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James Scott Farrin Offers Durham Gas Explosion Victims and Businesses Help, Hope

The Blast That Shook Downtown Durham

On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 911 received a call from a woman who reported smelling “a very strong gas smell” around the Durham School of Arts at around 9:11 a.m.

Firefighters were dispatched to the area at 9:13 a.m. to investigate, but reported that they could not confirm its source.

At 9:37 a.m., a contractor called 911 to report that they had hit “a gas service line.” In a released audio clip of the 911 call, the contractor describes how they had hit a gas line and that they were waiting for the gas company to come turn off the gas. Firefighters and first responders started evacuating people inside the buildings.

At around 10:06 a.m., a building in the popular Brightleaf District exploded. The resulting blast radius could be heard and felt throughout downtown Durham, including the James Scott Farrin headquarters. The entire building shook, windows rattled, and the lights flickered. As co-workers anxiously left their cubicles and offices looking for a cause, news started to trickle in that a building had exploded and collapsed a mile away.

“We looked out the windows and saw the giant black tower of smoke rising above the skyline,” one Farrin employee said.

Chaos and Panic in Downtown Durham

Businesses near the blast suffered severe damages. People in nearby offices or inside their cars when the blast occurred were injured by shrapnel and glass. As people ran away in terror, some ran into the chaos to help the injured. Images and videos started streaming onto social media. Over two dozen people were injured, and one person tragically died. Some remained in the hospital a week later in serious condition.

Durham Community Rallies Around Blast Victims

As authorities continue to investigate the cause of the blast, many in the community are reaching out to the victims to see how they can help. With damages set to exceed $100 million in total, those affected have to assess how much they lost and eventually, rebuild and repair.

Damages are wide-ranging and some may take months or years to rectify. Many people were physically injured, some lost their businesses and livelihoods, many no longer have a place to work or live, and vehicles were severely damaged.

James Scott Farrin — Committed to Helping Victims of the Durham Gas Explosion

Our firm is ready to lend a legal hand to those affected by the explosion. We have an attorney who volunteered to help victims of 9/11*, an attorney that represented victims of the 2009 Garner ConAgra plant explosion, and one that represented those affected by the 2017 Hatteras Bridge blackout that caused hundreds of businesses to lose revenue at the height of the summer season. Our lawyers have handled other fire/explosion personal injury and loss of business cases.

CBS17 news and other news outlets interviewed Farrin attorney Gary Jackson about the legal options for those impacted. Gary has over 30 years of legal experience, and he believes the best outcome for all involved is for the insurance companies and those parties responsible to step up to the plate. Click on the image below to watch the interview:

If you want help or guidance in putting together your claim, AND discussing whether or not you need an attorney to represent you, we would be happy to talk with you. Contact us here or call us at 1-866-900-7078.

We can lay out all of your options for you and help you assess the full extent of damages you may be owed along with any potential claims.

 

*Results obtained prior to joining the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin

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How Your Body Reacts to a Car Accident

One minute, you’re driving along the highway on your daily commute to work. The next, you’re laying roadside after being tossed from your vehicle in a high-impact collision. Your body lies motionless. Or does it?

A lot can happen to your body in a short period of time during a car crash. Much of it you may not even be aware of. Many assume that the effects of a car crash are only those you can see externally, but in reality there’s an internal crash of your body’s organs that can be just as debilitating.

Let’s break down the anatomy of a car crash…

Step 1: Metal Hits Metal

Depending on the vehicles involved and the nature of the collision, this can come in many different forms. The severity of damages to the car will ultimately depend on the speed and size of the involved vehicles.

Cars are built to take on collisions and to try to protect drivers and passengers as much as possible. The nose of the car is often referred to as the “crumple zone” and is designed to absorb some of the shock and energy from a crash. However, there is only so much your vehicle can shield you from…

Step 2: Body Hits Metal

After the car has taken all it can, the body will start to feel the effects of the crash. This stage is the one that you will feel directly. The kinetic energy unabsorbed by your car’s exterior will now transfer to your body and force it into motion.

The motion could be restrained by a seatbelt or airbag, or the force could cause the body to collide with other parts of the car – often the window or steering wheel. In serious incidents, the body could be entirely ejected from the vehicle, leading to the next stage of the collision. However, even if the movement is controlled by safety features, further injuries are still probable.

Step 3: Internal Organs Keep Moving

When your body has finally come to rest after a crash, you may think you are lying very still. But you are not.

Your internal organs continue to bump into each other even after you have stopped moving.

