This post discusses NC Car Accident Settlements. The Bishop Law Firm represents car accident injury victims in North Carolina and we do not get paid unless you win your case. Call us for a free case review, (919) 615-3095 .
In NC, if you have been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own you can recover the costs of your medical expenses, missed time from work and be compensated for your pain and suffering. Punitive damages are awarded in few cases. If you are at fault for the motor vehicle accident, you generally can not recover due to contributory negligence.
If you are injured while at work in a automobile accident, you can have a NC Workers’ Compensation case as well as a personal injury claim.
How to calculate a NC Car Accident Settlement
A very basic calculation of a NC Car Accident injury settlement would look like: (Medical expenses + lost wages) + pain and suffering. There are different ways to calculate non-economic damages (pain and suffering). Some NC personal injury lawyers use medical expenses and lost wages as a base for calculating pain and suffering: Economic Damages x Multiplier = Pain and Suffering amount. The multiplier can run from 1-5 with 5 usually being a wrongful death claim.
As an example, Donald Duck was injured in a car accident and sustained $20,000 in medical bills, prescriptions costs and medical supplies. He was out of work for two weeks. He makes $1,000 a week from his job. During this time, Donald had severe pain from his personal injury and was unable to sleep or bathe without assistance. The hypothetical settlement using a multiplier of 2 would be $66,000 (($22,000 x 2)+22,000).
The amount of compensation you are eligible for from your accident claim depends on the extent of your injuries and your financial losses. Every car accident case is different. It would seem logical that the greater your injury, the greater your expenses and thus the greater your car accident settlement. While this is usually true, cases involving a drunk driver, children or a highly publicized automobile accident can increase the average car accident settlement due to the likelihood that a higher jury verdict may be returned.
Depending on your injury, there can be a higher likelihood of long term affects, need for future medical care or complications (brain injury, orthopedic injuries, i.e.). Below are links to a discussion of NC Car Accident Injuries:
- Back Injury After Car Accident
- Neck Injury After Car Accident
- Chiari Malformation After Car Accident
- Brain Injury After Car Accident
- Blunt Force Trauma To Head From Car Accident
- Shoulder Injury After Car Accident
- Leg Injury After Car Accident
- Foot Injury After Car Accident
- Skin Injury After Car Accident
- PTSD After Car Accident
- Vehophobia After Car Accident
- Chronic Conditions From Car Accidents
- Delayed Symptoms After Car Accident
Obtaining compensation for your loses should be as simple as filing a claim with the adjuster at the insurance company. But, all too frequently, insurance companies will deny liability on a car accident claim or refuse to pay for needed medical treatment. In other situations, insurance companies will use your situation against you, and persuade you to settle your claim for less than you are entitled to receive. An insurance adjuster can try to settle a injury claim before all necessary medical treatment is obtained or wait until the statute of limitations has run so the accident victim gets nothing.
If you have sustained a serious injury from a NC auto accident that was not your fault an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer will be able to guide you through the process and ensure that each of your interests are represented to the insurance company or the jury, if needed. This is especially true when your injuries and subsequent medical treatment are complex.
Car accident lawyers can foresee and tackle the legal issues that you may not be aware of at the time of your claim. The attorney you hire after a car accident, truck accident, or other motor vehicle wreck will set the tone for how you are treated by the at-fault party’s insurance company.
If you have been injured in a accident and have questions about NC Car Accident Injuries & Settlements, give The Bishop Law Firm a call today for a free case review. We represent personal injury clients in Raleigh , Cary , Durham , Wilson , Fayetteville , Chapel Hill , Roanoke Rapids, Louisburg, Smithfield and Rocky Mount to name a few. We look forward to working with you and wish you a speedy recovery.