I've Been in an Accident. Now What?

For the victims of car, truck and other accidents in western North Carolina, understanding how the law works is important and can provide a sense of confidence and an ability to participate more effectively in any legal action. At Davis Law Group, in Asheville, we have more than two decades of experience in personal injury representation and have helped hundreds of accident victims find answers to their questions and get fair compensation for their injuries and related expenses.

Personal Injury Representation at Davis Law Group

We can help you understand how the law works, explain what needs to be done to help you recover as fully as possible from your injuries, and guide you toward making a full and fair recovery for your injuries and other damages. Contact attorney Brian Davis if you have been seriously hurt in an accident or if your loved one has been the victim of an accident in North Carolina.

How Personal Injury Cases Work

In many personal injury cases, because of our detail-oriented investigation and thorough understanding of the medical issues related to our client's injuries, we are able to persuade the insurance company to offer a substantial settlement offer without the need for litigation. In some instances, however, the insurance company does not act fairly and does not offer reasonable compensation for our client's harms and losses. In this situation, we usually move forward with the filing of a lawsuit.

In most lawsuits, there are generally four phases, though not every case goes through every phase.

First, we draft and file a complaint in court on behalf of an accident victim or the family of that victim. The complaint is the document that basically tells the story of what happened, what your injuries or losses are, and what you are seeking in the lawsuit. After the complaint is filed, the other party is given time to file what is called an Answer. This document is called the Answer because it answers the allegations raised in the complaint.

After the complaint has been filed, the discovery process begins, where the attorneys for both parties obtain information and evidence about the events of the accident. This evidence can include witness statements and police reports, medical records, photographs of the accident scene and any injuries, oral depositions and any other relevant information. Since evidence is often lost or misplaced fairly soon after an accident, it is important to complete the discovery process in a timely fashion.

When all the evidence has been gathered and analyzed by the attorneys, the process of dispute resolution occurs. In North Carolina, all cases filed in the Superior Court must go through what is called Mediation. Mediation is a settlement conference where both parties and their attorneys sit down with a neutral third person who is trained to help parties resolve their differences and who knows nothing about your particular case. Our philosophy is to prepare each and every case as if it will eventually be tried in a court of law. We believe that this high level of preparation is what helps many of our clients settle out of court. When a fair resolution cannot be agreed upon, however, the case will proceed to the trial phase.

Learn More Information About Your Rights After an Accident

The legal process can be confusing and often discouraging for those who have never been through it. Fortunately, with an experienced trial attorney by your side, you can feel confident that your case is headed in the right direction. Contact us at Davis Law Group, in Asheville, North Carolina, to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation. Call us toll free at 866-397-2897 to learn more.