Are you looking to hire the best Personal Injury Lawyer? 5 Tips to Hire the Right Attorney

Top Voted Personal Injury Attorney

Robert F. Goings – Top Voted Personal Injury Attorney

When other attorneys believe you are at the Top, it means something!  Robert F. Goings was named in the Midlands of South Carolina as the Top Voted attorney in the field of Personal Injury in the 2019 Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite of the Midlands.  He was voted to this distinction by other attorneys in the Columbia and Midlands area of South Carolina.  It is a great honor to be considered by other attorneys as the Top Voted Personal Injury attorney, and we believe this distinction reflects our firms strong reputation for honesty, hard-work, and dedication to our clients.  Robert Goings’ reputation in the legal community as a champion for those who have suffered significant injury or a wrongful death is also reflected in being named to Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in South Carolina by the U.S. News and World Reports.  Being a highly rated and well respected law firm in the field of personal injury, wrongful death, and workers compensation takes many years of excellent results for clients.  From serious motor vehicle collision caused by drunk drivers to medical malpractice and nursing home neglect, Robert Goings and his team of attorneys are highly rated by other attorneys in the legal profession.  To learn more about the 2019 Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite of the Midlands article can be viewed by clicking here.

5 Tips in Hiring the Best Lawyer for Your Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, or Workers’ Compensation Case

We believe that hiring an attorney for your personal injury case is a very important decision.  Hiring the right attorney is critical.  If you are looking to hire a personal injury attorney, here are some tips for you to consider so that you choose the best attorney for your case:

1.  Be Cautious Choosing your Attorney based on a Billboard or a TV Commercial.

Be careful if you are choosing an attorney solely based on an advertisement.  Many times, law firms or attorneys will plaster their names all over billboards around town or run tasteless or cheesy television commercials.  Hiring an attorney should not be based on a silly commercial, gimmicky telephone numbers, or promises for a quick check.  Don’t be fooled!  Ask yourself, do you want an attorney that is spending time their marketing to new clients on TV with cartoon-like characters and big numbers to call, or do you want a serious lawyer that is working hard for clients in and outside of the courtroom?  It is hard to be a fighter in the courtroom if your attorney is too busy filming TV commercials or picking out the next billboard to print.  We have found that often times the best attorneys don’t need to advertise.  And if they do advertise, the advertisement should reflect high achievements and strong ethical commitments to the representation of injured people.  We recommend that you hire an attorney who will treat your case as a serious matter and provide you with the best legal representation possible. The Goings Law Firm strives to set itself apart from silly commercial, gimmicky telephone numbers, or promises for a quick check.  Instead, we provide sincere, honest and aggressive representation to people and families faced with serious injury and death.

2.  Read Online Reviews Before you Hire an Attorney.

Online reviews from former clients can be very helpful in choosing the best lawyer for your case.  When a former client takes the time to leave a review, it helps people searching for an attorney know what law firm would be best suited for their case based on personality, success, and traits that are important to you.  You can find reviews on website such as Google, Lawyers.com, and Avvo.com, and we would recommend choosing an attorney with strong recommendations and reviews of former clients.  At the same time, we all know that not everybody can be made happy despite how hard you work or how great the result may be for their case.  If you are interested in reading the 5 star and 10/10 reviews about the Goings Law Firm and Robert Goings, check out these links:  Google Reviews, Lawyers.com Reviews, SuperLawyers Reviews, Avvo.com Reviews. The Goings Law Firm is also featured on Expertise.com as a highly rated and reviewed personal injury firm in Columbia, South Carolina, as shown here.

3.  Consider if you want a “High Volume” Law Firm or an Attorney that You Will Give you One-on-One Attention.

When you are searching for an attorney, it is  important to consider if you want a law firm that accepts a “high volume” of cases or claims or if you want a smaller firm that only accepts a select number of clients.  Also, do you want your case or file to be a number or would you rather be represented by an attorney who knows you personally and doesn’t treat you as just another number?    Because legal matters can often times be complex and time consuming, we have found that we provide the best representation to our clients when our caseload is smaller and more manageable.  When a law firm is does not accept a large number of cases, it it naturally easier to develop a relationship with your attorney and for that lawyer to provide one-on-one attention to each client.  At the Goings Law Firm, we strive to provide one-on-one attention to each client.  You will not be a just a number at our firm.  If you want a “high volume” firm, we would not be right fit for you.  We don’t operate with a “settlement mill” or “ambulance chaser” mindset, but with the focus on treating you in the same manner we would expect to be treated.

