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Answering Your Questions. Protecting Your Legal Rights.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, you probably have many questions. Below are the answers to many questions faced by accident victims in South Carolina. If you do not see the answer to your question, just call our office or email Shelly directly - [email protected].

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  • What is a Class I recall?

    Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.

     

  • Can an insurer use information from my Facebook profile to diminish or devalue my South Carolina personal injury claim?

    Insurers can use information from your Facebook or other social media profiles in an attempt to diminish or devalue your South Carolina personal injury claim. When you comment or post photos on Facebook, this information may be considered public and could be used against you during your South Carolina personal injury claim case.

    The insurance company's goal is to save as much money as they can by proving that your injuries are not serious as you have claimed and have not negatively impacted your life. If you post comments on Facebook or social media sites about going on vacation or attending a party, the insurer may argue that you are not as injured as you say you are in your South Carolina personal injury claim. Even an innocent comment can be taken out of context, so you should exercise extreme caution on Facebook and other social media websites.

    Discussing your South Carolina personal injury claim on Facebook should be off limits. Your personal injury attorney is the only person with whom you should discuss your case. Just remember that you shouldn't post anything on Facebook or social media sites that you wouldn't be comfortable discussing with the insurance company or defense.

    Contacting a Charleston Personal Injury Lawyer

    Learning how to use Facebook and social media during a South Carolina personal injury claim can be tricky. Fortunately, the South Carolina personal injury 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 personal injury attorney for a free information packet and consultation

  • Do I have grounds for a personal injury claim in South Carolina if my car suffered extensive damage but I wasn't injured beyond a few aches and pains that went away after a few days?

    If your car suffered extensive damage but you weren't injured beyond a few aches and pains that went away after a few days, you won't have grounds for a personal injury claim in South Carolina.

    A personal injury claim is reserved for those types of instances when an individual sustains serious bodily injuries that require medical intervention.
    A South Carolina personal injury claim is designed to help the injured person be compensated for medical expenses as they relate to care and treatment of  injuries.

    When it comes to property damage, this is generally something that can be easily settled on your own with the insurance company. The only time it gets really complicated and requires the help of an attorney is when there are injuries involved.

    Of course you should be wary of any attorney who is willing to take on a case where you have suffered just property damage. An ethical attorney won't accept such a case.

    However, if you have been injured as a result of someone else's negligence and you are facing expensive medical care and treatment, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim in South Carolina.

    A Charleston car accident lawyer can examine the facts in your case, along with the severity of your injuries to determine if you should proceed with filing a South Carolina personal injury claim. A Charleston car accident lawyer will also help you collect the necessary evidence that will help to build a solid case.

    Seeking the Help of a Charleston Car Accident Lawyer

    The South Carolina personal injury 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 such as 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 car accident lawyer for a free information packet and consultation, 1-888-690-0211.

  • What damages can I recover through my South Carolina personal injury claim?

    There are both economic and non-economic damages that may be recovered through a South Carolina personal injury claim. To fully understand the types of damages that you may be entitled to receive, which are determined on a case by case basis, you should consult with a Summerville personal injury attorney.

    Some damages are easy to put a value on, such as medical expenses. This can include time spent in a hospital, visits to the doctor, medication or treatments and medical procedures related to your accident injuries.

    Property damage is another example where estimating the costs are fairly straightforward, even if you need more than 1 estimate. Property damage however, is not limited to just your vehicle. Any damage done to your personal property, such as items that were in your car and destroyed during a car accident, may be included in your South Carolina personal injury claim.

    The time you had to take off work for your injuries is another recoverable expense in your injury claim.
    If your injuries lead to a permanent disability you may also be able to receive damages for your lost future earnings.

    Some injuries that are more difficult to put a value on are non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life and disfigurement.
    These types of damages can be just as devastating and may be recovered through a South Carolina personal injury claim. However, since these costs do not come with bills and receipts, you'll need to work with your attorney to determine a fair amount of compensation for these areas. Many times, similar cases can be used to help determine these figures.

    The best way to determine the worth of your South Carolina personal injury claim is to consult with an experienced Summerville personal injury attorney. They will not only take the time to evaluate your case and determine the best course of action to take but they will provide an estimate on the amount of damages you may be able to recover through your South Carolina personal injury claim.

    Seeking the Help of a Summerville Personal Injury Attorney 

    The Summerville personal injury 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 Summerville personal injury attorney for a free information packet and consultation, 1-888-690-0211.

  • What do I need to know about insurance industry tactics so I can try to handle my claim on my own?

    There are several things you need to know about the tactics auto insurance companies use if you plan to handle your South Carolina personal injury claim on your own.

    While insurance adjusters may appear friendly, their top priority is to their employers, the auto insurance companies, so it's only fitting that the tactics and methods they use are to further one goal: helping the auto insurance companies maintain their bottom lines.

