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What You Should Look for When Hiring a Charleston Accident Attorney (Part A)

If you've been involved in a serious South Carolina accident, and someone else's negligence caused the accident, you should consider hiring a Charleston accident attorney. If you've suffered only minor injuries, or property damage and no injuries, you should be able to reach a settlement with the insurance company on your own.

However, when serious injuries are involved, a Charleston accident attorney will be better able to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf or take action in a formal court of law. Your attorney will help you pursue compensation for current and future medical expenses, damage to your vehicle, pain and suffering, time missed from work and other expenses related your injuries.

Finding the Right Charleston Accident Attorney for Your Case

When searching for a Charleston accident attorney, you may have noticed TV commercials, Yellow Pages or billboards, all of which are full of lawyer advertisements with very little information. These ads generally have the same simple message: Pick Me! If you do choose a Charleston accident attorney based on advertising, make sure it's not the only factor in your decision. 

There are a few things you should know about lawyer advertising:
 

  • an attorney can advertise for South Carolina accident cases even if they haven't handled personal injury cases;
  • the Yellow Pages and TV commercials don't verify the information in attorney ads;
  • the lawyer you see on TV might not be the lawyer who handles your case (your case could go to an associate or be referred to another firm);
  • full-page ads in the Yellow Pages and frequent TV commercials are no indication of an attorney's success;
  • some lawyers may have their assistants or paralegals do all the work on your case; and
  • don't be swayed by ads that make a lawyer appear aggressive (appearances can be deceiving). 


South Carolina accident cases can be very complex. The Charleston accident attorney you hire should have extensive experience handling personal injury cases. Furthermore, you want an attorney focused on personal injury, not someone who practices in 17 different areas.

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