If you or a loved one was harmed during an accident because
of another person or entity, our firm wants to help. You may qualify to hold the liable party responsible for the physical and financial harm you have suffered.
Starting a personal injury case can help you seek compensation for your expenses due to the accident. A personal injury lawyer on our team could represent you in Newton. We offer complimentary consultations if you are looking for more information on your legal options and how we can help.
Which Injuries Could Qualify You for a Personal Injury Claim?
There is no specific list of injuries approved for personal injury claims. Injuries can occur in multiple ways, and the type of injury does not determine your ability to file in North Carolina. Rather, your ability to prove that another party’s negligence was the cause is what allows you to recover damages.
Examples of accidents that can lead to injuries often cited on personal injury claims include:
- Workplace accidents (i.e., construction accidents)
- Motorcycle accidents
- Car accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Boating accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Any accident that results in a wrongful death
Our Team Can Help You File a Personal Injury Claim in Newton
The following are some of the steps to help jumpstart the process of filing your claim. A personal injury attorney from our team could walk you through each one.
A personal injury case will require ample documentation, from the police report or workplace report documenting the initial incident to your medical records after being treated.
Eyewitness statements from the accident scene, expert witness statements if needed, and other details may become crucial to your case. The paper trail to build a strong case can be extensive, but our team can complete most of the work for you if you choose to work with us.
Checking the Statute of Limitations
The laws that govern personal injury cases are complex, but lawyers who work in this field know the case requirements and can help ensure you understand them. For example, every state sets a statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit against the responsible party.
In the state of North Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally three years, according to GS §1-52. However, certain factors can shorten this timeline.
This means you have three years from the date of your accident to name the liable party in a lawsuit and begin the process of seeking damages. Though you may want to seek an out-of-court settlement, it’s worth keeping this deadline in mind. A lawyer from our firm can help you explore your options and get right to work on your case if you decide to pursue compensation.
Determining Negligence and Liability
Proving liability means showing that the person or company who caused your accident should be responsible for paying you damages. Liability is difficult to prove, but our team knows how to build a strong case based on evidence.
If a person is negligent toward you, this means they did not exercise the same amount of care that another in the same situation would have exercised. We must demonstrate how they failed to take appropriate and reasonable action and how this led to the accident and your injuries.
Factors That May Affect Your Personal Injury Case
Personal injury cases vary widely due to the various types of accidents that can occur. However, some factors are common to all injury claims, such as the following.
Type of Accident
If you were injured at work, you may be facing a different set of laws than someone who was injured in a car accident.
In addition, caps on damages apply to some types of accidents, such as medical malpractice injuries, according to GS §90-21.19.
A personal injury lawyer from our firm can navigate the specific statutes that apply to your Newton injury case and explain them to you in terms you will understand.
Severity of Injuries
Having serious or permanent injuries does not necessarily mean you will be awarded a higher settlement amount than someone with lesser injuries.
However, people who are seriously injured often face higher medical bills or a greater impact on their lives long-term, which can result in additional recoverable damages.
Possible Damages in a Newton Personal Injury Case
Your damages should include all the financial and non-financial ways an accident has impacted your life.
Some damages can be easily calculated, such as medical expenses. Meanwhile, others require more careful consideration.
Medical bills for time spent in the hospital, rehabilitation, and surgery, are all examples of recoverable medical damages. This category also includes projected medical expenses for those with long-term or permanent injuries.
Wages or Salary
Compensation for lost wages accounts for the time you lost at work due to the accident and while in recovery. It may also cover any missed work-related benefits and your reduced earning abilities if your injuries keep you from going back to work full time or at all.
Many accidents are traumatic, painful experiences for victims. If you suffered mental anguish, also known as pain and suffering, you may be awarded damages for it.
Sadly, some accidents lead to the untimely and avoidable death of a loved one.
If you lost a family member in a construction accident, collision, or any other accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to start a wrongful death case.
Benefits of Working with a Newton Personal Injury Lawyer
At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we work closely with our personal injury clients to help them reach favorable outcomes. Some of the advantages of working with our lawyers include:
Dedication and Trust
We will put as much time and effort into your case as we have for our past clients—with proven case results. You can trust us to work diligently on your case and see it through to the finish line.
Communication and Reliability
You will not have to worry about staying in touch with us. We will keep you updated with all the latest details regarding your case and communicate with all parties on your behalf.
The statute of limitations may be three years for personal injury cases, but defendants and their lawyers may try any tactic to delay your case until the statute has run out.
We will do everything within our power to file your case in a timely manner and help you reach a settlement, if possible.
Call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, for Help with Your Case Today
A major injury can leave you feeling helpless after having your health and finances compromised, and we may be able to help.
Reach out to our team for your Newton personal injury case. Call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC for a free consultation to discuss your case.