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Stanley Law Firm is an Award-Winning
Personal Injury Law Firm in South Carolina
Our law firm represents people who have been injured in auto accidents, bicycle or golf cart accidents, trip and fall, wrongful death and other similar cases caused by the negligence of others. Our personal injury attorneys help injured victims seek compensation for suffering an injury from another person’s negligence.
At Stanley Law Firm, we believe it’s important for you to fully understand your case and to work with someone that is truly on your side. In our practice, our focus is to help you succeed.
After an accident or injury, schedule a free consultation with our team so that we can understand your situation. The time immediately after an accident or injury is very important for issues such as investigations, photographs, and witnesses. Let the Stanley Law Firm help you understand your legal rights so that you don’t leave money on the table.
Insurance companies can sometimes take advantage of accident or injury victims. Our team will immediately take over any communications with insurance companies, employers, hospitals, and any other people or companies involved in your accident or injury.
Once you have finished medical treatment (sometimes referred to as maximum medical improvement), our team will organize your damages, photographs, medical bills, and other documentation into a demand package. This demand package will then be sent to the insurance company along with a monetary demand. Our firm will then negotiate with the insurance company to see if the case can be settled prior to a lawsuit.
A very high percentage of the cases that we handle are settled prior to filing a lawsuit. If that is the case for you, then we will receive the settlement check from the insurance company, deposit the settlement check into our office trust account, and set-up a meeting with you to disburse your settlement check.
Filing a Lawsuit
While most of our cases are settled prior to filing a lawsuit, sometimes we may recommend that you file suit because the insurance company has not offered enough money to settle your case, your case may have a better outcome in Court, or for other reasons. As with every step of the process, you will have to authorize us to file suit.
Although jury trials are rare, we prepare every case as though it will go before a jury. This requires gathering additional evidence and hiring experts who will testify in support of your case. A deposition is your opportunity to tell your story under oath. We will also question the at-fault person under oath to gather crucial information that we will use at mediation or trial.
In South Carolina, most cases are settled prior to a jury trial in a process called mediation. At mediation, a neutral party who is usually an attorney, will assist the parties in trying to settle the case. Although not as common as mediation, arbitration is another process where cases can be settled or tried without a jury trial.
This is the final step in getting you the compensation you deserve. Our experienced trial lawyers will present your case to a jury of your peers who will ultimately decide the amount of financial compensation they believe is fair after hearing all the evidence.
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frequently asked questions
Do I need a lawyer?
Maybe. Some accident and injury cases do not require a lawyer. However, if you attempt to negotiate directly with an insurance company, then you will probably lack the experience and leverage required to get a reasonable settlement. In other words, you may leave money on the table. Stanley Law Firm provides a free and no-pressure consultation for an assessment of whether you need our firm or not.
How much does it cost to hire the Stanley Law Firm?
Nothing. This is what we call a “no-brainer.” We only work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that if we do not win, then you owe us nothing. People who are in accidents or injured usually cannot afford to pay an attorney by the hour. Per our written Contingency Fee Agreement, you are NOT responsible for attorney’s fees or any costs if we do not recover money for you. As we said, hiring us is a “no-brainer.”
How much is my case worth?
It depends. Based on our work on hundreds of accident and injury cases, we find that people who do not use our firm are probably leaving money on the table. Insurance companies are very good at quickly settling cases with injured people so that an evaluation of the case cannot be done. However, if you want to avoid leaving money on the table and get the most from your case, you need our attorneys to determine the at-fault driver’s negligence, the amount of available insurance, the cost of medical bills, and several other factors.
Will I have to go to court?
Probably not. Most of our clients want to avoid going to court and most of the time court is not the best route for them. Although filing suit may be necessary, we do our best to come to a reasonable settlement before filing a lawsuit.
What should I do after an accident?
First, immediately seek medical treatment for your injuries. This is very important for your health, but it also helps your case.
Second, do not give a recorded statement and do not sign any documents especially any release documents. Take photographs and preserve any evidence that you think will help your case.
Third, contact Stanley Law Firm before speaking with any insurance companies. Our firm will take over all communication with the insurance companies so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Will my information be confidential?
Absolutely. According to the law, our discussions with you and the information you share with our firm are protected by the attorney-client privilege and will always remain confidential.