If you or someone you love is dealing with losses resulting from a devastating accident in North Charleston, the Shelly Leeke Law Firm can aggressively pursue compensation from the responsible party. As seasoned South Carolina lawyers, we know how to fight for a financial recovery that will help you recover and move forward with your life.
Whether you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, or some other way, our North Charleston personal injury lawyers can help you gather evidence and present your case to the insurance company or the court. Taking legal action doesn’t have to be a hardship. Let us do the work while you focus on healing.
What a Personal Injury Attorney Can Do for You
Our compassionate and skilled attorneys are committed to representing your interests. We aim to handle everything, from filing and following up on your claim to communicating with insurance companies, all while you recover from your accident.
Our process begins when we perform a free review of your case. This evaluation allows us to better understand what took place surrounding the accident, which party or parties may be responsible, and the kinds of losses you can receive.
If we determine that you have a solid case, one of our experienced personal injury attorneys will stand at your side through the entire claims and litigation process.
Gathering Evidence to Establish Negligence
As your qualified attorneys, we will thoroughly investigate your case to identify all liable parties and prove how their actions contributed to your injuries. We’ll gather all available evidence from the accident to understand what occurred during and even leading up to the incident. This evidence may include the following:
- Photos of the accident site
- Physical evidence found in the area
- Law enforcement reports
- Eyewitness statements
Once we pinpoint how the accident happened, we will need to establish who is responsible for your injuries. Determining liability can be challenging because there can be multiple parties at fault. For example, if the North Charleston Police Department determines that a delivery driver caused an accident while making a delivery, that driver’s employer might be held liable.
While the driver is partially responsible, so is the delivery company in many cases. Our lawyers do what it takes to investigate each detail of an accident to ensure the contributing parties and their insurers are held financially responsible.
Negotiating With the Insurance Company
Next, our experienced attorneys will go over your expenses and non-monetary losses to add up the compensation you may be owed. We may also consult with your doctors and other healthcare providers to determine your prognosis and the need for future medical treatment. Our aim is to help you recover both physically and financially from this costly ordeal.
In many cases, especially once they see that you have hired a lawyer, the negligent party’s insurance will cover your settlement. Please keep in mind, though, that the other party’s insurer is not on your side. Insurance companies will inevitably try to reduce your settlement.
Our North Charleston personal injury attorneys understand the tactics and tricks insurance companies use, and we know how to beat them at their own game. Our job is to confront them with evidence demonstrating the value of your case, and we will keep pushing to make sure you receive what is fair.
Getting You Adequate Compensation
If the other party’s insurer refuses to offer a reasonable settlement, we can fight for you in court. This situation is unlikely, but it occasionally happens. If your case ends up in court, you will have peace of mind knowing you have an experienced trial lawyer in your corner.
Medical expenses can quickly add up, and lost income from missed work can put a family into debt. If your injuries leave you permanently impaired, you may also be facing ongoing expenses and a lower paycheck than you were earning before. The good news is that you may be eligible for damages, including:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages and reduced earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of quality of life
- Property damage
- Home renovations
If your case goes to trial, your personal injury lawyer will be with you every step of the way. We will make sure your case is well-represented in court, and we’ll do everything possible to assist you in recovering full compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Personal Injury Filing Deadline in South Carolina
Each state has its own time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit, so it’s essential to know the laws of the state in which your accident occurred. In South Carolina, the statute of limitations is three years under SC Code of Laws § 15-3-530. Fortunately, this allows you more time than in other states since many have a two-year statute of limitations.
Still, insurance companies have their own deadlines, and there is much to be done in these cases, so it is advisable to get started on a claim as soon as possible after the accident.
The three-year statute of limitations applies to negligence claims as well as intentional tort claims. Negligence is the most common principle used in accident cases because it refers to situations in which one individually unintentionally causes another harm. Intentional tort claims are those claims that involve intentional harm, such as a physical altercation.
Reach Out to Our North Charleston Personal Injury Attorneys
Personal injury claims allow victims to seek justice for injuries caused by another party’s reckless behavior. Our personal injury lawyers in North Charleston are available to help you negotiate a fair settlement so that you can recover from the accident and get back to everyday life.
Don’t let a greedy insurance company determine your settlement amount. Instead, allow the Shelly Leeke Law Firm to handle your case. We have a proven track record of achieving favorable results for our clients, and we are ready to get to work on your personal injury claim. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.