A car accident can come out of nowhere and send your whole life into chaos. If you’ve been hurt in a crash, you’re probably dealing with pain, feeling angry, and wondering who will pay for your medical bills and lost wages.
For victims who have suffered due to a crash in South Carolina, auto accident lawyer David L. Hood is here to help you. As a personal injury attorney with more than 25 years of litigation experience, David L. Hood will handle your case with determination and resourcefulness, exploring every possible avenue and legal strategy to get you the compensation you deserve.
When Should You Hire a Lawyer After a Car Crash?
It’s possible to file a personal injury claim yourself without any help from an attorney, and you may want to do so if you’ve suffered only minor injuries and you have the time to research and undertake the legal claims process on your own.
Hiring an attorney for your auto accident claim, though, may provide some important benefits. You’ll likely be up against an insurance company and their team of lawyers during your case, and hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you level the playing field. Your attorney should already know the law and understand the rules and procedures that relate to your case. They can also use their experience and expertise to advise you about any strengths or weaknesses in your claim and your overall chances of success.
Finally, working with an experienced lawyer can give you confidence and peace of mind. It can let you focus on your health and recovery rather than spending hours teaching yourself how to handle a complex personal injury claim and manage legal paperwork. For victims who are piecing their lives back together after a traumatic crash, this can be the single most compelling reason to let a professional handle their case.
Preparing for a Car Accident Case
One of the best ways that you can help your attorney build an effective case is to save all the paperwork related to your crash. This includes medical bills, receipts, logs of expenses, proof of any lost income or days written out of work, and any other documentation related to your injury.
In addition, you should keep a record of all your medical visits and any treatment you receive. This will help document the seriousness of your injuries and give your attorney a clear picture of your pre- and post-accident health.
Besides saving any crash-related paperwork and records, there are several other things you can do to help your lawyer build your case. You should:
- Return phone calls in a timely fashion.
- Carefully read all correspondence sent to you.
- Show up on time to all your medical appointments.
- Create a list of people who are potential witnesses and who could testify about the incident or your injuries.
- Let your attorney know about any changes in your contact information, such as a new address or phone number.
- Alert your lawyer if your employment or marital status has changed.
- Keep your attorney informed about any changes in your health.
Most importantly, you need to move quickly after an accident. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in South Carolina is three years, and the process of filing a claim takes time. If the statute of limitations expires in your case, even the best attorney won’t be able to help you — but you can make sure that doesn’t happen to you by contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately if you’ve been seriously hurt.
Contact David L. Hood If You’ve Been Hurt in a Car Accident in North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Georgetown or Anywhere in South Carolina
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact the Law Offices of David L. Hood to schedule your free consultation. We’ll use this time to listen to your story and advise you about your best course of action going forward. We handle all cases on a contingent fee basis, which means you pay us nothing unless we win your case in court or negotiate a successful settlement.*
Statutes of limitation apply to all South Carolina injury and auto accident cases, so don’t wait — call David L. Hood at (843) 491-6025 or fill out our online contact form and schedule your free consultation now.
*Clients are not liable for any expenses, unless there is a recovery in their case; however, if there is a recovery in their case, clients will be liable for expenses. Attorney’s fees are based on a percentage of the recovery, which will be computed before deducting expenses.