Car accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injury in individuals. For 2010, North Carolina amassed a total of 213, 553 car crashes, with 109,331 involving injury and 1,323 ending up in a fatality. If you ever find yourself in a car accident that causes you bodily injury, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim and receive compensation.
Ensuring the validity of a personal injury claim
For a personal injury claim to be valid, a claimant needs to have sustained an actual injury with medical documentation. In addition, a claimant will only be entitled to compensation if it can be proven that the party he/she is suing was actually negligent in the accident and directly caused the injury. Regarding the amount he will receive, the nature, severity, and duration of the injury will play a major factor.
The need for a personal injury lawyer
Car accident claims can be settled without the help of a lawyer. You may choose to settle when the fault is clear, you were not seriously injured, or your losses amount to only around $10,000 or less. However, if your claim involves long-term or permanent injuries and large amounts of money, hiring an attorney would be the best course of action.