Kurtz & Blum, PLLC - Criminal Justice Attorney

Personal Injury Attorney in Raleigh

Any type of serious injury can cause debilitating financial stress for you and your family. Medical bills, missed time from work, and other expenses can quickly add up to disaster. However, when someone else’s negligent or careless actions caused your injury, you have a right to demand compensation for the losses you have suffered.

The dedicated personal injury lawyer at Kurtz & Blum, PLLC, has more than a half-century of combined legal experience helping accident victims in Raleigh and throughout North Carolina.  Our respected legal team works with individuals and families who have been harmed by car and truck accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, workplace accidents, nursing home abuse, and other tragic situations. We understand what you are going through, and our personal injury lawyers are here to help.

Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer

Our law firm’s five attorneys work collaboratively to develop a strategic approach to each personal injury, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation claim we pursue. We look at your case from every angle to determine who can be held liable for your losses and what compensation is available to you.

Contact our Raleigh personal injury lawyer today for a free consultation. We will provide you with an honest assessment of your case right at the outset. We will explain your legal options and make sure you know where you and your potential claim stand. Call us now to get started.

How Our Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You

Unfortunately, an insurance company will often deny a personal injury claim outright or try to pay far less than you deserve. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses, with records and statistics from previous claims that tell them what to offer for injuries like yours before even hearing the details of your case. They also know when to stall a claim in hopes that the injured victim will simply give up.

As your personal injury lawyer, the team at Kurtz & Blum can fully document your accident, injuries, and losses, as well as the defendant’s responsibility for the accident. Armed with extensive evidence, we will negotiate aggressively in pursuit of a proper settlement. You can count on our respected Raleigh personal injury attorneys to:

  • Investigate how your accident occurred and identify all responsible (“liable”) parties
  • Examine medical records and consult medical experts to determine the full extent of your injuries and recovery prospects
  • Calculate your past, present, and projected costs and losses due to your accident and injuries
  • Identify insurance coverage applicable to your accident and injuries
  • File insurance claims on your behalf, manage all communication with insurers, and negotiate aggressively in settlement talks
  • Draft and file a lawsuit demanding compensation you are owed if a reasonable settlement cannot be reached

Most personal injury and wrongful death claims are settled out of court through negotiations. North Carolina requires Superior Court cases, which seek more than $10,000 in compensation, to go to mediation or another program designed to make civil litigation more economical and efficient. Regardless of how your case progresses, we will be prepared to fight for what’s right every step of the way. We will make sure you understand the options available to you and how we intend to pursue the compensation you deserve.

Schedule a free consultation with our legal team today.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

Our Raleigh personal injury lawyer helps families and individuals who have suffered harm due to someone else’s negligence in a variety of cases, including:

No matter how you were hurt, if you believe someone else is at fault for your injury, you need to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your options for pursing compensation. Talk to our team today

Set up a free consultation

Compensation in North Carolina Personal Injury Claims

If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or criminal intent, you may be entitled to financial compensation. North Carolina personal injury law allows you to seek compensation from individuals and entities responsible for your losses.

However, North Carolina is one of few states to abide by the doctrine of pure contributory negligence. This means that if you contributed to the accident in any way, you may not be eligible to obtain compensation. That’s why you need a skilled attorney to evaluate your situation and build a strong case in support of your claim.

In a North Carolina personal injury claim, the plaintiff may seek damages for:

  • Medical expenses — from emergency care to hospitalization and treatment, medication, rehabilitation, psychological counseling, or ongoing care and assistance in cases of disability.
  • Lost income — salary, wages, and the value of benefits, perks, bonuses, etc., not realized during recovery from injuries, as well as any projected losses from being unable to return to work or to the same level of work.
  • Property damage — costs to repair or replace personal property, such as a vehicle damaged in an accident, or real property damaged in a fire, a hazardous waste spill, etc.
  • Pain and suffering — compensation awarded for the physical pain and mental distress the plaintiff has been put through due to their injuries and/or the injuries of a loved one.
  • Punitive damages — an additional payment awarded in cases of a defendant’s egregious or malicious conduct. Punitive damages in North Carolina are capped at three times the amount of compensatory damages awarded (medical expenses, property damage, lost income), or $250,000, whichever is greater.

