If you or a loved one is recovering from a personal injury, our lawyers serving Shelby, N.C., can help you seek financial recovery. We understand that an injury from any kind of accident or negligent act can impair your ability to work, pay your bills, and live independently. Disabling injuries can result in physical and emotional pain and cause significant losses. Compensation can help you recover from your injuries, and we want to help you get it.
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, provides legal representation to help our clients recover from their injuries. We pursue compensation from the liable party to hold them accountable for their actions, whether they are intentional or unintentional. Cases can become complicated, especially when they involve multiple liable parties. We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of the legal system and more.
If you are seeking legal action for a personal injury, we can explain your options during a free consultation today.
In This Article
- Damages You Could Collect in a Personal Injury Case
- Recoverable Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
- How Our Lawyer Serving Shelby, N.C., Can Help Your Case
- Why Work with Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC?
- Your Personal Injury Case Has a Deadline
- We Must Prove Negligence and Liability in Your Case
- Call Us for a Free Consultation Today
Damages You Could Collect in a Personal Injury Case
Our personal injury lawyer serving Shelby can review your situation to determine what financial recovery in your case might look like. Our legal team will consider factors such as your age, the severity of your injuries, and the liable party’s conduct. Other things we would take into consideration include:
- The severity and extent of your injuries and losses
- The physical and mental pain suffered
- The length of time it could take you to recover from your injuries
- Whether you shared liability in your accident or injury
Economic Damages We Will Fight for You to Recover
Economic losses have an established dollar amount, and they are actual financial losses you suffered because of your injuries. You can prove these losses with receipts, invoices, and bank statements, and they can be itemized. North Carolina does not limit the amount of economic damages you can recover in most cases. Injury victims can recover economic damages such as:
- Medical treatment expenses (past, current, and future)
- Prescription medications and medical devices
- Lost pay and work benefits
- Reduced ability to earn if your injuries prevent you from returning to work
- Damage to your personal property
- Vehicle repair and replacement costs
Our personal injury attorneys know how to identify expenses and losses incurred in a car wreck or other negligence incident. We take a close look at the financial, physical, and emotional effects an injury has on our client and seek compensation for what they spent, owe, or could not earn because of the at-fault party’s negligent actions.
Non-Economic Damages We Will Fight for You to Recover
Non-economic losses are harder to quantify, as they involve factors that are beyond financial costs, and therefore, have no fixed dollar amount. These are more challenging to document, but our legal team can calculate these for you. Non-economic damages for a severe or debilitating injury could include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Reduced quality of life
- Disability or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
You can also recover non-economic damages for future losses and be compensated if your injuries impair a major bodily function, such as walking. Our attorneys know how insurers and courts calculate the value of these damages and can advocate for your recovery of non-economic damages.
You may have the option to take your case to trial – in which case the jury decides damages – or to settle through negotiations with the other party.
We Will Help You Determine How Much You Can Seek in Your Case
Our lawyer serving Shelby can protect your legal interests while pursuing damages against the liable parties in your personal injury case. We will look at damages in both categories to come up with a value for your case. Having a dollar figure will help you realistically look at what you could recover and help you evaluate any settlement offers you could receive.
Our attorneys help clients evaluate each offer, but it will always be up to you to decide if you want to accept a settlement or continue negotiations. If necessary, we can sue the at-fault party on your behalf and take the case to trial. We will offer advice and answer your questions as they arise.
In many cases, initial settlement offers are too low to meet a client’s needs. We will take care of notifying the liable party’s insurance company or legal representation of your decision and either return to the negotiating table or take legal action and file your lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Shelby, call 828.286.3866
Recoverable Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
Unfortunately, some people hurt in accidents do not survive their injuries. If you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, we offer our condolences. We may be able to help you recover compensation with a wrongful death action. If your family successfully recovers wrongful death damages listed under G.S. § 28A-18-2, they could help you pay:
- Funeral and burial expenses you paid to lay your loved one to rest
- Your loved one’s hospitalization and medical treatment expenses
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
- Loss of your loved one’s income or financial contribution to the family
- Loss of your loved one’s companionship, comfort, and guidance
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Shelby?
North Carolina law limits who can file a wrongful death lawsuit, which can make these cases somewhat more complex than personal injury claims. In general, only the personal representative of the deceased has permission to act on behalf of the estate. This is generally:
- The executor of the will
- The administrator of the estate as named by the courts
We can determine who is eligible to file a wrongful death action on your family’s behalf and guide you through the legal process.
