Car accident lawyers have a reputation for doing a minimal amount of work on the case, then taking most of the money at the end. We want to do everything possible to restore the good name of attorneys in Columbia - and across South Carolina - by offering help, answers, and professional service. So how could a lawyer help you after a wreck?
1. By allowing an attorney to deal with the insurance and legal issues, you can put more focus on getting well.
When people come in for their initial meeting with me, we discuss a range of issues. Often times, new clients have questions about medical expenses, compensation for property damage, which insurance companies they should be dealing with, and what information they should provide the "adjuster." We answer those questions honestly. Likewise, we encourage new clients to put their focus on trying to get back to "life as normal," while we take on the insurance company. We pride ourselves on keeping clients informed of developments in their case, but want to remove the burden of gathering evidence (i.e. medical bills, lost wage statements, accident reports, etc...) and pushing the case forward, from their shoulders.
2. Lawyers who are experienced in handling serious auto accident claims are often skilled not only at maximizing settlement value, but also obtaining medical bill and health care lien reductions.
An attorney's job is not simply to settle your case - it is to achieve the best possible outcome for you. That means working to obtain reductions from health insurance companies, medical providers, and other entities that might have a legally permissible claim against your settlement proceeds. We do not want our clients to face unpaid medical bills when their case ends. We therefore put great effort toward satisfying all balances while still maximizing the amount of compensation you receive.
3. Lawyers have the ability to file lawsuits and take cases to trial when insurance companies refuse to treat you fairly.
Could you represent yourself? Yes, but I would not recommend it. Car accidents may appear straight-forward on the surface, but insurance carriers often dispute: your extent of injury, whether your pain is related solely to the crash, how much medical treatment will be needed in the future, and how much you should be compensated for damages such as mental anguish, lost quality of life, or physical impairment. In addition, expert witnesses such as economists or life care planners might be necessary to explain the financial impact of the crash on your life. Even in cases where liability is admitted, the insurance company may fight you on how much money you should receive. When that happens, it is good to have a knowledgeable attorney on your side.
If you are unsure whether you need a lawyer to help with your car wreck claim - be it in Columbia or some other part of South Carolina - call me today at (803) 790-2800 for a free case evaluation. I will give you an honest assessment of your case, and assure you that I will not recommend hiring an attorney unless I think it is in your absolute best interest.