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Social Security Disability Payments Starting to Slow

Disability1_06132014You might have heard that Social Security Disability payments are rising at an unprecedented pace. That if they keep soaring, the whole Social Security system will crash and burn and we'll never reduce the federal deficit.

OR - you might have heard that the rise in Social Security Disability was predicted long ago and is due to the influx of women that entered the workforce in the 1970's and 80's and "baby boomers" that began entering the age where they're more likely to become disabled.

These forecasters also said that the rise would later level off, as baby boomers moved into retirement age and are no longer eligible for disability benefits.

Well, it may just be happening.

The chart below shows the most recent numbers for Social Security Disability payments (click on image to enlarge).

Note that total benefit payments have only gone up by 8% in the last two years and, as Social Security News points out, that's "hardly disastrous" considering the 3.6% cost of living adjustment at the end of 2011 and the 1. 7% cost of living adjustment at the end of 2012.

There is a lot of hype and false information about Social Security Disability in the news lately.  We find that sometimes a good dose of the facts helps keep the conversation from getting too far off track.

Need Social Security Disability Insurance?

Navigating the Social Security Disability process can be difficult and the majority of initial claims are denied.

Click here to see how a NC Social Security Disability lawyer may be able to help you.

Or call us for a free case evaluation toll-free at 1-866-900-7078.

The #1 Thing You Should Do for Your Workers’ Comp Claim in NC

Watch NC Workers' Compensation Attorney Barry Jennings' video on this topic:


Let's paint a picture: You're at work one day and suddenly your coworker doesn't see you and hits you from behind with a forklift. You fall awkwardly and immediately feel a searing pain through your knee.

Your job is pretty physically demanding, so you instantly start to panic. Questions start rushing through your mind like:

  • What if this injury takes a long time to heal?
  • If I can't work, how am I going to pay my bills?
  • Can I file for workers' compensation? If so, how do I even do that?
  • Will my boss get mad if I apply for workers compensation? Could I get fired?
  • How much does workers' compensation even pay, anyhow?

 

Slooooooow down there, friend. These are all valid questions and we'll get to them eventually, but there's one major question you need to ask first:

...Are you ok?

It might sound a little silly but, chances are, the best thing you can do for your workers' compensation claim (and your body!) is to seek medical treatment.

If you're injured on the job in North Carolina, your workers' compensation claim will be largely evaluated on the course of your medical treatment - which can include:

  • How soon you saw the doctor after you were first injured
  • How frequently you were treated and if there were any "gaps" in your treatment
  • How soon you were able to return to work and if you could perform all of your job duties

 

Medical3_06082014If you don't seek medical attention immediately, take a break in your treatments, or try to return to work too quickly, your workers' compensation claim may be affected.

We appreciate your work ethic, but don't let it cripple you physically or financially.

And don't let worries over medical expenses you might be incurring keep you from seeking treatment - if your workers' compensation claim is approved, you will be reimbursed for anything you've had to pay through your personal insurance company or out-of-pocket.

If you want to know if you have a workers' compensation claim, you're welcome to call us for a free and confidential case evaluation at 1-866-900-7078.

The second thing you should do immediately after a work accident is to report it to your employer.

And be sure to report it both verbally and in writing.

In North Carolina, claims not reported within 30 days can run a much higher risk of being denied. Denials can sometimes be overturned, but your claim will have a much better chance if you report your injury as soon as possible.

Click here for a more complete guide on: How to File a Workers' Compensation Claim.

Don't be afraid to seek workers' compensation for your injuries.

The system exists to help honest people, like yourself, who've been genuinely injured at work and just need a little help to get by.

If you've been injured on the job in North Carolina, we may be able to help. We've worked hard to put together a team we're confident in, to serve injured workers in North Carolina and help with their workers' compensation claims.

But don't take our word for it - See what our clients have to say.

Everyone is a Pedestrian - Pedestrian Deaths in North Carolina in Focus this Autumn

Crossing4_06262014According to the North Carolina 2009 Traffic Crash Facts, there were 148 pedestrians killed in the state of North Carolina over the course of the year.

This is 4.5 percent fewer deaths than in 2008, but it's still far too many people losing their lives in pedestrian accidents and leaving behind devastated family members.

