After the Accident: Personal Injury Compensation in South Carolina
In South Carolina, injury due to the fault or negligent actions of someone else could entitle you to personal injury compensation. It is crucial for your claim that you follow the steps listed below. Doing so may ensure that you get the maximum personal injury compensation available to you.
Seek Medical Attention & Follow Your Physician’s Advice
If you are seriously injured, believe you are, or are just genuinely concerned please seek immediate medical assistance. The most important part of a personal injury claim is your health. Your health is nothing to leave to chance. While personal injury claims do sometimes lead to monetary gains, your health is our number one concern.
It is very important that you follow your physician’s recommendation for treatment. If your doctor sets a certain amount of appointments, you need to go to them. Going to all of your appointments is not only to benefit your health, but is also important when we approach the insurance company with your complete claim.
Insurance companies will be looking for anything to reduce or outright deny your claim, like how long you waited to be treated and for gaps in treatment. By seeking medical attention immediately and closely following your physician’s treatment plan, you will be taking away insurance adjusters’ first attempt to attack your personal injury claim.
Here’s a printable guide for what to do after an accident you can keep in your car or on your phone.
Get Legal Representation
After consulting medical professionals, the next step is finding good legal representation to walk you through your personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney will be the buffer between you and the insurance company.
When you’re injured in an accident that’s not your fault, insurance companies could begin calling you immediately, attempting to settle your claim for far less than what it is worth. Once you have an attorney to advocate for you, you won’t have to deal with any insurance adjuster on your own.
Your attorney will also compile all of your medical records and bills into a demand package to send to the insurance company. After they have reviewed the demand, they will contact your attorney to negotiate. An experienced, knowledgeable attorney will be able to negotiate your claim for as much money as possible. The main goal is to at least cover all your medical expenses and lost earnings due to missed work.
I was recently in a car accident and the insurance company is calling, offering to pay me money. Should I still contact an attorney?
Receiving Full Personal Injury Compensation in South Carolina
In order to receive the full amount of personal injury compensation you are due, you and your attorney must be able to establish these six facts:
- How the injury occurred
- Who was at-fault – that your injuries are due to actions by another person or business who was in some way negligent, careless, reckless, or willful
- What injuries were sustained as a result of the accident
- What medical treatment has been received
- What medical problems you are currently experiencing
- How your life has been impacted by the event
Though the insurance company’s job is to dispute each fact in your case, your attorney’s job is to know the details of your case and prove that you are due just compensation for your injuries.
We understand that being injured, out of work, and facing medical bills and lost wages is a stressful time for you. We take our role in getting you just compensation for your personal injury claim seriously, and we will advocate for you to the best of our ability.
If you have been injured through no fault of your own in South Carolina, contact our experienced personal injury attorney Ed Martin as soon as possible at 803-639-8719.
If your concern is in North Carolina, you can contact our main office line at 704-512-0606, and we will be happy to help you.