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Think You Can’t Afford to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

In the aftermath of an accident, it can be difficult to know how best to proceed . You may be recovering from serious injuries, but you’re also likely facing potentially large financial obligations like medical bills, car repair costs, and lost wages. Due to the overwhelm and mounting financial burdens, many people think that they will be unable to afford to hire a personal injury lawyer.

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What Does it Cost to Hire an Attorney to Help with your Injury Claim?

When people consider hiring a personal injury attorney, they often believe that they can’t afford an attorney, due to the common stereotype that attorneys charge expensive hourly rates. In some practice areas this is true, but almost all personal injury attorneys offer free consultations and handle cases on a contingency basis. This means, for example, that your car accident lawyer will not be paid anything unless your case reaches a settlement or positive outcome/judgment.  To put it bluntly, they only get paid if you do.  Most North Carolina injury lawyers charge a contingency fee that will be roughly 1/3 of the final settlement or judgment.  Consulting with a personal injury attorney is not only extremely affordable,  but also is likely to be in your best interest.

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Personal Injury Pain and Suffering Calculator

 

If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled by law to certain money damages.  These usually include payment for your medical bills, lost wages, and something called “Pain and Suffering“.  Calculations for Medical bills and lost wages are usually very easy – if you have a $5,000 medical bill, the at fault party owes you $5,000 to pay for that bill.  But money damages for physical pain and mental suffering is much more difficult and subjective to calculate. 

Here are some of the factors that help determine the value of physical pain and mental suffering.  Keep in mind that a jury usually makes this valuation, and settlements are usually based on how a jury might value the case.

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8 Ways to Maximize Your Personal Injury Settlement

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.

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