When you need to hire a Charleston accident attorney, be prepared to ask many questions to make sure you're hiring someone appropriate for your personal injury case, with whom you'll have the best attorney-client relationship. Ask about experience, respect in the legal community and exactly who will be in charge of your case, and how a claim progresses.
The lawyer you saw in the TV ad might not be the actual lawyer handling your case. Your South Carolina personal injury claim could fall into the hands of an associate attorney or a paralegal.
If a paralegal or legal assistant is assigned to your case, his or her work must be supervised by an attorney, to make sure things don't go wrong. Your Charleston accident attorney should not delegate any tasks to paralegals or legal assistants beyond their scope of practice. It's the law.
Paralegals and legal assistants are allowed to do the following under their attorney's supervision:
- conduct legal research;
- perform investigations; and
- compose legal documents.
They are not allowed to practice law, and therefore should not handle all aspects of your South Carolina accident case.
The Charleston accident attorney you hire should be willing to keep track of your medical treatment, handle negotiations with insurance companies and review all correspondence pertaining to your case to make sure nothing has been overlooked.
Seeking the Help of a Charleston Accident Attorney
The Charleston accident attorney team at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm is available to help accident victims cope with the legal implications of a serious injury. Our firm's focus on personal injury cases includes injury from auto accidents including pedestrian and bicycle injuries, work-related injuries and Workers' Compensation claims and injuries resulting from dangerous prescription drugs.
Before you file a South Carolina personal injury claim, request a free copy of our South Carolina injury book. When you're ready to get started on settling your accident claim, contact a Charleston accident attorney for a free information packet and consultation - 1-888-690-0211.