McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A.

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A.

For more than 45 years, our law firm has been fighting for injury victims across South Carolina. We can help you by fighting for compensation on your behalf and holding those responsible for your injury accountable. Call us today!

Firm Overview

ur personal injury law firm was founded by Pat McWhirter. H. Patterson McWhirter was born and raised in Walterboro, South Carolina. After graduating in 1969 with a B.S. in business administration from the University of South Carolina, Mr. McWhirter went to the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree in 1973. After graduation from law school, Mr. McWhirter formed the partnership of Hunter & McWhirter with James Earl Hunter. Hunter & McWhirter was a general practice law firm with an emphasis on personal injury law. That same year, Mr. McWhirter was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of the State of South Carolina, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina and, later, was admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

In 1977, Mr. McWhirter was elected by the Lexington County Bar Association to the position of public defender for Lexington County. The office was formed for the purpose of providing legal representation to indigent criminal defendants, and Mr. McWhirter held that position for fourteen years.

While working part-time as public defender for Lexington County, Mr. McWhirter continued to build his law practice, and in 1986, formed the firm which became McWhirter & Associates with a practice limited to the various areas of personal injury law, including workers’ compensation, auto accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, premises liability and products liability. In 1988, he expanded the firm to include an office in Columbia, South Carolina.

In 1989, Garland Pearson McWhirter joined the firm as managing attorney, and Thomas P. Bellinger, who had previously worked with Mr. McWhirter as an assistant public defender for Lexington County, became an associate with the firm. By 1996, the firm had expanded to two additional offices in Sumter and Orangeburg, South Carolina, and had five attorneys. The name of the firm became McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates. Today, McWhirter, Bellinger and Associates, P.A., has expanded to seven offices in seven counties with a staff of more than fifty employees, including eleven attorneys, and has brought to successful settlement or verdict thousands of personal injury cases.

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., personal injury attorneys are active in South Carolina Bar Association committees, speakers for community, civic groups and school career days, speakers at pro bono legal clinics, judges for student mock trials at all educational levels, and Ms. Meyer has served as an adjunct professor in the paralegal training program at a community college. In the spirit of giving back to the community, McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., is involved in many community activities and has been a sponsor of local high school athletic, drama, and music events for several years. Also, McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., also has a Salvation Army bell-ringing team to raise funds for the homeless, and Mr. McWhirter participates in the Salvation Army Mentoring Program. The personal injury attorneys at McWhirter, Bellinger and Associates, P.A., are well-rounded individuals who are active in the community and, along with the staff, do their very best to provide quality personal service while representing their clients’ best interests and adhering to the highest professional standards.

McWhirter, Bellinger and Associates, P.A., has seven office locations to serve you.

With offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina, our personal injury lawyers are ready to serve you.

For immediate help, call today at 888-353-5513.

Main Office

Columbia
1807 Hampton Street
Columbia SC 29201

Phone

(803) 252-5523

Fees

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday- Thursday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM, Friday - 8:30 AM to 4 PM

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English & Spanish

Other Offices

Lexington
119 East Main Street
Lexington

Aiken
231 Pendleton Street, NW
Aiken

Orangeburg
104 Office Park Drive
Orangeburg

Sumter
485 N. Lafayette Drive
Sumter

Newberry
2203 Wilson Road
Newberry

Camden
919 Broad Street
Camden

Workers Compensation

At McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, we take your workers’ compensation claim seriously and will do everything we can to make sure you get the payment that you deserve under the law. We've been helping injured workers for over 45 years.

When you are injured on the job or develop a serious illness because of your occupation, you don’t just have your own health to worry about. You also have to deal with financial responsibilities, medical bills, and the duties that you cannot fulfill because of your injury. At times like these, many types of occupations qualify for workers’ compensation, which allows you to receive the money you need to meet these additional responsibilities. To find out how you can benefit from the services of our highly experienced Lexington, Sumter, and Columbia workers’ compensation attorneys, call the lawyers at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. for a free legal consultation at 888-353-5513.

Auto Accident

Our accident lawyers offer free case evaluations, during which we can determine if you have a case to pursue compensation beyond what the insurance company is offering you. Call us today at 803-LAW-FIRM (803-529-3476).

Negligence, or carelessness, that leads to an accident and injuries is the basis for an accident claim. Whether the carelessness originated with another driver, an auto manufacturer or another party, our attorneys can deal with these opponents to pursue compensation for your injuries. You should not have to deal with the burdens of medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering without holding the responsible party accountable. If an insurance company is refusing to give you the compensation you need, we will be your advocates to fight for what is in your best interest and to help you and your family recovery from the aftermath of your accident. If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident in or around Sumter, Lexington, Camden, Columbia, Orangeburg, Newberry, or anywhere in South Carolina, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., at 888-353-5513 for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys will fight tirelessly to recover maximum compensation on your behalf. Call us today to schedule a free case review.When you are injured in a car accident, you will undoubtedly have many questions about what happens next. Below we have answered some of the common questions we hear from clients. At McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., our experienced car accident attorneys offer free consultations to help you understand your rights and the next steps in your legal case. Call us today at 888-353-5513 for your consultation.

