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Contusions From Car Accidents

Our clients’ medical records often reflect contusions from car accidents. Often, insurance adjusters seek to minimize the impact of contusions when it comes to settlement offers. Working with a personal injury lawyer will help to make sure you are treated fairly when you reach a personal injury settlement.

What Is A Contusion?

A contusion is a condition where a capillary or blood vessel is leaking into the surrounding area. While it can be painful and take time to heal, put more simply, a contusion is a medical term for a bruise.

Soft Tissue Contusions From Car Accidents

The most common type of contusion is a a soft tissue contusion. Muscle contusions are bruised muscles or tendons. These can result from impact with your dashboard or steering wheel in a car accident. You will have some or all of the following symptoms:

Discoloration

Swelling

Stiffness

Soreness

While you should seek medical attention for your injuries, there is not much a physician can do to treat a contusion. They will recommend Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation or “RICE”. They will also prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to help reduce the pain and inflammation. Lastly, they may recommend a brace or wrap to keep the area in place while it heals.

Bone Contusions From Car Accidents

A second type of contusion is a bone contusion. While the end result is similar to a soft tissue contusion, bone contusions are less common. They also take more time to heal. Whereas a muscle contusion may take a few days to a few weeks, a bone contusion can take a few months to heal.

How Do I Know If I Have A Broken Bone?

Quite often, doctors will take x-rays or an MRI to confirm that your condition is in fact a contusion and not a broken or fractured bone. This is simply a process of elimination. While an x-ray won’t show a bone bruise, it can help to eliminate a fracture as the culprit.

What Is A Contusion Worth In Personal Injury?

Your personal injury claim is made up of numerous elements. While a contusion alone is not a high value personal injury, you deserve to be treated fairly by the insurance company for the at fault driver. A personal injury lawyer can help to build your case from many aspects—lost wages, pain and suffering, and special damages.

Contusions from car accidents help to tell the story of the accident. A contusion on your head or face shows you made contact with your vehicle upon impact. While the injury alone may not give rise to a large personal injury settlement, it helps to establish the violent nature of the car accident.

Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you’ve been in an accident and would like advice, we’re here to help. You can reach us at 704.749.7747 or click to request a FREE CASE EVALUATION. We know you have choices. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.

When someone is involved in a pedestrian personal injury involving an automobile, the results are often heartbreaking. The Layton Law Firm began its reputation for representing pedestrians by successfully represented a 17-year-old boy who was seriously injured by a driver, while crossing a busy Charlotte street at night. After fighting a denied claim and ultimately prevailing against the insurance company for the child and his family, we made it a priority to fight hard for injured pedestrians.

We currently represent numerous pedestrians in personal injury and wrongful death actions. We take each law firm client’s injuries seriously, but injuries to children and pedestrians are specifically important to us because of the extreme nature of the injuries and the age of the individuals involved. As a result, children and pedestrian injuries have become a passion of ours. Unfortunately, winning a pedestrian claim can be an uphill battle requiring persistence, creativity, and diligent pursuit of recovery.

Don’t Pedestrians Always Have The Right Of Way?

This is the question always asked when there is a pedestrian injury. As a Charlotte pedestrian personal injury lawyer, unfortunately I find myself quite often answering “Not always”. While pedestrians often start with a presumption of right of way, they can easily forfeit it by being too far outside a crosswalk, crossing the road at a non-designated spot, or being inebriated. In fact, there are some instances where a pedestrian actually must yield to the motorist.

How Do I Preserve The Pedestrian Right Of Way?

There are a few guidelines which will help preserve your right of way as a pedestrian. Always strive to:

  • Walk with the cross-walk signals
  • Stay inside specifically marked cross-walk pathways
  • If a sidewalk exists, use the sidewalk (and not the roadway)
  • Electric wheelchair users: follow the rules for pedestrians, NOT for vehicles

Do Drivers Have Responsibilities To Pedestrians In NC?

Yes, there are. Even in a situation where a pedestrian may have yielded the right of way, the operator of a motor vehicle must still exercise reasonable care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian in the roadway. The doctrine of Last Clear Chance can also be applied, and your Charlotte Pedestrian Personal Injury Lawyer will discuss it with you. Essentially, it says that even if a pedestrian has forfeited the right of way, if the operator of the vehicle has the last clear chance to avoid an accident, he or she must avoid the accident. This doctrine applies in other personal injury situation as well, such as automobile accidents between the operators of two vehicles.

