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Debunking Common Myths About Personal Injury Cases In South Carolina


If you are injured in South Carolina because of another person’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation from the negligent party. If it is your first time dealing with a personal injury case, you probably don’t know what to expect. Unfortunately, many myths abound concerning personal injury cases in South Carolina. If you’ve sustained a personal injury, it is crucial that you learn all the facts. In an attempt to help you get started, this article debunks some of the most prevalent myths about personal injury cases in South Carolina.

Myth #1: You Can File a Personal Injury Claim at Any Time

False: Indeed, you do not have to file a South Carolina personal injury claim immediately after suffering an injury. However, it is not true that you can file a claim at any time. According to South Carolina law, you have three years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury claim. Your personal injury claim may be dismissed if you file it after this time limit has run out. Additionally, it is best to take quick action because evidence may be destroyed if you wait, and you and/or other witnesses may forget vital information about the incident.

Myth #2: Personal Injury Claims Are Easy Money

False: Even though most personal injury claims result in some type of settlement, a personal injury victim is never guaranteed compensation. It is not true that personal injury claims are easy money. The reality is that filing a personal injury claim does not guarantee you will recover compensation.

Myth #3: If I Hold Out, the Insurance Company Will Pay Me More

False: Different factors influence an insurance company’s willingness to offer a claimant a higher amount. For example, the specifics of your case and the extent of your injuries may influence an insurance company’s willingness to offer you a higher amount.

Myth #4: An Attorney Can Predict How Much You Will Recover

False: An attorney can provide you with a rough idea of how much you can expect to recover in a personal injury claim, but they cannot predict the exact amount you will recover. Quite a number of factors can affect the value of your South Carolina personal injury claim.

Myth #5: Personal Injury Claims Take a Long Time To Resolve

False: While some personal injury cases take long to settle, the reality is that most personal injury cases result in settlements being reached outside of court. Most cases never make it to trial. Every case is different, and while it’s true that some personal injury cases take years to be resolved, some take months or even weeks.

Myth #6: You Will Have To Go to Court With a Personal Injury Claim

False: Most personal injury cases are resolved outside of court. It is estimated that 95% to 96% of personal injury cases in the United States are settled out of court. While you need to prepare yourself for the possibility of your case going to trial, it is not true that your case will have to go to court.

Contact a Charleston Personal Injury Attorney

If you’ve suffered injuries because of another person’s negligent act(s), the Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm can help you recover the payment you are owed. Call 843-310-5555 to schedule a consultation with an experienced and dedicated Charleston personal injury lawyer.



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