Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is post-traumatic stress disorder?

    PTSD is a condition that a victim develops after experiencing a dangerous or frightening event. Many car accident victims experience the “fight or flight” response immediately following a crash. The majority will quickly recover from that response, however, there are also some victims who still feel the fear long after the crash. These victims will often feel afraid or stressed, even when there is no danger present. This is PTSD.

  • What is one of the most common emotional injuries a victim can suffer in a car accident?

    One of the most common mental health issues a victim can develop after a crash is post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). Car accidents are cited as the most experienced traumatic event for men and the second most experienced traumatic event for women.

  • Is it possible to find a hit and run driver?

    There are cases where a hit and run driver is found. The police investigating the accident, your insurance company, or your car accident attorney may be able to take the available evidence and use it to locate the responsible driver. The driver will not only be responsible for damages and losses a victim has but will also face criminal charges, as well.

  • What is the definition of a hit and run crash?

    A hit and run crash occurs when at least one of the drivers leaves the scene of the accident without offering appropriate and legally required information or leaves without helping any of the other parties involved in the crash. Failure to report the crash may also be classified as a hit and run.

     

  • Can I collect future medical expenses and lost wages because of a dog bite?

    Any future medical treatments a victim may need should be included in a dog bite lawsuit. Your attorney will likely have a doctor testify to what those treatments may be. You may also suffer future lost wages. Any of these future losses should be included in the final award you receive.

  • Can a dog bite victim suffer from emotional injuries?

    A dog bite victim can be impacted by emotional injuries long after the physical ones have healed. Some victims become depressed because of the severity of the bite. Others may struggle with anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A victim may be entitled to financial compensation for these emotional traumas.

  • What type of infections can a victim develop from a dog bite?

    There have been more than 60 types of bacteria that could potentially be in a dog’s mouth. This is why almost 20 percent of dog bite victims develop infections. The more common infections include:

    • Capnocytophaga: Although many people who are exposed to this bacteria do not become sick, victims who have weakened immune systems are in danger of serious – if not fatal – infections.
    • MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus): This staph infection can be resistant to certain antibiotics and can cause lung, skin, and urinary tract infections. If this bacteria enters the bloodstream or the lungs, it can be fatal for the victim
    • Pasteurella: These bacteria show up in more than half of infected dog bites. Symptoms of this infection include pain and redness in the bite area, swelling of joints, swollen glands, and difficulty moving.
    • Rabies: Rabies affects the victim’s brain and is almost always fatal once symptoms appear.
    • Tetanus: This bacteria causes a rigid paralysis in the victim.

  • What type of diseases can a victim develop from a dog bite?

    There have been more than 60 types of bacteria that could potentially be in a dog’s mouth. This is why almost 20 percent of dog bite victims develop infections. The more common infections include:

    • Capnocytophaga: Although many people who are exposed to this bacteria do not become sick, victims who have weakened immune systems are in danger of serious – if not fatal – infections.
    • MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus): This staph infection can be resistant to certain antibiotics and can cause lung, skin, and urinary tract infections. If this bacteria enters the bloodstream or the lungs, it can be fatal for the victim
    • Pasteurella: These bacteria show up in more than half of infected dog bites. Symptoms of this infection include pain and redness in the bite area, swelling of joints, swollen glands, and difficulty moving.
    • Rabies: Rabies affects the victim’s brain and is almost always fatal once symptoms appear.
    • Tetanus: This bacteria causes a rigid paralysis in the victim.

  • How is a victim of a hit and run accident compensated for their losses?

    If the at-fault driver is not identified, the victim can file an accident claim with their own insurance company. Keep in mind that although you are filing with your own company and not another driver’s insurance company, your company may still balk at paying you the full value of your claim and attempt to lowball or deny your claim. This is why you should contact a Virginia car accident attorney.

  • Does North Carolina place a cap on personal injury damage awards for noneconomic losses?

    State law limits recovery for noneconomic damages from medical malpractice injuries to $500,000. Judges and juries in civil trials are allowed to follow this guideline in other types of personal injury and wrongful death cases.

    Noneconomic damages are losses that cannot be precisely calculated. They include pain, emotional distress and loss of companionship.

    EJL