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Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Durham, North Carolina

When you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that resulted in serious injuries, you are likely dealing with significant pain, unforeseen expenses, and unplanned strain on your daily life. If someone else’s negligence caused your injury, a Durham injury lawyer at Hardison & Cochran is ready to assist you. Our practice is devoted to assisting clients in matters involving personal injuryworkers compensation and disability law.

Hardison & Cochran has been fighting for residents of communities throughout Durham County for more than three decades. Our legal team makes the needs of our clients our top priority. You can be confident that we will aggressively seek justice on your behalf. Our firm is passionate about giving back to the community through civic involvement including support for the work of the Autism Society of North Carolina.

If you have suffered severe injuries or your loved one was harmed in an accident caused in Durham, you should seek the help of an experienced lawyer. Contact Hardison & Cochran before you speak to any insurance company or agree to any settlement.

Our firm will work to help you recover maximum compensation for your injuries. Call (800) 434-8399 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.


“It was a really long wait to get a hearing but once it happened and you had all the details taken care of and everything just dropped into place. I want to express my sincere thanks for all you and your firm did for me and my family (especially all the hand holding when I needed it.)”

- Terri Guin
Hardison & Cochran

2530 Meridian Parkway Ste 300

Durham, NC 27713

Phone: (919) 444-4444

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How Can a Durham Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?

We understand that you likely have never needed an injury lawyer. The injury claims process can be confusing if you are unfamiliar with it. An experienced attorney will be a strong advocate for you and protect you from insurance adjusters that wish to take advantage of you following a severe injury.

Your lawyer will discuss the details of your accident and provide you with honest feedback about your legal options. The attorney will help you understand your rights and the types of compensation you may seek.

Your attorney will work to identify the responsible party and submit demand letters for compensation after determining the amount of losses you have incurred. This will usually lead to settlement negotiations. A personal injury lawsuit is the next step if the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer.

In addition to legal action, a lawyer can assist with many other measures relating to your recovery. A personal injury attorney at Hardison & Cochran may be able to help you continue to receive treatment from a preferred medical provider under an agreement to pay for services once the claim settles.

On average, accident victims who hire an attorney can expect to recover three times more money than those who try to pursue an injury claim on their own. If your future depends on the outcome of your injury claim, trust the experience of the personal injury attorneys at Hardison & Cochran.

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Common Causes of Severe Injuries in Durham County

Accidents can happen anywhere, and at any time. In Durham County, accidents are often the result of someone’s recklessness or disregard for safety. Our experienced injury lawyers handle cases in a wide range of areas including:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Dangerous prescription drugs
  • Social Security disability
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Wrongful death
  • Childcare negligence
  • Mass torts
  • Defective medical devices
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Inadequate security
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Never assume that your personal injury claim is too small for an attorney to handle. Consult a lawyer to discuss the specifics of your case and get a free evaluation today.

Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Durham County?

Lawsuits are not always necessary in personal injury cases. Insurance companies will often agree to a settlement to avoid the costs of taking a case to trial.

When a lawsuit does become necessary, it can be filed in one of three courts depending on the amount of damages sought:

  • Less than $10,000 — Durham County Small Claims Court
  • Between $10,000 and $25,000 — Durham County District Court 
  • More than $25,000 — Durham County Superior Court

Settlement negotiations may continue during a trial. It is not uncommon for a case to settle just as a trial is set to begin.

Do I Have Legal Rights to Personal Injury Compensation?

If someone’s actions or inaction causes you harm, you may have the right to seek compensation for the financial losses you’ve suffered, as well as compensation for your pain and emotional distress.

Personal injury lawsuits require injured parties to prove the same four basic elements of a negligence claim, which are that the defendant had a duty of care to the victim, the defendant breached that duty of care to the victim, that breach of duty caused the victim’s injuries, and those injuries resulted in damages.

It is important to understand that North Carolina is one of the few states that still allows for the defense of contributory negligence. Under contributory negligence, an accident victim is prohibited from recovering any damages when their own negligence contributed in any way to their injuries.

In other words, a victim who was only one percent at fault for an accident will be unable to recover anything from the party who was 99 percent at fault. This aspect of civil law in North Carolina reinforces the importance of not accepting blame at the scene or giving a statement to an insurance company representing the other side. Insurers will try to find any way possible to blame you for the accident to deny your claim. Let your lawyer do the talking for you.

Information About the Firm and Durham County, NC

Durham County is the sixth-most populated county in North Carolina and has a population of more than 250,000. Some of the major cities, towns, and townships in Durham County include Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Morrisville, Carr, Durham, Lebanon, Mangum, Oak Grove, and Triangle.

Law Enforcement in Durham County

If you are injured in a car accident in Durham County, one of the following law enforcement agencies may respond to the accident.

Durham Police Department
602 East Main Street
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-4427

Durham County Sheriff ‘s Department
510 S Dillard St.
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-0897

North Carolina State Highway Patrol 
Troop C Headquarters
1831 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 733-3911

Hospitals in Durham County

If you sustained serious injuries and need emergency medical care, you may be taken by ambulance to a hospital in Durham.

Duke University Hospital 
2301 Erwin Rd.
Durham, NC 27710
(919) 684-8111

Duke Regional Hospital 
3643 N. Roxboro St.
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 470-4000

North Carolina Specialty Hospital (NCSH)
3916 Ben Franklin Blvd.
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 956-9300

EmergeOrtho Orthopaedic Urgent Care Health (OUCH) Center —EmergeOrtho operates 12 clinics in North Carolina, including one in Durham. OUCH facilities are fully staffed with orthopedic professionals who provide treatment for musculoskeletal pain or injuries, postsurgical pain or complications, fracture reductions, wounds and lacerations, and can also perform minor surgeries.

EmergeOrtho OUCH Center
120 William Penn Plaza
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 220-5255

Duke Urgent Care Croasdaile
1821 Hillandale Rd. Suite 24-A
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-4355

Courts in Durham County

Durham County Small Claims (Magistrate’s) Court — A small claims court has jurisdiction over cases involving less than $10,000 in damages. A small claims case has to be filed in the county in which at least one defendant resides.

Durham Magistrates Office
219 S. Mangum St.
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-6826

Durham County District Court
510 S. Dillard St.
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 808-3002

Durham County Superior Court 
510 S. Dillard St.
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 808-3000

Contact a Durham County Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Did you or a family member sustain severe injuries in an accident caused by another party’s negligence or intentional misconduct in Durham County? Hardison & Cochran is an established law firm that has the experience and resources to help you.

We handle a broad range of personal injury matters and our firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis. There are no legal fees unless we win compensation for you through a negotiated settlement or a jury award. Call (800) 434-8399 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We have offices in Durham and in six other North Carolina cities. Contact Hardison & Cochran to learn more about your legal rights and options.

Meet Our Attorneys
Benjamin Cochran
Joel Jackson Hardison
James Adam Bridwell
Jonathan Blair Biser
John Paul Godwin
Carter Whittington
Joey DeMartin
Donald Bardes
Rick Scott
Kenneth Hardison
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