Columbia Accident Lawyers

We are a southeastern regional law firm with multiple attorneys and offices representing people injured on the job or as the result of the negligence of others. We have a proven track record of successfully handling our clients' cases.

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Firm Overview

Chappell Smith & Arden is a law firm of dedicated lawyers and staff helping individuals who have been injured. Our lawyers are licensed in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Washington, DC. We appear in all Courts from magistrates to the Supreme Court and before all tribunals and administrative bodies such as the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission. Our lawyers are leaders in their fields having served as presidents of the South Carolina Association of Justice, South Carolina Workers' Compensation Association and Injured Workers Advocates, all associations dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured. With over 100 years combined experience in areas of law such as workers' comp, Social Security, complex litigation, trucking accidents, defective products, aviation crashes, motor vehicle accidents and nursing home cases, we have seen it all and are prepared to assist you.

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Main Office

Chappell, Smith & Arden
1510 Calhoun St.
Columbia  SC  29201

  • 800-531-9780
  • 803-929-3604
Workers Compensation
We have four lawyers who concentrate their practice solely on workers' comp cases.
Workers' comp laws are detailed and complex. With time limits, complicated benefits impacting compensation for lost wages, permanent injuries, as well as current and future medical expenses, termination of benefits and medical care, it takes experience and knowledge to get injured clients the justice they need and deserve.

The experienced and dependable workers' comp lawyers at Chappell, Smith & Arden have represented thousands of injured employees over the years and are ready to put that experience to work for you. Give us a call!
Trucking Accident
Not everyone can handle the intricacies of a trucking case. WE CAN. We have represented hundred of people injured or killed by big rigs on our highways. Put our experience and aggressiveness to work for you.
Mark Chappell and Hugh McAngus was nationally recognized for their knowledge and experience in handling trucking cases. As members of the AAJ Trucking Litigation and APITLA, they stay at the forefront of trucking litigation all across America.
Wrongful Death
Receiving compensation for the loss of a loved one is a very emotional process requiring a law firm that can be both consoling to the family and aggressive with the insurance company. Allow us to help you through this difficult time.
Mark Chappell and Hugh McAngus have unfortunately had to represent hundreds of families over their careers when tragedy has struck killing loved ones. While often times the result of negligent driving, it can also be the result of negligent care at a nursing home, as the result of a defective medical device, a mis-filled prescription, an on the job industrial related accidents such as unguarded machinery or electrocution or a myriad of other catastrophes. With over 100 years of combined firm experience, we have probably seen it all. Put our experience and aggressiveness to work for your family.
Auto Accident
Some call them accidents. WE DON'T!!! Inattention, speeding, drunk driving and running red lights injure and kill people everyday and they are not accidental acts. These are negligent acts. We hold those drivers accountable. Let us help you.
Mark Chappell, Hugh McAngus and Jacob Born are experienced trial lawyers who understand the pain and suffering and distress caused by these wrecks. Making the insurance companies for these negligent drivers pay is what we do best. Give us a call and let us bring these people to justice.

Mark Chappell

I have spent the past 28 years only representing people injured by the negligence of others. I have never represented an insurance company and never will. My job and goal is to represent you and obtain the largest amount possible to compensate you for your injuries. As a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice and current Board member for the national American Association of Justice, my peers have recognized my commitment to well representing individuals who have been injured or killed. I have represented thousands of clients in my nearly three decades of practice, tried hundreds of cases and received millions in verdicts and settlements. From the simplest car wreck to complex catastrophic cases such as bridge collapses, train derailments, and multi-car pile-ups, I have seen it all. Allow me to help you with your legal matter. Thank you.
  • Bar Number: 1197
    South Carolina , 1985
  • Bar Number: 000037120
    District of Columbia , 1993
  • University of South Carolina
    Juris Doctorate , 1984

William Smith

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1984
  • Limestone College
    BA, summa cum laude , 1981

Mark Arden

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1986
    Phi Alpha Delta
  • University of South Carolina
    Bachelors of Art, cum laude , 1983

Beau Busch

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2002
  • The Citadel
    Bachelors of Art , 1996

Danny Vega

Danny Vega has been practicing law for 10 years with Chappell, Smith & Arden. During that time he has represented hundreds of individuals needing help with work related injuries and disability benefits. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Injured Worker's Advocates, Workers' Injury Law Advocacy Group, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives. He is a past board member and treasurer of South Carolina Legal Services, Hispanic Leadership Council and the Brain Injury Alliance. Danny graduated from The Citadel and Regent University School of Law.

When asked why he represents injured individuals he will tell you: "The government and corporations can pay attorneys money to lobby representatives for benefits. When I go to court it is just me and my client. Although I represent many people, I work for one individual at a time to get them the benefits they deserve. I like helping people."

W. Hugh McAngus, Jr

Hugh McAngus graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 2001. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina in 2006, where he was a member of the South Carolina Law Review, Order of Wig and Robe, and Order of the Coif.

Hugh practices with Chappell, Smith & Arden's litigation team, focusing his practice on trucking litigation, motor vehicle wrecks, products liability, and other personal injury matters.

Hugh is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in South Carolina and all state courts in North Carolina and the United States North Carolina District Court, Western Division. He is member of the South Carolina Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, Attorneys Information Exchange Group, AAJ's Trucking Litigation and Nursing Home Litigation Groups, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.

Jacob Born

Jacob Born is part of Chappell, Smith & Arden's litigation team. His practice focuses on motor vehicle accidents, trucking, products liability, and nursing home litigation. Jacob began working with the Chappell, Smith & Arden in 2005, and joined the firm as an attorney in 2011.

Jacob earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and his law degree from the Charleston School of Law in 2011.

Jacob is licensed to practice law in South Carolina and Georgia. He is also a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Richland County Bar Association, The South Carolina Association for Justice, and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.

Jacob is also a childhood cancer survivor and an eagle scout.
  • Bar Number: 100026
    South Carolina , 2011
  • Bar Number: 304080
    Georgia , 2012
  • University of South Carolina
    BA , 2006
  • Charleston School of Law
    J.D. , 2011

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Articles Written

Trucking Litigation – Understanding ECMs, Qualcomm, VORAD, and Spoliation

Created On: 02/05/2013

By:       Mark D. Chappell, Esq.

Chappell, Smith and Arden, PA