Board Certified Mediator

Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP & Attorneys William McBee Smith & Edwin C. Haskell III Spartanburg Community Choice Awards 2018 Best of the Best Lawyers, Law Firm Attorneys, Spartanburg South Carolina

Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP & Attorneys William McBee Smith & Edwin C. Haskell III Spartanburg Community Choice Awards 2018 Best of the Best Lawyers, Law Firm Attorneys, Spartanburg South Carolina


William McBee Smith is a Board Certified Circuit Court Mediator in South Carolina. With the explosion and escalating cost of modern litigation, civil mediation is a cost effective alternative to resolving expensive and complicated legal disputes. The mediation process is substantially cheaper, quicker, and less stressful to the parties than traditional litigation. The parties start the mediation process by selecting an independent and neutral mediator. Often, the parties and their attorneys will go through a list of qualified mediators before settling on a particular mediator that both sides feel is neutral and best suited to the particular case to assist the parties. The role of a mediator is not to act as a judge or arbiter to decide the outcome of the case. The mediator decides no issues. Rather, the role of a mediator is to assist and facilitate the parties in deciding the outcome of the case. Typically, the parties will meet at a neutral location or office that has multiple conference rooms. The parties will often start out together in one conference room where the mediator will introduce the mediation process to the parties. Typically, the attorneys will present an opening argument for their clients, discussing the evidence, exhibits and testimony develop in discovery. Initial settlement demands and terms may be discussed. The parties often adjourn to different conference rooms while the mediator meets separately with the parties to assist in evaluating the case and options for reaching settlement. The mediation process often results in both sides reaching settlement terms that are preferable to the unpredictable outcome of a jury trial or bench trial.

Construction Accidents & Construction Site Injuries

A construction worker injured on the job needs a civil lawsuit by an knowledgeable civil trial construction accident lawyer to provide you with adequate compensation. The workers’ compensation system often provides inadequate compensation for your injuries and suffering. A civil construction accident case coordinated with the workers’ compensation award is your legal right and can provide adequate compensation to you and your family.  Learn more by vising our Worker’s Compensation FAQ.

If you have been injured in a construction accident or incurred any catastrophic injury contact the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP today. Our personal injury attorneys provide experienced representation for persons who have suffered personal injuries or wrongful death as a result of a construction site accident. Construction accidents can occur on residential property, commercial property, or at industrial construction sites. When someone is injured or killed on or near a construction site, the owner or general contractor or a subcontractor may be liable for any injuries sustained.

A construction site accident may cause permanent disability, blindness, head injury, loss of limb, fractured or broken bones, amputation, permanent scarring, and wrongful death. As medical bills accrue from a construction site accident, you may be faced with a long period of disability and lost wages. Worker’s compensation may provide compensation for some of the bills and lost wages, however, worker’s compensation cannot adequately compensate an injured worker for permanent losses and disability arising from a serious construction accident.

The personal injury construction accident lawyers at Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP represent bystanders who are injured as a result of a construction site accident as well as drivers who are injured as a result of highway construction accidents. We represent laborers, carpenters, electricians, ironworkers, crane operators, plumbers, masons, painters, sheet metal workers, welders, heavy equipment operators, and all other construction trades. Under state and Federal laws and regulations, contractors and site owners are responsible for providing a reasonably safe work environment, and there are special laws in place to protect those who work in high places, such as on a scaffold, ladder or structural steel. Workers in all trades are exposed to a variety of dangerous conditions at worksites due to negligent and dangerous conditions and practices of architects, general contractors, subcontractors, product manufacturers, equipment suppliers, and others.

Our Personal Injury Construction Accident Lawyers represent individuals injured by some of the most common types of South Carolina Construction Accidents involving:

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[li]Construction Accident Falls, Death, Back injury, Neck injury and Laceration [/li]
[li]Construction Injuries [/li]
[li]Burns, Electrical Injuries, Electrocution [/li]
[li]Traffic Control, automobile collisions at construction sites [/li]
[li]Scaffold Injuries, Brain injury, Head injury [/li]
[li]Crane Accidents [/li]
[li]Trench Accidents [/li]
[li]Construction Equipment Accidents, Amputation, Crushing [/li]
[li]Impalement, Iron Workers & Welding Accidents [/li]
[li]Superintendent Negligence [/li]
[li]General Contractors’ Delay, Neglect and Unsafe Acts [/li]
[li]Wrongful Death Construction Accidents [/li]

What should I do if I have a personal injury from a construction accident?

If you have been injured in a construction accident, it is essential that you immediately consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to handle your case by contacting a personal injury construction accident attorney at the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP. We work to identify and bring claims arising from the negligence of contractors and subcontractors responsible for safe construction site practices as well as in the area of products liability, we are also able to identify accidents that have occurred as a result of defective products used on the construction site.

The South Carolina Statute of Limitations applies to construction accident cases and victims have a limited time in which to file their case. If you or someone you know has been involved in a construction site accident case, it is vital that you act immediately to protect your rights.

Filing a lawsuit promptly will ensure the fairest and best possible results. If you choose to wait, you may jeopardize your case for compensation for your injury. By filing a prompt lawsuit, we can minimize changes in the accident site; acquire incident reports and pictures, documents, statements from witnesses and site inspection reports. The passage of time benefits the third party who caused your injury.

As an injured worker you should immediately apply for your Workers’ Compensation Benefit after you are hurt and complete the necessary forms and claims truthfully and honestly. If you are injured as a result of a construction accident, you also have a constitutional right to a civil jury trial when injured by a third party. A civil award will supplement the Workers’ Compensation benefit to provide you with an amount for your injury and suffering.

Choose a Spartanburg – Greenville SC Personal Injury Construction Accident Attorney

If you or someone you know has been involved in a construction accident, we encourage you to contact a personal injury construction accident lawyer at the Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP today at 864.582.6727 to schedule an appointment today to discuss the legal options. We are ready to put our experienced trial personal injury attorneys to work for you.