Wake Forest Personal Injury Lawyer
Wake Forest is a charming small town located in an area that is experiencing rapid population growth. Wake Forest is among the ten fastest-growing municipalities in North Carolina, bringing increases in traffic and traffic accidents. If you have been injured in an accident and you believe someone else was at fault, talk with a knowledgeable Wake Forest personal injury lawyer about your legal options.
Hardison & Cochran has been helping people who have been injured in Wake Forest and throughout Wake County for more than 30 years. Our law firm has experienced injury attorneys who offer personal attention to each client with uncompromising integrity. Every staff member at Hardison & Cochran is committed to serving the client’s needs. The firm focuses on personal injury and workers’ compensation cases.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, seek the help of an experienced Wake Forest personal injury attorney at Hardison & Cochran.
What is a Personal Injury Claim?
Personal injury law is an area of law that deals with serious injuries caused by the negligence of others. North Carolina civil law allows an individual who has been harmed by another’s carelessness, misconduct or disregard for safety, to seek financial compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. The law allows accident victims to seek damages to be made whole.
Personal injury claims encompass a wide variety of accidents including traffic accidents, workplace injuries, slip-and-fall accidents, dog bites, defective products, unsafe medications, medical malpractice, assault and battery, and wrongful death. Injuries can include everything from sprained wrists to broken and fractured bones, puncture wounds from animal bites, head and brain trauma, and a damaged spinal cord leading to paralysis.
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, your focus should be on your recovery and your family’s well-being. That’s why it is crucial to hire an experienced Wake Forest injury attorney to assist you.
An injury lawyer at Hardison & Cochran will have the knowledge, skill, and resources to make sure that your claim is handled correctly. Our legal team will take on the responsibility of identifying those liable for your injury, gathering evidence to support your claim, negotiating with the insurance adjuster and filing a lawsuit if necessary.
If you try to handle your injury claim on your own, the insurance company representing the at-fault party will try to take advantage of you, particularly if you are hurt and struggling financially in the wake of the accident. The insurer will try to deny or diminish your injury claim to save the company money.
Having a strong and experienced Wake Forest injury lawyer on your side can make all the difference. You’ll want to hire a lawyer with specific experience handling injury claims. It’s also helpful to hire a lawyer with a track record of successful verdicts and settlements and the resources to see your case all the way through to a resolution.
About Hardison & Cochran, Personal Injury Attorneys in Raleigh, NC
The attorneys at Hardison & Cochran have obtained numerous six-figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We pride ourselves on getting results.
Below are just a few examples of successful cases we’ve handled for our clients in North Carolina:
- $3.5 million for a worker in Mebane paralyzed by a falling tree.
- $1.5 million for a worker in Fuquay-Varina whose spine was damaged in a fall from a roof.
- $1.4 million for a Godwin man whose work truck was hit by a drunk driver. The worker suffered a heart attack, and his legs were amputated.
- $1.2 million for a truck driver in Charlotte who injured his leg when a strap broke on the job.
While past results are not predictive of future outcomes, they do reflect our experience handling serious injury cases and the strong effort we make to help our clients.
What is the Personal Injury Claim Process Like?
When you are represented by Hardison & Cochran, you will have the full support of our attorneys and staff. We will review your case at no charge during the initial consultation. If you decide to hire our firm, we will assign an investigator to meet with you. When we start work on your case, we will appoint at least one attorney and one legal assistant to work with you, although more than one attorney and assistant may be added later.
With Hardison & Cochran, there are no fees charged upfront. To retain us as your legal team and have us represent you will cost you absolutely nothing to start because we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we get paid a percentage of what we recover for you in your case. If we are unable to obtain compensation for you, we don’t receive a legal fee.
The length of time for a personal injury case to be resolved can vary widely, from months to years. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible to review the details of a serious injury and discuss whether you have a valid injury claim. The statute of limitations in North Carolina for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the injury.
The discovery process after a lawsuit is filed may take six months to a year or longer, but a settlement may be reached at this stage. If the case goes to trial, the verdict may take another year or two. The length of time depends on the complexity of the case, the severity of injuries, the amount of the damages, and the current caseload of the court.
Where Do I Go if I have a Personal Injury Claim in Wake County?
Personal injury lawsuits involving accidents in Wake Forest are typically filed in Superior Court in Wake County.
The Wake County courthouse is located at:
Wake County Clerk of Superior Court
316 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Open 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
Our Involvement in the Community
Hardison & Cochran believes in being a positive force in the communities that we serve. We are proud of our record of supporting worthwhile non-profit organizations that help others. We have a partnership with the Autism Society of North Carolina. This organization works to improve the lives of people with autism in this state, supports their families, and helps to educate communities about autism.
We also support the following organizations throughout our state:
- Activate Good
- Autism Society of North Carolina
- Boys & Girls Club of Wake County
- Boys & Girls Club of Selma
- Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County
- CareNet of Harnett County
- Carolina Mudcats
- Cell Phones for Soldiers
- Durham Rescue Mission
- Garner, North Carolina Veterans’ Memorial
- Harnett County Literacy Program
- Muscular Dystrophy Association of Eastern North Carolina
- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
- Raleigh Rescue Mission
- The Lee County Partnership for Children
- The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina
About Wake Forest
Wake Forest had its beginnings as a designation of the “Forest of Wake” in Wake County in the early 19th century. The North Carolina Baptist Convention opened the Wake Forest Institute north of the Forestville community in 1834.
In 1956, Wake Forest College relocated to Winston-Salem, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary took over the campus in Wake Forest. In the decades since, the town of Wake Forest has grown to a population of over 30,000.
The explosion of population growth in Wake County in recent decades has meant an increase in the number of accidents. In 2017, the leading causes of hospitalization in Wake County were motor vehicle accidents, falls, and poisoning. These were also the leading causes of death.
In 2017 there were 50 traffic fatalities in Wake County alone and 102 school bus crashes. Wake Forest had a total of 876 traffic accidents in 2017.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Serving Wake Forest
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by someone else’s negligence in Wake Forest or elsewhere in North Carolina, you need the experience and skill of the attorneys at Hardison & Cochran on your side. If the accident is serious, the other side will have legal counsel, and you should, too.
Hardison & Cochran has offices in the following locations to better serve you:
- Southern Pines
To schedule your free case evaluation with a knowledgeable member of our team, call us today at 919-444-4444 or toll-free at 1-800-434-8399, or fill out a contact form. We’ll be ready to help.