Personal Injury Cases
Discover What A North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Can Do For You
Personal injury cases cover a wide range in North Carolina. From wrongful death cases to severe injuries, an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Richard Flexner can work with you to help you successfully resolve your case.
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Don't underestimate the seriousness of your personal injury accident. Often, what might seem like a simple case can quickly become extremely complicated. That's why it's critical you have an experienced North Carolina personal injury lawyer on your side, fighting for your rights.
When you have our legal team on your side, you can make sure your injury and your legal case receive the attention it rightfully deserves. Instead of insurance companies ignoring your questions or your claim, you can make sure your best interests are respected and demand the medical care and attention you need.
What is a personal injury?
A personal injury is a legal term used to describe an injury involving an accident caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior. Some of the different types of personal injury cases we handle at the Law Offices of Richard Flexner include:
- Product Liability – These types of cases often involve defective or dangerous products that cause injuries due to manufacturer defects or harmful side effects. Common product liability cases involve dangerous drugs, toys or other consumer products.
- Medical Malpractice (or Medical Negligence) – When you are injured from the negligence of a doctor, nurse, or other medical staff, it is important to know whether you have a claim for damages. Medical negligence claims are complicated, and the best way to protect your rights is to discuss a potential claim with an experienced attorney.
- Nursing Home Negligence – Nursing home abuse and neglect has become a serious problem in North Carolina and across the country. If you believe a loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home or assisted living facility, call our law firm now.
- Premises Liability – Property owners have a responsibility to keep their property safe and free of hazards that can cause serious injuries, including performing routine maintenance and making sure there’s adequate security. Such cases often involve injuries or assaults in retail stores, restaurants, parking garages or swimming pools.
- Social Security Disability – You may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits if you sustain an injury or disability that prevents you from working for at least 12 months. Denied SSD claims are common. Demand the money you deserve. Talk to a lawyer today.
Every case is different. That's why we take a unique approach toward every personal injury claim we handle at our law firm. This careful, detailed approach means we don't rush through your case. We take our time to learn all about your legal issues. We conduct an in-depth independent investigation into exactly what happened. We talk with you about the options available to you.
We won’t tell you what to do when you meet with us. You decide what happens next. You're in charge. That's just one of the many things that makes our law firm different. We always put your needs first. We believe in collaborating with clients and keeping them informed every step of the way, from your free case evaluation to the day you hopefully receive a financial settlement or verdict for your injury-related expenses.
How much is my case worth?
There’s no set dollar amount when to comes to personal injury settlement claims or verdicts. This is because no two cases are exactly alike. That’s why one personal injury claim might be worth a few thousand dollars while a similar claim might be worth significantly more. The bottom line is you should be paid for all your injury-related expenses.
This might sound straightforward. But the reality is determining the value of your claim can often be a complicated legal matter. When there’s a lot of money at stake, insurance companies often do everything they can to reduce or deny claims. This is why you need an attorney on your side, making a strong legal case in support of your claim.
Does North Carolina have a cap on injury damages?
Damages is a legal term that refers to compensation for financial losses (damages) awarded to victims if the injury was a result of someone else’s reckless or negligent actions. Damages are generally divided into several categories:
- Compensatory damages – Money to reimburse an injury victim for direct financial losses, including medical expenses, for example. These can include:
- Economic damages – Direct expenses due to your injury, including medical bills.
- Non-economic damages – Expenses that cannot be quantified based on bills or receipts. Examples include money for pain and suffering or mental anguish.
- Punitive damages – Money awarded to the injury victim that is not tied to any specific financial loss. Rather, the money is an award to the injury victim meant to punish the at-fault party for their actions or inaction which resulted in the accident.
In cases involving medical malpractice in North Carolina, non-economic damages cannot exceed $500,000, according to North Carolina General Statute § 90-21.19. In all personal injury cases in North Carolina, punitive damages cannot be three times more than compensatory damages or more than $250,000, according to North Carolina General Statute § 1D-25. To learn more about exactly how much money your injury claim could be worth, talk to an attorney right away.
What can I be compensated for?
The answer is simple – you deserve to be paid for all your injury-related expenses. What you might not realize is just how many expenses are covered by your claim. Many people only think about short-term expenses, such as emergency medical care immediately after an accident.
But that’s often just the start. Even if you have expenses years later due to your injury, you deserve to be compensated for such long-term expenses. These may include:
- Follow-up doctor’s appointments to monitor the progress of your injury.
