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You might be surprised to learn that a great number of people don’t file injury claims because they are afraid they will have to go to court. It’s understandable that you don’t know everything there is to know about the personal injury claim process, especially if you’ve never been injured in a vehicle wreck before.
If you’ve been wondering whether you want to file a claim, you might be asking yourself this question: Do I have to go to court for a South Carolina car accident? Good news: You most likely won’t need to enter a courtroom in order to receive the money you need to pay for your damages.
Why don’t you have to go to court to receive compensation for your auto crash? There are two main ways to go after a person who has caused you injury and damages in South Carolina: an insurance claim and an injury lawsuit. Most people at least try to file an insurance claim first before taking a case to court. What’s the difference between the two methods of recovering damages?
With an insurance claim, you will submit your case and evidence to the at-fault party’s insurer, which should then make you a settlement offer. If you’re happy with the offer, you accept and you’re done. If you don’t accept, then you could file a lawsuit.
With a personal injury lawsuit, you will file your case in South Carolina civil court. Even then, you can still back out of going to court if the negligent party’s insurer offers you a better settlement, which happens more often than you’d think. Insurers often like to take it down to the buzzer before making a settlement offer, hoping you’ll be the one to cave.
Now you have your answer to this question: Do I have to go to court for a South Carolina car accident? In most cases, no, but it’s always a possibility. Don’t be intimidated by court, as your lawyer will fully prepare you should it ever come to that. Call HawkLaw, PA at 1-888-HAWK-LAW (429-5529) to discuss your case, or send over the online form below.