Do I need an Attorney if I have been rear ended, an examination of car accident in North CarolinaPosted: February 29, 2012 | Author: Lawyer | Filed under: Car Accident Lawyers | Tags: car accident lawyer | Comments Off on Do I need an Attorney if I have been rear ended, an examination of car accident in North Carolina
We recently came across a number of our readers that had rear end collisions which have occurred during the winter months. We found a number of people were out of work or had an injury but had no idea what to do.
They said , Clients often ask if they need a lawyer if they are in an accident of have been rear ended. See: car accident lawyer Fayetteville, NC
The recent case of Bronson v. Hansel is a clear example of why you need a lawyer .
Trudi Bronson was involved in an auto accident. She had a property damage claim against the driver and she had a neck injury. She accepted $2000.00 after negotiations about the value of the damage to her vehicle.
Although she maintained that the insurance adjuster told her the Release she was given to sign was for the property damage only, the Release contained additional language concerning injuries.
Trudi had an MRI of her neck shortly thereafter and she was found to have a serious neck injury – a herniated disc in her neck. Her injury claim was dismissed by the Judge and the dismissal was affirmed on appeal, even though two of the Judges on the panel believed she had signed the Release under the mistaken belief that she was only Releasing her property damage claim.
We all sign documents without reading the small print (I recall house closings in particular). You have to call an attorney immediately after an accident to protect your rights.
In this case the insurance company could have allowed her to bring her claim. Instead the insurance company chose to take advantage of a very questionable Release obtained from her before she had a lawyer. After an auto accident call a lawyer. The initial consultation is usually without charge and levels the playing field with an insurance company.