigation. Several experts, each in a different medical specialty, may be required for a single case. 

If you believe you or a family member has been injured or you have lost a loved one as a result of medical negligence, you should consult an attorney who is knowledgeable about cases involving medical malpractice.  Careful investigation, screening, and medical record reviews must be completed by expert physicians before a claim is filed in court.  You owe us no fee or costs if we do not collect for you.  Your consultation is free, and you owe us no fee or costs if we do not collect for you.  Please, Ask us a Question and we will immediately respond with an answer. 

 

Overdose or Wrong Medication 
When a medical provider prescribes medication for you, you expect the medication to improve your condition. Sometimes, health care providers make careless mistakes in the type or amount of medication prescribed.  Severe allergic reactions, incorrect treatment, and death can result from medical negligence involving medications. 

 

The State of South Carolina has specific rules about pursuing cases regarding prescription and medication errors.  If you have overdosed through no fault of your own or been given the wrong medication by a medical professional or nursing home representative, you should:

  • Get an opinion from a different health care provider, making sure to get clear documentation regarding symptoms resulting from the improperly administered medication

  • Be aware that medical doctors must be licensed to practice.  You should check a doctor’s qualifications in order to see if your doctor has operated under good standing or has received any prior complaints about their practice.

  • Keep all medical records and reports, including prescription receipts. 

 

Medical malpractice claims involve complex theories of liability. Malpractice insurance representatives for health care providers may try to deny or settle your claim for as little as possible.  Experienced adjusters are trained to protect the interests of doctors and insurance companies and may ask questions to build legal defenses against your claim.  

Until you have contacted a medical negligence attorney:

  • Do not sign a release of your claims.

  • Do not make any written or recorded statements or sign anything that could be against your interest.

  • Do not discuss settlement until you are fully recovered from your injuries and have been discharged by your physician.

 

Contact an attorney to help you understand your legal rights.  Legal rights, including filing a lawsuit, are subject to time limits called statutes of limitation.  You may need to act immediately to protect your rights.  Every case is different, and only an attorney can best explain your legal rights and provide an unbiased legal opinion. You owe us no fee or costs if we do not obtain a recovery for you.  Your consultation is free, and you owe us no fee or costs if we do not collect for you. Please, Ask us a Question and we will immediately respond with an answer. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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1324 Gadsden St 

Columbia, SC 29201

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