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How do I know if I need an attorney?

If you or a family member experiences an injury, you could benefit from speaking to our South Carolina personal injury lawyers at Joye Law Firm. Often the insurance company for the person who caused the injury will try to settle with you before you have an opportunity to retain an attorney. The reason for this is that the insurance company knows it can probably settle the case for less money if you do not have a lawyer. We will investigate your case and obtain the necessary witness statements, documents, photographs, and other materials to protect your rights.

How much will Joye Law Firm charge?

If a recovery is not made in your injury claim, you pay nothing for our lawyers’ time and services. Your only cost will be the responsibility for reimbursing the law firm for its out-of-pocket costs.

Will I meet with a lawyer?

Yes. At the initial consultation, one of our South Carolina accident attorneys from Joye Law Firm will meet with you. Throughout the remainder of our representation of you, a lawyer and a legal assistant will be involved in the handling of your claim.

What if I am not able to come to your office?

In the event your injury prevents you from traveling to our office, one of our South Carolina injury lawyers from Joye Law Firm will meet with you at your house, the hospital, or any meeting place you designate.

Are you available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?

Yes. Our law firm is staffed in such a way that a Joye Law Firm employee can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If appropriate, this employee can contact a firm attorney seven days a week at any time. We are ready, willing, and able to discuss a claim with you 24/7.

Will I have to go to court?

No. If the insurance company for the person who caused the injury is willing to volunteer a fair settlement, you do not have to bring a lawsuit in order to obtain a recovery. Our South Carolina injury lawyers are skilled at negotiating settlements without filing a lawsuit. In the event the insurance company is not willing to negotiate fairly, we will then proceed with filing a lawsuit if you so desire.

Who may bring an action for damages in a personal injury case?

A competent adult, who is over the age of 18 and injured, must bring the lawsuit in their name. A minor or an incompetent adult must have suit brought by either their parents or a court-appointed guardian.

How much money is my case worth?

Your case is worth either what our South Carolina injury lawyers tell the insurance company it’s worth or the amount of an award granted by a judge or jury. We examine all of the conditions surrounding your case in order to arrive at a figure that we believe the insurance company must pay for your injuries. These conditions include how the accident happened, what injuries you suffered, future medical problems, the amount of insurance, the amount of medical expenses and lost income, as well as future medical costs and future loss of income. We study every detail so that we can get you the money you deserve for your injuries.

How long do I have to bring a case?

You must file your case within the statute of limitations, a fixed period of time dictated by the law. In many injury cases, you are required to bring your case within two or three years from the date of the event that caused the injury. For an explanation of these time limits, always consult with a lawyer experienced in these matters.

Can I change my lawyer?

You have the right to change lawyers, however your initial attorney will usually be entitled to payment for services rendered up to the time of dismissal. The lawyer will be paid from the fee earned at the conclusion of the case. Your new lawyer will usually work out an arrangement whereby the fee is split between the two lawyers.

Should I get a second opinion if an attorney thinks I do not have a case?

Yes. Different lawyers will see a potential case differently. Some lawyers may not be familiar with the type of case you have. If a lawyer rejects your case, it is a good idea to seek a second opinion. Contact one of our South Carolina injury lawyers about your case today.

I was injured but may have been partly at fault. Can I still sue?

Yes. Under South Carolina’s comparative negligence rules, you may still have a case even though you were partly at fault in causing an accident. These cases are very fact-specific and you should consult with one of our South Carolina injury lawyers.

An insurance adjuster wants to settle and says I do not need lawyer. Should I get one?

Remember who the adjuster works for: an insurance company. They have one goal: to settle your case for the least amount of money possible. What may seem like a fair offer to you could fall far short of any amount of money settled through a lawyer. It is a good idea to consult with one of our South Carolina injury lawyers at Joye Law Firm before accepting any offer made to you by an insurance company.

Does Joye Law Firm handle other types of cases in addition to personal injury?

Yes. Our South Carolina injury lawyers have decades of experience in handling various types of claims in addition to claims involving personal injury or death. We are actively representing individuals and businesses that have suffered economic losses as a result of trade violations, breaches of contract, and other improper and illegal activities. We also work closely with other attorneys who practice in specific areas of the law where we may not. If your specific case is not the type of case we handle, we can certainly put you in touch with a respected attorney to assist you and evaluate your case.

Will my insurance rates go up if I pursue a claim or obtain a recovery?

No. Based on the information insurance agents and insurance carriers provide us, simply because an injured person pursues a claim doesn’t mean that their insurance premium will be increased. It is when a person’s negligent or wrongful acts cause injury that his own insurance premiums are increased.

Contact Our South Carolina Lawyers Today

If you need legal assistance with a South Carolina personal injury, workers’ compensation or disability claim, you can trust our attorneys to help you get you the money and benefits you are entitled to receive. Call Joye Law Firm at (877) 936-9707 or fill out our free online case evaluation form.

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