- Follow-up surgical procedures to correct medical conditions due to your injury.
- Physical therapy due to mobility issues caused by your injury.
- Prescription medications due to chronic pain related to your injury.
- Replacement income if you cannot work while you’re recovering from your injury.
- Lost future income if you cannot return to work due to a permanent disability.
- Pain and suffering in certain circumstances.
Who pays for my injury expenses?
Like many states, North Carolina has an at-fault insurance system. This means the at-fault party is legally responsible for compensating victims for all their injury expenses. This is important when deciding who’s responsible for paying for all your expenses.
In most cases, the insurance company for the at-fault party must pay for such expenses. However, keep in mind there can often be a lot of debate over who was at fault. Don’t be surprised if the insurance company for the business or person who caused your injury does everything they can to reduce or deny your injury claim.
This is why it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side who knows the law and understands how the legal system works in North Carolina. Otherwise, you might not get the money you deserve for your injury-related expenses.
Should I accept a settlement offer?
Many times insurance companies will make a settlement offer soon after an injury accident. You might be tempted to accept such an offer, especially if you have a lot of medical bills or other expenses related to your accident.
However, what you might not realize is such settlement offers often don’t come close to covering all your accident expenses. In many cases, such offers only take into account some of your short-term expenses, like emergency medical care. Such offers often don’t take into account long-term expenses.
It’s also important to understand that once you accept a settlement offer, you often cannot return in the future and ask for more money, even if your future expenses turn out to be significantly higher. Once you accept a settlement offer, that’s it. Your case is settled. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider any offer you receive.
An experienced attorney can help you decide whether you should accept such an offer. Your lawyer can review the details of the offer and provide you with an accurate financial estimate of your injury claim. That way, you can make an informed decision based on the facts.
What should I do after a personal injury accident?
If you have been injured in a personal injury accident in North Carolina, it’s critical that you take certain steps right away to protect your health and your rights. Such steps can vary widely from one case to another but often include many of the following steps:
- Seek immediate medical attention. Don’t try to diagnose yourself. Don’t wait to see a doctor. Go right away. You could have a life-threatening internal injury and not even realize it.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions. Whether it’s getting enough rest or scheduling a follow-up appointment, take their advice. Failure to do so could jeopardize the outcome of your injury claim.
- Ask your doctor for written hard copies of all bills or medical records related to your injury. Such documents can be used as evidence when seeking compensation.
- Keep a daily journal or written record of any pain or other symptoms you experience as a result of your injury. The more information you have in support of your injury claim, the better.
- If the person or business who caused your injury contacts you directly, do not talk to them without an attorney present. Anything you say or write could later be used as evidence to deny your claim.
- If the at-fault party’s insurance company contacts you, do not talk or respond to them verbally or in writing. Often, they’re simply looking for information they can use to reduce or deny your injury claim.
- Do not talk about your injury or accident with other people. Such comments could potentially be used as evidence to deny your claim.
- Do not post anything on social media about your injury or accident. Insurance companies carefully review such posts for comments they can use to deny injury claims.
- Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after your injury/accident. The sooner you have an attorney on your side handling your case, the better.
Keep in mind that you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action in North Carolina. The deadline to file a personal injury lawsuit is three years from the time of your injury, according to North Carolina General Statute § 1-52. If you miss this deadline, known as the statute of limitations, you could miss out on your only opportunity to obtain the money you rightfully deserve for your injury-related expenses.
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You didn't do anything wrong. Why should you pay for someone else's mistakes? Contact a law firm that thrives on fighting for the rights of injured people. We can work with you and help you decide the best course of action. Whether it's taking the person who caused your accident to court or filing a lawsuit against your company, we can meet with you and discuss all your options. We give honest answers and straightforward advice.
Don't let a serious accident derail your life. Get back on track. Contact Wilmington personal injury lawyer Richard Flexner or Jackie Houser. Call 1-800-FLEXNER (800-353-9637) and schedule a free evaluation at our Wilmington, North Carolina office. Get free advice right now. We know how to hold people accountable for their actions. We know how to get people the money they rightfully deserve. And, if you cannot travel to our office, we will gladly come to you. Our law firm proudly serves injury victims in Wilmington, North Carolina and throughout Pender County, Brunswick County, Bladen County, Columbus County, New Hanover County and beyond.
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