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Nagle & Associates, P.A. has recovered over $500 million in compensation for serious motor vehicle accident victims throughout North Carolina.

25 percent Lowest Industry Fees

Our focus on high-damage cases allows us to offer a lower legal fee on settlements and trial verdicts. Almost ALL other injury lawyers charge 1/3 of the personal injury settlement. If we accept your case, our fee is 1/4 of settlement.

100 motor vehicle accidents Focused Practice

We exclusively handle serious motor vehicle accident cases. Nagle & Associates, P.A. strives to be the authority on motor vehicle accidents and insurance law.

Hickory NC Car Accident Lawyer

Hickory NC Car Accident Lawyer

We realize the monetary troubles and legal issues that develop from car accidents because we practice entirely in this practice area of law. Our focus on devastating accidental injury cases that come from car accidents and many other vehicle accident injuries has driven us to forge firm connections with various specialists in this practice area, going from medical doctors and surgeons to law enforcement and many more.

We provide thoughtful, specific legal representation to those who have been involved in car accidents. With over two decades of experience entirely in the car accident arena, Hickory NC car accident lawyer Carl Nagle represents victims throughout North Carolina, including in Conover and Hickory, NC. Mr. Nagle and his staff have recovered over $500,000,000 in compensation for victims through-out the state.

Having formerly worked in the insurance business, Mr. Nagle is aware of the methods that insurance providers and their legal professionals regularly use to unfairly limit their payouts to car accident victims. As a previous insurance adjuster and previous insurance company attorney, and as your Hickory NC car accident lawyer, Mr. Nagle will build persuasive approaches to protect your rights, increase payment, and address concerns in your time of need.

Why Nagle & Associates Should Represent You in a Serious Car Accident Case

We don’t try to be all things to all people. We represent those who have been injured in accidents with motor vehicles. It’s all we do.

  • Our practice is limited to motor vehicle accidents – Limiting our practice allows us to become very experienced in finding the best ways to achieve successful results for our clients.
  • We know who we’re up against – Before deciding to exclusively represent those seeking recovery from an insurance company, Carl Nagle first worked as an insurance adjuster and later as an attorney defending the insurance company.
  • We get results – We have recovered over $500 million on behalf of our clients throughout North Carolina in the last 20 years.

How an Attorney Can Help Your Car Accident Personal Injury Claim

An experienced Hickory NC car accident lawyer has the knowledge and network to make a stronger claim on your behalf.

  • An attorney knows the claims process – Attorneys who handle car accident claims are familiar with insurance company claims tactics and make sure adjusters don’t wrongfully deny or undervalue claims.
  • Access to experts – There can be issues as to who caused the accident or the nature of your injuries may be complex and require expertise to explain and be understood. Attorneys will know the types of experts you need to establish facts important to proving your case.
  • You won’t have to deal with it – Your attorney will make the calls, provide the documentation, handle the investigation, negotiate with the insurance company, and make court appearances if necessary.
  • No money upfront – In personal injury cases, most attorneys offer free consultations and take an agreed-on percentage of your recovery —or nothing if you don’t recover

Why Choose Nagle & Associates, P.A.

We have recovered over $500 million in compensation for victims throughout North Carolina.

01 Intense focus

Our firm only handles personal injury claims arising from serious motor vehicle collisions. We have mastered the laws in this arena and we stand ready to protect your rights, to prove fault, and to collect maximum tax-free payment for your injury claims.

02 Lowest fee

We only accept cases involving real injuries arising from serious accidents. Our focus on high-damage cases allows us to offer a lower legal fee on settlements and trial verdicts. Almost ALL other injury lawyers charge 1/3 of the personal injury settlement. If we accept your case, our fee is 1/4 of settlement.

03 Unparalleled experience

Carl Nagle direct experience representing at-fault drivers and insurance companies helps him to anticipate and avoid insurance defense tactics, and to motivate insurance companies to pay top-dollar settlements in every case.

