Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer


Personal Injury Lawyer In South Carolina
A personal injury is an injury that is the fault of another person or business. There are many different classifications of a personal injury, for example, slip and falls when on another person's property or business, automobile accidents, and medical malpractices can all be listed as a personal injury.
These laws exist to compensate the injured person and help make sure that future wrongdoings are avoided.

What is a personal injury attorney?
A personal injury lawyer a person who legally represents plaintiffs that are claiming physical or emotional injury as the result of negligence or disregard of another person or party.
The lawyer assists the plaintiff and helps them acquire compensation for their suffering or loss as a result of an injury. If your suffering has resulted in your inability to work, perform normal activities, left you in pain, with medical expenses, or caused you psychological distress, and left you with legal costs, your attorney can assist you in getting the fair compensation you need to cover your losses.

Obligations of a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Your Lawyer will investigate your injury claim, collect evidence and research case laws. The primary purpose of your lawyer is to get you the reasonable compensation required for your loss and suffering. In some instances your attorney may be able to get the other party to settle, in this case, you would not have to take the other party or business to trial.
Having an attorney can help protect you from being taken advantage of and ensure you are treated fairly.

Benefits of Having a Lawyer
Most people wonder if having a personal injury attorney is needed, and the answer to that is that it can be impossible to handle a case on your own if you do not have the proper legal knowledge. When the stakes are high, a personal injury lawyer is crucial for the following purposes:

Claim’s Value
What is your claim worth?
You can't accurately determine the value of your claims. But you can get a reasonable estimate from an attorney.

Legal Process
An experienced lawyer South Carolina knows the legal procedures and proper time for filing a personal injury lawsuit. If you decide to handle the case on your own, you may make a mistake that can have your case thrown out.

Case Success
The odds are that the defendant, particularly businesses and insurance companies will hire a qualified, experienced attorney to defend them against your allegations. If you choose to fight this legal team on your own, you may find yourself outmatched and lose. Letting a knowledgeable lawyer handle the opposing party is the best approach to ensure your best outcome.

It's important to find a reliable, experienced, knowledgeable attorney that will look out for your best interests.
If you or a loved one have endured a personal injury due to an accident and need to make a legal claim, obtaining a personal lawyer in South Carolina is crucial.
At The Bill Connor Law Firm, we will do our best to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today to see how we can assist you.


      When you have been hurt in an accident in Orangeburg SC that was the fault of another, it's important to receive proper medical care.  Whether the accident is a slip and fall, car wreck, bicycle accident, or whatever, getting a medical check after the incident is critical for many reasons.  First, immediate medical attention is just the best thing for your future health.  The longer the wait before treatment, the higher the chance of further and potentially permanent injury.  Particularly after a vehicle accident, the adrenaline involved can block the true level of pain associated with the injury and only a medical evaluation will discover the extent of the problem.  The adrenaline rush can last for a day or even days, before wearing off to reveal the extent of pain due to the injury.  By that point, further activity may have caused more problems to even a permanent nature.
       The second reason for immediate medical evaluation and treatment is important for a future personal injury claim.  The longer the time between the incident and medical evaluation, the more argument you will face of either an intervening event having caused injury.  You may also face more of an argument that the injury is minor.  This is particularly the case when injuries do not involve the clear and unquestionable like broken bones.  A strained neck can be just as harmful as a broken arm, and yet it becomes harder to objectively quantify the level of injury.  The quicker medical attention is sought and the injury noted on evaluation, the better for the future claim.  Additionally, X-rays and CAT scans help quickly find a serious injury that would not be apparent otherwise.
       Beyond initial treatment and evaluation, it's important to continue necessary follow-up treatment for the injury.  Like initial treatment and evaluation, it's important to seek and obtain the follow-on treatment to prevent further physical problems, including permanent injury.  Next in importance is the legal claim effect. When the injury is being evaluated, the total medical bills become the most important factor in insurance companies assessing cases. That same dynamic occurs with juries as well.  The more medical bills, the higher the value for the claim (in most circumstances).  Normally, more value is placed on medical bills verses either chiropractic or physical therapy bills. However, those bills still hold weight.  The consideration for possibly deferring some treatment might be the cost involved if a person has no medical insurance.  Even in that event, however, many times chiropractic clinics will offer treatment with a lien on their bill from the proceeds of a settlement or jury verdict.  It is always best for yourself and the claim to get all treatment necessary.
     Hopefully, this will help if you ever have the unfortunate experience of personal injury. Always seek good legal counsel to help guide you through the process.
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         The term "personal injury" can have different meanings depending on the context.  In the context of lawsuits, personal injury means those damages which an injured party or parties will bring against the party who caused the injury.  Within damages in a lawsuit, it is distinguished from property damage which may have occurred during the same incident or accident.  Closely connected to personal injury, and brought as damages with personal injury, are personal damages like lost wages.  The first question someone should ask when they are injured by the seeming negligence of another is: Should I bring a lawsuit and what should I reasonably expect from the lawsuit?

