medical care is a top priority after a car accident. In addition to ensuring
that you are safe after a physically traumatic event, medical care offers you
tangible evidence of the car crash. This is essential if you plan on pursuing a
personal injury claim or negotiating a settlement with the insurance company.
Our South Carolina car accident lawyers have created a list of questions to ask
your doctor after an accident. These questions will help you begin building
How Long Will It Take to Recover?
Recovery is often a long and tumultuous
process. Your doctor should be able to provide you with an estimate of how long
it will take for you to make a full recovery. This information will help you
prove that the accident negatively affected your life over a period of time.
Will I Be Able to Work During Recovery? If So,
What Limitations Do I Have?
For many people, the biggest concern about
recovery time is whether or not they can work. Lost income adds additional stress
to an already-difficult time when you are expecting large medical bills. It is
important to ask your doctor whether or not your injury will prevent you from
working and if there are any limitations regarding your work. You may have to
work shorter hours or take on less physically demanding tasks. Before you leave
your appointment, ensure that you have the paperwork you need to request time
off or receive accommodations from your employer.
What Are My Injuries? How Severe Are They?
When negotiating with the insurance company,
you will need to provide them with a thorough account of your injuries,
including where they are located and their severity. Your doctor should be
willing to provide thorough documentation of your injuries that can be used as
evidence in court. Hard evidence regarding your injuries is an essential tool
for our South Carolina car accident lawyers as they negotiate a fair settlement with the other party’s insurance company.
What Caused My Injuries?
This is one of the most important questions to
ask a doctor after a car accident. You already know that your injuries were
caused by a car accident. However, insurance companies typically need this to be
verified by a medical professional before they are willing to negotiate.
Your doctor can identify how specific injuries
occurred. For example, they can document that you are suffering from a
concussion due to hitting your head on the steering wheel. This expert opinion
can help you obtain compensation from the other party’s insurance provider.
Will I Need Further Care Down the Line?
Even if the majority of your injuries heal
fairly quickly, there may be lingering symptoms that require long-term
treatment. Most severe injuries often require long-term care. As an example,
victims who sustain traumatic brain injuries during car accidents may need periodic MRIs,
around-the-clock nursing care or mood stabilizers for the rest of their lives.
Reach Out to Our South Carolina Car Accident
The path to recovery may seem long, but
working with experienced personal injury attorneys can limit your stress and
allow you to focus on healing. Get your free case evaluation now—call the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson Jr. in Rock
Hill at (803) 324-7200 to get started.
This is the million-dollar question. My most frequently asked question as a Personal Injury Attorney is “What is My Case Worth?” And rightfully so. Let’s face it, you are the victim of someone else’s negligence and you are forced to live with the consequences of someone else’s negligence daily. You deserve to be fairly compensated for your injuries. I want to be clear here that it is unethical for any attorney to talk to you and promise you a dollar amount for your case’s worth. Every case is unique and must be considered on a case-to-case basis.
There are multiple variables which impact the outcome of how much to expect from a car accident settlement – for example, types of injuries, extent of medical care, length of recovery time, cost of medical bills, eyewitness testimony, opinion of medical experts, etc.…. What I can do, is talk to you about what you expect, compare previous settlement amounts for similar cases, and work with you to come up with a ballpark figure that you would like for me to fight for you to receive. If anyone tries to tell you an exact dollar amount, please know that attorney is specializing in false promises.
Is there a Formula to Assess Case Worth?
The honest approach to assessing case worth is to utilize the following formula and to fight hard to try to reach the best results for a client: Liability + Damages + Ability to Pay. I will spell out each step in this formula.
Who is at fault for the accident? What did the other person do that was wrong? If you are involved in an accident that is 100% the other party’s fault, the value of your case increases. If the liability (or fault) is less than 100%, then your claim and the claim’s value decreases.
Should you pursue a claim if the accident was partially your fault? The best answer, is talk to an experienced personal injury attorney during a free case evaluation. Even if you are partially at fault for an accident, you could still receive some compensation under a personal injury claim. Insurance companies will try to trick you into admitting some fault. Claims adjusters are often trained in using questions that will make you guess at elements of the accident that you may not know or discuss injuries that are outside of your area of expertise. You do not have to handle the insurance companies alone and you are not required to answer their questions right away. Work with an experienced Personal Injury Attorney who can represent you when speaking with the insurance companies.
