If you or your loved one has been seriously injured in any type of personal injury accident and another party was at fault, you should talk with an experienced North Carolina injury attorney. After a car accident, fall or other personal injury caused by another’s negligence, you may be facing unanticipated medical bills and loss of income. You need to understand your legal options to get back on your feet financially.
North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers
Don’t delay in taking action. The sooner you contact the injury attorneys at Hardison & Cochran, the more quickly our skilled attorneys can start to work on your case.
Why Get a Personal Injury Lawyer?
The personal injury lawyers at Hardison & Cochran know the North Carolina laws that apply to your claim. Our attorneys are committed to seeking justice for those who have been injured.
Our attorneys focus on personal injury law. We have many years of experience handling injury claims. Our insight into North Carolina personal injury law may allow us to identify legal options to resolving your claim that are not obvious.
Many people we represent have suffered traumatic injuries and are going through the toughest time of their life. If that describes your situation, you do not need the added stress of dealing with insurance adjusters when trying to recover from a serious injury.
Our attorneys focus on making things happen. We will negotiate on your behalf with the insurance companies and stand up for you. It is common practice for insurance companies to try to take advantage of accident victims who are struggling to recover from serious injuries. Most people have never been involved in a serious accident before and are unfamiliar with the process and their right to compensation.
What is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
The value of a personal injury cases depends on many factors including the extent of your injuries, the facts of how the accident occurred, and the insurance policies available to provide compensation. Some accidents cause traumatic brain injuries and permanent disabilities that limit the accident victim’s ability to work. This can affect the value the of case.
Determining the value of a personal injury claim is complicated and inexact. Based on our years of handling personal injury claims, our attorneys will be able to give you a general sense of the value of your claim once we review the specific details of your personal injury and your medical records.
What Types of Compensation Can Be Recovered?
A personal injury claim can lead to the recovery of the economic and non-economic losses you have suffered. In the majority of cases, this means that you will turn to the at-fault party or their insurance coverage to pay for your losses. For instance, you may seek to recover compensation through the at-fault party’s homeowner’s insurance or auto insurance policy. The types of damages you may seek include:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of the care and companionship of a loved one
- Future medical expenses related to the injury
- Property losses
- Lost income
- Punitive damages
- Pain and suffering
Many factors will affect the amount of compensation that you may recover through a personal injury claim. They include the extent of your injuries, the amount of available compensation and whether the at-fault party acted intentionally in causing the injury.
You should work with an experienced personal injury law firm that has handled many cases and has a strong record of results.
The outcomes of previous cases are not predictive of your case. The outcome of your personal injury claim will depend on the unique facts specific to that case.
Our case results do reflect our attorney’s unyielding commitment to work hard for each client and seek the maximum compensation available. Because of the attention and results we deliver, many of our former clients refer new clients to us each year. That is the best compliment we can receive.
Types of Personal Injury
Hardison & Cochran represents people in injured in many types of accidents including:
- Car Accidents
- Defective Products
- Truck Accidents
- Child care negligence
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Dangerous Drugs
- Wrongful Death
North Carolina Personal Injury Laws
North Carolina follows the legal doctrine of pure contributory negligence in personal injury cases. That means you could be barred from recovering compensation if you are found to have contributed to the accident.
Defense attorneys representing insurance companies will try to argue that you are partly at fault and therefore are not entitled to receive compensation. You need an attorney who will stand up for your and aggressively counter any attempts to blame you for an accident caused by someone else.
North Carolina sets a limit on the amount of time that accident victims have to file a personal injury lawsuit. In most cases, the time limit is three years from the date of the injury to file a civil lawsuit seeking compensation for injuries. If the injury involves a defective product such as a prescription drug, you have six years from the date of purchase of the defective product.
You Will Need to Establish Fault
To prevail in your personal injury action, you will need to establish that one or more parties are at fault. In other words, you must show that the party committed some wrongful act that led to your injuries and losses. There are many ways this fault can arise. They include:
- Intentional acts—These are acts that were done with the intent to harm you. A physical or sexual assault is a type of intentional misconduct. Road rage is another example.
- Negligent acts—If a party acts carelessly or fails to act, and you suffer harm as a result, this is a type of negligent misconduct. Many car accidents result from a driver’s negligence such as speeding, running a red light or driving distracted. Doctors, nursing homes, property owners and dog owners can also be negligent.
- Reckless acts—When an individual or business acts with total disregard for your safety or the safety of others, this is a type of reckless misconduct. For instance, drunk driving or texting while driving could be considered recklessness.
In some instances, the party’s fault may be established as a matter of law. For example, if you were harmed by a defective product, the manufacturer may be held strictly liable. In some cases, violation of a federal, state or local law may serve as grounds proving fault. An example is a violation of a local leash law that results in a dog bite.