What We Do
Clawson Fargnoli is a boutique personal injury law firm that represents individuals and businesses who have been seriously injured by the wrongful conduct of others. With more than twenty years of litigation experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants, we have the perspective and knowledge to achieve results.
Areas of Practice
This is the heart of what we do at Clawson Fargnoli, LLC. We are litigators with over 20 years of experience trying cases involving life-altering personal injury and death. Contemplating legal strategy, crafting targeted discovery, taking discovery, and thinking on our feet in a courtroom are our strengths. We have handled hundreds of personal injury cases in the areas of ATV, bicycle, boating, car, golf cart, jet ski, motorcycle, and trucking accidents, as well as cases involving assault and battery, day care abuse and neglect, defamation, libel, slander, dog bites, animal injuries, dram shop liability, insurance coverage, bad faith, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, nursing home abuse and neglect, premises liability, trip and fall, slip and fall, prescription errors, pharmacy errors, medication errors, products liability, Title IX, campus sexual assault, school bullying, trucking accidents, worker’s compensation, wrongful arrest, and false imprisonment. We are 100% devoted to representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases involving serious injury, traumatic brain injuries, and death.
An assault occurs when the conduct of a person places you in reasonable fear of bodily harm. A battery occurs when a person inflicts unlawful, unauthorized contact with, or violence upon you. If you have been injured in an attack or physical altercation, you may have a civil cause of action against the assailant or wrongdoer regardless of whether the authorities charged that person criminally. Physical altercations can lead to devastating physical and emotional injury, so it is important to locate all potentially responsible parties in addition to the assaulter, such as owners and operators of businesses, bars and restaurants, security firms, and even the employers of assailants who were acting in the course and scope of their employment at the time of the attack. If you have been injured as the result of an assault and battery, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
South Carolina has some of the finest waterways in the country. Although most people are capable of obeying the law and safely operating their vessels, the negligence or recklessness of even a single person can have catastrophic results. Boat and jet ski operators must follow the Rules of the Nautical Road, may not operate their vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, may not operate their vessel in a manner that is reckless, and may not exceed certain speeds within designated areas. Our lawyers include professional mariners who have sailed commercially and represented recreational and commercial vessel owners and operators in lawsuits involving life-altering injury and death in state and federal court. If you have been injured as the result of a boat or jet ski accident, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
With approximately 20 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Clawson Fargnoli, LLC are seasoned advocates for victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents. South Carolina consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous states in which to drive because of the high rate of accidents and fatalities. Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents can result in catastrophic, life altering injuries and even death. Insurance companies often attempt to obtain “low ball” settlements that do not adequately compensate accident victims for their medical bills, cost of future medical care, lost wages, future lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. It is important to retain counsel who are experienced in evaluating and litigating accident cases to maximize the value of your case. If you have been the victim of a car accident, motorcycle accident, or bicycle accident, please contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
Children are among the most valuable and vulnerable members of our society. Abuse or neglect at a childcare center can result in physical or emotional trauma to the child and a loss of trust by the parents. These facilities are governed by laws and regulations designed to protect children. When childcare centers fail to follow these rules, serious consequences can result. Abuse and neglect can lead to not only physical injury, but also mental and emotional issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. Appropriate evaluation and treatment by mental health professionals is often required. Signs of abuse include unexplained cuts and bruises, headaches or stomachaches with no known medical cause, changes in behavior, and emotional volatility. If you suspect your child has been injured as the result of day care abuse or neglect, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
Protecting your good reputation is of the utmost importance. Injury to your reputation can result in damage to important relationships, missed business opportunities, and even loss of employment. Defamation is broadly defined as a false statement that is spoken, written, or otherwise communicated about a person that could harm that person’s reputation. Written defamation is called libel, whereas spoken defamation is called slander. The ability to defame others has increased exponentially with the proliferation of the internet, email, text messaging, and social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. These social media platforms allow for widespread distribution of false statements, which can result in widespread and irreversible reputational damage. Taking fast action is crucial to protecting your reputation. If your reputation has been injured as the result of a defamatory statement, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
South Carolina laws favor dog bite victims by holding dog owners responsible for injuries caused by their pets. Under the law, a dog owner or handler is responsible for injuries caused by his or her dog, even if the dog’s owner did not know or could not have known that the dog would inflict the injuries. Furthermore, liability is not limited solely to the dog’s owner, but extends to all who have the dog in their care or keeping at the time of the attack. Dog bites frequently result injuries such as lacerations, puncture wounds, nerve damage, muscle damage, and emotional distress. Dog bites can also result in potentially embarrassing scarring that requires laser resurfacing or revision surgery, which can be expensive. If you have been the victim of a dog attack, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