How Can A Personal Injury Lawyer Help?

A Charlotte personal injury lawyer will help to make sure you are treated fairly. Insurance companies often deny pedestrian claims based on contributory negligence, or some other factor. An aggressive legal strategy can often overcome this denial and help achieve a fair result. It is our opinion that pedestrians make good plaintiffs.

When an insurance denial is met with a threat of a lawsuit, quite often we are able to reach settlement before entering the courtroom. In most cases, an insurance company does not want to appear in court against a pedestrian, because it shows an unwillingness to settle the case or to be reasonable in accepting liability for the plaintiff’s injuries.

Pedestrian injuries also often lead to large medical bills. Your personal injury lawyer will not only work to secure a fair offer for you, but can also negotiate some of your medical billing. The end result is you end up with more money in your pocket. The ability to negotiate these bills stems from the attorney’s understanding of N.C.G.S. 44-49 and 44-50, which is a limiting factor when it comes to liens resulting from medical treatment related to the injury.

You deserve to have someone fight for your rights. Insurance companies are focused on the bottom line. We focus on the client.

Speak With A Charlotte Pedestrian Lawyer Today

If you were a pedestrian, and you were hit by the driver of an automobile or motorcycle, please call us at 704.749.7747. Or, if you’d like us to call you, just click HERE to request a call online. An attorney will be happy to discuss your rights and provide you guidance, at no charge. There’s no obligation to hire us but we hope you’ll choose to Recover With Us.

If you need a free copy of your accident report, we’re happy to obtain that for you as well– just click HERE to request one and simply let us know the date of your accident, the location, and your full name.

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Tow Truck Near Me Now

If you’re looking for a “Tow truck near me now,” we have a few links to reputable tow truck companies in the Charlotte, NC area in this article. Chances are, you may also need a personal injury lawyer. If you’ve been in a car accident and you’re still on the scene, here are a few tips:

  • Take Photographs – First, take photographs of the damage to the vehicle that hit you. Once they are gone, so is your chance to capture their damage. Second, take photographs of the damage to your vehicle. The photos of both vehicles will help to prove that the other party was at fault. Lastly, take photos of the area. If possible, walk about 50 feet away from the accident (in a safe area) and photograph the area where the accident happened. This helps provide perspective for your personal injury lawyer or insurance adjuster.
  • Request A Police Report—You should call the police, and when they arrive on the scene, make sure to tell them you would like a police report created. You won’t be given a police report on the spot, but you should be provided with a driver exchange form. Your police report will arrive about 5 days later in the mail. Once a police report is generated, we will be happy to provide it to you free of charge– just call us. Or, you can get one HERE.
  • Double-Check The Facts With The Officer—Officers are human beings. They get things wrong. Make sure you clearly tell the officer what happened . Then, have the officer repeat it back to you. Listen for any facts which might invite someone to decide the accident was your fault or both drivers’ fault. Correct the officer if they get the story wrong.
  • Seek Medical Attention Quickly—First, it’s important for you to make sure you’re OK. Adrenaline from the accident may convince you you’re not injured. Or, perhaps you’re trying to ‘tough it out.’ This is no time for that. Second, make sure to tell the ambulance driver and/or ER doctor that you were in a vehicle accident. This will be entered into the medical record and establish the purpose of your visit.
  • Continue Your Medical Treatment—You should continue your medical treatment for several reasons. First, you’re following a doctor’s orders, in an attempt to get healthy again. Second, any interruption in your medical treatment will be used against you if you file a personal injury claim later. Lastly, any gaps in medical treatment may be used to demonstrate that you were not injured, or did not need the treatment you received after the gap.
  • Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer—Whether you hire a lawyer on the spot or not, it’s a great idea to call a personal injury lawyer to get advice. You can reach us at 704.749.7747 and select the option for new client—your call will be received by a lawyer and you’ll get help right away.

