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 843-488-5360, to speak directly with us about your legal concerns.

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  • 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.

    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, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • 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.

    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, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

    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.

    Have You Been Injured In A South Carolina Area Car Accident?

    If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. 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, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • 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.

    Have You Been Injured In A South Carolina Area Car Accident?

    If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. 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, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • 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.

    Have You Been Injured In A South Carolina Area Car Accident?

    If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. 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, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • 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.

    Have You Been Injured In A South Carolina Area Car Accident?

    If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. 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, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • 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.

    Handling cases since 1991, Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Dirk Derrick and his staff have 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.

    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, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • Do I have a personal injury case?

    A valid personal injury claim involves 2 main things:

    -a person who has been 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 started his firm in 1991 and has focused on 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.

    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, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • Should I sign a Medical Authorization form for the insurance company?

    If you are injured in a car accident and are receiving medical treatment, the at fault insurance company may ask you to sign a medical authorization form so that they may have access to all of your medical records since birth.

    Do not sign ANY medical authorization forms from the insurance company.

    The insurance company can use this information to deny or reduce your personal injury claim.  Also, if you go to court, the insurance company may try to hire a medical expert that will testify that a pre-existing condition is the cause of your current problem.

    If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, you may need a car accident lawyer to get you the medical treatment you need and get your medical bills paid.

    Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Attorneys at The Derrick Law Firm have 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.

    Have You Been Injured In A South Carolina Area Car Accident?

    If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. 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, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • Can I choose my own doctor for a workers' compensation claim?

    When you are hurt at work and file a workers' compensation claim, you must see the doctors they provide for you. If you would like a second opinion, you must get permission.

    You may talk to the insurance carrier and see if he or she will allow you to go to another doctor, or you can request a hearing by completing a Form 50 and have a Commissioner make a determination on the case.

    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, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, Columbia, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

    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.