Personal Injury Attorney
Mark Melrose, a Western North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer, will walk with you through your injury or death crisis. If you have suffered serious injuries or a loved one has died as the result of another person's negligence, you are up against a sizeable opponent: the insurance company. Insurance companies are not in the business to help people -- they are in the business to make money. You should never speak to the insurance company without a knowledgeable attorney standing by your side.
When you work with Mark Melrose, former senior partner at Melrose Seago & Lay, P.A. we will help you level the playing field. Our team of experienced Haywood County personal injury legal professionals are not afraid to go up against multi-billion dollar insurance companies to get you the compensation you need and deserve. To discuss your case with Mark Melrose in a free consultation, call 800-222-2430.
We Level the Playing Field
With more than 27 years of experience handling personal injury cases, he has the knowledge and skill to help you collect restitution for your unpaid medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Mark R. Melrose, Asheville and WNC Attorney, advises if you have been hurt in an accident not to wait before you hire an attorney. The insurance company is investigating and preserving evidence, and you need to level the playing field.
Driving is one of the most dangerous things that a person can do. Every year, more than 3 million people are injured in car accidents in the United States and an estimated 2 million of those injuries are permanent. Sadly, many of these accidents and the resulting injuries are preventable.
If you live in North Carolina and you have been in a car accident, contact Attorney Mark R. Melrose at Melrose Law, immediately. It is crucial that we complete a thorough investigation at the accident scene while the evidence is still intact and memories are fresh. Call (800) 222-2430 for a free consultation.
Settle Your Case Quickly
Western North Carolina Attorney Mark R. Melrose explains how to get your car accident case, motorcycle accident, or semi-trailer accident case settled quickly and for more money.
A Strong Advocate for Car Accident Victims
Another driver's carelessness can turn your life upside down in an instant. The pain and financial expense following a car accident can be overwhelming. You don't have to go through this on your own. Our team will work hard to get you the medical care and financial support you need, so you can focus on healing from your injuries.
Our team will immediately set to work investigating the cause of the accident and collecting important evidence from the accident scene. We will take photos and conduct interviews with witnesses. We also frequently work with accident reconstructionists who will show a jury exactly how your accident occurred and who was at fault.
Under North Carolina's contributory negligence laws, if you were even 1 percent at fault for your accident, you will not be able to recover any monetary damages. The insurance companies use these laws to their advantage to reduce or eliminate the compensation they have to pay you. Mark Melrose, an experienced car accident attorney, is intimately familiar with these laws and will advocate on your behalf to get you the compensation you need.
If the other motorist was uninsured, underinsured, did not stop or left the scene of the accident, Melrose Law will help you get compensation through your uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) coverage. Additionally, if you feel that your insurance company is acting in bad faith, we will complete a full investigation and let you know if you have a case.
Single Car Accident Recoveries from Car Insurance
Asheville and Waynesville lawyer Mark Melrose handles many cases for passengers injured or killed when the driver of their vehicle runs off the road, often hitting trees or guardrails. What many people do not realize is that the liability insurance for the vehicle involved in the collision will provide full coverage up to policy limits for all the passengers, including the owner of the vehicle. Many of these accidents occur when the driver exceeds a safe speed and hydroplanes, typically just after it begins to rain and the road surfaces are particularly slick with grease and oil. Legally, there is no defense to hydroplaning and losing control. If a driver loses control, then he or she is legally responsible, since the law presumes that you will not lose control in a rain storm if you are driving at a safe speed. Many new drivers do not realize that often the legal safe speed is lower than the posted speed limit.
The general rule is that liability insurance on the vehicle will cover the negligent driving of the vehicle so long as the vehicle is being operated with permission. For example, if the owner of a vehicle allows a friend to borrow the car, the owner's insurance will provide coverage if the friend causes an accident. Also, if the owner decides to ride along in the car and the friend loses control and runs off the road, injuring the owner, the owner may file a negligence claim against his friend and the owner's own car insurance will cover his injuries.
