If you or a loved one suffered an injury because of another party’s negligent or reckless behavior, a car accident lawyer from our team would like to work on your behalf. We can seek to win a fair monetary settlement from the liable party for your pain, suffering, and medical expenses. Our personal injury law firm will help you file an effective insurance claim or lawsuit.
Our personal injury lawyers help clients in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and surrounding areas deal with negligent parties and negotiate with insurance companies. If the responsible party refuses to come to a fair settlement and the case goes to trial, we can stand by your side throughout the process.
Our car accident lawyer at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, understands how hard it can be to recover physically and mentally after a car wreck. Let us help by shouldering your legal burden for you. We want to help by performing any or all the following tasks so that you do not have to do so:
- Explaining your rights and options: If you are unfamiliar with the process for filing a car wreck lawsuit, we would be happy to meet with you and go over all relevant laws, legal options, and more.
- Investigating the wreck: We can study the facts of the situation to determine exactly what happened and which party or parties should be held responsible. Our review can also determine how much money your case may be worth.
- Collecting evidence: Important sources of evidence include but are not limited to police reports, medical records, surveillance footage, and witness testimony.
- Filing paperwork: Forms are a small yet crucial piece of any lawsuit. We know just which forms to fill out, how to complete them, who to send them to, and what deadlines to meet to keep your case running smoothly.
- Fighting hard for a settlement: Sometimes, insurers do not offer wreck victims fair compensation right away. We can meet with them and negotiate for fair compensation.
- Fighting in court: If it is impossible to win a settlement, we can possibly take your case to court. You would not have to argue your case – we can fight hard for you.
After losing money in a car wreck, personal injury victims may be reluctant to spend money on legal representation. At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we understand this and strive to make our services more affordable in the following ways.
- We will review your wreck case for free.
- We work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not need to pay any attorney’s fees upfront to hire us.
- Our payment comes from the final settlement of the case. This means our attorney’s fees do not come out of your pocket.
- If our auto wreck lawyers cannot recover damages for you or your family, you will owe us no legal or attorney’s fees at all.
Our ultimate goal is to make life easier for our clients and to make Spartanburg, South Carolina, a safer place for all drivers. We do this by offering affordable, professional legal assistance to car wreck victims and their families.
After a car wreck in Spartanburg, you could be entitled to financial compensation. However, you have a limited time to pursue those damages. According to S.C. Ann § 15-3-530, wreck victims typically have only three years to take legal action against the party or parties who caused their personal injury or a loved one’s wrongful death.
To recover damages, our law firm will prove the required elements of negligence—duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages. If you contact a lawyer from our firm within that deadline, we will prove these components and help you seek economic and non-economic damages.
Recoverable Economic Damages
Economic damages can compensate you for the money you lost or had to spend in the aftermath of the car wreck. Common examples include:
- Lost income and other benefits: You could be reimbursed for any money you should have earned at work but could not because you had to take time off to recover from your injuries.
- Lost employment: This could mean you lost your job due to the wreck, or you can no longer work in your chosen field due to permanent, disabling injuries.
- Medical bills: If you sought any professional help for physical or psychological injuries, you could qualify for compensation, including rehab, therapy, and hospital bills.
- Repair bills: If your car was damaged or totaled in the wreck, you can ask for reimbursement for the cost of fixing or replacing the vehicle.
Recoverable Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages serve as direct compensation for car wreck injuries. You could recover compensation for your:
- Pain and suffering: The physical and emotional distress caused by your injuries has negatively affected your well-being.
- Impaired quality of life: It is now harder or impossible for you to perform certain tasks, whether they be everyday chores (e.g., cooking and cleaning) or enjoyable hobbies (e.g., sports).
- Scarring or disfigurement: Some injuries leave marks that can permanently affect your appearance or your ability to use the injured area.
- Disability: This broad term can refer to all manner of temporary or permanent, physical or intellectual, and partial or total injuries.
Wrongful Death Cases May Entitle You to Additional Damages
In wrongful death cases, specific family members—typically the deceased person’s parents, spouse, and children—could qualify for wrongful death damages such as:
- End-of-life expenses: This may include any expenses you paid out of pocket to ensure that you laid your loved one to rest properly, such as compensation for funeral and burial expenses.
- Lost financial support: Any relative who was financially dependent on the deceased’s income has the right to calculate what the deceased would have earned had they survived and seek that amount in damages.
- Lost companionship: Your loved one was an irreplaceable, invaluable member of your family. Mourning their loss and living without their presence is a terrible burden.
If you lost a loved one in a preventable car wreck, we are sorry for your loss. The entire legal team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, will do everything possible to help you recover by holding the liable party accountable for their negligence.
