North Augusta Personal Injury Lawyers

Have you recently been hurt in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence? Our North Augusta personal injury lawyers have represented many of these cases, and we want to help you. The damages you may be suffering are likely severe and you deserve to see compensation for them. After you have read about your case, please call our office today to set up a free, initial consultation. We are eager to help.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

The term personal injury is one that can define an array of accidents. If you have been injured and it was directly related to the behavior of someone else, then you will likely be eligible for compensation. Sometimes when someone fails to act to protect you, that is a personal injury case. You can also file for a case if you are harmed by someone acting in a careless way.

The types of personal injury cases that we handle include:

  • Dog bites
  • Burn injury
  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Bus accidents

If you have an injury that is within these categories, you are likely eligible to receive compensation for your damages.

9 Ways You Could Ruin Your Personal Injury Case

9 Ways You Could Ruin Your Personal Injury Case

South Carolina Statute of Limitations

Something that you should be aware of if you want to be compensated for your damages is the statute of limitations. Though you may find that the statute of limitations can vary slightly between different types of cases, it is important that you know the general time limitation is three years starting from the date of your accident. That means you have no more than three years to bring your claim or have it files in civil court. If you are late for this statute, then you will no longer be able to bring your claim.

The sooner you get to a lawyer about your claim, the better off you will be. It takes time to build a strong case and the longer you wait, the less time your lawyer will have to do that for you. Your evidence may go missing if you wait and your witnesses could forget key details that might be crucial to the success of your case.

Personal Injury Case Compensation Overview

When you are seeking compensation, you are doing so from the insurance company of the liable party. They will be the ones responsible for covering your damages. In a case such as a slip and fall at someone’s residence, you would be asking the homeowner’s insurance company to cover your compensation. They can cover your damages including:

  • Past and future lost wages
  • Past and future medical bills
  • Past and future pain and suffering

These damages are calculated and you will be given a compensation award based on the number that is determined. However, your award will be affected by the role you played in causing your accident. For instance, if you were speeding on the highway before someone side swiped you and caused an accident, the insurance company may deem you partially responsible for your injuries.

South Carolina is a shared fault state which means you can still collect compensation even if you are deemed partially at fault. The rules go as such:

  • If you are 0% at fault, you can collect a full compensation award
  • If you are 1% - 50% at fault, you can collect a partial compensation award
  • If you are more than 50% at fault, you will be barred from receiving compensation

If you have been deemed 20% at fault and were given $10,000 in damages, you will be allowed to collect $8,000 to account for your fault in the accident.

One Case-Ruining Mistake to Avoid

The best way to protect your rights to full compensation is to avoid taking a phone call from the insurance company. They will reach out to you shortly after your accident and it is important that you do not give them a recorded statement. They will say that it will help resolve your claim, but they are only interested in protecting their bottom line. If you say something wrong, they can use that to reduce or eliminate your claim. The wisest thing to do is have your lawyer take over communication.

Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions

Can I recover for emotional damages in a personal injury claimCan I recover for emotional damages in a personal injury claim?

I met with a nice lady from North Augusta who was injured in a bad car wreck on Martintown Road in North Augusta, and she asked me the question, “Can I recover for emotional damage as a result of the car wreck?” If you’re reading this, you may have the same question.

In the state of South Carolina, you can recover for emotional damage and mental anguish. I informed this client that it’s important to seek medical treatment for this emotional damage and try to get better, and that this will help us get the medical records we need to explain her damages to the insurance company.

If you have questions about your personal injury case in the state of South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

How long does it take to resolve a personal injury claim?

I met with a nice lady from Edgefield, South Carolina earlier this week. One of the questions she asked me was, “How long does it take to settle a case in South Carolina?” If you’re reading this, you may have the same question. I shared with her that there are many different factors that go into how long it’ll take to settle a personal injury case in South Carolina. Such factors include the length of medical treatment involved and whether the insurance company is being reasonable. I told the lady that it was too early for me to give her an estimate, but, if she hired us, we would work diligently in her case to develop the medical evidence and liability evidence to present to the insurance company.

If you have any questions about your personal injury case and how long it will take in the state of South Carolina, please feel free to give us a call.

Will my personal injury case go to trial?

I met with a couple from Aiken, South Carolina earlier this week, and they asked me the question, “Will our case go to trial?” If you’re reading this, you may have the same question. I shared this answer with the couple.

