Personal Injury Lawyers in Myrtle Beach, SC
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, the Myrtle Beach personal injury attorneys at Axelrod & Associates are here to help you recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to under SC law.
Whether you have been harmed physically, mentally, or financially, the personal injury lawyers on the Axelrod team have the experience you need to hold the responsible party accountable and to recover damages in most types of personal injury cases including:
- Auto accidents,
- Slip and fall and other premises liability cases,
- Nursing home abuse and neglect,
- Medical malpractice claims,
- Wrongful death and survival actions,
- Products liability,
- Dog bites and animal attacks, and
- Boating accidents.
How a Myrtle Beach, SC Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You
If you have been injured and you believe you may have a claim for damages, your Myrtle Beach personal injury attorney on the Axelrod team will:
- Meet with you to learn about your case and to answer your questions,
- Investigate the incident, using private investigators and experts when needed,
- Gather the evidence you will need to prove liability and damages,
- Identify all responsible parties and sources of recovery,
- Negotiate with the at-fault parties or their insurance companies for full and fair compensation for your injuries,
- File a personal injury lawsuit if they do not pay, and
- Try your case to a jury if your claims are not settled for full value.
FAQ for Personal Injury Attorneys in Myrtle Beach, SC
If you have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence, you may have questions.
Below, we provide some general information, but you should contact a Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyer immediately to discuss the specifics of your case and to find out what your options are.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims in SC?
Most personal injury claims in SC must be filed within three years of the incident, but there are many exceptions to the rule.
- Contact an attorney immediately after the incident so that your claims can be investigated while events are still fresh in the minds of witnesses and before evidence is lost.
- Don’t wait until the last minute – many attorneys will not accept your case if there is no time to competently investigate your claims before filing suit.
- If you aren’t sure how long you have to file a claim, contact your personal injury lawyer immediately to ensure your claim is filed before the statute of limitations runs.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get in a Personal Injury Case?
You are entitled to recovery of all losses that you suffered as a direct result of the incident and compensation for the suffering that was caused by the incident, including:
- Medical costs and future medical expenses, including medications, medical equipment, in-home care, and long-term care, when necessary,
- Lost wages and lost future earning potential,
- Property damage,
- Loss of consortium and loss of companionship,
- Disfigurement or scarring,
- Other expenses that were incurred because of the incident,
- Pain and suffering,
- Wrongful death and survivor damages including burial expenses, and
- Punitive damages when appropriate.
What if I was Partly at Fault for the Accident?
If an accident was your fault, you cannot file a lawsuit or recover damages.
If a jury finds that you were partially at fault for the accident, however, you can still recover damages if you were 50% or less at fault, under SC’s modified comparative negligence rule. Your damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you, up to 50%, but, if you are more than 50% at fault for the accident, you recover nothing.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
Most personal injury cases are accepted on a contingency basis – we don’t get paid unless you recover. If we win your case, we are paid a percentage of the recovery as attorney fees.
What If I’m Not Sure I Have a Case?
If you are not sure whether you have a valid personal injury claim, call our attorneys for a free consultation. We will look at the facts of your case and help you to determine whether there is liability, damages, and a source of recovery that would justify filing a lawsuit.
Does Your Law Firm Use Experts and Investigators in Personal Injury Cases?
We use expert witnesses and investigators for 1) consulting and 2) trial testimony whenever they are needed.
Some examples include:
- Private investigators to locate and interview witnesses,
- Accident reconstructionists to help determine liability in auto accidents,
- Economists and life-care planning experts to help establish damages,
- Medical experts to establish the cause and extent of your injuries,
- Mental health experts to diagnose and testify about PTSD or other mental injuries,
- Vocational experts, and
- Technical experts to explain any issue that requires specialized knowledge to the jury (and to us).
How Long Does It Take to Settle a Personal Injury Case?
It depends on the facts of your case.
We cannot demand payment until we know the full value of your claim – after you have completely finished treating all injuries or when we have retained an expert witness to calculate your future medical expenses.
In many cases, the insurance adjuster will delay payment as long as possible, requiring us to file suit, take depositions, and litigate the case before they agree to pay.
In some cases, an insurance company will pay quickly once you have an attorney on the case that they know will go to trial.
In other cases, the insurance company (or a corporate defendant) will force you to try the case and prove 1) liability and 2) damages to a jury.
We strive to settle our cases quickly whenever possible, and you decide when to accept a settlement offer. But we also strive to ensure our client’s case settles for the full value of their claim, and we will give you straightforward and honest advice as to whether you should accept a settlement offer or take your case to trial.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, the Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyers at Axelrod & Associates may be able to help you to get maximum compensation for your injuries.