In North Carolina, when you are injured because someone else was negligent, the negligent person is liable for all of the consequences of your injuries. A typical example is when you are hit by another vehicle on the road. The person who crashes into you is responsible for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. The car insurance company for the at fault driver will contact you and evaluate your claim. Sometimes the insurance adjuster will deny your claim because of “contributory negligence”. What does that mean?
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Asheville Car Accident Lawyer Lakota R. Denton explains what you should do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident, to help ensure that you don’t get taken advantage of by an insurance company. This video contains some of Lakota’s tips, based on having dealt with hundreds of car accident victims in Western North Carolina.
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As an Asheville personal injury lawyer, it is common that someone comes into my office asking if I can represent them in a minor car accident claim. When a car accident is minor and the details are simple, I often advise the potential client that they handle the claim on their own, armed with some basic knowledge and know-how. Occasionally, these clients return to my office down the road looking for help resolving the claim, if they are unable to reach an agreement with the insurance company or adjuster.
When can you handle a claim by yourself?
You can attempt to settle a claim by yourself, and avoid paying your personal injury attorney the 33% fee (that most all injury lawyers charge), potentially saving you thousands of dollars. For example, if you are able to settle your case for $10,000, you will not have to pay your attorney the $3,333 that they charge for representing you.
What to Do and Why After a Car Accident
The stressful nature of collisions makes it difficult for many people to think clearly about the next steps to take after a car accident. However, the unfortunate reality of these situations is that everything you do can complicate your car accident claim later. Here’s what to do in the first moments, hours, and days after a car accident.
If you’ve been in a car accident, you’ll eventually start thinking about how to maximize your personal injury settlement in order to cover your bills. There are a few tried-and-true tactics that lawyers recommend when settling or litigating car accident claims. Here are 8 tips on getting the most money from your car accident claim.
1. Follow Up with Medical Treatment Immediately
In order to have a high-value car accident case, you must lay the foundation for your claim. Even though you might feel fine at the scene of the accident, it’s crucial to get care as soon as possible. If you do not seek treatment within 72 hours of your accident, the insurance adjuster will most likely deny your claim outright.