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The impact that a serious injury can have on the lives of victims and their families can be overwhelming, and in many cases, individuals in this situation are left with a number of questions about what they can do to help put their lives back together. At the Goings Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys understand how important it can be to find the answers to these questions as soon as possible. That’s why we’ve helped to put together the following list of some of the questions we are asked most frequently by clients, along with their answers.

If the question you need answered isn’t currently available here, or if you would prefer to speak directly with a member of our legal team, please contact us today in Columbia, South Carolina at (803) 350-9230.

You are likely not liable if you are injured or contract an illness due to working conditions. For those who follow all expressed safety procedures and company policies, you will most likely receive the worker’s compensation that you deserve. However, workers who injure themselves intentionally, work while intoxicated, or violate safety policies, may not be eligible to receive compensation. Discuss your eligibility for receiving workers compensation with an experienced personal injury attorney today.

Not only is the person who made the decision to drink and drive liable for any accident that occurs while driving, but the company who over-served that customer may be liable too. Under what is known as dram shop liability or social host liability laws, companies and venues that serve alcohol to readily intoxicated customers may face consequences for their actions. If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, get in touch with an attorney to discuss the specifics of your situation today.

Many jobs require working with or around materials and chemicals that have the potential to cause serious health issues. Among the most common dangerous substances that people may be exposed to at work are gasoline, carbon monoxide, asbestos, radon, and benzene. These are only some of the materials to which people may be exposed. If you have suffered from a disease or illness because of chemical exposure, you may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. To learn more speak with a lawyer at your soonest convenience.

The medical costs that are associated with personal injuries can be egregiously high, and many people struggle to pay for them. However, it’s important to know that you might not be wholly responsible for all of your medical costs. In fact, if another person’s actions are what led to the accident in the first place, the person responsible could be held legally and financially accountable for the various costs that you’ve incurred as a result of your accident.

Parents should be able to trust the caretakers that they leave their children with, but sometimes this trust is violated and children are not properly cared for. If your child has been injured and their injury is the direct or indirect result of another person’s negligence, then you could have a personal injury claim. If your child has been injured or harmed in a similar situation, discuss your legal options with an attorney today.

It depends. You may be eligible to pursue compensation if any of the following factors are present:

  • Pharmacy error
  • Manufacturing error
  • Improper labeling
  • Unknown or misrepresented side effects

The best way to learn about your legal options is to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

It’s almost impossible to know exactly when a case will conclude or how long an individual personal injury case will take, as the length of time that these cases can take varies so much based on unique case distinctions. If your case requires witness testimony, the collection of a lot of evidence, general delays in proceedings, or other time-consuming aspects, then it might take longer than one in which these things are not required. However, the best way to get an estimate of how long a case might take is to talk with an experienced attorney from the Goings Law Firm, LLC about the specifics of your situation.

There are many ways that a person can gauge an attorney’s fit for their case, and some questions can be particularly instructive in helping you choose an attorney that is right for you and your case. For instance, knowing if an attorney has fought and won a case like yours previously is important. But keep in mind that everyone’s case is different. Also, you should consider asking about fees, both what the initial fees are and whether or not these fees ever change. You might also want to talk about how you will get in touch with the attorney throughout the duration of the case because this can give you a sense of how to communicate with him or her. Asking these questions might give you a better idea of whether or not an individual attorney will work for your situation.

Some people wonder if it’s worth it to hire an attorney and go through the personal injury case process, especially if they are fortunate enough to be financially able to pay for the costs of their injury themselves. But the legal process is about fairness, and if another person has caused you injury and expense, you should not have to be held responsible for the costs you’ve incurred. Furthermore, filing a personal injury claim might be easier and less troublesome than you think, especially when you have an attorney you can trust by your side.

When a person is killed as a result of the negligent or reckless actions of others, their loved ones may be entitled to pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. However, under the law, not everyone who may have been close to the deceased is entitled to take this type of action. Generally speaking, wrongful death claims are limited to the immediate family of the deceased, though there may be certain exceptions to this rule. To find out whether you qualify to pursue a claim, you should discuss your situation with an attorney.

