In A Car Accident? Call Layton Law

If you are in a car accident, the great news is your lawyer is only a phone call away. Our firm works on a contingency basis when representing personal injury clients. This means you don’t owe us anything unless we are able to recover something for you.

Call Us From The Scene Of The Accident

We know even minor accidents are stressful. If you’re in a car accident, It’s never too early to hire a personal injury lawyer. After you’ve made any necessary calls to Medic and the police, you can call us from the accident scene if you need guidance as to what to do next. We’re here to help. Our office can answer questions on the spot, help you understand your options in any given situation, and assist with any other concerns you have before leaving the accident scene.

Early Mistakes Can Cost You Your Case

Statements that clients make to police officers on the scene end up in police reports. Clients who speak with insurance adjusters prior to obtaining counsel, rarely know those statements are recorded. Often, those recorded statements serve to compromise their case.

Turn It Over To Layton Law

When you sign with us as a personal injury client, we handle all communications with insurance adjusters going forward. We also obtain copies of any recorded statements so we can analyze them and get ahead of any weaknesses in your claim or case.

You receive regular updates from our office as we obtain medical records and medical billing once your treatment is complete. These records serve as the basis for the value of your case, and are submitted as part of a Demand Package to the insurance company.

Put Our Experienced Attorney and Staff To Work For You

Our office is equipped to stand up to aggressive insurance adjusters and opposing counsel when necessary. When you hire us, you put our experience to work for you. We are familiar with insurance strategies for claim denials, and we stay the course throughout the life of your case. It is not uncommon for our office to turn a denial into a fair settlement for a client.

Five Star Reviews Tell Our Clients’ Stories

We are most proud of our client interaction, and the care we show our clients. We know you have been through a lot, and that there is no amount of money that can undo the long-term physical and mental anguish of a life-altering car accident. Our clients have been generous enough to leave us reviews across the internet which confirm for us that our message of care and compassion for them is received. When combined with a result the client is happy with, we consider our mission accomplished.

Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer Today

In a car accident and need help? Call us at 704.749.7747. Or you can click HERE to request a free phone consultation. You will get your questions answered and the call is free. When it comes to choosing a personal injury lawyer, we know you have choices. We hope you choose Layton Law.

Pregnancy Injuries From A Car Accident

Pregnancy injuries from a car accident can range from minor injuries to miscarriage. If you are pregnant and are in a car accident, certainly you need to visit the doctor to be examined. If you experience pregnancy injuries from a car accident and the accident was not your fault, you deserve to receive compensation for your damages.

Medical Treatment Changes If You are Pregnant

When an individual is in a car accident, a trip to the emergency room may be enough to determine the extent of injuries. This is true especially if the doctor orders x-rays or an MRI. When you are pregnant and in a car accident, you will need an extensive battery of tests run to determine if the unborn child has been injured. As your medical bills and injuries increase, generally the value of your claim increases. A personal injury lawyer can make a critical difference in guaranteeing that you are treated fairly when negotiating a settlement with an insurance company.

Types Of Injuries To Unborn Children

Pregnancy injuries from a car accident may manifest themselves in several ways. At the very least, an auto accident while pregnant firmly places your pregnancy in the high-risk category. This may necessitate additional monitoring by doctors, or ongoing tests to confirm the health of your child as they develop in the womb.

Numerous clients we have represented experienced premature birth because of a car accident while pregnant. While premature birth itself is a complication resulting from a car accident, a premature birth often leads to birth defects or a new-born failing to develop properly. This increases the risk for disability as the result of the accident. Often a personal injury case or claim will need to remain open until the damages can be confirmed and quantified for the purpose of valuing the claim. Your personal injury lawyer can explain how to protect your rights.

Fetal death or Miscarriage is unfortunately caused primarily by car accidents. This can be caused by physical impact to the mother. Additionally, if the mother loses oxygen for an extended period, the unborn child can be the victim of fetal death.

Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you would like to speak with a personal injury lawyer about potential injuries to an unborn child because of a car accident, we are here to help. Whether it is just answering a question or moving forward with representation, our firm is ready to act for you. You can request a free consultation online, or you can call 704.749.7747 to speak with a lawyer today.

