In the aftermath of a serious accident, you may be considering a personal injury claim to help relieve some of the financial stress associated with time off of work, medical bills, rehabilitation, and/or property damage. Many people feel overwhelmed at the prospect of beginning this process, but our team of personal injury attorneys at Evans Moore, LLC, can help explain what you can expect if you file a claim.
Below, we have collected answers to some of the initial questions you may have. If you have specific questions about your case, or if your question is not addressed here, please call our offices at (843) 995-5000 today.
Will I be eligible to file a personal injury claim?
If you sustained any injury as the direct or indirect result of another person’s actions, a personal injury claim may typically be filed to help you pursue compensation for any damages associated with the incident. Moreover, as a state with modified comparative fault, you may even file a personal injury claim so long as you are not found to be 51% or more at fault for the accident. In any case, you should speak with a personal injury attorney to learn more about the legal action available to you.
Why file a personal injury claim?
Even if the more immediate consequences of an injury appear to be minor, the long-term effects of the incident may prove to be more substantial. With that in mind, you will need to do everything you can to protect your current and future interests right now, while you still have the opportunity to do so. Since the full extent of the financial losses that are associated with your accident will be accounted for in your personal injury claim, you will be fighting to recover everything you lost.
When will it be too late to file a personal injury claim?
Beginning the moment you first learn that you have sustained an injury, you will need to file your personal injury claim within a specified period of time. If you fail to file your claim within this period of time, otherwise known as a statute of limitation, you may be prevented from pursuing your potential claim. The time periods vary from state to state. Because these statutes of limitation limit the time period in which you can file a claim, you should contact an attorney immediately if you wish to move forward with your potential claim.
What can I recover through a personal injury claim?
As you begin developing your claim with your attorneys, you will take all of the damages associated with the accident into account. In particular, your claim will likely be intended to help you recover the costs of medical and rehabilitative care, any loss of income, and the damages associated with the pain and suffering you were made to endure as the result of your injuries. Since every case will present its own set of unique challenges, you should speak with an experienced attorney to determine what specific damages you may recover through a personal injury claim.
Should I begin collecting evidence for my claim?
In almost every case, the more evidence you will be able to produce in support of your claim will be invaluable. As such, you should begin collecting any associated documentation or evidence of your accident as soon after the incident as you can if you have not already begun to do just that. If you were hit by a distracted driver, for instance, you would want secure a copy of the police report for the incident, pictures of the damage, records of the medical care you receive as a result of the accident, and copies of any other bills associated with the incident. In any case, your attorney will help you determine exactly what evidence you will need as you pursue your claim.