Alcohol-related accidents often cause life altering injuries or death. As many as 4 out of 10 traffic deaths in South Carolina are attributable to drunk driving, well above the national average. Often the drunk driver does not have sufficient insurance or assets to make the injured party whole. However, it is possible that there may be other persons or businesses that are legally responsible for this wrongful act, such as the restaurant, bar, store, or establishment that sold or served alcohol to that driver. Dram shop and liquor liability is a unique area of law, both from a legal and a practical perspective. These are fact intensive cases and require attorneys who are experienced in navigating the hospitality industry and able to supervise the timely collection and analysis of police reports, receipts, video, social media, and eye witness statements. It is important that a dram shop attorney be hired as soon as possible after a drunk driving accident, so that all potential sources of recovery explored. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a drunk driver, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
As policyholders, we pay insurance premiums to ensure that you are protected in the event of an accident or emergency. In exchange for payment of premiums, we expect that our insurance company will be there for us and uphold its end of the bargain. Unfortunately, insurance companies do not always make the right decision and, instead, will wrongfully avoid paying claims, delay payment of claims, or attempt to settle a claim for less than its full value. If an insurance company improperly employs one of these tactics, you may have a civil claim to recover the damages incurred as a result of the insurance company’s bad faith. Our attorneys are well versed in insurance coverage issues and in handling claims involving insurance bad faith, breach of contract, and declaratory judgment actions. If your insurance company has acted in bad faith or has otherwise failed to pay insurance benefits, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
Under South Carolina law, a person who has been the subject of criminal prosecution without probable cause may have a civil cause of action against the person or entity that instituted the proceedings. Malicious prosecution is the institution or continuation of a legal proceeding with malice and without probable cause. Abuse of process is the employment of legal process for some purpose other than which it was intended by law to effect. Being wrongfully accused of a crime or forced to defend a frivolous prosecution can result in damages such as injury to reputation, humiliation, embarrassment, and attorney’s fees. If you have been a victim of malicious prosecution or abuse of process, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
The elderly population represents one of the most vulnerable classes of society, a fact that makes any violation of their rights inexcusable. These facilities are governed by laws and regulations designed to protect the elderly. When elder care facilities fail to follow these rules, serious consequences can result. Abuse or neglect at an independent living facility, assisted living facility, or nursing home can result in physical or emotional trauma or death to the elderly person and a loss of trust by the family. If you or your family member has suffered elder abuse or neglect, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
Property owners are legally obligated to maintain a reasonable degree of safety for visitors on their premises. When property owners fail to protect their guests from foreseeable accidents, they can be held responsible for resulting injuries. If you have been injured because of dangerous property conditions, you may be able to file a premises liability claim against the property owner or manager for dangerous or hazardous conditions on the property. Premises liability claims can include trip and falls, slip and falls, structural collapses, construction accidents, accidental drownings, and injuries due to the foreseeable criminal conduct of third parties. Premises liability accidents can occur at homes, businesses, shopping centers, bars and clubs, restaurants, apartment complexes, and parking lots. If you have been injured as the result of a premises liability accident, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
Errors by medical providers relating to the prescribing of medication or filling of prescriptions occur far too often and can lead to life-altering injuries or even death. Medical malpractice occurs when the medical professional falls short of the standard of care in the provision of medical services, including the prescribing and filling of medication. Errors by a doctor can include prescribing the wrong medication, prescribing medications that are contraindicated, disregarding allergies, or prescribing the wrong dosage. Errors by the pharmacy can include filling the wrong medication, filling the wrong dosage, or providing the wrong directions on the label. It is important to retain counsel who are experienced with industry standards and pharmacy management software to maximize value in prescription error cases. If you have been a victim of a medication error, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
Use of dangerous or defective products can cause serious injury. A defective product is one that was either designed with defects, manufactured improperly, or carried insufficient warnings. Product liability cases can include unsafe or defective toys, furniture, motor vehicles, industrial equipment, pharmaceutical products, appliances, machinery, ,and medical devices. Consumers may assert claims against not only the manufacturer of the product, but also distributors and retailers who place the product in the stream of commerce. It is important to retain counsel who are experienced with this very unique area of law, including the areas of strict liability and breach of warranty, to maximize value in product liability cases. If you have been a victim of a dangerous or defective product, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
