Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accident Claims in North Carolina
1. How much time do I have to file a claim?
If you wish to file a personal injury lawsuit against a third party, the
statute of limitations is three years. If you fail to file your claim
within three years from the date of the
car accident, you could lose your right to seek compensation altogether. If the claim is for
wrongful death, however, you only have two years before your claim is time barred.
2. When should I see a doctor?
It is best to see a doctor as soon after an auto accident as possible.
Even if you don't think you have suffered an injury, a doctor can conduct
certain tests that may reveal injuries you were unaware you had. In addition,
many insurance companies will not pay for your injuries if you do not
seek treatment right away.
3. How much will the insurance company pay for pain and suffering?
While there is not an exact formula, in general, the amount the insurance
company pays correlates to the severity of the injuries and the amount
of medical care you require. In general, the more serious the injuries
are, and the more extensive the treatment is, the more you will be able
to recover for your pain and suffering.
4. What if I cannot work because of my injuries? Will I be able to recover
my lost wages?
Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not pay for any part of a claim
until you are ready to settle your case for a lump sum, which typically
happens after you have received all of your medical care and treatment.
If you incurred lost wages due to your injury or medical treatment, you
should be compensated for those wages as part of you lump sum settlement
5. An adjuster contacted me about settling my case. Should I do it?
It is usually not a good idea to settle your claim with an insurance adjuster
before you have finished your medical treatment. When you settle your
case, you will be required to sign a release that cuts off future benefits
forever. If you sign this release before you have finished with your medical
treatment, you will not be able to recover any sort of compensation for
future treatment, if your injuries get worse, or if your doctor discovers
6. When should I contact my insurance company?
It is best to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. The insurance
company may prejudice future claims, such as underinsured and medical
payments if you fail to report your claim.
7. How long will it take to settle my claim?
Depending on your specific case, it could take anywhere from several weeks
to several years to settle. The duration of your medical treatment drives
the timing of the case. However, it is important to fully treat and recover
from your injuries. Do not rush through your treatment or avoid treatment
altogether in a hurry to settle your claim. At Lanier Law Group, P.A.,
we can take steps to expedite the handling of your case so that when you
are fully recovered we can move your case to settlement as quickly as possible.
8. How much do you charge for your services?
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not collect an attorney
fee unless we recover a settlement. If a settlement is recovered, we take
a percentage as payment for our services.
If you have any additional questions regarding car accidents in North Carolina, please contact an attorney