The injuries sustained in a motorcycle wreck can upend every aspect of a person’s life. If you were seriously hurt in such a collision, our Greenville motorcycle accident attorneys are ready to help you fight for the compensation you need to pay for medical costs and other damages.
We don’t charge anything for the consultation, and our lawyers accept these cases on a contingency fee basis. To speak with a member of our team, dial 864-585-3873.
You should start a personal injury journal as soon as possible after the accident. Should you decide to take legal action, the entries in this journal could contribute to the strength of your claim in a number of ways.
In your journal, be sure to record:
The Circumstances Surrounding Your Injuries: For your first entry, write about the incident in question. No detail is too small to include. Because human memory is notoriously unreliable, you should write this entry right away—preferably on the same day as the accident. Details worth noting include the time, date, and location of the wreck; hazards or conditions that you suspect contributed to the accident; the liable party’s statements; any identifying information of responding officers (badge numbers, names, etc.); and a description of the medical attention, if any, that you received at the scene.
The Information Your Gathered at the Scene: Copy all the details you recorded at the scene into your personal injury journal. Examples include the liable party’s insurance information and eyewitnesses’ names and phone numbers. Having all such information in one secure, convenient place will ensure it is readily accessible when our Greenville motorcycle accident lawyers launch the investigation.
Doctor’s Appointments You’ve Attended: Entries about each doctor’s appointment will supplement your medical records. Record the duration, date, location, and purpose of each appointment, as well as your mode of transportation for getting to and from the facility (transportation costs might be recoverable). Include a brief description of everything you and your provider discussed, and make a note of any screenings, tests, or diagnostic imaging procedures you had to undergo at the visit. If you require home care, keep a log of those services, as well. How often does the healthcare worker stop by, how long do they stay, and what kinds of tasks do they perform during each visit?
Treatments You’ve Undergone: Over the course of your recovery, record every procedure you undergo and every medication you take. Should you require extensive rehabilitation, track each session—and any associated progress—in your personal injury journal, as well. To ensure these entries are as comprehensive as possible, save all corresponding medical records, hospital bills, drug prescriptions, pharmacy receipts, diagnostic images, and other relevant documents.
The Ways in Which the Injuries Are Affecting Your Everyday Life: Personal injury claimants may seek compensation for their non-economic damages, but they must prove that they did, in fact, incur such damages first. Because there are no receipts or invoices tracking pain and suffering, your Greenville motorcycle accident attorney will have to use other means to prove such damages. Detailed entries about the ways in which the injuries are hindering your everyday life will help contextualize the extent of your pain and suffering and loss of life enjoyment. Writing about the same struggles day after day may feel futile at times, but all such entries will come together to demonstrate the mental and emotional toll that your injuries have taken.
There’s no shortage of personal injury law firms in Greenville, so choosing the right one can feel like an impossible task. The truth is that just like any other profession, some attorneys offer far better representation than others. Our firm will apply the resources to focus on your claim and fully prepare the matter as necessary to give the best opportunity for success.
Here are a few qualities that set our Greenville motorcycle accident lawyers apart from other practices in the area:
Positive Reviews: Reading reviews written by a lawyer’s past clients can give you a good idea of what it will be like working with that attorney. Not only can these reviews give you a sense of the lawyer’s personality and the quality of representation they offer, but these reviews can also shine a light on the attorney’s primary areas of knowledge. At Hodge & Langley Law Firm, we are proud to have received dozens of excellent reviews from satisfied clients.
Litigation Experience: Often, simply hiring an attorney with a reputation for being a skilled litigator can give the opposing party more motivation to settle. It will also give you peace of mind that your lawyer has a track record of success in litigation, which will be important if the defendant does not cooperate. A lawyer who is not a strong litigator may be reluctant to file a lawsuit even if it would be in your best interest to do so.
Accessibility: Filing a personal injury claim is a stressful experience. The compensation you are seeking could help alleviate the burden of mounting medical bills and other costs after an accident, providing financial security during these trying times. Having an attorney who responds promptly to your questions can help reduce any feelings of stress, confusion, and anxiety. At Hodge & Langley Law Firm, we always strive to stay accessible to our clients, even if that means working after office hours.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to estimate how long it could take for a personal injury case to be resolved until an investigation has been conducted. The duration can vary drastically from one claim to the next, with some cases taking just a few months and others taking several years.
That being said, below we have listed a few factors that can influence how long it might take to resolve a motorcycle accident case:
Recovery Time: The time it takes for your injuries to heal can have a dramatic impact on the duration of your claim. It’s not a good idea to accept any settlement until you know approximately how much it will cost to treat your injuries and whether you will require additional procedures, home modifications, rehabilitation, pain management, and more. It’s not unheard of for victims to accept settlements only to discover later that their financial award falls short of covering their damages. This is why many times it is prudent to wait until maximum medical improvement before concluding settlement negotiations.
Strength of Evidence: You must prove liability, causation, and damages to obtain a financial recovery. If you do not have sufficient evidence of these three elements, the insurance company or defendant may challenge your claim. Some evidence, such as dashcam and surveillance footage, is time-sensitive, so it’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Nature of Negotiations: If you intend to pursue significant damages, you can expect the at-fault party or insurer to leave no stone unturned to find evidence that could be used to challenge your claim. If the insurer refuses to cooperate and agree to a reasonable settlement offer, your attorney may suggest filing a lawsuit, which could draw out the proceedings but might still be the best course of action.
Call 864-585-3873 to speak with a member of our team. You can also send us an email HERE. Our lawyers will treat you and your family with the utmost compassion and professionalism from the day you contact our office to the resolution of your case.
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