Frequently Asked Questions

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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  • 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, accidents are happening more often.

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

    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.

    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.

  • What are the biggest mistakes made after an accident?

    The Biggest Mistakes Made After You are Injured in an Auto Accident include:

    1.  Not being evaluated by EMS if you are injured to any extent.

    2.  Not seeking medical attention at the emergency room immediately after the wreck if you are hurt.

    3.  Not being totally honest with doctors regarding past medical history. Tell them everything!

    4.  Playing tough and not telling troopers, EMS personnel, and doctors each and every location of pain.

    5.  Talking with your doctor about legal stuff, instead of focusing only on the medical part.

    6.  Not keeping all medical appointments. This is very important!

    7.  Only talking about the worse symptoms and keeping quiet regarding other symptoms.

    8.  Not telling doctors about inability or limitation in working and not getting a work release if needed.

    9.  Not doing exactly what the doctor says to do.

    10.  Stopping medical treatment without doctor's consent.

    11.  Not treating emotional injuries if they arise after the accident. Pain and disability can cause depression and anxiety- if you experience these symptoms tell your doctor.

    12.  Not consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case if you are injured. Be totally honest with the attorney concerning the accident, your injuries, and any prior medical problems you had prior to the wreck.

    13.  Thinking insurance adjusters are looking out for you and your family’s best interests.

    If you or a loved one are seriously injured by the recklessness of another driver, you may need legal help to get medical treatment and 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.

    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.