COLUMBIA INJURY ATTORNEYS SECURING THE RIGHTS OF PERSONAL INJURY VICTIMS
The Columbia injury attorneys at Proffitt & Cox, LLP met while attending the University of South Carolina School of Law and have continued their friendship ever since. While in school, they dreamed about creating a firm founded on the idea that the practice of law should be about using their legal training to defend the rights of those who need it most. Our founding partners spent time working in fast paced litigation practices for several prestigious law firms before deciding to pursue their dream of establishing their own law firm. The law firm of Proffitt & Cox, LLP was born out of our partners' longtime friendship and shared passion for using their legal knowledge to help people in need of outstanding legal representation.
EXPERIENCE GAINING FAVORABLE RESULTS FOR CLIENTS
Along with genuine compassion for the pain and suffering individuals have gone through, our firm has extensive experience in a number of legal areas involving personal injury. Columbia injury attorney Ronald B. Cox worked on behalf of a group of clients in the famous Vioxx pharmaceutical litigation, which resulted in a $4,000,000 recovery from the manufacturer.
The firm has also gained multi-million dollar recoveries for other victims of catastrophic injuries, such as the $10,250,000 settlement they secured for a family after the unimaginable loss of six loved ones killed in a trucking accident.
In addition to providing a caring approach to personal injury for individuals and families affected by defective drugs and serious motor vehicle accidents, Columbia injury lawyers Proffitt and Cox represent victims of medical malpractice. This includes a $3,000,000 recovery for a client who suffered permanent injuries resulting from an elective surgery. They also investigate and pursue claims for nursing home abuse and neglect, on-the-job injuries and bad faith insurance disputes.
COLUMBIA INJURY LAWYERS OFFERING HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST
While the attorneys at Proffitt and Cox gained invaluable insight and experience earlier in their careers working in large litigation firms representing insurance companies and major corporations, they really found their calling when they started Proffitt & Cox, LLP, a small law firm where they could work on behalf of individuals and families struggling to put their lives back together after suffering serious injuries and loss.
This is what the law firm of Proffitt & Cox, LLP offers for every client: help when you need it most. If you or a loved one has been the victim of serious personal injury, contact our Columbia injury lawyers today by calling our local South Carolina phone number at (803) 834-7097, by calling toll free at (877) 276-0533, or fill out the contact form on this website to receive a free consultation to explore your legal options.
140 Wildewood Park Drive
Columbia SC 29223
We offer free consultations for injury victims throughout the Midlands and will come to you if you can't come to us. We have over 35 years experience helping clients like you and do not charge any fee in injury cases until we obtain money for you.
Our attorneys offer over 35 years of total experience representing clients injured in serious car and trucking accidents. Our fees are based on a percentage of any compensation that we obtain for you, so there is no upfront cost for us to represent you. Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation to learn about your rights and our ability to help. If needed, our Columbia personal injury attorneys can meet with you in the hospital or at your home in order to get started on your case quickly.
Our attorneys have obtained millions of dollars for injury victims, including a case in we obtained over $10 Million for a family in a devastating trucking accident. Please feel free to review our website for examples of our past cases and testimonials from clients we have helped in the past. While every case is different and past results do not guarantee the results in future cases, we are proud of our past accomplishments and look forward to serving you.
Victims of car accidents need to be aware that the insurance company is looking out for their own interests. They hope that you will make a quick, ill-advised settlement without talking to an attorney. You need experienced legal counsel to assist you in seeking fair compensation for your injuries, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain suffering. In cases of permanent injury the damages should reflect the ongoing impact that the accident will have on your life including compensation for future medical care, physical disability, and the overall impact on your quality of life.
Insurance policies are complicated, and many accident victims are not aware of what insurance coverage is available to help pay for their injuries and damages. If the other driver did not have insurance or does not have enough to fully compensate you, we will make a claim for uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage if available.
We will work aggressively to obtain the maximum possible settlement for your automobile accident case. If the insurance company will not make you a fair offer, we will gladly take your case to court. It is important to talk to us as soon as possible after the accident. Critical evidence can be lost as time passes and accident scenes change, marks on or near the roadway disappear, and witness memories fade.
We have over 35 years experience helping clients like you and charge no fee in medical malpractice cases unless we obtain money for you. If you believe that you or a loved one received negligent medical care, call us for a free consultation.
When patients seek medical advice from a doctor, they trust that these medical providers have the knowledge and skill to give the proper care. Unfortunately, patients occasionally receive substandard care and become victims of medical malpractice. We represent victims of medical malpractice and their families in situations involving misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, birth injuries, surgical errors, emergency room errors and other types of substandard medical care.
We will gladly discuss your claim with you without charge or obligation. Please feel free to review our website for discussion of some the cases we have handled successfully in the past and testimonials offered by our past clients. We would welcome the opportunity to serve you.
Our medical malpractice lawyers attempt to thoroughly investigate every case in order to determine whether malpractice truly occurred and, if so, which medical providers were responsible. Not every mistake or poor medical outcome amounts to malpractice, but when malpractice does occur and results in serious injury or death, we work hard to hold the responsible medical providers accountable.
We comply with South Carolina law by having potential medical malpractice claims reviewed by appropriate expert physicians and obtaining an affidavit stating that the case has merit before a lawsuit is filed. One or more expert witnesses will be needed to identify any negligence that occurred as well as the doctors, nurses, hospitals, or other medical providers who should be held accountable.
If you believe that you or someone you care about has been the victim of medical malpractice, talking to a lawyer can help you understand your options. We know that no amount of compensation can ever take away the damages you and your family have suffered, but obtaining fair compensation can help you start to put the pieces back together and deal with the consequences of the mistakes that occurred.
All individuals, no matter what their age, deserve to be treated with respect. The Columbia injury lawyers at Proffitt & Cox, LLP believe that the families of elderly individuals who suffer from bedsores.
Many individuals are unaware that nursing homes and assisted living facilities can be sources of severe abuse and neglect. In one study, 44 percent of nursing home residents said they were victims of abuse, and 95 percent said they were neglected at least once or saw another resident neglected. Nursing home abuse and neglect comes in many forms, and the consequences may be serious and lead to wrongful death. At Proffitt & Cox, LLP, our Columbia injury lawyers are knowledgeable about the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. We will work aggressively on your behalf to defend the legal rights of your elderly loved ones.
TYPES AND SIGNS OF ELDER ABUSE
Elderly individuals may experience abuse in a number of different forms. It is important to recognize when a loved one is the victim of one of the following types of abuse to prevent further harm:
-Neglect Failure to meet caretaking obligations is a surprisingly common occurrence in nursing homes. This may include forgetting to move immobile patients to prevent bedsores, failing to assist residents when necessary, failing to take necessary precautions to prevent falls and committing medication errors. Signs of neglect include:
-Dehydration and malnutrition
-Physical abuse The purposeful use of force against an elderly person is one of the most common forms of nursing home physical abuse. Over half of nursing home staff admitted to mistreating older patients, according to a study by the National Center on Elder Abuse. Residents can also abuse other residents. Some indicators of physical abuse include:
-Psychological abuse Intimidation, verbal abuse, ridicule, humiliation and scapegoating are all forms of psychological abuse that may lead elderly individuals to suffer depression or anxiety. The following symptoms are also representative of this type of abuse:
-Apprehension or fear of certain individuals
-Visible depression or anger
-Mumbling, rocking or sucking, which is also known as false dementia
Sexual abuse Touching a resident without consent, forcing the individual to undress or forcing the person to view a sexual act are all forms of abuse. Indicators of sexual abuse in nursing homes include:
-Bleeding or bruising
-Depression and withdrawal
-Financial exploitation Committing Medicaid fraud and overcharging are serious issues that can occur in nursing homes. The following are some potential indicators of financial abuse:
-Frequent withdrawals from bank accounts
-Losses of personal property
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT NURSING HOME ABUSE OR NEGLECT
If you believe a loved one is a victim of one of these serious issues, consider removing the individual from the nursing home immediately. Ninety percent of nursing homes are understaffed, and nearly one in three nursing homes in the United States has received citations for violating federal regulations. If you feel your loved one is not receiving proper care, removing the resident from the home and then learning about your legal options may be the best decisions to make.
Contact our South Carolina injury lawyers by calling locally at (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533. Our Columbia injury attorneys have the legal knowledge to seek justice for the suffering your loved one endured because of a negligent or abusive nursing home staff.
When you or a loved one suffers catastrophic injuries in a trucking accident caused by negligence, you may be able to gain financial compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
Large trucks go by many names: semi truck, tractor trailer, 18 wheeler, big rig and more. All types of trucks can cause tremendous damages to the occupants of nearby vehicles as well as pedestrians. Fully loaded trucks can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, and these vehicles occupy enormous amounts of space on the road. Trucks can be threatening on the highways and streets, and when they collide with other vehicles, their force can cause fatal accidents. Our Columbia injury lawyers know that many victims suffer serious injuries from trucking accidents every year, and we are committed to working on behalf of these victims to seek justice.