We’ve all learned Newton’s law that “an object at motion tends to stay in motion.” This law is especially applicable to human bodies when suddenly jolted into high motion situations. Despite the fact that there is only so far your physical body can be tossed, the internal organs will continue to move toward the point of impact until all energy is absorbed.

During a car wreck, the human body naturally goes into an instinctive survival mode. Both adrenaline and endorphins are released as a reaction to the shock. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that act as natural pain relievers when released. That’s why you may not feel the internal pain immediately.

Even if a body appears to have escaped a car crash uninjured, there’s a strong possibility that internal organs could be torn, bruised, or bleeding.

How to Stay Safe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that seat belts saved over 14,000 lives in 2016 alone. Frontal air bags saved an additional 3,000 that same year.

While car crashes can be unpredictable and unavoidable, it is important to take the necessary precautions to limit the injuries, both internal and external, caused by a car wreck. Buckle up and familiarize yourself with the proper use of an air bag to try to lessen the severity of any potential injuries.

Finally, be alert while on the roads. Click here for more helpful tips about driving safely on NC highways.

North Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys Evaluate Your Case for FREE

If you have been in an auto accident, don’t wreck twice. The car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin will fight for you and try to get you the maximum compensation you potentially deserve. Call us at 1-866-900-7078 or click here to contact us online.

P.S. Why choose our car accident attorneys? Here are a few good reasons.

Does Workers’ Comp Pay for Pain & Suffering?

You’ve been hurt at work, and the pain and suffering you’ve experienced have been real. Physical pain and mental suffering, strains on your finances and personal relationships, and a general sense that your life is spinning out of control are often part of recovering from a work injury.

So when it comes time to settle your workers’ compensation case, you might think you’ll be paid for all the pain and suffering you’ve gone through. Unfortunately, that is incorrect.

Workers’ Comp Will not Pay You for Pain & Suffering

Fair or not, the law doesn’t require insurance companies to pay you for pain and suffering when you are hurt on the job. So it’s important to try to make sure the insurance company is paying you the full benefits the law does require. Sadly, we have seen some insurance companies seemingly work overtime just to save themselves money by denying you the benefits you are owed. Here are actual stories of this type of bad behavior.

3 Things Workers’ Comp Will Pay For

Workers’ compensation pays you for three kinds of benefits: a partial wage benefit, the cost of medical treatment, and the value of any permanent loss of use of your injured body part. Click here to find out more about your benefits payments.

Weekly Wage Benefits

When you’re hurt on the job and are unable to work while you recover, the law requires the insurance company to pay you a weekly wage benefit. The benefit is supposed to be two thirds of your average weekly wage. Often, some insurance companies will drag their feet in sending you these checks. Other times, some insurance companies may pay you less than you are entitled to receive.

Medical Benefits

Some insurance companies may also try to delay your medical treatment. The law is clear that if you are hurt on the job, the insurance company must pay for treatment that your authorized doctor recommends. But some insurance companies have been known to try to dodge this responsibility. We have seen many simply refuse to authorize treatment or attempt to send you to another doctor who they think will be more conservative about your treatment.

Permanent Disability

At the end of your claim, a doctor may decide that you suffer from some permanent disability. You are entitled to payment for this disability. Again, some insurance companies may try to save money by sending you to a doctor who they think may give an opinion about your disability that is more favorable to the insurance company.

Why You Need an NC Workers’ Comp Lawyer

The workers’ compensation laws in North Carolina are very complex. Because you can receive only limited damages in a workers’ compensation case, it’s important to seek the advice of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. With over 20 years of experience handling workers’ comp claims, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin can work with you to try to maximize your recovery and push the insurance company to pay everything required under the law.


Why choose us over the hundreds of other workers’ compensation attorneys
throughout NC? Click here for some very good reasons.


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Sad but true, the insurance companies do not have to pay you for pain and suffering, and the law lets them get away with that. But that is not good enough for the insurance companies. They may try to add insult to injury by trying to deny you the benefits the law does allow you.

We fight to try to make sure that doesn’t happen. Contact us or call 1-866-900-7078 if you have been hurt on the job, and we can discuss the benefits you may be owed and the best way to try to make the insurance company pay.

 

What Does it Mean When You Hire an Attorney Who’s a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist?

There are about 29,000 North Carolina licensed attorneys*.

Less than 4%* are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists, and ten of them practice right here at our firm.

While N.C. board certification isn't offered for personal injury/car accident practice areas (or many other types of practice areas), it is offered for workers' compensation and Social Security disability law.

N.C. State Bar Board Certification Explained

So what exactly does it mean to be board certified? It means you have an attorney who shows special knowledge and proficiency in their specific area of law, having undergone additional training (and other intense analysis) to become certified as a specialist.

