- Car Accidents
- 18-Wheeler Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Slip and Falls
- Wrongful Death Cases
The Glenn Law Firm has represented clients in a wide variety of personal (bodily) injury matters. We have helped clients who were involved in car accidents, slipped on dangerous items left in a walk way, helped people who were attacked by vicious dogs, have helped family members of a loved one with a wrongful death claim, and a variety of other matters that involved a bodily injury claims.
What’s the cost to have Jessie represent me in an injury matter?
The Glenn Law Firm understands that our clients do not have same amount of money at their disposal as the insurance companies, which is why we take personal injury cases on a contingency fee. Contingency fee means that Glenn Law Firm will take part of the settlement/verdict for compensation for our services. Attorney fees are calculated before expenses. Expenses widely range but include court costs, medical expenses, costs for depositions, expert witness costs, and other costs that incur in preparation of trial.
What does my Attorney need to prove?
The answer varies depending on the type of injury and how the injury occurred. Car Accidents, for example, the Plaintiff (the injured person) has the burden of proof. When a person is injured in a car accident, they generally must prove that they were in fact injured due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Negligence is defined as a breach of the standard of care that would be expected of a reasonable prudent person using ordinary precaution under the same or similar circumstances. If you can prove negligence or recklessness, then you must show damages (damages are the injuries that the opposing party should be liable for). Damages are generally measured by the extent of the client’s injuries. Damages include pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and most out of pocket expenses associated with the negligence or recklessness.
The process for an injury lawsuit
A Civil Lawsuit is first initiated by the filing of a Summons and Complaint (pleadings) with the appropriate clerk of court. Once the pleadings are filed, the Defendant (the person who caused these injuries) will have to be formally served (given notice of the lawsuit) with these documents. After the Defendant is served with the Summons and Complaint, Discovery pursuant to South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure will take place. The Plaintiff should be compensated based on the amount of “damages” they have incurred.
What does the term “damages“ mean?
There are several forms of “damages.” The most common form of damages includes, but is not limited to, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, future medical bills, future pain and suffering, and other losses that you experience because of the negligence of the Defendant.
Did you know that the insurance companies already have civil defense law firms on retainer to look out for their best interest?
How do I protect my family in case we are injured in a car accident?
I tell all my family and friends to obtain uninsured bodily injury insurance coverage and underinsured bodily injury insurance coverages on every vehicle in their household. Why? If you have underinsurance bodily injury coverage and a person causes your injuries in a car accident but does not have enough insurance coverage to fully compensate you for the injuries that they caused, you can seek compensation from your own insurance company. Likewise, uninsured bodily injury insurance coverage will cover you if another driver simply does not have insurance. If you do not know if you have these coverages call your insurance company and to find out if you do. Make sure you have underinsured bodily injury insurance coverages and uninsured bodily injury coverages on all cars and motorcycles in your household. You purchase car insurance to protect those that you might injure; so why not purchase insurance in case someone injures you but does not have the proper insurance coverage?
Also, if you are injured in your own vehicle you could “Stack” your insurance policies to together and put a claim in for each one of your vehicles for qualified members of your household. This means if you have the proper underinsurance coverage and or uninsured coverages on one or more vehicles you own you can obtain recovery up to the limits on each vehicle that you own. There are always exceptions. Always seek legal counsel for all injuries immediately.
What should I do if injured in a car accident?
First, report your injury to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Call 911 if injured in a car accident. Let the law enforcement officer do a preliminary investigation. Second, seek medical attention immediately. Follow the doctor’s recommendations. Third, do not sign anything or give any statement to any insurance company unless your attorney is present with you. Fourth, hire an injury lawyer who is also a trial lawyer. If your attorney is not a seasoned trial lawyer, they are not prepared not take your case to trial if the insurance company does not deal fairly with you.
If you are injured contact the Glenn Law Firm, LLC immediately. Our phones our answered 24/7 at 844.JESS.LAW! Help is just a phone call away!