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 burning questions are not answered here, feel free to connect with us through our website to speak directly with us about your legal concerns.

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  • What are my responsibilities if I injure or kill someone in an accident?

    If you are involved in a car accident, there are several things you are required to do by law. The South Carolina Code says a driver must immediately stop at the scene of the accident. He must return and remain at the scene until he has fulfilled the following requirements:

    1. Must give name, address, and registration number of the vehicle.
    2. If asked to see his license, the driver must show his identification to the injured party.
    3. Must offer reasonable assistance to help the injured person(s), including making arrangements to carry or have the injured party carried to the hospital via EMS.

    Following these guidelines are important when you are involved in an accident. If you or your family member are the injured party, you may need help getting the benefits you need after the accident. Myrtle Beach Car Accident Attorney Dirk Derrick has over 29 years experience in helping clients after a wreck and will work to get the full amount for your claim.

    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.

    Call today for your FREE consultation. 843-248-7486

    The Derrick Law Firm serves the state of South Carolina and has office locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant.

  • What are my responsibilities as a passenger in a car?

    If you are a passenger in a car, it is your duty to maintain a reasonable lookout for dangers, but you are not expected to anticipate every decision of the driver. You should only ride with a driver that you trust to make sound decisions.

    For more details on your responsibility as a passenger in a car, see the full blog.

    If you are hurt in a car accident as a passenger, whether it is the driver's fault or not, your injuries are covered by the insurance available. If you have any questions about an accident or need help getting the benefits you need, contact Myrtle Beach Car Accident Lawyers at The Derrick Law Firm for your FREE consultation. 843-248-7486.

    Voted Best, Car Accident Attorney, The Derrick Law firm will work to get you the benefits you need.

    The Derrick Law Firm serves the state of South Carolina and has office locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant.

  • If I get injured on the job and hurt a body part that was injured before, will Worker's Compensation cover it?

    Yes. If you are hurt on the job and sustain an injury that worsens a previous condition, or causes additional loss of use, or actual loss of that body part, you may be compensated through the South Carolina Worker’s Compensation Commission.

    For more information on this topic, please see our full blog.

    To speak to an experienced SC. Workers' Compensation Lawyer, contact Dirk Derrick of The Derrick Law Firm for a FREE consultation. 843-248-7486.

  • Will Worker's Compensation cover my bills if I lose a body part at work?

    If you are on the job and lose, or lose use of, a part of the body that leaves you permanently partially disabled, you will be compensated through the South Carolina Worker’s Compensation Commission.

    For more detailed information, please see the full blog.

    If you are injured on the job and need help with your worker’s compensation claim, please call Myrtle Beach lawyer Dirk Derrick of The Derrick Law Firm. 843-248-7486

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

  • If someone drives my car drunk, am I responsible for the damages?

    If you allow someone to drive your car while they are drunk or under the influence of drugs, you may be held liable for the injuries and/or damages they cause in a car accident.

    The injured party must prove the essential elements of “negligent entrustment."

    For more information on negligent entrustment of a vehicle to an intoxicated driver, please see our blog.

    If you or a family member are seriously injured by a drunk driver or in a car accident, you may need a personal injury attorney to get you the medical treatment you need and your medical bills paid.

    To speak to Myrtle Beach Car Accident Attorney, Dirk Derrick, who was voted Best Attorney in Myrtle Beach, call 843-248-7486 and receive a free consultation.

    The Derrick Law Firm serves the state of South Carolina and has office locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant.

  • Am I responsible for the damages or injuries caused by someone else driving my car?

    If you allow someone else to drive your car and they are involved in a car accident, you may be held liable for the damages or injuries caused by that person.

    You could be held responsible if the person you let drive your car is unfit to drive and you knew, or should have known, that they were incapable of safely driving the car. This may include allowing someone to drive your car that is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    For more on this topic, read the full blog on negligent entrustment.

    If you are the injured party in an auto accident, you may need a personal injury attorney to help you get the medical treatment you need and your medical bills paid.

    Personal Injury Lawyers at The Derrick Law Firm have over 29 years of experience in 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.

    Call today for your FREE consultation. 843-248-7486

    The Derrick Law Firm serves the state of South Carolina and has office locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant.

  • Who is liable for damages caused by a minor in a car accident?

    If a minor is driving a car and is at fault in a car accident, the South Carolina Family Purpose Doctrine states that the head of the family who owns and maintains the car for the everyday use of his family is responsible for the negligence of someone within the family when they drive the car.

    See our blog for more information regarding the Family Purpose Doctrine

    If you or a member of your family are a victim in a car accident, you may need a personal injury attorney to help you with your claim.

    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.

    Call today for your FREE consultation with a Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Laywer. 843-248-7486

    The Derrick Law Firm serves the state of South Carolina and has office locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant.

  • How much insurance do I need for my car or motorcycle?

    There are several types of auto insurance coverage you can, and should, include in your insurance policy to protect yourself and your family in the event of a car accident.

    Med Pay or Personal Injury Protection, an insurance add-on, is very helpful in covering medical expenses if you are seriously injured. It is much like health insurance for your auto insurance policy.

    It is also very important to have Underinsured and Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UIM) in the event the at-fault party does not have any insurance to cover your expenses, or does not have enough insurance to cover your expenses.

    For more information about how much insurance coverage you need, download your FREE copy of “3 Feet from Disaster,” by Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Attorney Dirk J. Derrick.

    Voted Best Personal Injury Attorneys 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.

    Call today for your FREE consultation. 843-248-7486

    The Derrick Law Firm serves the state of South Carolina and has office locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant.

  • Will my personal injury case have to go to court to settle?

    Most of the time, a personal injury claim can be resolved without the need to go to court for a trial. If the insurance company denies your claim, or refuses to offer you a fair settlement, you may need to file suit.

    A personal injury lawsuit is best conducted with the help of a personal injury attorney.  Even in the early stages, when you file a personal injury claim with your insurance company, you should consult with an attorney to help build your case.  The more familiar your attorney is with your case from the start, the better they can help prepare your case for a personal injury lawsuit.  Additionally, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you avoid costly mistakes. 

    When you find it necessary to take your claim to court, your case will be heard by a judge and jury to determine if you are entitled to compensation.  This is often the only option for victims whose insurance companies wrongfully deny their injury claim, or refuse to offer a fair settlement amount to compensate for their damages.

    When choosing a South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer, make sure you ask them about their attitude when it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit, their trial experience, and the potential need to take your claim to trial.  Be aware that some lawyers refuse to take cases that end up going to trial, and many have never actually been in court before.

    With over 29 years of experience, Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Dirk Derrick has the knowledge and experience necessary to get you the benefits you need for your case.

    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.

    Call today for your FREE consultation. 843-248-7486

    The Derrick Law Firm serves the state of South Carolina and has office locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant.

     

  • Do I have a personal injury claim?

    A valid personal injury claim involves 2 main things:

    -a person injured
    -a person whose negligence caused the injury

    Minor injuries like cuts and bruises are not cause for a personal injury claim.  However, serious injuries such as spinal cord injuries, head trauma, and broken bones are all likely to cause substantial medical bills from treatment and recovery.

    Damages resulting from an accident include the medical bills, lost wages from inability to work, and pain and suffering. 

    When you are considering filing a personal injury claim and are unsure whether you have a valid claim, you should speak to an experienced personal injury attorney.  Once you have provided your attorney with the details of your accident, they can help you determine the best way to go about obtaining a fair settlement for your injuries.

    Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Dirk Derrick of The Derrick Law Firm has over 29 years of experience in personal injury 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.

    Call today for your FREE consultation. 843-248-7486

    The Derrick Law Firm serves the state of South Carolina and has office locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant.