A motor-vehicle collision is one of the most traumatic and devastating events a person can experience. The consequences can ripple through an entire family, causing immense adversity and financial hardship. If you were involved in a crash that someone else caused, our South Carolina car accident attorneys can review your case for free to determine if you may be entitled to monetary damages.
A member of our team can come to you if you are unable to come to us. Call 864-585-3873 to set up a consultation at Hodge & Langley Law Firm.
It’s a common misconception that filing a car accident claim is a simple process. The reality is that insurance companies are looking for reasons to reduce or deny any claim that comes their way. You may have strong evidence to strengthen your case, but one mistake could be enough to jeopardize your entire claim.
Our South Carolina car accident lawyers can help you avoid costly errors and navigate every stage of the proceedings strategically. Here a few steps you can take to give your case the best chance of success:
Visit a Doctor Immediately: Whether your injuries are serious or seem minor, you should always seek medical treatment immediately after an accident. A prompt medical diagnosis not only can ensure you have official documentation of your injuries, but it will also help your auto accident attorney tie the injuries to the crash. Undergoing a prompt medical assessment will also ensure you receive immediate treatment.
Preserve Evidence: It’s not uncommon for a seemingly insignificant piece of evidence to play a crucial role in a personal injury case. For instance, if you were involved in a collision due to a defective part, it may be difficult to prove that this part was responsible for causing the crash if your vehicle is repaired before your legal team is able to analyze the damage. You should contact a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident so you don’t inadvertently discard of evidence.
Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney: The guidance of an attorney can help you avoid serious errors that would otherwise lead to delays, disputes, or other complications. Your legal team will want to perform the investigation while time-sensitive evidence is still available, so you should schedule your free consultation as soon as possible.
Most personal injury cases do not end up in trial. That being said, you should never expect the opposing party to cooperate and agree to pay a reasonable settlement, especially if you were seriously injured and intend to pursue significant damages. Insurance companies typically consider protecting their bottom line to be a top priority. If they dispute your claim, it may be in your best interests to file a lawsuit and proceed to litigation, and if your case is not resolved through discovery or alternative dispute resolution, it may end up in trial.
Here are a few questions you can ask to gauge the likelihood that a dispute might arise that sends your case to litigation (and perhaps all the way to trial):
How Strong Is Your Evidence? The fundamental reason why personal injury cases go to trial is because the parties can’t come to an agreement about a settlement. If you have strong evidence of liability, causation, and damages, there will be less opportunity for the insurance company to challenge your case. Our South Carolina car accident lawyers can help you anticipate and mitigate the disputes that are most likely to arise given the facts of your case. An essential component of this will be conducting a thorough investigation and compiling all available evidence to reduce the likelihood of facing a dispute that sends your case to litigation. If a dispute does arise, we will use our extensive resources in an effort to reach the most favorable resolution possible.
How Cooperative Is the Defendant? Sometimes the insurance company or defendant will go to great lengths to avoid paying out a reasonable settlement. Even when presented with strong evidence, the insurer will be searching for reasons to minimize your payout (or to avoid paying anything at all). Our South Carolina car accident attorneys have certainly faced their fair share of uncooperative insurance adjusters. We will employ our significant experience under these circumstances should the opposing party refuse to pay a fair settlement.
How Many Defendants Are Involved? More defendants sometimes means there is a higher chance of facing a dispute. Each party may come up with their own reasons to contest the facts of the case. For instance, they might dispute the percentage of liability imposed on them.
Have You Made Any Mistakes? Your own statements and actions after the collision can have a huge impact on whether your case ends up in litigation. Our lawyers can explain what you should and should not do to protect your case.
At Hodge & Langley Law Firm, we handle personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis. That means you won’t have to pay any attorneys’ fees unless we prevail. For a free consultation, send us a message or call 864-585-3873.
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