Worse, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that the nationwide death toll has been rising for pedestrians since 2009 and, in 2011, eight percent more pedestrians died nationwide than just two years prior.

Our North Carolina pedestrian accident lawyers realize that pedestrians are especially vulnerable in a car accident and we are committed to trying to help victims of pedestrian accidents and their families.

DOT Launches New Initiative To Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

The 2009 North Carolina Traffic Crash Facts reported that one out of every 10 pedestrians who were involved in a car crash died in that accident.

Since there is nothing to shield a pedestrian from the force or impact of the car, the best and only way to prevent these pedestrian deaths is to prevent accidents in the first place. Fortunately, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, the Department of Transportation is working hard to reduce the accident risk for walkers.

The Department of Transportation announced their new initiative in early August. It focuses on three ways in which to make the streets safer for pedestrians:

  • Education
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Enforcement of pedestrian safety laws.

 

Everyone is a Pedestrian - the new DOT website

One of the important parts of the new initiative involves a new website called Everyone is a Pedestrian.

Newly-appointed U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that pedestrian safety should be important to everyone because every single person, no matter how he or she commutes, must walk at least sometimes.

The new website targets many different people and groups who may be instrumental in preventing pedestrian accidents.

For example, there are safety tips for walkers, as well as safety tips for parents, designed to help prevent pedestrian deaths among children. There are also resources and curriculum material that can be used by safety educators, and tools that city officials can use to try to improve pedestrian safety in their local area.

DOT Launches New Initiative To Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

The 2009 North Carolina Traffic Crash Facts reported that one out of every 10 pedestrians who were involved in a car crash died in that accident.

Since there is nothing to shield a pedestrian from the force or impact of the car, the best and only way to prevent these pedestrian deaths is to prevent accidents in the first place. Fortunately, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, the Department of Transportation is working hard to reduce the accident risk for walkers.

The Department of Transportation announced their new initiative in early August. It focuses on three ways in which to make the streets safer for pedestrians:

  • Education
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Enforcement of pedestrian safety laws.

 

Everyone is a Pedestrian - the new DOT website

One of the important parts of the new initiative involves a new website called Everyone is a Pedestrian.

Newly-appointed U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that pedestrian safety should be important to everyone because every single person, no matter how he or she commutes, must walk at least sometimes.

The new website targets many different people and groups who may be instrumental in preventing pedestrian accidents.

For example, there are safety tips for walkers, as well as safety tips for parents, designed to help prevent pedestrian deaths among children. There are also resources and curriculum material that can be used by safety educators, and tools that city officials can use to try to improve pedestrian safety in their local area.

DOT Grants for Pedestrian Safety

In addition to the website, the DOT is giving up to $2 million in grant money to different states where the pedestrian death rates are higher than the national averages. The states must apply for grants by the 30th of August, and can use the money to try to fix the problems that are leading to pedestrian deaths.

The DOT's new initiatives are important ones that couldn't come soon enough for North Carolina residents who are suffering losses because of pedestrian accidents.

Just recently, for example, the News Observer reported that two teens were involved in a pedestrian hit-and-run accident. One of the teens who was hit by a car died in the crash and the other suffered pelvic and leg injuries that were described as serious.

While not every accident like this can be prevented, if drivers and pedestrians all make a commitment to put safety first - and if the DOT makes tools available to help bolster the commitment to pedestrian safety - hopefully lives can be saved.

If you were injured in North Carolina, you may want to speak with a qualified North Carolina injury attorney. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation.

Categories: Auto Accidents

You Might Be More Likely to Die in a Car Accident in Halifax Country than from a Bullet in Charlotte (Study Indicates)

A recent study disproved the longtime belief that you're safer living in a rural area. They found that your risk of dying from an accidental injury is 40% higher in the U.S.'s most rural counties than in its most urban.

So if you moved to a rural county like Halifax for safety reasons, you may want to pack your bags and head to Charlotte, Raleigh or Greensboro.

BikeAccident_07012014"As you moved further and further away from cities you got less and less safe. Even going into the suburbs dropped your safety a little bit," said Dr. Sage Myers, the lead researcher of the study. "It's a little counterintuitive."

