The Lowcountry Law Offices of Daniel Denton, PC was formed in 1980 and initially was a general practice with an emphasis on personal injury litigation. For the past 15 years, we have limited our practice and focused our resources and training on representing seriously injured clients, and families, of victims of a wrongful death. Our law firm has a lot of experience in handling Car/Motor Vehicle Accidents, Premises Liability cases (Slip & Falls), Unsafe/Defective Product Litigation, Workers' Compensation (job injury) claims, Wrongful Death and other types of accident and injury cases.
We hate to lose and rarely do. For a partial record of our law firm's verdicts and settlements, go to our website at http://LowcountryLaw.com and click "Case Results." Our clients will always have aggressive and experienced representation and are given the personal attention deserved.
Our Personal Injury Law Firm serves clients throughout the Lowcountry region of South Carolina, including Beaufort, Port Royal, Lady's Island, Bluffton and Hilton Head, as well as clients from Jasper County, Hampton County, Allendale County and Colleton County - Towns of Ridgeland, Hardeeville, Hampton, Estill and Walterboro.
Slip & Fall at Workplace:
Our client managed a Lillian Vernon store in a new shopping center in Bluffton, SC. The electrical subcontractor left a grounding rod protruding five inches above the sidewalk behind the store where employees take boxes to a nearby box crusher. At dusk, client was pushing a loaded cart on the sidewalk and tripped on the rod and fell, resulting in cervical disc herniations and right shoulder rotator cuff injuries. She required surgeries, resulting in chronic neck pain and right arm pain and numbness. She became totally disabled and required the use of a morphine pain pump. The case was complicated by the fact that client had a previous neck injury requiring surgery four years before the accident (but she had an excellent recovery) and she was in two auto accidents during the year after the trip/fall. David H. Berry, Esquire, Hilton Head, SC, was co-counsel.
Result: $5,981,690 jury verdict, reduced to $3,589,014 due to Plaintiff's comparative negligence of 40%. Additionally, a workers' compensation lien was negotiated and client will have lifetime medical benefits.
Wrongful Death- Auto Accident:
A young single adult lost his life in a tragic auto accident where he was riding as passenger in his friend's vehicle, furnished by the driver's father. Both driver and passenger had been drinking before the speeding car lost control and hit a tree. The defense conceded that the Family Purpose Doctrine applied (exposing the father's assets and provided additional insurance coverage) and that the father could have been held liable for wrongful death, along with his son. The defense of assumption of the risk was a troubling issue, but we argued that the driver had an enhanced duty of care as the host-driver (as in Dram Shop cases).
Result: In a pre-suit mediation, the case settled for $1 million. At mediation we employed various methods to portray the circumstances of the wreck, the life of the deceased, and the nature of the loss to the parents. We used Google Earth and its mapping technology to create a "fly over" streetscape view of the road traveled before the collision (showing four speed limit signs) and the intersection where the impact occurred, in combination with scene photos taken soon after the tragic car accident. We also used PowerPoint presentations with photos, and videos with soundtracks incorporating some of the extensive forensic evidence that we obtained from the highway patrol investigators.
1917 Lovejoy Street
Beaufort SC 29902
I never charge for an initial personal injury case consultation and evaluation.
Most cases I accept are on a contingent fee basis, with the client paying no attorney's fee unless, and until, he or she wins a settlement or award. My fee is a percentage of the recovery to be agreed upon in writing at the time of taking the case.
Call for a free consultation and case evaluation by appointment. Saturday and evening appointments available, as well as home or hospital visits for the injured or infirm. For emergency after hours, please call (843)524-3206.
Limiting my practicing to the area of personal injury allows me to best utilize my years of trial experience and to focus all the resources of our office to helping injured victims. My goal is to always maximize the recovery for my clients by way of settlement or award so as to fully compensate my clients for their injuries and all related losses.
With online resources readily available to the public, I expect most clients will research legal issues that affect them before even talking to a lawyer. This is very helpful for the client and lawyer.
I have no problem reviewing documents prepared by clients with quality self-help resources. This can and often does save the attorney time and the client money.
Studies have shown that more people than ever are representing themselves in small claims courts, family court and in minor criminal cases. In a case that involves serious damages, I would strongly urge the client to consult a competent attorney. I have coached clients many times in how to handle a claim in Magistrate's court and how to negotiate with an insurance company to settle a minor injury case with no permanent injuries and little medical treatment, where I felt my services would not add any value to the case. I will continue to help clients in this manner.
After graduating from the School of Law at the University of South Carolina in 1974, I went to work as an associate attorney for a Savannah, GA, general practice law firm and was responsible for its Hilton Head, SC branch office. Due to a bad economy in the mid-70's, the branch office was closed and I moved back to my hometown of Owensboro, KY and went into practice with my father and another lawyer under the firm name of Denton, Bennett & Denton. This is where I first gained valuable experience in trying personal injury cases and handling Workers' Compensation claims. (My father later became Chairman of the Kentucky Workers' Compensation Commission.)
Missing the beauty and lifestyle of the S.C. Lowcountry, in 1977, my wife and I decided to move back to Beaufort County and after a couple of years practicing in a partnership with a former law school classmate, I started my own law firm in 1980 in Beaufort, SC.
My father was a lawyer and my grandfather was a U.S. Marshall, so I was exposed to how the legal system worked in many different ways. I was taught that those with power and privilege had a duty to help those without it. I was also trained to work hard and to be self-sufficient. In grade school I sold Christmas cards, had a paper route, washed cars, flipped burgers, and had many other jobs throughout my school years. This instilled in me a sense of appreciation for the working class and the challenges faced by those with less privilege and education than I was blessed with. My Christian faith, strong family values, life-experiences and an excellent education have served me well in providing competent, compassionate and, when necessary, aggressive representation for my clients.
Experienced, compassionate representation of clients suffering from injuries or the loss of a loved one. Skillful, thoroughly prepared, and aggressive representation in court when the insurance companies or their lawyers refuse to settle for a fair amount to fully compensate a client for all damages and losses incurred, past and future.Personal interests:
Spending time with my wife and family, reading, gardening and digital photography.
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