It's a little like commercial pilot training. Certain airports with particularly dangerous runways or topography require specialized pilot training and certification to fly into. Think Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Martin in the Caribbean.

Would you want a pilot without certified experience and specialized skill landing this plane?

Now unlike pilot certifications, a lack of specialization does not prevent an attorney from practicing, but it does indicate a certain level of expertise and accomplishment.

The North Carolina State Bar puts it another way: "Certification of lawyers as specialists by an objective entity and according to objective criteria fulfills the mission of the State Bar to protect the public by providing relevant, truthful, and reliable information to consumers of legal services. Certification helps consumers to identify lawyers who have experience and skill in a certain area of practice. Certification also helps lawyers by encouraging them to improve their expertise in particular areas of practice and providing them with a legitimate way of informing the public and other lawyers of this expertise."

North Carolina State Board Certification Requirements

North Carolina is one of only 18 states that offer a legal certification program. Although requirements vary from one specialty area to the next, to meet the minimum requirements, the applicant must:

  • Be licensed and in good standing to practice law in North Carolina
  • Be substantially involved in the practice area, usually for a minimum of five years
  • Take a certain number of continuing legal education credits in the specialty area during the three years prior to application
  • Be reviewed satisfactorily by their peers
  • Achieve a satisfactory score on a written examination in the practice area

10 N.C. Board Certified Specialists at James Scott Farrin

If you are looking for an attorney who is a NC Board Certified specialist in workers’ compensation law or Social Security disability law, you won’t find many. Less than 1% of all North Carolina licensed attorneys are Board Certified Specialists in workers’ compensation law*. There are even fewer in Social Security disability law – about 0.1%*, in fact. We have ten of those specialists here at our firm. Click here or call us toll free at 1-866-900-7078 to speak to one of them for FREE.

9 Workers' Compensation Specialists

Doug Berger joined us in 2005 and is a shareholder of the firm. Doug is a former North Carolina Senator and also served as a Deputy Commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) for 10 years.

Ryan Bliss joined the firm in 2012 after having been a worker's compensation defense attorney representing insurance companies. This experience allowed him to see how workers' compensation law is practiced from both sides. Super Lawyers magazine listed Ryan as a "Rising Star"3 in workers’ compensation law in 2018.

Matt Harbin joined the firm in 2003 and became a shareholder in 2008. Matt was appointed by (former) North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue to a two-and-a-half-year term on the North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, which he recently completed.

Matthew Healey ran a workers' compensation department at another N.C. firm prior to joining our firm. He has been selected to Best Lawyers in America's2 annual list of workers' compensation lawyers every year since 2013. North Carolina Super Lawyers listed him as a "Rising Star"3 from 2010–2013 and a "Super Lawyer"4 from 2014–2016. Best Lawyers went a step further and named Matthew as a workers' compensation "Lawyer of the Year"5 for Raleigh in 2015 and 2017.

Barry Jennings joined us in 2006 and is a shareholder of the firm. Barry has earned the designation of "Rising Star"3 by North Carolina Super Lawyers in 2011, 2012, and 2013. He was selected to Best Lawyers in America's2 annual list of workers' compensation lawyers every year since 2015. Additionally, he received the 2015 6Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ designation — the gold standard in attorney ratings.

Daniel Lehrer joined the firm in 2019 handling workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Daniel’s background also includes Social Security disability law.

Michael Mackay joined the firm in 2001 and is head of the firm's workers' compensation department as well as a shareholder of the firm. After having worked for one of the largest insurance defense firms in North Carolina, Mike had a change of heart. He resolved to try to protect the rights of individuals and those of their families instead of representing corporate interests.

Michael Roessler joined the firm in 2015, after having represented personal injury and workers’ compensation clients for more than five years. He is passionate about representing marginalized members of the community and is an advocate of individuals’ rights.

Susan Vanderweert represented insurance companies and employers for more than 12 years before joining our firm. Susan has received the 2016 6Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ designation — the gold standard in attorney ratings.

Social Security Disability Specialist at James Scott Farrin

Rick Fleming joined the firm in 2002 and is a shareholder and head of the firm's Social Security disability department. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. Rick is also the Fourth and DC Circuits representative for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) Board of Directors, and serves on the Nominations and Elections Committee for the NOSSCR. Additionally, he is vice chair of the N.C. State Bar's Social Security Disability Law Specialty Committee.

North Carolina Worker's Comp and Social Security Disability Specialists

While you probably would not want these attorneys piloting your Airbus A340 as it approaches the St. Martin runway, these board certified specialists have been highly trained and vetted to try to guide clients through what can sometimes be a turbulent battle for just compensation.