Often, insurance companies will try to deny liability in single car accidents, using a theory of what is known as the owner-occupant doctrine. Most of the time, this is a frivolous defense, and an experienced trial attorney who handles personal injury claims can help prove that there is insurance coverage for all the injuries and damages. Never forget that the insurance companies, even your own, make money by collecting more money in premiums than they pay out in claims. If the insurance company believes they can successfully deny a claim and get away with it, they will do so. The only way to level the playing field against car insurance companies is to have your own legal counsel.
Don't Make These 7 Mistakes After a Car Wreck
- Don't allow your vehicle to be moved until the police arrive. Moving your vehicle, or allowing others to move it may make accurate accident reconstruction difficult, if not impossible. No one ever gets in trouble for leaving their car in the roadway after a wreck.
- Don't give a statement to the at-fault driver's insurance adjuster. The insurance adjuster for the other driver is not your agent, and is only trying to save the insurance company money, hopefully by putting words in your mouth. Don't give them the chance.
- Don't refuse medical treatment at the scene if you are hurt. It's not time to be hero. Refusal of medical or EMS services will be used by the at-fault driver's insurance company to argue that you must not have been hurt very badly if you refused treatment.
- Don't settle your property damage claim on your car until you have a full set of photographs. Often the visible damage to the vehicles is critical when proving how and why the wreck occurred. If you sign over the title to your vehicle before you hire a lawyer and document the damages, you may have just signed away your most valuable evidence.
- Don't let eyewitnesses leave the scene before giving a statement to law enforcement. Often the good Samaritans at the scene may be the only way you can prove who was at fault in causing the wreck. Letting them leave with a simple "thank you" may be letting your claim leave as well.
- Don't put anything on Facebook. It is a guarantee that the insurance lawyer will request every posting you have ever made to social media about the case. That midnight post you made when you were mad and in pain may cut the value of your case in half.
- Don't let the wreck ruin your credit. Pay your medical bills as best you can, or make arrangements with your doctor to make monthly payments. A lawyer can often help you hold off your creditors until your case is settled. Just because you will eventually collect your damages from the at-fault driver doesn't mean your doctor has to wait to get paid. The auto insurance company won't make partial payments, and doesn't care if your credit gets ruined.
At Melrose Law we know how to handle personal injury and wrongful death car wreck cases with successful and favorable settlements. We can prevent simple mistakes from decreasing the value of your claim. Call us for a free, honest and straightforward assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Let us deal with the professional insurance adjusters and lawyers. Let us protect your rights. We will let you know if you need a lawyer. You decide whether to hire us after getting a chance to see our law firm, and our dedicated staff. That will help you make an informed decision.
We have found that the sooner we get involved in an injury case, the better results we are able to obtain. Our team will immediately conduct a full investigation into the cause of the accident and collect crucial evidence and witness testimonials. We will explain your rights and options in language that you can understand, so that you can make the most informed decisions about your future.
Mr. Melrose has expertise and experience representing the victims of crimes in civil lawsuits to recover damages. He has successfully represented victims of child abuse, rape, sexual assault, physical assaults,drunk driving, and other criminal misconduct.
The loved ones of family members who have been killed also have the right to file claims for the wrongful death of the victim.
When a child is abused and victimized by a perpetrator, law enforcement and the District Attorney will prosecute the Defendant for his crimes. What is often missed or neglected is aggressive representation of the victim against the offender in a civil claim for the harm that has been caused.
- This can include
- physical injuries
- medical expenses
- pain, suffering
- therapy and counseling
- permanent injury
Often offenders do not receive the punishment they deserve in criminal court. Melrose Law can fight to make sure that the Defendant is punished financially for all the harm that has been caused.
These cases often include a claim for punitive damages to financially punish the Defendant, and to make an example of him and his misconduct.
Child abuse and sexual assault cases require sensitivity and understanding to make sure that a civil claim for compensation does not create any new harm to the victim. Our team makes sure that everyone involved remembers that the victim deserves to be treated with respect and dignity and that the system should provide relief for all the child or adult victim's injuries and suffering.
