Motor Vehicle Accident and Workers’ Comp Personal Injury Attorneys
Helping injured victims in South Carolina and throughout the Southeastern United States
At Chappell, Smith & Arden Attorneys at Law, we believe a team of experienced, focused, and passionate trial lawyers gives injured clients the best opportunities to receive all of the financial compensation and medical treatment they need to recover as quickly as possible.
Our law firm has the resources to investigate and litigate all types of personal injury claims, including those caused in a motor vehicle accident by 18 wheeler trucks, railroad accidents and work-related accidents. Chappell, Smith & Arden attorneys have experience in the following legal practice areas:
Notable motor vehicle accident and workers’ comp experience
At Chappell, Smith & Arden, our lawyers have high profile, real world experience handling claims related to motor vehicle and work-related accidents, as well as a wide range of other personal injury cases. Mark Chappell, a partner at Chappell, Smith & Arden, was appointed the lead plaintiff’s liaison counsel in the Graniteville train disaster cases pending before Judge Margaret B. Seymour in U.S. District Court in Columbia, South Carolina. The January 6, 2005 train derailment and chlorine gas spill in Graniteville, South Carolina adversely affected thousands of local residents and employees. Mark was also appointed to the legal steering committee following the May 2000 bridge collapse at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Chappell, Smith & Arden coordinated all documents and discovery, depositions, and the resources of the 24 law firms representing the 87 race fans injured during the collapse. Bill Smith and Mark Arden also have 45 years of combined experience handling worker’s comp cases. Both attorneys limit their practices to workers’ comp and represent injured workers daily before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. Each serves or served on virtually every board and committee of workers compensation-related organizations on behalf of injured workers.
How to file workers’ comp, personal injury or motor vehicle accident claims:
When you are seriously injured in an accident, your life changes in an instant. Your usual routine is replaced with doctor visits, medical treatments, and stress about how to pay for everything including your household bills. If the accident resulted from the negligence of another, you may be entitled to financial compensation to speed your physical and financial recovery along. But even though you deserve a settlement, you may still have to apply legal pressure to ensure the amount is satisfactory and fair. Following any accident, you can take a number of steps to strengthen your legal case, including the following:
- If you do not need to leave the scene for emergency medical care, make notes about how the accident occurred
- Write down the names and contact information for all witnesses
- Write down the insurance information for the other driver
- Take pictures of the wreckage, damage, injuries, and the scene
- Save bills, receipts, and records related to the crash
- Do not speak to anyone about the incident, or agree to any settlement offer, before speaking to an attorney
- Do not skip any medical appointments or fail to follow doctor’s orders, as this non-compliance could be used by the opposing party to prove you were not as badly injured as you claim
When you are struggling with disabilities or pain, it is beneficial to obtain the help of a qualified, experienced lawyer who can look out for your interests. The claims filing process, especially for workers’ comp benefits, can be quite involved and your attorney can apply legal experience and knowledge to shepherd you through the claims process in a way that is favorable. Even when they sound concerned and sincere, opposition lawyers and insurance adjustors have one primary goal — to save money and protect their bottom line. The skilled attorneys of Chappell, Smith & Arden have extensive experience representing victims of motor vehicle accidents, workers’ comp, and other personal injuries— and we will fight for you.
Contact us today.
Chappell, Smith & Arden Attorneys at Law serves clients in every South Carolina county as well as throughout the Southeastern U.S. If you need us, we will be there no matter where there is located. With seven attorneys, five offices, and a network of associated lawyers statewide, we can handle your legal needs. For a free consultation with an attorney who is knowledgeable about workers’ comp, motor vehicle accidents, or any personal injury matter, please call us toll free at 800.531.9780, or click here to contact us online.