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The injuries resulting from a car accident can be severe and have lasting impacts. Unfortunately, many injury victims face life-altering consequences because of serious injuries. In 2020, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) reported 2,876 serious injuries on state roadways.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident that you did not cause, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call (843) 692-3237 today to discuss your case with a Myrtle Beach car accident attorney from The Yates Firm.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
You must seek and receive medical care promptly. You need to be evaluated by a doctor to determine the nature and extent of any injuries you have sustained. This is true even if you believe that you may not be hurt.
Failure to seek prompt medical attention can potentially impact your ability to pursue compensation for your losses. An insurance company may argue that you didn’t sustain your injuries in the car accident. Instead, they may make the case that another later event caused your injuries.
You will start to build documentation in your case by seeking timely medical treatment, establishing a link between the accident and your injuries. You must adhere to all doctor’s orders for treatment and rehabilitation.
Once you receive initial medical attention, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney. They can evaluate your situation to determine whether you have a case for pursuing compensation for your accident-related losses.
How Will I Know If I Need Ongoing Medical Treatment?
The treatment costs associated with long-term care can be staggering. You should not have to be financially responsible to pay for someone else’s mistake.
Before your attorney can demand compensation for your losses, you must reach a certain level of recovery. This is called maximum medical improvement (MMI). Once you reach this point, your doctors will be able to determine what future medical treatment you may require. Long-term ongoing care may include treatment for injuries such as:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Fractured bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck injury
- Eye injury
As a result of these injuries, you may suffer a permanent disability such as:
- Chronic pain
- Decreased cognitive capacity
- Loss of a limb
- Limited range of motion
- Hearing or vision loss
Building a case for your required ongoing treatment costs may involve consulting an expert witness. Your attorney can hire an expert medical witness to provide testimony about the future medical treatment you may require.
There will be an investigation to determine who is at fault for the accident and your injuries. A substantial amount of documentation and evidence will be collected and analyzed. Your lawyer will consider all the components of compensation to which you may be entitled. These may include:
- Medical bills you have incurred
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In addition, you may also be entitled to compensation related to ongoing medical treatment. This may include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Prescription medication
- Medical devices
- Home modifications or accommodations because of your accident-related disability
- Re-education if you can no longer perform your previous line of work
- Travel to and from medical appointments
- Lost work time due to medical treatment
Insurance companies may be involved in your case. They are notorious for trying to avoid paying out money to people who have been injured in car accidents. One way they may do this is by trying to get you to make a recorded statement on the phone.
They may be hoping that you will say something they can use to imply that you were at fault or to blame for the accident. This can later be used to make a case against you. You should not speak to an insurance adjuster before you discuss your case with an experienced car accident attorney.
Another tactic insurance companies are known for is making unfair settlement offers. They are hoping that you may not be familiar with all the components of compensation to which you may be entitled. When you hire The Yates Firm to represent you, we will handle all settlement negotiations for you.
Our attorneys recognize a lowball offer when they see it. We’ll advise you to reject all offers that are too low as we pursue the maximum amount of compensation for you. Even though most personal injury cases are settled outside the courtroom, this does not always occur. If a settlement is not reached during negotiations, The Yates Firm will be ready to go to trial to fight for you.
What If I Am Partially at Fault for the Accident?
You should still contact a car accident attorney even if you believe you may be partially at fault. Car accidents can happen in a second, and you may still be unsure about exactly what happened during the crash. The investigation will determine what occurred and who is at fault.
The state of South Carolina has a law called modified comparative negligence. This means that if you are found to be less at fault than the other party, you can pursue compensation for your losses. However, the award amount you may receive would be reduced by the percentage that you are determined to be at fault.
For example, a person may be awarded $100,000 and be found to be 20 percent at fault. In this case, their award would be reduced by $20,000. As a result, they would be eligible to receive $80,000.
Why Should I Choose The Yates Firm?
Our compassionate and dedicated attorneys are ready to fight for you. We have a depth of resources and experience that we will bring to your case. Our legal team will keep you informed each step of the way so you know what to expect.
Our track record of getting results speaks for itself. The Yates Firm has reached more than 200 verdicts and settlements in excess of $4.1 million each. Our previous clients gladly share testimonials about their experience working with us.
We are prepared to discuss your options during a free consultation. Let The Yates Firm put your mind at ease as we take over your case. There are no upfront costs and no fees whatsoever unless we recover compensation for you.
Call Us Today
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident in South Carolina that was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. Call (843) 692-3237 now to speak with a personal injury attorney at The Yates Firm. You can also submit a contact form to schedule a free consultation.