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My Lawyer Patrick was Amazing he really took the time with my case and was able to explain every thing step by step. He made me feel important and listened to. I would definitely recommend him and all his staff were always Super Sweet thanks Patrick. I’m happy about the settlement I received.
A monetary settlement can help you get what you need to move forward.
If you’re looking for a law firm to help you with your case in Columbia, SC, or the surrounding area, Cavanaugh & Thickens, LLC, can help. We have experience with all types of personal injury cases, workers’ compensation lawsuits, and criminal defense. Our experienced team can walk you through your options and get you started as you move through the legal system.
Our Experienced Team Has a Strong Track Record of Success
Our team is what sets Cavanaugh & Thickens, LLC apart from the rest of the pack. Attorneys J. Eric Cavanaugh and Joseph O. Thickens lead the team, which includes attorneys focused on personal injury, criminal defense, and workers’ compensation. We also have an extensive paralegal team and a dedicated medical records coordinator. This ensures we can devote the proper resources to investigating and litigating your case as efficiently as possible.
Together, we have successfully represented many clients, helping them get large awards in the six-figure range for cases such as auto accidents and workers’ compensation. Speak to one of our attorneys today to find out how our firm operates as a team and how we can use our skills and knowledge to represent your interests.
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Why Do I Need an Attorney?
Simply put, the legal system is complex, time-consuming, and not set up for your benefit. While you are certainly able and allowed to represent yourself, it can be doing a great disservice to your case. The legal system is founded on complex rules, whether every word in a statute matters, and if you aren’t intimately familiar with those rules, you may miss important details that could make a big difference in the outcome of your case.
When you hire our team, we put our resources to work for you and take on all the responsibilities of your case so you don’t have to worry about making sure the correct paperwork is filed at the right time or how you will cross-examine witnesses. When you work with Cavanaugh & Thickens, LLC, you benefit from an experienced legal team who protects and represents you and your rights.
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How Do I Find Out What the Statute of Limitations Is on My Case?
The statute of limitations is an important part of finding out if you have a case to pursue through the civil courts. You must still be within the statute of limitations to bring a lawsuit against someone. If you are facing criminal charges, the incident must be within the statute of limitations to be prosecuted. The statute of limitation varies depending on the type of incident, but you can find all of them in the South Carolina Code of Laws. An attorney can also quickly let you know what the statute of limitations is for your case and what options you have.
What Is the Difference Between the Civil and Criminal Court Systems?
The civil court system is for noncriminal matters. Any party can file suit against another party, and South Carolina civil laws govern the case. In some cases, local ordinances may also come into play. In criminal court, there is a defendant and a prosecutor who takes the place of the plaintiff in a civil matter. Both courts follow similar procedures when it comes to witnesses and evidence.
What Kinds of Cases Does a Personal Injury Attorney Take?
An attorney who practices personal injury law generally represents victims who have been injured through the fault of another party. Common types of personal injury cases include auto accidents, slip and fall cases, premises liability, and dog bites. Personal injury attorneys may also work on cases involving medical malpractice, drug injuries, workers’ compensation, defective products, and wrongful death. When you’re talking to an attorney about your case, ask them how many of those types of cases they have worked on before and how they handle typical cases to find out if the firm is a good fit.
Can I Meet With an Attorney Before I Hire Them?
Absolutely! Not only can you meet with an attorney before you hire them, but you absolutely should – and some firms require it. Before you hire an attorney, you want to make sure that they are a good fit for your case and that you can have a good working relationship with them. It’s important to meet with the lawyer to discuss the details of your case, get their perspective on how they can help and what they think the right course forward is, and ensure that it’s a good personality fit as well.
How Much Does Hiring an Attorney Cost?
When it comes to hiring an attorney to represent them, the cost is one of the most common topics people have questions about. How much an attorney charges and what their terms are varies by firm. Still, in general, attorneys usually either work on retainer or take a percentage cut of your settlement if you win your case. The second option is common in personal injury cases. In this situation, you wouldn’t have to pay anything to the attorney upfront – and you usually don’t have to pay if you lose. If you win, the attorney takes a percentage of the settlement as their payment before the rest of the money passes on to you.
How Do I Choose a Good Attorney?
Having an attorney on your side is an important part of navigating the legal system, but you also want someone experienced in your type of case. To find a good attorney, you’ll need to do a bit of research. You can start by looking at law firms that practice in the area your case is in – such as personal injury or criminal defense – and reading reviews. You can also ask others you know who have used an attorney recently and were happy with their services. Even if that attorney doesn’t work in the specific practice area, they may be able to refer you to a colleague who does. When you meet with the attorney, ask questions about the kinds of cases they work on and their success rate to determine if you want to move forward.
What Should I Do If I Think I Have a Case?
It’s common to be unsure if your situation is something that can be handled through the courts. Anytime you think you may have grounds for a lawsuit, it’s a good idea to talk to an attorney. A lawyer can go through the specific details of your case to find out if there is a statute of limitations that applies, what the possible outcomes are, and what the options are to move forward.
You can schedule a consultation with an attorney to get started. During this consultation, you can bring any documents and information you have that is relevant to your case so the attorney can get a thorough understanding of the situation. Once you have a better idea of whether you have a case and what possible damages you could be awarded, you can decide on whether you wish to pursue a lawsuit.
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If you’re ready to see about pursuing a case in the South Carolina courts and want solid legal representation, it’s time to meet the team at Cavanaugh & Thickens, LLC. We will talk with you about the details of your case and discuss how we can help. We start our clients with a free consultation so you can see for yourself what sets our firm apart before you commit to working with us. From filing the first bit of paperwork to taking your case to settlement or trial, we’re here to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.
Cavanaugh & Thickens, LLC, is located in Columbia, SC, just 2 minutes from Finlay Park and only 7 minutes from Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. The Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is just 8 miles away. Cavanaugh & Thickens, LLC, serves the greater Columbia area, including greater Richland County.
To talk to a member of our team or schedule your free consultation, call the Columbia office of Cavanaugh & Thickens, LLC, at (803) 888-2200.