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  • Personal Injury

    • How Much Could I Recover on My Personal Injury Claim?

      This is a top concern as you struggle with the decision of whether to hire an attorney while you balance your bills and provide for your family during your physical recovery. A straight answer depends on a review of the facts in your case and the nature of your injuries and the chances for recovery. We can sometimes provide a general estimate of a case’s value but we must consider many factors when evaluating any personal injury claim. We may be able to provide an estimate of what types of damages you may be entitled to recover after discussing all of the facets of your case.

    • How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?

      This is another important factor you may be considering when deciding whether to bring a personal injury lawsuit. It is not always possible to predict exactly how long it will take for your case to go from filing to final judgment or settlement. It depends on many factors and the facts of your particular situation. During a consultation with one of our Goldsboro injury attorneys, we may be able to estimate how long your case will take if nothing out of the ordinary crops up during the process.

    • How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Cost?

      In personal injury lawsuits, attorneys customarily charge what is known as a “contingency fee.” A contingency fee is a percentage of the total amount we recover for our client. If we can recover financial compensation for you, the attorney’s fee will equal a percentage that we both agree on when you hire us. This will be discussed during your consultation.

    • Should I Sign a Release?

      If you are involved in a personal injury claim, it is advisable to seek an attorney’s review before you sign any release or other documents. Signing a release without proper advice could cost you thousands later in unforeseen costs or medical expenses. You should never sign a release without reading it, understanding it, and having an experienced personal injury lawyer review it with you.

      The insurance companies or other liable parties in your case may approach you to settle your case under the guise of a speedy resolution. They may tempt you into signing a release by use of guilt or other underhanded tactics. This is because it’s the insurance adjuster’s job to keep the company’s payout as low as possible. That’s why you need an experienced attorney who will look out for your best interests, not those of the insurance company.

    • Should I Talk with the Insurance Company That Keeps Calling Me?

      You should never speak with an investigator from an insurance company without your lawyer’s advice. You do not have to answer questions during a telephone or in-person meeting with your insurance company or anyone else without consulting with a Goldsboro personal injury lawyer at our firm.

      Always consult with an attorney first. Depending on the nature of the interview with the insurance company, have an attorney present with you before answering any questions. This is vital because answering a question in the wrong way can do irreparable harm to your case, potentially costing you thousands of dollars.

    • Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

      Your case will go to trial only if the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer that covers your losses. Many times a case does not need to proceed to a trial due to the nature of the case and willingness on the part of the liable parties to be reasonable and submit fair settlement offers.

      When an offer of settlement is received, you and your attorney will sit down and calculate the cost and potential benefit of going to trial and the likelihood of success. An experienced attorney will be able to determine that with you. We can help you decide whether to go to trial or accept the offer.

    • How Do I Know if I Need a Lawyer?

      If you are asking this question, you need a lawyer. We will be happy to discuss your case with you and we will not charge for the initial consultation. It never hurts to talk to a lawyer to determine your true rights.

    • An Insurance Company Is Offering Me a Settlement. Why Not Accept It Now?

      If you have been contacted by an insurance company shortly after you were injured, the insurance company is trying to lowball you by paying you less than what your claim may be worth. They hope that you will accept a quick settlement without fully investigating or considering the facts of the case or your medical situation. Often, what may appear to be a moderate injury could, after a fuller review of the case and further medical treatment, turn out to be a significant and permanent injury. You owe it to yourself to make sure that you settle your case knowing all critical factors.

    • Why Should I Choose Strickland Agner Pittman Over Another Law Firm?
      You should choose an attorney with whom you feel comfortable. When you choose our law firm, you will be talking directly to the attorney handling your case who will be intimately involved in all its aspects from start to finish. You will not be handed off to a “case manager.” You will not be treated as just another accident case. We will give you a candid analysis of your situation and, if the insurance company is not offering a fair settlement, we will take your case to trial. Remember, the ultimate decision-maker in your case will be a jury. We prepare every case as if we were going to trial.
  • Criminal Defense

    • Will my case go to trial?

      Not all criminal cases go to trial. In fact, many are resolved through plea deals or even dismissed by the prosecutor. A defense attorney can better help you figure out the course of your case if it can be resolved in a plea deal or does have to go to court.

    • What should I say to the police?

      Nothing! While it’s important to cooperate with the police (such as taking a required urine or breath test at a DWI stop), you should not say anything to the police, because they might use your own words to incriminate you later if you confess. Before speaking to the police, first consult your lawyer about what you should and should not say.

    • Should I use my Miranda Rights if I'm arrested?

      Yes. You should always exercise your right to remain silent, because law enforcement may ask incriminating questions to use your own words against you.

    • Do I need an attorney if I am innocent?
      It is always a good idea to hire an attorney to resolve your case, especially if you are innocent. The stakes are much higher when you have been wrongfully accused, and only an experienced and skilled defense lawyer will know how to get you out of your wrongful charge and gather the evidence to prove it. After all, no one wants to be sitting in jail for something they didn’t do, and our firm is particularly passionate about achieving justice for the innocent.
    • How are misdemeanors and felonies different?
      A misdemeanor is a less serious crime than a felony. Misdemeanors generally are less severely punished than felonies, which require significant years in jail and some amount in fines. Another distinction is that felony convictions may deprive you of certain citizenship rights, while misdemeanors do not.