Travis Newton Law
Anderson, SC Personal Injury Attorney. 115 North McDuffie Street Anderson, SC 29621 (864) 965- 9148
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
The objective of a personal injury lawsuit is to recover monetary compensation for the victim rather than punish the defendant. Punitive damages may be sought and awarded only for particularly egregious or malicious misconduct by a defendant. An auto accident is an unexpected and alarming experience.
Acting in a timely fashion can be critical in receiving the assistance needed to address injuries. In addition to seeking medical attention, there are steps to consider after an auto accident. If possible take photos or videos of the accident scene to use as evidence in your claim and gather contact information from witnesses to the accident who can corroborate the events leading up to the accident.
Failure to report an auto accident to the insurer will jeopardize the ability to later bring a claim. There may be a potential cause of action against multiple parties after a car accident as injury victims may include the employer of an at-fault driver on the job at the time, as well as a manufacturer of a vehicle or defective auto part. If the police are present at the scene it is important to secure a copy of the police accident report. A common error made by personal injury plaintiffs is posting pictures or status updates on social media. A defendant’s investigator will use public information including social media posts in an attempt to show an injury victim is exaggerating personal injury claims. For example, a personal injury plaintiff who claims back injuries from a car accident, but posts social media updates about water skiing and hiking, could be discredited at a deposition or in front of a jury about the extent of the back injuries.
Time is limited for personal injury victims time to file a lawsuit. The period of time dictated by a statute of limitations usually begins when the victim is injured or discovers the injury. If you have been injured it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney Travis Newton can answer your questions and help navigate the complex legal system. Call for a free consultation at (864) 965-9148.