Rocky Mount Personal Injury Lawyer

Do you need a Rocky Mount Personal Injury Lawyer? Being injured due to someone else’s negligence can knock you for a loop as well as cost you time and money! The Bishop Law Firm can help you recover. Give us a call today for a free case evaluation at (919) 615-3095 or start your free case review online now.

NC Personal Injury Law

North Carolina is a contributory negligence state. This means that you must not be at fault (even 1%) to recover for your personal injury (but see The Last Clear Chance Doctrine). There are also time limits (Statute of Limitations ) on how long injury victims have to file a civil lawsuit. The time limits are different for different types of personal injury cases, but, in general , you have three (3) years from the date of the accident.

Please note that filing a claim with the insurance company is different than pursuing litigation on your personal injury case. You must file a complaint in the county of accident before the time limit runs out if you are unable to obtain adequate compensation from the insurance company.

If you were injured while working, you may also have a Rocky Mount Workers Compensation claim. Workers' Comp is governed by the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The Bishop Law Firm also handles Workers' Compensation cases in Rocky Mount.

Read: NC Personal Injury - Ten Bars to Recovery and NC Personal Injury vs Workers Compensation

What can you recover?

The cost of medical bills, Lost Wages and Pain & Suffering are some of the types of recovery that you can receive from your personal injury case. According to NC Law, the at-fault party is responsible for compensating you for your accident-related medical bills . If you miss time from work , the at-fault party should also pay for your lost wages.

Pain & suffering can be difficult to calculate. It would naturally follow that the greater your medical expenses, the greater your suffering, but that is not always the case. A personal injury attorney can help with calculating your pain & suffering damages. In our experience, photographs of injuries can be immensely helpful. 

Read: Ways to Prove Pain and Suffering Damages 

Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle*

Car Accident Injury – If you have been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, you need to be reimbursed for your losses. Unfortunately, car accidents today can be caused by distracted drivers who are texting and driving . Being hit head-on, rear-ended or T-boned can leave you with serious injuries that require expensive medical treatment. In NC, the at-fault party is responsible for your medical expenses, missed time from work and pain & suffering. But what if the at-fault party’s insurance company does not want to pay?

Truck Accident Injury – Cars never win against big trucks when an accident happens. Being hit by a 18-wheeler can leave you or your loved one with catastrophic injuries that can easily deplete any money you have saved and have your family in debt for years to come. You should not have to pay twice for someone else’s negligence.

Motorcycle Accident Injury – Motorcyclists have no protection against cars or the road. Car vs. motorcycle accidents can result in severe injuries including traumatic brain injuries . The real effects of an TBI may not be felt or noticed immediately. What if you need more medical treatment after your case has settled?

Pedestrian vs. Auto Accident Injury – Being hit by a car can destroy your body and have long term implications for the rest of your life. You need to ensure all your medical treatment or your inability to work is covered in your settlement, past, present and future.

Wrongful Death Cases – A lost life can never be replaced. Losing a spouse, child or sibling because of someone else’s negligence is devastating. You need time to focus on saying good-bye, not dealing with the at-fault party’s insurance company. A Personal Injury Lawyer can help you avoid extra stress through an already stressful time.

Work Injury Cases – If you have been hurt on the job, even after being a faithful, long-serving employee, your employer can deny your workplace injury claim or refuse to pay for medical treatment that you need.

Hospital Negligence Cases – Receiving negligent hospital treatment is unacceptable and can have far-reaching consequences for your body.

Dog Bite/Attack Cases - Some breeds are just more aggressive and territorial. Unfortunately, some home-owner insurance policies refuse to cover some breeds of dogs. How do you find out if your injury is covered?

Premise Liability Cases - Slip and Falls can be difficult to prove because not only does the negligence have to be present, it also has to be the proximate cause of your injury.

Social Security Disability - Being unable to work due to illness can be a devastating realization. Having a SSD attorney on your side can assist by knowing what information SSA uses to determine disability.*

* If your case type is not listed, give us a call to see if we can help at (919) 615-3095.

Settle or Go to Trial?

If the at-fault party or their insurance carrier is not willing to cover all your expenses and compensate you for pain & suffering, should you still accept the settlement offer? What about future medical expenses related to the injury? There are no easy answers to these questions.

If you were injured in Rocky Mount, NC, your case will be heard in Edgecombe or Nash County Superior Court . Do you know the average Rocky Mount jury award in a case like yours? Is this number higher or lower than your settlement offer? What are the chances of losing at trial? Is your attorney willing to go to trial if the insurance offer is unfair? These questions should be discussed with your Personal Injury Attorney before any settlement offer is accepted.

At The Bishop Law Firm, we know the strategies insurance companies and defense attorneys use. We also have seen instances in which attorneys take settlement offers that are much less than what the client should receive all for the “sake of not going to trial”. At The Bishop Law Firm, we believe that decisions to settle or go to trial should be made on a case-by-case basis. One size does not fit all when it comes to getting compensation for your serious injuries.

Read: NC Personal Injury - Settle or Go To Trial?

Next Steps

  1. Give us a call at (919) 615-3095 or start online now!
  2. We need to know some things from you to get started:
    1. Date of the accident and if you have a copy of the accident report
    2. How and where the accident happened
    3. Hospital visits and any subsequent medical treatment
    4. Name of at-fault party and their insurance company
    5. Your employer’s name, job title, etc.
    6. If you have health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid
  3. You need to take photos of your injuries, vehicle, passenger’s injuries and the accident scene (if possible).
  4. Continue to receive medical treatment for your injuries if necessary and follow medical advice!
  5. If you are missing work, write down the days you are missing and how much your pay was on those days
  6. AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA & Read NC Personal Injury Pitfalls

Frequently asked questions

  1. What percentage do most injury lawyers take?  Our contingent fee law firm charges 33.33% for representing car accident victims. This means that we are paid solely off how much money we recover for our clients. If we do not recover for our clients, we do not get paid.
  2. What if you can't afford a lawyer for a personal injury case?  The Bishop Law Firm is a contingent fee law firm which means that we get paid out of your settlement, so there are no retainer fees or upfront costs. If you decide not to hire a lawyer because you don’t want to pay a lawyer, you will have to deal with the insurance company alone.
  3. What is a good settlement offer for a car accident? This is a great question with a complicated answer. A “good” settlement will include reimbursement of all of the victim’s medical bills, lost wages and pain & suffering. The “best” settlement will include the same as a “good” settlement with the addition of  estimated future expenses. Also read How to Calculate a Car Accident Settlement in North Carolina
  4. How do you negotiate a higher settlement in a car accident?  In our experience, negotiating with an insurance adjuster is only going to get you so much money as they just don’t have enough authority before litigation. Also, rushing or hinting to the adjuster that you need money will only bring down the value of your claim. Read NC Personal Injury Medical Bills More Than Settlement
  5. How do I choose a car crash lawyer? We would love to tell you that it’s all about experience or diplomas on the wall (we have both), but the real answer is passion. You should choose a car accident lawyer that is passionate about what they do. To quote our mentor, “if you love doing it, you just do it better.”

Do you need a Personal Injury Lawyer Rocky Mount NC?

A Personal Injury Lawyer can help you attain the most recovery for your case under North Carolina law. Do not expect the at-fault party, insurance company or their lawyer to inform you of all the recovery you are entitled to. It will be their goal to pay you as little (preferably nothing) as possible.

The Bishop Law Firm does not get paid unless we win your case AND we are only paid a percentage of the amount your recover. This means that we are motivated to help you attain the highest recovery possible. We also offer free case reviews, (919) 615-3095 or start you free case review online now.

Also read: North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer

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