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October 27, 2021

IS THE MOTORCYCLIST AT FAULT FOR THE ACCIDENT?

If a motorcyclist has done something negligent to contribute to an accident, they can be found at fault.

It is common for drivers of other vehicles to blame motorcyclists for driving recklessly and causing accidents, but they are not always at fault. There are many times another party is at fault and can be held responsible for any damages and injuries suffered by the motorcyclist.

Motorcycles offer very little protection, which means that a motorcycle crash brings an increased chance of serious injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or even death. This can change people’s lives forever with medical bills piling up for ongoing care and treatment at a time when the motorcyclist may not be able to work.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in eastern North Carolina, and it was not your fault, a motorcycle accident attorney at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett can help you receive the compensation you may deserve for your losses through insurance or a personal injury lawsuit. While no amount of money will be able to make up for the pain and suffering that comes with a catastrophic injury, a personal injury settlement may be able to help by easing financial burdens and paying for the care and rehabilitation you or your loved one may need.

The personal injury laws in North Carolina are complicated. State negligence laws make it fundamental to prove that the other party was at fault. When you are trying to recover during this difficult time, the attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett can take the burden off you and your family by handling the insurance companies, legal hurdles and requirements that will be involved in getting you compensation you may deserve so you can focus on getting well and moving on with your life.

Other parties will try to prove that you or your loved one was at fault.

The job of our motorcycle accident attorneys is to help prove you were not at fault and to find the parties that were and hold them accountable. This is especially true in the state of North Carolina, because we are one of four states that use the doctrine of pure contributory negligence (NC Gen. Stat. §1-139).  This means that if you or your loved one was even 1% at fault, the insurance company may not be legally obligated to compensate you for any of your injuries. For this reason alone, you should not say anything, specifically the insurance company, to anyone indicating that you may have been at fault as this could be held against you.

If you’ve or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in eastern North Carolina, make sure you do the following:

Contact a personal injury attorney immediately. An experienced injury lawyer will guide you through the legal process and ensure you receive the medical treatment you need.

Seek medical attention and report any symptoms. Documenting your  injuries to show how you are feeling after the incident is imperative for your case.

DO NOT talk to the insurance company. Never talk to an insurance company without contacting an attorney first!

Keep a medical journal and follow up with treatment. Follow your doctor’s orders and keep a report of  your symptoms.

 

Let the team of attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett fight for the compensation you deserve. With our proven record of handling cases such as these you can count on honest and hardworking representation. Call us today, there are no fees until we win your case.

 

 

May 5, 2021

MANAGE STRESS AFTER A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

When you suffer a severe or moderate traumatic brain injury it is a life-changing event that can affect your personality, your ability to work and your relationships. It is emotionally exhausting and  stressful, meaning it is imperative to adopt coping strategies very early on. The largest part of your recovery will occur in the first two years after the injury, so there is no time like the present to take action.

Start by identifying triggers to avoid whenever possible, from reading social media commentary and watching news programs to engaging in certain friendships. When avoidance isn’t an option, keep them to an absolute minimum and know when to walk away.

If your physician says that you can exercise, it could be a good thing. Walking, going for a bike ride, lifting weights, etc., boosts the production of dopamine. This calming hormone will take the edge off of the stress. Moreover, as your body gets in shape, you will feel more confident and relaxed.

You need to make sure you are getting plenty of sleep. Sleep gives your brain a chance to rest and relax – following a traumatic brain injury – this is a must. Establishing a routine where you go to bed and wake up at the same time can significantly reduce stress.

Eating healthy also plays a critical part in reducing and managing stress. Your doctor may make dietary recommendations following a traumatic brain injury. Sticking to the diet and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and smoking as your brain heals is crucial to your long-term recovery.

You may want to consider a new hobby that encourages relaxation and peace, such as yoga. Relaxing activities such as this can help regulate breathing and develop focus.. Doing an activity such as yoga after a stressful day or event can help alleviate stress.

Many brain injury survivors keep detailed journals and undergo therapeutic counseling. Both of these can help alleviate stress by processing the psychological trauma caused by a TBI. Moreover, diaries and counseling records can be presented as evidence of the impact the injury has caused to your ability to work, relationships, enjoyment of life, etc. when pursuing a traumatic brain injury claim.

The attorneys at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett understand the impact traumatic brain injuries have on your life. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, we encourage you give our firm a call at 252-378-2525 to schedule a free consultation.

February 2, 2021

HOW TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES IMPACT LIVES?

If you have been involved in a serious accident which caused violent jerking of the head, struck your head during a fall or suffered trauma to your head in another manner, it is possible you could have a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Most people recover fully from mild traumatic brain injuries, but a severe TBI can have devastating consequences for you and your family.

Mild TBIs may affect brain cells temporarily. More-serious traumatic brain injuries can result in bleeding, bruising, torn tissues, and other damage to the brain. These types of injuries can result in long-term complications, or in some cases, death.

The symptoms of a severe TBI

If you or a loved one has been in an accident and has suffered from a TBI, it is important that you consult with a doctor. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner a plan for recovery can be initiated and the chance of exacerbating the injury is reduced. There are both moderate and severe TBI, a list provided by the Mayo Clinic provides TBI symptoms.

The worst cases of a TBI can put someone into a coma or cause issues with their conscious awareness. A new speech impediment or even a change in your personality depending on what part of your brain has suffered trauma is possible. These symptoms and others can affect your personal and personal relationships.

It is possible that you could find yourself no longer able to perform physical tasks that require dexterity if you have had a loss of coordination or numbness that can sometimes result from a TBI. You may find you can no longer drive or are experiencing convulsions, seizures or sudden bouts of nausea and vomiting. You could have a persistent headache that can be severe and debilitating, which can affect your focus and mood. These symptoms can be temporary for some, while others could have them for the rest of their life.

This article is for informative purposes about the potentially life-altering effects of TBI only and is not written for legal advice.