This is a complex question that only a highly rated personal injury attorney can best answer. Generally speaking, however, liability for injuries resulting from a car accident or wreck depends on how the collision was caused. The at-fault driver is primarily responsible. The at-fault driver’s auto insurance provides coverage for the driver’s careless and negligence conduct. If the at-fault driver does not have auto insurance, or not enough coverage to fully compensate you for your injuries, your auto insurance may be responsible based on your uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. In some cases, vehicle defects may be the cause of a motor vehicle accident. The vehicle manufacturer or the manufacturer of the defective part may be held liable for the injuries sustained by accident victims in addition to the at-fault driver.

Injury victims who have suffered losses as a result of another person’s negligence or recklessness are entitled to receive compensation for their pain and suffering. However, if the victim was partially at fault for the accident, the issue can become complicated. Nevertheless, in South Carolina, those who were less than 50% responsible for an accident may still be eligible to pursue compensation. You should discuss your case with an attorney to find out whether you may qualify.

Under the law, doctors are required to obtain a patient’s informed consent before they proceed with treatment in order to protect themselves from liability that they may otherwise face for injuries or harm arising from their course of treatment. Informed consent is simply a patient’s agreement to undergo a proposed course of treatment or procedure after they have been informed of, and have understood, any relevant issues, such as possible side effects or alternative treatment options, which might affect their decision. In some instances, lack of informed consent can be grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

Under South Carolina law, dog owners are held strictly liable for the damages that their pets may cause others to suffer. What this means is that, regardless of whether or not the owner had prior knowledge that their dog might have dangerous or aggressive tendencies, they will be held liable for the injuries suffered by others in the event of a bite or attack. There are, however, certain exceptions to this rule: owners are not held liable if the person whom their animal attacked was trespassing on private property, or if the attack victim provoked the dog into attacking.

Yes. Without the help of an experienced Columbia workers’ compensation lawyer, you may not be receiving necessary medical treatment, benefits, and compensation for your impairment and disability that the law provides. Your employer and its insurance company will hire an attorney, and so should you! South Carolina workers’ compensation laws can be difficult to understand without proper training. We do not accept a fee unless we win, and hiring a Columbia attorney for your claim is well worth the likelihood of additional benefits, medical treatment, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing your case is in experienced, capable hands.

Hire an experienced lawyer quickly, but make this decision with great care.  The laws related to trucking accidents can be complex.  Collisions caused by 18-wheelers, tractor-trailer trucks, and commercial vehicles can cause tremendous personal injury, such as permenant spinal cord and brain injuries.  In some cases, the consequences of a trucking accident is death.  After a trucking accident, it is best to hire an experienced Columbia trucking litigation attorney as quickly as possible.  This is especially true following a truck accident in order to preserve and obtain critical information related to the truck driver, the trucking company, eyewitnesses, and evidence of how the truck caused the collision before it is lost, destroyed or otherwise made harder to collect.  The Goings Law Firm, LLC has the experience and legal know how to represent you or a loved one recover for the damages sustained from a trucking accident.

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“Robert and his team were very personable and attentive to our needs. They worked diligently for four years to ensure that justice was served and that we would come out more victorious than we could imagine. We were truly blessed when we found the Goings Law Firm. Robert’s individual approach, knowledge, and dedication to our case was remarkable and the outcome was a success. He was the best lawyer in the courtroom, hands down. When the going got tough we got Goings and you can’t go wrong with Robert Goings’s law firm!”

“After an accident that resulted in a personal injury which took me over a year to recover, I tried to negotiate with the insurance company to no avail. The first attorney I met with rejected my case. A friend recommended Robert Goings to me. After my first meeting with him I was completely relieved and felt assured that he could help me. Robert kept me informed, worked diligently and finally got the policy limit for the injury I had sustained. Robert is very professional, easy to talk to and an outstanding attorney who provides a quality service to his clients. The members of his staff are very competent, friendly and helpful as well. I would recommend Robert to anyone and also seek his advice again if I am ever in need of legal counsel.”

“When I was needing a Attorney for my case I was given the name of Robert Goings from Columbia, SC… I knew right off that Robert was the Attorney for the case and didn’t waste anytime and he didn’t waste anytime getting started on the case… Robert assured me he would be researching and investigating everything that he needs to make a case and win in court if and when that time comes… Robert was very thorough in everything he needed to complete and make the case strong and showed integrity of all the hearings I attended for my case. He will not leave any cracks in a case and if something didn’t seem right or felt right he would research it till he got the answer he was looking for… My case did take close to two years before it was settled. Robert and his firm did an outstanding job even when things to me wasn’t sounding like it was going our way. It was Justice and Honor of what he brought that won the case over for a very good settlement. If I had to do this over again with no doubt in mind Robert Goings would be my Attorney.”

