The majority of personal injuries occur through accidents, many of which could have been avoided through more diligent and preventative behaviors. There are also plenty of accidents that could not have been avoided. Some of these accidents result in life altering injuries; and in the most extreme cases, they result in death. So, how can you determine whether or not your accidental injury should involve a personal injury claim against the liable party? How do you know when to get a lawyer? If you need a lawyer, how do you choose the right one? In this post, we’ll answer these questions to help you make sense of your personal injury claim and get started on the right path.
Does the Accident Constitute a Personal Injury Claim?
A personal injury claim arises anytime an accident occurs that results in injuries to the victim and was caused by the negligence of another party. However, it can be difficult to determine if someone else was negligent. For example, if you fall down in a store, you must figure out if you did so because of your own clumsiness, such as tripping on your own shoelaces or some other personal factor, or if the store was responsible because the floor was wet or there were obstacles in the walkway. If you believe that another party’s negligence resulted in your injuries, then you may have a viable personal injury claim.
What Type of Personal Injury Claim Do You Have?
When you have a personal injury claim, it will likely fall into one of the following categories:
- Accidental Injury Claims – Your personal injury claim fits into this category if you were injured due to an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence. This includes auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, work related injuries, etc.
- Product Liability Claims – If you were injured by a defective product, then your personal injury claim will fall under this category.
- Intentional Injury Claims – Personal injuries fall into this category if they were caused by intentional actions, such as a violent crime or interfering with your vehicle with the intention of causing an accident.
- Dog Bites and Other Animal Injuries – If you were injured by a domesticated animal or wild animal belonging to another person, you also have a personal injury claim against the owner or handler of the animal.
Where Do You Start with a Personal Injury Claim?
The laws surrounding personal injury claims in South Carolina can be complicated and confusing. They have been shaped by many years of court decisions and statutes or other legal regulations put in place on the local, state, and county level. The best place to start is by seeking the advice, guidance, and representation of an experienced South Carolina personal injury attorney.
How Do You Choose the Right Personal Injury Attorney?
To begin your search for the right personal injury attorney in South Carolina, you can ask for recommendations from people you know and people you work with. You can also search online for information and reviews on attorneys in your area. You might make a list of the top attorneys that you may wish to learn more about, then call them to see if you can arrange free consultations. There are several things that you will want to pay attention to at the initial consultation, such as:
- Experience – You should ask the attorney about his or her experience in pursuing personal injury claims and their track record for success.
- Understanding – It is important to work with an attorney who listens to understand. If you don’t feel that the attorney understands your situation, then you should cross that attorney off of your list and move on to the next one.
- Communication – Your attorney should be able to effectively communicate and explain things in a way that you can understand and make sense of. The law can be confusing, and your attorney should be able to communicate well so that you know what’s going on and what you need to do to navigate the system.
- Availability – Make sure that your attorney will be available when you need them. You should be able to reach your attorney and know how soon your calls will be returned.
- Rapport – It is equally important to feel at ease with your attorney and to be confident and comfortable with developing a relationship. You will be working with the attorney that you choose throughout the case, so you need to have rapport.
- References – Ask the attorney for references from other clients who can verify their history of success, quality of service, and ability to handle a personal claim.
Begin your search for the right personal injury attorney in Greenville, South Carolina by contacting David R. Price, Jr., P.A. for a free consultation. We will discuss whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim and cover the various points mentioned above to help you in pursuing compensation for your injuries and losses.
David Price is a Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Collections, and Criminal Defense Attorney who practices in Greenville, SC. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, and has been practicing law for 12 years. David Price believes in helping those who have been injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.