A Burke County construction accident lawyer from our office can represent you at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. We want each of our North Carolina clients to pursue the money they need to pay for medical care and other accident-related expenses.
No amount of compensation can truly make up for the pain, losses, and inconvenience this accident has caused you. It can, however, grant you sufficient peace of mind to recover from your injuries without worrying about how you will pay your bills.
Your Construction Accident Injuries May Be Compensable
Construction accidents are often costly in more ways than one. The injury itself can lead to physical and emotional distress linked to:
- The physical pain of the injury
- Trauma linked to the memory of the accident
- Reduced quality of life, or your inability to resume the lifestyle you once enjoyed
- Loss of consortium, or the changed or diminished relationship with your spouse or other relatives
- Physical disabilities, such as the loss of use of a limb
- Intellectual disabilities, such as those caused by brain damage
- Heavy scarring
These are called non-economic damages. They form a critical part of many lawsuits by forcing the liable party to acknowledge the harm they caused you and provide financial compensation for it.
In addition, you can sue for the monetary losses you sustained as a result of the accident. These are called economic damages, and they often include:
- Property damage, including damage to or the loss of a vehicle or other personal possessions
- Temporary loss of income
- Permanent reduction in income caused by chronic injuries
- Past and projected medical expenses related to both physical and psychological injuries
- Loss of employment opportunities
- Other miscellaneous expenses that you would not have incurred if not for the accident
How Much Do I Get in Compensation?
This is a natural question to ask. One of the first things an attorney from our firm can do for you is tally all of your compensable injuries and assign a monetary value to each. We do this by:
- Listening carefully as you explain what happened
- Gathering and examining evidence related to the accident and resulting injuries
- Using legal formulas to “convert” physical and emotional damages into dollar amounts
- Working within any legal limits that restrict how much you can seek in damages
The amount we come up with is what you can seek from the liable party or parties.
We Fight Hard for Construction Accident Victims
After a construction accident in Burke County, you have enough to worry about. Hiring a lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC would enable you to stay focused on things like going to doctors’ appointments and figuring out your next move. We have the experience and the drive to:
- Build a strong case: We can talk to witnesses, visit the accident scene, review photo or video footage, and much more. We know just what kind of evidence the insurance company wants to see before granting financial compensation.
- Answer all of your questions: Filing a lawsuit can be stressful and complicated, but we are always there for our clients. They can call us and know that we will respond in a prompt and timely manner with compassionate advice.
- Negotiate for damages: We are willing to pressure the liable party’s insurance company to do the right thing and pay you what you need. Your attorney can meet with them as many times as necessary, either in person or over the phone, to negotiate a fair settlement.
- Represent you at trial: While we can often resolve cases out of court, a jury award is sometimes the only way to get a client the money they deserve. We are just as willing to go to court as we are to meet at the negotiating table.
- Be proactive about updates: Our clients do not have to call us to figure out what is happening with their cases. Our team contacts them after every big development so they have the maximum amount of time to determine next steps.
In North Carolina, state law gives personal injury victims three years to file a case for damages, as stated in G.S. § 1-52. Missing this deadline means missing out on your chance to recover damages, so it is best to consult with a construction accident attorney from our firm as quickly as possible to preserve your right to sue.
When Construction Accidents Result in Wrongful Death
Some construction accidents are, unfortunately, fatal. If this is the case for you, know that the team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC is truly sorry for your loss and wants to do everything possible to assist you during this terrible time.
Wrongful death cases work slightly differently from personal injury cases. For instance, you have only two years from the deceased’s death to file a case, per G.S. § 1-53, versus three years for a personal injury case.
In addition, wrongful death cases involve pursuing different types of damages, including:
- Funeral or burial expenses
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of guidance, society, and companionship
Construction Accident Liability: Who Pays?
Some construction accident cases are relatively straightforward—for example, someone hits you with a vehicle, so you sue the driver.
However, many cases are more complicated than they look. What if the driver hit you because they had not been properly trained in the use of that vehicle, or because the vehicle’s brakes malfunctioned? Can you then sue the driver’s employer or the vehicle’s manufacturer as well as the driver?
There is often a lot going on at construction sites, so it can be difficult to tease out the many factors that contributed to your accident. Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC can help you do so and thereby ensure you receive proper compensation from all liable parties.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we know that recovering from any type of accident, including a construction accident, can take both time and money. We want to assign a lawyer from our office to file a case on your behalf. If you were injured or live anywhere in Burke County, do not hesitate to contact us for a free case review.