Free Consultation Charlotte Personal Injury Lawyer

If you need a consultation with a Charlotte personal injury lawyer, you are a few minutes away from speaking with a Charlotte personal injury lawyer. The Layton Law Firm, PLLC has built its reputation on responsiveness to clients, which includes providing consultations quickly. Consultations can be done over the phone or in person. Ready to talk to a lawyer NOW? Chris Layton is the founding law partner and handles all personal injury consultations. To get started, call 704.749.7747 or fill out a quick form and we will call within an hour: CONSULTATION FORM.

What Can I Expect From My Free Personal Injury Consultation?

If you’re in a car accident or the victim of a slip and fall, we know you need advice. We’re happy to help you understand your options whether you decide to use our firm or not. During your free personal injury consultation we will discuss:

Speak With A Lawyer—The most important aspect of your free consultation is that you actually get to SPEAK WITH A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY. Many firms have you spend time with a staff member to determine if your case is worth taking. When you call our office for a consultation you will be connected DIRECTLY to a personal injury lawyer and you’ll get a chance to ask questions.

The Facts Of Your Case—Tell us what happened and let us assess liability for you. If you have a police report (request a police report HERE)we’re happy to review that with you as well. If the consultation is over the phone you can either email or fax the report and the lawyer will review it with you.

Your Injuries—You’ll get a chance to tell us the injuries you sustained from the accident, and describe the medical treatment you’ve received thus far. We will ask a few questions about your treatment status and the timeliness of your treatment, which will help us assess your case. We can also discuss how Medical Liens and Medical Billing are addressed in personal injury settlements.

The Likelihood Of A Financial Recovery—If you are in a car accident, slip and fall, or other personal injury matter, you will quickly find out that you must first prove you are entitled to compensation. While it will be difficult to assess the value of your personal injury claim, the lawyer will be able to assess the likelihood of getting the at fault party to accept liability, and explain the theory of liability based on the facts of the accident.

Discuss How Personal Injury Claims Work

For most of our clients, it is their first personal injury claim. As a result, we make sure to answer questions about the timeline of a personal injury claim. The timeline changes depending upon the length of your treatment, and whether a lawsuit must be filed, but the conversation will help set your expectations about how much time it will take to resolve your claim.

You Can Decide If You Like Us

Most importantly, you should work with a personal injury lawyer and law firm that you like. The free consultation with a Charlotte personal injury lawyer gives you a chance to do just that. You should feel cared for, and that the lawyer is interested in your claim. We hope you will choose to work with us but we know that’s a personal choice, and we hope the phone call or in person meeting helps you decide.

Discuss The Personal Injury Fee Arrangement

Most of our personal injury work is done on a contingency basis. This means we don’t get paid unless you get paid. If we reach a settlement for you, our standard fee is one third of the settlement amount. You will find this is pretty standard in North Carolina. We like this arrangement because it allows individuals to get legal protection without writing a check. We also believe you can trust your personal injury lawyer when they tell you that the insurance company’s offer is a fair offer, or that the lawyer thinks you should file a lawsuit. When the lawyer is getting paid a percentage of the amount recovered, it means you’re both fighting for the same thing.

Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you would like to speak with an attorney about your personal injury case, we’re here to help. The call is free and you will come away with a much better understanding of your options. You can reach us at 704.749.7747 or click to request a FREE CASE EVALUATION, and we will be in touch shortly.

Further Reading

If this article was helpful, you may find other helpful articles on our Personal Injury Blog. Thank you for visiting the website—we hope it has been helpful.

 

Estimated Personal Injury Settlements

Personal injury attorneys learn very quickly the pitfalls of discussing estimated personal injury settlements with their clients. The value of your personal injury claim is dependent upon numerous factors. As a result, two cases with the exact same injuries may have very different results in terms of a personal injury settlement. Below are some common factors which affect your personal injury settlement.

The Facts – As you might imagine, depending upon the facts, two cases with the same injuries may have dramatically different results in terms of what they may settle for, or what a jury awards. For example, an individual who is rear-ended in a car accident and suffers a concussion has a different case than an individual who has a grocery store slip and fall and suffers a concussion. Strong facts which clearly establish liability or fault will boost the value of your personal injury claim. Weaker facts, for instance where each driver claims the accident was not their fault, may lead to complications unless evidence can be obtained firmly establishing fault of the other driver. If your claim involves wrongful death, pedestrians, or passengers, the outcome will differ as well.

