Frequently Asked Questions About SC Personal Injury Lawsuits

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim? What if the driver who hit me is uninsured? Why do I need to hire a personal injury lawyer?

We answer these questions and many more in our collection of frequently asked questions. Unlike many websites that provide brief yes-or-no answers to important legal questions like these, we provide detailed answers to help you get a better idea of your rights, your options, and what you can hope for in the future.

If your questions are not answered here, feel free to connect with us through our website, or call us at 843-248-7486, to speak directly with us about your legal concerns.

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  • How much is my personal injury case worth?

    Many clients ask how much their personal injury case is worth before anything else. This is one of the most commonly asked questions but also one of the most difficult to answer without taking a look at all the evidence of the case.

    Each case is different and a value cannot be decided without knowing all the details of your medical records and bills, the facts concerning the accident itself, and even any potential punitive damages.

    There are three types of compensation a client with a personal injury might receive:

    1. Economic damages include medical bills and lost wages.
    2. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering as well as loss of enjoyment of life.
    3. Punitive damages occur in circumstances where the at-fault party exhibits gross negligence and/or recklessness and are meant to "punish" and deter an at-fault party from engaging or allowing the damaging behavior to occur again.

    If you are hurt by the actions of another in South Carolina, you may have a personal injury claim and need an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer to protect your rights. The Derrick Law Firm will review your case for free and make sure you get the benefits you need. Call today at 843-248-7486.

  • How long do I have to file a claim for my injury in South Carolina?

    The amount of time you have to file an injury claim depends on the type of case you have.

    For most personal injury claims in South Carolina, you have up to three years from the date of the injury to file a claim. For those injured on the job, they must give notice to their employer within 90 days of the accident.

    These deadlines may be extended if a loss or injury is not immediately apparent. If this occurs, the deadline begins when you "discover" or should have reasonably discovered the injury or loss. This may apply to injuries that occur through work over a long period of time.

    No matter what kind of injury you have, it is best to file a claim as soon as possible. If you were to miss the statute of limitations, you may lose your ability to file a claim.

    If you are unsure if you have a claim or don't know where to begin, contact Personal Injury Lawyers at The Derrick Law Firm for a free case review, 843-248-7486.

  • I was hurt while on vacation in SC, do I need to hire a SC Personal Injury Lawyer?

    Typically, if you were in an accident, it is best to hire an attorney that practices law in the state where the accident occurred. That attorney knows the state's laws and court systems. Also, it may be that an attorney in your home state is not eligible to practice law in the state where you were hurt unless they work with a local attorney or get permission from the court.

    If you are unsure if you need an attorney, or if you have a claim, contact The Derrick Law Firm today for a free case review at 843-248-7486.

  • How long have you been in business?

    The Derrick Law Firm was established in 1991 by Attorney Dirk J. Derrick in Conway, South Carolina. Since its founding, the firm has grown to multiple locations across the state of South Carolina.

    The Derrick Law Firm focuses on personal injury cases as well as denied or delayed insurance claims and serves those who were seriously injured in South Carolina.

     

  • Can I text while driving in South Carolina?

    Distracted driving has been on the rise and is increasing car accidents across the state.

    In June 2014, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed a law into action banning texting while driving. There was a 6 month grace period that ended near the beginning of December 2014.

    Drivers may be found in violation of the law if they are seen composing, reading, or sending a message. A message can be described as a standard text, a SMS message, instant messaging, etc...

    A driver may text if he or she is legally stopped at a red light or stop sign, is using a GPS tracking device, or is a public safety official on duty.  

    Because of so many distractions, like texting and driving, car accidents and pedestrian accidents are happening more often.

    If you become injured in an accident due to another's negligence you may need a South Carolina personal injury lawyer to look out for your best interests.

    Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Attorneys at The Derrick Law Firm focus on personal injury law including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, workers' compensation, wrongful death, and insurance claims.

    Voted Best Attorney by the readers of the Horry Independent and Myrtle Beach Herald, The Derrick Law Firm will work to get you the full value of your case.

    Have You Suffered A Personal Injury Due To The Neglect Of Others?

    If you've been hurt due to the neglect of someone else you need to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Conway, South Carolina office directly at 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • Is stress or mental injury covered under Worker’s Compensation?

    If you have a mental injury caused by an extraordinary or unusual event while on the job, it may covered under Worker’s Compensation.

    The South Carolina Worker's Compensation Act covers a variety of injuries that occur on the job. There are some restrictions or requirements for mental injuries.The injury must pass a two part test to determine if it is covered through worker's compensation.

    For more information on if your injury is covered, please read our full blog detailing the requirements for mental injuries on the job.

    Have You Been Injured On The Job?

    If you've been hurt at your job you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Conway, South Carolina office directly at 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • If I have a stroke or heart attack at work, is it covered by Worker’s Compensation?

    The South Carolina Worker's Compensation Act covers a variety of injuries that occur on the job. There are some restrictions or requirements for injuries like a heart attack or stroke. The injury must pass a two part test to determine if it is covered through worker's compensation.

    Have You Been Injured On The Job?

    If you've been hurt at your job you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Conway, South Carolina office directly at 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

    Voted Best Attorney in Conway and Best Attorney in Myrtle Beach by the readers of the Horry Independent and the Myrtle Beach Herald, Attorney Derrick has the experience and knowledge to get you the full value of your case.

  • Are my injuries covered through Worker's Compensation?

    If you are injured on the job through a routine task or an unforeseen event, your injury could be covered through Worker’s Compensation.  For more details on this topic, please visit the full blog.

    Have You Been Injured On The Job?

    If you've been hurt at your job you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Conway, South Carolina office directly at 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • If I have an accident at work, can I file it under Worker’s Compensation?

    If you are injured at work, you may file it under Worker’s Compensation.

    An accident is defined most basically as when a voluntary action results in an injury or death. For a more detailed explanation of what injuries are considered accidental, please visit the full blog.

    Have You Been Injured On The Job?

    If you've been hurt at your job you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Conway, South Carolina office directly at 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

    Personal Injury Lawyer Dirk Derrick has been practicing at his own law firm since 1991 and has been voted the Best Lawyer in Myrtle Beach by the readers of the Myrtle Beach Herald.

  • If I am hurt on the job, will my employer pay me for my injuries?

    If you are injured on the job as a result of an accident, you may be eligible for Worker’s Compensation benefits that will pay for your medical treatment. Depending on the amount of work missed, you could be reimbursed for that time as well as receive paychecks while you are unable to work.

    For more information regarding your claim, visit the following blog for more details.

    Have You Been Injured On The Job?

    If you've been hurt at your job you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Conway, South Carolina office directly at 843.484.0707 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.