CAUSES OF SEMI TRUCK ACCIDENTS
A number of factors may contribute to a truck accident. In some situations, a trucker may carelessly take a wide turn at an intersection without ensuring there are no nearby vehicles. Truck cabs can also jackknife, which occurs when the trailer and cab fold in toward each other like the motion of a pocketknife. Jackknifing can cause a truck to skid out of control, which often results in massive amounts of damages. Some trucks also carry hazardous material that can leak or explode when involved in collisions. Other truck accident factors include the following:
-Poor vehicle maintenance
No matter the situation, semi trucks are capable of causing spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and other life-altering health conditions. Many tractor trailer collisions also result in the wrongful death of one or more occupants of the other vehicles involved. Truck crashes can permanently affect entire families emotionally and financially, and cause immense suffering for victims and their loved ones.
TRUCK ACCIDENT LITIGATION
Trucking companies and other parties responsible for truck accidents often seek to avoid or lessen their liability following big rig accidents. Trucking companies may send investigators to the scene of an accident immediately to minimize any potential liability or work to discredit trucking accident victims, so that they can avoid paying them the compensation they deserve.
Truck accident lawsuits can be complicated, since a number of defendants may be involved in the case. The truck company, driver, manufacturer, owner and even the shipper of the goods in the truck may be partly responsible for an accident. Without retaining experienced legal assistance, victims and their families may have little hope of securing the recoveries they deserve after suffering from the negligence of another. Our Columbia injury attorneys can give victims an opportunity to hold the responsible parties liable for any damages, including medical expenses, loss of income in addition to their pain and suffering.
LOCATE A TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY IN SOUTH CAROLINA
At Proffitt & Cox, LLP, our attorneys use their legal knowledge to seek justice for truck accident victims following an accident anywhere in South Carolina. Our firm operates on a contingency fee arrangement for personal injury cases, meaning that if we fail to secure you compensation, you do not owe us any attorney fees for our services. Contact our South Carolina injury attorneys today by calling us locally at (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533 for a free consultation to decide if pursuing a truck accident lawsuit is right for you.
If a loved one's involvement in a fatal accident was the result of negligence by another individual or business, the surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the careless parties for damages.
Tragically, countless individuals die because of the negligent actions of other individuals and businesses each year. Wrongful death can result from many incidents, such as car accidents, on-the-job injuries resulting from gross negligence, medical malpractice as well as nursing home abuse and neglect.
Nothing can replace the loss of a loved one. After a loved one dies, filing a case against the responsible party may be the furthest thing from your mind. We understand that no amount of legal compensation can make this loss you and your family are experiencing any easier. The wrongful death of a loved one may also bring about financial burdens. It is only fair that the responsible party should provide you with financial compensation for your loss. The Columbia injury attorneys at Proffitt & Cox can work for your right to receive benefits after suffering the wrongful death of a loved one due to a fatal car accident caused by negligence.
FILING A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM
In cases involving wrongful death, the damages recoverable by the beneficiaries can include funeral expenses, the lost financial support of the victim, loss of companionship and the grief and sorrow suffered by the family members left behind. If the decedent suffered conscious pain and suffering prior to his or her death, then the decedent's estate also can bring a separate action, called a survival action, in which the estate is entitled to claim damages. This includes recovery for the decedent's pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish and the decedent's financial losses, such as lost wages and expenses incurred for medical treatment, if applicable.
In either a wrongful death action or a survival action, the named plaintiff is the Personal Representative (executor) of the decedent's estate, so it is necessary for the one of the family members to be appointed as the personal representative by the Probate Court before the wrongful death lawsuit and survival action can be filed. Opening of an estate and appointment of a personal representative is necessary even if the deceased family member had little or no assets. The good news is that opening an estate in the Probate Court is a very simple and inexpensive process. Often the client can open the estate with the assistance of the staff members at the Probate Court without any need for the assistance of an attorney. However, if you require or prefer to have our assistance in helping open or probate the estate, we are able to assist you in that regard.
