Motion In Limine to Exclude Evidence South Carolina

"Making a motion in limine to exclude evidence at the beginning of trial does not preserve an issue for review because a motion in limine is not a final determination. The moving party, therefore, must make a contemporaneous objection when the evidence is introduced." Samples v. Mitchell, 329 S.C. 105, 108, 495 S.E.2d 213, 215 (Ct. App. 1997). The scope of cross-examination rests largely in the discretion of the trial court. Cornwell v. Plummer, 265 S.C. 587, 220 S.E.2d 879 (1975). "The admission or exclusion of evidence is a matter within the sound discretion of the trial court and absent clear abuse, will not be disturbed on appeal." Gamble v. Int'l Paper Realty Corp., 323 S.C. 367, 373, 474 S.E.2d 438, 441 (1996); see also Recco Tape & Label Co. v. Barfield, 312 S.C. 214, 439 S.E.2d 838 (1994). A directed verdict is warranted where only one reasonable inference can be drawn from the evidence. Adams v. G.J. Creel & Sons, 320 S.C. 274, 465 S.E.2d 84 (1995); Brady Dev. Co. v. Town of Hilton Head Island, 312 S.C. 73, 439 S.E.2d 266 (1993). In deciding a motion for a directed verdict, all inferences must be viewed in the light most favorable to the non-moving party. Taylor v. Medenica, 324 S.C. 200, 479 S.E.2d 35 (1996). In a medical malpractice action, a plaintiff relying on expert testimony must produce evidence that the defendant's negligence most probably caused the injuries alleged. Id.