Discrimination based on gender, sexual harassment, sexual assault, coaching abuse, and bullying have become all too common on high school and college campuses across the country. School violence and harassment affects students in public and private schools, both small and large. These claims are frequently investigated under the rubric of Title IX, which has resulted in unfair results for both men and women due to inadequate and wildly varying training standards, policies and procedures, and implementation on campuses. When school officials fail to take proper action to investigate and rule upon these very serious claims, it only exacerbates the harm to both the complainant and the respondent. It is important to retain counsel that are experienced with this unique area of law, including applicable standards of care, to maximize value in Title IX cases. If you have been a victim of discrimination, sexual misconduct, or bullying, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
Traumatic brain injuries can result from a wide variety of circumstances, including assault and battery, boating and jet ski accidents, car accidents, day care abuse, premises liability, construction accidents, and truck accidents. Brain injuries often occur as the result of a blow or jolt to the head, which are not infrequent in these types of serious accidents. Symptoms of a mild TBI, also known as a concussion, can include headaches, fatigue, memory loss, poor concentration, irritability and depression. Symptoms of a severe TBI are more wide ranging and can include a variety of cognitive, speech and language, sensory, perceptual, physical, and emotional deficits. Traumatic brain injuries can have a devastating impact on your life, affecting your family, personal relationships, and ability to earn a living. It is important to retain counsel who are experienced with the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries to maximize value in TBI cases. If you have been a victim of an accident involving a traumatic brain injury, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
Trucking accidents involving collisions with tractor trailers, 18 wheelers, dump trucks and other large commercial vehicles often result in life-altering injury or death due to the speeds and weights of the vehicles involved. To reduce this risk as much as possible, state and federal laws exist to help regulate the way trucking companies and their drivers operate. Commercial trucking companies may be liable for failure to hire properly licensed and trained employees. Drivers must maintain work logs and companies must maintain maintenance logs to ensure compliance with rules and regulations. Failure of trucking companies to maintain their commercial trucks can result in tire blowouts, loss of steering and hydraulics, and brake or engine failure. Failure of truck drivers to follow the rules, by texting while driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or driving with inadequate rest can result in terrible accidents. It is important to retain counsel who are experienced with the extensive regulations and rules to maximize value in trucking accident cases. If you have been a victim of an accident involving a commercial truck, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
On the job injuries can be devastating. Fortunately, South Carolina law provides for a no-fault system of compensation for employees injured at work. Workplace injuries commonly include falls, repetitive motion injuries, occupational illness, equipment malfunction, and automobile accidents. Worker’s compensation benefits provide compensation for the emergency room, hospitalization, rehabilitative care, doctor’s visits, and even disability. Workers’ compensation benefits can be a lifeline for those suffering from a workplace injury, particularly when it is impossible for workers to continue to earn a living during their recovery. In addition, employees may have the right to recover outside of the workers’ compensation system for injuries caused by third parties. Worker’s compensation is largely based on statutes and is a form driven practice. It is important to retain counsel who are experienced with this system to maximize value in worker’s compensation cases. If you have been a victim of a workplace accident, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
A person who has been wrongfully arrested or falsely imprisoned may have a civil cause of action against the person or entity that brought the charges or made the false accusations. Being wrongfully accused of a crime or falsely accused of criminal activity can result in damages such as attorney’s fees and missed time from work, as well as humiliation, embarrassment, and damage to your reputation. These types of cases can arise in various contexts, including where a person wrongfully brings criminal charges against you, where a security guard or store worker falsely accuses you of a crime and detains you, and where law enforcement makes an unconstitutional arrest without probable cause. These cases are complex and, in certain circumstances, can also lead to claims for defamation. It is important to retain counsel who are experienced with both wrongful arrest and defamation to maximize value in false imprisonment cases. If you have been a victim of a wrongful arrest, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.
Few things are as difficult to cope with as the knowledge that your loved one died in an accident that could have been prevented. The death of a loved one is an exceedingly difficult time for the family and legal action is likely the last thing on your mind. However, it may be in your family’s best interest to take action against the person or business responsible for the accident and pursue the financial assistance your family needs to work through the lifelong consequences of your loss. Additionally, a successful lawsuit can help you gain closure, knowing that the responsible party has been brought to justice and held accountable for the devastating effects of their wrongdoing. It can also serve to change the way that people and businesses operate, potentially preventing future similar accidents and saving lives. It is important to retain counsel who are experienced with wrongful death and survival claims, so that the medical causation and economic loss aspects of the case can be presented in such a way, as to maximize value in wrongful death cases. If you have been a victim of an accident resulting in death, contact us to discuss the legal options available to you.