According to a 2021 report from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS), more than 53,000 people suffered an injury in a car crash in 2021, and nearly 1,200 people suffered fatal injuries. These wrecks caused their victims $5.20 billion in economic losses that year.
Why do such wrecks happen, and what can you do about them? Some of the most common car wreck causes, per Page 7 of the SCDPS report, are examples of negligent or reckless driver behavior. They include:
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Ignoring traffic signs or signals
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving (e.g., using a cell phone while driving)
Such behaviors are preventable, and injuries stemming from them should not happen. The team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, would like to ensure that you do not pay for your injuries any more than you already have by suing for fair compensation on your behalf.
Potential Injuries in a Car Wreck
Many factors contribute to the injuries someone could suffer in a car crash. For example, when one vehicle is significantly larger or traveling much faster than the other, those inside the smaller and slower vehicle could suffer extremely serious injuries.
Some of the injuries for which you could receive compensation for after a car wreck include:
- Head injuries, e.g., concussions, traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries, e.g., whiplash
- Back injuries, e.g., herniated discs, paralysis
- Injuries to limbs, e.g., broken bones, torn ligaments, amputation
- Internal injuries, e.g., internal organ damage, internal bleeding
- Skin injuries, e.g., cuts, bruises, burns, road rash
- Mental injuries, e.g., mental anguish, intellectual disability
In some cases, it is not immediately clear how the crash happened and who was at fault. Other times, the facts in the case are easier to decipher. No matter how straightforward or complicated your case is, the team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC would like to help, starting with a free case review.
The insurance company’s job is to reduce losses by paying car wreck victims as little as possible. An insurance adjuster may attempt to undermine your case in the following ways:
- They may claim that you caused or worsened your injuries (e.g., by not wearing your seat belt during the wreck).
- They may ask you for a recorded statement about the wreck. They may then compare this recording to all your other actions and statements and, if there is even a slight discrepancy, claim that you are lying.
- They may state that your injuries resulted from something other than the wreck or that their client was not responsible.
- They may acknowledge their client is liable for your injuries but insist those injuries are not as bad as you say or that some of the expenses you seek compensation for are unnecessary or relevant.
This is one more reason why seeking legal help as soon as possible after a car wreck may be a good idea. Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can work to prove your case to the insurance company’s satisfaction. We can also communicate with them on your behalf so they never get to use your words against you.
Evidence to Prove a Car Wreck Case
A big part of our job is to investigate each client’s wreck and build a strong enough case to get them appropriate compensation. Examples of evidence we have found useful in the past include the following:
- Medical records: These documents can help us link your injuries to the car wreck and establish that they are exactly as serious and costly as you have claimed.
- Police reports: Under S.C. Ann. § 56-5-1260, any car wreck that results in injury or death must be reported to the police immediately. We can use the resulting police report to confirm your version of what happened before, during, and after the wreck.
- Video or photos: Did you take photos of the scene, or did a surveillance camera capture the event? Any form of audiovisual proof could be invaluable.
- Statements from experts: An “expert” in this case may be a medical professional, an economist, a wreck scene reconstruction specialist, or anyone else qualified to testify about any aspect of your case.
- Statements from laypersons: These can include eyewitnesses at the wreck scene, passersby who only saw the wreck’s aftermath, and other objective witnesses who can offer insight from varying points of view.
- First responder reports: First responders can include emergency medical technicians and firefighters who arrived at the scene and made observations and reports. They provide insight into the severity of your injuries and the state of the wreck scene.
Armed with evidence from these and other sources, our team will aim to compile a case strong enough that the liable party’s insurance company has no choice but to offer you a fair settlement.
Filing an Injury Lawsuit by South Carolina’s Statute of Limitations Deadline
Another way our firm can help you is by filing your personal injury lawsuit before the state-imposed deadline. According to S.C. Ann § 15-3-530, you generally have three years from the date of the wreck to take legal action. This may seem like a long time, but it can fly by.
Your Spartanburg car accident attorney must have time to investigate your case, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurers, yet none of these processes stall the deadline.
The sooner we can begin working on your case, the better you can protect your right to seek compensation. We can help you meet this deadline and streamline your case as much as possible. We also explain how the circumstances of your wreck can alter the statute of limitations, making compliance on your own even more complicated.
You do not have to deal with the insurance company or the liable party alone. Instead, when you hire Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, you hire a dedicated team that will fight hard on your behalf, working to help you receive a fair settlement.
An auto wreck lawyer from our team is ready to begin working on your Spartanburg case. Contact our consultation team for a free legal consultation today.