Contributory Negligence – You can’t discuss estimated personal injury settlements in North Carolina without discussing Contributory Negligence. We’ve written extensively about Contributory Negligence in our blog because it affects many North Carolina personal injury claims. Generally speaking, Contributory Negligence is an affirmative defense. It is a rule in North Carolina which says that if a jury determines the plaintiff is 1% or more at fault, the jury is instructed to give the plaintiff nothing. This is an outdated rule and one your personal injury attorney must wrestle with in order to prove your case. While most claims do not go to court, insurance adjusters commonly introduce Contributory Negligence into the settlement conversation, to remind the plaintiff that there is a very serious risk in litigating a personal injury claim in North Carolina if it’s possible the jury determines the plaintiff was even 1% at fault.

Pre-Existing Injuries – While you are entitled to be compensated for your injuries, you will find the insurance company for the at-fault party will diligently research whether you had a pre-existing condition before this accident. Even a note in your prior medical records indicating a simple complaint regarding back pain, will be used to demonstrate you had existing back pain prior to this accident. The two sides will end up arguing over the extent to which this accident worsened the back pain, and assign a value to that.

Rule 414 – Rule 414 is a rule of evidence which personal injury plaintiff’s attorneys are familiar with. The rule says that the only evidence of medical billing which can be introduced into evidence in court, is medical billing which has actually been paid, and medical billing which is still owed or outstanding. In short, if you have $100,000 of medical treatment, and Medicaid pays $5,000 to the hospital, unless there is a remaining balance, your attorney will only be able to enter $5,000 into evidence at trial as medical billing. Because juries use medical billing dollar totals to help them calculate what they believe is a fair settlement, you can see how this tends to under-emphasize the extent of your injuries at trial. Your lawyer will also need to determine whether you have any Medical Liens as a result of your claim and negotiate them as part of settlement. Once again, two clients who have the same exact injuries but different insurance coverage, may see very different jury results in their personal injury verdicts.

Standard of Care – Generally, a claim of negligence requires you show that a standard of care was owed to you by another person and was not fulfilled. This is called a Breach of Duty, in the personal injury world. In many slip and fall claims, obstacles arise in proving that the standard of care was breached. For instance, you may be able to prove that there was water on the floor of the grocery store, and that you slipped in that water. However, if the store can prove that another customer spilled that water on the floor three minutes before you slipped in it, they will prevail on their argument that the store did not breach it’s duty to you—there wasn’t enough time for the store to discover and fix the dangerous condition. While there is no set rule for the amount of time a hazard must exist, slip and fall cases routinely turn on who created the hazard (another shopper or an employee), whether the store knew or ‘should have known’ about the hazard, and how much time passed since the hazard was created.

Pain and Suffering – Pain and suffering is essentially what you endure as a direct result of the accident. When reviewing your settlement, the amount attributable to pain and suffering is anything above and beyond payment for medical bills and lost wages. Your lawyer will submit a demand package as part of the personal injury settlement process. That demand package will outline your pain and suffering and you will have a chance to review it prior to its submission.

Lost Wages – Lost wages are part of your claim. They will need to be verified by your employer. Your attorney will provide you with a form for your employer to complete, indicating your rate of pay, dates missed, and total lost wages. If you are self employed, you will need to provide copies of tax returns from prior years and other evidence that your lawyer will use to construct a lost wages claim for submission.

The Reputation Of The Personal Injury Lawyer – If your personal injury attorney has a reputation of following through on claims, thoroughly investigating claims, and negotiating claims in good faith, we believe that you are able to maximize your settlement offer in your personal injury claim. If your attorney has a reputation of threatening to file a lawsuit but never follows through on that threat, you can imagine the insurance company may not take that lawyer’s claims as seriously as they will a claim from another law firm. One way to check the reputation of your lawyer is to look at their Google Reviews. We are proud of our history with clients, and thankful that they choose to leave reviews about their experience.