4.  Is The Attorney a Real Trial Attorney with Results in Court?

Another consideration in choosing a personal injury or wrongful death attorney is whether the attorney has a strong track record in going to court.  It is important to know if your personal injury attorney has the trial experience to represent you in court.  Often times attorneys have no desire or interest in trying cases even though they label themselves as “trial attorneys.”  The Goings Law Firm is truly a team of trial attorney who are not scared to go to court!  We refuse to take the “low-ball quick check” approach to representing victims.  We go to court when necessary.  We have found that if the insurance company knows your attorney is willing to take your case to trial before a judge or a jury, then the defendant or insurance company is more likely willing to resolve the case more fairly and with higher compensation.  On the other hand, if the defendant or insurance company knows that the attorney has a reputation of never taking the case to trial, then the the defendant or insurance company has no real incentive to fairly compensate you.  The Goings Law Firm has made its reputation in the courtroom with verdict after verdict in favor of our clients.

5.  Hire an Attorney that Other Attorneys Would Hire.

Lawyers in the community typically know which lawyers are the best to hire.  Asking a lawyer who they would recommend is often a good way to find a lawyer for your case.  The Goings Law Firm represents many clients on the recommendation of other attorneys.  In fact, attorneys often times refer clients to the Goings Law Firm in situations where a lawsuit is required to be brought in order to get fair compensation.  The Goings Law Firm is a firm that other attorneys hire to assist in representing their clients in complex litigation matter involving personal injury, wrongful death, and on the job workers compensation injuries.   In fact, Robert F. Goings was named in the Midlands of South Carolina as the Top Voted attorney in the field of Personal Injury in the 2019 Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite of the Midlands.  His honor was based on receiving the top number of votes by other attorneys in the Columbia and Midlands area of South Carolina.  We believe that you should hire an attorney that other attorney would hire!

 

 


Man dead after Aiken County rear-end accident

One man was recently killed in an accident involving a tractor and a box truck on the morning of November 6th in New Holland.

According to reports, 68-year-old George W. Kirkland was test driving his tractor at around 10:30 in the morning on New Holland Road after making several repairs to the vehicle. While driving north along the road, Kirkland’s tractor was struck by a 2010 box truck from behind. The truck was operated by Tramell G. Wagner and registered to a company named Carolina International, a shipping truck dealer out of Georgetown, South Carolina.

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton stated that the tractor driver was taken to the Aiken Regional Medical Centers after the accident where he was pronounced dead due to multiple bodily traumas.

South Carolina Highway Patrol authorities found that Kirkland was not at fault for the accident. According to reports, the accident is currently under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team.


Massive Accident Shuts down both lanes of I-26 for Several Hours

Embedded image permalinkAn early morning accident occurred on Interstate 26 in the eastbound lane of travel located northwest of Columbia, SC. The accident involved over ten vehicles, one of which was a large tanker-truck carrying 8,500 gallons of combustible fuel. The accident caused the truck to spill fuel all over the interstate. The truck and surrounding cars were engulfed by fire. Due to the accident, both lanes of travel were shut down for several hours. This caused major traffic back-up as I-26 serves as a major corridor for people traveling in and out of Columbia. Miraculously, no one was killed in the accident. The highway department is still ruling on the cause of this accident. The accident was so large that it garnered attention of some major news sources: view more stories here.

When an eighteen wheeler or truck accident occurs, it can cause major damage to surrounding vehicles, and it often results in either serious injury or death. When the truck is a tanker truck carrying dangerous chemicals or fuels, the damage can be magnified. While fortunately no one was killed in this accident, if you, a family member, or a friend were injured in this or a similar trucking accident, then contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today. With trucking accidents involving chemical spills, it is important to consult an experienced trucking accident and auto accident attorney, who can handle the complexities of your case. Please call Robert F. Goings and his experienced staff at the Goings Law Firm, LLC for a free case consultation.