Your family may be entitled to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against any negligent person or party whose carelessness caused the death of someone you love. Some examples of those who can have wrongful death claims filed against them are:
A driver or employer at fault for a car accident Speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving and other forms of negligent behavior on the road may cause an accident that contributes to the wrongful death of an individual. In truck accidents involving commercial vehicles, the families of those affected may be entitled to seek compensation from the company that employs the driver as well as other third parties.
A manufacturer of a defective product When a company designs a defective product, uses low quality materials when manufacturing or fails to warn the public of any potential dangers, that company may be liable for any damages caused by the product. If a defective product causes the wrongful death of an individual, their surviving family members may have the right to file a claim against the manufacturer.
A physician who provided negligent medical care If a medical provider is negligent in diagnosing or treating a medical condition and that negligence causes a wrongful death, the medical provider may liable for medical malpractice in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Someone who intentionally injured the victim Not all actions that cause wrongful deaths are caused by accidental negligence. If someone purposely injures the victim and this injury leads to a wrongful death, even if the assailant did not intend to kill, families of wrongful death victims may seek to file suit again those responsible separately from any criminal charges.
HOW TO GET LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR A WRONGFUL DEATH CASE
Our attorneys pride themselves in providing help when you need it most. Effective legal representation is never more needed than when a loved one's life has been lost due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another. When a loved one dies unexpectedly from the wrongful actions or inactions of another individual or business, you and your loved ones may struggle both emotionally and financially. Our South Carolina injury attorneys provide experienced legal representations to families dealing with these devastating situations, and work on their behalf to gain compensation for medical expenses, lost income as well as for the grief and sorrow they are enduring. Contact Proffitt & Cox today by calling our South Caroli
Our attorneys take pride in helping everyday folks deal with difficult legal problems. We have been on the other side earlier in our career, representing big banks and Fortune 500 companies, but nothing gives us more satisfaction that representing good people that have been harmed or ripped off by wrongdoers. That's why we say we offer "Help When You Need it Most."
Both of our attorneys finished near the top of their law school class and have had distinguished legal careers. We have been fortunate to obtain successful outcomes for a number of clients in very big cases. Please see the list of past cases on our firm website for details.
Our firm holds the prestigious Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating for Legal Ability and Ethics. We take ethics very seriously. We represent our clients vigorously but within the bounds of the law and the ethical rules governing the practice of law.
Ron Cox is a Columbia trial lawyer who enjoys helping clients solve serious legal problems. Ron's practice focuses on the handling of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those related to defective products, trucking accidents, prescription drugs, medical malpractice, and automobile collisions. Ron also handles other complex litigation, including class action cases and business litigation.
Columbia injury attorney Ron Cox grew up in Aiken, South Carolina, and he brings small town values to his law practice. If he represents you, he will get to know you personally, give you advice that you can trust, treat you with respect, and keep you informed about the progress of your case. In short he will treat you the way he would want to be treated if he was the client, and he will give your case his very best effort.
EXPERIENCE GAINING MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR RECOVERIES
Ron's best effort has proved to be very successful for many clients that he has represented in the past. Ron has represented clients who have received multi-million dollar recoveries in cases involving trucking accidents, medical malpractice, and class action settlements. He has gotten successful results for clients who took defective drugs, were injured on the job, or were in serious car accidents. He has successfully represented large and small businesses in a variety of business disputes. Among the more rewarding cases that Ron has worked on were a trucking accident in which Ron helped obtain over $10,000,000 for the victims' family, a $3,000,000 recovery in a medical malpractice action, and a $3,050,000 class action suit recovery for the residents of a community affected by the emissions of a nearby factory. Over the past several years, he has helped obtain more than $22 million in total recoveries for his clients.
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Ron Cox understands how devastating motor vehicle accidents, negligent medical care, or the wrongful death of a family member can be. We understand that when an injury occurs, people are concerned about medical expenses, lost income, and compensation for their pain and suffering and what they should do to protect their interests. If you choose him as your advocate, Ron will answer your questions and put his experience to work immediately toward helping you obtain prompt and appropriate compensation. Ron Cox and the law firm of Proffitt & Cox, LLP strive to give all those suffering because of someone else's negligence help when they need it most. Contact experienced South Carolina injury lawyers by calling (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533 to learn how we can help.
