Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

When you or one of your family members is injured or killed by someone’s action or inaction, who should bear the burden of that loss? Frequently injured persons or the family members of deceased individuals find themselves left with an unexplainable loss, both personally and economically.

Under North Carolina law, victims injured by negligence—which often is the cause of the injury—are entitled to ask for reimbursement of their medical bills, for time they missed from work due to the injury, for the permanent effects of their injury, and for pain and suffering. What the insurance company often doesn’t tell the victim is that pain and suffering damages and permanency damages are available and that they should be a significant part of any personal injury settlement. Experienced attorneys who have valued many personal injury cases understand how courts usually calculate damages, and they understand the mindset of the insurance adjustor, who controls the purse strings on the claim.

If you are the family member of a person who is killed by the negligence or intentional act of another, you may be entitled to compensation for both economic damages (like loss of financial support) and non-economic damages (like loss of love, services and companionship). Like personal injury cases there may be significant pain and suffering damages due to the estate. The insurance companies will not tell you this. You need an attorney who knows how to value the case and pursue the settlement or verdict to which you are entitled. You may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death action even if your loved one was killed on the job, apart from Workers’ Compensation.

In personal injury and death cases, unlike many other areas of the law, the injured person finds him or herself with confusing options and difficult choices regarding the value of certain losses and the means by which those losses are determined. Attorneys spend their careers learning the nuances of these cases and helping their clients in these cases.

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