Personal Injury

What We Do

The Rankin Law Firm in Charleston, SC, provides representation for any type of injury resulting from someone else's negligence. In every injury case, our approach is to immediately start with a thorough investigation and help our clients receive the best medical attention available. In conducting investigations, we work with private investigators, police officers, accident reconstruction specialists and other experts to capture an accurate snapshot of the events surrounding an injury. To get you the medical attention you need for a full recovery, we work with doctors in all medical fields, physical therapists, chiropractors, and life care planners.

Products Liability

Those who manufacture products consumed by the public have an obligation to ensure that the products they make and sell are safe. Even those who bring products into the market as distributors and those selling products as retailers can be held liable for injuries caused by defective products under certain circumstances. Products that are sometimes found to have design or manufacturing defects that cause injuries or lead to recalls include: toys, automobiles, bicycles, machinery, lawn mowers, water heaters, IUD, and firearms.

In South Carolina there are two types of product defects: design defects and manufacturing defect. A design defect involves a faulty engineering process or design of a product, making it unnecessarily dangerous. A manufacturing defect occurs when the product is not made as designed

A products liability action requires the injured party to identify the type of product defect or failure to warn that caused the harm. If the design or manufacturing defect was the direct cause of an injury suffered by you or a loved one, you may be entitled to damages.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider violates the governing standard of care when providing treatment to a patient, causing injuries or other damages to the patient. Medical malpractice may arise when injuries are suffered as a result of an action taken by the medical practitioner, or by the failure of that provider to take a medically appropriate action. Here are a few common examples:

  • Misdiagnosis of, or failure to diagnose, a disease or medical condition
  • Failure to provide appropriate treatment for a medical condition
  • Unreasonable delay in treating a diagnosed medical condition

An injured patient, and in some cases family members of the injured patient, can bring a medical malpractice action against any licensed health care provider, including doctors, counselors, psychologists, and psychotherapists, who is responsible for causing the injuries.

Premise Liability / Slip and Fall

Premises liability is an area of law that holds a property owner responsible under certain circumstances for any injuries sustained by other people while on their premises. “Slip and fall” claims are a type of premise liability claim. Shopping centers, hotels, restaurants and other businesses, as well as private property owners, all have a legal duty to provide a safe environment free and clear from dangerous conditions they know about and sometimes even unknown dangers on their property. Dangerous conditions that may lead to a claim to recover under a premise liability theory can include: improper lighting, hazardous conditions, improper maintenance, insufficient security or even injuries caused by household pets that are not properly leashed or fenced in yards. Please contact our Charleston, SC, office if you have questions about the requirements for each type of case and to find out more about whether you have a valid cause of action under premises liability or slip and fall claim.