If another party’s negligence or recklessness caused your injuries in Burke County, our team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, would like to help. After a free case review, we can start the hard work of collecting evidence and negotiating with the liable party for fair compensation.
If our Burke County personal injury lawyer wins compensation for you, you can use it to support your family and pay for medical treatments you need to improve your quality of life. We want you to have the time you need to recuperate without worrying about how you will pay your bills.
What a Personal Injury Attorney From Our Firm Can Do for You
The personal injury lawyers at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, would be honored to take on all of the legal tasks you need to get done before, during, and after your lawsuit.
Before You File a Claim or Lawsuit in Burke County
If you have been injured in any kind of accident or incident, the initial hours, days, and weeks following it normally turn your life upside down and wreak havoc on your everyday routine. Having someone to guide you through the various next steps of “what to do” can help you focus on your recovery.
Our law firm can help reduce the chance for errors and increase your chance for recovery and compensation if you decide to move forward in filing a case.
We’ve outlined some of our services below.
Deciding to file a lawsuit is a big decision. Our team can help you figure out if this is the right path for you by:
- Reviewing your case over the phone at any time at no cost or obligation to you.
- Making sure you still have time to file (Personal injury lawsuits must be started within three years of the accident date, per G.S. § 1-52.)
- Honestly assessing your legal options, your chances of recovering damages, and how much you may be able to recover.
- Coming to see you at home or in the hospital if you are too injured to visit us.
- Taking the time to address whatever questions you have before beginning the legal process.
Preparing and Presenting Your Case to The Insurance Company or Jury
Experiencing a life event that results in a personal injury claim or lawsuit can be overwhelming and confusing. You may be recovering from injuries and handling all the bills that come with your medical treatment, getting back to work or filing for short or long-term disability, and healing from any emotional trauma.
In order to lessen your burden, let us help you prepare for the legal end of things.
We can get your case rolling by notifying the liable party that you intend to sue them for compensation.
Our team can also:
- Investigate your injury incident by collecting all possible forms of evidence to strengthen your case.
- Manage all communications with the liable party and their representatives so you do not have to speak or meet with them.
- Meet with the liable party’s insurance company and push them to offer the settlement you need, not what they feel like offering.
- Present your case in court before a judge and jury, if the liable party is not open to good-faith negotiations.
Fighting for Your Right to Financial Recovery
Our ultimate goal is, of course, to get each of our clients fair compensation to address their damages. This may take the form of a settlement or a jury award, depending on the liable party’s willingness to negotiate.
After successfully fighting for your compensation, we can:
- Prepare the settlement agreement and answer any questions you have about it before you sign.
- Take our attorney’s fees from your settlement or award rather than your wallet (You will owe no such fees if we cannot get compensation for you.)
- Handle any other pending tasks and make sure you are satisfied with what has transpired.
Damages You Could Recover in a Burke County Personal Injury Case
We can help you pursue whatever compensation your injuries entitle you to recover. These could include but are not limited to:
- Pain and suffering: This includes both physical and emotional distress stemming from the accident and resulting injuries.
- Loss of consortium: Your relationship with your spouse has not been the same since the injury. You may even have decided to separate or divorce.
- Impaired quality of life: You have had to make radical changes to your lifestyle to accommodate your injuries, including giving up or getting help with certain activities.
- Disfigurement: You have scar tissue that causes physical pain or significantly alters your appearance.
Compensation for Financial Damages
The above types of damages all serve as compensation for physical and psychological distress. They are called non-economic damages. You may also ask for economic, or financial damages. These include the following.
- Medical expenses: If you need or expect to need any tests, medicines, surgeries, therapies, or assistive devices, you may recover compensation for those costs.
- Loss of wages: Your injuries forced you to take a few days, weeks, or longer off from work or to work fewer hours until you recovered.
- Loss of earning capacity: Your career has been permanently affected to the point where you can never earn as much as you did before the accident.
- Ancillary costs: Sometimes, personal injury cases also necessitate including recovery for the cost of things related to the extent of your injuries, such as the need for supportive equipment or products (canes, wheelchairs, or other medical aids).
- Miscellaneous services: Debilitating injuries can sometimes mean that you need to outsource additional services to help you or your family with transportation and household tasks, such as cleaning, cooking, or taking care of younger children. The costs of this help can be exorbitant, especially if needed for an extended period of time.
- Other expenses, including attorney’s fees: You could seek damages for the cost of repairing personal property, among other things.
If you are unsure of what damages you qualify for, a personal injury lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC can discuss the matter with you. We are proud to help Burke County residents like you figure out what they deserve and fight for it.
Holding a Negligent Party Responsible for Your Injuries
In order to prove that a negligent act has occurred, the burden of proof falls on the party that has been on the receiving end of that negligence.
A personal injury attorney from our firm can strengthen your suit by collecting corroborating evidence that links your injuries to another party’s negligence. The sources of evidence may vary, depending on whether you were injured by:
- A car wreck or other type of traffic accident
- A dog attack
- Medical malpractice
- A faulty product
Collisions with large vehicles can be particularly devastating. Furthermore, going against a trucking company can feel overwhelming. Trust a truck accident injury lawyer from our team to help you build a strong case against the at-fault party and receive the compensation you seek.
Potential sources of evidence include but are not limited to:
- Police reports: For example, any car wreck that results in an injury must be reported to the proper authorities, per G.S. § 20-4.01.
- Witnesses: Anyone who saw the accident happen can verify your version of events. They may even have taken photos or videos that show what happened.
- Relevant experts: We can ask a doctor, an economist, a vocational rehabilitator, or anyone else with relevant expertise to speak to the severity of your injuries, the accident itself, or the long-term consequences.
- Medical records: If you sought medical attention for your injuries, the resulting records and bills can prove what you have gone through.
- Video footage: Surveillance or traffic cameras may be especially helpful in cases involving motor vehicle accidents.
- Previous complaints: In cases involving a corporation or other organization, we can see if anyone has previously complained about the type of behavior that led to your accident.
Our Attorneys Can Help with Your Personal Injury Case
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, understands that an injury can affect your life in many ways. Let us ease your burden by assigning a personal injury lawyer to handle all aspects of your Burke County lawsuit. Call our Morganton office at (828) 286-3866 at any time to receive a free case evaluation from a member of our team.