The Becton Law Group, PLLC concentrates in the area of personal injury law, such as car accident, slip and falls cases. We are a North Carolina Injury Attorney Firm.

Durham NC lawyer Marcus Becton was exposed to personal injury law as a teenager. In high school, Attorney Marcus Becton worked in his father’s office, who has been operating his personal injury law practice for several decades. After graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 2004, Marcus continued to develop his skills in personal injury and real estate law.

We handle personal injury cases in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Burlington and all surrounding areas, arising from auto accidents, wrongful death, slip and falls, personal injury, elderly abuse as well as other causes.

The firm also handles other types of cases involving substantial financial losses. If we are not in a position to take your case or it is outside our practice area, we will try to assist you in finding an appropriate attorney for your problem.

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Major Injury
Cases
Auto, Trucking, Products,
Medical Malpractice
Elder Abuse
Child Injuries

Insurance Claims
Representing Consumers and
Small Business Owners
Property Damage, Bad Faith,
Uninsured Motorist
Life-Medical-Disability

How We Process Your Claim

Once you have retained us to be your legal counsel in a particular matter, our firm immediately goes to work for you to get the best possible result in your case. Some of the things we do in your case are listed below.

Compensation For Your Losses

The firm investigates all aspects of the accident, and your damages. When possible, witness statements are taken, and reports are acquired. If necessary, experts are hired to prove the defendants were at fault. All necessary reports, records and bills are obtained to prove the nature and extent of the damages. Much of the information is gathered through the use of specialized forms sent to you, witnesses, and doctors. The information we obtain is stored in computers and in physical files. Our system allows members of our firm to be able to access your case records and history in a timely and accurate manner to aid in the prosecution of your case.
We monitor your medical treatment, and if necessary will refer you to a medical provider near you, who will treat you on a lien basis if you do not have medical insurance. Once you are finished with medical treatment, we will request that your doctor provide a narrative report that will assist us in negotiating and resolving your case.
The firm communicates information while handling your case through secure email, fax, correspondence, and court pleadings and forms. Documents may be sent to you, insurance companies, witnesses, doctors, employers, Courts, or other persons or companies requiring information. We use high speed computers, laser printers, and state of the art equipment to increase productivity while keeping cost to a minimum.
Most members of the firm are experts in all or certain aspects of processing your claim. The functions that are usually necessary to process a claim are: 1. Gathering information (investigators); 2. Negotiation (Lawyers) and, 3. Litigation (Trail Lawyers). Each member is extensively trained in their area of expertise to obtain the best possible results for you in your case. You will have access to an attorney. At times, however, a Legal Assistant may be responsible for communications with you and solving all problems not requiring the intervention of a lawyer. Under the supervision of Mr. Becton, the Negotiator places a value on the claim, presents the claim to the insurance company, responds to defenses and settles the claim with your consent. Negotiations begin as soon as the you retain the firm and ends when the claim is completed.
The firm’s attorneysare experts in taking cases that do not settle to trial. The trial may be a bench or jury trial, arbitration or mediation. An arbitration is similar to a trial except a retired judge or lawyer decides the case. Mediation is the process of placing the claim before an independent retired judge or lawyer who helps to resolve the case without witnesses testifying. While very few cases are actually litigated, (most cases are settled) the trial lawyers and their support staff are specially trained to prepare the case for trial, arbitration or mediation.
You should receive money for the pain you have experienced and will experience in the future. Pain is rated as Severe, Moderate, Slight and Minimal. It is either constant or intermittent. Chronic pain is pain that will last for a long time or the rest of a person’s life. Chronic pain is usually the most important part of your damages. It is difficult to place a monetary value on pain. Without the element of future pain your claim for damages relating to pain may have little value.
You should receive money damages for the suffering you have experienced and will experience in the future. Changes in life style, depression, anxiety, neurosis and problems with relationships frequently result from accidents and injuries. It is difficult to place a value on suffering. However, you should be compensated for your suffering.
You should receive money damages for the loss of enjoyment of life that you have suffered as a result of your injuries. Loss of enjoyment of life includes the things that you used to do before the accident, that you can no longer do, have a difficult time doing, or temporarily can no longer do, because of the accident. Examples of loss of enjoyment of life are: hobbies, sporting activities, dancing, going to dinner or the movies, intimate relations with a spouse or significant other, spending quality time with children, spouses, friends, or significant other, etc. Loss of enjoyment of life includes all of the things in your life that you used to do, but cannot do, have a hard time doing, or have temporarily been unable to do. You should be compensated for loss of enjoyment of life.
You should receive money damages for any loss of income you suffer as a result of the accident. If you will lose income in the future the amount of the loss will be calculated. However, future income losses must be reasonably certain to occur. Loss of earning capacity is either your temporary inability to work or a permanent disability restricting your ability to be competitive in the job market. A reasonable value for the loss of earning capacity should be paid by the defense.
You should receive money damages for all reasonable and necessary expenses for which you paid, or became obligated to pay, as a result of the accident. The defense is obligated to pay for both past and future expenses. However, as in Loss of Income, the future loss must be reasonably certain to occur.