The severity of your damages directly impacts the value of your personal injury case. This makes sense – if you require more care to recover, this will be more expensive, and you should be compensated at a higher rate to cover the costs associated with your recovery. Essentially, the law says that if you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, then you have the right to be put back into the same condition that you were in before the accident. Conversely, if you were not injured, then you have incurred no losses, and you are unable to receive any personal injury compensation.
The cause of the damages is very important to your case. Can we prove that your damages are directly linked to the accident? This is why it is critical for you to receive medical care immediately after the accident; any delay in medical care or medical evaluation can make it more difficult to link causation to the accident. If you have pre-existing injuries or medical conditions, this link can be even more difficult. Insurance companies will try to say that you are blaming the accident on causing problems that already existed. Again, if you’re in an accident, go to a medical professional right away. This immediate medical evaluation can make or break your case. I encourage you to go even if you do not notice pains right away, often the body starts to feel pain several hours or several days after an accident.
Here is a list of Types of Damages to consider for a Personal Injury case:
Medical Expenses – current and future
Have the injuries caused inconvenience to you or your family?
Pain and Suffering
Ability to Pay:
Can the person responsible pay for their negligence? Unfortunately, there are many incidents where liability is clear and the damages are excessive but there is inadequate insurance to cover the costs. Collecting money outside of an insurance policy is extremely difficult; realistically, the majority of uninsured or under-insured individuals do not have sufficient funds to cover the costs associated with a major accident. If the person responsible is under-insured, you may be partially compensated. If the person responsible is un-insured, you may not be compensated at all. I encourage everyone to carry uninsured motorist insurance coverage. This coverage protects you if you are injured by someone who is uninsured or under-insured.
If the person responsible does have adequate insurance, then there may be sufficient coverage to fight for fair compensation of your losses, injuries, and damages. You will get the best results when you work with a Personal Injury Attorney who is adept at fighting the big insurance companies.
What to Expect from a Car Accident Settlement?
While I can’t answer the specific question, “What compensation can I get?” with an exact number, I can commit that our legal team will work to help you determine the types of monetary damages that you are entitled and that we will fight for your fair compensation. When you hire the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson Jr., our personal injury attorneys will initiate the investigative work immediately to help you get the most for your accident. We will take on the insurance companies and take care of all the details (accident reports, surveillance videos, eyewitnesses, medical experts, etc.…) necessary to give you the best strategy for your case.
In a personal injury case, money should be awarded to the injured person by the person or company who is found to be legally responsible for the accident. I promise that we will go to battle for your fair compensation and that you will not be charged until we win your case. The insurance companies know our reputation, our law firm is committed to our clients, even taking several cases to the South Carolina Supreme Court. We have a history of success at trial.
In conclusion, every case is unique and if you have any other questions about how much your personal injury case is worth, please contact us for a free consultation at www.fcwlaw.com or 803-324-7200. The Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson Jr. – Big Enough to Fight, Small Enough to Care.
It’s finally summer vacation season, which means you may be preparing for a long road trip. Summer is the most dangerous time to drive, which means you should take extra precautions. Here are four tips for safe driving on your summer vacation:
Do a Safety Check
The last thing you want on the way to your vacation is a stressful and potentially expensive vehicle breakdown. Before taking a long trip, you should perform a general safety check on your vehicle or go to a mechanic to ensure that it’s in good working order. Be sure to check your tires, battery, belts, coolant, radiator, oil level, headlights and tail lights. If you have any doubts about your vehicle’s reliability, take it to a mechanic for a tune up.
Also, be sure to pack your license, registration, and car insurance card, as well as a phone number for a national automotive assistance company.
Being well rested is an important part of long-distance driving. Driving while drowsy increases your risk of an accident and causes around 850 deaths per year. Don’t risk your life and the lives of your passengers by driving too long or driving while tired. Get a good night’s sleep before leaving and take turns driving, switching every few hours. If no one else can drive, be sure to make a pit stop at least once every two hours. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself awake; this also forces you to stop for bathroom breaks. If you start to feel tired, pull over for a short nap.
Practice Safe Driving
Safe driving practices are even more important during long-distance travel. Follow all traffic laws, including posted speed limits. Avoid distractions like talking on the phone, texting and eating while driving. Make a habit of looking far ahead of you for potential dangers. Look five cars ahead (or ten in dense traffic) to spot any problems ahead of time. You should also do your best to avoid heavy traffic, which can be dangerous and will slow your trip. When planning your route, avoid going through major cities during rush hour.
Do You Need a Car Accident Lawyer in South Carolina?
If you have been injured in a car accident, the professionals at the Law Offices of F. Craig Wilkerson can help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you get the settlement you deserve. Contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation or call us at: