Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
Firm Practice Areas
North Carolina Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys
For almost 40 years, Nicholas J Dombalis, II has represented persons who have been injured by the negligence of another. Although he has represented persons injured in different types of accidents (for example slip and fall, airplane collision, premises liability) most cases have involved automobile collisions in which another person was at fault. Mr. Dombalis’ fee in personal injury cases is based upon a percentage of the recovery awarded to his client. This fee arrangement is called a contingency fee.
In most automobile injury cases the owner of the automobile being driven by the at fault party has automobile liability insurance. In those cases, settlement negotiations will typically be with the insurance adjuster working for the company which insures the automobile. In order to recover damages in a personal injury case, the injured party must show that his or her injuries were proximately caused by the negligence of another party. When representing a client in a personal injury case, Mr. Dombalis will compile a settlement package that is sent to the insurance adjuster. The settlement package will include a summary of the injured party’s medical bills and medical records related to the injuries caused by the accident, a description of the cause of the accident, details about why the driver is liable for his client’s injuries, and a breakdown of the different elements of the client’s damages. These damages can include medical and other healthcare related expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and temporary and permanent disability.
In some cases the owner of the automobile that was being driven by the at fault party does not have liability insurance. If the injured party has uninsured motorist coverage (UM) on his or her automobile liability policy, a claim can then be filed against that party’s insurance carrier. In some cases the injured party’s damages exceed the coverage available under the insurance policy covering the automobile and/ or the at fault driver. In that instance, the injured party may bring a claim against his or her own insurance carrier for underinsured motorist coverage (UIM), if UIM coverage is a part of the policy. If the injured party has medical payments coverage on his or her policy, his automobile insurance carrier will pay for those medical bills necessary for treatment of those injuries suffered in the accident, up to the limits of the medical payments coverage.
Negotiating and resolving personal injury settlements can become quite complex and often involve negotiations with an injured party‘s health insurance carrier for medical bills that it has paid and for which it claims a lien on the recovery awarded to the injured party. Negotiations often involve Medicaid and Medicare if either has paid medical bills for the injured party. The negotiation and settlement process can be very complicated. You want an attorney who knows the law and will do everything possible to protect your rights and obtain a fair recovery your injuries.
Mr. Dombalis has zealously represented his clients in personal injury cases for many years. If you would like to discuss your personal injury case with Mr. Dombalis, please contact him to schedule an appointment. Mr. Dombalis does not charge a fee for consultations in personal injury cases.