Personal Injury FAQ
Injured? An Experienced Lawyer Can Answer Your Questions
If you've been injured in an accident that was someone else's fault, you probably have a lot of questions. The personal injury attorneys at Lourie Law Firm can help you with the answers. We are dedicated to helping people who have been hurt by someone else's negligence recover damages for their injuries.
Here are some of the questions we get from clients regarding personal injury cases. To speak with one our attorneys about your case, contact usfor a free consultation.
Do I need a lawyer?
It is possible to negotiate a personal injury claim on your own. But it's not advisable. Remember, insurance companies are interested in paying you as little as possible. They won't hesitate to take advantage of the fact you don't have a lawyer. Our attorneys have handled countless personal injury claims, and we are quite familiar with the games insurance companies like to play. We know how to establish that the other party's negligence caused your injury. We know how to respond when their offer is too low. And we have the resources to gather evidence to build a strong case they can't deny.
How much is my case worth?
There's no easy answer to that question. The circumstances of each case are different, and the amount of compensation will vary. But depending on the case, a personal injury victim may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future income, pain and suffering, emotional and mental distress, disability, disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of life. If your injury was caused by especially reckless or intentional actions, we may also pursue punitive damages - additional payments designed to punish the negligent party.The attorneys at Lourie Law Firm know how to determine the amount of compensation you are eligible to receive for your injuries under the law. We will fight to get results that meet your needs.
How long will my case take?
Insurance companies are usually more than happy to settle your personal injury claim quickly - if you're willing to take much less money than you deserve. But getting them to agree to a fair settlement takes time and some pressure from an experienced personal injury attorney. This could take weeks or months, or even years with more complicated cases. Our attorneys build a strong case to prove that someone's negligence caused your injury. When insurance companies see we fully intend to fight all the way to trial if necessary, they often end up agreeing to a settlement that meets your needs.
What if was partially at fault for the accident?
South Carolina uses a "comparative negligence" rule when determining damages in personal injury cases. This means if you were partially responsible for the accident, the amount of any compensation you receive will be reduced. For example, if you were awarded $100,000 in damages, but were found to be 10% responsible for the accident, you will receive $90,000 in compensation. However, if you are found to be at least 51% responsible for what happened, you are not eligible to receive any compensation. One of our skilled attorneys can help you determine how your shared responsibility will affect your claim.
Will I have to go to court?
Probably not. Personal injury cases are usually settled out of court. But the process can be lengthy, involving weeks or months of negotiation. Even after court proceedings begin, the insurance company may still choose to settle at any point before the verdict.
In some cases, the insurance will choose to fight a claim at trial. Our attorneys always build a strong case and are committed to helping you get the financial compensation you deserve. If that means fighting your case in court, we'll be ready. And we will guide you through every step of the process.