Damages and injuries from accidents with semi-trailers often cause damages greater than a million dollars. Western North Carolina Lawyer Mark Melrose, former senior partner of Melrose, Seago & Lay has handled many serious trucking accident cases successfully. He has the experience and resources to put the pressure on these insurance companies for tractor-trailers to get claims settled quickly.
The commercial big rig trucking industry is regulated by highly complex state and federal laws that control almost every aspect of operations, from how long a driver can be on the road to how heavy the rig can be. When these laws are broken and an accident occurs, the trucker and trucking company can be held liable. Lawyers who have never handled truck accidents can easily miss the small details that can mean the difference between a great result, and a poor result.
No Recovery, No Attorney's Fee
At Melrose Law, our deep understanding of these laws and regulations gives our clients an advantage in these complex cases. We are committed to holding all negligent parties accountable for your injuries or loss and getting you the compensation you need.
If you have been in an accident with an 18-wheeler, an immediate investigation is crucial to building a strong case. We know how to investigate these accidents and secure vital evidence. To discuss your case with Mark Melrose, call (800) 222-2430.
Aggressive Attorney Fighting for Injury Victims Of Tractor-Trailer Accidents
When a truck accident occurs, there are a multitude of potentially responsible parties, from the person who loaded the rig to the person driving the truck. Each party has his or her own insurance company aggressively protecting his or her rights and helping him or her avoid having to pay your claim. Mark Melrose is not afraid to go up against these insurance companies to get you the compensation you are entitled to receive.
When a big rig is involved in a wreck, we will hire a certified accident reconstruction expert to immediately gather evidence. These experts can use sophisticated computer programs to recreate what happened at the time of the collision and why. When millions of dollars could be at stake, the insurance company is busy trying to protect their money. You need a local experienced Western North Carolina attorney to protect you and your rights.
We put our knowledge of trucking regulations and laws to work for you as we complete a thorough investigation into the cause of your accident and identify all potential defendants. We will explore every possible avenue of recovery and aggressively protect your rights and interests. If the driver cannot be found or is uninsured or under-insured, we will help you pursue a claim through your uninsured/under-insured motorist (UM) coverage. Additionally, if you believe that your insurance company is acting in bad faith, we can review your case.
No one wants to go to court. Attorney Mark Melrose, former senior partner at Melrose, Seago & Lay gets serious motorcycle cases settled quickly and for fair compensation. Medical bills from motorcycle wrecks can be catastrophic, so the sooner your case is settled, and you can get your bills paid the better. We have been doing this a long time, and we understand the people who enjoy life and love riding motorcycles. Compare our results with other firms, then call us to get your case filed and settled.
Motorcycle accidents are some of the most serious and deadly accidents on the road. When a large car or truck collides with a small bike, the motorcyclist, who is protected only by a helmet and leather gear, can suffer broken bones, a brain injury, road rash and even death.
Helping Motorcycle Wreck Victims
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident or killed due to another person's negligence, Melrose Law is here to help. With more than 27 years of experience, Mark Melrose knows how to handle these cases. His is intimately familiar with the unique aspects of motorcycle riding. He understands how motorcycle accidents occur and how they could have been avoided. To schedule a free consultation with Asheville motorcycle accident attorney Mark Melrose, call (800) 222-2430.
North Carolina is a popular destination for motorcyclists. The Tail of the Dragon, Cherokee Indian Reservation and Smoky Mountains attract thousands of riders each year. Though these motorcyclists take the proper safety precautions, unfortunately, other drivers do not always respect their right to be on the road.
"I didn't see the motorcycle," is the most common excuse given by drivers who collide with bikers. At Melrose Law, this excuse does not hold any weight. We will help you hold these negligent drivers accountable and pursue the maximum amount of compensation available to you under North Carolina law.
