What should I do if I’ve suffered a severe injury through no fault of my own?
If you have been injured because of the carelessness or recklessness of another person or entity, you should contact a dedicated South Carolina personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your situation. A skilled personal injury lawyer can ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled under state law for your ordeal. It is recommended that you and your family get in touch with an aggressive personal injury attorney as soon as you have received medical attention for your injuries. It is important that you do not accept any settlement offered by insurance companies until you have spoken to an attorney.
Isn’t it the responsibility of insurance companies to pay me compensation after an accident regardless of whether I have a South Carolina personal injury attorney or not?
In a perfect world, claims examiners working for insurance companies would honor all just claims. Unfortunately, in the real world in which we live, insurance companies routinely try to avoid fairly compensating the victims of their policyholders in personal injury cases. A personal injury lawyer is a valuable ally in keeping claims examiners and their employers honest. Knowing that an attorney is willing to go to court on behalf of their client will often persuade otherwise reluctant insurance companies to honor their contracts.
Whom can I hold liable for my injuries?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injuries, there are numerous individuals or parties whom you may be able to hold liable for them. These include:
- Drivers of cars or large trucks
- Healthcare professionals
- Property owners
- Manufacturers and sellers of equipment
Your personal injury attorney may be able to point out other persons whose negligence or misconduct may have contributed to your injuries and help hold them liable in civil court.
How much compensation can I expect to receive following a personal injury suit or settlement?
Following a successful personal injury suit or settlement, you should expect that compensation addresses both economic concerns including lost wages, property damage, and medical bills and also non-economic factors such the pain and suffering commensurate with a serious injury. In especially egregious cases, a jury may award punitive damages as well, although this is very rare. In any event, during your initial consultation your personal injury attorney can tell you more about what kind of compensation you may be entitled to receive based on the specifics of your injury.
How long will my case take to resolve?
Most personal injury cases can be resolved in a matter of months, although if a trial is involved, the process may take much longer.