        In determining whether or not to take the steps toward bringing a lawsuit, which would normally begin with a demand letter and attempt to settle before filing, is the reasonable chance of winning in court.  You must be able to show the negligence of the offending party or parties (Note:  I have written a separate article about negligence which explains the elements you must prove).  Regardless of the truth about what occurred during the accident or incident, what matters most is the evidence which could go before a jury.  Did the other side make an admission?  How many and how credible are witnesses?  What does the physical evidence show?  All these factors must be analyzed to ensure the case has the potential for winning in front of a jury (Note:  I have also written about the importance of venue, where you can seek venue, and factors about venue which plan in the decision).

      After determining the reasonable chance of success, the next evaluation is the reasonable amount to be expected in settlement and/or jury verdict.  In some cases, the monetary damages expected may be so low it is not worth it to pay the costs associated with bringing suit.  With personal injury, the first analysis is on the total medical bills associated with the injury.  If EMS and emergency evaluation/treatment is involved, the bill for those medical services is likely to be over $3,000.00.  Those are usually the most uncontested bills, as seeking treatment in the Emergency Room is normally considered reasonable regardless of the accident.  In determining the potential jury verdict, the actual bill from the hospital is what must be considered as the damages.  Not what was paid by the insurance company or patient co-pays.  Your insurance company may have paid only a fraction of the bill, but that insurance information will not go before a jury.  Only the medical bills.

      Further treatment recommended by the ER, like seeing a primary care provider, is normally accepted as reasonable.  Unusual treatment, like chiropractic treatment in some circumstances, can be questioned.  Treatment which evidence/records proves connected to a pre-existing injury can be contested.  This is an issue in which expert testimony may be required in bringing suit, but worth it is the liability appears clear and the damages are substantial.  Beyond straight medical bills, pain and suffering, and future partial or permanent disability are more subjective damages, but damages the jury will be expected to consider in the overall verdict.  Lost wages, loss of future earning capabilities, loss of enjoyment of certain things due to the injury are also damages connected with personal injury the jury would consider.

      Different venues offer different average jury verdicts, so studying the venue and prior verdicts is important to evaluating the value of the case.  As a rule of thumb in many venues, assuming no substantial future damages and/or substantial injuries like broken bones, the total damage award can be expected at 2-3 times the overall medical bill.  The reason it goes well beyond the medical bills is compensation for pain and suffering associated with the injury.  The amount can be substantially more if the injury is significant and involves futures.  Again, each venue is different, so it's important to study the venue and consider all medical damages and future issues.  In some cases, psychological injury comes into play due to the nature of the injury.  Additionally, spouses can claim damages for "loss of consortium" due to the accident.  These are damages the spouse suffers due to what has happened to their loved one. Note:  Loss of consortium goes beyond the sexual into all the things spouses do for each other.

      It is always best to seek legal representation (note:  I have written about contingency fee agreement for those bringing lawsuits), and best to get your lawyer to provide detailed analysis.  However, with these basics of information, you will be in the position to better understand whether to sue and what to expect.

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