Personal Injury FAQ
Get answers from experienced North Carolina attorneys
It’s not unusual to have a lot of questions after suffering a personal injury accident. Searching for the right information and finding clear answers can be hard. That’s why Brent Adams & Associates has provided answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about personal injury claims in North Carolina.
Below you will find common questions brought up about personal injury accidents. If more questions arise, feel free to navigate through the rest of our website or contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation. Remember, these answers are general information, not legal advice. The only way to understand how the law applies to your individual case is to talk to an attorney.
- What is a personal injury claim?
- How much is my personal injury case worth?
- How long do I have to file a personal injury case in North Carolina?
- Should I accept a settlement claim for my personal injury accident?
- How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
- How can a personal injury lawyer help me?
A personal injury occurs from an accident that was caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior. The following are some types of accidents that can result in a personal injury claim:
A personal injury claim is an insurance claim or lawsuit against the person or business responsible for your injury. A personal injury claim is meant to compensate you for your injury-related expenses, including medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more.
A wrongful death claim is similar to a personal injury claim, but it is brought by the estate of a person who died in a personal injury accident. There are specific rules and regulations regarding who can file a wrongful death claim in North Carolina.
Every personal injury case is different, so there is no set dollar amount. It all depends on the different factors of the injury, like the severity, cost of medical treatment, and whether the injury is temporary or permanent. When these things are considered, an accident could be worth anywhere from few thousand dollars to millions of dollars.
Ultimately, only an attorney can tell you what your claim is worth. The best way to find out the value of your case is by speaking with a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can after your accident.
Legally, in the state of North Carolina, you have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury case. This may seem like a long time, but the longer you wait, the more difficult it is to build a case. Important evidence may disappear and witnesses may forget what they saw. That’s why you should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.
If an insurance company wants to settle your personal injury case, you should be skeptical. Never accept a settlement from an insurance company without talking to a lawyer first. Some insurance companies make “lowball” offers that barely cover your accident-related costs. Once you accept their offer, your case ends there. If it turns out that the cost of your injury is more than the settlement, you cannot go back and negotiate for more money.
This is why it is so crucial to speak with an experienced lawyer. They can investigate your claim and let you know the full value, which is often much higher than the amount offered by insurance companies. An attorney can advise you whether a settlement is in your interest to accept or reject (but remember that the final decision whether to accept a settlement is up to you).
You may be hesitant to hire a personal injury lawyer, thinking you cannot afford one. But injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means it won’t cost you anything unless your case reaches a favorable settlement or jury verdict. In other words, you pay nothing unless we win. Everyone deserves quality legal representation and working on a contingency fee basis makes it possible.
After building your case and getting results, your injury lawyer is paid, but still not out of your pocket. Their fee will come out of the amount recovered for your case.
Navigating the legal system can be difficult and confusing on your own. A personal injury lawyer will break down the whole legal process for you. We can investigate the details of your accident, manage your legal strategy, and keep you informed while you focus on getting better.
At Brent Adams & Associates, we believe in making a difference in people’s lives and giving personal attention to our clients. We fight hard to get each client the maximum compensation they deserve. Having one of our personal injury lawyers by your side gives you the upper hand. Level the playing field with the insurance companies and contact our firm today.