Tow Truck Companies In Charlotte

Rather than google “Tow truck near me now” and end up with a random company, here are a few we recommend. If you need a tow truck company in Charlotte, these may be helpful. We see their names on police reports every day in our office, and we know they are reliable:

Hunter Wrecker 704.375.9357 (http://hunterwrecker.com/contact/)

Dellinger Auto and Wrecker 704.588.3875 (http://dellingerwrecker.com/contact/)

Independence Towing  980.277.3070 (https://www.charlotteautotowingnow.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInJ7I2c-Y4AIVC9bACh1INwEBEAAYASAAEgKPhPD_BwE)

Speak With An Attorney Today

If you’ve been in a car accident, you deserve to know your rights. Call us at 704.749.7747 or click for a free case evaluation and we will reach out today. We know you have choices. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.

How Much Does An MRI Cost?

According to data released from NerdWallet Health, an MRI costs on average about $2,611.00. Your insurance may pay for some or all of that expense. Any way you look at it though, it’s an expensive procedure. Additionally, you’ll receive a separate charge from the Radiologist to read the MRI. If your physician requests contrast dyes in conjunction with the MRI, the price goes up further.

Is An MRI Important For My Personal Injury Case?

If your doctor recommends one, you should have one done. In any case, an MRI can reveal injuries which an X-ray will not reveal. An MRI of the brain and spinal cord can reveal brain tumors, MS, stroke, and problems with your eyes and ears. An MRI of the bones and joints reveals herniated discs, fractures, torn ligaments and tendons, and arthritis.

Put quite simply, the value of your car accident or slip and fall increases if your injuries increase. In other words, the purpose of a personal injury lawsuit or settlement is to make you whole again. As a result, the primary thing you must prove to the insurance adjuster or to the jury, is that you have suffered an injury which has left you in a worse state than you were in prior to the accident. An MRI, together with a doctor’s medical notes, becomes evidence of those injuries sustained in a car accident or slip and fall accident.

Today you may be wondering how much it will cost, but if your doctor recommends an MRI and you forego getting one, you may find out that your personal injury claim is worth less than full value. Your medical bills are typically paid through your personal injury settlement, especially if they are filed as a personal injury settlement lien.

Next Steps For Car Accident Or Slip And Fall Accidents

If you have been injured in a car accident or slip and fall accident, you should seek medical treatment immediately. The primary reason of course is to be sure of what treatment you might need—allowing injuries to go untreated can exacerbate them and make them worse. Second, if you do have a personal injury claim, a delay in treatment will serve to lower the value of your personal injury claim or personal injury case.

Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Need help or advice? That’s why we’re here. Call us today to speak with an attorney. You can reach us at 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE CASE EVALUATION and we’ll reach out to you today. When it comes to choosing a personal injury law firm, we know you have options. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.

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If you’ve been in a Charlotte car accident with a drunk driver, you should strongly consider hiring a Charlotte personal injury lawyer to assist you. This article addresses some unique concerns to a Charlotte car accident involving a drunk driver. We hope it’s helpful to you.

Drunk Driving Statistics

In 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 35,092 people were killed as a result of driving accidents. Drunk driving was involved in 10,265 of those accidents. That is roughly 29% of all traffic fatalities. The desire to limit these unnecessary fatalities allows punitive damages in many drunk driving accidents.

Punitive Damages In Drunk Driving Accidents

If you were injured or if a family member was killed by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are distinguishable from compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are meant to make the victim whole again. They often include repayment for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and permanent disability. Punitive damages are meant to punish or deter the at-fault party and others. By allowing a jury to award punitive damages, the court send a message to all future offenders. The hope is that the threat of a large verdict against you will prevent you from driving drunk.

The aggravating factor in a drunk driving accident is willful and wanton conduct. This aggravating factor, codified in North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 1D. Willful and wanton conduct is defined as “the conscious and intentional disregard of and indifference to the rights and safety of others, which the defendant knows or should know is reasonably likely to result in injury, damage, or other harm. Willful or wanton conduct means more than gross negligence.” When a victim is able to establish this requirement they are able to recover punitive damages in a North Carolina drunk driving accident.

Attorney Fees In Drunk Driving Accidents

Like all other personal injury claims our firm handles, our firm is paid on a contingent fee basis. This means that unless we are able to obtain a settlement for you, you do not owe us anything. In a situation of a Charlotte car accident with a drunk driver, that fee structure remains the same.

Speak With A Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Today

The consultation is free. Call 704.749.7747 to speak with a Charlotte personal injury lawyer in our office today. We consider it part of our job to provide answers even if you don’t choose to hire us. You’re entitled to understand your rights. We know you have choices. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.