Following an accident, the lawyers at the Jeffcoat Law Firm can help you recover compensation for your accident by negotiating with insurance companies or taking your case to trial. You can help improve the value of your claim by taking three important steps following your car accident: (1) Get medical care, (2) preserve the evidence that you can, and (3) contact us as soon as possible.
Seeking Medical Attention Right Away
If you feel any amount of pain, stiffness, or discomfort, you should see a doctor right away. People sometimes assume that pain will go away on its own following a car accident, but very often, it gets worse. Once you go to the doctor, urgent care, or emergency room, a medical record is created, which will later be presented when your claim is filed. This documentation will establish the link between your accident and your injury, and help your case. If you wait three days to seek medical care, the insurance company may suggest that your injuries either were not serious or possibly were not resulting from the car accident.
Preserving Evidence Following an Accident
Once your attorney starts working on a case, they immediately begin preserving evidence that is key to documenting what happened. However, evidence can be lost forever in the hours and days following an accident. You can help this evidence preservation immediately following an accident by getting contact information for all drivers, passengers, and witnesses, as well as taking pictures and videos. If you are injured, you should ask someone else to do this. Pictures should include the damaged vehicles (ideally before they are moved) as well as skid marks and debris, as well as property damage if road signs, fences, guard rails, trees, or buildings were damaged. If you suspect another driver in the collision is impaired by drugs or alcohol, observation video can also be helpful, but avoid any confrontation.
Decades of Experience Handling South Carolina Car Accidents
The Jeffcoat Firm has several decades of experience handling personal injury claims in South Carolina. Our approach to all cases is client-centered and all clients take an active role in decisions regarding their case. Contact us for a free consultation and review of your potential case. No contact phone and video consultations are always available.
Firm founder Michael Jeffcoat takes pride in having built a law firm that embodies his commitment to helping people who have been injured or wronged. After receiving a B.A. degree in Political Economy and Philosophy at Wofford College in 1994, Jeffcoat went straight to the University of South Carolina School of Law. While there, in addition to his studies, he participated in Moot Court, the University’s trial competition, clerked in two U.S. Attorney’s Offices (Columbia and Seattle) and also the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Jeffcoat completed his Juris Doctor degree in 1997.