If you have been recently injured in an accident, you undoubtedly have several questions about what you should do next. You may be feeling confused, angry, frustrated, or just wondering how to handle the situation. While it seems like most people should know it is important to seek legal advice in the event of an accident, many people do not do so. One reason is because many believe they cannot afford a lawyer. With personal injury cases, the insurance companies may tell you that you will end up with less money if you hire an attorney. This is absolutely FALSE. While it is true that a lawyer will usually get a portion of the money you collect from the insurance company, statistics show that a good personal injury lawyer can actually increase your chances of getting a larger settlement, increasing the amount of money you receive.
Can't I just represent myself?
Some accident victims try to save money by attempting to represent themselves in a personal injury case, and end up calling an attorney after they realize they've gotten "in over their heads." Unfortunately, there are many mistakes individuals make, such as providing damaging statements to insurance adjustors, which cannot be undone. These mistakes could ultimately cost you your case, or drastically decrease the amount of your settlement. Considering the legalities and complexities of the personal injury claims process, hiring an attorney is usually necessary to "level the playing field," and to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
How much does it cost to talk to a lawyer about my case?
For many South Carolina personal injury law firms, the initial consultation or case review is free of charge . You can meet with a legal representative to discuss the details of your case without paying a dime. You can often get free information regarding medical treatment, legal rights and benefits, and secrets about insurance companies and their settlement tactics. This discussion does not create any legal bind between you and the legal representative involved - it is simply a free evaluation.
How do law firms make money?
If you decide to move forward with your case and hire an attorney, most South Carolina personal injury attorney fees are based on contingency. This means the lawyer gets paid ONLY if you get paid. Although sometimes, you may be responsible for costs associated with your case, like obtaining medical records. There is usually no upfront or hourly fee and you shouldn't have to worry about paying the attorney until after you have already won your case and received your settlement. The contingency fee is a percentage of your total settlement amount.
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we only get paid if you win your case. If we don't recover money for you, then we will not charge you costs, fees or anything associated with your case. We have every incentive to devote ourselves to your case and fight for your right to receive the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured in an accident and are considering hiring a personal injury lawyer, talk to one of our legal representatives right away. The consultation is free and completely confidential.