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Personal Injury Lawyer Tips: Four Mistakes to Avoid If You’ve Been in a Car Accident in Charleston, South Carolina

If you’ve been involved in an accident, you may be dealing with a range of emotions and challenges. In addition to recovering from your injuries, you may have to deal with insurance adjusters, bill collectors, and may even have to struggle with missing time from work to heal. Families also face new stressors. Many individuals choose to hire a personal injury lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina in order to assist them in seeking damages from negligent parties. Here are four things to keep in mind to avoid making mistakes after a car accident.

Step by step

  1. Avoid making a recorded statement to the insurer of the driver who hit you. If you’ve been in an accident, it can be challenging to have to deal with two insurance companies: your insurer and the insurer of the driver who is at fault. When insurance companies ask for recorded statements, they are usually trying to find ways to reduce the amount of money they have to pay you. Insurance adjusters are skilled at finding ways to save their company’s bottom line. Interestingly, some studies suggest that the more insurance the other driver carries, the more damages and claims that driver will likely make against the insurance. This may be because drivers with a higher propensity to get into accidents will take out more comprehensive coverage. The Journal of Transportation Research suggested that drivers with more coverage may have less safety awareness than drivers with less coverage. The Journal of Risk and Insurance, which published another study with similar results found that more coverage means higher risk. Understanding your coverage and the other driver’s coverage can always be helpful. Always consult your Charleston personal injury lawyer before making any official statement.
  2. Not preserving all evidence and keeping records. Photos of property damage and injuries, diagnostic test results, receipts from medical expenses, and even cost of car repairs all constitute important evidence for your personal injury claim. Keep this information in a well-organized file and don’t throw anything away. Small receipts are important, too.
  3. Not seeking proper medical attention. The biggest mistake you can make following an accident is failing to seek proper medical care and failing to follow up with doctor’s orders. Missing appointments, not taking medications, and not using specialists when they are required can have an impact on your personal injury settlement. Follow doctor’s orders and keep detailed records of your medical care.
  4. Not finding a qualified personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney in Charleston, South Carolina, like the Drescher Law Firm, L.L.C. can assist you in making a proper claim. A lawyer can also help you avoid common mistakes during the claims process. The Drescher Law Firm will review the details of your case, speak to insurers, if necessary, and help you collect and organize all evidence. Scott Drescher will also take a look at your medical history and medical care following your accident to make sure that you are getting the proper care you need for your injuries.

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Scott Drescher, Personal Injury Lawyer in Charleston SC. imageMr. Drescher's knowledge and experience in the field of personal injury and wrongful death law have made him an outstanding personal injury and wrongful death attorney in South Carolina. He understands the thinking process of juries, due in part to his educational background in psychology and sociology. He is experienced in trying large civil cases, which has helped him become a very successful trial attorney in Charleston and the surrounding areas.
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