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If you are hurt in a car accident, you probably are wondering whether you can receive benefits through any applicable insurance policies as well as compensation in a civil claim. The answer largely depends on many factors and your specific situation. There are a number of rules that insurers and injured parties must follow, which can get confusing for many people who simply want to move on with their lives. At Maurer Law, our Raleigh car accident lawyers can help you understand your rights after an accident. We will negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and make sure that you receive the full amount of insurance benefits and compensation that you deserve.

In a recent opinion, the North Carolina Supreme Court considered whether a lower court made a mistake when it credited a payment made to the plaintiff pursuant to his own underinsured motorist coverage against the judgment that he obtained from the person who caused the accident that injured him. At the time the plaintiff and defendant were involved in the crash, the plaintiff had an insurance policy that included underinsured motorist coverage with a limit of $250,000 per person. The defendant also had an insurance policy that had a liability limit of $100,000 per person.

The plaintiff filed a personal injury complaint against the defendant, stating that the defendant was responsible for the crash and sought damages for past and future medical bills, lost wages, permanent injuries, and more. The jury returned a verdict finding that the defendant was negligent and awarded the plaintiff $263,000 in damages for his personal injuries. A few months later, his insurance company issued a check in the amount of $145,000 pursuant to his auto policy.

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When you file a complaint seeking damages after a car accident, there are certain rules you have to follow and things you need to prove before you will be awarded compensation. This means that evidence will play a critical role in your case. The more evidence you can put forth to prove that the other driver caused the accident and owes you damages, the stronger your case will be. The Raleigh car accident lawyers at Maurer Law may be able to help you secure the financial recovery that you deserve. Contact us now for a free consultation to discuss your case.

In a recent case, the North Carolina Court of Appeals considered whether a plaintiff could testify about her injuries and medical bills in a lawsuit alleging that the defendant drove negligently and caused an accident. The defendant objected to the case proceeding on the grounds that the plaintiff did not specify any expert witnesses to testify on her behalf. The defendant argued that the plaintiff should be excluded from testifying about these subjects.

In response, the plaintiff argued that she should be allowed to testify based on her layperson experience regarding the accident, the medical treatment she received, and her expenses. She also stated that she was able to offer evidence to support her testimony, like medical bills detailing her costs.

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