Is an insurance company trying to get out of paying your car accident claim? Is your employer balking at providing the workers’ compensation benefits you are due? Did the police ticket you for a speeding violation or arrest you for a crime? Are you having trouble resolving the division of marital property in a divorce? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to have an experienced Kinston attorney at your side that will fight for you and your legal rights.
At Strickland Agner Pittman, our motto is, “Protecting YOU from THEM!” No matter what your case involves – personal injury, disability benefits, criminal defense, family law or other issues – we won’t let anyone take advantage of you. We will vigorously stand up for you and help you to overcome your obstacles.
To learn more, contact us today. We serve clients in Kinston and throughout Lenoir County. We can get to work on your case today.
What Can You Expect in a Free Consultation with our Kinston Lawyers?
Did you suffer serious injury or lose a loved one due to someone else’s negligence? If so, you may be feeling a great deal of stress and uncertainty about paying for your medical care and facing your financial future. At Strickland Agner Pittman, our highly dedicated Kinston personal injury attorneys can help to take some of those burdens off your shoulders.
It starts with a free consultation. We can meet with you today at our office at 127 S. Queen Street in downtown Kinston – just down the street from the Lenoir County Courthouse. We can also meet at your home, the hospital or any other location that is convenient for you. The consultation will be completely confidential and come with no strings attached.
We will want to learn more about you and your case. For instance, we may ask you questions such as:
- Where did your accident occur?
- What injuries have you suffered?
- How have your injuries affected your ability to work and enjoy your life?
We will want to know what is important to you, because it will be important to us, too, as we work on your case. You can count on us to tirelessly to pursue all of your goals.
Of course, you can also use your consultation to get to know more about us. You should feel free to ask as many questions as you have about our experience and our approach to serving clients in Kinston and throughout North Carolina.
How Can Our Kinston Personal Injury Lawyers Help You?
The insurance company may contact you soon after an accident. A claims adjuster may ask you to give a statement or even make an offer to settle your case. However, before you accept a settlement or say anything to an insurer, talk with a personal injury attorney from Strickland Agner Pittman first. The insurance company will be out to protect its interests. Our goal will be to protect you.
We can investigate your case, review your medical records, consult with experts and take many other steps that are aimed at maximizing your financial recovery. While you focus on your health, we will focus on securing a full and fair settlement of your injury claim. If necessary, our experienced trial lawyers will be ready to take your case to court.
Throughout your case, we will stay in contact with you and let you know about the progress we are making. We will always be available to answer your questions. Open, honest communication with our clients is our top priority.
Additionally, we will charge nothing for our services unless we secure compensation for you. We don’t want concerns about paying upfront for a lawyer to keep you from getting the legal help you need.
Did You Suffer Injuries in a Car Accident and need an Attorney in Kinston?
Car accidents happen at a high rate in Kinston and surrounding areas in Lenoir County. In fact, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation, every year in the county there are:
- 1,358 total traffic crashes
- 491 non-fatal injury crashes
- 9 fatal crashes
Our Kinston car accident attorneys know how accidents can throw a person’s life into chaos. This is especially true when a person suffers catastrophic harm such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), burns, broken bones, soft tissue damage, scarring or disfigurement. If another person’s reckless or careless driving caused a car accident that hurt you or a loved one, we will provide immediate help that is aimed at seeking all compensation you are entitled to receive.
We assist clients with auto accident claims that involve negligence such as:
In your auto accident case, we will explore all sources of compensation, starting with the at-fault driver’s liability insurance. We may also turn to your own insurance policy and seek a recovery through different types of coverage you have purchased such as uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage.
In many cases, we go beyond the at-fault driver to recover compensation for our clients. For instance, under some circumstances, the driver’s employer or a bar, store or restaurant that served alcohol to the driver could be held responsible.
We know how insurance companies try to get away with denying claims or paying as little as possible. We work hard to protect our clients and seek the maximum amount for them. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help you in Kinston.
What Should You Do After a Car Accident in Kinston?
As you prepare to meet with us about your auto accident case, we suggest that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Several hospitals serve the Kinston area, including:
Lenoir Memorial Hospital
100 Airport Road
Kinston, N.C. 28501
Additionally, you should try to obtain a copy of your crash report. You should be able to get a copy from the law enforcement agency that responded to your crash such as:
Kinston Police Department
205 East King Street
Kinston, N.C. 28501
Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office
130 South Queen Street
Kinston, N.C. 28501
You can also order a free, non-certified copy through the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles or pay $5 for a certified copy. Go to the NCDMV website to learn more information.
If your insurance policy requires you to report your accident, make sure to comply with your insurer’s requirements. However, you should stick to the basic facts when you file a report with the insurer. If another driver’s insurance company contacts you, you can simply refer the insurer to your lawyer from Strickland Agner Pittman.
Were You Hurt on the Job in Kinston?
