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July 29, 2021

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SETTLE MY CASE?

Being injured can be very stressful but being injured at work and then not getting help from your employer makes it ever worse. Adding more stress is being out of work due to that workplace injury, not being able to pay your bills and they continue to pile up.

You’ve started your personal injury or workers compensation case and it’s slowly making its way through the system. These feelings may tempt you to take a settlement from the insurance company just to get the money and pay your bills. You’re probably wondering how long it is going to take for you to get the money you deserve from the case. Here is some information to help you navigate the process.

Do I need to watch out for the insurance company?

Your insurance company will try several times to get you to settle out of court for less money – that is a promise. They could slow things down by claiming your injury is not true. They may hire a private investigator to watch you. This investigator can follow you throughout your date in hopes of catching you doing something to prove that you are not injured. They could even try to get your case thrown out of court.

This is why you need an attorney, because if you notice things like this you will want to make them aware of what is going on. If you see unusual cars parked outside your house, call your attorney. Also remember that you should not speak to the insurance company, let your attorney do that. The less you say to them, the more likely you’ll be successful in your personal injury case. Relying on your attorney as much as possible will make it more likely that you get the settlement you both know you deserve.

How will for the case to go through the court system?

If you are injured due to the negligent actions of someone else, you want your case to be resolved as quickly as possible. A lot of times this is especially true because the bills are piling up and you are not getting paid or not making enough to pay your bills in full because due to being out of work due to a workplace injury.

The companies sending the bills want their money. Because of the added stress factor, this could make you consider taking a settlement your attorney does not recommend. Taking an ill-advised settlement could result in loss of money for your future which is exactly what the insurance company wants. They want to drag out the process in hopes you will settle out of stress and frustration.

It’s a hard decision for many because some cases can take up to three years for their case to be settled. But remember, your injuries could last a lifetime.

Personal Injury Attorneys, Greenville, NC

Our team of personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys will guide you throughout the process. We will keep you updated throughout your case. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident at work, please call us today at 252-378-2525. Our consultations are free and we’re here to provide you friendly, informative advice.

July 23, 2021

RV ACCIDENTS: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

The lure of open roads and freedom calls many people into RV’ing for both short and extended road trips. And since COVID-19, the “lure” has become greater with retired seniors wanting to get out and explore, parents with kids looking for affordable ways to vacation, and others who simply want to travel and save on food and lodging. The gamut of RV enthusiasts is vast.

However, as more RVs are on the road, there are more inexperienced drivers operating oversized vehicles posing a potential danger to themselves and others on the road. Motorhomes are rather large, and unlike minivans, SUVs and cars, operating one successfully requires a greater skill set. Accidents with RV’s happen quickly and lead to property damage and personal injuries.

Car accidents complicate the legal and insurance landscape, but when RVs are involved, it is even more problematic. If you are in an accident involving an RV, know your rights:

Document the Scene.

After an accident, document the scene by taking photos or videos of your property, the RV, other parties’ properties, road conditions, streetlights, obstructions, signage and any other factors that may have directly or indirectly contributed to the RV accident.

You will also want to take photos and/or videos of any visible injuries. This evidence could become very important when submitting claims and if the other motorist disputes the claims.

And do not apologize for anything, including documenting the scene.

Talk to Witnesses.

Obtain contact information such as name, address and any other helpful information from witnesses. If possible, you should request that they write down what they saw transpire.

Witnesses may, at a future date, be needed and they could become useful in proving who is the liable party. Remember though, you cannot pressure a witness to provide their information – you do not have any legal right to do so, simply talk to them and request their cooperation.

Call 911

Even if the RV accident is a fender-bender with no severe injuries, you should call the police. Calling 911 ensures you will obtain an official accident report which protects you from the other party, should they decide to dispute the accident.  The report is also helpful for insurance purposes.

Request Medical Help

Even if there are no visible injuries, internal injuries could be possible. After an accident, your body is filled with adrenaline, which can mask injuries. No one should stop you from getting medical attention, your health and safety should be top priority. If needed, you can also request medical bills, treatment records and specialist recommendations. These documents may be important at a later date in case of further legal action and compensation calculations.

Contact Legal Counsel

Having a personal injury attorney on your side after an RV accident is key to protecting your rights and preventing destruction of evidence. You may be traumatized or injured during this time, and having an experienced, trained personal injury lawyer on your side ensures any legal aspects to your case are handled accurately. It is advisable to seek a knowledgeable and trusted lawyer with a positive track record in handling RV accidents.

Remain Silent

After the RV accident, you do not have a legal obligation to admit fault or apologize for any behaviors that may have indirectly or directly caused the accident. For example, if the other party complains of injuries, do not express sympathy since that can be seen as an admission of fault.