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Feel free to contact us by clicking here or calling us toll free at 1-866-900-7078. We'll have an attorney evaluate your case for FREE.

* Figures and percentages provided by the N.C. State Bar as of December 31, 2018.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and Best Lawyers has received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice." For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit www.bestlawyers.com

To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Rising Stars undergo a rigorous, multiphase process which combines peer nominations with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually on a state by state basis. While up to 5% of the lawyers in any state are named "Super Lawyers," by Super Lawyers magazine, no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list. For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit www.superlawyers.com.

Super Lawyers undergo a rigorous, multiphase process which combines peer nominations with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually on a state-by-state basis. For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit www.superlawyers.com.

5 Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year," making this accolade particularly significant. Lawyers being honored as "Lawyer of the Year" are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity. For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit www.bestlawyers.com.

For more information regarding the standards for peer review ratings, visit www.martindale.com.

Thousands of Patients Suing Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Makers

Johnson and Johnson agreed in January to pay $120 million to victims in North Carolina and 45 other states to resolve claims of deceptive marketing regarding its Depuy ASR XL metal-on-metal hip replacement device. The implant was pulled from the U.S. market in 2010, but it’s too little too late for some victims who suffered metal and cobalt poisoning.

A large number of metal-on-metal hip replacements have caused thousands of patients more pain than relief. And thousands are suing the manufacturers who produced and marketed them.

Symptoms of a Faulty Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant

  • Cobalt poisoning, including fever, inflammation, and low thyroid levels, heart failure, vision loss, hearing loss, and organ damage
  • Metallosis, which can include pain around the hip joint, swelling, inflammation, numbness, bone loss, tissue death, and additional mobility problems

If you have suffered any of these side effects or other unexplained health problems
after your J&J Depuy ASR XL metal-on-metal hip replacement,
contact us as soon as possible or call 866-900-7078.


Depuy Hip Replacement Failures, Recalls

In 2019, Reuters reported that Depuy had announced a worldwide voluntary recall of 93,000 of its ASR hip implant systems in 2010, saying that 12% of them failed within five years. Depuy has since settled thousands of lawsuits by patients who had to have the ASR implant removed – and who were forced to undergo a second surgery.

J&J Depuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Lawsuit Alleges Deception

The lawsuits claimed that J&J Depuy made misleading claims about the longevity of its metal-on-metal hip implants, with patients frequently having to undergo a revision surgery before the company’s advertised timeframe of five years.

Hip Implant Devices not FDA-tested for Safety


The J&J Depuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant was approved
under an FDA approval process that does not require evidence
of a device's safety
before being given market approval.


Known as the FDA 510(k) Premarket Notification Process, manufacturers merely have to show that devices are substantially similar to others currently on the market. There are no clinical trials or patient testing. While this news may come as a shock to consumers of medical devices, numerous metal-on-metal hip implant device manufacturers utilized this loophole to rush their devices to market.


The FDA received so many reports of issues with metal-on-metal hip devices
that in 2011, they ordered all manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants to test
patients who had received them.


Is this yet another example of manufacturers putting profit in front of patient care? Click here for other manufacturers also facing similar lawsuits due to faulty metal-on-metal hip replacement devices – many of which have been pulled from the market.

These are serious issues. And serious issues demand serious attention.

North Carolina Lawyers Investigate Your Hip Implant Claim – Free

If you received the Johnson & Johnson Depuy ASR hip implant device or any of the hip implants in this link, and you believe you have suffered serious side effects such as metallosis or cobalt poisoning, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Our representatives are available 24/7 to offer you a free and evaluation of your case. You can also use our live chat feature or send in our secure and confidential form on this page.

Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 to find out if one of our North Carolina lawyers may be able to help you.

Which Greensboro Roads Can be Dangerous?

Every town and city has them. They’re the intersections, roadways, merge sites, or construction zones that locals try to avoid like a root canal. At best, these sites can be a nuisance. At worst, they can sometimes be downright deadly.

Our law firm has 14 office locations across North Carolina. The James Scott Farrin headquarters in Durham is right off the NC-147 Freeway. While convenient, the NC-147 Freeway always seems to be under construction somewhere, sometimes causing accidents and traffic back-ups.

I am located in our Greensboro office, which is in downtown Greensboro next to the Greensboro Marriott. We have often seen clients from High Point, Asheboro, and Burlington in addition to Greensboro. As a personal injury attorney, I am often privy to information from clients, law enforcement and others regarding roadways around town that can be particularly worrisome.

Troublesome Roads in the Greensboro Area

For me, personally, there are a handful of trouble spots.