Medical Malpractice

At McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, we have the experience and resources necessary to bring your medical malpractice lawsuit to court. Contact our medical malpractice attorneys at 803-LAW-FIRM (803-529-3476).

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare practitioner fails to exercise the proper degree of skill and care required by the profession. An article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) estimates that 250,000 deaths per year are caused by medical errors. This makes medical errors the third most frequent cause of fatalities in the US, after heart disease and cancer–and medical malpractice cases often go unreported, so they could be even deadlier.

At McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, we have the experience and resources necessary to bring your medical malpractice lawsuit to court. You have a limited amount of time in which to file a lawsuit, so contact our medical malpractice attorneys at (888) 353-5513 as soon as possible.

H. Patterson McWhirter

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A.

H. Patterson McWhirter, President and founding shareholder of McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., has dedicated his career to protecting the rights of injured people and has obtained tens of millions of dollars for his clients. As one of the leading injury lawyers in the country for over 45 years, Pat McWhirter has been named to the Best Lawyers in America, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and Super Lawyers. If you have been injured in an accident, Mr. McWhirter will ensure that you receive the best possible legal representation to get you the money you deserve.

Mr. McWhirter is a member of the American Association for Justice Leaders’ Forum, South Carolina Association for Justice (formerly known as the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association), South Carolina Injured Workers’ Advocates, and the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association. He is also a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and the Lexington County and Richland County Bar Associations.

Mr. McWhirter received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Carolina in 1969, and graduated from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law in 1973. Since then, he has practiced in many areas of law, including medical malpractice, nursing home litigation, automobile accidents, trucking litigation, worker’s compensation, product liability, premises liability, wrongful death, and criminal defense. Mr. McWhirter has been admitted to the South Carolina Bar and the United States District Court, District of South Carolina, and, therefore, is licensed to practice in both state and federal courts.

With offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina, our personal injury lawyers are ready to serve you.

If you have been injured, call us today at 888-353-5513. It won’t cost you anything to see if we can help.™

License

Bar Number:
South Carolina, 1973

Tommy Bellinger

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A.

Thomas P. Bellinger, a shareholder with McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., is a highly respected workers compensation and personal injury attorney with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Bellinger practices primarily in the firm’s Lexington and Newberry offices where he focuses on workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, premises liability, product liability, automobile accidents, and all forms of personal injury. Mr. Bellinger has been named to the Best Lawyers in America. If you have been injured on the job or by the negligence of a third party, Mr. Bellinger will fight tirelessly to obtain the highest possible recovery on your behalf.

Mr. Bellinger is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, its Torts and Insurance Practices and Workers’ Compensation sections, the Lexington County Bar Association, the South Carolina Association for Justice, formerly known as the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, and the Injured Workers’ Advocates. He is also an active member of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association where he currently serves on the Educational Board and has previously served on the Medical Conference Board. Mr. Bellinger has also served on the South Carolina Bar Association’s Practice of Law and Lawyer-Physician Committees. In 2019, Mr. Bellinger was instated as an inaugural member of the Stanford E. Lacy Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court.

Mr. Bellinger graduated from the University of South Carolina with his Bachelor’s degree in 1981 and earned his law degree from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law in 1987. Immediately following law school Mr. Bellinger served as a law clerk to the Honorable Julius H. Baggett, Circuit Court Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1987 and was admitted to the United States District Court, District of South Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit in 1989. He therefore is licensed to practice in both state and federal courts. Mr. Bellinger proudly served as a public defender for Lexington County from 1988 to 1989 at which time he joined McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. Since joining the firm, Mr. Bellinger has fought for thousands of clients to help them receive the compensation they deserve.

With offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina, our personal injury lawyers are ready to serve you.

For immediate help, call today at 888-353-5513.

Stacey Meyer

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A.

Stacey Tarte Meyer, managing shareholder with McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., is a highly respected workers’ compensation and personal injury attorney with over 25 years of experience. Ms. Meyer practices primarily in the firm’s Columbia office where she focuses on workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, automobile accidents, and all forms of personal injury. If you have been injured on the job or by the negligence of a third party, Ms. Meyer will fight tirelessly to obtain the highest possible recovery on your behalf.

Ms. Meyer graduated from Virginia Tech in 1989 with her Bachelor’s degree and went on to earn her law degree from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law in 1994. Ms. Meyer was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1994 at which time she joined the firm.

Ms. Meyer is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, its Torts and Insurance Practice sections, the Richland County Bar Association, the South Carolina Association for Justice, formerly known as the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association, and the Injured Workers’ Advocates.

In addition to her practice as an attorney, Ms. Meyer has served as an adjunct professor at Orangeburg/Calhoun Technical College’s paralegal training program and served on the College’s Advisory Board for Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice.

With offices in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina, our personal injury lawyers are ready to serve you.

For immediate help, call today at 888-353-5513.

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