Archive for June, 2020

What Does COVID-19 Mean for My Personal Injury Case

COVID-19 is causing disruptions throughout the world in most facets of life. The number of businesses closed in the United States is staggering, and this includes the courts in many states. In South Carolina, the courts are open, although functioning differently than before COVID-19 struck. Hearings are backed up from the shutdown in mid-March, and hearings that require witnesses or cross examinations must be postponed until the court is open to the public.

Understanding the Statute of Limitations

In South Carolina, the statute of limitations in a personal injury claim is three years. You must file your claim within three years of your personal injury in order to seek damages for your case. While no trials can occur while the court is not open physically to the public, a claim can still be filed because court personnel are working remotely. Your personal injury attorney can file an initial claim, work on the discovery process, and file motions with the court in order to keep your case on track.

Negotiation and Mediation Can Still Occur

Many personal injury claims don’t go to trial, as both parties are willing to negotiate a settlement to avoid a lengthy trial. Your attorney can represent you in mediation, trying to get you a deal that you are comfortable with. As discovery is gathered, your personal injury attorney will have a good idea of how strong your case is and work to negotiate a settlement that is fair to you.

If depositions are needed for your personal injury claim, these can be done remotely. Witness statements can be gathered, and your personal injury lawyer can prepare for your trial for when the time comes. As COVID-19 gets under control, courts are expected to become accessible to the public so that cases can move forward.

COVID-19 Won’t Stop Your Personal Injury Claim

If you have bills piling up because of a personal injury, they aren’t going to stop just because COVID-19 is around. An attorney can work with you to discuss the merits of your case and prepare an initial claim for court. The system is accepting new filings, and you will be able to schedule a hearing if necessary once the court is open to the public again.

While life is different for everyone at this time as new systems are put into place for the safety matters because of COVID-19, the court system will open with new protocols in place to keep the risk of COVID-19 community spread down. If you have a personal injury case and you aren’t sure if your case can be managed during the pandemic, it is important to understand that plenty of work can be done. With e-filing systems, remote depositions and the ability to conference through video means, the legal system has not come to a halt.

Your personal injury claim can be worked on throughout the pandemic, and will continue to get the attention it deserves.

Meet Personal Injury Attorney Ryan Montgomery

When you’re injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, it can be hard to know who to trust. The lawyer you hire can make or break your case, and it’s critical to work with someone you can feel good about. Meet personal injury attorney Ryan Montgomery and learn how he’ll stand behind you and advocate for your best interests through every step of your case.

Mission

At the beginning of his legal career, Ryan represented employers and their insurance companies in injury and workers’ compensation cases. Part of his job was to help insurance companies pay lower settlements or deny the claims of injured people. Ryan began to see how the companies he worked for were utilizing his skills to harm the injured, not help them. He knew it was time to switch sides.

Ryan decided he would no longer represent businesses and insurance companies and instead, provides compassionate, caring legal services to accident victims and their families. His mission is to ensure that these people have someone on their side looking out for what’s best for them when they are too injured, stressed, and shaken up to advocate for themselves.

Education

Ryan Montgomery attended Clemson University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in speech and communications in 1997. He pursued his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Baltimore and graduated in 2000, the same year he attended Georgetown University as a student visitor.

Career

Fresh out of law school, Attorney Montgomery’s first position was as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Michael D. Mason for the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Later, he joined a trial and litigation law firm in Rockville as an associate attorney until he relocated to South Carolina after the birth of his oldest child. He now practices law at his own private practice in Greenville.

Awards

Attorney Montgomery has earned a prestigious place within the field of personal injury through hard work and dedicated compassion for his clients. Ryan achieved an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® for 7 consecutive years, a designation reserved for those who practice law with the highest ethical standards and professional expertise. For 6 of those years, Ryan was designated legal elite in the areas of workers’ compensation and personal injury.

An AV rating is only awarded to approximately 10% of attorneys nationwide and means that a lawyer’s own peers have ranked them highly. Attorney Montgomery was also selected by Greenville Magazine’s Best and Brightest. This means when you work with Ryan, you can trust his expertise and dedication to your case and the best possible outcome.

Family and Hobbies

Ryan’s a family man and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children — all boys! — when not working to help other families recover from devastating accidents and injuries. He’s a soccer coach and loves being on the field encouraging young players to do their best. Ryan also enjoys fishing, basketball, and other sports with his wife and boys when he’s not in the office.

Injured? Let Attorney Ryan Help

Attorney Ryan Montgomery cares about you and your loved ones. If you were injured, Ryan is on the case. He’ll help you find doctors with experience treating victims of negligence, gather as much evidence as possible to support your case, and pursue the maximum settlement award. Call today at (864) 362-3418.