04 One call handles everything

Whether you simply need answers and a free consultation or you decide to retain us to handle all problems arising from your accident, one phone call begins this easy process.

Dealing With the Aftermath of a Serious Car Accident

A serious car accident will leave your car badly damaged or totaled. You will have suffered injuries that are going to require extensive or ongoing medical treatment. You have missed time from work – or maybe you can no longer work at the same type of job. Your recovery may include some limitations that you did not have prior to the accident. There may be the potential that your injuries will progress and future medical care will be required. There may be more questions than answers. You want help from someone who understands what you are going through and knows how to get you what you need so that you can concentrate on healing.

Serious Injuries from Car Accidents in North Carolina

In 2020, there were fewer crashes on North Carolina roads than there had been since 2014. However, crash fatalities rose to the highest level since 2007. According to recent data collected by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), most of the serious injuries resulting from car accidents happen to the driver. Apart from death, the NCDOT classifies the following injuries to be of a serious nature.

  • severe laceration resulting in significant loss of blood
  • broken arms and legs
  • crush injuries
  • significant skull, chest, or abdominal injuries
  • 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 10% of the body
  • loss of consciousness
  • paralysis

Why Establishing Fault Is a Big Deal in North Carolina Car Accidents

North Carolina is one of only a few states that does not allow persons injured in car crashes to recover for their injuries if they are found to have had any fault in causing the accident. Unlike most other states that allow for partial recovery when an injured person has some fault for an accident, this is a strict – sometimes almost punitive – rule that denies any recovery for the injured party that has even 1 percent fault for an accident. Therefore, it is crucial that you are able to establish that you have no responsibility for the accident. If you think you might be even a tiny bit at fault, you need to contact an attorney right away to find out if you have any options that will allow you to recover.

Affirm Your Rights Under the Law Following Car Accident

To establish the full effect of a victim’s injuries and optimize personal injury payment, the most important move is to properly develop and interpret medical evidence. Our car accident legal team solely takes care of devastating injury cases and our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, internal medicine specialists, vascular surgeons, psychiatrists, pain management specialists. and physicians in all areas of professional medical practice. Our emphasis on medical evidence will oblige the opposition to pay fair value for all losses, such as on-going medical treatments, home modifications or other expenses essential to aid a victim to cope with permanent injuries.

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It’s Easy to Retain A Car Accident Lawyer in Hickory, NC

Mr. Carl B. Nagle and his attorneys work on a pure-contingency basis regarding car accident case. This means that we are paid only if and when we collect money for you. If we do not succeed collecting money for you, we receive no fee. You also pay nothing at all to get our law firm started. Start off with a free consultation by telephone – just call our office and talk with Carl B. Nagle now to find out your number one plan of action. If you need our legal representation, it costs nothing in advance to retain our law firm and we can start helping you today.

If a visit to one of our offices is not possible, we have investigators who can travel to your home or place of work to get your case started. Even if you decide to continue without an lawyer, a friendly telephone consultation will help you realize how to gain access to and utilize all possible insurance coverage, and how to ensure the most settlement for all of your car accident claims.

Discover Your Possibilities with a Car Accident Lawyer in the Hickory NC Area

At Nagle & Associates, we understand that significant car accidents have lifetime consequences. If you or a family member is challenged with this overwhelming circumstance, consult with Hickory NC car accident lawyer Carl B. Nagle to discuss your options. He seeks to leave clients financially secure, so he charges lower legal fees than the majority of personal injury attorneys: one-quarter rather than one-third of the ultimate award obtained through a simple, private settlement. We offer a free consultation, so call us at (800) 411-1583 or contact us online to set up an appointment. We aid victims and families in Hickory and Conover NC, as well as Raleigh, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Greensboro, Hickory, Charlotte, and throughout North Carolina.

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We Have a Reputation For Great Results


Truck Accident

Our collision reconstruction experts stood strong and we secured a multi-million dollar recovery for our client.