Hiring a personal injury attorney is key in successfully negotiating your claim. The attorney is not simply arguing over dollars and cents; instead, the attorney is building your case using all of the above factors. By persuading the insurance adjuster that the lawyer will succeed with their case, you are more likely to maximize the settlement offer from the insurance company. Estimating personal injury settlements prior to having all the facts, medical records and billing in hand is a bad idea for both you and your personal injury attorney. This process will require some patience, but hopefully your patience will pay off with a fair settlement or jury verdict.

Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you would like to speak with an attorney about your personal injury case, we’re here to help. The call is free and you will come away with a much better understanding of your options. You can reach us at 704.749.7747 or click to request a FREE CASE EVALUATION, and we will be in touch shortly.

Further Reading

If this article about estimated personal injury settlements was helpful, you may find other helpful articles on our Personal Injury Blog. Thank you for visiting the website—we hope it has been helpful.

Layton Law Protects Pedestrians

As part of our 2019 campaign to protect pedestrians, we are giving away our “Layton Law Protects Pedestrians – SLOW DOWN” yard signs. In our personal injury practice, we are surrounded by injured individuals. When the injury is a pedestrian injury, the injuries are quite dramatic. If a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle there is of course a significant chance they may never recover. These are heartbreaking cases, especially when the pedestrian is a Minor. As a parent of young children, I am fearful every day that a careless driver will injure my children or other children in our neighborhood.

Prevention Is The Goal

According to www.watchformenc.org, roughly 3,000 pedestrians and 850 bicyclists are hit each year in NC. When a pedestrian is injured, we are there to help protect their rights. However, a much better solution would be to play a role in preventing pedestrian injuries in Charlotte. Our yard signs have that goal in mind. We’ve seen numerous yard signs in the past encouraging drivers to Drive Like Your Kids Live Here. We love those signs! However, some careless drivers remain undeterred. Our signs are meant to remind them there are serious consequences awaiting drivers who hit pedestrians. Our hope is that we are able to get the attention of more drivers by delivering this slightly different message.

The Yard Signs Are Free

We are making these yard signs free to anyone who would like one. The more of these signs we are able to get into view throughout the city, the better. If you or any of your neighbors would like a Layton Law Protects Pedestrians yard sign, simply click HERE to send us a request. Just tell us you’d like a sign and we will arrange to have one at the office for you for pickup.

How Can You Help?

First, by simply placing the sign in your yard, we believe you’re raising driver awareness. Second, if you like the law firm’s pedestrian safety campaign and want to encourage more efforts, simply leave us a Google Review letting us know. Lastly, share this post on social media within Charlotte so others will know the signs are available. Sometimes the encouragement from others in the community helps to keep the momentum rolling.

Call Us With Questions Or Ideas

Lastly, if you have questions about the yard signs or the pedestrian campaign, please call us. If you have ideas you would like to share regarding other ways in which we can become involved in pedestrian safety, please reach out with those ideas. You can call us at 704.749.7747 or click HERE to submit ideas and questions.

Further Reading

If you would like to read more articles on our website, check out our Personal Injury Blog or our Bankruptcy Blog.

Will My Personal Injury Bills Go To Collections?

Car accidents lead to hefty personal injury bills for both property damage and medical treatment. Hopefully, you’ll recover enough in your personal injury settlement or your child’s personal injury settlement, to take care of all of your bills. The problem is that many personal injury claims take a year or longer to settle. Medical providers are not always as patient with your billing as you might want them to be.

Communication With Billing Providers Is Key

If you’re represented by a Charlotte personal injury attorney, generally they will reach out to your providers to let them know they represent you. This puts the billing provider on notice that it will be a while before the bill is paid. The hope is that once your provider knows your bill is being paid in conjunction with settling your personal injury claim, they will hold your bill until the case settles. In many cases, the provider will check in with the personal injury attorney’s office every few months for a status update on the case. They will then mark your file to be reviewed again in a couple of months.

What If They Send My Bill To Collections?

Even if your personal injury attorney tells the billing provider you are represented in a personal injury claim, the provider may still choose to send the bill to collections. This could also mean that credit reporting agencies will be notified that your bill is delinquent. While this is annoying and you don’t deserve this treatment, the providers have the right to treat unpaid bills this way.

Should I Make Monthly Payments On My Medical Bills?

