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Our motorcycle accident lawyers in Spartanburg offer dedicated legal representation to the injured and their families. We know how traumatic the injuries suffered in these wrecks can be. Let our team of attorneys help you pursue the compensation you need to cover medical bills and other damages.
The consultation is free. To speak with a member of our team, dial 864-585-3873.
Every case is unique, so it is impossible to estimate the amount of time it will take for your claim to reach a resolution before a thorough investigation has been performed. Some factors—such as whether you make any mistakes and how long it takes you to recover medically—might be at least somewhat in your control. Many others—such as the opposing party’s willingness to cooperate—are out of your hands.
Whatever the details, our Spartanburg motorcycle accident attorneys will have to carefully review all the facts of your particular circumstances before we can develop an approximate timeline for your case. To provide you with a general sense of what could determine the duration of the proceedings, we have outlined some important considerations below:
The Opposing Party’s Cooperativeness: This generally falls under the category of factors that are out of the plaintiff’s control. The insurance company may push hard to dispute your case, even if you think your evidence is strong. After all, the insurer will have financial incentive to reduce the amount they pay out as damages. If you intend to pursue a significant settlement, they might invest considerable resources into challenging your claim.
How Many Defendants Are Involved: If you find yourself dealing with more than one defendant, a dispute might arise regarding how liability is apportioned. One or all of the defendants might disagree regarding their liability for the incident.
How Much Money You’re Seeking: Insurance companies may be more reluctant to cooperate in cases involving more substantial damages. The claims adjuster may even monitor your social media accounts or put you under surveillance. If you’re seeking a small amount of damages, there will be less incentive to invest extensive time and resources into disputing the case.
The Strength of Your Evidence: To increase the chances of your case being resolved without proceeding to litigation, you want to make sure your evidence is as strong as possible. If a personal injury case has weak evidence, this could open the door to disputes over liability, causation, and/or damages. This is one area where your actions immediately after the accident can affect how your case unfolds. Seeking immediate medical attention, documenting your symptoms and the progress of your medical recovery, and speaking with an attorney so a prompt investigation can begin could all potentially streamline the proceedings.
This is a question at the front of many people’s minds as they consider filing a claim. With mounting medical bills and possibly the loss of income, you will understandably want to know how much you might be able to recover for your damages.
Unfortunately, approximating the value of a claim cannot be done until a detailed investigation has been conducted. A wide range of factors could affect the potential settlement or verdict. Each case comes with its own unique circumstances that your Spartanburg motorcycle accident lawyer will have to take into account.
Here are just a few elements that may impact the potential value of your claim:
The Severity of Your Injuries: If you’ve been permanently injured, it is likely that you will be able to pursue a higher amount as compensation compared to someone who suffered only minor injuries.
Medical Expenses: Even if your injury is not permanent, it may require extensive medical care. Exorbitant hospital bills can increase the damages that the liable party may have to pay.
How Much Income You Earned Before the Injury: Wages you’ve lost due to your injury might be a factor in determining the potential settlement amount. If you lost your job due to your injuries, for instance, you may be entitled to compensation for lost earnings. High earners who missed out on bigger sums because of an accident may receive a larger financial award to compensate for such losses.
Additional Costs: How have the injuries affected your life? If you had to make notable changes to your lifestyle because of the injury, such as hiring help for child care or household upkeep, the money you spent on these reasonable and necessary services could be recoverable. You might also be entitled to non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
As you begin the process of filing a claim, it can all start to feel incredibly daunting. You will encounter a host of terms that might be unfamiliar or used in many different contexts. Claims adjusters and legal professionals may seem to be speaking an entirely different language, but there are a few key phrases you can quickly add to your vocabulary to make the process easier to understand.
Let’s a discuss a few important terms you will want to know before proceeding with your case:
Negligence: A party who fails to act with reasonable care given the circumstances is said to be negligent. This is not the same as intentional wrongdoing. Most motorcycle accident cases stem from driver negligence.
Duty of Care: There are a wide range of circumstances in which an individual or entity has a legal obligation to exercise reasonable care. This is called a “duty of care.” If a duty of care existed and was breached, and this led to your injury, you may have grounds for a negligence claim. Our Spartanburg motorcycle accident attorneys can review your case to determine if and how the defendant might have breached the duty of care owed to you.
Strict Liability: Strict liability can be imposed without a finding of fault. In South Carolina, this applies to certain personal injury cases such as those that involve defective products. If a defective auto part was a proximate cause of your crash, you may be able to hold the part manufacturer strictly liable.
Vicarious Liability: Some personal injury cases involve defendants who did not play a direct role in causing the tort. This is called “vicarious liability.” It might apply to your case if the motorcycle wreck was caused by someone who, at the time, was acting within the course and scope of their employment, in which case their employer might be vicariously liable.
Damages: This term refers to the money you may be awarded in a personal injury case. In South Carolina, motorcycle accident victims may be able to recover compensatory damages, which include economic and non-economic damages, and in some circumstances, punitive damages.
At Hodge & Langley Law Firm, we are passionate about helping those who have suffered injuries through the fault of others. Call us today at 864-585-3873 or send us a message to set up a free, no-obligation case assessment.
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