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How Our Lawyer Serving Shelby, N.C., Can Help Your Case
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, has represented many clients with personal injury cases, from various vehicle accidents to dog bites, workers’ compensation, and more. We can review your accident and tell you what your rights are under state and federal laws. We will also do everything we can to protect your rights and make the legal process as easy to navigate as possible. You can trust that we will:
- Examine all evidence you have and collect additional evidence we need to support your position
- Work to identify all liable parties in your case and establish how they are at fault or liable for your injuries and losses
- Notify all liable parties about your legal action to seek financial recovery
- Assess your damages and determine your case’s monetary value
- Negotiate with the liable party’s insurers on your behalf
- Handle all communications and negotiation talks with the opposed party’s insurer and legal representative
- Prepare and file a lawsuit within the state’s statute of limitations if we are unable to reach a settlement agreement for you
We can manage your entire case from start to finish, ensuring that you are receiving the legal care you deserve while you attend to your injuries. If you are interested in learning more about our services and how we can help you, we can review your legal options today during a free consultation.
Why Work with Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC?
We are passionate about seeking justice and legal recovery for our clients. We strive for excellence when representing our clients in every case, no matter how challenging it is. Our team of six attorneys has served more than 10,000 clients from our four offices in North and South Carolina. Below you can hear from some of our satisfied clients who we have worked for:
- “I bought an enclosed carport… in September 2015. It leaked from the time it was built. They missed many appointments. They worked on it numerous times and IT STILL LEAKED! I enlisted Mrs. Hannah Davies to handle my problem in two weeks I had my money back and the carport off my property. In the future If I have problem Mrs. Davies will be my first call.” – Gerald, a civil litigation client
- “I went to Josh a little over a year ago to help me with a case involving a repair on my house and involving the town I live in presently. He was so easy to talk to and was a great and focused listener. He made me feel confident in the case and totally optimistic. I recommend him highly to anyone. You will be very pleased.” – Jayne, a civil litigation client
- “We had multiple companies involved in a complicated legal matter. He patiently walked us through all the issues involved and helped guided us through every step of the way. In the end I could not have asked for a better outcome. I will definitely be using Josh again for all future legal issues.” – A civil litigation client
Stay Up to Date and Don’t Miss Any Important Deadlines
We will take care of all legal paperwork for you and ensure you meet all necessary deadlines. We will also update you on your case regularly to make sure you know about important developments. Now that you’ve heard from other clients we’ve worked with, we want to see how we can help you. We can talk with you more about your personal injury situation during a free consultation.
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Your Personal Injury Case Has a Deadline
In North Carolina, most personal injury claims must be filed within three years of the date they occur under G.S. § 1-52. This makes it important to consult with our personal injury lawyer in our Shelby office as soon as possible following your injuries. Under G.S. § 1-53, you have two years following your loved one’s passing to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
You must file your legal action within the statute of limitations deadline. If you don’t file your action in time, you give up your opportunity to hold the liable party responsible for your injuries and losses in court. You also may not receive any compensation, leaving you to shoulder the financial burden on your own.
We can take your case and ensure you meet your case’s deadline if we know about your injuries and have time to build solid support and file your claim. There are also other advantages to getting started early. For example, some crucial evidence may disappear if you wait too long. Some clients contact us while they are still in the hospital or rehabilitation, and we go to work representing them from the first days following their injuries.
We Must Prove Negligence and Liability in Your Case
North Carolina requires you to prove that your injuries were the direct result of the responsible party’s conduct and that you suffered actual damages because of their actions. It is important that you receive prompt medical treatment after you sustain your injuries, as your medical records help prove the severity of your injuries.
To prove liability, we must show:
- The liable party owed you a duty of care.
- They fell short of meeting this duty of care.
- You suffered an accident or injury as a result of the liable party’s actions.
- You suffered compensable damages due to the accident.
If your case has all four of these elements, we will build your claim or lawsuit for compensation. We will gather, analyze, and present the physical evidence, witness testimony, expert opinions, and other documentation we have to support your case.
Our attorneys will approach the insurer for the liable party and demand a just settlement that covers your economic and non-economic damages. If they refuse or present a defense that jeopardizes our case against them, we can sue and take them to trial.
What Happens If You Are Partially Liable for Your Accident?
North Carolina follows a contributory negligence rule that prevents you from pursuing and collecting damages if you are found partially responsible for your injuries. For example, that means if you were injured by a drunk driver but had improperly turned during the accident, you may not be able to recover damages.
If the court determines you are even 1 percent at fault, you are likely barred from receiving compensation. This is a common defense in many North Carolina personal injury claims. We are often able to counter this argument, but it makes financial recovery in some types of cases almost impossible. For example, slip and fall cases are rarely successful in the state because of this law. Almost all of these cases involve shared fault.
Our attorneys can review your case to determine who is liable for your injury. We will be honest with you if we believe shared fault allegations may arise. Our lawyers can answer your questions and counsel you on the steps you can take based on what we learn about your injury incident.
Call Us for a Free Consultation Today
The legal team in our Shelby office is ready to speak with you today about your personal injury. We are a contingency firm, which means if we take your case, we do so with no upfront payment or fees from you. We get paid only if we secure financial compensation for you. If we cannot recover an award for you, you do not owe us for our legal services.
Call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, today at (704) 482-1112 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options. Start your case for compensation today.