What does an experienced personal injury attorney actually do to help your case?

Dirk J. Derrick
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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.

While every case is different and trial lawyers come into the case at different times after a personal injury has occurred, an experienced personal injury trial attorney will be experienced in and capable of the doing the following:

  • Initial interview with the client to obtain facts concerning the accident and the injuries
  • Educate the client about the process
  • Obtain the police report and special investigative reports that were performed regarding the accident
  • Obtain medical records and bills from doctors the client has seen
  • Contact and interview any potential witnesses disclosed by the client, the accident report or any other additional witnesses
  • Get a copy of the client's insurance policy and determine the amount of coverage applicable to the wreck
  • Obtain photographs of the accident scene and vehicles
  • Talk to the client's physicians in order to answer necessary legal questions to make their opinions admissible in court
  • Obtain the client's lost wage information and salary verification from his or her employer
  • Review client's health insurance policy to determine amount of money the plan should pay
  • Determine amount and validity of liens claimed by medical providers and health insurance carriers
  • Put the liability insurance carrier on notice of claim and client's own insurance on notice of any potential claims
  • Decide if the personal injury claim is a case that will be developed or if a law suit needs to be filed immediately
  • Contact, meet and discuss with the client an analysis of the case and legal issues
  • File any necessary claim forms
  • Conduct negotiations with an insurance adjuster in order to settle the claim
  • Make a recommendation as to settlement value
  • Obtain authorization for the client to make a first offer
  • Prepare a Summons and Complaint, and other items to be included in the litigation
  • Take deposition of Defendant and witnesses and prepare client for his/her deposition
  • Prepare and organize records, documents and evidence to be included at trial
  • Conduct research, write briefs and file motions for evidence 
  • Try the case
  • Analyze jury verdict and discuss validity of appealing by either party with client
  • Negotiate medical bills for the client

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