“My family and I began a relationship with the Goings Law Firm in 2010. Mr. Goings and his staff are one of the most professional law firms I have ever been associated with. My family was treated with respect and kindness by Mr. Goings and his staff. Their work ethics and attention to details were top notch. They took the time to explain the processes and expectations in terms we could understand. I look forward to working with Mr. Goings again in the future.”

“From our initial conversation Robert listened to our predicament with concern. He was able to put us at ease about our situation and gave us reassurance that everything would work out. Robert went to work for us and was able to resolve the issue most expeditiously meeting all of our expectations. I can’t say enough about Robert & the Goings Law Firm. If I am ever in need of an attorney again, Robert will be the first person I call.”

“My experience as a client for Mr. Goings was exceptional. Mr. Goings was the only attorney to reply to my initial inquiry about a workplace injury. My case may have seemed too small or trivial to other firms, however Mr. Goings was willing to listen from day one. From the very beginning, he treated me as if I was a longtime associate or client. He knew every step of the way and always made himself available whenever questions arose. No question for Mr. Goings was beneath him. Throughout the entire process, I was comfortable that he was at the wheel of my case. He truly does care about his clients and it shows in his dedication and professionalism. It is rare to find any business today, operating at the standard, the Robert Going’s Law Firm sets. The bar he and his staff sets is high. If Mr. Goings practices in an area of law specific to your needs, I wouldn’t bother calling anyone else.”

“One of the best I ever worked with, clear from the start, explained all options with risks involved, honest, prompt, and delivered as promised.”

“Robert is a master when it comes to litigation. He has helped my family and me on several occasions, and he always had our best interest at heart and in practice. He has truly done some amazing legal work for us, and we highly recommend him. He is a personable professional, and his astute knowledge of the law is quite impressive.”

“From the moment Robert received my first phone call until the conclusion of the legal matter, there was nothing but exceptional and first-class representation. I did not hesitate a moment or second-guess my decision with Robert representing me. Robert and his staff are professional, courteous, responsive, and effective. Robert is a genuine advocate for his client and delicately balances carrying a sword and a shield for justice.”

“Robert Goings is an excellent civil attorney. Mr. Goings took my mom’s difficult case and was successful in winning a jury verdict in her favor. I would highly recommend Mr. Goings if you are in need of a fierce legal advocate who is both very knowledgeable and compassionate!!”

“Mr. Goings far exceeded any and all expectations I had for a lawyer. He went above and beyond to ensure that I received the best results possible for my case. With me being active duty military, he helped with ensuring scheduling of matters around the military. I think best of all he was how knowledgable he is on how the injury was going to affect my military service. If you’re in need of a personal injury lawyer in South Carolina this is your guy!!”

“I had an awesome experience with Mr. Goings and highly recommend him as lawyer. He was very clear about my case and gave me follow-up reports in a timely manner. My results were better than I expected and I owe it to this awesome lawyer. THANK YOU! If I ever need a lawyer again, I am definitely calling Mr. Goings. My family and I thank you for all your help.”

“Mr. Goings was my first attorney I’ve ever needed. With a fear of not knowing what to do or where to turn Mr. Goings took my case and and made me feel like dear friend I have knew for years. He has a great staff who is there for any help at any time I needed them. Mr. Goings will be the only person I will ever turn to if I need any assistance in the future and I encourage anyone to go to him for anything legal matters. Thank you again Mr. Robert Goings and the Goings Law Firm staff.”

He was very kind and knowledgeable. He gave me status updates in a timely matter. I was VERY pleased.

I highly recommend Robert Goings! He is absolutely incredible!!! I had suffered from a dog bite injury and Robert went above and beyond to have me taken care of. He is extremely personable, I never felt like a “client”. He and his staff treated me as well as my family with genuine kindness. I am blessed to have had him take such great care of me and my case.

Robert and his staff have gone above and beyond, they are absolutely amazing at what they do. I would definitely call his office again if the need should arise.

Mr. Goings was caring and professional during a very difficult time in my life. I was faced with the sudden loss of my mother in a car accident, and Robert took the time to talk to me and check up on me throughout the duration of the case. I applaud his sensitivity and willingness to go the extra mile. I would recommend his firm to anyone that wants the best legal representation in South Carolina!