The findings can be summarized a little something like this:

  • Rock beats scissors
  • Scissors beats paper
  • Paper beats rock
  • And car accidents beat guns

 

How the Study Was Designed

For Dr. Myer's study, the researchers examined data on nearly 1.3 million injury-related deaths from all 3,141 counties in the United States from 1999 to 2006.

The causes for the deaths they examined ranged from car accidents, shootings, poisoning, drowning, falls, suffocation, and heavy machinery, among others.

Deaths as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack were excluded from the study, as they were deemed too anomalous.

The study was published by the American College of Emergency Physicians recently in an article called "Safety in Numbers: Are Major Cities the Safest Places in the United States?"

Injury-Related Death Rates in the US

Injury-Related Death Rates in the US

The Most Common Causes of Accidental Deaths

The study identified the two most frequent causes of fatal injuries: car accidents and guns. Poisoning came in third. Here's what they found:

    1. Car Accidents

It's probably isn't very surprising that car accidents are by far the most common cause of injury-related deaths. However, it may surprise you that you're twice as likely to die in a car crash if you live in a rural area.

This may be true for several reasons:

      • People in rural areas may spend more time in cars.
      • Advanced medical care may not be as readily available in rural areas.
      • Rural drivers are more prone to drive at higher speeds
      • Other studies have shown that rural drivers are less likely to comply with seatbelt and child restraint laws.
    1. Guns

Gun violence is often what we tend to think about when we want to pick a "safe" place to live. And you're probably thinking that cities came out "ahead" in this category too, right?

Nope.

The study reported no significant difference in the risk of being shot and killed in the most rural or most urban counties.

There were, however, very different patterns among the types of deaths from firearms. Homicides were more prevalent in the cities, but suicides and accidental shootings were more common in the country.

The study did see significant patterns among different age groups, relating to fatal shootings.

Children, ages 14 and younger, and adults over 45, were more likely to die from a firearm injury in rural areas. But adults (ages 20-44), were much more likely to be fatally shot in urban areas.

The risk was roughly the same for teenagers ages 15-19, no matter where they lived.

Injured in an accident?

If you, or a family member, were injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation.  And that compensation usually comes from an insurance company, so you shouldn't have to worry if your friend, family member or neighbor was at fault.

At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, our NC personal injury lawyers deal with a variety of injury cases, from truck and car accidents to workers' comp incidents and defective drugs.

If you've been injured, give us a call at 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation.

NC Tax Reform Does Not Affect Social Security Disability Benefits

Injured workers in NC who survive off of their Social Security Disability benefits narrowly missed a close call with tax reform.

Disability4_06132014Currently Social Security benefits are not taxed in North Carolina. However, earlier this year, a bill was tentatively approved by the Senate that would initiate a 5.4% tax on Social Security benefits in 2014 and 5.25% thereafter on beneficiaries' monthly checks.

However, that segment was taken out in the tax reform bill that swept through the House and Senate in mid-July and was recently signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory on July 23rd.

Arguments against Social Security Tax in NC

Those in opposition of initiating a Social Security tax, such as this opinion editorial from the Charlotte Observer, said it would:

1)      Have devastating affects Social Security Beneficiaries with low incomes

Many argued that seniors on a fixed income just don't have a lot to spare. Some noted that the tax might be applied unfairly - since it would only apply to those with an additional source of income. They argued that if the additional source of income was very little, those being taxed might have less total income than those surviving solely off of their Social Security benefits and not being taxed.

2)      Make NC less attractive to retirees.

Publications such as Kiplinger and Forbes often rank North Carolina as one of the best places to retire and one of the reasons often cited is NC's lack of Social Security Tax. Lawmakers want to continue to make NC attractive to retirees that will bring more wealth to the state and boost the economy.

3)      Be a difficult move politically

The Raleigh News & Observer ran an article in June which reported that although seniors only make up 13% of NC's population, they accounted for a quarter of North Carolina voters in the midterm elections. As Michael Blitzer, a political expert at Catawba College said, "that's a dangerous group to energize..."

Social Security Disability Benefits

Although many of the arguments centered on retirement, retirement benefits are just one of the many types of benefits Social Security provides.