Chameleon Carriers: Trucking Companies Create Major Risks on Roadways

http://norfolk.legalexaminer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/97/2013/11/photo-tractor-trailer-accidents.jpgLarge commercial vehicles, like tractor-trailers, are the largest vehicles traveling on road today. Because trucks are so large, they pose a significant safety concern, as accidents involving tractor-trailers can often be catastrophic. Safety is such a big concern that the government has an entire agency dedicated to monitoring and regulating the safe operation of large commercial vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) gives ratings to trucking companies who operate commercial vehicles, to determine whether they are in compliance with all safety regulations. If a commercial trucking company develops a poor safety rating, the FMCSA could impose penalties and even shut down a company if there are too many violations.

The problem with chameleon carriers

A “chameleon carrier” is a trucking company that re-registers with the U.S. Department of Transportation to avoid liability or problems with their safety ratings. Often times these “new” companies have the same office, same officers, and same drivers, but they are registered under a new name. This makes it easier for a trucking company to employ drivers with poor safety records. If a company has fines, they can simply close down and open under a new name. These are “fly by night” trucking operations that put the lives of people at risk on serious injury and death every day.

A 2012 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates only 2% of new transportation companies were screened to determine if they are a chameleon carrier. The GAO report also reveals that there is an 18% likelihood of a “chameleon carrier” being involved in severe accidents.

These chameleon carriers who slip under the radar could be employing drivers who have a history of drug abuse or other safety issues. In a recent case, it was discovered that one of these chameleon carriers was employing a driver who had a criminal history of marijuana and methamphetamine. The driver admitted to being under the influence of intoxicants at the time that he caused a 2008 accident that killed another truck driver. The owner of the company also admitted to creating a chameleon company in order to avoid regulations.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today!

The problem with chameleon carriers is one of the reasons why it is important to hire an experienced trucking litigation attorney as soon as possible after an accident.  Our Personal Injury Lawyers help prevent injuries and deaths as a result of trucking accidents by seeking damages for the reckless and negligent conduct of other drivers.  If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, we will work to secure the financial compensation that you deserve.  Please call Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 for a free case evaluation.

To learn more about Chameleon Carriers, check out this video below:


Truck Accident on I-26 Causes Traffic Jam During Morning Rush Hour

Earlier today, Friday, August 1, 2014, two separate accidents happened in the eastbound lane at the interchange of interstates I-26 and I-126. The first accident happened when a tractor-trailer collided into a car while changing lanes. The second accident happened when two cars collided as a result of the slow-down from the first accident. These accidents happened during the morning rush hour when many residents make the commute from the communities of Irmo and Lexington into the City of Columbia for work. Local news reports indicate that traffic did not begin to clear until after 9:30AM.

Often times when slow downs happen as a result of an accident, these situations can create distracted drivers. Traffic caused by an accident can often be very hazardous because of a drivers tendency look at the accident, which takes the focus away from the driving. Law Enforcement Officials have reported problems with “rubber necking effects” because of these tendencies.

If you have been injured in an auto accident of trucking accident, contact an experienced attorney today!

Injuries from trucking accidents can often be very severe. Additionally, auto accidents can be equally as traumatic to the parties involved. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, trucking accident, or as the result of a distracted driver, then contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC. You can discuss your case with an experienced trial attorney to evaluate your claim for free. Call today at (803) 350-9230.


Fatal Truck Accident Closes I-26

On Friday, July 25 a truck accident closed down a portion of I-26 near Orangeburg County. According to S.C. Highway Patrol, the accident happened in the eastbound lane near mile marker 159. The tractor-trailer was carrying hazardous chemicals, which leaked out during the accident, and DEHEC was called-in to clean up the accident.

If you or some one you know has been injured in a trucking related accident, please call the Goings Law Firm, LLC today!

Collisions caused by 18-wheelers, tractor-trailer trucks, and commercial vehicles can cause tremendous personal injury and in some cases even wrongful death. After a trucking accident, it is best to hire an experienced Columbia trucking litigation attorney as quickly as possible. 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. To discuss you case for free, contact a truck accident attorney at the Goings Law Firm, LLC by calling (803) 350-9230 today.


Ambulance and Tractor-trailer Collide in Orangeburg, S.C.

On Tuesday, June 17, a Tractor-trailer collided with an ambulance on Highway 176 in Orangeburg, S.C. The ambulance was carrying two patients who were being transported from a previous accident. The ambulance was in the process of making a U-turn when the accident occurred.

