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Delayed Injury Symptoms After an Accident

 

In 2015, the NCDOT reported that 251,638 traffic accidents occurred in North Carolina, of which 123,589 people were injured.   This is an 11% increase from the previous year.   

In some accidents, injuries sustained by drivers and passengers are obvious, and their symptoms are evident right away.  However, in some cases, notably sprains and strains of the neck and back (classified as soft tissue injuries), symptoms and issues can arise over hours or even days, and may not be evident at the accident scene.   

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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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My claim was denied based on “Contributory Negligence”.  What does that mean?

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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I’ve Just Been in a Car Accident, What Should I Do Now? (VIDEO)

 

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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If you have questions about your car accident or would like some assistance with your insurance claim, don’t hesitate to contact our office today.  Our consultations are always free and we’re here to help. 

 

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me with my Personal Injury Claim? (VIDEO)

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.   

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