CHARLESTON, SC : Attorney calls for change after deadly crash involving Charleston County deputy on Tuesday, 26th January 2021
Charleston, South Carolina
Lawmakers are working to change a law that limits how much money a family could receive if a loved one is hurt or killed in an incident involving a city, county or state employee, and some believe this could be the year the state’s General Assembly takes action.
The South Carolina Tort Claims Act puts a limit on how much money a family could be awarded by the court system, and one Lowcountry lawyer argues it has hindered his efforts to help his clients after tragedies.
Attorney Mark Bringardener said he was forced to file suit against the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office last week after his efforts to seek a settlement were ignored.
The case involves the family of Ronald Jenkins who died after a Charleston County Sheriff’s deputy crashed into his car last May.
Bringardner said he believes the Tort Claims Act’s current limitations make it harder for families to pursue justice and gain closure.