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 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’m injured in a car accident while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, should I hire a local attorney?

    If you’ve vacationed in Myrtle Beach, you know that there are many excellent venues where you can take the kids, spend time, and relax. However, a wonderful vacation with your family can be ruined quickly if you or a loved one is injured in a car accident by a negligent driver in South Carolina. If the unforeseen does happen, it’s in your best interest to contact a Myrtle Beach personal injury attorney for
    help with your case, even if you’re just visiting and don’t live in South Carolina.Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Lawyer The Derrick Law Firm

    Why You Need a Local Myrtle Beach Attorney

    If you’ve already left Myrtle Beach and gone home after your accident, you might think of hiring an attorney in your area to handle your personal injury claim. While that may seem more convenient at first, it can actually cause additional headaches and hurt your case. Here’s why you want a skilled local attorney to handle your South Carolina car accident:
     
    To avoid unnecessary delays and procedural issues if the attorney in your area isn’t licensed to practice in South Carolina
    To have an experienced team already licensed to practice law in South Carolina working with you—one who knows the details of state-specific personal injury laws
    To have a legal team with a recognized reputation and who is known in the community because of its accomplishments and skill in injury cases involving negligence  
     
    Additionally, a proficient Myrtle Beach-based legal team can be a valuable asset in proving negligence and recovering compensation for:
     
    Medical expenses
    Property damage related to the accident
    Lost wages
    Pain and suffering
     
    To bring a successful case against the at-fault driver, you need to prove that he failed to execute his duty to drive safely and, as a result, was partially or fully responsible for causing the collision. Here’s how a local Myrtle Beach attorney can help you investigate your accident: 
     
    Gather police reports and take statements from eyewitnesses
    Work directly with local insurance adjusters 
    Bring knowledge of applicable South Carolina laws to help you get the compensation you deserve
     

    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 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.3165 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Conway, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • How can a lawyer help me settle my Myrtle Beach personal injury claim?

    Many injury claims are settled before they ever reach the inside of a courtroom. Some insurance company are often prepared to resolve the claim and move on to avoid costly, time-consuming litigation. A settlement is an agreement between the injured and the insurance company whereby the insurance company agrees to provide a specific amount of compensation to the injured. In return, the injured cannot pursue any further legal action related to the accident or injury. Settlement agreements are very common, as they give both sides the ability to move forward as soon as possible.
    How Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help The Derrick Law Firm
     
    However, while a settlement agreement can be a good option, it’s not always beneficial for the injured party, and not every insurance company is willing to pay out in good faith. When an insurance company refuses to pay fair compensation, an experienced injury attorney can help. Many injury victims have little or no experience with the law or insurance negotiations, so the information and guidance provided by an attorney can be vital.
     

    Five Ways a Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Attorney Will Help Settle Your Injury Claim

    Insurance companies are businesses that want to protect their bottom lines, so insurance adjusters will do whatever they can to save their employers money and pay out as little compensation as possible. But for victims and their families, this compensation is usually critical for medical care, wage replacement, home and vehicle modifications, and ensuring a successful future. Once a settlement has been signed, it is not typically possible to revisit the claim. So, it’s extremely important to negotiate an appropriate settlement right from the start. An attorney can help settle a claim as effectively as possible by:

    Valuing The Claim

    One common tactic of insurance companies is to quickly offer injury victims much less than they deserve and to pressure them into taking the settlement. An experienced attorney can identify this trick and provide injury victims with an accurate assessment of what the claim is worth. This will ensure that victims have adequate compensation to address their injuries, both now and in the future.

    Providing Evidence of Injury 

    An insurance company is more likely to provide a fair settlement when faced with strong, comprehensive evidence of the injuries sustained, as well as the physical and emotional impact of those injuries on the victim. An attorney can help provide medical records, witness statements, and expert opinions to support the claim.

    Providing Evidence of Liability

    Insurance companies are known for making any attempt to pass blame for the injury onto another party. An experienced attorney will investigate the incident and offer clear evidence of responsibility, including police reports, physical evidence, and witness statements.

    Negotiating 

    Many insurance companies hope that injury victims will simply accept any settlement offer at face value. Effective attorneys know that settlements can be negotiated, and they can act as a fierce advocate for an injury victim’s rights.

    Protecting the Settlement 

    When an agreement has been reached, an attorney will ensure that the insurance company provides compensation in a timely manner. In addition, a lawyer can help protect the victim’s interests from other parties who may seek to claim a piece of the settlement, including care providers and other insurance companies.

    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 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.3165 to schedule your free consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our Conway, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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 30 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 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.