Avoid discussing the RV accident with the other party or parties. Discussing the accident can lead to memory distortion, preventing you from recognizing what is reality and what is an opinion. Plus, the other party could use gathered conversation to make conclusions.

Finally, you do not have to – and should not – discuss the accident with the other motorist’s insurance company, instead refer them to your personal injury lawyer.

Request Insurance Information

Although some drivers will operate an RV without insurance coverage, under the law, all RVs should have insurance. During an RV accident, it is your right to check the other motorist’s insurance coverage and document the insurance information such as the company, policy number, and agent contact information for future reference and claims.

Request the police report.

It is your legal right to receive a copy of the police report. The police report documents any valuable information relating to the RV accident such as date, weather conditions, citations, eyewitness statements, accident diagrams, location, and any other aspects involved that the police believe to be important. You can use the police report as evidence in your case.

Right to legal action

If you or your attorney is unable to negotiate with the at-fault party insurance company, and the accident was caused by carelessness, negligence and recklessness, it is your right to sue for compensation. Remember, the insurance company will try to find any loophole to minimize and reduce your payout. You should let your personal injury attorney handle any questions and negotiations with the insurance company.

If you have been involved in an RV accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett. We know that dealing with an accident can be very stressful and frustrating. It is important for you to know and understand your rights. We will help you through your claim and handle the entire claims process so you can focus on getting better.

July 20, 2021

GREENVILLE WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYER

Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things anyone can go through. It is hard enough if the loved love passes after an extended illness or simply due to old age, but when the death is sudden it is much worse. When you lose someone suddenly there is no time to prepare yourself or loved ones for the death. A sudden passing can lead to feelings of anger, deep sorrow, depression and confusion. With the sudden grief of losing someone it may be difficult figuring out what to do for a funeral, memorial or even what to do with their belongings.

Trying to get through the loss and possibly care for family can be difficult to manage especially when the death is the result of someone else’s negligence. You may have questions that need to be answered and unfortunately the question of finances may come up.

There may be medical expenses that accumulated after the accident that could be just as devastating to a family as the accident and loss itself. Funerals are very expensive, averaging $8,000, and a cremation will cost around $3,000 in North Carolina. These expenses, on top of dealing with your loss can be more stressful and consuming.

The attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett do not want to minimize or monetize your loss as there is no amount of money that can bring back your loved one. A wrongful death injury claim is not meant to do this. The purpose of these types of claims are to help you and your family financially deal with the loss. Bills and final expenses can be difficult to deal with, but when you’ve suddenly lost someone and possibly  have lost an income in your house due to the death, things are even worse. We hope that a wrongful death claim will help with this.

If you or a family member is dealing with the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another party, call the attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett. We understand that it is not easy to move forward after the sudden death of a loved up, but there are things we can do to help you during the most difficult of times. With over 58 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have helped others with similar cases. Our compassionate team will be with you throughout the process, fighting so you get the fair and just compensation you deserve for your loved one. Call us today.

July 15, 2021

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE ACCIDENTS

Everyone knows that driving under the influence is not just illegal, it’s undeniably dangerous. The reason there are so many laws about driving under the influence, what is and what is not legal, is because it is absolutely not okay.

Most anyone who is driving is aware of the concerns and consequences that come from drinking and driving. We’ve had to sit through discussions in health and driver’ education classes on this specific subject and we’ve seen the PSAs on drinking and driving around holidays such as New Year’s Eve and 4th of July. You may have even memorized your state’s legal limit, knowing you should not exceed a drink or two when getting behind the wheel of your car. You may plan ahead if you know you are going to be drinking, by getting a designated driver or calling an UBER or LYFT. You know you should not get behind the wheel if you feel slightly tipsy – but unfortunately not everyone follows the law.

One of the things that not everyone realizes is that driving under the influence is not always talking about alcohol. Yes, it is probably the biggest problem, but something that is completely legal that can cause driving issues is prescription medication.

If you are prescribed a medication by your doctor, you may need to wait and see how your body reacts to the medication before you start driving. Medications can cause drowsiness, dizziness, decrease your reaction time and so much more. You need to see how the medication affects you and talk to your doctor if you have negative reactions. You do not want a new medication to be the cause of an accident especially an accident that could have been prevented.

If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident caused by a driver who was under the influence, you need to call the attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett. Charles Hardee, Brack Massey and Kyle Blodgett have over 58 years of combined legal experience working with cases just like this. You don’t have to fight the insurance company alone; they will work to get you the compensation you may deserve for your damages and injuries.