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Were you injured in a car accident? When you are suffering because another person acted recklessly, you can and should fight for compensation. When your life is disrupted and, in some cases, changed forever, you must work with an experienced car accident lawyer to hold the at-fault driver responsible. You have the legal option to be made whole again, either through a car accident settlement or in court with a lawsuit. 

Attorney Thom Goolsby is a highly experienced personal injury lawyer. As a veteran trial attorney, he has spent decades representing car accident victims and fought hard for them to receive maximum compensation for their injuries. He wants to do the same for you. To talk with him about your accident, the practical next steps, and the likely outcome of an insurance claim or car crash lawsuit, call (910) 763–3339 or contact us online

We offer 100% free initial consultations, and there are no legal fees unless you recover compensation. 

Maximizing Value after a Car Accident

Common Types of Car Accidents

Car accident attorney Thom Goolsby has represented car accident victims for nearly three decades. Over the years, he has handled claims arising from all types of crashes. Do not hesitate to call if you are injured in any of the following:

  • Rear-End Accidents
  • Head-On Crashes
  • Side Impact “T-Bone” Accidents
  • Side Swipe Accidents
  • Intersection Collisions
  • Left-Turn Accidents
  • Rollover Accidents
  • Drunk Driving Accidents
  • Distracted Driving Accidents
  • Uber & Lyft Accidents
  • Hit & Run Accidents
  • Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Accidents
  • Fatal Car Crashes

What to Do After a Car Crash in Wilmington

After being involved in a car crash, to protect your insurance claim or right to pursue compensation, we recommend that you:

  • Report the accident to the police: If you are involved in a serious accident, we recommend calling 911 right away to ensure the police and paramedics arrive right away. 
  • Cooperate with the police: You will need to provide the police with your name, contact information, insurance information, and your version of events leading up to the crash. Make sure you get the reference number for the police report, which can be used as evidence in your car accident claim.
  • Exchange information: You should speak with the other driver to get their name, contact information, and insurance information. Do not get into an argument with the other driver. If they are confrontational, do your best to deescalate the situation. Do not blame them or accept responsibility for the crash.
  • Ask witnesses for their info: If there are passengers in the other vehicle, or witnesses stopped to help, ask for their names and contact information. Your lawyer will contact them and ask for their statement regarding what they saw and heard. 
  • Get medical help: If you are injured, we recommend having the paramedics treat you, and going to the emergency room as soon as possible. Even if you do not seem to be seriously injured, you should see a doctor right away. All of your injuries may not be readily apparent like whiplash, a concussion, or internal organ damage.
  • Notify your insurer: You should notify your auto insurance company of the crash as soon as possible. Keep a record of who you spoke with and any reference information they provide.
  • Call a car accident lawyer: To get help with the insurance claim process, to collect evidence and documentation, and to negotiate on your behalf, we recommend working with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. 

Car Accident Injuries

At Goolsby Law Firm, we handle a wide range of car accident injury claims, from whiplash and concussions to catastrophic injuries like paraplegia. 

We recommend calling us right away if you or a loved one were involved in a crash and are now recovering from: 

  • Broken Bones
  • Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Lacerations and Abrasions 
  • Broken or Lost Teeth
  • Ligament Sprain
  • Muscle or Tendon Strain
  • Whiplash
  • Herniated Discs
  • Other Neck or Back Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Dislocated Joints
  • Digit or Limb Amputations
  • Crush Injuries
  • Burns
  • Hearing Loss
  • Vision Loss
  • Nerve Damage
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Other Mental Health Conditions

No matter what you are going through right now, we are here to help. First, we will work to be sure you are receiving the best possible medical care. We understand you may not have medical insurance, or you may be arguing with your insurance provider regarding what are appropriate and necessary treatments. We can work with your insurer and medical providers for you to receive medical care without fearing that your unpaid bills will be sent to collections. 

We Pursue Maximum Car Accident Compensation

After being hurt in a car crash, you should not speak to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Instead, call a North Carolina car accident lawyer. By partnering with a lawyer as soon as possible, you improve your chance of getting your insurance claim approved. Aside from showing the insurer that you mean business, more importantly, you will have help documenting and valuing your physical, psychological, and financial injuries.

