Court of Appeals of North Carolina
550 S.E. 2d 796 (N.C. App. 2001)
Williams (plaintiff) was involved in an automobile accident with McCoy (defendant). Williams sued McCoy for negligence in the accident. Williams went to the emergency room immediately after the accident and then to a chiropractor four days later. Williams said she did not visit the chiropractor earlier because he was not available. She also met with the defendant’s insurance claims adjuster, and after the meeting went badly, hired an attorney. At trial, defense counsel sought to play up the fact that Williams had hired an attorney before going to the chiropractor to show that she was a litigious person. The court prevented her from explaining that the reason she had hired an attorney was because of the negative experience with the claims adjuster. A jury found McCoy negligent and awarded Williams $3000. Williams appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Timmons-Goodson, J.)
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