You are entitled to compensation if you or a loved one were injured in a car accident — through another driver's negligence. The victims of car accidents often experience many challenges. They can range from severe car accident injuries to serious interruptions in everyday life. We are here to help you understand your rights. We will pursue the damages you deserve for an accident you did not cause.
Those injured in motor vehicle accidents face unique challenges in recovering their rightfully due compensation. It would help to have an experienced car accident lawyer who understands your rights and will fight to protect them.
We work on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee basis means we only charge you something if we win a settlement in or out of court. This fee structure ensures we work hard for your case and that you don't have out-of-pocket expenses during a stressful time. We offer contingency fees for other practice areas, such as:
Being in a car accident is traumatic and can cause several types of injuries. From minor injuries to severe and life-threatening ones, you deserve compensation for them. Here are some of the most common car accident injuries:
Whiplash is a type of neck injury caused by rapid acceleration or deceleration of the head and neck, which causes the soft tissues in the neck to stretch beyond their normal range of motion. Symptoms of whiplash typically include:
A traumatic brain injury happens when there's been a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. TBIs can result in concussions, memory loss, and more.
Broken bones can happen from minor to severe car accidents. Because broken bones may take a long time to heal, you might miss work and pay while you recover.
Burns are also common injuries in car accidents and can be in the first to fourth degree.
Cuts and scratches can range from severe to minor. Unfortunately, severe cuts can get infected and require months of treatment.
Back injuries are a common consequence of car accidents. The pain and disability from a serious back injury can be severe and long-lasting. Unfortunately, back injuries may not appear immediately; manifesting can take days or weeks. Symptoms, such as:
should all be evaluated by a medical professional.
Internal injuries can be some of a crash's most severe and life-threatening. Internal injuries are often not immediately apparent, as there are no visible signs of trauma on the outside of the body. The most common types of internal injuries include damage to the:
In addition to these organs being damaged, they can also be affected indirectly due to shock waves created by the force of impact. Internal bleeding can cause severe pain and discomfort and can lead to organ failure if left untreated. It is essential for anyone involved in a crash to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Facial injuries from car accidents can be devastating, leaving victims with disfiguring scars and long-term physical and emotional trauma. Injuries may range from minor cuts and bruises to more severe lacerations or fractures.
Broken glass is one of the most common causes of facial injuries in car accidents, as shards of glass can cause deep cuts that require surgical correction. Impact with a:
In addition to the physical pain caused by facial injuries in car accidents, victims may also suffer psychological trauma due to the disfigurement they experience. Depending on the severity of the injury, reconstructive surgery may be necessary to repair the damage done. However, even after corrective surgery, there is still a chance that a victim will be left with a lasting scar.
The psychological impacts of car accidents can be devastating and long-lasting. Victims may experience various emotions, including fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, and anger. These feelings can be incredibly intense if the accident results in physical injuries or death. Even without physical injuries, psychological trauma can still be severe. Survivors may suffer from the following:
Chest injuries are common in motor vehicle accidents, ranging from painful bruises to broken ribs and internal injuries. Car accidents can result in chest injuries due to impact force on the steering wheel, seatbelts, or dashboards. The power of the impact can cause bruising or even fractures of the ribs, sternum, or spine. Internal bleeding or organ damage can occur in more severe cases due to blunt force trauma.
There are many types of damages accident victims can pursue after an auto accident. Some of those are:
Economic damages are losses that arise from an injury or harm to another's property, business, or finances. Economic damages include:
Non-economic damages are personal injury cases that cannot be quantified or measured. These include:
Punitive damages are legal damages that a court will award to punish the wrongdoer for egregious misconduct or to set an example for other potential violators. They are generally in addition to any other compensatory damages that were awarded.
Special damages, also known as consequential damages, do not occur directly from a breach but are considered a consequence of that breach. They include economic losses such as lost profits or the cost of repair or replacement. They may also have other losses, such as emotional distress due to the breach.
Yes, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. This civil action seeks compensation from someone whose negligence or misconduct led to the death of your loved one. Retaining an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible is essential. Your legal representation will investigate the case as quickly as possible to gather the evidence before it's lost.
When you experience a car accident, it can be challenging to assess the full extent of your injuries immediately. This is because adrenaline kicks in and temporarily turn off your pain receptors.
Personal injury claims with insurance companies can be complex. The insurance company's goals are to minimize how much they pay out. We have experience in handling all types of car accident claims and working with insurance. Whether you were injured due to a drunk driver or a rear-end car accident, let legal representation from The Law Offices of John M. McCabe help. Some of the damages we can collect for a client after sustaining car accident injuries are:
Our experienced accident attorneys can ensure you get the most compensation possible by:
Not exactly. Insurance companies are notorious for looking out for their bottom line, not your well-being. Major car insurance companies have legal teams that will do everything possible to get you to admit fault. This is especially important in North Carolina, as we are a contributory negligence state.
It depends on the details of the settlement. If you can demonstrate a financial loss related to your dispute, you may be awarded compensation, including lost wages. Speaking with a lawyer before accepting any settlement offer is essential to determine if it covers lost wages.
Loss of Use is a form of damage compensating for the inability to use an item or service damaged due to an incident covered by insurance. It is designed to reimburse an insured for their financial losses due to the loss of use or function of an item, space, or other experience.
It depends on the terms of your insurance policy. Still, an insurance company will generally pay up to the car's fair market value if it is deemed a total loss.
Remember that an auto loan balance is sometimes more than the car's value.
In some instances, the lender may not be able to pay out the entire loan amount if the vehicle's market value is lesser than the loan balance; this results in the owner of the car being left with a loan repayment for a car they no longer drive.
Our firm is committed to helping you understand your rights and seeking just compensation. We are here to fight the insurance companies on your behalf. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your car accident case. Contact our firm for a free consultation.