If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident in Marion, North Carolina, do not hesitate to call us for legal help. A car accident lawyer from our firm who serves Marion can assist you in protecting your rights and fighting for fair monetary compensation.
You could qualify for compensation on a number of grounds, including financial losses, physical pain, and psychological distress. This money can be a big help to you and your family, both in the short term and the long term.
Suing for Damages After a Car Accident
If someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior caused your accident, they should pay for your injuries and losses, not you. You may be eligible for the following types of damages. You can pursue them by suing the liable party.
Non-economic damages will compensate you for physical and mental suffering, including:
- Reduced quality of life: the changes you have had to make to your lifestyle to cope with and accommodate your injuries
- Disability: the loss or loss of use of any part of your body, including but not limited to a limb, an organ, or a function
- Scarring: the permanent and/or painful marks left behind once your injuries have healed as much as possible
- Loss of consortium: the fact that your relationship with your spouse has suffered due to your injuries
- Pain and suffering: the physical and/or emotional difficulties you experienced due to the accident
Economic damages are direct compensation for the money you lost or expect to lose due to your injuries. They frequently include:
- Medical expenses: the money you spent or expect to spend on emergency room visits, follow-up appointments, tests, treatments, and so on
- Repair expenses: the money you spent to repair the damage your car sustained in the accident
- Loss of wages: the income you would have earned if your injuries had not forced you to take time off
- Loss of earning capacity: the income you expected to earn throughout your career but that you no longer can due to your injuries
You could qualify for these damages and others if you are filing a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit. Our team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, wants to review your case and help you calculate an equitable settlement.
A Car Accident Lawyer can Help You with All Aspects of Your Marion Case
After a car accident, finding the physical and mental stamina to handle a lawsuit alone is very difficult. Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can take that burden off your shoulders by taking complete responsibility for your case. We will handle everything, including:
- Investigating your accident, so your lawsuit is supported by as much corroborating evidence as possible
- Communicating with the liable party, so you do not have to speak to them or their representatives on your own
- Quantifying your damages, so you know exactly how many compensable injuries you suffered and how much you should ask for them
- Filing paperwork, so you can be confident that all necessary forms are completed correctly and submitted on time
- Pursuing a settlement, so you have a passionate advocate to negotiate for appropriate compensation on your behalf
- Going to court, so we can continue to fight for the damages you deserve even if the liable party’s insurance company will not negotiate
- Advising you, so you know that you have made the best possible decisions throughout your case
To take advantage of your right to sue, you must begin your case within three years of the car accident. This is the statute of limitations as stated in GS §1-52. The sooner you call us, the more time we have to put your case together.
Proving Your Need for Damages
According to GS §20-309, all North Carolina car owners must be insured or prove that they can pay for any damages they inflict out of pocket. Therefore, in most cases, whatever compensation you recover will be paid by an insurance company rather than by the liable party directly.
First, however, you (and your attorney) must prove that the liable party was responsible for your accident and that they should reimburse you for the resulting injuries.
If you have any relevant evidence (for example, if you took pictures of the accident scene), tell your lawyer immediately. Other sources of evidence may include:
- Your doctor: Medical records can demonstrate the severity of your injuries. Also, your lawyer can ask your doctor to write a statement on your behalf.
- The authorities: A car accident report can show what happened before, during, and after the accident.
- Witnesses: Did anyone see (or even record footage of) your accident as it happened? Did someone try to help you after the fact? These individuals can provide valuable witness statements and other materials.
- Other experts: For instance, if your injuries prevent you from working, a statement from a vocational rehabilitator can confirm this.
- Surveillance footage: Many buildings are equipped with video cameras that record what happens in their immediate area. Your lawyer can visit the accident scene and find out if any surveillance cameras captured your crash.
While some of this evidence (such as your medical records) will last for years, other types of evidence are more short-lived. For instance, witnesses may forget the details of what they saw or delete photographic evidence, and surveillance footage may be erased. The sooner you call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, the more time we have to collect evidence before it is gone forever.
Let Us Help by Providing a Free Case Review
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC can provide you and your family with the peace of mind you need during this trying time. To learn more about how our car accident lawyer can help you with your Marion case, call us. We offer free case evaluations to all callers.