Commonly Asked Questions from Plaintiffs in NC Personal Injury Claims
At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we get a lot of frequently asked questions from the plaintiffs of North Carolina personal injury claims. Following are some of those questions and the answers that you’re looking for.
What Will My Personal Injury Settlement Be?
This is a difficult question to answer without getting a free consultation of your case with Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC. This is because each personal injury claim is unique, with its own particular circumstances, losses, and liability concerns. Contact us to discuss the possibility of a free consultation for a more accurate answer to this question.
Will I Have to Go to Court to Receive Compensation for My Personal Injury?
The answer to this question is, ‘generally, no.’ You do not have to go to court to receive a fair settlement for your North Carolina personal injury claim. However, if you are unable to reach a fair settlement agreement, then it may be necessary to take the case to court. Working closely with a skilled attorney is the best way to avoid this outcome, although you should always work with an attorney who is not afraid of going to trial if it comes to that, and who has experience in dealing with injury claims.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in North Carolina?
Every state has a statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim. This means that you have a certain amount of time to file your claim, following the injury, before forfeiting your right to do so. In North Carolina, you have three years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury claim. However, you would be wise to do so as soon as possible, to give yourself plenty of time for settlement negotiations and time to go to court if negotiations fail. If you have lost a loved one as the result of the negligence of another, the statute of limitations for Wrongful Death claims in North Carolina is two years from the date of death.
Do I Really Need a North Carolina Personal Injury Attorney?
Technically, you can pursue your North Carolina personal injury claim without a personal injury attorney, if you want to. However, it is much more difficult to do so without the expertise and guidance of experienced legal counsel. Further, you will not be taken as seriously by the defense, the courts, or the insurance companies without an attorney. Your attorney can offer a great deal of advice and assistance in gathering evidence, arguing your case, negotiating for a settlement, and representing you in court if necessary. It is certainly our advice to at least seek a free consultation from an attorney in your area. The attorneys at Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC are happy to discuss the details of your claim and get you started in the right direction.
How Can I Make Sure That I Receive Fair Compensation for My Injuries?
There are many ways to improve your odds of receiving fair compensation in your North Carolina personal injury claim. For example, you can collect evidence of your injuries and losses, maintain records of your expenses and medical procedures, and get the contact information of any witnesses of the accident or incident that caused your injury. You can also be aware of your responsibilities as a plaintiff in a North Carolina personal injury claim (discussed below), so that you know that you’re doing everything correctly to ensure a fair settlement or judgment. Finally, discussing your claim with an experienced attorney is the best way to improve your odds of receiving fair compensation for your injuries and expenses.
What Are My Responsibilities as a Plaintiff in an NC Personal Injury Claim?
Understanding your responsibilities as a plaintiff in a North Carolina personal injury claim is essential to ensuring that you receive the compensation that you need and deserve to cover your expenses and losses after an accidental injury. For example, you are responsible for minimizing the consequences of the injuries. This means that you must seek medical treatment for those injuries, follow your doctor’s advice, and do everything you can to recover.
Beyond this, if you are out of work for your injuries, you can seek compensation for lost wages. However, you must return to work as soon as you are cleared by your doctor to do so in order to minimize the damages that result from lost wages. You should also not do anything to aggravate your injury. For example, if you injured your back, you should not do any heavy lifting that will make it worse. Making your injury worse due to your own actions can harm your claim.
If you have a personal injury claim in North Carolina and your questions have not been answered here, seek a free consultation with an experienced personal injury claim attorney in Charlotte at Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC. We’re here to help you every step of the way.