    With this in mind, your South Carolina personal injury claim may greatly benefit from the help of an experienced Charleston personal injury attorney who understands your rights as well as the tactics the insurance company may employ to reduce or deny your injury claim.

    A Charleston personal injury attorney will be prepared to deal with the many tactics insurance adjusters use, including:
     

    • Being chatty - the first encounter with an insurance adjuster can severely damage your South Carolina personal injury claim. By appearing friendly, an insurance adjuster may get you to inadvertently say something that puts you at fault for your accident or minimizes the extent of your injuries.
    • Delaying your claim - insurance adjusters will purposely do this to wear you down and get you to accept a settlement for less than what you need. Luckily, a Charleston personal injury attorney is able to handle such situations without the frustration you may experience.
    • Disputing your claim/medical treatment - even if you received treatment from your own doctor, insurance adjusters may question whether you really needed the treatment. They'll often ask for unnecessary information, also in an attempt to wear you down and press you to an unfair settlement. 


    After a serious accident, you may not be in the frame of mind, much less have the time to deal with auto insurance companies and their tactics. Hiring a Charleston personal injury attorney to handle your South Carolina personal injury claim will allow you to focus on recovery and avoid tedious and frustrating encounters with insurance adjusters.

    Seeking the Help of a Charleston Personal Injury Attorney

    The South Carolina personal injury 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 personal injury attorney for a free information packet and consultation - 1-888-690-0211.

  • What is the difference between the person that files a wrongful death claim and the beneficiaries in South Carolina?

    In South Carolina, the person who files a wrongful death claim and a beneficiary are not always the same. A South Carolina wrongful death action may be filed by the executor of the will, administrator of the estate or a personal representative. This person may be the spouse, child or heir of the estate. This personal representative will also be the individual who files the wrongful death claim for the beneficiaries.

    For example, if a young child were to lose his or her parents because of the wrongdoing or negligence of another, a representative could file a South Carolina wrongful death action on behalf of the child and other beneficiaries of the deceased's estate.

    Common beneficiaries in a South Carolina wrongful death claim include:
     

    • spouse of the deceased;
    • child or children of the deceased;
    • parents of the deceased (if no spouse or children); and
    • heirs of the estate. 


    Filing a South Carolina wrongful death action can be a complicated process, often requiring the assistance of an experienced Georgetown wrongful death attorney. Your attorney can help you collect evidence in order to prove that the other party was liable for your loved one's wrongful death.

    In addition, your Georgetown wrongful death attorney will look at the costs associated with your loss in order to determine a fair settlement. Factors such as medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of income and loss of companionship will be considered when asking for damages.

    Contacting a Georgetown Wrongful Death Attorney

    The South Carolina wrongful death attorney team at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm is available to help families cope with the legal implications of a wrongful death. Our firm's focus on wrongful death 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 wrongful death action, request a free copy of our South Carolina injury book. When you're ready to get started on settling your wrongful death claim, contact a Charleston wrongful death attorney for a free information packet and consultation - 1-888-690-0211.

  • Can I settle my personal injury case on my own without a Charleston personal injury attorney?

    If you have been injured in an accident in South Carolina, then there are a few instances in which you may not need to hire a Charleston personal injury attorney.

    The instances in which you may not need an attorney include:
     

    • cases in which there was no injury and only property damage (these will require a property damage claim only);
    • cases in which you were not seriously injured, or did not require medical attention for some time after the accident; and
    • cases in which you were at fault for the accident in South Carolina (if you were more than 50% at fault for the accident you do not have a valid claim).  

    If, on the other hand, you were seriously injured in an accident in South Carolina, and you have suffered extensive property damage, then you may want to get the help of an experienced Charleston personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney can investigate your case and evaluate the value of the damages that you have incurred.

    A Charleston personal injury attorney can explain all of your legal options for seeking compensation, help determine liability and work with you throughout the claims process.

    Contacting a Charleston Personal Injury Attorney

    South Carolina residents can take comfort knowing that the attorneys at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm are there to help them settle their personal injury claims. Our firm's focus on personal injury cases includes injury from auto accidents, including pedestrian and bicycle injuries, work-related injuries and worker's compensation claims, and injuries resulting from dangerous prescription drugs.

    Before you file a South Carolina personal injury claim, request a copy of our complimentary consumer guide, The South Carolina Accident Book for Personal Injury Victims. When you're ready to get started on settling your accident claim, contact a Charleston personal injury attorney for a complimentary information packet and consultation - 888-690-0211.

  • What is an attorney client privilege?

    In South Carolina, the attorney client privilege protects confidential information given to a lawyer by his or client regarding  a legal matter. Not all communication between a client and his lawyer is protected information. There must be an attorney client relationship and the communication must be confidential. Several other factors contribute to determining whether or not a communication is protected.

    To learn more about the attorney-client privilege in South Carolina, click here.

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