Everyone hopes it will never happen to them. But accidents do happen. It may not be your fault, and the other person might not have intended it to happen. But car accidents, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, and product failures happen every day, through simple carelessness or wanton recklessness. If you or a loved one are injured because of another person’s negligent behavior, you are entitled to reasonable compensation for your pain and suffering.
When You Need a Lawyer
After a serious injury or accident, you may not be thinking about retaining an attorney. You may be thinking about recovering from your injuries or getting your car or property repaired. This is when you need skilled legal advice the most. You need someone who can talk to the insurance companies, the doctors and police, and to the representatives of the other party, and begin working on settling your case.
North Carolina has some extremely strict personal injury laws. Because of this, you will do best if you have an attorney handling your case. Whether you have been in an automobile accident or have suffered another type of personal injury accident, there are some significant hurdles facing you if you bring a case in North Carolina.
- “Reasonable time frame” accident reporting. Unlike some states, North Carolina does not require accidents to be reported within any set period like 30 or 60 days. It only requires reporting “promptly” or “within a reasonable period” if there is likely to be a claim. This has been held to be a few days or weeks at most. The longer the delay, the less likely it is that you’ll get a favorable outcome in your case.
- Statute of limitations. The statute of limitations to file a lawsuit based on the accident is three years, and the clock begins to run on the date of the accident itself. The insurance claim you file with the at-fault party’s carrier need not be settled before you file a lawsuit. It’s better to file the lawsuit at some point during the negotiations before the statutory deadline passes. If you miss the deadline, the chances of being able to file late are not good and you may have lost your opportunity to pursue compensation through the court system altogether..
- Wrongful death. For a wrongful death lawsuit, the statute of limitations is two years, which begins to run from the date of death. This may or may not be the same as the date of injury. You’ll need to investigate the accident, gather evidence, prepare a case, and be ready to argue your case before a judge and jury. This is another reason to obtain counsel early. Your attorney can work on your claim with the idea that going to court may be required and can file a lawsuit as soon as possible to preserve your right to do so.
- “Contributory negligence.” North Carolina is one of the few states left which follows the “contributory negligence” doctrine. This means that if you are held to be even one percent at fault for the accident, you cannot recover compensation for your accident-related losses at all. This rule means that the other party will do everything it can to show you did something to share the blame, and thus save them from having to pay you.
With all this potentially against you, you need something equally powerful on your side. You need attorneys with extensive experience fighting and winning in North Carolina’s courts, like those from DeMayo Law Offices.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
At DeMayo Law Offices, we handle all types of personal injury cases. From the most common traffic and motor vehicle accidents to product liability and workers’ compensation, our skilled legal advocates can take your case and will work diligently to pursue the best compensation possible for your losses. If it goes to trial, we will present your case to the judge or jury and fight through to the end.
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Medical negligence
- Truck accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse.
- Product liability
- Dog bites
- Wrongful death
- Social Security Disability
- Workers’ compensation
Every personal injury case is different. The specific facts in your case may not fit into a named category, but DeMayo Law Offices may still be able to help. When our attorneys review your case, we’ll examine the facts you give us and determine your best course of action going forward. Contact us at (877) 333-1000 and let us get started today.
About Our Firm
DeMayo Law Offices has been helping clients in northern North Carolina since 1992. We have three offices to help you including our office here in Cornelius. Over 100 dedicated lawyers are hard at work helping our clients with their personal injury cases, and we have a combined 150 years of practical experience in our field.
The attorneys of DeMayo Law Offices have successfully obtained awards and settlements of over $1 billion for our clients during the past 30 years. We’ve earned a reputation as zealous advocates for people in situations ranging from traffic accidents to medical negligence to construction accidents. While we can’t guarantee specific results in your case, we will bring the full force of our knowledge and experience to the fight to obtain the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of another’s negligence or reckless behavior, you need to contact DeMayo Law Offices immediately. Remember, the clock is ticking, and the longer you wait, the more time the other party has to build their case against you.
DeMayo Law Offices offers a free consultation to discuss your case and determine the best course of action for you. Contact us today at (877) 333-1000 or fill out our online form to have one of our team contact you. Let us help you recover from the accident and get you back on your feet right away. Call DeMayo Law Offices today.