You’ve been hurt, and it’s someone else’s fault. You’re stressed about medical bills, not sure if you’ll be able to work and, frankly, you’re scared. Or, perhaps your loved one has been in an auto wreck, and you’re scrolling through this site at his or her bedside wondering how you’ll make ends meet or what to do next. You aren’t alone.
An experienced personal injury lawyer jumps into action the moment your case begins.
The National Center for Health Statistics reports that 31 million Americans, people just like you, will be injured every year in such a way that will require medical treatment. Of these, two million people will require hospitalization, and 162,000 will lose their lives. Personal injury is real, it’s scary and it’s right in our backyards! This is where we can help. Bill Green and his experienced team of personal injury laweyers have more than 20 years of hands-on experience helping victims of personal injury accidents to get the compensation they deserve and return their lives to normal as quickly and as stress free as possible. From auto accidents to on-the-site work injuries to the broken arm your child got when tripping over a neighbor’s uprooted tree, we’ve got you covered.
On this page, we’ll review what personal injury law is, how lawsuits work and how our experienced attorneys can make the difference between “barely getting by” and resuming your daily life.
Personal Injury Definition
To be very clear, “personal injury” is a legal term for any injury that happens to someone’s body, mind and emotions. A “personal injury case” is a legal dispute that one party brings against another when an injury has occurred. The purpose of a personal injury case is to determine who is at fault for the injury and how the injured party may be compensated for this.
A personal injury cannot happen to an inanimate object — like a car or fence. This is known as “property damage,” and it is totally different than personal injury. This can get confusing because often in personal injury cases, there is property damage involved as well. For example, if someone gets into a car accident and sideswipes other cars on the road or knocks a pole down in the accident.
Personal injury lawyers traditionally resolve cases one of two ways; through a “lawsuit” that is federally recognized between the plaintiff ( the person who initiates the claim) and a defendant, or through an informal settlement. In a lawsuit, evidence and “sides” are presented to a judge or jury, who makes a determination based on their interpretation of the facts. A settlement is an informal negotiation between parties most often conducted through attorneys and insuring agents.
Personal Injury Claim Examples
Personal injury claims are exceptionally common. In fact, approximately 90 percent of our cases fall under the personal injury description. What does this mean for you? It means we know what we’re doing, and we know how to protect your interests and have your back. Put your nerves and anxiety at rest. You WILL get through this!
Here are a few examples of injuries and accidents that can lead to personal injury claims:
- Auto accidents (car, truck, bus, commercial vehicle or train)
- Pedestrian (walking on the street) accidents
- Child injuries and school ground injuries
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall accidents
- Defective drug and medical device claims
- Product liability cases
- Wrongful death claims
We routinely handle cases that involve life-changing injuries, like broken bones, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injuries, burns, major paralysis and back injuries. You are in good hands! Our main focus is returning you to the quality of life you lived in before you were injured!
Insurance Companies and Personal Injury Lawsuits
If you ever heard the biblical parable of David and Goliath, you already understand what it is like for most people during a personal injury lawsuit. Insurance companies representing clients are normally pretty huge; going up against them can make a person feel tiny and ineffective. We’ve got your back!
Once an accident or injury has been reported, insurance companies representing the defendant (the person or entity a claim states is responsible for the injury) will jump to order to protect their client. Their goals are simple – to mitigate the damages and monetary compensation they must pay you by proving first, that the injury sustained is not as intense as you claim and, second, that they bear less responsibility for the accident than you say.
You may be thinking “but if I’m right and they are wrong, then it’s black and white, right?” Wrong. The state of South Carolina follows the rule of comparative negligence. This means that the damages a plaintiff is responsible for directly correlates to the amount/percentage they must pay in in damages. So, the “more right” you are in your claim, the greater percentage of compensation you will receive that will help you:
- Recover lost wage from the job you probably had to put on whole while you got better
- Pay medical bills that have mounted up and look frightfully expensive
- Be compensated for pain and suffering
- Get back to your regular pace of life as soon as possible
Whether your claim goes all the way to court and becomes a lawsuit, or if it gets settled outside of court, your best bet when going up against an insurance company is to have an experienced, reliable and dedicated personal injury lawyer working for you! Bill Green isn’t scared of going all the way with your claim! Predatory tactics of big insurance companies will not stop us from doing our job, to get the most compensation for you that we can. We know this is not about the “fun” in “taking someone to the bank” because you can; more so, this is about getting the justice and compensation (internal link to page) you deserve after experiencing injury, damage and trauma to your way of life!
How an Attorney Can Help With Your Personal Injury Case
You’ve been in an accident. Chances are you are feeling scared, overwhelmed and confused as to what happens next. What exactly should you be doing? If you’ve been in injured by the actions of another, securing the services of a personal injury attorney can be a huge benefit for you!
Here are four reasons you need a personal injury attorney:
1. An attorney takes the burden off of you.
After an accident, your focus should be on getting healthy, getting better and moving on with your life. This includes
receiving thorough medical care,
caring for loved ones and children and
returning to work and regular tasks.
The moment you contact us, we will be working to make your life easier. We respect your case and individual situations. You focus on yourself and the things that are important to you. We’ll handle the details, do the research and make sure you are kept “in the know” every step of the way!
2. We understand what’s needed to make a successful claim.
Evidence. Evidence. Evidence! Our compassionate and detail-oriented team will listen to your story and jump into action. We will:
- Analyze the unique specifics of your case
- Investigate all facts and gather evidence including written and audio testimonials of any witnesses, photos of the accident scene
- Gather and organize all police and medical records and documents.
- We understand that the stronger your case, the more likely it will be for you to receive a favorable judgment and higher compensation.
3. We are persistent, thorough and unyielding.
At many law firms, you are a number and a pile of papers smashed into a file folder; your injury may be something we’ve seen before — but YOU are unique! We approach each case with the respect and attention it deserves. We take your calls. Answer your questions. Put your best interests first!
4. We know the devil is in the details.
Personal injury claims may look glamorous on television, but the reality is very different. Nine times out of 10, your case will be settled out of the courtroom between lawyers and attorneys whose specialty it is to dot the I’s and cross the T’s. For example, making sure you meet the South Carolina statute of limitations for starting your claim. Things like:
- Filing deadlines
- Creating and submitting paperwork, letters, articles as needed
- Following up with insurance adjustors and witnesses as diligently as possible
So, How Much Does it Cost to Get Started?
Great question. Ready for this? It costs you… nothing. Our personal injury lawyers will begin your claim without you spending a single penny. That’s how invested we are in your success! We only receive a fee based on the amount you are compensated. So, it’s in our best interest to make sure you have the strongest case possible!
If you are ready to begin a relationship with a personal injury lawyer, call our team today toll free at 888-800-2455!