Wendover Avenue can be a challenge, but the section near the I-40 can be particularly troublesome at times.

Battleground Ave. is another area I tend to try to avoid if possible. As a Greensboro accident attorney, I have known of many collisions along this route. The intersections along Battleground Ave. can be confusing, the volume of traffic is high, and there are random, short, one-way sections that can be problematic, even to local Greensboro residents.

There can also be congestion and collisions along the stretch of I-40/I-85 between the Freeman Mill Road exit and the Lee Street exit.

Those are my personal bugaboos. The Greensboro Police Department has their own list of sites that they consider to be among the most dangerous.

Greensboro’s Top Crash Sites and Speed Traps

WWFMY News 2 reported on the top 10 crash sites, according to the Greensboro Police Department:

  • I-40/I-85 (Elm-Eugene Street to 29)
  • I-40/I-85 (Randleman Rd to 220)
  • US-29 Corridor (E Market to E Gate City)
  • W Wendover Avenue Corridor (Bridford to Tri-City)
  • Battleground Avenue Corridor (Westride to city limit)
  • I-40/Guilford College Road
  • Holden Rd/Vandalia Road
  • W Gate City Blvd/W Meadowview Road
  • Pisgah Church/N Elm Street
  • I-40/Sandy Ridge Road

Many of the problems along these Greensboro roads have to do with speeding, and the news reports that Greensboro police have often had officers patrolling these very areas where speeding has been an issue.

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has represented far too many victims of speeders. Speeding is avoidable and so are accidents due to this offense. Sadly, though, we see these every day. It never gets any easier to see a life change for the worse in one brief instant.

Click here for Tony’s story. He was “living the dream” until he was hit from behind by a vehicle speeding at 70 mph.

Get a Free Case Evaluation From Greensboro Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one have been the victim of any type of car wreck in Greensboro or anywhere in North Carolina as a result of speeding or for any other reason, contact us today or call 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation.

Click here for information on the formidable team of car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin who stand ready to fight for you.

Can You Sue With an App? (Yes. But Beware of Limitations)

Picture this. You’re injured in a fender bender and have slight to moderate medical repercussions – a broken nose, whiplash, a black eye, and bruises. Your medical and physical therapy expenses after you visit the doc amount to roughly $3,000.

The at-fault driver’s insurance company is dinging around about paying you the entire amount you owe for medical expenses. They claim you are only owed $900. You need the full amount, and you need it sooner rather than later.

Do you:

  1. Contact an experienced personal injury law firm to fight for the maximum amount you are allowed by law including injuries, time out of work and potentially other expenses incurred?
  2. Download the new lawsuit app, DoNotPay, which claims it can bring a lawsuit on your behalf with a swipe and a download or two to try to get your medical expenses reimbursed?

DoNotPay App for Small Claims Lawsuits

The DoNotPay app claims to allow users to bring small claims lawsuits (up to $25,000) without the use of an attorney. Wait, what? An app that acts like a lawyer?

Yes and no.

It can help you sue by using a bot to read your case and then offers you general guidelines as to your next steps in the legal process. The app claims to allow users to sue in small claims court without having to retain a lawyer. And if you win your claim you keep 100% of the damages received. For now, the app is free.

What Type of Claim Can the Lawsuit App Help With?

The app claims that you may be able to sue for up to $25,000 for a variety of potential claims, including:

  • Negligence
  • Breach of contract
  • Un-refunded deposits
  • Consumer refund
  • Automobile accidents

How Does the Lawsuit App Work?

Here is how the app purportedly works. It asks for your name and address and the size of your claim. It then generates a demand letter, creates a filing, and helps serve notice of the lawsuit.

According to motherboard.com, the app walks you through the process of filing a notice of the suit. If you go to court, it will generate scripts you can use in court. A bot will ask you a few basic questions about your legal issue and use your answers to classify your case into 1 of 15 different legal areas. The app will then draw up documents specific to that legal area, and fill in the details. You print the completed document and mail it to the courthouse to establish that you’re a plaintiff in a lawsuit.

Who might use such an app? Some people do not seek a lawyer in small claims proceedings because it is either not permitted by law or because the amount of damages to be paid may not justify the cost of an attorney.

What Can an Attorney Do That the Lawsuit App Cannot?

Let’s take a closer look a typical car accident victim.


Studies have shown that, on average, car accident victims who hired a personal injury lawyer received 3.5 times* more compensation for their loss than they would have on their own.


The app cannot completely and fully understand all the nuances of a case. It does not review the case for accuracy, draw legal conclusions, or provide opinions about your selections of forms. I can tell you that no app can spot missed opportunities or offer the advantages than an experienced lawyer could.

