During a meeting a few months ago at the Philpot Law Firm, Irv Philpot casually shared…
“I’m often asked why is it important to call an attorney if you have been hurt in an accident,” explained Eric Philpot, a personal injury attorney at the Philpot Law Firm. “It’s critical to talk with a qualified, experienced attorney as soon a possible while the details are fresh and not a paralegal or case investigator. Most cases deserve to be handled by an attorney. An attorney can help gather the critical evidence to support a claim, such as witness statements, accident reports, medical records, and even video evidence.”
Recently, Philpot represented a gentleman who was injured and suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of a collision in Greenville County. His client was unable to work for an extended period of time and lost his job as a result. For the purposes of this article, the injured individual and client will be referred to as “John”.
“John was traveling on his motorcycle when the at-fault driver pulled out of a convenience store driveway directly into his path. He crashed and sustained devastating injuries to his left shoulder and suffered serious and painful skin abrasions and scrapes, commonly referred to as “road rash”, resulting in permanent scarring. John was admitted to the hospital, where he underwent surgery on his shoulder,” explained Philpot.
Soon after the accident, Philpot worked diligently to ensure his client received the justice and compensation he deserved. Critical to the case, Philpot worked tirelessly and persistently to secure video footage of the accident from the convenience store. Securing the video footage was a game changer. The video discredited the at-fault driver and the version of the accident she alleged to the investigating police officer. Additionally, the video provided evidence of her reckless conduct in causing the collision resulting in John’s injuries, damages and his inability to work and earn a living. Unfortunately, as is often the case, the at-fault driver had minimum limits liability insurance coverage of $25,000 bodily injury and $25,000 property damage.
“Our firm takes a very hands-on approach. We fight for what our client’s deserve… and we don’t take the first “go-away” offer. In this case I submitted a time limit demand for the full body injury and property damage limits of $50,000,” shared Philpot.
Weeks passed, and the insurance company failed to reasonably respond to the time limit demand of $50,000. With Philpot’s knowledge and expertise a lawsuit was filed to secure a $750,000 settlement for John, instead of the initial $50,000 time limit demand. Soon after, John was awarded a $750,000 settlement.
“I can’t stress enough, the critical importance of talking with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident, when the critical facts and details of the accident are still fresh,” explained Philpot. “There are many personal injury law firms that handle an extremely large volume of cases. Often, a new case can get shuffled to the back of the pack and not reviewed with any immediacy by an experienced attorney. Unfortunately, critical facts and details that can add value to a case are not recalled or go unnoticed due to the passage of time. There is no cookie cutter approach at Philpot; we give each case the attention, care and urgency it deserves. If you have been hurt in an accident don’t settle for less, be sure to work with an experienced and qualified attorney. It can make a big difference in the size of your settlement.”
The Philpot Law Firm is deeply rooted in this community. We’ve been helping injured people, just like John, get their lives back for over three decades. It’s what we do. Nobody fights for you like family.
5 Reasons to Call an Attorney if You Are Injured in a Car Accident Caused by Another Driver:
1. An attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process of filing a personal injury claim and negotiating with insurance companies.
2. An attorney can help you gather evidence to support your claim, such as witness statements, accident reports, and medical records.
3. An attorney can help you calculate the full extent of your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
4. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options, such as whether to accept a settlement offer or pursue a lawsuit.
5. An attorney can represent you in court if necessary, to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
Having an attorney, like the Philpot Law Firm on your side, can help ensure you receive the best possible outcome from your car accident claim.
About Eric Philpot
Eric Philpot is one of five family members practicing law at the Philpot Law Firm, a respected, trusted, and local firm serving the upstate South Carolina. The Philpot’s have been helping injured people get their lives back for over three decades and through three generations.
Eric Philpot is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida. He has been recognized by Greenville Business Magazine as one of the Legal Elite of upstate South Carolina for personal injury, Greenville News Best of the Upstate Winner – Best Trial Lawyer, a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell, a lifetime achievement member to America’s Top 100 Attorneys, and was selected to 2023 South Carolina Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He and his wife Lorri have two children and are members of Christ Church Episcopal.
About the Philpot Law Firm
The cornerstone of the Philpot Law Firm’s success is building and maintaining quality relationships with its clients. The firm takes the time to understand each client and each case to find a resolution that will speed their return to a normal life. The firm’s location in Upstate South Carolina allows them to effectively represent those throughout the counties of Greenville, Pickens, Laurens, Anderson, Spartanburg, Oconee, Greenwood, Abbeville, Cherokee, Union, and parts of Western North Carolina.
If you’ve been injured in an accident and are not sure where to turn, contact our expert personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation!