Seeking Answers for Your Injury or Accident Claim? Look No Further
After an accident occurs or an injury is suffered, you may feel lost and confused. Few people who have suffered an accident or incurred an injury have an extensive background in this area. Without this knowledge, they are left wondering how best to proceed in order to protect their legal rights. Fortunately, we are here to provide you with the answers that you are looking for. Check out our many frequently asked questions and their accompanying answers for more information.
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Can I speak with the insurance adjuster about my South Carolina property damage?
Yes. When we initially accept your case, we send a letter to both your insurance company and the insurance company of the at-fault driver letting them know that while it is okay to speak with you directly about your property damage, it is not okay to discuss your injuries or any facts about the accident. So, if you are contacted by an insurance company adjuster about your property damage, it is okay to speak with them. However, do not give a recorded statement or sign any forms without speaking with us first.
How do I get a rental vehicle after a South Carolina accident?
If you have rental coverage on your auto policy you can contact the adjuster for your insurance company and they can get you into a rental and seek reimbursement for the costs from the at-fault party's insurance company. If you do not have rental coverage on your insurance policy, then you need to contact the at-fault party's insurance company and go through them directly about getting a rental vehicle. This may take a little longer because usually they will want to speak with their insured to confirm the facts about the accident and then contact you about getting you into a rental vehicle while your car is being repaired. If you have any problems, we are certainly willing to assist you in this process as it can be confusing; however, the quickest way to get into a rental vehicle is to contact with the insurance adjuster directly and speak with them about the rental coverage and the property damage only.
Will I be able to afford your services?
We understand that the financial burden of being involved in an accident is immense. As a result, we work on a contingency basis. Therefore, you will not have to pay us if you are not awarded money through settlement or trial. We will do everything in our power to get you the compensation that you deserve. If we are successful in doing so, then we recieve a percentage of what you are awarded based on a sum that is dictated by the Court. In addition, we are reimbursed for the expenses that were incurred through the trial.
Is my case going to cost more money if I was referred to your law firm by another South Carolina attorney?
No, you will pay the same amount regardless of whether or not you were referred to us. The contingency fee still applies if you have been referred to us so you therefore will not pay any amount if you do not receive an award through settlement or trial. In some instances, two attorneys from different law firms may share the contingency fee, but this does not come at an extra cost to you.
What exactly is asbestos and where is it used?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral with fibers that are resistant to fire, heat and corrosion, and are still used today in India, China, and the Developing World. After mining, asbestos fibers are made into products that are used for insulation, fire protection, corrosion resistance and to add bulk to many other products. Products containing asbestos may include insulation, ceiling and floor tiles, wallboard, cement piping, sheet rock joint components, to name just a few. Surprisingly, asbestos is still present in many buildings, schools, industrial sites, schools, auto parts and home insulation.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is cancer of the lining of a body part. Mesothelioma can occur in the lining of the abdomen, heart, and most commonly, the chest. The disease is most prevalent in men age 65 or older and is almost always associated with asbestos exposure that may have occurred 25-30 years prior to the diagnosis. Mesothelioma is the deadliest of asbestos exposure related illnesses, and there is no effective cure or treatment. Symptoms include shortness of breath, weight loss, fatigue and pleural effusions. Mesothelioma testing is initiated by a CT scan, followed by biopsy and lab testing with specialized stains. Mesothelioma is deadly and life expectancy averages only 4-18 months following a diagnosis. The disease can lay dormant for years after exposure to asbestos, so if you suspect or have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, the work related exposure may well have occurred long ago.
What type of cancer is associated with asbestos exposure?
40% of workers exposed to asbestos will eventually develop lung cancer. To be an actionable asbestos related illness, asbestos must show up on the x-ray. Workers who smoked during the time they were exposed to asbestos are 50 times more likely to develop lung cancer than the normal working population.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a non-malignant, progressive lung disease caused by exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. Victims of asbestosis may have no symptoms for 20-30 years after exposure, but asbestosis causes permanent damage to the lungs and there is no cure or effective treatments. In advanced stages asbestosis victims require oxygen 24/7, and asbestosis can cause pulmonary hypertension, cardio pulmonary arrest and death.
Who is at risk for developing an asbestos-related disease?
Asbestos exposure related disease affect all walks of life. Family members of workers once exposed to asbestos are also at risk of developing an asbestos related disease. Workers with a high rate of asbestos exposure include insulators, boiler makers, railroad workers, pipefitters, industrial maintentance mechanics, painters, construction workers, welders, laborers and electricians. The higher the level of asbestos exposure and the longer the duration of exposure, increases the risk of a worker developing a related disease.
Should I file an asbestos or mesothelioma lawsuit?
Even though you may have been exposed to asbestos, that does not mean that you automatically should file a lawsuit. In the situation where you have not yet been diagnosed, you should notify your doctor that you have been exposed to asbestos and seek medicall aid as soon as you notice a change in your health. On the other hand, it would be worth your while to file a lawsuit if your doctor has diagnosed you with an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma. These types of injuries are severe and deserve compensation for the damages that the asbestos caused. If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, it is highly recommended that you seek the assistance of an experience asbestos lawyer.