CYA (cover your assets). From the very first phone call you will have with the at-fault driver’s insurance adjuster, we can help. You will be asked to give what is known as a “recorded statement.” The recorded statement is designed for the benefit of the insurance company. You may think you’re being asked seemingly innocuous questions and not think much about your answers – until your answers come back to hurt you, and the insurance company claims you are to blame. Believe me, we have seen this happen often.

Click here for a true story about how the story can change just like that.

Keep track of medical care. After about three months of treatment, your injuries amounted to $3,000. But what happens if the impact that caused your broken nose began to cause you to experience chronic migraines six months down the road? What if a doctor says those migraines were not caused by the crash? Trauma can often beget more trauma later.

Take care of the paperwork hassles. The amount of medical and other paperwork, alone, that plaintiffs’ have to keep up with can be overwhelming – and is sometimes a reason people turn to us for help. Not handling it properly and within the strict timeframes of the insurance companies can often hurt a clients’ case if they don’t know what, when, or how to file correctly.

Fight for the maximum amount you are allowed by law. I cannot tell you the number of times when there seems to be little or “no” money available to pay a client for damages, such as in a case involving an uninsured or underinsured driver. That doesn’t stop us from seeking to try to find other income sources, such as second homes, cars, trucks, boats, and other non-exempt sources for funds. We routinely conduct thorough and meticulous research to try to piece together clues – reading between the lines, consulting with experts, and looking for that needle in a haystack that can sometimes yield an unlikely or alternative source of finances.

Personal attention every step of the way. As with any endeavor, there’s often a circuitous path from point A to point B. Life is full of twists, turns, and surprises – and lawsuits are no different. We strive to forestall any surprises to try to lift your burden at each step of the way.

An app cannot empathize with you, represent you in court, or negotiate a resolution.


If you are looking to handle your case on your own, we can help with that too. Click here for a do-it-yourself personal injury booklet we wrote for injury victims who want to try to handle their claim on their own.


Our Contingency Fee Is Designed to Offer You Flexibility

Cost shouldn’t be a reason to resort to a legal app instead of potentially taking advantage of all the benefits a lawyer can offer. Our attorneys do not get paid an attorney’s unless you win or your case settles. Our Founder and President, James S. Farrin said:


If we don't achieve a result for a client, we don't get an attorney’s fee. I love that because — if we can't get someone a result, I don't want a fee. We're not paid on the hours we work on the case or the time we put in. We have one incentive, and that is to get our client a result."


We advocate for you in an effort to try to get you the maximum compensation you potentially deserve. Will an app call your medical practitioner repeatedly to obtain your medical records? Will an app review them for accuracy? Probably not. Will an app personally visit witnesses when necessary to depose them and take their statement? Will an app try to gather all the facts, and then some, in an effort to leave no stone unturned? Will an app return your calls and lend an empathetic ear?

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Our firm is comprised of experienced, legal professionals (and that includes our paralegals) who will strive to get you the best compensation you potentially deserve. If you have been hurt by someone’s negligence, contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin or call 1-866-900-7078.

 

*Insurance Research Council 1999

Work Injury? Report it Immediately (and in Writing)

If you sustain an injury on the job, it’s extremely important for you to notify your employer as quickly as possible.

If you don’t tell someone, you might lose your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits altogether. Here are some general rules of thumb for North Carolina workers’ compensation claims.

When should I report my injury?

The sooner, the better! And do it in writing.

Our workers’ compensation laws require us to provide written notice to our employer within 30 days of the injury. The primary exception to this rule would be if the employer had “actual notice” of the injury (i.e., they witnessed the injury as it happened). Just to be safe, you should always provide written notice of your injury to your employer as soon as possible, regardless of the circumstances. If you’re physically unable to do so, ask a friend or family member to report the injury to your employer, in writing, on your behalf.

How should I report my injury?

As long as the report of the injury is in writing, the sky’s the limit. You can complete a formal accident report, deliver a handwritten letter, type out an email, or even send a text message to your employer. It all counts. However, there are a few important pieces of information you’ll want to include:

  1. Your name and address
  2. The time, place, nature, and cause of the accident
  3. The nature of the resulting injury

Make sure you indicate very clearly that the injury happened at work or while on the job. Also, save a copy of the correspondence just in case you need to prove at some point down the road that you reported your injury.

Who should I report my injury to?

If your employer doesn’t have a formal reporting process in place, the best practice would be to report your injury, in writing, to someone in a position of authority. Does your company have a human resources department? Are you able to reach your direct supervisor or general manager?

