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Do I Need an Attorney after a South Carolina Car Accident?

Many people involved in injury-causing car accidents wonder if they should spend the time and money associated with hiring an attorney. In almost every conceivable case, the answer to this question is an unequivocal “yes,” as an attorney can make the process of recovering compensation for your injuries and other losses significantly easier and will often result in greater financial recovery, even when accounting for attorney’s fees. Some of the reasons for this are detailed below.

Accurately Determining the Losses Associated with an Accident can be Difficult

While most people are aware of the fact that they can recover for their medical expenses and property damage after a car accident, they are often not aware of the fact that there are other losses for which they may be able to recover compensation. As a result, many car accident victims significantly undervalue their car accident claims and accept the first (low) offer that is made by the at-fault party’s insurance company. An attorney will ensure that you obtain the full value of your claim, which often will include compensation for lost income, loss of future earning potential, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life, among others.

An Attorney Will Usually Cost You Nothing Out Of Pocket and Pay for the Costs Associated with Bringing a Claim

The vast majority of personal injury lawyers take their cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that injured clients are not responsible for any attorney’s fees unless their lawyer successfully recovers compensation on their behalf. If they do owe attorneys’ fees, they are paid as a percentage of any settlement or award they receive, meaning that there are no out-of-pocket expenses associated with retaining legal counsel.

Recovering the full value of a car accident claim often requires a significant investment of time and money. Victims should be focused on their recovery, not making calls, haggling with insurance companies, and gathering evidence regarding the accident and your expenses. When you retain an attorney, they will pay for any up-front costs associated with investigating your claim and represent you in any communications that occur with the insurance company or the party responsible for your losses.

A Lawyer will File a Lawsuit on your Behalf

While the vast majority of personal injury cases are settled well before a lawsuit is even threatened, in some cases it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit in order to recover the full value of your claim. This situation often arises in cases where a party refuses to concede liability or refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer. If this occurs in your case, it extremely important to retain an attorney familiar with litigating personal injury claims.

Contact a Greenwood, South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case

If you have been hurt in a car accident, your first priority should be recovering from your injuries. By retaining a Greenwood car accident attorney, you can focus on getting better and rest assured that you will obtain the full value of your legal claim. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Ayers, Smithdeal & Bettis, P.C., Attorneys at Law, today at 855-213-4405.

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