Several thousand people sustain injuries every year through no fault of their own. Common motivations for North Carolina personal injury claims include medical negligence, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability accidents, wrongful death claims, and defective product accidents. If you sustained a personal injury under these or other circumstances, you might be entitled to financial compensation.
Where can I learn about the personal injury process in North Carolina?
Trying to figure out the injury claims process on your own is going to be stressful and confusing unless you work with someone who has experience in the field. The skilled legal team at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp is here to help. To schedule your free case evaluation with one of our North Carolina personal injury attorneys, give our offices a call at (833) 997-1774 or reach out through our website.
Personal Injury Claim FAQs
What Constitutes a Personal Injury in North Carolina?
A personal injury is any injury that was caused by another person. They can be physical and/or psychological.
What Should I Do if I Experience a Personal Injury?
- Seek immediate medical attention and follow your doctor’s treatment advice.
- Keep written track of any time you missed at work.
- Write down as much information as you can as soon as you can, such as names, the time and date, insurance information (if applicable), what actions were taken, the circumstances surrounding your accident, etc.
- Write down the contact details of any bystanders.
- Take pictures and videos at the scene.
- Report the accident to the proper authorities and get copies of any paperwork.
How Will I Know If I Have a Valid Claim?
North Carolina personal injury laws are complex. The cornerstone of any personal injury case is negligence, which is broken down into four key elements:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
Each of these elements must be proven in order for your claim to be viable. The best way to find out whether or not your case qualifies is to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney. During this consultation, the attorney will determine if you have a legitimate claim and if you will benefit from legal representation.
What Damages Am I Entitled to?
Your attorney will calculate the damages you are eligible to collect. Compensation for things such as medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, disfigurement, permanent handicap, and diminished earning capacity will all be included.
How Long Will It Take to Resolve My Case?
There are multiple factors that can affect the timeline of your case’s resolution. Getting to work as quickly as possible is important since North Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations for filing a claim. Your attorney will ensure that you understand the anticipated timeline during your consultation.
How Will Hiring an Attorney Help My Case?
A personal injury attorney will keep track of and meet any deadlines, handle paperwork and filings, and consult with experts and eyewitnesses to strengthen your case. Your attorney will also be the point of contact for other attorneys and insurance companies, and negotiate in your best interests. If necessary, they will also represent you in court. After being severely injured, an attorney takes over all legal facets of your case so you can focus on your recovery.
Do You Need a North Carolina Personal Injury Attorney?
If you were injured through no fault of your own, you could have a valid personal injury claim. The best action you can take to help ensure a just settlement is to work with a North Carolina personal injury attorney.
Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp is a North Carolina personal injury law firm with more than 40 years of experience in litigating personal injury cases. We have the resources, skills, and knowledge necessary to win your case. Schedule your free consultation today by calling (833) 997-1774.