From automobile and pedestrian accidents to workplace and premises liabilities, personal injury attorneys are responsible for cases in which their client is injured due to the negligent actions of another party. Let’s say you were attacked and injured by a domestic animal, or perhaps you slipped and fell on someone’s property due to substandard construction practices. In both instances, you would be entitled to compensation for your losses, and you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately after the incident.
But what can a personal injury attorney do for you? It all seems straightforward enough. Why not just do it yourself? The simple answer is that there’s a lot to do, a lot of information to keep track of, and a limited amount of time to do it all. According to North Carolina general statutes, personal injury victims have three years from the inciting incident to file a claim. It can be a lot for one person to handle, especially without prior experience in law or personal injury claims. Let the professionals help! Read on for a list of things that a personal injury attorney can assist with:
• Gather Evidence. One of the most important parts of any case is the evidence that supports the plaintiff’s testimony. In personal injury cases, this could be eyewitness statements, police reports, or photos from the scene of the incident.
• Negotiate Insurance Settlement. Personal injury attorneys are skilled negotiators, and they will approach the defendant’s insurance provider on your behalf. The goal is to reach a fair settlement out of court. The exact amount varies depending on sustained losses, but a knowledgeable attorney will do the research and demand a fair settlement.
• File Lawsuit. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, a personal injury attorney can file a lawsuit on behalf of their client. This is the first step in taking a case to court.
• Represent Plaintiff In Court. Should the need arise, a personal injury attorney can represent their client in a court setting. Having worked on the case from the very beginning, they are your best bet when it comes to winning and receiving proper compensation.
Perhaps you’ve been the victim of an unfortunate accident. We recommend consulting a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Our team here at Wayne Hardee Law would be glad to launch an investigation and represent your case. Contact us and schedule a consultation today!