Personal Injury FAQs

Questions About Personal Injury?

Our South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Are Here to Answer Your Questions

No one expects to be the victim of a serious accident. In a matter of seconds, another person’s actions can forever change the course of your life and leave you to pick up the pieces. That is why it is so important to reach out to South Carolina personal injury lawyers after an accident. The right attorney can help you explore your options and seek the compensation you deserve.

  1. When do I need a personal injury attorney?
  2. Can I settle with the insurance company directly?
  3. What should I do after an accident?
  4. What types of damages can I get after an accident?
  5. How can a personal injury attorney help me?
  6. How much is my case worth?
  7. What is the time frame for a personal injury case or settlement?
  8. I am not sure if I am at fault for the accident. Should I still contact a personal injury lawyer?
  9. I have already spoken with the insurance company. Is it too late to get an attorney?

When do I need a personal injury attorney?

Personal injury law covers many types of incidents. Any time you suffer an injury in one of these incidents, consider contacting an attorney to find out if you have a claim. An attorney may be able to help you if you suffer injuries in a slip and fall accident in a business or someone’s residence. A personal injury claim may be an option after a burn injury or dog bite. If a defective product causes your injury, then we can pursue damages with a product liability case.

Many personal injury cases involve car accidents and other types of motor vehicle crashes. If you suffer injuries in a car, motorcycle, truck, or boating accident, speaking with an attorney should be your next move.

Can I settle with the insurance company directly?

You do have the option of settling with the insurance company on your own. However, we do not recommend this. We have seen how insurance adjusters work and how much effort they put into lowering a victim’s settlement. If you choose to negotiate with the insurance company on your own, then you could end up with a small or even non-existent settlement.

What should I do after a car accident?

There are several tasks you should prioritize after a car accident. First, check for serious or life-threatening injuries and contact emergency services. Seek medical care as soon as possible. Then, reach out to South Carolina personal injury lawyers to start checking out your possible legal options. Under South Carolina law, auto insurance is required and you may be able to collect from the other party’s insurance provider.

What types of damages can I get after an accident?

Damages vary quite a bit from case to case. You may be able to ask for compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • The cost of hiring people to take care of your home or your children if an accident leaves you unable to do so
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering

When you meet with your personal injury attorney, you can discuss the details of your case and find out which types of compensation are applicable in your situation.

How can a personal injury attorney help me?

A personal injury attorney can seriously alleviate the stress and financial pressure associated with accidents. Your lawyer will get a clear understanding of your accident and use it to negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company. If your case goes to court, they will handle all of the preparation and make your case to the jury. This helps victims concentrate on recuperating after a serious accident.

How much is my case worth?

People who are unsure about hiring a lawyer often wonder how much their case is worth and whether the potential settlement is worth it. Unfortunately, there is no way to answer this question without personalized advice from a South Carolina personal injury lawyer. The value of your case depends on how seriously you are injured, how much the accident affects your life, and the long-term impact of the accident.

What is the time frame for a personal injury case or settlement?

From start to finish, a personal injury claim can take as little as a few weeks or as much as a few years. If the insurance company is open to negotiation and comes up to a number that we find acceptable, then your case could be over in weeks. If the case goes to court and goes through appeals after a decision is made, then you could wait years for a final decision.

I am not sure if I am at fault for the accident. Should I still contact a personal injury lawyer?

You should absolutely still speak with a personal injury attorney in this situation. Accidents are often more complex than they appear, and with a free consultation, there is no risk associated with finding out if you have a case.

I have already spoken with the insurance company. Is it too late to get an attorney?

Ideally, you should hire a South Carolina personal injury lawyer before communicating with an insurance adjuster. However, you can still hire a lawyer after your initial communication with the insurance company. We can take over negotiations and help you avoid damaging your case.

Get in Touch With South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Now

After reading these personal injury FAQs, you may wonder what your next step is. Discussing your situation with the team at the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson, Jr. gives you the opportunity to explore your options and start the process of seeking compensation. Call our Rock Hill office at (803) 324-7200 to set up a free consultation.