Personal Injury Lawyer | Columbia, SC
Personal injury law falls under the area of law which is called torts. A personal injury case can arise from an auto accident, medical malpractice, a slip or trip and fall, a defective product, or any other type of situation in which a person is injured due to the negligence of another. Personal injury can also arise from an on the job accident where an employee is entitled to workers' compensation.
If you are injured as a result of another person’s negligence, you may have a cause of action against that person. If, for example, you are injured when another driver runs a red light, you would have a negligence case against the other driver.
Oftentimes folks have difficulty in trying to resolve their case with the other driver’s insurance company; as a result, they have to contact a personal injury lawyer to help them resolve their case. A person is entitled to certain damages when injured so if you're in need of guidance from a personal injury lawyer in Columbia, SC call Koon Cook & Walters, LLC today. Reimbursement for medical bills and lost wages are actual damages which a person is allowed to recover. Other actual damages a person is entitled to are pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and any permanent injury.
There is no exact formula to figure out the value of a case. Many factors can come into play when a jury is deciding what amount of money to award a Plaintiff. Surgery or a fractured bone will typically increase the value of a case. Any time there is an objective injury which can be viewed on a diagnostic test helps in getting a higher award from a jury. A permanent impairment as determined by a medical professional, or medical malpractice, should increase the value of a case.
Once a person is injured in an accident, it is always wise to seek follow up medical care from the same medical providers previously used by that person. A family doctor who is familiar with your medical history can refer you to a specialist if necessary. An insurance defense attorney will also not be able to accuse you of going to a “wreck” doctor if you see your family doctor. It is important to always follow the advice given by your doctor for two reasons. One is so that you can make a full recovery. The second is so the insurance company or their attorney will not be able to discredit you for not following your doctor’s advice.
Once a person has completed their course of treatment and been released by the doctor, a case is then ready to be settled. All of the above mentioned factors will be listed by the attorney when sending a demand letter to the insurance carrier. If the case cannot be settled, the next step is the filing of a lawsuit against the at fault party. The trial attorneys at Koon Cook & Walters, LLC have been trying these types of cases for many years and look forward to helping you receive full compensation for your injuries! Call today to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Columbia, SC about an auto accident, 18 wheeler accident, medical malpractice, wrongful death, slip & fall or workers' compensation.