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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Should I accept the insurance company's offer to settle without an attorney?
An insurance adjuster may make you an offer on your personal injury claim and tell you that you don't need an attorney. But, it is important to remember who the adjuster works for and that they may not have your best interests at heart. Their goal is to settle a case for the least amount of money possible. They may offer you an amount that is far lower than what you may receive by hiring a lawyer.
Whether you choose The Derrick Law Firm or not, it is best to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney before accepting any offer, or signing any paperwork, from the insurance company.
If you wish to speak with an attorney at The Derrick Law Firm, call for a free case review at 843-488-5360.
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:
- Economic damages include medical bills and lost wages.
- Non-economic damages include pain and suffering as well as loss of enjoyment of life.
- 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 843-488-5360.
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, 843-488-5360.
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 843-488-5360.
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.