Our prayers go out the drivers, passengers, and families of those involved in this accident. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a accident involving a car or truck, we are here to help you.  Truck accidents cause significant injuries, and many times result in wrongful death. Please contact us today to see if we can help you and your family recover from trucking related accidents. We will work to secure the financial compensation that you deserve. Please call Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 for a free case evaluation.


Moped Driver Killed in Collision with Tractor-Trailer

On Wednesday June 6, 2014, a tractor-tailor hauling turkeys collided with a man driving a moped, causing the moped driver to be thrown from the moped and killed instantly. The collision happened at the intersection of Belfast Rd. at Silverstreet in Newberry, South Carolina. The accident closed Bellfast Road for several hours while the scene was under investigation.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the young man who was driving the moped. Often when auto accidents happen involving tractor-trailers, there is severe injury and extensive damage. Our Personal Injury Lawyers help prevent injuries as a result of auto accidents by seeking damages for the reckless and negligent conduct of other drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a accident involving a car or truck, we are here to help you. Please contact us today to see if we can help you and your family recover from the harm caused by trucking related accidents. We will work to secure the financial compensation that you deserve. Please call Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 or contact us online.


Memorial Day Truck Accident on I-20 near Columbia

May 25, 2014 accident

On May 25, 2014, during Memorial Day weekend, a significant motor vehicle accident occurred on I-20 near the Richland and Kershaw county lines. This accident is currently under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Parol, and the cause of the crash has not been released. The crash caused both westbound and eastbound lanes of I-20 near the Kershaw County and Richland County lines to be closed for most of the day.

Two cars were significantly damaged in the collision that also involved a large tractor trailer semi-truck.  A small truck was overturned, and a red mustang had the top of the car torn off. The 18-wheeler did not appear to sustain as severe of property damage. The extend of the injuries caused by this accident is currently unknown, but significant trauma was reported because persons were transported from the to Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia by helicopter. To learn about common causes of truck accidents, read this article.

Our prayers go the drivers, passengers, and families of those involved in this accident. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a accident involving a car or truck, we are here to help you.  Truck accidents cause significant injuries, and many times result in wrongful death.  Please contact us today to see if we can help you and your family recover from trucking related accidents. We will work to secure the financial compensation that you deserve.  Please call Robert F. Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC at (803) 350-9230 for a free case evaluation.


New Study: Pregnant Women at Greater Risk for Auto Accidents

On May 12, 2014, a new study titled, “Pregnancy and the risk of a traffic crash” by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) suggests that pregnant women, especially in their second trimester, may be at a greater risk for being involved in auto accidents. Pregnant drivers should be aware of their increased risks, and use extra caution driving on the roadways.  To read the study, click here: CMAJ Pregnant Driver Study 2014.

Why are pregnant drivers at higher risk of accident?

Pregnanc200519548-001y brings symptoms of morning sickness, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and distraction. All of these factors can contribute to driver distraction or driver error while on the roadways.

Why is the second trimester especially dangerous? The second trimester is when women feel the most effects of pregnancy, and often experience something called “pregnancy brain”, which is “the foggy thinking many women report as pregnancy progresses.”

What does this mean for pregnant drivers?

The study does not suggest that pregnant women should not drive. It only suggests that you should be aware of these greater risks and use especial care when operating a motor vehicle.

Anytime you drive a car, it is important to buckle your seat belt, take you time, slow down, and observe all traffic and safety rules.

Contact a Columbia Auto Accident lawyer at the Goings Law Firm, LLC if you have been injured in an Accident.

The Goings Law Firm, LLC  advocates for protecting the lives of future mothers and children on the roads.  Our Personal Injury Lawyers help prevent injuries as a result of auto accidents by seeking damages for the reckless and negligent conduct of other drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident as the result of another’s negligence, or if you a pregnant and have been injured in a car accident, then please contact us today by calling (803) 350-9230.


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What Clients are saying

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!

- Tiffany AL

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

- Jason D

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.

- Anonymous

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.

- Anonymous

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!

- Anonymous

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.

- Car Accident Client

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.

- Workers’ Comp Client

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.

- Slip and Fall Client

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.

- Personal Injury Client

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.

- Personal Injury Client

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.

- Anonymous

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.

- Personal Injury Client

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!!

- Personal Injury Client

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!

- Car Accident Client

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.

- Workers’ Comp Client

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!

- Personal Injury Client

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.

- Workers’ Comp Client

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.

- Dog Bite Client

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

- Personal Injury Client