According to a recent press release by the Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta, disabled workers and their dependents account for 19% of the total benefits paid, while survivors' benefits account for 11%.

Since disability and survivor SS situations are seen as especially dire, many of these recipients are not even taxed at the federal level - although in situations where they're receiving a significant source of additional income, they may incur taxes.

Do you need Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you're filing for Social Security benefits, you may have a better chance of getting a favorable result when you hire an attorney, according to the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR).

At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we have an entire department dedicated to helping disabled workers in North Carolina with their Social Security Disability claims.

If you, or a spouse, cannot work and have been denied Social Security Disability benefits, talk with one of our North Carolina Social Security Disability lawyers today. Call us for a free case evaluation at 1-866-900-7078.

Please note that the attorneys at The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin are not tax attorneys or CPAs and we recommend consulting one of these professions prior to making any decisions or changes to your tax filings.

What if I Was Injured in an Accident in North Carolina, but I Wasn’t Wearing my Seatbelt?

Seatbelt_07172014One day you're in the middle of making dinner when suddenly you realize - dang it. You're out of milk. You quickly turn the stove off, grab your keys and start driving to the grocery store around the corner.

As you're driving, your car starts making that awful seatbelt reminder sound that's designed to get on your very last nerve, but you ignore it. You're almost there.

But just as you're looking down at the flashing seatbelt light, you hear brakes squealing and the next thing you know your body is being hurled towards the steering wheel.

We've all done it. Gone without a seatbelt at one time or another that is. And if you haven't, well, you probably have a very proud mother.

But how does not wearing a seatbelt in a car accident affect your insurance claim?

That's an excellent question, especially if you live in North Carolina.

See Attorney Michael Jordan's response to this question below. Or continue reading.

Contributory Negligence

North Carolina has an older law which is often referred to as "contributory negligence."

This law means that if you're in an accident and you were doing something at the time that may have contributed to the accident (such as speeding), you're equally at fault and may be barred from receiving any compensation.

Other states have laws called "comparative negligence" in place that assign percentages to fault (so you could be 20% at fault for speeding, but the other guy might be 80% for turning left in front of you without enough time), but in North Carolina, you're typically at fault or not at fault.

Going without a seatbelt does NOT qualify as contributory negligence (and therefore you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries).

However, it may affect how much you receive.

In our experience, insurance companies may try to fight or reduce your claim, based on the fact that you weren't wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
When they do, these cases can get complicated very quickly.

If you were in an accident and weren't wearing a seatbelt...

We recommend you call a NC car crash attorney right away.

At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we don't get you compensation for your claim, you don't owe us an attorney's fee. It's just one more way we can demonstrate that we're confident in our abilities and really do want to help you.

Call us for a free case evaluation at 1-866-900-7078.

What is Workman’s Comp?

Workman's comp (sometimes spelled "workmen's comp") is an older name for what is more commonly known today as "workers' compensation."

Workers' compensation is a form of insurance specifically for employees who are hurt on the job. It is a "no fault" system that covers injured workers' pay for wages lost and their medical benefits.

In return for these benefits, workers typically relinquish their rights to sue their employer. This is known as the "compensation bargain."
 
A brief history of workers' compensation

Workers' compensation laws were first initiated in industrial countries in Europe as a way to reduce litigation over work injuries. The premise is that since workers' compensation is a "no fault" system (meaning it doesn't matter whose fault the accident was), there will be less discrepancies.

Maryland was the first state to pass a statewide workers' compensation law in 1902. The federal government followed suit for all federal employees in 1906 and all states had enacted some form of workers' compensation by 1949.

These were known as "workman's compensation" laws, but most organizations now use the term "workers' compensation" as a gender-neutral alternative.

Initially these laws were voluntary, but most states later enacted new compulsory workers' compensation laws - meaning that employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance or they may be subject to penalties.

In most states, workers' compensation insurance is provided by private insurance companies, although some states do have state funds set apart for workers' compensation purposes.
 

WorkersComp14_06042014NC "Workman's Comp" laws

In North Carolina, the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) is the legal body that oversees and rules on the Workers' Compensation Act.

Here are a couple of earmarks that set NC's workers' compensation laws apart:

1)      All employers with 3 or more employees must have Workers' Comp insurance

While there are some exceptions, the majority of employers that meet this criteria are required to carry workers' compensation insurance.