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Truck Accident

Truck driver sought to blame an uninvolved driver, suit was filed and the case was settled at mediation.

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Pedestrian Accident

Case was settled for the victim’s demand for damages shortly before trial.

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How can I find out if I have a case?

We offer immediate free legal consultations by telephone or in person.  With a simple phone call, we will discuss your accident facts and your related injuries and damages and assess whether you have a legal right of financial recovery.

In North Carolina, if you are just slightly at fault (even just 1%), you have no valid claims against other at-fault parties.  Insurance companies always try to deny claims or minimize injury claim payments.  Invest the time to talk with a lawyer before you start working with the insurance adjuster who is paid to oppose your claims.  Carl Nagle is available now to assess case viability and explain your legal options.

What amount of compensation am I entitled to?

Every case is different, and it is important that you understand the law of damages to ensure that you are not underpaid in any insurance settlement.  For an injury claim, an accident victim in North Carolina is entitled to full payment for:

• medical expenses incurred up to the time of settlement
• future medical needs based on admissible medical evidence
• lost wages for missed pay during time that doctors advise you to miss work
• lost future earning capacity if injuries reduce future pay
• lost work life expectancy with proof that injuries will require early retirement
• tax free cash payment for physical pain and emotional suffering
• tax free cash payment for permanency of injury and future pain and suffering
• tax free cash payment for scarring and/or disfigurement
• additional payment for inconvenience and lost quality of life

Insurance companies seek to cut all of these damages, and they often argue that injuries are either pre-existing or exaggerated.  Further, if they are not convinced that you will go through a trial, they hold back on settlement offers and compel victims to accept a discounted injury-claim payment.  For a careful review of your injuries, collision facts, losses and overall case value, call us for a free consultation.  We are glad to help even if you choose not to retain counsel.

How will my lawyer provide me with case updates?

Our law firm has resisted and refused to install voice mail on our phone system.  We intend to provide close, personal service to every client!  You should expect immediate return calls from your lawyer and his team, and we keep a 30 day calendar on all cases to make sure we contact our client on a regular basis to check on medical status, and to make sure that the client and our firm are always on the same page.

We acknowledge that an injury victim needs to have updates and support, and we help along every step to ensure that your health insurance is properly utilized, to ensure that your medical file is entirely up to date, to make sure that all necessary medical care is provided as soon as possible, and to maximize the ultimate value of your personal injury case.

How long does it take to typically receive compensation?

In most cases, it is best to complete all medical treatment before the case is presented for settlement negotiations or trial.  Never rush through medical care!  A careful and patient approach to medical care is the best way to protect your health, and a longer period of medical care also translates to a higher cash payment for pain and suffering. Once medical care is concluded, we strive to collect all final medical records, medical billings and other injury-claim evidence within 30-60 days.

Once we receive all medical records and evidence, we review the evidence and prepare and submit the injury claim and demand for payment within one week.  Since we are threatening a trial (remember, most cases settle with no court involvement), we prefer to wait for the insurance company to make the next move.

In most cases, we receive an initial offer within 30-45 days.  Thereafter, we negotiate hard behind our threat of a lawsuit and push for the highest possible settlement offer.  While there are delays in some cases beyond the client’s and attorney’s control, most cases can be settled and the client paid just a few months after medical care is concluded.   Also, we structure the settlement so that the net money received by our client remains tax free.

Is there a time limit on seeking compensation?

The “statute of limitations” bars all claims that are filed late.  North Carolina law imposes a three year deadline to file a lawsuit in cases involving injury, and just two years from the collision date for fatal accident and wrongful death claims.  You should never wait until the deadline is close because it is vital to include all responsible parties in a lawsuit.

If the case is filed only against one of several responsible parties and the legal deadline passes, those who were not properly sued and served with a Summons and Complaint escape legal liability.  In wrongful death cases involving minor children, the same two year suit-filing deadline applies.

In personal injury cases involving minor children, the three year deadline only applies to the parents’ claim for medical expenses and out-of-pocket loss.  The child’s deadline is extended so that the child can file a lawsuit seeking money for pain and suffering by three additional years, meaning suit must be filed the day before the child’s 21st birthday.

What do I do if a family member injured in a car accident dies?

Fatal injury cases allow certain surviving family members to collect compensation by pursuing claims under the North Carolina Wrongful Death Act.  Wrongful Death cases are unique, and they are also subject to a strict 2 year suit-filing deadline.

Further, an estate must be opened for the decedent before the lawsuit can be filed.  Damages in Wrongful Death case include medical expenses incurred by the victim during life-saving efforts, funeral expenses, lost income that the decedent would have earned through retirement, compensation for the lost services of the decedent, compensation for the lost relationship and companionship, and punitive damages in cases involving willful and wanton or intentional conduct.

The family members who share in the award are those family members who would receive an inheritance through the North Carolina Intestacy statutes (the statute that divides any decedent’s property among family members in cases where a person dies without a valid will).  This typically puts payment it the hands of a surviving spouse, children of the decedent, and sometimes with surviving parents or siblings.

What can I do if my child is injured in a car accident?

In most cases, court approval will be required to finalize any private settlement of a child’s personal injury claims.  Under North Carolina law, any person under age 18 is deemed a “minor”, and a minor’s personal injury claim is divided into two parts – the parents own the claim for medical expenses and the child receives the payment for pain, suffering, scarring, disfigurement, lost quality-of-life, and future problems.

To secure a valid and binding settlement, a judge must approve the terms of settlement for the family’s benefit, and they will then order the child’s funds to be placed either with the Clerk of Court until the child’s 18th birthday, or the money can be placed into a “structured settlement”.  Structures allow the parent to determine how the settlement money will be paid out after the child reaches age 18, and this allows the money to be invested until later in life, and interest income remains non-taxable.

Family’s who choose structures often choose to have the child receive several installments instead of a single lump-sum at age 18.  Our firm guides the family through this entire process and we handle all of the red tape and paperwork involved in court approval of any settlement, trial of the case if settlement cannot be reached, and timing of payouts when the family prefers a structured settlement.

How much will I have to pay if I want to hire your law firm?

You pay nothing up front to hire our firm, and we can begin working for you today.  We can even come to your home or office if this helps to get your case started.  Our legal fee is 1/4 or 25% of any settlement, which is far less than the 1/3 or 33 1/3% that most firms charge.   With our experience and reputation, we seek to increase your settlement payments sufficiently to cover our legal fees.  If a trial is necessary to secure compensation, our litigation fee is 1/3, which is also far less than the 40-44% fee that most personal injury lawyers charge in litigation cases.  We ONLY handle motor vehicle accident cases, and we typically handle serious injury and wrongful death matters.  Mr. Nagle reduced his fee percentage over a decade ago because he felt that a 1/4 fee was more generous and fair for the client.  With our firm, you keep 75% of your settlement instead of 66 2/3%.  We feel this more fair for our clients, and more responsible for the law firm.  Our goal is to push the insurance carriers, capture all available insurance coverage, develop your medical evidence and thereby INCREASE THE SETTLEMENT VALUE OF YOUR CASE.  To the extent that we increase the value of your case, we are compelling the insurance carrier to pay our attorney’s fee.   We charge no inter-office expenses to our clients so you pay nothing for copies, phone calls, postage, etc.  Attorneys are not allowed to pay litigation expenses, but we always advance those expenses on behalf of our clients.  For example, the filing fee that is paid to file suit and open a court file is advanced by our firm, but is covered by the client’s share of the trial verdict.  This is true for all law firms.  Please don’t worry about case costs because  most of our cases settle with no suit-filings or court involvement.  Therefore, most cases are concluded with little or no outside case-development expenses.

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With over 20 years of experience, Nagle & Associates, P.A. are your trusted, aggressive personal injury attorneys serving the entire state of North Carolina.