If you are injured in a car accident, and cannot resolve the claim in time, you may be required to file a lawsuit in order to recover money for your injuries and damages. One of the most important things to keep in mind is something called the statute of limitations. The law provides a certain period of time from the date of the accident in which to file a suit. If you do not file suit within the statute of limitations, you will not be able to bring your lawsuit forward.
In South Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases, which includes car accidents, gives you three years from the date of the injury in which to file a lawsuit in the state’s court system. If you miss this deadline, it is virtually impossible to get the court system to accept your lawsuit. Once you file your lawsuit, you are required to serve the papers on the defendant, who is the person who you believe is responsible for causing your injuries and damages. Typically, South Carolina allows 120 days in which to serve a defendant. There are a few notable exceptions.
An Attorney Can Help You to Understand Legal Requirements
Lawsuits for injuries are hard to file on your own. Apart from the statute of limitations, there are numerous laws of civil procedure in South Carolina that must be followed in order for a lawsuit to be successful. If any of these procedures are not followed, your claim could be in danger. Do not go at it alone! You would not want to operate on yourself if you need surgery, so do not take the law into your own hands. Hire an experienced attorney to fight for you. Hire the attorneys from the Elrod Pope Law Firm.
The bottom line is this: never wait long periods of time in order to begin the procedure of recovery for your injuries and damages. It is vital that you seek out appropriate counsel who can lead and guide your case through the system, comply with all of its laws and deadlines, and fight for you for the best possible outcome.
Our firm has over 50 years of combined experience fighting for the rights of citizens throughout South Carolina. We can properly evaluate your case, its damages, and guide your case through the legal system. We put you first and will never stop fighting until the case is done.
At the Elrod Pope Law Firm, we are very experienced in all types of injury cases, including car accidents. We have the knowledge and expertise necessary to give your case the care and attention it requires. We will fight for you and work with you to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. Do not delay – please contact us now. Do not wait until your time is nearly up!
Thomas E. Pope is a Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Medical Malpractice Attorney who practices in Rock Hill, Lake Wylie, and Lancaster, SC. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and has been practicing law for 31 years now. Thomas E. Pope believes in protecting the injured. Learn more about his experience here.