At Goolsby Law Firm, we will fight hard to recover everything you deserve for your: 

  • Medical Bills: When another driver is responsible for the crash and your injuries, you can ask to be compensated for your past, current, and future medical expenses. We work closely with you, your medical providers, and when necessary, medical experts, to evaluate your future injury-related expenses, which may include future surgeries, medication, physical rehabilitation, in-home care, and medical devices such as prosthetic limbs. 
  • Other Financial Expenses: Medical care will hardly be your only accident-related expense. You may be out of work and missing out on your normal wages. You may also have to pay for transportation to and from necessary medical care, extra childcare, and household services such as cleaning and meals because you cannot perform these tasks yourself. We work with you to keep track of your car accident-related expenses. 
  • Property Damage: In a car crash, your vehicle may have been seriously damaged or totaled. We will help you get your vehicle repaired or replaced as soon as possible. If the car was totaled, we fight hard for you to receive the maximum amount for the car. 
  • Pain and Suffering: In most cases, pain and suffering is the largest portion of your total compensatory damages. Your pain and suffering may be several times larger than your medical bills and lost wages. However, to win the full value of your pain and suffering, you need to work with an experienced car accident lawyer who understands how to gather evidence of your experience. 
  • Permanent Partial Disability Benefits: If the car accident led to a disability, we will fight to ensure that you are properly compensated for such a significant adjustment, including all of your lost future income and diminished earning capacity. 

Compensatory Damages & Demonstrating Your Pain & Suffering 

To secure the maximum compensation possible after your car accident, we need a record of your pain and suffering. At Goolsby Law Firm, PLLC, we use “pain and suffering diaries” to highlight your experience.  We ask that each day, you take a few minutes to write down your symptoms. 

We can pass out your diary to the jury or insurance representatives. It provides a first-hand account of what you are going through, like your physical pain and emotional suffering without you having to testify for hours or days straight.  

We’ll also photograph your visible injuries every day until they finally heal and disappear. If you have bruises, lacerations, and other injuries, these need to be documented. Visual proof of your injuries helps us pursue what you realistically need and can be particularly convincing to a jury.

Another form of proof that we use to support your claim is testimony from family members, friends, medical experts, and others who watched you suffer through the injuries and your recovery. 

Attorney Thom Goolsby has almost 30 years of experience representing car accident victims and holding insurance companies accountable. He actively settles and litigates car crash claims in North Carolina and is well-versed in strategies to prove pain and suffering and win the maximum compensation possible for you and your family. 

Contributory Negligence and Proving Fault in North Carolina 

One challenging aspect of car accident claims in North Carolina, is the state’s contributory negligence law. North Carolina is one of only four states that follows this old common law standard, which states that if you in any way are responsible for the crash and your injuries, you cannot recover any compensation. 

If an insurer believes that you are at least 1% responsible for the car accident, it will deny your claim. In response, you may likely need to take your case to court and argue before a judge and jury that you were not in any way negligent. This is difficult, especially without a strong legal background, which is why you need to work with a personal injury lawyer with considerable litigation experience. Thom Goolsby is a trial attorney at heart, knows how to succeed, and is not afraid to fight for your right to be fairly compensated. 

Call a Car Accident Lawyer Today

When you are injured in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, don’t take the situation lightly or try to handle things yourself. Your job is to heal. Attorney Thom Goolsby is here to fight for your full and fair compensation for your losses. After nearly three decades of practicing in North Carolina, Attorney Thom Goolsby is ready to stand with you and help get everything you deserve. 

Getting what you need after a car accident starts with a simple call. Call (910) 763–3339, send a text, or contact us online. Attorney Thom Goolsby will personally get in touch as soon as possible. 

Initial consultations are always free, and we work on a contingency basis, meaning nothing upfront and nothing until we get you compensation. 


“I lost my carry concealed permit due to the misapplication of the law by law enforcement. My guns were taken from my home, and my permit was suspended. Thank you Thom Goolsby for standing up for the Second Amendment and my gun rights. You corrected the mistake of law enforcement, and I got my permit back. I appreciate your skill and advocacy.”

- Criminal Defense Client

“Thank you Thom Goolsby for helping me with my case. I heard that you were a super attorney, and I heard right! Thank you for your attention to detail and for helping me with this important matter. Your office was always available to assist me, and your care and concern meant a great deal to me. If I ever need an attorney again, you will be the first person that I call.”

- Personal Injury Client

“Thank you for walking me through the process for getting my open container and underage possession of alcohol charges dismissed. You arranged for a very simple deferred prosecution. It was easy to comply, and my record is now clean. I appreciate your excellent help!”

- Criminal Defense Client

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    212 Walnut St. Suite 100
    Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

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