And any businesses that deal with radiation are required to have workers' compensation insurance regardless of the number of employees they have.

2)      For an injury to be compensable it must fall into one of these categories: 

  1. Injury by Accident - an injury resulting from an unusual event or situation while "on the clock"
  2. Specific Traumatic Injury - an injury to the back or neck while at work that occurred at a specific time or place (the circumstances do not have to be "unusual" or an "accident")
  3. Occupational disease - an illness or condition caused by exposure at work or a repetitive work action

If you've been injured at work and want to know if you have a workers' compensation case, call us for a free case evaluation at 1-866-900-7078. We're available 24/7.
Click here to find out more about our North Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyers.

Delayed Onset: What happens if I'm in a car accident and feel fine, but then have problems later?

It's not uncommon for symptoms to be delayed after a car accident. But problems popping up after you've left the accident scene may negatively impact your insurance claim.

Let's say you're driving peacefully along and suddenly - bam. Another car runs into you.

As the reality of the situation starts to set in, you quickly start taking inventory:

  • Passengers...they're ok
  • Car...in need of a new bumper
  • Yourself...well, you feel fine

 

Maybe you're just grateful the baby in the backseat is okay. Maybe you're relieved the damage to your vehicle isn't worse. Maybe you're just a nice person, it doesn't hurt very much, and you feel like seeking medical treatment would be excessive.

So (for whatever reason), you skip out on medical treatment. Or you do talk to a doctor, but don't report every little aching joint.

But a few days later, when your body is no longer hyped up on adrenaline, you start to feel it. A burning, growing pain in your neck or back that makes every movement difficult and it just keeps getting worse.

Can you still receive compensation?

The answer is a big fat "maybe."

WorkersComp2_06032014Insurance claims for injuries with delayed onset of symptoms

Reporting an injury late can have significant and long-reaching affects on your insurance claim - especially if you initially told a police officer, insurance adjuster or doctor that you're fine.

Insurance adjusters may become suspicious of your claim, take your injury less seriously or even deny your claim. But that doesn't mean you aren't entitled to compensation.

A qualified car accident lawyer may be able to help you to salvage your claim by gathering evidence to support your case, conferring with experts, and appealing on your behalf.

Common "late" car accident injuries

After a shocking incident (such as a car accident), your body begins producing hormones which can mask pain and other injury symptoms.

Here are some common types of car accident injuries that tend to have delayed symptoms:

1)       Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue refers to the tissues in the body that connect, support or surround other structures or organs that are not bones, such as tendons, ligaments and muscles.

When these soft tissues are overstretched or torn, during the trauma of an accident, they may only feel mildly sore at first. Or you may not notice them at all, especially if you're dealing with more serious injuries at the same time.

However, if left untreated, these injuries can turn into debilitating, chronic conditions as scar tissue builds up or your body begins to compensate in unhealthy ways - such as changing your posture, which could result in other areas being affected.

A few common types of soft tissue injuries are:

 

Treatment for soft tissue injuries may include physical therapy, chiropractic care and rest.

According to the book, Motor Vehicle Collision Injuries, "there is only a four to six week window for the clinician to benefit the active stage of wound healing" (pg. 217).

So it's important to talk to your doctor as soon as you begin to notice a problem.

2)       Concussions
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that occur when the brain hits the inside of your skull - as the result of a blow to the head (such as your head hitting the steering wheel) or a sudden stop where your brain keeps moving inside your skull.

Since the injury is not usually visible, these injuries often go unnoticed at first - especially since one of the indicators is erratic behavior and if you've just been hit by another vehicle, your behavior may be anything but typical.

However, headaches, trouble with balance or vision, nausea or any type of disorientation or mood swings may appear hours later.

These injuries can be very serious. So if you have any concussion-like symptoms following a car accident, you should seek medical treatment immediately.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, half of all traumatic brain injury victims received their injuries in automobile accidents.

