Personal Injury Cases: An Outline Of The Process

After an auto accident or other serious injury situation, you might feel that the legal process is confusing and scary.

Don't worry. The apprehension many people feel about the legal process is simply a result of not being through it before. At Drennan Law Firm, we have a thorough knowledge of the personal injury litigation process. Our attorneys can help you understand what to expect and we will talk you through every step of your case.

We serve clients in Mount Pleasant, Charleston and the surrounding area of South Carolina. We handle auto accidents and a range of other personal injury matters.

In general, the legal process of bringing a claim looks like this:

  • Initial recovery: After a serious accident, the most important thing you can do is focus on your recovery. However, if you don't contact an attorney as soon as possible, you could lose out on your opportunity to obtain maximum compensation.
  • Information gathering: After you hire us, we will immediately get to work on gathering evidence, witness testimony and other important information to start building your case.
  • Case preparation: Based on the information gathered, we will create a plan for your case, including negotiation and trial strategies. One of the most important things we can do during this time is to obtain estimates for how much your medical expenses will cost you over your lifetime. This helps us get you the best compensation award possible, regardless of the severity of your injuries.
  • Filing a claim: If you have a good claim, we will file it with the court to get the process started. Filing a claim puts time limits on the various negotiations and other things that need to happen. It is important that we file a claim ASAP so we don't lose the chance to file.
  • Discovery: This is the process by which both parties' lawyers exchange information about their cases. Often, cases are settled before the case gets too far into discovery.
  • Settlement negotiating: Whenever possible, we try to settle cases to avoid the cost and time commitment of trial. However, we only accept settlement offers if we know we can't do better at trial.
  • Trial: The trial is the part that looks like what we see on TV. We argue our cases in the courtroom and fight for your compensation.

The majority of cases never make it to trial. When we have prepared a strong case, the defendants and insurance carriers want to avoid losing in the trial, so they usually start making acceptable offers once they see we've prepared a solid case.

Learn More: Contact Drennan Law Firm

The first step is to contact an attorney. Call 843-352-4149 or email us to schedule your consultation with an experienced attorney from our firm.