You should follow a few important steps to ensure your safety, protect your rights and interests, and set a solid foundation for the insurance claim process later. In addition, knowing how to respond to a car accident can help to reduce your anxiety and empower you to deal with an otherwise stressful situation.
If you were in a car accident, you might feel shaken up, scared, and overwhelmed, so you may not think clearly. It’s important to do your best to stay calm. If you contact a lawyer’s team, they can help you think through your next best steps. Keep reading to discover ten things to do after an auto accident.
Personal injury is a broad category, and Aiken personal injury attorneys wear many hats. More than just helping you file a claim or lawsuit, Morris Law Firm can investigate your accident, identify those responsible, evaluate your case’s worth, and handle all communication with the other party.
Yet, fundamentally, we work to make your life easier during a difficult time. Our Aiken personal injury lawyers are accessible, answering questions and providing updates on your case’s progress. We fight for your maximum compensation, not just the average settlement. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
IF YOU WERE INJURED IN AIKEN, YOU COULD QUALIFY FOR DAMAGES
Whether through an insurance claim or a lawsuit, we work to recover compensation for you. That compensation helps you pay for bills and other financial losses. It can also offer you some measure of justice.
Compensation categories include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Each represents a facet of your life affected by your accident—physical health, career, future, and personal life. Our team analyzes those areas to recover compensation for everything the accident damages. You could even seek compensation for any adverse effects on your hobbies, so share your experience.
WHAT IS PERSONAL INJURY?
Personal injury is an umbrella term used for any type of bodily, emotional and psychological harm caused by another person or entity. The injuries are often the result of an accident but can be due to intentional harm, defective products or wrongful death. Here’s a more complete of personal injury types:
- Car Accident
- Truck Accidents
- Slip and Fall
- Dog Bite
- Wrongful Death
- Motorcycle Accident
- Moped Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- Medical Malpractice
- Aviation Accident
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Boating Accident
The insurance company of the at-fault party usually pays for the damages the injured party suffers. In some cases, the defendant lacks adequate insurance coverage, and your personal injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve. In cases where the insurer fails to provide compensation, your injury lawyer will take the matter to civil court.
WHAT MEDICAL EXPENSES COULD I RECOVER?
You could get compensation for any bills related to your accident, but that differs from person to person. For instance, a hospital stay for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) could cost 74 percent more than the average inpatient stay, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). TBIs also tend to require longer stays.
Therefore, we approach your medical compensation not by looking at what’s typical but what’s personally affected you.
That could include damages for:
- Hospital stays
- Diagnostic testing
- Mobility aids
- Physical therapy
- Mental health support
- Chiropractic care
- Massage therapy
Part of our approach involves considering what will come after the completion of your case. For example, will you need to modify your house or car to accommodate a wheelchair? Does your PTSD require time to heal? Your compensation should address these concerns.
We can consult doctors, therapists, and specialists to identify your damages. Their knowledge not only informs our evaluation of your case but could also provide crucial testimony and evidence in a dispute.
WHAT COUNTS AS LOST INCOME?
In the gig economy, increasing numbers of people don’t have traditional jobs or juggle more than one. Following an injury, you may not have a safety net. Even if you have a salaried position, you may use all your sick vacation days while you recover.
Just as we don’t have a one-size-fits-all method for assessing medical damages, we don’t just consider one form of revenue when pursuing lost income compensation.
We fight for damages to reflect your lost:
- Freelance or gig work
- Monetized hobbies
- Sick leave
- Vacation days
Reduced earning capacity damages can address a wage gap you may experience following your injuries. For instance, if you temporarily or permanently cannot work full-time, damages can help acknowledge that difference. We can also explore compensation for training in a new career.
WHAT DOES PAIN AND SUFFERING INCLUDE?
No one can put a price on the psychological ramifications of an accident. With pain and suffering damages, our injury lawyers work to quantify the unquantifiable. You can get acknowledgment even if the fear and distress of being hurt will not go away with compensation.
These damages include consideration for:
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of companionship
Again, which damages and how much you receive depends on your individual experience. We can also use the testimony of psychologists and therapists to highlight your ordeal's mental and emotional toll.
HOW MORRIS LAW FIRM SUPPORTS YOU AFTER AN INJURY IN AIKEN
You’re struggling with just getting help after an accident. Hiring a lawyer shouldn’t have to feel like a hassle, too. We work to make your life easier by taking over your case and making that process as smooth as possible.
We do that by offering:
- Free initial consultations
- Direct communication with a lawyer after you hire our team
- No cost unless we win or settle
- Discussion of case strategy at every step
- A focus on customer service
Our personal injury team is just that—a team. You don’t just get the help of a lawyer, but also the support of our staff working together for you.
WE KNOW THE INSURANCE COMPANY PLAYBOOK
Our attorneys can lighten your load by running interference between you and an insurance company. Whether it’s your insurer or the other party’s, these companies focus on minimizing their losses, not maximizing your compensation.
We can deal with anything from annoyances to unethical business practices by:
- Making sure your case progresses as smoothly as possible
- Contacting adjusters that are dodging your calls or emails
- Helping you avoid pitfalls in your official statement
- Determining if a settlement offer neglects part of your losses
- Gathering evidence to support your case’s value
- Reviewing insurance policy terms to verify what you deserve
- Holding adjusters accountable for promises they made
- Disputing unjustified claim denials
- Conducting an independent investigation
- Protecting you from unnecessary demands
When you call in legal backup, insurers may prove more inclined to negotiate, pick up the pace, and consider your full losses. If not, we can go to trial to fight for the value of your claim, show who caused your injuries, and seek just compensation.
