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Why do I need a lawyer for my personal injury/ wrongful death case?
ARetaining an experienced lawyer like Bradford will provide you with an advocate in your corner who’s objective is exactly aligned with your own interests; to receive the maximum financial recovery for your injuries and financial losses. Dealing with savvy insurance companies requires savvy legal representation.
Will my case settle or go to trial?
AMost personal injury/wrongful death cases settle without the need for a jury trial. Some cases settle prior to the filing of a lawsuit. Charleston and several large counties in South Carolina require parties to engage in an alternative dispute resolution process called mediation. Mediation can be an effective tool to motivate settlement prior to trial; however, the decision on whether to settle a case or plow forward to trial is always the client’s. Your case is your case. Bradford will draw on his experience to ensure you have all the necessary information to make an informed decision and will negotiate aggressively on your behalf and/or take your case to trial.
How long does the litigation process take?
AEvery case has its own facts and variables. No two cases are exactly the same. In every case, Bradford strives to achieve maximum results as quickly as possible; however, depending on the severity of injury, and extent of medical treatment required, it can take time to achieve a just result.
How is the value of my case determined?
ACase value is generally driven by; (1) the strength of the liability theory (Is there clear negligence by the at-fault party?), and (2) the amount of damages suffered by the injured. In South Carolina, the law allows injured plaintiffs to recover monetarily for medical expenses (including rehabilitation and physical therapy), loss of income (past and future), pain, suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. In wrongful death cases, the deceased’s loved ones are entitled to recover for lost companionship/support as well as for the conscious pain and suffering experienced prior to the passing of the deceased. In certain circumstances where injury or death is the result of egregious or reckless conduct, the law allows for punitive damages to be awarded.