How the Client Helps In Their Car Accident Case

Loss of Income and Wages

Provide Information Promptly: We need accurate information to help us process your claim. Please provide the exact information we request promptly. Your prompt assistance will help to ensure your claim will be processed quickly and effectively. Unless otherwise requested, send the information by mail, rather than by telephone, fax, or e-mail.
⦁ Provide Information Promptly: We need accurate information to help us process your claim. Please provide the exact information we request promptly. Your prompt assistance will help to ensure your claim will be processed quickly and effectively. Unless otherwise requested, send the information by mail, rather than by telephone, fax, or e-mail.

⦁ Let the Firm Know How to Contact You: If you move, or will be away from your home for more than one week, let us know how to contact you. Call the firm to let us know where you will be, including your temporary address or telephone number. If you are still under a doctor’s care we may need to make special arrangements for your continued treatment.

⦁ Keep A Record of Your Losses: Any bills you receive, pay or become obligated to pay for expenses for you to keep a list of all expense. If you are not working, keep a record of the amount you receive from disability insurance.

⦁ Do Not Discuss Your Case With Anyone Other Than Us: Any person may be called as a witness against you. Any person may be called to testify to what you say, what you do, and give an opinion of your pain and suffering. The insurance company can use against you statements made to a friends and fellow employees. Do not give anyone your estimate of the value of your claim. Do not talk to anyone you suspect may be an investigator for the insurance company.

⦁ Do Not Do Any Activity That You Should Not Do: If you claim you cannot do an activity, or the doctor has told you not to do an activity, do not even try the activity. You may re-injure yourself or prolong your treatment if you attempt to do activities you should not be doing.

⦁ Do Not Stop Treatment Before The Doctor Releases You: The single most costly error you can make is to stop treatment before the doctor releases you. If you do stop treatment you may not be paid for your continuing complaints of pain and suffering. The insurance company will assume that you have recovered from your injuries.

You must not work if the doctor puts you on disability. Have the doctor provide you with an “Off Work Order” to give to your employer. Make sure your employer understands that the reason you are unable to work is due to the accident. If the doctor releases you to return to work, and you think you should not return, at least try to work, then, return to the doctor stating you are unable to work.
Self-employed clients should hire someone to replace them while they are disabled. The loss is the cost of the replacement. Otherwise, you must show by records a reduction in your gross income due to your inability to do your work. Past tax records, accountant’s statements and current profit/loss forms are useful. It is helpful for you to document your loss of income as you lose the income, rather than waiting until after you return to work.
If you were off work at the time of the accident and could have returned to work if the accident would not have happened, you may be entitled to compensation for loss of income, or earning capacity. If you wish to claim loss of wages, or earning capacity, make sure your doctor provides you with an “Off Work Order” and a “Return to Work Order” to show the times you could not work. You must also show you were employed, or could have been employed had it not been for the injury.
You may be entitled to disability benefits through your work. You may also be entitled to State Disability Insurance to help you through your disability period. Some of your payments may be paid by insurance while you are disabled. You may possibly be able to borrow money from relatives or friends to help you through your period of disability. Loss of income is a hardship. However, you should not work while the doctor says you are disabled.