Dedicated Advocates for Accident Victims in Wilmington NC
At the vibrant core of New Hanover County, nestled between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find a committed team of professionals who embody the essence of southern hospitality.
We’re Hodges & Coxe, your local personal injury attorneys in Wilmington NC, standing shoulder to shoulder with our clients, providing legal help when life’s unexpected turns lead to challenging times.
As Wilmington is rich in history, cultural landmarks, and scenic beauty, it also remains a bustling hub for both locals and visitors. The ebb and flow of life here are not exempt from the unfortunate occurrence of accidents, particularly those involving automobiles, motorcycles, and trucks.
The resulting harm can impact our friends, neighbors, and the very fabric of our community, especially when involving drunk drivers and wrongful death claims. Understanding the aftermath of negligence can be overwhelming, even paralyzing.
At Hodges & Coxe, we can help shed light on the intricate maze that is personal injury law. We want to guide you through the process and advocate for your best interests. With a solid foundation of knowledge, vast experience, and a fervent commitment to justice, we represent Wilmington’s resilient spirit.
Our pledge to protect your rights and pursue full and fair compensation mirrors the Cape Fear River’s unyielding current, steadfastly carving its path.
If you’ve been involved in an accident in Wilmington or anywhere within New Hanover County, know that we’re here, committed to standing up for you every step of the way toward recovery and justice.
The Critical Role of an Attorney in Accident Claims
One might ask, “Do I need a lawyer?” We think it helps to have someone on your side who understands your individual needs and will explain the intricacies of the legal landscape. At Hodges & Coxe, we’re not just your attorneys – we’re your advocates, your guiding beacon, and your staunch allies.
When is the best time
to Hire a Lawyer?
Timing can be critical when it comes to presenting a claim for damages. We think the best time to hire an attorney is immediately after your accident. The sooner we can start working on your case, the better. It’s important to preserve evidence, identify and interview witnesses, and collect important documentation such as accident reports and police summaries.
Compensation: What’s Available?
Calculating fair and just compensation in personal injury cases is extremely important. One must consider not only the immediate medical expenses but also future treatments, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and even punitive damages in some instances (drunk driving accidents).
At Hodges & Coxe, we will explore the comprehensive nature of your claim and strive to recover the full compensation you deserve.
Understanding Legal Fees: The Contingency Fee Agreement
We work on a Contingency Fee basis for personal injury cases, ensuring that our legal fees are only payable if we are able to obtain a settlement or verdict after trial.
To be clear, not all legal matters at the firm are handled on a contingency fee basis.
In personal injury cases, we shoulder the risk alongside you, eliminating upfront legal fees, and providing peace of mind in the face of the legal battle ahead. The Hodges & Coxe law firm in Wilmington, North Carolina, handles a wide range of legal matters.
Other types of legal representation necessitate consultation fees, a retainer, and hourly rates. Having said that, we offer a contingency fee agreement for matters involving car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, and medical malpractice claims (personal injury claims).
We also offer a free consultation for personal injury and accident claims. We believe in transparency, and our fee structure will be clearly outlined in our agreement.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
Insurance companies, while a vital part of the recovery process, can be a significant hurdle. In fact, dealing with insurance adjusters can be a downright hassle, especially after you’ve been seriously injured in an accident their insured caused.
Our experienced team at Hodges & Coxe is well-equipped to handle negotiations, understanding that the goal is full compensation for your losses.
Personal Injury Cases in Wilmington NC
Each state has its own unique laws regarding personal injury cases, and North Carolina is no exception. We understand the intricacies of the NC accident laws and are experienced courtroom litigators.
Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor who’s met with an unfortunate accident in Wilmington NC, or anywhere within New Hanover County, we’re here for you. We want to help. We stand ready to advocate for your rights, fight for the compensation you deserve, and guide you through this difficult time.
As we travel the path to justice together, we remain firm in our commitment to serve with compassion, integrity, and dedication. Learn more about how we can assist you on our website.
What You Need to Know about Accident Claims in Wilmington
In Wilmington, as in the rest of North Carolina, the laws governing personal injury cases can often seem as intricate as the Cape Fear River’s many tributaries. One of the most significant aspects to consider is the doctrine of “contributory negligence,” which North Carolina law follows.
Contributory Negligence: A Nuanced Doctrine
Contributory negligence can be a major hurdle for accident victims seeking compensation. Under this rule, if you’re even slightly at fault (as little as 1%) for the wreck that led to your injuries and losses, you could be barred from recovering any form of damages.
It’s crucial for your personal injury attorney to carefully analyze the facts of your case, with the goal of developing a compelling narrative and claim for damages.
At Hodges & Coxe, our team has a thorough understanding of these unique legal nuances. Our methodical approach helps ensure that we focus on the details of your case in our quest to prove the other party’s full liability.
Our Approach to Building a Strong Personal Injury Case
Each case we undertake is more than just a file number. It’s a real person, a neighbor in our community, or a visitor to Wilmington, who is dealing with a challenging period in their life. We believe that understanding your unique story is key to building a compelling case.
Gathering Comprehensive Evidence
Our first step is to gather and analyze evidence related to the accident. This can include police reports, medical records, accident scene photos, witness statements, and more. Our aim is to create a comprehensive picture of what caused the wreck and its impact on your life.
One of the more critical elements in a personal injury case is determining the extent of your damages. This includes not only medical expenses and lost wages but also compensation for future treatments, loss of earning capacity, and intangible damages such as pain and suffering. At Hodges & Coxe, we want to make sure all your losses are accounted for and valued appropriately.
Aggressive Negotiations with Insurance Companies
Insurance companies can be difficult to negotiate with, and they have teams of attorneys working to minimize the payout on your claim. We’re not intimidated. Armed with a detailed understanding of your case and the accident laws in North Carolina, we will negotiate aggressively for the settlement you deserve.
While we strive to resolve your claim through a settlement, we’re not afraid to take your case to court (litigate) if necessary. Truth be told, sometimes the big insurance companies don’t do what is right. That means, in some instances, a lawsuit is required.
If we say, “We’ll see you in court,” we mean it. At Hodges & Coxe, we prepare every case as if it will go to trial, ensuring we’re ready to advocate for you in the courtroom.
Types of Personal Injury cases we handle
- Car Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Motorcycle Wrecks
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Injuries
- Wrongful Death Claims
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Medical Negligence
New Hanover County Legal Help
In the beautiful city of Wilmington and across New Hanover County, accidents can and do occur, impacting our community. But know this: if you find yourself facing the aftermath of someone else’s carelessness and negligence, you are not alone.
We will stand with you, guide you, and fight for your best interests.
If you have been involved in an accident, we invite you to learn more about our services and how we can assist you by visiting our website.