Asheville’s eclectic charms have allowed it to maintain a consistent position at the top of lifestyle lists in recent years. Our city is frequently named one of the best places to visit or live in travel, food, and other publications. Western North Carolina’s rapid population growth is evidence of this interest in our area. But the rise in tourism and new residents has also correlated to an alarmingly high number of Driving While Intoxicated arrests.
If you’ve ever been injured by someone else, whether from a car crash or from some other kind of negligence, you will know that recovering money for your injuries can be a long, complicated process. North Carolina law states that when you are injured because of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to certain “damages”, or money for your injuries. These include things like payment for any medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Making sure you are fairly and fully compensated for these damages is usually the work of a personal injury lawyer. Whether you are settling a personal injury claim without a lawyer, or with a lawyer, here’s how to maximize your settlement.
Asheville is home to many rental properties where residents live full-time. While landlords and property management companies are frequently responsive to tenants’ issues with broken sidewalks, shaky stairs, or other safety hazards, many landlords drag their feet or ignore tenants’ complaints about dangerous conditions entirely.
Car accidents can be confusing and challenging to sort out, but getting in a car accident involving a driver for a ride-sharing company like Uber or Lyft (either as a passenger, or driver of another vehicle) can add additional confusion to the situation. The good news is that your task immediately after the accident is the same: If you are able, document the accident with photos (of the vehicle damage, any injuries, and the surrounding roadway/intersection), talk to and get contact info for witnesses, and obtain the medical care you need, making sure to follow your MD’s orders throughout your treatment. It is always wise to speak with an Asheville Personal Injury Attorney, to help determine the best course of action, and to ensure that you’re treated fairly by an insurance company.
In 2015, North Carolina reported approximately 251,638 traffic crashes were reported, of which almost 124,000 people were injured. This was an increase of 11.1% from the previous year, according to the North Carolina 2015 Traffic Crash Facts, put out by the NCDOT.
Delayed Onset of Symptoms
Drivers and passengers often display obvious signs of injury after severe automobile accidents, but sometimes individuals involved in traffic crashes do not exhibit these symptoms until hours or days later. If you have been involved in a major or minor traffic crash, you should be aware that an injury could have occurred for which you are not yet symptomatic. It is common that an accident victim thinks they are uninjured at the time of the crash, only to find out later that they have suffered significant injuries with a delayed onset of symptoms. It is important that you let EMS evaluate you after a crash and go to the ER if you’re having any symptoms within the first couple days, because if you do not, an insurance adjuster can use your lack of treatment to attempt to prove that you were not actually injured, and are faking your injuries to get money. Having a record of medical treatments dating back to the crash is the best way to prove your injuries are real and legitimate.