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How to Preserve Your South Carolina Personal Injury Claim (Part A)

If you have recently sustained serious or permanent injuries in South Carolina because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or party, you may be entitled to recover damages through a South Carolina personal injury claim.

In order to have a successful South Carolina personal injury claim, you need to begin preserving your claim immediately after the accident. You should also considering retaining the services of a Charleston injury attorney who can help you throughout the claims process.

The following tips can help you avoid critical mistakes that can damage your South Carolina personal injury claim and therefore your potential compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other accident expenses.

Call the Police

Following any accident, no matter how minor, you should contact the police in order to have your accident documented. The officer will write up a police report, which may state that the other party was at fault for your injuries. If you don't call the police, your account of the accident could be disputed. This is because you won't have an official document, such as a police report, on which to rely.

Seek Medical Treatment

Even if you don't think you have any significant injuries after an accident, you should still seek immediate medical attention. Some injuries, such as whiplash and even brain trauma, may not show immediate symptoms. Getting examined quickly will allow you to start treatment for any potentially serious conditions before more damage is done.

Seeking medical treatment right away will also help to preserve your South Carolina personal injury claim. If you fail to do so, the insurance company may argue that you weren't really injured because you refused medical care. Taking too long to get a medical evaluation will also make it more difficult to link your injuries to your accident, which is another tactic the insurance adjuster will try to deny or reduce your claim.

Document All Injuries

After an accident, you need to tell your Charleston injury attorney and doctor about all of your injuries. Even if an injury seems minor, it should be documented. You should also keep detailed records of your injuries, pain and recovery. These important details will fade with time but having a record of how your injuries impacted your daily life as well as the effects of your treatment can help support your claim. 

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