There is nothing wrong with making payments on your medical bills until your personal injury case settles. When the case does settle, you can get credit for any payments you’ve made on the bills, the same way you will get credit for paying co-pays at the time of treatment. This may be a way to keep the bills out of collections until your settlement comes through.

Will My Personal Injury Attorney Negotiate My Personal Injury Bills?

We have written a few articles on this website in our Personal Injury Blog about negotiating medical bills. Typically your personal injury attorney will negotiate your medical bills. There are relevant North Carolina statutes which also limit the amount of your settlement that medical billing providers are entitled to. Your attorney will use these statutes together with arguments about your case, to encourage medical providers to lower their bills.

Filing Bankruptcy After Personal Injury

If your personal injury settlement is insufficient to pay all of your personal injury bills, you might consider filing bankruptcy. Our firm has helped numerous personal injury clients with bankruptcy filings. Clients generally have additional debt such as credit card debt or unrelated medical bills, which make filing a bankruptcy a smart decision. We’re happy to discuss how bankruptcy works, or you can visit our Bankruptcy Blog and get some questions answered there.

Speak With A Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you have questions about working with a personal injury attorney, or if you have questions about a medical bill from a car accident, call us today. You can call 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE CASE EVALUATION and we will contact you immediately. When it comes to choosing a personal injury law firm, we know you have options. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.

How Is Pain And Suffering Calculated In North Carolina (NC)? Pain and suffering is calculated differently by personal injury attorneys and insurance companies. As a result, often your attorney and the insurance company will argue about the value of your pain and suffering. As you might imagine, the insurance company’s number is always lower than the attorney’s number. This article addresses how pain and suffering is calculated in North Carolina. It attempts to help you understand the value of your personal injury claim. Keep in mind every claim is different, and a personal injury attorney can assist you with establishing your claim and fighting for a fair result.

Liability Is Key To Any Recovery

Before we ask “How is pain and suffering calculated?”, we must first establish that there was responsibility on the party from which you seek reimbursement. In other words, was it their fault? It is a given you had injuries resulting from a car accident or slip and fall. The next step is to prove that the other party was at fault, or responsible. If you fail to prove that, your pain and suffering—in fact your entire recovery—will often be zero.

Proving liability can be challenging. North Carolina makes it more difficult with the Contributory Negligence rule, we have written about on our website. This rule states that if you are even 1% responsible for the accident or injury, you should receive nothing. North Carolina personal injury attorneys spend their days fighting this rule for their clients.

How Is Pain And Suffering Calculated In Different Car Accidents?

Imagine a scenario where two individuals are in two separate car accidents. In Accident #1, the injured party is rear-ended while sitting at a stoplight. They suffer a concussion. In Accident #2, the injured party is injured when another driver changes lanes, and the two vehicles collide side-by-side. The injured party suffers a concussion, just like in Accident #1.

In Accident #1, liability is clear. The personal injury attorney and the insurance adjuster may end up arguing over the value of pain and suffering, which is normal. In Accident #2, the attorney and insurance adjuster will also argue over the value of pain and suffering; however, the insurance adjuster will potentially only offer half of what they are offering in Accident #1. Why? Because there is an argument that if the case went in front of a jury, the jury might decide that the insurance company’s client was not at fault. Or, the jury may decide that the injured party was 1% or more responsible, and offer them nothing, based on the rules of Contributory Negligence.

In the instance above, we have identical injuries, yet the pain and suffering calculation for each injured party will likely be different. Here are a few other factors which affect pain and suffering calculations:

Medical Treatment Sought—A failure to seek proper medical treatment immediately after an accident can result in a lower value of your claim, despite legitimate injuries.

Time Of Recovery—If an individual takes an abnormal amount of time to recover, their pain and suffering is arguably higher than someone who recovers quickly.

Age Of The Injured Party—Children may receive higher pain and suffering than adults, to compensate for the emotional content of their experience.

Extenuating Circumstances—Therapy needed for anxiety can change pain and suffering. Also, if the accident caused you to miss your child’s wedding or graduation, this would be considered as well.