Don’t assume that your employer has received notice of your injury just because you texted one of your coworkers about it. Try to get your written report into the hands of someone higher up the chain than you.

Don’t be denied just because you were unfamiliar with workers’ comp laws

The nuances in workers’ compensation law are many and varied – and they can be complicated to the uninitiated. When reporting your accident and describing how it happened, we have seen many people denied simply because they unwittingly described the accident in a manner that pit the laws against them. They told the truth, but were unfamiliar with how workers’ comp laws view certain types of accidents.

Click here for precautions to take to try to prevent an unwarranted denial from happening to you.

Free Case Evaluation from NC Workers’ Comp Lawyers

That is why we always urge injured workers to contact us immediately after a work injury for a free case evaluation. (We are sometimes able to offer advice on your situation, even if you don’t hire us.) If you have been injured in a work accident, contact us immediately or call 1-866-900-7078.

P.S. Here are lots of good reasons we believe you should hire us to handle your workers’ compensation claim.

Tire Tread Depth Safety Standard May Be Too Low

You know your tires are responsible for getting you from A to B. But how much do you really know about the safety of those four wheels under your vehicle? Here are some surprising facts uncovered in a new AAA study about tire safety and tread depth.

Tires are the only point of contact between vehicles and the road. Every safety and control system in the vehicle relies on the ability of the car’s tires to maintain adequate traction. That is why safety guidelines are imposed on how worn vehicle tires can be before they are considered illegal to drive on.


According to the North Carolina Consumers Council, your tires are your most critical safety component.


The agency states that tires with a tread depth of 2/32” or less will not pass state safety inspections. Tires with tread below this threshold are known to be insufficient for a vehicle’s needs, especially in wet conditions.

However, a new study by AAA suggests that even tires that are within our state’s limits are more dangerous than people may realize.

How Safe Is the 2/32” Tire Depth Minimum?


AAA found that a tread depth of even 4/32”, twice as deep as the state standard for
replacement, was measurably unsafe.


The agency conducted tests on wet roads at speeds of 60 mph to compare the stopping ability of brand new tires versus those with a tread depth of 4/32”.

The tests discovered that, compared to new tires, those with a tread depth of 4/32” increased stopping distance by 43% – which means another 87 feet of stopping distance for cars. Put another way, the point at which the new tires reach a complete stop, the worn tires continue to travel at speeds of nearly 40 mph. No matter how hard you hit the brakes; your tires will keep traveling and could potentially cause a collision.

If you think buying more expensive tires is the answer, AAA has a caveat about that. The study found that tread depth had a much larger influence on tire performance than the cost of the tires. Worn tire performance for the most expensive all-season tires did not perform significantly better than the less expensive all-season tires in the study.

Precautionary Measures & Tire Tread Depth

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that one in every 11 crashes involved an issue with a tire prior to the accident.

So what can you do to help try to keep your tires up to par?

  • Inform yourself of the functions and proper maintenance of your tires. Take matters into your own hands and stay up to date with information on tire safety.
  • Test your own tire depth using a quarter. Turn the quarter upside down and place it in the tread; if you can see anything above the top of Washington’s hair, it is time to change the tire.
  • Don’t wait to change your tires. Change them before they reach a tread depth of 4/32” instead of waiting until they reach the state-mandated minimum of 2/32”.

AAA notes that the 2/32” minimum may provide benefits in the form of lower warranty costs for manufacturers, but the human cost could be too high to ignore.

Click here for more tips on safe driving.

Get a Free Case Evaluation from North Carolina Car Crash Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident due to the at-fault driver’s worn tires (or for any other reason) contact us today or call 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation.

Click here for information on the formidable team of car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin who stand ready to fight for you.

Truck Wrecks Are Not Just Big Car Wrecks

Experience navigating commercial truck accident investigations tells us this:

Commercial truck accident investigations take on a life of their own and can become very complex, very quickly.

Success in truck accident claims often boils down to experience


“As a defense lawyer for the trucking industry, we were often called to the accident scene within the hour to begin gathering evidence to make a case.”

— Patrick White, Former Defense Attorney for the Trucking Industry


There are a whole host of state and federal rules and regulations that govern how commercial trucking companies and truck drivers should operate. Millions of dollars can potentially be at stake, which is why insurance companies are likely to do almost anything to deny fault. They often have their best and most experienced adjusters handle these claims. Some have been known to send a defense lawyer to the scene within the hour to begin gathering evidence on behalf of their client.

Experience in this industry has proven to me that it is extremely difficult to be successful in this type of claim unless you know how to navigate the trucking industry and its rules and regulations.

