The Bishop Law Firm represents personal injury clients in Wake County. We do not get paid unless you win and we offer free case reviews. Call us today or start your free case review online now.
NC Personal Injury Law
The first step in a personal injury claim is determining who is at fault.
North Carolina is one of the few remaining contributory negligence states, which means that the victim must not be at fault in order to recover for their injury. This can create unfair outcomes for victims, but it is, unfortunately, the law in our state. For a victim, failing to use reasonable care can result in a total bar from recovery.
Fault can also be difficult to determine, which can lead an insurance company to argue their insured was not a fault. If a driver receives a ticket, it would imply that they were at fault for the car accident, but if the car accident report does not establish fault, it can create problems.
Identifying and locating the at-fault party is the first step towards obtaining recovery for your Wake County injury.
What can I be compensated for?
In North Carolina, an injured victim can be compensated for their medical bills, lost income and pain & suffering. We have written about medical bills after an injury before but knowing the actual amount due on your medical bills is imperative to attaining a fair settlement.
In addition to current medical bills, Wake County accident victims can recover for future medical expenses for serious injuries if the need for those medical services is documented in their medical records.
Punitive damages may also be available, but only in cases where the at-party’s actions were egregious (think drunk driving).
Yes, you can recover for pain & suffering in a NC personal injury case despite the fact that insurance adjusters rarely want to pay it. Pain & suffering can be hard to quantify but frequently it is directly related to the amount of medical bills a victim has sustained.
This is especially relevant in NC because an accident victim is limited to recovering only the medical bills that are due, that their insurance paid or what the victim had to pay out of pocket (see Rule 414).
Types of Wake County Personal Injury Claims we handle:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Slip and Fall Injuries
Premise Liability Injuries
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Construction Site Injuries
Do I need to hire Wake County Personal Injury Lawyers?
The choice to hire an experienced personal injury attorney depends entirely on the victim’s situation and what they want to attain from the case. Dealing with an insurance adjuster while trying to recover from injuries can be an aggravation. And frequently, the insurance adjuster will not offer as much money when the victim is unrepresented.
A victim can do it alone, but it may result in unnecessary frustration and a lower settlement amount as well.
What are Wake County Personal Injury Lawyer attorney fees?
The Bishop Law Firm is a contingent fee law firm which means that we do not get paid unless we win your case. If we win your case, we charge 33.33% of your settlement. If we lose, we get nothing, so we are very interested in helping victims attain fair compensation for their injuries.
What will your personal injury lawyer do?
Gathering evidence is a major part of what a personal injury lawyer does. Accident reports, driving records, criminal case documents regarding injury, cell phone records, lost wage documentation, lien information, medical records and bills are some of the evidence needed to add value to a claim. Compiling all that evidence in a easy to understand format (a demand) and sending it to the adjuster with a deadline can help determine if the insurance company is interested in settling without litigation.
If the insurance adjuster is not willing to offer fair compensation, an attorney can discuss legal options with a victim. Determining whether to file a lawsuit or accept an offer is a critical decision in any personal injury case. Litigation comes with deadlines and discovery that have to be completed in order to keep the law suit alive.
Unfortunately, in our experience, a victim may encounter resistance at every step of the way while trying to get fair compensation for their injury. We believe that having an attorney on your side can help you complete the necessary steps to attain the compensation you deserve.
The Bishop Law Firm represents Personal Injury clients in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Garner, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Wendell, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Zebulon and Rolesville. We do not get paid unless you win and we offer free case reviews. Call today, 919-615-3095, or start online now.