Personal injury cases fall under tort law, allowing accident victims to demand compensation for injuries they suffered due to the negligence of another party. These cases can involve a range of injury events, from car accidents to construction site accidents. The burden of proof falls on the plaintiff, or the injured party, who must argue how the defendant’s negligence caused their injuries and related damages.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident in Gastonia, North Carolina, you do not have to build your case on your own. A Gastonia personal injury lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can manage your case for you, then serve as your legal representative as your case moves through litigation. Have questions about the legal process? Our firm offers the first consultation for free when you call.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in North Carolina
At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we handle the following types of personal injury cases in Gastonia, North Carolina:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Defective products
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Accidents that result in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Accidents that result in wrongful death
If you suffered an injury in a type of accident not listed above, our firm may still want to listen to your case. Personal injury cases can involve a wide range of unique scenarios but share the common causal factor: negligence. Our firm can review your case for free to see what legal options you have to demand compensation, then assign an attorney from our team to start working for you.
Compensatory Damages You May Be Able to Recover in a Personal Injury Case
If you decide to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you would have an opportunity to draft a demand letter that lists the types of injuries and damages you suffered because of the accident and the amount of compensation you intend to pursue to recover from them. These are referred to as compensatory damages and can include financial, physical, emotional, and mental losses related to the accident.
Some common types of compensatory damages include:
- Medical treatment costs, such as costs for emergency surgical procedures, follow-up doctor’s appointments, and even physical therapy or rehabilitation services for your injuries
- Loss of income, which can include current wages you’re losing and future wages you expect to lose if you are still in recovery or can no longer return to work because of your injuries
- Damages related to living with a permanent disability or physical disfigurement, which includes amputation, burn markings, and scarring
- Reduced earning potential if your injuries prevent you from returning to your job position prior to the accident and thus force you to take a lower-paying position or leave your career entirely
- Emotional distress, which includes depression, anxiety, psychological trauma, and insomnia caused by mental anguish
- Pain and suffering, which includes chronic physical pain and emotional pain
- Property damage, if applicable, which is common in motor vehicle collision cases where the plaintiff had to pay for vehicle repairs or purchase another vehicle to replace their totaled one
- Diminished quality of life
This is not the full extent of damages you can pursue in a personal injury case, so you may bring up other losses you experienced if they are related to your accident or injuries. Our team will be thorough in determining how much compensation to demand on your behalf so that you may recover from as many losses as possible.
How a Gastonia Personal Injury Lawyer Can Build Your Case and Represent You
At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we work hard for our clients so that they may receive fair compensation for the pain and suffering they’ve endured. When you work with a Gastonia personal injury attorney from our team, we provide the following legal services:
- Investigating your case to identify which parties may be held liable for your injuries as well as other key information surrounding your case
- Gathering evidence to support your claims, which may involve requesting copies of video footage that captured the injury event, speaking with eyewitnesses to record their testimony, and consulting experts who can provide analysis of your case
- Speaking with insurance company representatives, if applicable, as well as reviewing any relevant insurance policies so that we may protect your rights as the injured party
- Filling out legal paperwork on your behalf to avoid any clerical errors or legal processing issues
- Submitting appropriate documents within filing deadlines so that your case remains valid
- Attending legal meetings, which could lead to an opportunity to discuss a settlement deal
- Preparing your case for trial if necessary
If you have further questions about your case, our legal team is available to provide legal counsel and advise you on how to move forward with your case. This can be relevant when trying to determine if you should file a lawsuit instead of a claim or accept a settlement offer should you receive one.
North Carolina’s Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Cases
North Carolina has a statute of limitations on personal injury cases, meaning each personal injury lawsuit filed within the civil court system needs to abide by a legal deadline. Per G.S. § 1-52, all personal injury cases must be filed within three years of the injury event, such as the date when the car accident occurred.
In some cases, the filing window period can begin on the date you discovered an injury, such as in defective product cases where a victim discovers using a product led to their illness. Additionally, wrongful death cases have a separate filing deadline. Per G.S. § 1-53, you must file a wrongful death case within two years of the injury event that caused death.
Failure to comply with these deadlines could result in a case dismissal, which could prevent you from pursuing compensation through court.
Call Now to Get a Free Case Review from Our Team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident in Gastonia, North Carolina, caused by a negligent party, you may qualify to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against that party. A Gastonia personal injury lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can represent you in North Carolina and advocate for your legal interests as they pursue compensation on your behalf.
Our legal team believes accident victims who were wrongfully injured should get an opportunity to recover their losses. We’d love to hear more about your case in a free consultation and start your legal journey right away.