Who is the Plaintiff and Who is the Defendant?
The Plaintiff is the injured party – the person making the claim.
The Defendant is the at-fault party or the person that caused the injury.
What Am I Entitled to for a Personal Injury Claim?
You can get compensation for damages or losses due to the injuries. There
are a number of different types based on the facts of each case. The three
most basic damages one can recover are 1) medical bills reasonably related
to the crash, 2) lost wages reasonably related to the crash, and 3) pain
and suffering reasonably related to the crash.
What is Pain and Suffering?
Pain and suffering can be a very complicated damage to value. At its most
basic level, pain and suffering is just that – the pain and suffering
that a person suffers as a result of the motor vehicle crash – but
in reality, it is much more complicated than that. Because a jury pays
a Plaintiff’s pain and suffering, adjusters look at what a jury
might consider when calculating pain and suffering. For that reason, adjusters
look at the type of crash, the severity of the crash, the types of injuries,
the severity of the injuries, the types of treatment, and the length of
treatment. But what this all boils down to is what is good for you (lesser
injuries and lesser treatment) is bad for your case (less money for pain
and suffering), and what is bad for you (worse injuries and more treatment)
is good for your case (more money for pain and suffering).
What is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
We can’t tell you what your personal injury case is worth because
there are so many variables that decide that number. Factors such as treatment
time, medical bill amounts, bad acts by the Defendant, insurance limits,
prior medical conditions, as well as many others play a role in determining
the value of your personal injury case. What we can tell you is that we
can fight every step of the way to get you every penny your case is worth
if you’re our client.
What is Contributory Negligence?
Contributory Negligence is a very old law, left over from old English Common
Law. North Carolina is one of only a handful of states which still use
Contributory Negligence. Under the Contributory Negligence rule, if a
Defendant is 99 at fault but a Plaintiff is 1% at fault for injuries,
the Plaintiff gets zero ($0.00). This is why it’s important that
you have an attorney to defend you and prove your innocence if you’ve
been injured in an accident in North Carolina.
Get started on your case today by calling our team for a free consultation at
(704) 377-3737. We work tirelessly to achieve optimal results in every case we take.