MORE ABOUT RON COX'S EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Columbia injury attorney Ron Cox graduated near the top of his class at the University of South Carolina School of Law. In law school, Ron received numerous honors, including being named to the editorial board of the South Carolina Law Review, receiving the Order of the Coif, and being named to the distinguished Order of Wig and Robe. After law school, Ron started his career practicing in the law firm of State Senator Isadore Lourie. Ron then practice as a partner in the boutique litigation firm Bower Orr L.L.P. He most recently served as special counsel in the Columbia office of Nexsen Pruet LLC. Ron spent much of early career representing Fortune 500 companies and other large businesses. He enjoys all aspects of practicing law, but he gets the most satisfaction out of helping individuals and consumers who have suffered serious injury or have been taken advantage of by big corporations. Ron and his good friend David Proffitt decided to found Proffitt & Cox, LLP in 2009 so that they could bring cases that they believe in and help people most in need of trusted legal counsel.
Ron is active professionally in organizations dedicated to improving the practice of law. Ron is a Barrister in the John Belton O'Neal Inn of Court, an active member of the Richland County Bar, and a past Chairman of the Practice and Procedure Committee of the South Carolina Bar.
Ron and his wife have two boys who are active in baseball, soccer, and lacrosse. Ron spends much of his spare time coaching his boys and enjoying watching them compete. When not discussing legal strategies, he loves to talk about his favorite teams the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, the Atlanta Braves, and the Dallas Cowboys. Ron and his family are members of Northeast Presbyterian Church and reside in Northeast Columbia.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
-Bad Faith Insurance
-Class Action Lawsuits
-Drug Injury and Pharmaceutical Litigation
-Mass Tort Litigation
-Motor Vehicle Accidents
-Slip and Fall Accidents
David Proffitt is a trial lawyer who enjoys helping people who have been hurt by the negligent or wrongful acts of another person or company. He believes the civil justice system works as it should only when both parties not just the one with more money are represented by a determined, knowledgeable lawyer.
David's practice focuses on the handling of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those related to defective products, trucking accidents, prescription drugs, medical malpractice, automobile collisions and on-the-job injuries. David also handles other complex litigation, including class action cases and business litigation.
David grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina, where the individual values of hard work, fair play and justice are still honored and taught. David soon learned those same values are shared by his fellow residents of the Palmetto State, where he has lived in the Greenville-Spartanburg, Charleston and Columbia areas since moving to South Carolina in 1988.
In private practice, David has worked at a small law firm and in a solo practice, where he represented individual plaintiffs in a wide variety of cases, including cases involving all types of personal injury, catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, product liability and workers compensation. David has helped injured persons win multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements.
If David represents you, he will get to know you personally, give you advice that you can trust, treat you with respect, and keep you informed about the progress of your case. In short, he will treat you the way he would want to be treated if he was the client, and he will give your case his very best effort.
David also has worked at one of the premier defense law firms in South Carolina. He represented Fortune 500 companies and Columbia area businesses including financial institutions, hospital systems and insurance companies in class action lawsuits, complex civil litigation and appeals. David gained firsthand experience about the strategies the legal teams at these companies will attempt to use when defending against class action lawsuits, mass tort litigation and other disputes. This experience aids his work protecting the rights of individuals living in the Carolinas whose cases involve these same types of businesses.
David graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1996. Following graduation, he served as a law clerk at the South Carolina Supreme Court, where he clerked for the Honorable John H. Waller, Jr., and the Honorable E.C. Burnett, III. David also worked as a staff attorney at the Supreme Court. At the University of South Carolina School of Law, David taught legal writing, analysis and research to first-year law students.
Before attending law school, David worked several years as a newspaper reporter, writing about all types of people and events. David was a reporter for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal (SC), the Summerville Journal Scene (SC) and the Morganton News Herald (NC). David wrote about crime stories, trials, local government, hospitals and healthcare issues and environmental issues, to name only a few. As a reporter, David had the privilege of meeting people from all walks of life, and writing about the events affecting their lives on a daily basis.
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David Proffitt understands how devastating car accidents, negligent medical care, or the wrongful death of a family member can be. We understand that when an injury occurs, people are concerned about medical expenses, lost income, and compensation for their pain and suffering and what they should do to protect their interests. If you choose him as your advocate, David will answer your questions and put his experience to work immediately toward helping you obtain prompt and appropriate compensation. David Proffitt and the law firm of Proffitt & Cox, LLP strive to give all those suffering because of someone else's negligence help when they need it most. Contact experienced South Carolina injury lawyers by calling (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533 to learn how we can help.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
-Bad Faith Insurance
-Class Action Lawsuits
-Drug Injury and Pharmaceutical Litigation
-Mass Tort Litigation
-Motor Vehicle Accidents
-Slip and Fall Accidents