Having a lawyer working on your behalf as soon as possible after your car accident can help you with several aspects of your personal injury case. A skilled car accident lawyer experienced in your geographic area will be able to fight for your rights and interests with knowledge of the relevant laws pertaining to your specific situation. For more than three decades, the legal team at Chappell, Smith & Arden have helped accident victims obtain maximum compensation for their claims by:
An attorney can communicate with other parties involved in the accident, including the adjuster. If you receive benefits from a health, disability, or Workers’ Compensation insurer and they put a lien on your claim, an attorney will be able to work with the lien holder to reduce its lien to maximize your recovery.
A good car accident lawyer will also be able to negotiate with the insurance company to make sure that the settlement is fair and you receive all entitled compensation. Insurance companies often try to present low offers in the beginning. A lawyer can help you determine whether the offer is fair or needs to be further negotiated. Should negotiations not lead to an acceptable agreement, a lawyer can then help you file a lawsuit.
It may be difficult for you to obtain necessary evidence in your case. Health providers may not have the adequate staff or time to respond to medical record requests expediently. Therefore, without an attorney, it may be a long time before you receive your medical records and bills. It is also imperative to follow their procedures, which are not always apparent. A skilled car accident lawyer will be able to discover and follow these procedures, so you receive a quicker response.
Health care providers may provide you with incomplete medical records, making it necessary to follow up to obtain all the necessary documentation together. Also, the medical records may not be sufficient to prove that your injury was caused by the defendant’s negligence or show the extent of your injuries. Since doctors often do not mention causation or exact injuries in their medical records, a good car accident lawyer can ask the doctor to clarify their statement in a separate letter that will satisfy the legal requirements for your claim.
An attorney can also help you meet all procedural requirements and deadlines for your claim. For example, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in South Carolina is three years from the date of the injury. A good lawyer can ensure that you do not miss these important deadlines when filing your lawsuit.
If you were injured in a car accident, it is important to contact an experienced attorney who can help you with all aspects of your claim. The Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell, Smith & Arden are experienced and dedicated to protecting the rights of car accident victims. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 803-929-3600.
We serve clients throughout the state of South Carolina, including the areas of Columbia, Aiken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout the counties of Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Charleston County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Spartanburg County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County.