The North Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys at Kurtz & Blum Discuss Car Accidents and Compensation
What You Need to Know If You Have Been Involved and Injured in a Car Accident
Lynn Prather is Kurtz & Blum's civil attorney. She is a trial lawyer who focuses a significant amount of her practice on car accident cases. In this video, Lynn gives you a brief overview of what you need to know if you've been in an accident. Also, be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions where you can find other accident related information.
Be sure to keep in mind that car and truck accidents are very different
in how they must be handled by an attorney. If you were hit by a truck
or a tractor trailer, see our truck accidents
page. Here we will explain why you really need an experienced accident lawyer to help you with your case.
Here is the transcript for our automobile accident video:
Lynn A. Prather, Civil Associate
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by another person's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. An injured person can recover for pain and suffering, lost wages for missing work, permanent scarring and disability, and medical bills. The spouse of the injured person may be able to recover as well for Loss of Consortium – meaning spousal care and companionship - depending on how severe the injury is and the effect on the injured person’s normal activities.
In North Carolina, it’s important that your actions did not contribute to the accident. If you were even 1% at fault, North Carolina law might bar you from recovering. This is called contributory negligence and it’s just one of the pitfalls that you must watch out for in a personal injury case.
Immediately after the wreck, if you are at all sore or feel injured, you need to seek medical treatment to document your injuries and to test for more serious injuries you might not know you suffered – like hairline fractures or concussion. Even a mild concussion can indicate a Traumatic Brain Injury has occurred. Many people make the mistake of thinking they don’t need to get medical attention because they don’t immediately feel significant pain, or they think their pain will go away on its own in a day or two, only to discover that the pain increases and they have spent days with an injury that should have been treated right away.
In addition, an agent or lawyer for the insurance company might someday question why you took several days to finally seek medical care. He might insinuate that you were not in pain because you would have gotten treatment if you were and suggest that you felt fine after the accident so your injuries must be due to something else. They might also try to convince a jury that you are faking when you are genuinely injured. That is why it is so important to immediately get medical attention if you feel sore or bruised.
The insurance adjusters will want to record your statement of what happened and will ask you to sign a waiver. You should talk to an attorney before you agree to talk to any insurance adjuster and before you sign anything. You need an attorney experienced in negotiating with insurance companies and in litigating cases in court if negotiations fail. I have the experience you need. Call me. I can help.
Our personal injury attorneys help people throughout North Carolina. We frequently handle cases arising out of the following counties: Chatham, Vance, Granville, Vance, Cumberland, Orange, Harnett, Wake, Durham, Forsyth, Edgecombe, Person, Johnston, Guilford, Alamance, Nash, Lee and Wayne.
Of course, we also take on cases from the cities and towns in our own backyard of Wake County, North Carolina including: Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Morrisville, Zebulon, Rolesville, New Hope, Knightdale, Wendell, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, Wake Forest and Holly Springs.