Car wrecks lead not only to injuries, but property damage as well. People often want to know whether personal injury attorneys in Columbia and other parts of South Carolina charge a fee to recover compensation for damage to the vehicle. Of the many accident victims I have represented, I have yet to charge such a fee.
I cannot speak for all other lawyers, but I can tell you that in the large majority of cases, there is no reason for me to get involved in the property damage aspect of a case - much less demand a fee. It simply would not be right, or ethical, to charge someone 33% of what they will obtain from the insurance company for vehicle damage based simply on a few phone calls or a couple letters. I advise clients on how to handle this portion of their case, but do so at no charge.
When it comes to payment for property damage, you should receive fair market value for your vehicle at the time of the collision. In other words, the at-fault driver's insurance company should pay you the difference between what your car was worth before and after the accident. These numbers can often be found in the Kelley Blue Book or by asking a trusted, independent appraiser. Additionally, the insurance carrier should cover the cost of any repairs.
Columbia personal injury lawyers such as myself are here to make certain insurance companies treat you fairly. That often means a 33% fee for the compensation we obtain with regard to your injuries, but that does not mean we charge for vehicle damage. If you have other questions about a car wreck, I would be glad to speak with you. Call me today at (803) 790-2800.