Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) March 11, 2014
Commenting on a study suggesting accident victims shy away from seeking legal advice despite potentially serious long-term health complications, North Carolina car accident lawyer Richard Flexner of the Law Offices of Richard Flexner said today that it’s important for accident victims to know their rights after being involved injured in an accident.
According to a HealthDay article, “Most Crash Victims Don't Plan to Sue: Study” (January 23), a North Carolina School of Medicine study found that while 70 percent of car accident victims reported persistent pain six weeks after their accident, only seventeen percent had contacted a lawyer within that time span.
“Car accident victims sometimes don’t want to contact lawyers because of public misconceptions,” Flexner said. “We know that victims of accidents might be afraid they will be viewed as litigious individuals who want to get rich by filing a lawsuit. That’s the unfair stereotype, and it can’t be farther from the truth. Accident victims often face a long, difficult road to recovery, and they just want fair compensation to cover their losses. As this study proves, the effects of an accident may linger for weeks or months afterward. The reality is that accident victims may need an experienced lawyer on their side to help pursue compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages and other damages related to the injury.”
According to HealthDay, the study revealed that persistent pain was common among participants who indicated they were not planning legal action. The article reports that 28 percent of accident victims had moderate to severe neck pain, 13 percent had widespread musculoskeletal pain and four percent had fibromyalgia-like syndrome.
However, of the study’s 950 participants spread across four states, only seventeen percent of patients reporting long-term accident complications had sought legal advice from an attorney. Furthermore, the article reported that more than 90 percent of the 4 million people seen in emergency rooms each year after motor vehicle accidents are sent home after being checked out by doctors.
“Car accident injuries can take days, weeks, or even months to become apparent,” Flexner said. “It’s important for accident victims to seek out medical attention as soon as possible. It’s important, too, for accident victims to understand their rights when their accident leads to long-term injuries.”
Flexner said that accident victims suffering from long-term injuries should first see their doctor and then contact a lawyer to discuss their legal rights.
About the Law Offices of Richard Flexner
For over 35 years, attorney Richard Flexner has fought diligently to protect the rights of personal injury victims and families who have lost loved ones in Wilmington and across North Carolina. In addition to handling cases involving high-speed accidents and other matters involving personal injury and wrongful death, Flexner represents North Carolinians who need assistance with workers’ compensation claims. Flexner serves New Hanover County, Brunswick County, Pender County and all of North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
If you were injured, or a loved one was injured or killed in a car accident, call 800-FLEXNER today for a free case consultation.
The Law Offices of Richard Flexner is located at:
3805 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403