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Were You Injured in a Car Accident?

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A car accident that wasn’t your fault can result in injuries, bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Often, the other driver’s insurance company will offer you a small settlement. Unfortunately, if you settle too early, you could end up being responsible for thousands of dollars in unexpected medical bills, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket expenses.

Don’t let this happen to you! Our Charleston, SC, car accident lawyers at Miller, Dawson, Sigal & Ward Injury Attorneys have your back. If you have sufficient grounds for a claim, the Thumbs Up Guys are ready to help you form a successful case for the compensation you deserve.

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We help our clients with all of their accident-related problems. No matter how big or small the issue, the Thumbs Up Guys have your back!
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We’ve helped countless victims of personal injury accidents get the money they needed from the settlements they deserved. We can fight for you, too.
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We never take our eye off the ball. Rest assured you, your case, and the settlement we’re fighting for will be our top priority when you choose us.

We Know What You’re Going Through

If you’ve been in a car accident, we know what you’re going through. You’re tired, stressed, in pain, and looking for answers. The days after a collision can be such an overwhelming and confusing time for an individual, especially one suffering from injuries. We want you to know we’re here for you. We’re here to answer your questions and guide you through this difficult time.

If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault in Charleston, North Charleston, or anywhere in South Carolina, the Thumbs Up Guys have your back. We care about each and every one of our clients, and we take great pride in helping them get settlements that meet their individual needs. If you’ve been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, we want to help you.

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Jeffrey Ward pulled out all the stops to work with the Insurance company to get us a settlement after our car wreck. He was very...

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I couldn’t be happier with my experience working with Mr. Brandon Dawson and the rest of the team. He is great with communicating with you...

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I was very pleased with the service that I received having attorney Ryan Miller represent me. He always kept me updated with the process and...

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Brandon Dawson was professional and courteous all the way through the process! I would recommend this Law firm to everyone. I got my settlement and...

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Brandon Dawson is amazing! He made a really annoying and lengthy situation so easy! He was always available for any questions I had (no matter...

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After being rear ended in a car accident on I-26 in North Charleston I reached out to Miller, Dawson, Sigal & Ward, LLC. From my...

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Jeffery Ward is an awesome attorney. Very responsive, attentive, and answered all my questions and concerns. I was very comfortable working with him. I received...

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Ryan Miller was on top of every detail of my case from the very beginning. His law Firm supported and met my needs in every...

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I worked with Jeffrey Ward for a little over a year. He was truly great to work with. Jeffrey was compassionate, kept me up to...

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Brandon Dawson was an absolute pleasure! Very professional, yet personal, and kept me informed every step of the way! He was always accessible and got...

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Injured? We’ve Got This!

Did This Happen to You?

If you suffered any broken bones in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to get compensation for X-rays, casting, prescriptions, and more.

Traumatic brain injuries are very common in car accident cases. They can include concussions, brain contusions, diffuse axonal injuries, and more.

A back or spinal cord injury is very serious and can result in a large settlement. These injuries can include thoracic and lumbar injuries, herniated discs, and more.

The shock of a vehicle hitting your car can throw your whole body into sudden motion. This type of jolt can cause soft tissue injuries like whiplash.

Broken glass or jagged metal can cause deep, life-threatening cuts in the skin. If you sustained lacerations deep enough to warrant medical attention, you may be able to get compensation for your pain and suffering.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Around 6 million car accidents occur every year in the U.S. Auto collisions happen every day and can happen for any number of reasons. You may be wondering if what caused your accident warrants filing a claim with a Charleston, SC, car accident lawyer. Take a look at some of the most common causes of car accidents we work with to find out if your case qualifies.

Statute of Limitations in South Carolina

In order for the letter of the law to move swiftly and successfully, regulations are observed in each state called the statute of limitations. These regulations, which vary from state to state, put a time limit on the filing of criminal lawsuits. In the state of South Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years. So, if you were hit on your way to the grocery store and you want to file a criminal lawsuit against the person who hit you, you would have three years from the day of your accident to do so.

The statute of limitations encourages a swift resolution for all parties involved. Without it, an individual could threaten a lawsuit against the liable party indefinitely. Additionally, as time erodes the legitimacy of evidence in a case, the case becomes more difficult to resolve. The statute of limitations helps maintain the integrity of vital evidence in a case.

Proving Negligence

In order for a claim to be successful, it must prove negligence. In other words, if you wish to receive compensation from the responsible individual in your car crash, you must prove they were behaving recklessly. In order to do this you must:

    • Prove the other individual was acting in a way that was without care or concern for the safety of others.
    • Prove it was this individual’s reckless actions that led to your accident.
    • Prove the accident was a direct cause of your injuries.

Do I Have a Case?

Maybe. Each case has distinctive circumstances that impact its validity. Ultimately, you will need to contact a car accident attorney for a case review to find out an answer. Until you have the chance, here are some common factors that personal injury attorneys use to evaluate car accident claims.

Is there another driver or party responsible for the auto accident and your injuries? Simply being injured in a car accident does not automatically mean you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. You need to prove that another party was responsible for causing the accident and their actions led to your injuries.

Even though you know someone else is responsible for your injuries, you cannot receive compensation if you cannot prove they caused the car accident. Evidence includes police reports, eyewitnesses, medical records, photos from the accident scene, and more.

