We handle a wide variety of serious personal injury cases, including:
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death
- Medical malpractice
- Car, truck, bicycle, and motorcycle crashes
We understand the devastating effects that a serious injury can have on your life, including financial strain, physical and emotional trauma, and long-term lifestyle changes. We have tried hundreds of personal injury cases and settled even more.
Three of our partners began their legal careers in insurance defense work, defending at-fault drivers and their insurance companies in car wreck cases as well as people and companies in other types of liability cases. After many years, we switched to the much more satisfying work of representing car crash victims and other injured peoples. Our years spent defending insurance companies give us a unique insight into the methods and mindset of these companies and their defense attorneys. We are able to use this insight to our clients’ advantage, and we work tirelessly to make sure that our clients are fairly compensated for the injuries they have suffered.
Personal injury cases typically have two options to recover monetary damages: you can settle your case, or you can win a jury trial. We hope for a fair settlement for every client, but we are always prepared to go to trial if necessary. Local defense attorneys and insurance carriers know this about us, and we believe this gives us an advantage in negotiating. In other words, we are not a “settlement mill”; we devote a great deal of time, attention, and energy to every personal injury case, and we work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
Car Accidents, Crashes, and Collisions
Many of the cases we handle are car accidents caused by the negligence of the other driver. Lots of firms take out billboards or send out mailings to advertise that they handle car accident cases, but the unfortunate truth is that many of these firms take on a very high volume of car wreck cases, settle them quickly for relatively little money, and move on. We believe that the best way to achieve a favorable settlement for our clients is to treat each case as if it will be tried in court. If you are searching for a lawyer to represent you, it may be a good idea to ask each lawyer how many cases they have actually tried in court. We settle many of our cases, but we are always prepared to fight for our clients if they are not offered the amount that they deserve. While results vary from case to case, our firm recently represented a client who had been offered only $8,500 from the insurance company to settle her case before she came to us. We worked hard to asses her damages and to prove them to the insurance company, and she was ultimately awarded a total recovery of $250,000.
Medical malpractice cases are often the most difficult personal injury cases. North Carolina legislators have recently introduced a number of new requirements under the guise of “tort reform” that make it even more difficult for injured patients and their families to seek justice and much-needed compensation for their injuries. Tort reform laws are often touted as necessary to stop “frivolous” cases, but are actually designed to boost profits for insurance companies and to give special treatment to healthcare providers. In reality, we would never want a “frivolous” case, as medical malpractice cases require a huge amount of time, money, and effort. We have tried a number of medical malpractice cases over the years for clients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, birth injuries, paralysis, and other debilitating injuries or death resulting from medical negligence. We have also obtained many confidential settlements for our clients.
Bicycle Injury Cases
Two of our attorneys are active cyclists, and one is a former racer. We know the prejudices against cyclists that must be overcome to successfully prosecute a case. We have obtained substantial recoveries in numerous cases of serious injury and death to cyclists resulting from careless and negligent motorists.
Tractor-Trailer and Trucking Accidents, Crashes, and Collisions
Accidents involving trucks or tractor-trailers can be particularly damaging. Early involvement is often key to successful representation of the victim of a trucking accident. The trucking company and its insurance company and attorneys are typically involved and documenting their position within hours of a serious accident. Knowing what evidence to seek and what evidence to preserve can make the difference between a modest recovery and a major recovery for the victim. We have prosecuted trucking cases for more than twenty years and have a track record of substantial recoveries. Many of these cases have involved bitterly contested liability defenses as well as difficult injuries, including brain injury.