You should talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible when you or a family member suffer injuries because of another person’s negligence. Evidence is time-sensitive and may be lost if you delay seeking legal counsel.
Pushy insurance representatives may try to close your case quickly and cheaply. A lawyer can investigate your case, advocate for your interests, and help you get the best possible outcome.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Broadly speaking, people have an obligation to act in a way that does not put others at risk of harm. Anytime someone disregards that obligation, acts carelessly, and harms someone else, they are negligent and may be liable for any injury-related expenses.
Common personal injury cases include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Construction injuries
- Wrongful death
Just because you suffered a minor personal injury (like a slip and fall), it doesn’t mean you should move on with your life doing nothing about it. Talk to an attorney about your case – our law firm offers a free initial consultation, so there is no need to worry about money. Many people think that only “big” injury cases like medical malpractice or wrongful death are worthy of legal representation. However, if someone else’s negligence caused your sprained ankle, you should build a case and seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, trips to physical therapy, and so on.
Damages Available in a Personal Injury Case
Every case is different, and we can never guarantee an outcome. Here are some of the damages that may be available to you:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Funeral and burial expenses
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You
Seeking damages after an injury or a wrongful death can be exhausting. Calling insurance companies and gathering paperwork is an added burden when you are recovering or mourning the loss of a loved one. When you work with one of our personal injury lawyers, you can focus on getting better and leave the rest to us.
Here are some ways our personal injury lawyer can help you:
Evaluate Your Case
Our lawyer will listen to your story and evaluate your case. Once we understand the details, we can determine whether you have a valid personal injury case against an outside party.
Investigate the Incident
Whether you were hurt in a car accident, a slip and fall, or by medical malpractice, we will investigate the incident that led to your injuries to look for negligence by an outside party.
For instance, when you work with our Walterboro personal injury lawyers, you can expect them to collect evidence such as pictures of the scene, pictures of your injuries, eyewitness statements, police reports, cell phone records, toxicology reports, and more. Most law firms work with accident reconstruction experts in difficult car or truck accidents. They will consider the opinion of medical experts in malpractice cases and hire their own psychologists, engineers, and financial specialists to testify for you in court if need be.
Estimate Your Recoverable Damages
We will estimate how much your case is worth. We may use your medical bills and records, pictures of your injuries, interviews with your doctors, interviews with you and your family members, past wage statements, and more to back up our estimate.
Handle the Insurance Process
Insurance representatives sound friendly and helpful, but you must remember that they work for the insurance provider, not you. Their goal is to close your case as cheaply as possible.
Our lawyers can take over communication with the insurance company, file your claim for you, and submit supporting documents. We will also negotiate a settlement that provides you with fair compensation.
File a Lawsuit
Most of the time, settling out of court is the best option for all parties. However, our goal is to get all the compensation our clients are entitled to. If we cannot agree on an out-of-court settlement with the at-fault party, we can sue him and seek damages in court.
Who Can File a Personal Injury Case?
If you suffered an injury caused by someone else’s negligence and the injury caused financial damages, you may be able to file a personal injury case.
State laws determine who can file a wrongful death claim:
- According to O.C.G.A. § 51-4-2, in Georgia, the surviving spouse has the right to file a wrongful death claim. If there is no surviving spouse, then the child or children, including children born out of wedlock, can file a claim.
- According to S.C. Code § 15-51-20, in South Carolina, the surviving spouse and children have the right to file a wrongful death claim. If there are none, the parents of the deceased can file a claim. If there are no surviving parents, then the heirs to the estate can file a claim.
Our lawyer will evaluate your case and identify whether you have a valid case for personal injury. For a wrongful death case, our lawyer will identify who can legally file a wrongful death claim.
Can I Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Sometimes, people do not reach out to a personal injury lawyer because they worry that a lawyer’s services will be too expensive. Sadly, this hesitancy may prevent them from recovering their rightful compensation. Our lawyers work on contingency, which means we collect fees only if we win your case.
This arrangement is truly risk-free for our clients. Don’t let your rightful damages disappear because you think you can’t afford a personal injury lawyer.
Our Team Is Ready to Represent You
If you were hurt or lost a loved one because of another party’s negligence, you should talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, our team is ready to help you recover damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.