Personal Injury Lawyer
REASONS TO WORK WITH US TOP 10
80 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE – ON YOUR SIDE.
Our attorneys have more than eight decades of experience helping regular people in South Carolina. Our experience can work to your advantage.
REASONED ADVICE FROM SEASONED PROFESSIONALS.
Sound advice is one of the most valuable benefits an attorney can provide. We have the perspective to offer valuable guidance.
WE PUT CLIENTS FIRST.
Our focus is on you, our client. This dedication to client service is spelled out in our Client Bill of Rights.
LISTENING HARD. WORKING HARDER.
Many get frustrated because they feel like no one will listen to them. That doesn’t happen at the Louthian Law Firm.
WHEN LIFE GOES WRONG, WE FIGHT FOR WHAT’S RIGHT.
If you are seeking the assistance of a personal injury lawyer in Columbia, it is almost certainly because you are facing the aftermath of a traumatic life event. Let our experienced legal professionals handle your case while you focus on what is most important – your health, your family and your life.
HANDS-ON HELP. EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS.
You need an attorney who will work with you one-on-one to help you get results. Our lawyers are very proud of our track record. You can find out more on our Representative Cases page.
WHY WORK WITH A LAWYER?
HIRING A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER IN COLUMBIA WILL
GREATLY IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF SUCCESS.
Attorneys do the legwork of a client’s case. This means handling routine paperwork, corresponding with others and building a case on behalf of a client. But a skilled, experienced attorney goes further than simply handling the day-to-day processes of filing a claim.
At the Louthian Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys investigate every aspect of your case, interview witnesses, consult experts, research relevant rulings and prepare presentations for the pre-trial and trial phase of your case.
We also deal with the insurance companies, so you can focus on your recovery. We always tell our clients that if they are contacted by an insurance company that is not their own, they should direct them to us. It is a key aspect of what we do – we are the front line for our clients in many different capacities.
It’s important to understand that if you’ve suffered serious injuries and have a viable claim, you will be best served by hiring an experienced, skilled attorney. Our legal system is complicated, and it’s likely that the people that will be opposing your claim will have years of experience combatting claims just like yours. Attorneys make sure your voice is heard, your case is made clearly and effectively, and your compensation is as substantial as possible.
You Have a Claim
One of the first questions potential clients ask us is whether they have a viable claim. We offer free consultations so that we can hear the details of the case and give you a more informed opinion. However, we can tell you that you should ask yourself these two questions as a starting point...
1. Did you suffer a serious injury that has proven costly and burdensome?
2. Was the injury caused by a someone else’s carelessness?
If you answer yes to both of these questions, then you have good reason to explore your options.REQUEST FREE CASE REVIEW NOW
I had an excellent experience with Louthian Law Firm. In a very bad situation
they were able to provide great assistance and get me the settlement I deserved.
I would definitely recommend them to anybody looking for a great lawyer that will not quit.
Outstanding customer care. Very professional and handled my case in a timely manner.- Johnny Jackson
The Louthian Law Firm went above and beyond for our family! We could tell from the
start that Bert and his staff cared about us, not just "the case". Thank you, Bert!
On behalf of my family and me, I would like to commend Bert Louthian and his firm for the
exemplary handling of our recent wrongful death suit against a county whose employee was responsible
for the death of my husband. Bert and his associates were successful in getting our family the maximum award allowed by law.
They were very down to earth and friendly, but they meant business.
I would definitely recommend them. Thank you, attorney Bert Louthian!
HANDS-ON HELP. EXCEPTIONAL RESULTS.
THERE’S A TIME LIMIT ON PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
The "statute of limitations" is the period after an injury in which someone can file a claim. In South Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the time of the injury. It’s always in a person’s best interest to act quickly when considering taking legal action.
THE VALUE OF A CLAIM
"How much can I get in a personal injury claim?" is one of the first questions attorneys hear from potential clients. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t simple. Claims can range from thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the circumstances of the case. The amount of money you’ve lost due to your injury (medical bills, lost income, property damage, etc.) plays a big role in how much you’ll seek in a claim.
You can also factor in "non-economic" damages such as pain and suffering. It’s difficult to put a price tag on these damages, which is why it’s helpful to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney who can give you a better idea of how to determine the value of your overall damages.
LOOK FOR THESE QUALITIES IN YOUR ATTORNEY
Searching for a personal injury attorney in Columbia can be overwhelming. You might be wondering where to start. You should first make sure that an attorney is licensed to practice in South Carolina. You should then find out whether the attorney handles your type of case. However, that’s just the bare minimum, and you’ll be best served by applying more scrutiny in your search.
Finding the right attorney for your case means looking for a lawyer who has experience with cases similar to yours and, preferably, has had great success in these cases. Many attorneys list verdicts and settlements they have achieved for clients on their website, and some offer client testimonials, too. Ultimately, you should schedule a consultation with an attorney to see if you feel comfortable with them handling your case.
What You Should
Do After Being Injured
Seek medical attention immediately. Prioritize your health and see a doctor immediately. You’ll want to know just how badly you are hurt. You’ll also need to reduce the likelihood of your condition's worsening, which is much more likely if you go without medical care.
