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Can I File a Personal Injury Claim on Behalf of a Loved One Who is Catastrophically Injured?

June 21, 2024

At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., our Charlotte personal injury lawyers know that when someone’s child or spouse is catastrophically injured in a North Carolina car accident caused by an impaired driver or in a construction accident, they want to do everything they can to help them recover physically and emotionally.

Catastrophic injuries, including Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, neck and back injuries, and orthopedic trauma injuries, require a comprehensive and coordinated approach to medical care that addresses immediate, short-term, and long-term needs.

This often involves a combination of emergency care, surgical interventions, rehabilitation, chronic pain management, mental health services, assistive technologies, and ongoing medical supervision.

Unfortunately, that type of care is costly. If your loved one has been catastrophically injured, their complex medical needs and the costs associated with them are not going to be wiped away—no matter how great your health insurance is. You are going to need legal help to ensure your loved one’s rights are protected on their long road to recovery. This is why we are here.

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Understand the Conditions and Legal Considerations of Filing a North Carolina Personal Injury Claim on Your Loved One’s Behalf

You generally need legal standing to file a personal injury claim for an injured loved one. This means you must have a recognized relationship with the injured person, such as being their spouse, parent, legal guardian, or sometimes a close relative.

If the injured person is incapacitated and unable to manage their legal affairs due to the severity of their injuries, a legal guardian or conservator can be appointed to act on their behalf.

If you are not already the legal guardian or conservator, you may need to go through a legal process to be appointed. This involves filing a petition with the court and possibly attending a hearing.

Parents or legal guardians have the authority to file a claim in the case of minors.

Our skilled attorneys can lead in outlining your rights to file a personal injury claim. The sooner you talk to our law firm, the quicker we can begin managing the details of your claim while your loved one recovers.

That includes:

  • Establishing the responsible party’s liability can be complex and requires thorough investigation and evidence.
  • Collect all relevant evidence, including medical records, accident reports, witness statements, photographs, and other documentation supporting the claim.
  • Accurately calculating the various damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and the long-term costs associated with catastrophic injuries, such as ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, and lost earning capacity.

Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience to handle complex cases and navigate legal intricacies. We also have access to medical experts, investigators, and other professionals who can strengthen your case.

Handling legal matters while caring for a catastrophically injured loved one can be overwhelming. Filing a personal injury claim on their behalf is a legal right and can be crucial in securing the necessary compensation for their care and recovery. We can help effectively handle your case to ensure your loved one’s rights and needs are fully represented.

Has Your Loved One Been Catastrophically Injured in an Accident Cause by Negligence in North Carolina?

If your child, spouse, or another loved one was injured in an accident caused by negligence in North Carolina, our personal injury attorneys in Charlotte at Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt want to hear your story during a free consultation. Call 704-377-3737 or contact us online.

We provide unique legal services tailored to each client’s needs and do not get paid unless you do.

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Because every case is different, the description of awards and issues previously managed by our law firm does not guarantee a similar outcome in current or future cases.