You May Be Entitled to Compensation for Your Injury
If you have suffered catastrophic injuries because of someone else’s failure to act with care and attention, you may have a right to compensation for:
- Medical bills
- The cost of ongoing or future medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Other expenses and economic losses caused by the injury
You may also seek compensation for personal losses, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental or emotional distress
- Loss of use of a body part
- Lifestyle changes that have a negative effect on your well-being
If you’ve been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, Myers Law Firm is here to help you pursue justice and financial compensation.
What is Negligence?
The legal concept of “negligence” is very important in a personal injury claim. In order to recover compensation for an injury, you must prove that the other party acted with negligence; that is, they failed to act with the level of care that an ordinary, reasonable person would exercise under the circumstances.
There are four “elements” or requirements for a negligence claim:
- Duty: Did the defendant have an obligation to act in a certain way toward the plaintiff?
- Breach of the Duty: Did the defendant violate that obligation?
- Causation: Did the defendant’s actions cause the plaintiff’s injury?
- Damages: Did the defendant’s actions result in actual damages to the victim that are recognized by the law?
The burden of proving all of these four elements lies with the injured person. Additionally, in North Carolina, the law states that if the injured person bears even one percent of the fault for the incident then they are not eligible to receive compensation. This legal concept is called “pure contributory negligence.”
Proving negligence under North Carolina law is not easy, even if it appears that someone is clearly at fault for your injuries. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney if you’ve been hurt — the law in states that apply “pure contributory negligence” places a heavy burden of proof on the person who is seeking compensation.
How We Handle Your Personal Injury Case
Many people want to know what the timeline of a personal injury case looks like. Here’s a general guideline as to how your case will unfold:
- The first important step in the process of a personal injury claim is for us to meet with you and discuss your case. At this meeting, we can gather the necessary information from you, review the police report, and have you sign the relevant forms.
- Next, we need to set up your claim with the other party’s insurance company and conduct an investigation into the accident or incident. We will handle all communications with the insurance company from this point so that you can focus on your recovery and getting your life back to normal.
- After you have recovered from your injuries, we will collect all medical records and bills related to the incident and put them — along with evidence of any other losses — into a settlement package that we send to the insurance company.
- We then work through a negotiation process with the insurance company. If the insurer refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer, we will file a lawsuit against the other party.
Call Myers Law Firm in Charlotte Today
If you have been injured as a result of a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, or if you were hurt in a slip-and-fall or other incident that occurred on someone else’s property, contact our office today to find out how we can help you.
In addition to handling personal injury cases, our firm also represents people who have lost a family member through a wrongful death caused by someone else’s negligent or intentional actions. In such cases, the surviving family members have the right to demand compensation for various types of losses that the wrongful death has inflicted on them.
Remember that North Carolina law limits the time period in which you can file personal injury lawsuits, including wrongful death suits. It’s important to act quickly in order to preserve your legal rights as well as the crucial evidence that you need to prove your case. Please don’t wait to get in touch with us.
To schedule your free initial consultation, please call our Charlotte office toll-free at 1-888-376-ATTY (2889) or contact us online using our contact form.