North Carolina law allows victims who are injured in accidents caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party to pursue legal action against that party to recover financial compensation for the losses their injuries have caused them. This is usually done through either a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
It is important for every victim to understand the process of these legal actions in order to obtain the best possible result. Although the law does not require a victim to retain the services of a North Carolina personal injury attorney to file a claim or lawsuit, the results are statistically much better and these actions are more successful when there is a skilled attorney advocating for the victim.
The following is a brief checklist of some of the critical items you may need for your case and how you should prepare.
Gather Official Reports
There is a myriad of official documents and reports that your attorney will want to use in your claim or lawsuit. No matter what type of injury case you have – car accident, defective product, premises liability – any official reports should be included as evidence to verify the injuries you have sustained.
If there is a police report (such as in a car accident), your attorney can use the information in that report to show the “official” cause of the accident that injured you.
You will also want to make sure that all of the medical reports issued by any treating physicians you have are also given to your attorney. These documents will confirm what your injuries are, the treatments you have received, and future prognosis.
Depending on what type of accident you were injured in, there will likely be different pieces of evidence that can be used to prove the at-fault party’s liability. Some of the more important pieces of evidence include:
- Photos of the accident site
- Surveillance videos from any surrounding buildings at the accident site
- Statements from witnesses at the accident site
- Photos of your injuries, including photos that will document the healing process of your injuries
If you are unable to gather some of this evidence, your attorney will be able to do it for you.
Having a Seasoned Injury Attorney
As mentioned above, while it is not required to have an attorney, you are more likely to be successful at collecting the full amount of compensation you deserve if you have a skilled lawyer representing you. Your attorney will attempt to negotiate a fair and just settlement on your behalf but will also pursue litigation should the insurance company fail to negotiate in good faith.
Contact an NC Accident Attorney for More Information
Settling a personal injury case and trying to negotiate with the insurance company can be difficult without the legal expertise of a North Carolina injury attorney. At Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, our legal team will provide a free case evaluation to determine what legal options you may have and how to proceed. Call our office today to find out how we can help get you the financial compensation you deserve.
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