Ninety percent of all cases do not go to trial. There are many factors that go into whether a case goes to trial. The way to get the best result for our clients is to prepare every case like it may go to trial, however. That gets the insurance company’s attention. We develop all medical evidence and liability issues, and present that in a format that will make the insurance company be reasonable. It’s usually only if the insurance company is not being reasonable that the case goes to trial.

If you have any questions about your personal injury case in the state of South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

Can I file a personal injury claim if I don't have high medical bills?

I had a gentleman from Beech Island, South Carolina call me. He was originally from New York City, and he asked me the question, “Is there a minimum limit for medical bills in South Carolina, like it is in New York, to have a personal injury case?” If you’re reading this, then you may have the same question. I told the gentleman that, no, there’s no minimum limit for medical bills to bring a case in South Carolina. I shared with the gentleman that it’s important to get medical treatment and follow the doctor’s advice. If you have a personal injury case in the state of South Carolina, please give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

Should I accept the first settlement offer in my personal injury caseShould I accept the first settlement offer in my personal injury case?

I had a gentleman call me last week and tell me that the Allstate insurance company had made him an offer in his personal injury case. He wanted to know if he should take the offer. If you’re reading this, you may have the same question. I’ll share with you the same advice I gave that client.

I’ve been practicing law for 35 years, and I’ve never seen an insurance company give a first offer and not have further room to move. After examining this client’s case, I informed him that I thought there was a very good chance that I could get him more money representing him than he could on his own.

If you have any questions about your personal injury case, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

Will a pre-existing condition affect my ability to recover compensation?

I had a gentleman from Barnwell, South Carolina, call me this week to ask me how a preexisting back condition will affect their personal injury case in South Carolina. If you’re reading this, you may have the same question. I shared with the gentleman what I’ll share with you today.

In the state of South Carolina, you’re allowed to recover for any aggravation of preexisting conditions. I shared with the gentleman that it’s important for him to seek medical treatment and have treatment for the aggravation of a preexisting condition. We will ask his doctors and medical providers to detail in their reports what the aggravation of his condition was as a result of the wreck.

If you have any questions about your personal injury case in South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

How do I select the best lawyer for my personal injury case?

Yesterday, I received a call from a man from North Augusta, South Carolina, and he asked me the question, “How do you choose the best personal injury attorney for a case in South Carolina?” I shared with this gentleman the same tips that I’ll share with you.

I told the man it’s important to go interview the attorney personally and ask that attorney questions. Ask the attorney what kind of experience he has with South Carolina personal injury cases. Ask the attorney if personal injury is a core focus of his practice. Does the attorney have the resources to hire expert witnesses, such as accident reconstruction experts and doctors to treat the client? Ask the attorney if he’s a trial lawyer, if he tries cases, and what his track record is. Ask the attorney if he does focus groups on all cases going to trial.

I also shared with the gentleman that it’s important to do online research on a potential attorney in South Carolina. Look at the attorney’s online client reviews. Look at Google reviews, look at Avvo reviews, look at Facebook reviews, and see what past clients say about the attorney. Was the attorney effective? Was he diligent in pursuing the case? Also, look at online reviews from lawyer to lawyer. There are reviews services, such as Super Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell, Top 100 High Stake Litigators, that let you see what other lawyers are saying about your potential lawyer. Is that lawyer a lawyer other lawyers respect?

We’d be happy to talk with you about your personal injury in North Augusta. Please give us a call.

Will my personal injury case settle before trialWill my personal injury case settle before trial?

I had a lady who was injured in a car wreck on Atomic Road call me last week and ask me if it’s possible that her case would settle before going to trial. If you’re watching this video, you may have the same questions. I’ll share with you what I shared with my client. I told my client that over 90% of cases in South Carolina settle before going to trial, and the way to get the best result for the client is to prepare the case like it’s going to trial, so that the insurance company will take us more seriously and be more reasonable.

If you have any questions about your personal injury case in South Carolina, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

Call Our North Augusta Carolina Personal injury Lawyers Today

If you have been seriously hurt in an accident, we want to help you get the compensation that you deserve. Your compensation is important to us and we will work tirelessly to get that for you. Our North Augusta personal injury lawyers are here to help you every step of the way. When we take on a case for you, our goal is to make it as successful as possible. Please call our office today to get your free, initial consultation.

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