How to strengthen your claim

If you've been in a car accident, here are some ways you may be able to make your claim stronger:

  • Seek medical attention as soon as symptoms begin appearing. Even if the pain is mild initially, it may worsen and have other lasting effects.
  • Be as forthcoming as possible with your doctor
  • Take notes on your symptoms, so you don't leave anything out when speaking with your doctor
  • Keep good records and document everything
  • Consider hiring a personal injury attorney

 

At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we've literally helped thousands of people who were injured in car accidents in North Carolina. If you were injured in an accident and your injuries appeared later, you may need to speak with an attorney ASAP.

Call us for a free case evaluation today at 1-866-900-7078.

Nearly 1,800 Arrested for DWI in NC - How to tell if you’ve been in a car accident with a drunk driver

One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

North Carolina is taking serious efforts to reduce this statistic.

The NCDOT recently released their numbers for their "Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker" campaign, aimed at keeping drunk drivers off the road during Independence Day festivities from June 28-July 7. The result?

1,737 people were arrested on DWI charges.

In addition to DWI arrests, officers statewide issued 4,194 safety belt violations and 15,972 speeding violations. They also apprehended 1,379 fugitives from justice and recovered 92 stolen vehicles.

WorkersComp26_06042014The Operation Firecracker taskforces

Operation Firecracker formed seven DWI taskforces across the state in areas with the highest numbers of DWI-related deaths. Those taskforces were responsible for more than a fourth of the arrests statewide.

According to the press release, the newest taskforce (in Guilford County) already made a significant impact. During 2012'sOperation Firecracker, there were 50 DWI arrests. But this year, Guilford County officials caught 146 drunk drivers.

"Law enforcement officials statewide continue to play a pivotal role in keeping those who drink and drive off the roads," said Don Nail, director of the NC Governor's Highway Safety Program. "Year round and especially during 'Booze It & Lose It' officers are going above and beyond the call of duty to keep our highways safe."

How to spot a drunk driver

Here are some telltale signs of drunk drivers:

  • Weaving, swerving, drifting or straddling the center lane
  • Making wide turns
  • Nearly striking other vehicles or objects
  • Driving with the windows down in cold weather
  • Driving at a slow speed or stopping without cause
  • Erratic braking
  • Driving in the wrong lane
  • Reacting slowly to traffic signals
  • Forgetting to turn on headlights or using turn signals incorrectly

 

If you see any of these actions, call 911 immediately.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 27 people die as a result of drinking and driving crashes each day.

You could save lives.

How to tell if you've been hit by a drunk driver

When you're in an accident, it may feel like your head is spinning and everything is out of control. But if your injuries aren't too serious, try to stay composed and observe what's going on around you - you may be able to pick up on important details that could help your insurance claim down the road.

This is especially important if the other driver has been drinking. Not only will it likely make a difference in your insurance claim, but it may also help reduce the risk to others, if the driver can finally learn his/her lesson.

1)     As soon as you're in an accident, pay attention to the other driver's behavior. If they're slurring their speech, seem less coordinated, cannot walk straight or focus their eyes, or if their eyes seem abnormally glossy or red - ask the police to test the driver's alcohol level, when they arrive.

2)     When the police arrive, pay attention to the officers' actions and watch to see if any tests are done. Don't be afraid to ask questions and, in general, get as much information as you can as to what is going on.

3)     Also, as in any accident, make sure that you document information like the driver's license plate number, the vehicle make and model, descriptions of the accident and even the driver - and take pictures if possible. Drunk drivers may be more likely to drive off after the initial incident.

4)     Tell the police everything you can remember about how the accident happened. You may even want to draw a picture and take pictures of things like skid marks, street signs that were ignored, the weather, etc. This will help the police determine causes and they may be able to pick up on something relating to the driver's condition.

Click here for a complete list of steps to take after any accident.

Have you've been hit by a drunk driver?

What makes drunk driving such a heart-breaking issue is that each injury it causes could have been prevented.

At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we're dedicated to helping the victims pick up the pieces that drunk driving causes. Click here to see what our clients have to say.

If you were hit by a drunk driver, call us for a free, no-obligation, case evaluation at 1-866-900-7078.

Contact Information

Raleigh Law Office

5848-100 Faringdon Place
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Phone: 910-488-0611
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Charlotte Law Office

201 McCullough Drive, Suite 220
Charlotte, NC 28262
Phone: 704-599-1078
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078