Tuesday, 14 November 2017

5 Types of Vehicle Accidents

Auto accidents happen every single day in South Carolina. While many are minor, some can result in life-changing bodily injuries or costly property damage. Cristin Uricchio, a Charleston vehicle accident lawyer at Uricchio Law Firm, wants you to know about the most common types of auto accidents that you may be involved in:

  1. Single car accidents – These accidents involve only one vehicle and an object, such as a tree, pole, or deer. These accidents almost always result in property damage and can also cause very serious injuries to the driver and passengers.
  2. Multi-vehicle accidents – These collisions involve more than one vehicle. Multi-vehicle accidents frequently occur on interstates and large highways.
  3. Head-on collisions – This is one of the most serious types of wrecks. When two cars hit each other head-on, a person in either vehicle is at risk for major injuries.
  4. Rear-end collisions – These accidents occur when a vehicle runs into a car that’s in front of them. The severity of these accidents can vary. Many people involved in crashes like these suffer from whiplash.
  5. Side-impact collisions – Side-impact collisions (sometimes referred to as T-bone collisions) happen when one car runs into the side of another vehicle. The potential for injuries is great.

If you’ve been involved in any type of accident, please contact the Uricchio Law Firm to discuss your case. As an experienced Charleston vehicle accident lawyer, Cristin Uricchio will do everything she can to get you the full compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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Monday, 23 October 2017

3 Things You Shouldn’t Do After an Auto Accident

Now that you know about the things you should do after an auto accident, it’s important to also consider the things you shouldn’t do. Cristin Uricchio, a Charleston auto accident attorney at Uricchio Law Firm, wants you to have the best case possible should you decide to go to court. For that reason – as well as your own health and safety – take a look at these three things you should avoid doing after a car accident:

  1. Forget to contact the authorities – You should always contact the police immediately following a wreck. Should your case go to court, you’ll want to have a police report of the accident to provide evidence of the wreck and how it affected you.
  2. Give a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company – Insurance carriers are always trying to find loopholes when it comes to handling accident claims. Don’t give them any information to the other driver’s insurance company that could be used against you in the future. Say “no” if they ask for your permission to take an audio recording of your statement. However, your duty to cooperate with your own insurance carrier can be affected by the language of your insurance policy, subject to certain limitations. It is best to speak to an attorney before giving a recorded statement to your own insurance company.
  3. Not seeking immediate medical attention – Don’t be fooled by how you feel immediately following a car accident. Injuries are more than just cuts and broken bones. You could have a concussion or more severe injuries that don’t present immediate symptoms. Seek medical attention right after the accident to be absolutely certain you’re okay.

If you’ve been in a wreck, call Uricchio Law Firm right away. As an experienced Charleston auto accident attorney, Cristin Uricchio will do everything possible to get you the compensation you deserve.

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Friday, 6 October 2017

What Should You Do if You’re in an Auto Accident?

Getting into a car accident is scary, even if it’s minor. But no matter how serious a wreck is, it’s important for you to keep calm and keep your head clear. While you should contact a Charleston auto accident attorney if you or a passenger are hurt due to another driver’s actions, there are some things you should do immediately after a wreck for your own safety. Here are some general common sense tips* from Cristin Uricchio, an auto accident lawyer in Charleston, SC at Uricchio Law Firm:

  1. Find a safe area – Get out of the road and stay in an area where there’s no traffic. You don’t want to run the risk of being hit by another car. Walk away from your vehicle if you have to – just find a safe area where you can wait until help arrives.
  2. Contact the police – Contact the police immediately. In addition to providing traffic control for your protection, the officer will create a police report for the accident. This will serve as written evidence in court.
  3. Seek medical attention – Even if you think you’re uninjured, it’s still a good idea to call for medical attention. You could be suffering from unseen injuries, such as a concussion or internal bleeding.

Were you or a loved one involved in a car accident? Contact the Charleston auto accident attorney at Uricchio Law Firm. We’ll fight to get the compensation you deserve.

*These tips should not be construed as legal advice.

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Friday, 22 September 2017

3 Ways to Protect Yourself From Distracted Drivers

Distracted drivers are becoming more and more of a problem on the roads. You’ve probably heard about major (or even deadly) accidents caused by someone who just wasn’t paying attention. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to protect yourself. The Charleston car accident attorney at Uricchio Law Firm wants you to feel safe and at ease while you drive with your loved ones. Here are some tips on what you need to be on the lookout for when it comes to distracted drivers:

  1. Make a plan – Map out a plan for the trip ahead. Let people know where you’re headed so you won’t be tempted to talk or text while you’re out and about. A major part of avoiding distracted drivers is that you can’t be distracted, either! Staying alert will help you fight back against bad drivers.
  2. Watch out for drivers that aren’t paying attention – If you see a driver beside you reaching for a snack, using a phone, applying makeup, or occupied with other distractions, make sure to put some extra space between your vehicles.
  3. Pay attention to overloaded cars – Cars that are filled to the brim with furniture or trash make it hard for the driver to see other vehicles that may be around them on the roads. Pay attention and allow extra space until you can safely get around them.