Additionally, if the other motorist was uninsured, underinsured, did not stop or left the scene of the accident, we will help you file a claim for compensation through your uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) coverage. We can also advise you if you believe that your insurance company is acting in bad faith.
When diagnosing a traumatic brain injury (TBI), doctors typically categorize it as mild, moderate or severe. While a mild TBI may not sound that bad, it can lead to permanent disability, requiring a lifetime of medical care and unemployment. The symptoms of a mild brain injury are not always apparent right after the incident and can take days or months to surface.
If you or a loved one has recently been in an accident where there was trauma to the head or neck, it is important to immediately seek medical care. Then, call Attorney Mark Melrose of Melrose Law at, 800-222-2430 for a free consultation. We will review your case and let you know if you can expect to obtain restitution.
A Mild Brain Injury Is a Serious Matter
Virtually any type of accident can result in a brain injury, from a car accident to medical negligence. Some symptoms of a TBI include:
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Personality change
- Slurred speech
- Blurry vision
- Loss of hand dexterity
Unfortunately, brain injuries and concussions are often misdiagnosed by doctors after an accident. Mark Melrose works with TBI experts such as neuropsychologists to properly diagnose brain injuries. Using illustrations and animations, these expert witnesses will demonstrate to a judge or jury just how serious even a mild TBI can be.
With more than 27 years of experience representing accident victims, you can count on Mark Melrose to work hard to get you the maximum compensation that you are entitled to receive.
Nothing is more difficult than losing a loved one. However, when his or her death was the result of another person's negligence, you may be struggling with not only extreme sadness, but also confusion and anger.
You may be wondering how the accident occurred and how it could have been avoided. You may also be worried about making ends meet without his or her income.
At Melrose Law, we have helped numerous families in North Carolina bring negligent parties to justice and obtain the compensation they need following a loved one's death. While we know that nothing can ever take away the pain of losing someone you love, we have also seen how beneficial it can be to resolve the questions surrounding his or her death. To discuss your case with one a Buncombe County wrongful death attorney in a free consultation, call (800) 222-2430
Compassionate Representation at a Difficult Time
Attorney Mark Melrose, has more than 27 years of experience helping the family members of wrongful death victims file lawsuits. We understand that you may be hesitant to see a loved one's death scrutinized in the courts. However, a lawsuit can provide the opportunity for emotional closure and much needed financial support.
The statue of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in North Carolina is just two years from the date of death, so it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. We have found that the sooner these cases are resolved, the sooner your family can begin healing.
Whether your loved one was killed in a fatal car accident or as the result of a doctor's negligence, we have the experience and compassion to guide you through this difficult time in your life.
Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
Our law firm has a substantial amount of experience winning injury cases where the victim has either slipped, tripped, or fallen. Business and property owners must use reasonable care to protect their customers and visitors from harm. It is often the hidden dangers that hurt people such as spills, unsafe displays, failure to conduct inspections of the property, loose merchandise, falling merchandise, and uneven surfaces.
People often categorize these cases as "slip and fall" or "trip and fall" cases, but they basically include any dangerous condition that causes harm to visitors. We have handled cases involving dangerous unmarked stairways, leaking equipment, poor drainage, holes in the yard, rotten porches and flooring, inadequate insulation of lighting fixtures, poorly lit parking lots, and many more. Generally speaking, we must prove that the Defendant had notice of the dangerous condition, or could have discovered the dangerous condition with a reasonable inspection, and failed to do so.
Often we learn during the discovery phase of litigation that other customers had suffered similar injuries in the past due to the same problem, and the business failed to fix the problem. If we prove the business was more interested in profits than safety, then we have a good chance of making a recovery for our clients. Contact the Asheville, North Carolina, Attoney Mark Melrose at Melrose Law for a free consult on your slip, trip or fall case to find out if we can help you.
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To schedule a free consultation with experienced Attorney Mark Melrose, call (800) 222-2430 or contact us online. We do not collect legal fees unless we recover damages for you. We have two North Carolina locations in Asheville and Waynesville to better serve your needs.
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