In almost all personal injury claims, compensation is paid by insurance coverage held by the individual, business, organization, or other entity responsible for an accident. It may be auto liability insurance, homeowners’ insurance, business liability insurance, and/or other coverage. This is why it is always proper to pursue a personal injury claim: An insurance company has contracted with the defendant to make the payment if it becomes necessary; the money you receive does not come out of the defendant’s pocket.

As your personal injury lawyer, Kurtz & Blum will work to identify all insurance coverage that can be applied to your accident and losses, and we will seek the maximum compensation available to you. We may be able to identify multiple defendants who are liable to you, such as the employer responsible for a driver who caused your car accident while on the job. This is another reason to never accept an insurance settlement without an experienced Raleigh personal injury attorney’s advice.

Compensation for Workplace Injuries in North Carolina

If you have suffered an injury or illness in the performance of job duties assigned by an employer in North Carolina, you are likely to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that pays the full cost of medical care and a portion of lost wages to employees who suffer occupational injuries, regardless of fault.

In exchange for workers’ comp payments, employees may not sue their employer for additional compensation after a workplace injury or illness. However, workers’ compensation rules do not prohibit claims against non-employers whose negligence caused or contributed to a workplace injury. The law allows “third-party” claims against negligent contractors, vendors, co-workers, etc.

The compensation recovered in a third-party workplace injury claim may supplement or exceed workers’ comp payments, which are limited by the injured worker’s earnings and state-mandated maximums.

Protect Your Right to Compensation After an Accident

What you do immediately to protect yourself after an accident can have a significant impact on your insurance claim and/or a personal injury lawsuit. The insurance company has a bottom line to maintain. Obtaining the compensation you deserve for serious injuries suffered in an accident can become a fight if your losses are steep.

Our Raleigh personal injury lawyer will pursue every legal avenue available to demand full compensation for you after an accident. In the meantime, if you or a loved one has been injured, here are five steps for you, a family member, and/or a friend to take to protect your potential claim for compensation:

  • Get medical care. You must demonstrate that the accident left you with compensable injuries. This requires a record of medical treatment. If you do not require emergency medical care after an accident, see a doctor within 24 hours. You must also follow doctor’s orders for treatment, or the defense can argue you were not badly hurt.
  • Report the accident. Call police about an accident on public property (a car accident, a fall, or an assault in a park, etc.). Report an accident in a commercial establishment (store, restaurant, mall, etc.) to owners or management, and ask to file an official report. If a private organization does not have a policy for accident reports, follow up by writing to the establishment to explain what happened to you. Get it on the record.
  • Document the accident and your injuries. If possible, get photos of the accident scene and any property damage, and of any hazards that contributed to the accident, like a spill in a grocery store aisle that caused a slip and fall. Take photos of your injuries, bandages, cast, etc. If police responded to the accident, get a copy of their report. Save all bills and receipts for costs connected to the accident, as well as any correspondence, such as with your employer or insurance companies. As you recover, keep a written, audio, or video journal of your progress and setbacks.
  • Be discrete about your case. The possibility of pursuing legal action after suffering a personal injury is something to keep to yourself. This does not belong on social media. Statements you make or photos you post could be used against you. Discuss your accident and injuries only with your doctors, caregivers, and your attorneys. Never accept blame or admit fault for the accident, and do not downplay your injuries. Do not sign anything from any insurance company without the advice of a lawyer.
  • Let an attorney speak for you. After a serious injury, you should focus on recovery, not insurance forms. In addition to protecting your rights to compensation, a personal injury lawyer can take care of all paperwork, communications, and other details of documenting and filing an insurance claim after your accident. At Kurtz & Blum, we can pursue a full and proper settlement based on our thorough understanding of North Carolina personal injury law, with the goal of taking as much of the burden off you as possible.

Talk to Our Dedicated Raleigh Personal Injury Attorneys Now

Do not sign anything an insurance company representative presents to you after suffering serious injuries in an accident unless an experienced personal injury lawyer has counseled you to do so. You could easily agree to a payment that is for much less than you deserve while signing away your right to seek more.

Contact the personal injury lawyers of Kurtz & Blum today for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. We will discuss all your legal options for pursuing insurance compensation and answer any questions you may have. Call us anytime at (919) 832-7700 or fill out our online contact form.

Awards & Recognition:
©2024 Kurtz & Blum, PLLC. All Rights Reserved.