MYRTLE BEACH ATTORNEYS OF THE YATES FIRM
If you sustained injuries in an accident due to another person or entity’s negligence, you might be entitled to financial compensation. The Yates Firm can provide the legal representation you need to hold the at-fault party liable for their misconduct.
Personal injury is a category of law that covers a range of cases. When a person’s injury or death is caused by someone else’s negligent or intentional actions, a personal injury claim or lawsuit can result. Negligence is one party’s failure to take a reasonable degree of care to avoid causing harm. If someone gets hurt because an individual, company, or multiple parties behaved negligently, the injured victim could seek compensation for the losses they suffered.
At The Yates Firm, we understand how devastating it is to sustain injuries in an entirely preventable accident. The negligent party could have taken steps to avoid placing you in danger. Unfortunately, you face disruptions to your daily routine and have to take the time to recover. Medical bills and associated costs can become a financial strain and even lead to debt if you can’t afford to pay them.
You shouldn’t be responsible for any of the expenses resulting from your injury if your actions didn’t contribute to the accident. The at-fault party should be held accountable for their wrongdoing and face the consequences of their actions.
In South Carolina, a person is injured in a vehicle accident every nine minutes. Many types of car accidents are due to driver error or negligence. In 2018, over 15,000 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence; 69 of those were under the age of 18. Many with high blood alcohol content were repeat offenders.
You could also receive punitive damages if you decide to file a lawsuit for the injuries you suffered in the accident. This financial award punishes the defendant and aims to deter similar misconduct in the future. You must show clear and convincing evidence of the at-fault party’s reckless, wanton, or willful conduct for the jury to award this form of compensation.
The yates Firm understands the shock and confusion accident victims often feel in the immediate aftermath. It’s overwhelming when you’ve been hurt because someone else behaved carelessly. You likely have questions about the process ahead and what to expect during your case. We have answered some of the most commonly asked questions below, so you can prepare yourself.
How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?
There is a statute of limitations accident victims must obey to file a lawsuit against another person or company. South Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases. That means you must initiate your lawsuit within three years of the date you were injured if you want to seek compensation.
What should I do if the insurance company calls me?
The insurance company will likely try to contact you after you file your claim. However, you don’t have to talk to them about the accident. They might try to insinuate it’s the law to discuss the case with them, but you are under no legal obligation to answer any of their questions. If the insurance adjuster reaches out to you, inform them you hired a lawyer and provide the name and phone number.
Will I receive compensation if I were partly at fault for the accident?
South Carolina follows the modified comparative negligence statute. That means the jury can reduce your compensation by your percentage of shared fault. For example, if you suffered $100,000 in losses but were 20 percent responsible for your injuries, you would receive no more than $80,000 in compensation.
What should I do after an accident?
If someone else is responsible for causing your injuries in an accident, there are some steps you should take immediately. Go to the hospital so a doctor can examine you. If they recommend follow-up care, listen to their orders. Hire a lawyer to assist you with your case. Although your lawyer can obtain all available evidence, you should keep any documentation you receive during the ongoing case.
How long will my case take?
No two cases are alike. Some personal injury cases settle within a matter of months, while others must proceed to a lawsuit and can take years to resolve. It depends on the unique circumstances associated with the accident you were involved in.
If you were injured in an accident due to someone’s negligent actions, call The Yates Firm today. One of our Myrtle Beach personal injury attorneys will be happy to discuss the details during a free consultation and advise how we can help.
You can depend on our experienced and knowledgeable team to advocate for your rights and fight for the justice you deserve. You will have a dedicated attorney by your side to aggressively pursue the maximum compensation possible. Call 843.692.3237 now or reach out to us online.