We always tell our clients the most important thing is getting you better first and foremost. In order to get better, you have to seek medical care. This also helps support your claim and documents your injuries and pain and suffering. Ultimately, your case needs to be worth enough as a result of your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, to justify hiring a car accident attorney. If you don’t seek medical care, you risk going through the claims process and not recovering any money. Your car accident claim isn’t only about money, it’s about seeking justice and preventing future injury for others from the same defendant. Yet, going through with a lawsuit without any monetary reward simply adds to your suffering.This is why calling an experienced car accident attorney right away is so important to ensuring you get the medical care you need and the compensation you deserve.

If you are beyond the statute of limitations for your Charleston car accident case, you likely cannot recover compensation. In South Carolina, the statute of limitations for most car wreck cases is three years, unless there is a government defendant, in which case the statute of limitations is typically two years. Every case is unique, though, and waiting to seek representation will only hurt your chances to recover physically and monetarily.

How Can a Charleston, SC, Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?

Examples of the ways The Thumbs Up Guys have your back include:

Your lawyer can investigate your accident to uncover relevant facts to build a strong case against the defendant. This includes more than basic items like police reports and medical records. We can look for nearby security camera footage that shows the accident, obtain cell phone records from the driver that hit you, hire experts to do accident reconstruction reports, and any other evidence that helps to prove you deserve compensation.

Insurance companies train their representatives to retrieve statements from those who have been in a car accident that they can later use against them. Your attorney will handle all communication with the insurance company and protect you from questionable tactics that can reduce the value of your claim. NEVER speak to the insurance company without first talking to a car accident attorney.

Our car accident lawyers have experience negotiating settlements for our clients. In many cases, we can secure more compensation for our clients, than they can do on their own. Additionally, insurance companies often take negotiations more seriously when a lawyer is involved. Many times, insurance companies will fail to inform injured parties of all of the possible ways they can recover, which could cost you tens of thousands of dollars if they do this to you.

In rare cases, the insurance company will not negotiate, nor will they offer fair compensation for car accident injuries. Our Charleston, SC, car accident lawyers will fight for you in the courtroom if you need to go to trial. While most cases in litigation don’t result in a jury trial, it’s important to have an attorney who has a track record of litigating and trying cases.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Talk to the Police. Give the officer a detailed description of what happened, and make sure you get a copy of the police report.
  2. Gather the Facts. Make sure you get any witness information, take pictures, and get the other party’s insurance information.
  3. See a Doctor. It’s important to see your doctor or go to the hospital anytime you are in a car accident. Often, symptoms take time to develop. Seeing a doctor as quickly as possible after your car accident, even if you aren’t sure you are hurt, is important.
  4. Contact the Thumbs Up Guys for a free case evaluation with our attorneys who know how to protect your rights.

A common question car accident victims ask is, “whose insurance will cover the damages?” Just because the police report lists the other driver at fault, doesn’t mean their insurance company will take responsibility.

Often, the other driver’s insurance company won’t be easy to work with. That’s where the Charleston, SC, car accident lawyers at Miller, Dawson, Sigal & Ward Injury Attorneys come in. We will fight to protect your rights.

Insurance companies are not in the business of paying claims. They are in the business of making money. People injured in car accidents are regularly taken advantage of by insurance companies when they don’t have someone protecting their interests. We will handle all of the legal issues, paperwork, and anything else that comes up, so you can focus on recovering.

You will have zero upfront costs. The Thumbs Up Guys will represent you for FREE unless we win your case.

Our experienced Charleston, SC, car accident lawyers are more than happy to help you with this frequently asked question. Call our office today and we will go into every aspect of your injury claim, gathering all necessary documents and evidence to calculate our settlement demand. From there, we will use our legal skills and knowledge to fight for the maximum amount of compensation possible.

After you’ve secured legal representation, it’s in your best interest to direct the insurance company to talk to your lawyer. Always remember that they are not on your side, and they are not your friend. Their job is to get away with paying you as little as possible — or to get out of paying for your claim altogether. Don’t volunteer any information to them, and don’t sign any paperwork. If you do, you could potentially lose out on the compensation you deserve.

It can hurt your case later on to speak with insurance adjusters or even to say “I’m sorry” at the scene of the accident. Making mistakes like these can be costly, but it isn’t always the end of the world. As soon as you’re able, contact our Charleston, SC, car accident lawyers, so we can help you take the right steps and avoid any further mistakes.

Every state has its own time limit when it comes to taking legal action after a car accident. This important deadline is known as the “statute of limitations.” In South Carolina, you typically have 3 years from the date of your accident to start legal proceedings, although it could be less in certain situations. While this may seem like plenty of time, it’s important to take action and contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. No two cases are the same and waiting to file your claim can cause you to miss out on your chance of receiving compensation for your losses.

Punitive damages are another kind of compensation that can be awarded on top of compensatory damages, such as your medical bills. Punitive damages are generally only applicable in the most egregious cases. If the other driver acted with willful, wanton or reckless behavior. For example, if the other driver was intoxicated, left the scene of the collision or committed an equally serious infraction you may be eligible for punitive damages.

It’s always important to contact the police after any accident so they can make sure everyone is safe and also so a police report may be filed. You will likely be asked to retell your story several times, and a police report can help you remember the details and keep them straight. A police report can also serve as valuable information to help you and your car accident attorney build your case later on.

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