One Method For Calculating Pain And Suffering

When taken in context with the information above, some attorneys will argue that pain and suffering starts with a calculation based on the medical treatment received. Insurance adjusters and personal injury attorneys will then argue about the billed amount of the treatment vs. the actual cost. The reason is that health insurance often pays far less than what the doctor billed. The same is true of Medicaid and Medicare. Lastly, these health providers may have Personal Injury Settlement Liens, and those will need to be addressed with any settlement figure reached.

A Second Method For Calculating Pain And Suffering

A method far less popular is to assign a per day amount that pain and suffering is worth. The personal injury attorney takes that amount and applies it to the length of time from the date of the accident until the last date of treatment for the injured party. The concept is to compensate the injured party for the number of days it took for them to return to full health.

Insurance Company Pain And Suffering Calculations

Often, you will find that insurance companies try to ignore the attorney calculations altogether. Instead, they rely on advanced software designed for their industry. That software takes into account your injuries, medical treatment, lost wages, and many other factors. Importantly, the software will also take into account past jury verdicts in your area. The idea is to offer a settlement reflective of what a jury might give you. The insurance company will want to lower that number however, because by settling with you, they are reducing the risk for you that a jury would give you less.

The Importance Of Working With A Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal injury cases get complicated very quickly. It’s easy to compromise your rights by giving a recorded statement to the insurance company, or signing a release. A personal injury attorney will not only protect you from these pitfalls, but also help to maximize the value of your claim. You will typically find that the attorney’s fee is far outweighed by the end settlement amount, and by the peace of mind that you are being protected along the long path to recovery.

If you want to know “How is pain and suffering calculated?” or if you have questions about working with a personal injury lawyer for your car accident, call us today. You can call 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE CASE EVALUATION and we will contact you immediately When it comes to choosing a personal injury law firm, we know you have options. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Reviews

In our opinion, Charlotte personal injury attorney reviews will tell you more about working with a specific law firm or attorney than anything else. If you’ve been in a car accident, have a work-related injury, or suffered a slip and fall, choosing a personal injury attorney is important, and can dramatically affect the outcome of your case. Typically, a Charlotte personal injury attorney review is written by a client who has worked from start to finish with a Charlotte personal injury law firm. The review is representative of the client’s actual experience with the firm, and when combined with other reviews, gives you priceless insight in deciding which Charlotte personal injury attorney to hire.

What A Law Firm Claims vs. How A Law Firm Actually Behaves

There are countless law firms with websites and commercials, all claiming they are the right choice for you. You’ve been injured, your case is worth money, and law firms wants to represent you. The distinguishing factor between a website or commercial, and Charlotte personal injury attorney reviews, is that the reviews reflect the actual experience. The commercial or website is simply the upfront promise. It’s relatively easy to put together a glossy website or expensive commercial, and use it to bring in business. Without a doubt, it creates an impression upon the customer who is trying to decide whether to hire that particular Charlotte personal injury attorney.

Reviews, on the other hand, can give you an inside look at what it will actually be like to work with the law firm. The rest of this article will focus on what we believe to be the value of Charlotte personal injury attorney reviews, and how you can use them to make your decision.

One Bad Review Is Not The End Of The World

Let’s start off with the idea that if you do business long enough, you’re going to have an unhappy customer. Perhaps its that the result achieved was less than what the client thought or expected. Sometimes, the result is fine, but the client felt like the law firm or lawyer didn’t care for them—phone calls weren’t returned, the client did  not feel like they were being updated regularly, etc.

In our opinion, whether it’s a law firm or a restaurant, a bad review can actually taken as a sign that all the reviews collectively, are an honest assessment of client’s experience with the law firm. In other words, if every review was absolutely perfect, you may have a reason to be a little bit skeptical about the reviews. On the other hand, if 9 out of 10 of the Charlotte personal injury attorney reviews are horrible, that should also tell you something about the firm.

Thoughtful Clients Write Reviews

It takes a lot of effort and desire to write a review of a business. That typically means that the person writing the review feels very strongly about the review they are leaving. Nobody is forced to leave a review—in fact lawyers are not allowed to provide incentives for reviews for ethical reasons. So, when someone chooses to write a review, it’s usually because they had a strong reaction to their experience with the lawyer or law firm. Essentially, most people don’t expect to get anything out of writing a review. So, it’s safe to assume they are trying to alert others who are deciding about the lawyer or law firm, to either hire them or find another person to represent them for their personal injury matter.

