Lyndon R Helton
Mr. Helton is a native of Hickory, North Carolina. He is a 1988 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College, a former United States Navy officer, and a 1993 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Helton completed a prestigious clerkship with a federal judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Helton began his North Carolina legal career practicing in Charlotte representing corporations and insurance companies.
After realizing how personally troubling it was for him to help insurance companies profit at the expense of working people, Mr. Helton returned to his home town of Hickory, North Carolina. He now represents only working people in claims involving personal injuries and on-the-job workers' compensation injuries. In most cases of medical malpractice he limits his clients to those who have suffered very serious, life-changing injuries.
Mr. Helton's time as an insurance defense lawyer taught him how insurance companies operate. He now uses that information to fight for working people who have been injured.
As we all know, insurance companies are happy to collect premiums for insurance policies. They are never happy to pay out what is fair and reasonable. That is why the insurance industry is one of the most profitable in America.
Once the insurance company learns that you have been injured, it will set up a file on you, called a Claims File. The person assigned to investigate your injury is called the Claims Adjuster, or adjuster. The adjuster will want to take statements from witnesses and you, take photographs and gather medical records and bills. DO NOT GIVE A STATEMENT OR SIGN A DOCUMENT ALLOWING THE ADJUSTER TO COLLECT YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS AND BILLS UNTIL YOU HAVE TALKED TO AN ATTORNEY. Every time you speak to the adjuster they are gathering information and building their file. Nothing good can come from this. What you may believe is unimportant may be of huge legal significance and may be taken out of context and unfairly used against you.
Insurance companies have attorneys and experienced adjusters working for them. They do this for a living. Unlike them, you are a normal person with a normal life. Make no mistake, even if the adjuster is nice to you, they are building a case against you each time you talk with them. (Why wouldn't they be nice to you? They always catch more flies with honey.)
Insurance company adjusters are promoted and receive bonuses based upon how much money they save their company. It's their job. It's their livelihood. It's their career. Who do you think they are looking out for?
Like an adjuster, Mr. Helton is paid to produce results -- results for you. He is paid a percentage of what the insurance company pays to you. The better the result, the greater his fee. In automobile accidents and other non-work personal injury cases the fee is 33.3%, and in workers' compensation cases it is 25%. He is not paid more if your case is tried rather than settled, so you should feel free to have your day in court if that is what you feel is best. He is not paid by the hour, so you can always feel free to schedule an appointment to meet with him.
What you should expect from your lawyer:
- YOU DESERVE TO HAVE YOUR PHONE CALLS RETURNED WITHIN 24 HOURS. Someone from our office will call you back the same or next day you call.
- YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SCHEDULE A TIME TO COME IN AND MEET WITH YOUR LAWYER AS OFTEN AS YOU LIKE. We encourage open communication, and you are always welcome to make an appointment. Be sure your lawyer really works near you, and doesn't have his main office in some place like South Carolina, Shelby, or Charlotte.
- YOU SHOULD BE TREATED PROFESSIONALLY, WITH DIGNITY AND WITH RESPECT. We will treat you as we wished to be treated. The Golden Rule says it all.
- YOU SHOULD BE INFORMED ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENTS IN YOUR CASE AND SHOULD RECEIVE COPIES OF CORRESPONDENCE AND LEGAL DOCUMENTS. You will regularly receive mail and telephone calls from us to report significant events in your case.
The only promise we make is that we will make every effort to do these things, and we will fight hard to serve you best.
We are committed to resolving your case fairly and as quickly as possible. There is no fee for an initial consultation with our office, and any information about your case is protected by the attorney-client privilege of complete confidentiality and will not be released to anyone.
Please give us a call at 828-848-8776 to set up an appointment to discuss your case. If you are injured and cannot travel, we will visit you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. There will be no charge for a meeting with Mr. Helton.
Areas of Practice
- Car Accident
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
- Premises Liability
- Workers' Compensation
- Criminal Law
- Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
- Injuries on Another's Property
- Social Security Disability (SSDI)
- Virginia, 1993
- Maryland, 1994
- North Carolina, 1996
- Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina - 1993
- Lenoir-Rhyne College - 1988
Past Employment Positions
- United States Navy officer
- Federal judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Clerk