A collision with a commercial truck is subject to different rules and regulations than car crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates operating codes that apply only to commercial trucking companies and truck drivers. Truckers also have special training and licensing requirements. Trucking companies are required by law to keep records that must be produced as evidence in the event of a crash. However, sometimes these documents have been destroyed if they were not accessed immediately.

Preservation of evidence is a critical reason we urge truck accident victims to contact us as soon as possible after an accident.

Serious injuries and potentially millions of dollars could be at stake

Multiple companies are often involved and will potentially point blame at each other – and at you. Trucking companies often act immediately, putting their best people on the scene to start making a case against anyone but them.

If we take your case, we will immediately begin gathering evidence to try to get you the maximum compensation you may deserve.

We take immediate action to preserve critical evidence

Trucking companies will often call on their best investigators, insurance reps, supervisors, and other truck accident experts. They will be looking at skid marks, the debris field, talking to witnesses, the police. They will obtain data from the truck’s black box and driver log books – and they will work to get the data that was recorded from your own vehicle, such as speed and braking.

Truck accident victims may need their own accident experts on the scene to gather evidence and secure critical information.

Multiple companies will likely obtain their own lawyers to try to prove fault

In my experience, it is rare that anyone wants to pay or accept fault, including companies who broker truck drivers, loaders, and maintenance, parts manufacturers, and the trucking company itself. The driver’s very livelihood may depend on his innocence. So he may try to do everything he can to exonerate himself, even if that means blaming you.

Let us work to deflect these accusations to try to prove you were not at fault and that you deserve maximum compensation.

We investigate to try to uncover all parties that may be liable to you in a trucking accident, including:

  • Owner of the trucking company
  • The parent company of the trucking firm
  • Big-rig owner
  • Truck driver
  • Truck driver’s employer
  • Owner of the cab and owner of the trailer
  • Manufacturer of the truck’s parts
  • Maintenance company that services the truck or its parts
  • Manufacturer of other vehicles, if involved
  • Owner and driver of any other vehicle involved
  • And potentially other at-fault parties

You may get nothing if they can show you were partly to blame

If the defense lawyers can show that you were just 1% at fault, they may claim they do not have to pay you one dime under North Carolina’s contributory negligence laws. Unfortunately, they may be correct. Contributory negligence means that even if you were just a fraction at fault for your injury, the insurance company may not be legally obligated to compensate you. That is why you need a lawyer who can help you try to prove someone else was 100% to blame for the injuries you suffered.

Insurance companies sometimes offer far less than what you deserve

Or they may offer what you might believe is a substantial sum of money. Don’t be fooled by an offer of quick cash up front. In many cases, we’ve found these types of offers to be a ploy to entice the unwitting victim to settle quickly and disappear – fast.

Our advice? Talk to us before accepting any type of truck accident settlement.

Let us even the playing field and fight for maximum recovery

Trucking companies have lawyers looking out for them. That's why it's important to have an experienced truck accident attorney fighting for you. We complete our own investigations and take steps to preserve evidence in the possession of the trucking company, by court order if necessary. This evidence may include:

Hours of Service (HOS) data

HOS data can be found in logbooks or electronic logging devices. It can show whether the driver followed federal regulations concerning the number of hours drivers are allowed to spend on the road.

Employment records

Did the driver have a poor safety record or was otherwise unqualified to drive a truck?

Maintenance records

Were there maintenance problems with the truck or any of its individual parts?

Electronic data

Today’s trucks have electronic control modules ("black boxes") that record information about the truck's operation. This information has been known to disappear quickly.

We fight for maximum compensation the law allows

You may have a right to maximum compensation for:

  • Medical and rehabilitation bills
  • Future medical
  • Lost time from work
  • Cost of vehicle repairs
  • Diminished earning capacity for permanent injuries
  • Funeral expenses

Pay no attorney’s fee if we don’t recover

You pay us nothing upfront and no attorney’s fee whatsoever if we don’t recover for you.

We offer a free initial case evaluation, so contact us today at 1-866-900-7078.

You have a lot on your shoulders right now – a lot of decisions to make about your recovery and medical bills. Let us try to go after all the money you may be owed so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

Contact Information

Asheville Law Office

300 Ridgefield Court Suite 309
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: 828-552-8215
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Charlotte Law Office

1001 Morehead Square Drive, Suite 350
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-599-1078
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

2915 Raeford Road, Suite 204
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone: 910-488-0611
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Goldsboro Law Office

1308 Wayne Memorial Drive, Suite B
Goldsboro, NC 27534
Phone: 919-731-2581
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Greensboro Law Office

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

Greenville Law Office

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

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
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

Raleigh Law Office

4325 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-834-1184
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

144 Woodridge Court
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