WE BOLSTER YOUR CASE WITH EXPERT INPUT
While our attorneys have experience with the law, we also rely on trusted experts to provide insights when necessary. For instance, doctor testimony can put a complicated procedure into layman’s terms in medical malpractice cases. A PTSD expert can illuminate your struggles following a truck collision. An electrician can explain why a property owner’s failure to correct faulty wiring caused a fire.
In short, we take advantage of experts when and where we can. Unfortunately, negligent parties and insurers sometimes rely on ignorance to avoid blame or pay less. We want to understand the full scope of your accident and then use that information to obtain the best possible outcome.
OUR PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS REPRESENT AIKEN AUTO ACCIDENTS
Due to the speed and size of motor vehicles, carelessness on the road can cause debilitating injuries.
When someone causes your crash in one of the following ways (or others), you could have grounds for pursuing an insurance claim or lawsuit:
- Drunk or distracted driving
- Improper turns
- Failing to signal
- Ignoring lights or signs
- Failing to yield
- Wrong-way driving
Our car accident lawyers can research the cause of your crash, interview eyewitnesses, and recover medical and police records. Liable parties could include other drivers, auto parts manufacturers, or government entities that failed to maintain roadways. Learn more from our team.
Without the protection afforded by a passenger vehicle, motorcycle accident victims face an increased risk of injury. They are 29 times more likely to be killed in a crash, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III). Because motorcycle injuries can carry a higher price tag, insurance companies may fight harder to lower your compensation. You can get help from our personal injury attorneys if you face these challenges.
Since truck drivers may work for trucking companies, your truck accident case may involve both the driver and their employer. Therefore, we can investigate whether a trucking company bears liability for negligent driver behavior and pursue the correct party.
WHEN YOU SUFFER A PERSONAL INJURY ON SOMEONE’S AIKEN PROPERTY
Property owners owe visitors a duty of care—they must take reasonable action to avoid causing harm by addressing hazards or warning of risks. If violating this duty of care injures you, you could pursue a personal injury claim or lawsuit against them.
These cases often rely on determining if a property owner knew or should have known about a hazard and failed to address it. We can create a timeline of events, backed up by evidence, to show how long a risk existed and that the property owner did not take proper precautions.
SLIP AND FALL CASES
These cases can involve injuries caused by:
- Uneven flooring
- Loose carpeting
- Lack of lighting
- Spills, leaks, or puddles
- Obstructed pathways
- Snow or ice
- Broken stairs
- Loose hand railings
Falls represent the leading cause of TBIs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Other injuries, like broken bones, can cost thousands of dollars. Don’t underestimate the severity of your slip and fall.
OTHER PREMISES LIABILITY CASES
Property owners must do more than ensure their visitors don't fall.
Other injuries could be grounds for a premises liability case, including:
- Swimming pool accidents
- Exposure to fumes or chemicals
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Dog bites
- Security failures
- Fire and electrical accidents
All of the above could have happened while you were on the job. If you suffer a workplace injury, we can determine the best course of action for receiving the medical care and income compensation you deserve.
INJURY CASES AGAINST NEGLIGENT NURSING HOME CARE PROVIDERS
Your family may entrust your loved one's care to professionals in a nursing home facility. These professionals must ensure elders' safety and maintain a certain standard of care. However, some providers fall short, causing your loved one serious harm through abuse or neglect. We don't stand for that.
Our personal injury lawyers can pursue an Aiken nursing home to recover compensation for:
- Your loved one’s medical bills
- Your family’s lost income if you need to take time off work to care for them
- The cost of relocating an elder
- Pain and suffering
Your loved one and your family may qualify to seek other damages beyond those listed here. After investigating your case, we can describe our plan to seek fair compensation and justice for your family's damages.
UNDERSTANDING ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Abuse and neglect in nursing homes is a particularly appalling personal injury. Neglect refers to any harm an elder faces from the absence of care, inadequate supervision, understaffing, and other related forms of negligence.
Abuse refers to injuries that take any of the following forms:
All of these are grounds for legal action. If you or a loved one suffer from the above, our nursing home abuse lawyers can help you recover funds for medical care, mental health support, pain and suffering, and reimbursement for stolen assets.
WHEN YOU LOSE A LOVED ONE TO ANOTHER’S NEGLIGENCE
Our attorneys offer our deepest condolences to those who lost a loved one. We can stand beside you through every step of your case, seeking the justice and compensation you deserve for your loss.
Through a wrongful death case, our team can help you pursue damages for:
- Your loved one’s final medical expenses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost income to your family
- Intangible losses from your loved one’s passing
OUR TEAM CAN HELP WITH PERSONAL INJURY PAPERWORK AND DEADLINES
South Carolina law typically gives you three years to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Before then, we can gather evidence and potentially settle out of court. You can also use that time to recover and grasp the extent of your injuries and losses. In other words, we can use this time to build your case, so don’t wait until the deadline is looming to reach out.
Moreover, some exceptions may apply. Different cases come with different legal deadlines. We can go over these specific deadlines with you.
CALL ON MORRIS LAW FIRM FOR YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE
Our personal injury lawyers at Morris Law can dig into your case, whatever form your Aiken accident took. We can handle everything from fielding calls with insurance to untangling the mess of a multi-party accident. If you struggle with disputes over liability, paperwork overwhelms you, or don't know how to get started, contact our office today at (803) 470-4444.