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Our litigators will leverage our experience, skills, and resources to get you just compensation for all losses, including:
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
Personal injury claims must be initiated within a specified timeframe known as the “statute of limitations,” which commonly ranges from one to six years starting from the accident date. The precise duration available for filing a lawsuit can be complex to ascertain, contingent on the laws in your particular state or jurisdiction and the nature of the injury incurred. For instance, in South Carolina, you typically have three years from the accident date to commence legal proceedings, but this period is reduced to two years if the liable party is a governmental entity.
Due to these strict time constraints, it is highly advisable to reach out to our team at Bell Legal Group promptly following an accident. Neglecting to file before the relevant statute of limitations runs out could potentially forfeit your ability to pursue a personal injury claim. Our South Carolina personal injury attorneys are available to offer a thorough explanation of your legal rights and offer guidance on the appropriate timing and procedures for seeking compensation.
How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?
The exact timeline for obtaining compensation in a personal injury claim is uncertain, but typically, it may take anywhere from one to three years to reach a resolution. Cases that proceed to trial often require more time compared to those that are resolved through out-of-court settlements. We understand the frustration that this can cause, and we are committed to expediting the legal process whenever feasible to alleviate this burden.
The defendant or their insurance company might present you with a financial settlement prior to a trial. While the allure of this offer is undeniable, it’s essential to bear in mind that accepting it will likely entail waiving your ability to pursue additional legal recourse. Consequently, it’s imperative never to sign or accept anything without first seeking counsel from a legal expert. We are committed to transparency and candor when assessing a proposed settlement, addressing whether we deem it fair and whether we believe we can secure a more favorable outcome in court. Our litigators are unafraid of litigation and consistently strive for the most optimal resolution.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Claim?
The nature of damages you can seek restitution for hinges on your state laws and the nature of your losses. Typically, you have the potential to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages pertain to quantifiable costs stemming from your injuries, while non-economic damages encompass intangible repercussions. In most states, there are no limitations on the amount of economic damages you can seek, although certain states impose caps on non-economic damages. Punitive damages, intended to penalize defendants for particularly reprehensible conduct, are only occasionally available, and their limits vary from one state to another.
In summary, we will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your situation and ascertain the complete scope of your damages. Subsequently, we will diligently pursue the highest possible compensation that the law allows for your case.