Category: Personal Injury

Are Injury Insurance Settlements Taxable?

Is My Personal Injury Insurance Settlement Taxable?

If you’re depending on a personal injury settlement to cover the costs of catastrophic injuries, emotional distress, lost wages, or medical bills, the last thing you want to worry about is if your injury insurance settlements are taxable. Unfortunately, this sort of confusion is common, especially if you’re recovering from a traumatic, life-changing event.

So, today, we’re going to answer the question: “Are injury insurance settlements taxable?” Keep reading to learn the general rule when it comes to paying taxes on this sort of compensation, as well as a few of the most common exceptions.

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9 Secrets the Insurance Adjuster Doesn’t Want You to Know

After a serious car crash, you will likely work with an insurance adjuster on the road to receiving compensation and benefits. Unfortunately, the insurance company does not have your best interests in mind, which can sometimes make the process of filing a claim overwhelming.

The good news is that you don’t have to go into negotiations unprepared. In this article, we’ll share nine industry secrets to help you navigate this complicated process.

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Pain and Suffering Damages

How Do Pain and Suffering Damages Work in Personal Injury Claims?

Getting fair compensation after an accident that wasn’t your fault is never easy. Getting compensation that includes the value of your pain and suffering is even more complicated.

In this blog, the team of personal injury attorneys at Myers Law Firm outlines what damages are, how pain and suffering factor into your compensation after an accident, and how to get the justice you deserve.

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how to sue a city for negligence

Yes, You Can Sue a City for Negligence – Here’s How

Suing an individual or business is something we hear of all the time in the United States. Less common is the suing of a city, state, or other municipality. Can a person even do that?

The short answer is yes — cities can be sued in personal injury lawsuits and other types of civil suits. However, the process is different from (and significantly more complex than) suing a person, company, or other private organization.

In this blog article, we’ll outline some situations where suing a city might be possible and explore how these claims work. We’ll also look at some specifics of how the process plays out in North Carolina.

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Here’s What You Should Expect in a Personal Injury Deposition

Out of all the various phases and procedures involved in a personal injury lawsuit, being deposed is the one that tends to give injury victims the most anxiety. However, an effective, well-prepared, and thorough deposition is necessary and crucial to the success of your case. The key to relieving your anxiety over a deposition and the key to ensuring that your deposition goes smoothly are one and the same: preparation. Continue reading “Here’s What You Should Expect in a Personal Injury Deposition”

North Carolina Right of Way Laws for Pedestrians

Who’s Right? North Carolina Right of Way Laws for Pedestrians

The Department of Motor Vehicles reports that pedestrian fatalities in North Carolina have been on the rise for the past 10 years — up 54% since 2009 and up 13.4% from 2017 to 2018.

Since pedestrians are some of our most vulnerable road users, it’s important for drivers to always be on the lookout for pedestrians crossing the road. It is likewise important for pedestrians to be aware of the rules that keep them safe and their rights when injured by a negligent driver in North Carolina.

Keep reading to learn the right of way laws in six common pedestrian crossing situations and how these rules could affect your car accident personal injury claim.

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Car Accident Mental Health

The Top 3 Mental Health Issues Victims Face After a Car Accident

After a serious car crash, most people focus on coping with financial setbacks and healing from physical injuries — but physical injuries aren’t the only type of damage victims deal with after an accident. Many car crash survivors experience serious, and sometimes long-lasting, mental health issues. While some emotional distress fades away over time, other psychological effects could be lengthy and have a substantial negative impact on your relationships, work, productivity, and general mental wellbeing.

If you’ve been in a serious car crash and are experiencing emotional distress, don’t try to cope on your own. You need to treat mental health issues just like any physical injuries you sustain in a wreck. Always speak to a doctor or psychiatrist. They might suggest coping methods or recommend psychotherapy or medication.

Keep reading to learn about the three most common mental health issues that are caused by car crashes and how filing a personal injury claim can help cover damages for your pain and suffering. Continue reading “The Top 3 Mental Health Issues Victims Face After a Car Accident”

Pedestrian Safety in Charlotte

Twilight Traffic Concerns: Shedding Light on Pedestrian Safety

Not only can the hustle and bustle of city life be exhausting, but it can also be dangerous for pedestrians, especially during sunrise and sunset. In crowded city areas, such as uptown Charlotte, countless people walk to and from their cars, restaurants, bars, and workplaces during these times of the day. Sunrise and sunset are also popular times for runners who want to squeeze in a quick run before or after work.

With so many pedestrians out and about at sunrise and sunset and countless drivers rushing to and from work, pedestrian accidents are most likely to happen at dawn and dusk. But the traffic at twilight isn’t the only factor that makes these times so dangerous.

Keep reading to learn more about why twilight is so dangerous to pedestrians, how to improve pedestrian safety, and what to do if you’ve been in an accident as a pedestrian. Continue reading “Twilight Traffic Concerns: Shedding Light on Pedestrian Safety”

Compensation Explained: What Can I Receive From My Injury Case?

Have you been injured in a car crash or another incident where someone else’s negligence is to blame? If so, you’re likely wondering about the benefits of filing a personal injury claim and what compensation you might be entitled to receive.

Accurately calculating compensation in an injury case is a complicated process that depends on many factors, so it often requires the expertise of a personal injury attorney. Some of the relevant factors include the extent of your injuries and the nature of the negligent person’s behavior.

We’ll discuss these factors in more detail later in this article, but for now, we’ll start by talking about the three types of compensation you could receive from a personal injury case. Continue reading “Compensation Explained: What Can I Receive From My Injury Case?”

Auto Insurance

9 FAQs About North Carolina Auto Insurance, Answered

After an accident, your first instinct might be to turn to your insurance company for help, but their priority is to maximize profits — not compensate you for your injuries and losses. Some states, like North Carolina, have policies and laws that complicate this insurance process even further and provide additional ways for insurance companies to avoid paying full compensation. Rather than turning to your insurance company, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately after your accident to discern if you have a valid claim.

Here’s what you need to know about North Carolina auto insurance policies and processes to keep you and your family safe on the road. Continue reading “9 FAQs About North Carolina Auto Insurance, Answered”