Goings Law Firm was very helpful and patient with me. Goings Law Firm educated me about the legal side of things and help me understand my case. I would recommend Goings Law Firm to anyone.

After being rear ended in a car accident, I needed help navigating the insurance settlement. Having never needed the services of an attorney, I was very anxious about the whole process. Robert Goings & his staff were excellent to work with; at no point did I question my decision or feel that we would achieve anything less than the best possible settlement. I would never hesitate to recommend him to family, friends or strangers!

Hands down one of the BEST attorneys in the state!! Robert Goings exceeded all of my expectations. He welcomed me and my daughter with open arms and he kept me informed every step of the way. I knew exactly what was going on in my case and I really like that about him. His entire staff was awesome and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney. I guarantee you, you will be very pleased with Mr. Goings. Honestly, he definitely deserves more than 5 stars!!

Mr. Goings welcomed me in as family, he kept in contact with me about my case all the way to the end.. He works very hard to get justice.. Him and his team is very polite and hard workers.. He deserve more then 5 stars if I had to do it all over again he would be the call.. If anyone is looking for a personal injury lawyer he would be the right person to call don’t hesitate to call.. I thank him and his staff so much for everything they have done for me.

Mr. Goings stood up for my Constitutional Rights. He is a not your typical lawyer and you can trust him like a friend. His staff is very friendly, accommodating, and helpful throughout the entire process.

Mr. Goings worked tirelessly to resolve my husband’s case, despite the fact my husband wasn’t always the best client, and we still ended up with the best possible outcome because, in my opinion, we had the best attorney. Robert Goings is a professional, caring, experienced attorney with an amazing paralegal, Katie, and a wonderful support staff. If you need legal representation, The Goings Law Firm is the only call you need to make.

Robert Goings was my lawyer when I was in a terrible car accident caused by a drunk driver. I would not be where I am today without Robert and his staff. He worked very hard for me and was with me from the beginning to the end. He stuck to his word and got me the compensation that I deserved. I really appreciate what Robert and his office has done for me.

Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for Robert Goings, and his amazingly talented team at Goings Law Firm, LLC. Mr. Goings was always genuinely concerned about my health, and overall well-being, was instrumental in recommending the best medical treatment plan for my injury, and most importantly, he treated me as if I were family. Mr. Goings was extremely attentive to every detail regarding my case, and he executed professional results and recovery, well beyond my greatest expectation.

It has been a great experience having you represent my family as Our Attorney. I have learned a lot, and have come to understand the importance of good counsel. You and your team are the best. You guys are officially our family Law Firm. Thanks Robert.

The Goings Law Firm went above and beyond assisting me after a serious auto accident. Robert Goings and Katie Gould were thorough and kind explaining every step of the process to me, sometimes more than once. Robert was persistent and professional making sure that we received the highest allowable compensation from all parties. I could not have been more pleased with the overall outcome.

When I looked for an attorney for my bad car accident, I read the reviews for the Goings Law Firm. This firm had great reviews so I contacted them. Thankfully, Mr. Goings took my case and fully explained the process to me and he took the worry out of my mind. Before hiring him, I tried to settle my case with the insurance company on my own, but I was low balled- Mr. Goings and his office got me a lot more than I ever imagined. A big thanks to his office!

Mr. Goings is an outstanding attorney. Dealing with a personal injury case can be frustrating and quite stressful. Mr. Goings and his office took care of my case with the upmost compassion and professionalism. They treated me like family. Mr. Goings is hard-working and determined to fight for his clients’ rights. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney.

After representing me after I fell down the stairs at work and injured my back, I would recommend the Goings Law Firm to handle any personal injury matter. Robert and Jessica made me feel like my case mattered to them and that my goals were their goals. They were tireless advocates for me yet they were also willing to be upfront and honest in their assessments of my options going forward. I never felt pressured to choose one course of action over the other. They treated my case like their own.

Robert is the best attorney ever… you need legal representation. .. he is the one to go to.

100 stars! Mr. Goings and his staff did an amazing job in handling my case! They were with me every step of the way and made sure my case was handled with my best interest at heart! The process could not have been any easier. I am forever grateful to Mr. Goings and his team. South Carolina’s best attorney!