Notify someone about your injury. If you were injured in a car accident, notify the police immediately so they can send an officer to the scene. If you are hurt on the job, tell your supervisor as soon as possible. Notifying someone in an official capacity establishes a timeline for your injury, which will be beneficial if you eventually need to file a personal injury claim.
Keep all documents and bills you encounter in the days, weeks and months that follow. You’ll want to keep copies of any bills you receive following your injury. This will help you and your attorney determine the damages you’ll be seeking in a claim. Establishing a record of the costs you face can help your attorney make a stronger case on your behalf.
Contact an attorney to consider your legal options. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in South Carolina, we encourage you to contact the Columbia personal injury attorneys at the Louthian Law Firm to schedule a free consultation. We have the experience, resources and dedication needed to get you the compensation you deserve.
COMMON PERSONAL INJURY QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
IF I WAS PARTIALLY AT FAULT, DO I STILL HAVE A CLAIM?
South Carolina is considered a “fault” state, meaning that the at-fault party is responsible for the costs of their negligence. However, because cases are not always black-and-white, responsibility for a crash might be allocated to the drivers based on several different factors. The allocation of responsibility is called modified comparative negligence, and it is a key element of personal injury lawsuits in South Carolina.
If you’re unsure of how much fault you carry for a crash, but know that another driver was at least partially responsible, you might consider talking to a personal injury lawyer.
HOW LONG DOES AN ACCIDENT LAWSUIT TAKE?
A personal injury lawsuit can last anywhere from several weeks to several months or longer, depending on the circumstances of the case. Factors that determine the length of a claim include the complexity of a case and the number of parties involved. If you want to get a better idea of your case’s time frame, speak to a personal injury lawyer in Columbia so they can learn more about your situation and give you an estimate.
IF I WASN’T INJURED IN THE WRECK, DO I STILL HAVE A CASE?
If you weren’t injured in a car wreck and suffered costs as a result, you should still be compensated for those costs if the crash was someone else’s fault. The damages in these cases won’t be as significant as they would if injuries were involved, but that doesn’t mean you have no right to pursue your legal options.
WHEN YOU WIN MY ACCIDENT LAWSUIT, HOW MUCH DO I PAY YOU?
We work on a contingency fee, which means we only charge clients if we are successful in their claims. If we win compensation, we will deduct a reasonable attorney’s fee from the award. To learn more about our contingency fee, we encourage you to reach out to our team.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
It won’t cost you anything to discuss your injury lawsuit with us. In fact, you will never owe us a dime in attorney’s fees until you recover compensation on your claim. If we handle your case, our fee will be a set percentage of any money we obtain for you.
WHO TO NAME IN A LAWSUIT – AN INTRODUCTION TO "FAULT"
Most lawsuits are filed against the person who was responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries. This means they are “at fault” for those injuries and should pay the costs stemming from them. When attorneys investigate a case, they look at all the contributing factors and decide whether someone’s negligence – or carelessness – was the cause of the incident. Once an attorney knows who is responsible for their client’s injuries, they can advise their client who should be named in the claim.
WORRIED ABOUT THE COSTS OF AN ATTORNEY?
Many people are concerned about hiring a personal injury lawyer in Columbia because they believe it will be costly. At the Louthian Law Firm, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we charge you nothing unless we win your case. If your case is unsuccessful, we carry the costs. We do this because we don’t want clients burdened financially if they don’t earn compensation, but we also work on a contingency fee because we believe in our team’s ability to deliver results.
UNDERSTANDING SETTLEMENTS AND TRIALS
When the person filing a lawsuit (the plaintiff) and the person being named in a lawsuit (the defendant) come to an agreement about how much the plaintiff will be paid, the two parties have reached a settlement. If a settlement isn’t reached, then the matter goes to trial where both sides’ cases are made before a judge and a jury.
While we often resolve cases via settlement, we prepare every case to go to trial because we believe it leads to the best outcome for our clients. Ultimately, the decision to settle or go to trial is yours, and we will help you make the most informed decision possible.
WHAT LEADS TO A SUCCESSFUL LAWSUIT?
From the perspective of an attorney, there is no substitute for hard work when it comes to getting the best possible results for clients. Personal injury lawyers must invest a significant amount of time and effort to achieve results that reflect the hardships their client has faced. This requires conducting thorough investigations, researching other cases and verdicts, interviewing witnesses, consulting experts, preparing for depositions, working with their own client and making sure that all paperwork is filed on time and without error.
THE COLUMBIA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS AT THE LOUTHIAN LAW FIRM
Since 1959, our primary goal is taking care of the needs of our personal injury and accident clients. Our attorneys handle each case on an individual basis and deal directly with our clients. When you retain our firm you will always speak directly with Bert & Herb Louthian.
Don’t get lost in the shuffle with larger law firms. We are a Columbia, SC family-owned, family-focused law firm. Our attorneys assist clients across South Carolina, including Columbia, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Charleston, Florence, Richland County, Orangeburg, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and the coastal communities Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head. Call to speak with one of our experienced injury lawyers today – for free: (888)311-6184.
Seeking Truth. Securing Justice.
In conference rooms and courtrooms, our personal injury attorneys do battle because we believe in the rights and power of hardworking people. We believe you deserve more than a chance – you deserve a voice. You deserve the truth. You deserve justice.REQUEST FREE CASE REVIEW NOW
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