If you have personal injury resulting from a car accident or the negligence of another person or product, you may have a valid legal claim or the basis for a personal injury lawsuit. After allowing an attorney to assist you in understanding what your rights are, and what you might recover, you can make an informed decision as to whether to move forward.
Determining If You Have A Case
Generally, if you have emotional or physical injury resulting from the act of another—or a company’s product—and if you did nothing to contribute to that injury, you have the basis for a lawsuit. Whether you can expect compensation for the injury depends somewhat upon the evidence we can gather to support the claim. Typically, this means our firm communicates with the doctors or physicians who have treated you in an attempt to assess your health condition, and then negotiating with insurance companies for a fair result.
North Carolina is a contributory negligence state. Practically speaking, this means that so long as you did not fail to exercise the care of an ordinarily prudent person in an attempt to avoid the injury, it’s not your fault. Your personal injury attorney will ask specific questions in a free consultation to help determine if this is the case—all you have to do is give an honest account of what happened.
Statute of Limitations
Generally speaking, actions for personal injury must be brought within three years of the occurrence. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 1-52(5). There are some exceptions and nuances to this rule, depending upon when you discovered the injury, which is sometimes after the event that caused it.
By speaking with a North Carolina personal injury attorney, you’ll be able to quickly determine whether you have a case and if there’s still time to pursue it.
Get Your Questions Answered
Answering questions is part of my job. I’m happy to receive calls from individuals who are simply trying to determine what to do next. Sometimes that’s a lawsuit, other times it’s just gaining peace of mind about the options. I’d be happy to discuss your situation over the telephone or in person in my SouthPark office. Call 704.749.7747 today to speak with me about your situation. The call is free and I’m happy to help.