Assets such as the Kinston Regional Jetport and North Carolina Global Transpark have helped to grow the economy in Kinston and across Lenoir County. Today, several manufacturers call the region home, including Spirit AeroSystems, Electrolux Home Products, Associated Materials Inc. and Lenox China Manufacturing. Other major employers in the area include Sanderson Farms, Smithfield Foods, Caswell Development Center and Lenoir Memorial Hospital.
Unfortunately, no matter where you work, you face the risk of getting injured in an accident or suffering a job-related illness. At Strickland Agner Pittman, we realize that getting hurt or sick at work can cause major problems in your life. Fortunately, most injured and ill workers in Kinston can file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, some employers make it difficult for workers to get those benefits.
Has an employer refused to pay for your medical care? Did the employer deny your claim for temporary or permanent disability benefits? If so, our Kinston workers’ compensation lawyers can provide immediate help to you. We assist workers throughout the area with appealing denied medical benefits and disability claims. We can you help you to pursue a workers’ compensation settlement or represent you in a hearing before the North Carolina Industrial Commission. We will stand up for you!
Are You a Kinston Resident Who needs a Disability Lawyer?
If you suffer from a debilitating physical or mental condition, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Our Kinston Social Security Disability benefits lawyers can review your case and help you to determine whether you qualify for these benefits from the federal government.
Unfortunately, many people who file an application for disability benefits in North Carolina must deal with a denied claim. The Social Security Administration (SSA) reports that only 28 percent of applicants receive approval at the initial claims stage. If the SSA denies your claim, don’t give up hope. With our law firm’s help, you can keep on fighting for the benefits you deserve.
We assist many clients in Kinston with appealing denied SSDI and SSI benefits claims. The appeals process can go through as many as four stages:
- Filing a request for reconsideration by C. Disability Determination Services (DDS), which works with the SSA to process claims in North Carolina
- Requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Raleigh or Fayetteville
- Seeking SSA Appeals Council review of the administrative law judge’s decision
- Filing a lawsuit in the S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, which has courthouses in Fayetteville, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh and Wilmington.
In many cases, we help clients who suffer from a workplace injury or illness to file claims for both workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability benefits. Contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation.
Do You Need Legal Help with a Divorce or Other Family Law Issue?
If you have decided to end your marriage, you should know that a complex and stressful process may lie ahead. This is especially true if you have minor children or if you and your spouse have extensive marital assets and/or debts. You can count on calm, professional legal assistance from the Kinston family law attorneys of Strickland Agner Pittman. We will help you to tackle issues that include:
Our attorneys have extensive experience with helping our clients to reach separation agreements and property settlements that protect their rights and interests. We often secure these agreements through mediation. However, if your spouse refuses to agree on key issues in your divorce, we will be ready to fight for you in court and present a strong case in Lenoir County Family Court.
Were You Charged with a Crime, Speeding or Other Traffic Violation in Kinston?
The Kinston criminal defense attorneys of Strickland Agner Pittman know what’s at stake when you get ticketed for speeding, arrested for DWI or charged with any other misdemeanor or felony offense. You could face consequences that include fines, raised insurance premiums, loss of your driver’s license and jail. We will vigorously protect your rights and pursue the best possible outcome for you.
- Drug crimes
- Theft crimes
- Property crimes
- Probation revocation
- Gun crimes
- Hunting, fishing and boating offenses
- Violent crimes
- Sex crimes
- White collar / financial
You need to take a criminal charge of any kind seriously. The outcome of your case could have a lasting impact on your life and on your family. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers understand the importance of your case. You can count on us to devote the full extent of our firm’s skill, experience and resources to protecting you.
Learn More About Kinston’s Civil and Criminal Courts
If you are injured in an accident in Kinston or elsewhere in Lenoir County, any person injury claim that you file would likely go through Lenoir County Superior Court. The court also presides over felony criminal cases.
Lenoir County District Court has jurisdiction over many other types of cases, including DWI, misdemeanor crimes and civil cases in which the amount at issue is $10,000 or less. If you appeal a criminal case in District Court, your case would be heard in Superior Court. Family Court presides over divorce, child custody, child support, property division and other family law cases.
The Lenoir County Courthouse is located 130 South Queen Street in downtown Kinston. The court is part of the North Carolina state court system. It is also known as the Eighth Judicial District.
In some cases, a case may be litigated in the federal court system. For instance, a federal court may be proper if your personal injury case involves an out-of-state defendant. In our area, most federal court cases are heard in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, which features clerk’s offices in Raleigh, Greenville, Wilmington, New Bern and Fayetteville.
Contact Our Kinston Law Firm Today
At Strickland Agner Pittman, our lawyers are passionate about standing up for our clients and fighting for what is right for them, whether it means taking on insurance companies or prosecutors. To learn more about how we can help you, call us today or reach us online to schedule a consultation at our Kinston office.