What You Need to Know About Pain and Suffering Damages

man with pain and suffering damagesWhen you file a personal injury lawsuit, the main damages you'll be awarded if you're successful are economic damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and any property damage. Personal injury victims are also able to seek noneconomic damages for pain and suffering.  

What Qualifies as Pain and Suffering?

Pain and suffering generally falls into two categories — physical and mental. Physical pain and suffering refers to the past, current, and potential future pain victims experience directly from their physical injuries. 

Mental pain and suffering involves the psychological and emotional effects from the accident and/or resulting injuries. Mental pain and suffering can take many forms — anxiety, sadness, fear, humiliation, and other negative emotions. In severe cases, mental pain and suffering can lead to sleep problems, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. 

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Signs Your Myrtle Beach Hotel is Liable for Your Accident

Myrtle Beach is lined with all types of resorts and hotels that guests stay at year after year. While you're on vacation, the last thing you want to deal with is an injury, but sometimes unfortunate circumstances occur.

While you may blame yourself for an injury at a Myrtle Beach hotel, the hotel property may have been negligent and part of the cause of the injury. Instead of brushing an injury off as an accident or mistake, a hotel may be held liable for your injuries and medical bills.

Learn about some signs of hotel negligence and ways a personal injury lawyer will help represent your injury case.

Floor Conditions

A slip and fall accident isn't often the result of clumsiness, but rather the conditions of the floor you walk on. Whether you were in the main lobby, your room, or a random hallway, the condition of the hotel you stay at could have a big impact on how your injury was caused.

For example, a tile floor could have cracked, loose, or broken tiles. The hotel should have properly repaired the areas to prevent any injuries or problems. When a hotel leaves the damaged floor, visitors are exposed to potential dangers and hazards.

In a hotel room, worn carpets or warped floors could result in an injury. Images or reports of the floor condition will help showcase the negligence. A lawyer may rely on video or witness testimony to showcase how the floor conditions were the cause of the slip and fall injury.

Sand & Water

A number of Myrtle Beach hotels are located right on the beach. As guests come and go from various resorts, they may track sand and water into the entrances and exits. A hotel has the responsibility to provide guests with safe walkway areas. A guest could easily slip and fall on the sand or water and get hurt.

While a guest should expect a small amount of sand or water when staying next to the beach, there are many ways a hotel could help prevent falls. Grip mats, extra cleaning crews, or inspections in a timely manner will help prevent the accident.

A lawyer will look into the conditions of the areas and any policies which may or may not have been implemented in the situation.


For many guests, navigating the hotel means going places they’ve never been before. Because of this, the hotel should have proper signage and warnings for guests. For example, signs should showcase where areas may drop off, areas may be slippery, or areas that could pose other dangers.

A lack of proper signage could be enough to show a hotel's negligence. In some cases, older hotels and resorts may have signage that is too worn to read or have fallen off the wall. All of these sign elements will come into play for your case, so you should document the condition of the signage.

Post-Injury Treatment

Once you've been injured at a hotel, the actions that follow could have some impact on your personal injury case. A lawyer may have many questions about post-injury care. For example, how did hotel employees come to assist you injuries? Did they offer extra help? How long did it take the employees to come and help?

Also, following a hospital visit, did the hotel attempt to compensate for lost time in the room or on the resort? All of these questions will impact a negligence case and showcase whether the hotel followed their duties or not.

If you've been injured at a Myrtle Beach Hotel, contact our professional lawyers at Palmetto Injury Lawyers. We have years of experience and the ability to break down all the aspects of your case.

Work in a Dental Office? 3 Types of Work Injuries to Be Aware of

7266c1eb e563 4585 8ca3 6ee086958139You may think that workers' compensation only covers highly physical jobs like construction work, but many sectors provide this coverage. In fact, only a few exemptions to workers' compensation exist, such as volunteers, business owners, and independent contractors.

If you are starting a career in a dental office, you need to be aware of work-related injuries and illnesses and how to deal with them. Workers' compensation shouldn't be denied if you are injured on the job. Here are three work-related injuries that can happen at dental practices.

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5 Workers' Compensation Terms You Should Know

A patient with a foot injuryWhen someone injures you, you can usually file a lawsuit. However, if you are injured on the job, workers' compensation protects your employer from lawsuits. It also provides you with money to help pay your medical bills. Before you file your claim, however, check out these five workers' compensation terms you should know.

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Bicycle Accident Injuries: When To Seek Compensation

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The most recent data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 783 bicyclists died due to traffic crashes in 2017. That number does not include the cyclists that suffered injuries on the roadway and elsewhere through no fault of their own. Bicyclists face hazards whenever they ride, but they also have a legal right to compensation.

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Myrtle Beach Bike Week and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest: Tips For Visiting Motorcyclists

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Myrtle Beach Bike Week and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest: Tips For Visiting Motorcyclists

Motorcycle occupants have more at stake than the average car occupant. Severe injury is much more common for the mostly unprotected bike rider than it is when one is surrounded by the steel and airbags of a vehicle. South Carolina currently ranks third in the country in the number of motorcycle fatalities per year for the number of registered drivers.

Motorcycle rallies draw in thousands of people that are unfamiliar with the area. Myrtle Beach Bike Week and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest traditionally bring in hundreds of thousands of people in the spring and 25,000 in the fall. The excitement and distractions increase the risk of an unexpected event. Here are a few tips to help drivers and riders stay safe so they can enjoy their visit.

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Delayed Auto Accident Injuries: Examples and Tips for Your Claim

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If you are involved in an accident, some of your injuries may show up hours or even days after the accident. Such injuries may complicate your auto accident claim if you don't know how to handle them. We have seen insurance companies use the following (sometimes faulty) logic: people with injuries quickly seek medical treatment; if no medical treatment is obtained or if there is a long delay before seeking treatment, then the injuries must not be serious; if the injuries are not serious enough to go to the doctor, then they aren’t serious enough to be worth much money in the injury claim.

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5 Dog Bite Facts You Need to Know

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Has your child been bitten or attacked by a dog? Did the injuries incur in South Carolina or while you were on vacation in Myrtle Beach? If so, then you may be entitled to compensation. Here's what you need to know to protect your child and their rights.

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