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For helpful answers about personal injury cases, read these FAQs. For superior representation in a PI case, contact our Columbia SC personal injury attorney.

Physically and emotionally recovering from a personal injury can be difficult and take some time, as the nature of the injury may require months – if not years – of treatment.

What can help victims in these situations is pursuing compensation via a personal injury lawsuit, as this can help people cover their expenses and needs as they focus on healing. It can also provide them with some sense of justice after being harmed by negligence.

Below are some help answers for injured people who may be considering moving forward with a personal injury case.

Answers about Personal Injury Cases: What Prospective Plaintiffs Should Know

Q – How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

A – The best way to find out if you have a viable personal injury claim is to contact one of our Columbia SC lawyers today for a free, no obligations case evaluation.

Until then, what we can tell you is that you likely have a case if your injuries were caused by the negligence of some other party. Some of the more common types of accidents or incidents that serve as the basis for personal injury claims include (but are by no means exclusive to):

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Dangerous or defective products
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Unsafe premises.

Q – How quickly do I need to file my case?

A – Within three (3) years of the date of your accident or the date on which you became aware of your injuries, according to South Carolina law. Outside of this window of time, injured people will typically lose their chances to seek compensation via a personal injury lawsuit.

Here, we want to note that the sooner these cases are filed, the stronger they tend to be because there is usually more available evidence to support injured people’s claims. This, in turn, can end up meaning that injured people have way better chances of securing the full amount of compensation to which they are entitled when they move forward with their cases sooner (rather than waiting months or longer to file).

Q – Will my case have to go to trial?

A – Maybe. Whether a case goes to trial will hinge on the defendant’s (i.e., the negligent party’s) willingness to resolve the case versus fight it. This, in turn, can depend on the nature of the negligence – and the specific defendant(s) – involved.

In many cases, whether a case will need to proceed to trial will not become clear until the personal injury claim is already well underway and there have been some attempts to try to negotiate a pre-trial settlement.

Q – What is the best way for me to get started?

A – Simply contact us today. If you have a case and choose to move forward with one of our Columbia SC lawyers, you can be confident that we will handle everything necessary to get your case started for you.

With Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A.t on your side, you can also rest assured that you will be informed about your case as it moves forward and that you will have the best chances of maximizing your financial recovery.

Contact a Columbia SC Personal Injury Attorney at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Attorneys at Law

Contact a Columbia SC personal injury attorney at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. for today by calling (803) 929-3600 or emailing us via the contact form on this page to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can find out more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.

From our six office locations throughout South Carolina, our attorneys provide the highest quality legal services to injured people and families in Columbia, Alken, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Greenville, Florence, Beaufort, Irmo, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, West Columbia, Rock Hill, Charleston, Lexington, Winnsboro, Summerville, and throughout South Carolina.

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