Does The Number Of Reviews Matter?

We think so, to some degree. If a large law firm helping thousands of clients a year in the Charlotte, NC area only has 12 reviews, that could be a bad sign. We want clients to have a very strong and positive reaction to working with us. Our goal is that the client is so excited about the result, and so excited about their choice to work with our firm, that they decide to write a review to express their excitement. If only one out of every few hundred people is doing that, perhaps the general experience with the firm is a mediocre one. While Google doesn’t show all reviews, the number of reviews and stars next to the lawyer or law firm’s name is something to consider. A single five star review is probably not enough information to base your decision upon. Twenty or more five star reviews seems sufficient to allow you to consider the reviews in your decision-making process.

What Are The Reviews Really Saying?

If you read between the lines in any client Google review, you can usually interpret the client’s experience. Our experience as a personal injury law firm is that people leave a review when they are happy with BOTH the result we achieved for them, and the way we went about achieving it. That is to say, the experience matters. You generally work with your Charlotte personal injury attorney for many months in order to try to resolve your personal injury claim. Many claims are extremely emotional. A client who leaves a great review for a Charlotte personal injury law firm is usually trying to say “This law firm cares.” We think it’s the greatest compliment a law firm can receive.

Speak With A Charlotte Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Please read our online reviews. We are proud of the number of clients who have taken it upon themselves to tell the ‘world’ about our firm and how much they liked working with us. Every time we see a new review, it gives us the continued confidence that we are doing good work. If we see a bad review, we try to learn from it and of course reach out to the client to see how we can do better.

If you’ve read our reviews and would like to speak with us about a personal injury matter, we’re here to help. You can call 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE CASE EVALUATION. When it comes to hiring a Charlotte personal injury law firm, we know you have choices. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.

Child Personal Injury Settlements In North Carolina

If a child is injured in a car accident or slip and fall in North Carolina, they are commonly entitled to the same rights as adults. One major difference in the outcome of a personal injury claim for a child or minor, is the distribution of funds to the child.

Child Settlements Without Court Approval

In small child personal injury settlements, often the settlement can be reached without court approval. Truthfully, this is a question of risk tolerance for both the insurance company and the personal injury law firm. The fear is that if a child settlement is reached without court approval, the child may later claim they were not treated fairly by the settlement. In most cases, insurance companies feel they bear most of this risk. As such, the insurance company will typically decide whether they are comfortable settling without court approval. A settlement of $5,000.00 or more by the insurance companies we work with regularly, typically requires court approval.

In child settlements without court approval, the funds are delivered to a parent or guardian, with the assumption the parent or guardian will use the funds in the best interest of the child. While this saves time and cost as compared to a child personal injury settlement requiring court approval, it is not always possible when the settlement amount is higher.

Child Personal Injury Settlements With Court Approval

In those cases where the insurance company requires it, or the attorney feels it is advisable, a settlement can be reached by the parties and then be submitted for court approval. In doing so, the personal injury lawyer appoints a Guardian Ad Litem to represent the child in court. Typically, this is one of the parents. A lawsuit is then filed in the name of the Guardian Ad Litem, for the benefit of the child. The primary purpose for the lawsuit is to gain access to the court system so that the settlement can be stamped as approved by the court.

If the parties are agreeable, the personal injury attorney will submit medical bills and records, together with all fees. The parties will communicate to the judge that they are in agreement. The judge will review the records and approve the settlement as proposed, or recommend changes.

Disbursement Of Funds In Child Settlements

The court will generally hold the proceeds from a child personal injury settlement, to be later distributed to the child upon reaching the age of majority (18 years old). While there is a small fee for the court to do so, the interest on the money usually covers that fee. If funds need to be disbursed from the settlement to cover ongoing medical costs, a provision for doing so may be built into the court approved settlement.

Further Reading

Do I Have A Personal Injury Claim

Child Injury Lawyer In Charlotte, NC

Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If your child was injured in an accident and you’d like to speak with a lawyer, we’re here to help. We advise clients every day about their rights in personal injury matters. We’re happy to hear your story and help you understand your options. You can call us at 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE CONSULTATION and we’ll call you shortly. We know you have choices. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.