Although these tips can help you, sometimes there’s nothing you can do to avoid an accident. If you were involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact Cristin Uricchio, our Charleston car accident attorney, today.

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Friday, 8 September 2017

What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?

No one wants to get into an accident. Although many car crashes are minor, some are serious enough that you or your passengers suffer severe injuries. Here are five of the most common car accident injuries. If you or a loved one are hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact Cristin Uricchio, a Charleston car accident attorney at Uricchio Law Firm:

  1. Spinal cord injury – Although we often hear about sports accidents and falls leading to spinal cord and other back injuries, car accidents are the number one cause.
  2. Soft tissue injury – These injuries can be a bit harder to diagnose and treat, but that doesn’t make them any less painful. An example of a soft tissue injury is whiplash.
  3. Lacerations – Many victims of auto accidents end up with cuts, especially if any glass was shattered. Some of these lacerations are so deep that they leave permanent scars.
  4. Brain injury – Concussions or debilitating brain injuries can result from severe car crashes.
  5. Broken bones – Sprained or broken bones can be caused by auto accidents. These injuries don’t just make it harder to get around. They can also make it impossible for you to work.

At Uricchio Law Firm, we know that facing these injuries can be difficult. Fortunately, you don’t have to go through it alone. A Charleston car accident attorney will review your case and help you fight back. Let Uricchio Law Firm represent you and help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact our car accident lawyers to get help now throughout the Tri-County area.

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Friday, 25 August 2017

3 Questions to Ask About Workers’ Compensation

Now that you know how to find the best Charleston workers’ compensation lawyer to help you with your case, it’s time to think about your next steps. Open and clear communication between you and your attorney is critical to winning your claim. As an experienced workers’ comp attorney, Cristin Uricchio has met with hundreds of clients who’ve been hurt on the job. Our team at Uricchio Law Firm recommends you ask any workers’ compensation lawyer the following questions:

  1. Have I given my employer proper notification about my injury? – It’s best to notify your boss within 30–45 days after the accident occurs. The longer you delay, the more harm it may bring to your health. It may also create questions about the legitimacy of your claim. If you’re unable to notify your employer due to hospitalization, don’t worry about this time frame – they should be notified by the hospital. Pick a time to meet with your employer when you’re physically able. Talk with an attorney first about what you should say to your employer that won’t cause damage to your claim.
  2. If I’m a independent contractor, am I covered under workers’ compensation? – No. Employers are not required by law to provide independent contractors with workers’ compensation insurance. However, please call our Charleston workers’ compensation attorney so that we can discuss other options with you.
  3. Can my employer find another project or job for me if I’ve filed a workers’ compensation claim? – Given that your physician or physical therapist has given you permission to perform light work, you can discuss other job duties with your employer. Turning down any work could actually hurt your claim. A Charleston, SC workers’ comp attorney can talk to you about what kind of work options you can ask for.

At Uricchio Law Firm, we find the best strategies for each client we serve, answering any questions you may have along the way. Contact a Charleston workers’ compensation lawyer today to get the help you deserve.

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Friday, 11 August 2017

How to Find a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

In our last post, we discussed what workers’ compensation is and why this type of insurance is vital to you as an employee. Now it’s time to talk about hiring an attorney. Filing a claim and providing evidence that your injuries were the result of a work-related incident can be exhausting to deal with on your own. That’s why you should hire a Charleston workers’ compensation lawyer to help you navigate the process. Take this advice from workers’ comp attorney Cristin Uricchio of Uricchio Law Firm on how you can find the right professional to help you with your claim:

  • Research – Research is the first step towards finding the right law firm to help you with your case. Search for local firms and find out about the kinds of services they offer their clients. You’ll want to work with an attorney who specifically mentions workers’ comp as an area of practice.
  • Experience – Next, find out about the attorney’s experience working in this field of law. How many clients have they represented? Have they worked with clients in similar situations as yours? You’ll also want to talk to former clients or read online reviews find out what their experience was like.
  • Contact – Talk to two or three law firms you’re interested in. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and discuss the details of your situation. A reputable lawyer will encourage good communication.

If you’re looking to hire an expert Charleston workers’ compensation lawyer, contact us today for a free consultation. Cristin Uricchio is dedicated attorney who’s successfully helped many people who were hurt on the job. Let Uricchio Law Firm guide you through your workers’ compensation claim.

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