If you or someone you care for has sustained catastrophic injuries from an accident that was not your fault, calling a NC Catastrophic Injury Attorney should be your next move. The Bishop Law Firm represents personal injury clients in North Carolina and we do not get paid unless we win. Call us today for a free case evaluation, (919) 615-3095.
NC Personal Injury Law
North Carolina is a contributory negligence state, which means that for a accident victim to recover, they must not be at fault for their personal injury. Contributory negligence can create unfair outcomes for victims, but unfortunately, it is the law in NC.
As with other NC personal injury claims, you have three years to file a claim for an injury you sustained due to the negligence of another. A victim can recover medical expenses, pain & suffering as well as lost wages. Punitive damages are rarely awarded. If the victim was killed in the accident, the case becomes a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims have a two year statute of limitations (not three).
If you are injured while working, you may also have a NC Workers’ Compensation claim. Work Injury cases are governed by the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Our firm can also help with your NC Workers’ Comp claim.
What are Catastrophic injuries?
Catastrophic injuries are injuries that result in death, permanent disability or serious injuries (spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and crush injury are examples) (via Wikipedia). These injuries take substantial time to heal, need extensive medical treatment, and the victim may never be physically or mentally the same again.
Some examples of catastrophic accidents would be motorcycle accidents in which the rider sustains a severe TBI, a pedestrian who is hit by a speeding car or SUV, or a small car vs. tractor trailer truck accident . If you notice in these accidents, the victims are not protected from impact which results in more serious (catastrophic) injuries.
However, any accident, can unfortunately result in catastrophic personal injury under the wrong conditions. Even in accidents involving similarly sized cars, victims can be severely injured due to speed and location of impact.
Do you need a North Carolina Catastrophic Injury Attorney?
Catastrophic injury cases usually involve extensive medical records, exorbitant medical bills, as well as severe financial losses to the victim and their family from missing work and the inability to work in the future. Unfortunately, many insurance companies want to pay as little as possible and close cases as quickly as possible so they don’t have to pay for further medical treatment. In Catastrophic Injury cases, this must be avoided.
Future lost wages and medical expenses need to be calculated into your settlement with the insurance company before the case settles. If something happens after settlement and the victim needs extensive medical treatment there will be no way to recover. This is where a NC Personal Injury Lawyer can help you and your family.
Gathering medical records, finding out from your doctor what future treatment you may need, calculating your lost wages and negotiating with the insurance company are all essential steps to achieving the highest settlement possible. If the insurance company is unwillingly to accept liability or pay you fair compensation, a personal injury lawsuit may be your only recourse. Having an personal injury lawyer to help you with this allows you and your family to focus on the victim’s recovery.
The Bishop Law Firm represents victims in personal injury claims in Raleigh, Cary, Fayetteville, Durham, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Roanoke Rapids, and surrounding areas in North Carolina.
We do not get paid unless we win your case and we offer free case reviews. Contact us today, (919) 615-3095! We wish you or your loved one a speedy recovery.