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Four Things to Do after a South Carolina Car Accident

How Much is Your Car Accident Case Worth?

Rear-end accident involving two silver carsCar accidents can leave victims with substantial losses. When you account for victims’ medical expenses, lost income, and property damage, even a relatively minor car accident can result in tens of thousands of dollars in economic damages. And this is to say nothing of the non-economic damages victims often experience like physical and emotional pain and suffering and lost quality of life.

It should come as no surprise, then, that many car accident victims want to know how much their case is worth. The unfortunate reality is that it’s impossible to even start to predict how much you will receive without conducting a thorough analysis of your case. Every car accident case is different, and there are a number of factors will determine how much your case is worth. Some of the most important include:

  • Your occupation
  • The extent of the damage to your vehicle and/or other property
  • The severity and extent of your injuries
  • Your prognosis
  • Your age
  • Whether you were partially at fault for your accident
  • The limits of the at-fault party’s insurance policy

Maximize the Value of Your Claim by Retaining an Experienced Attorney

As a car accident victim, it is important to understand how the representation of a lawyer can ensure that you receive as much compensation as possible – even if your case never goes to court. First of all, it’s critical that you are able to provide the insurance company (or the court) with evidence of your damages. While it may be fairly straightforward to hand over medical bills, repair bills, and pay stubs to establish economic losses, what about your non-economic damages? Fortunately, an attorney familiar with personal injury litigation can present evidence of your pain and suffering and other non-economic losses in order to ensure that none of your losses goes uncompensated.

It’s also important to have an attorney protecting your rights during the negotiation process. Insurance companies regularly take steps that are designed to limit the amount they pay out to victims, including the following:

  • Contact victims before they have had a chance to talk to an attorney who would let them know how much their cases are actually worth.
  • Requesting a recorded statement in order to help “process” a claim, hoping that victims will make statements that indicate that they were partially at fault for their accident.
  • Taking an unreasonable amount of time to make a settlement offer, knowing that victims’ bills are piling up.
  • Making unreasonably low settlement offers.

When you retain an attorney familiar with insurance company tactics, you can ensure that your legal rights will be protected.

Call Bice Law Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a North and South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer

Car accident victims should do everything they can to ensure that they obtain the full and fair value of their claim – starting with retaining an experienced car accident lawyer. An attorney will evaluate all of your losses and ensure that any settlement you accept is sufficient. To schedule a free case evaluation with North & South Carolina car accident attorney Justin Bice, call our office today at 803-639-8777 or 704-243-8778 or contact us online.

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A Traumatic Brain Injury Can Result in Significant Long-Term Complications

If you’ve been injured in a car accident (or any accident) that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you’re undoubtedly going through an extremely difficult time. If that accident leads to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s more difficult still. TBIs, because they affect the brain, are not only extremely dangerous injuries but also have extremely unpredictable results that can easily lead to serious and long-lasting complications. If you’ve suffered a TBI in an accident caused by the negligence of another, you need experienced legal counsel. To schedule a free consultation with attorney Justin Bice, call our office today or contact us online.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are typically caused by a physical force that whips the head back and forth on the neck or by a physical blow to the head. In fact, the Mayo Clinic identifies those accidents that are most closely associated with TBIs:

  • Falls
  • Vehicular accidents, including car, truck, motorcycle, bike, and pedestrian accidents
  • Sports-related accidents

TBIs: The Statistics

While the severity of a TBI can vary widely, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forwards two important statistics that pinpoint just how serious these injuries can be:

  1. About 30 percent of injury-related fatalities in the United States involve a TBI.
  2. Approximately 1.7 million Americans suffer TBIs each year, and of these, about 52,000 people die and about 275,000 people are hospitalized.

TBIs can be very serious indeed.

Far-Reaching Consequences

Think of your brain as your body’s command center. As such, even a minor injury to this carefully calibrated mechanism of control can have serious and long-lasting effects. TBIs can lead to alterations not only in your mental functioning but also in your senses, including your sense of smell and hearing, and in your language skills. These are all important components of what it is that makes you uniquely you. Some TBI sufferers have seizures that can become chronic. Many victims of traumatic brain injuries liken the effects to a “lost sense of self,” which puts a very fine point on just how far-reaching the consequences can be.

The Psychological Component

One of the most serious, difficult to cope with, and overarching consequences of TBIs is the psychological and emotional component. Many victims of these injuries find that they can no longer control their emotions in the old familiar ways, which can result in social isolation and can lead to serious depression and other mental health issues. These complications can also have significant consequences for the victim’s family members and loved ones, thus affecting the sufferer’s very support system. All told, the long-term consequences of traumatic brain injuries are difficult to overstate.

If Someone Else’s Negligence Has Left You with a TBI, Schedule a Consultation with a South Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Traumatic Brain Injuries are serious injuries that can negatively affect your life far into the future. At Bice Law, we’re dedicated to aggressively advocating for the compensation to which you are entitled. To schedule a free case evaluation with attorney Justin Bice please contact or call us at 803-639-8777 today.

 

 

 

 

 

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Four Things to Do after a South Carolina Car Accident

White car that was involved in a serious collision.

When you’re involved in a car accident caused by someone else, it’s often difficult to figure out what to do next. Unfortunately, the things that you say and do in the days and weeks after a serious crash can have an impact on how much you ultimately recover from the insurance company. Here are four things you can to do to protect your rights in the aftermath of a wreck. For more information, call Bice Law today to schedule a free consultation with a South Carolina car accident attorney.

Collect Information

If you’re able to do so, you should collect information about the way in which your accident occurred. Of course, never refuse medical treatment or ignore your injuries in order to do any of the following. Take pictures of the aftermath of the accident, and document things like:

  • The other driver’s name and insurance information
  • Any road conditions that you think may have contributed to the crash
  • Any damage to the other vehicle that may have existed before the accident
  • Contact information from eyewitnesses

See a Doctor, and Fully Engage in Medical Treatment

You should always see a doctor for a full medical evaluation after an accident, even you were cleared to go home by emergency medical personnel or you do not think that your injuries are that serious. In order to obtain compensation from an insurance company, you need to be able to provide documentation of your injuries – which is much, much easier when you have an official medical record. In addition, follow all of your doctor’s recommendations regarding follow-up care and treatment. If you don’t, you can give the insurance company an opportunity to argue that you are not as hurt as you claim to be.

Do NOT Accept a Settlement without Talking to a Lawyer

One tactic (of many) that insurance companies use to limit their liability is to offer victims a lowball settlement offer before they get a chance to talk to a lawyer. NEVER accept an offer before speaking with an attorney – as once you accept one, it’s nearly impossible to recover more compensation.

Call an Attorney as Soon as You Can after an Accident

Finally, you should call a lawyer as soon as you can after you’ve been injured in a car wreck. If you wait, you risk the loss or destruction of evidence critical to the success of your case. In addition, the sooner you’re represented by counsel, the sooner you can start focusing on the most critical part of the aftermath of an accident – your emotional and physical healing.

Call Bice Law Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Car Accident Lawyer in South Carolina

A serious car accident can leave victims with substantial losses, including medical bills, lost income, lost quality of life, and significant physical and emotional pain and suffering.  At Bice Law, we are dedicated to helping our clients get the compensation they deserve and are will never back down to large insurance companies. To schedule a free case evaluation with attorney Justin Bice, call our office today at 803-639-8777 or contact us online.

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