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    Premise Liability - Greenville Attorney

    Most people spend the majority of their lives in and on other properties than their own. Everywhere from our place of work to grocery stores is owned by someone else. While this doesn't normally have an impact on our day to day habits, it can quickly become important if something bad happens. While there are any number of injuries that can happen in our own homes, it is just as likely that we are hurt in another location. In fact, it happens often enough that these types of cases have their own umbrella term. These cases are called premise liability.

    The concept of premise liability is very similar to the idea that when you are driving, you are responsible for everyone in your car. If someone is hurt on a property that you own, you may be held responsible if you have an unsafe condition which caused the injury. While you can't be found to be at fault for some things, like if they step on their own pant leg and fall over, there are many things that you can be held accountable for. This can include just about anything that you could have fixed or put a warning up to prevent.

    If you have ever walked through a building and seen a “Wet Floor” sign, it may only seem like an act of precaution, but it's also a method to prevent a premise liability case. Issues like slippery floors can definitely cause injuries, and it is important for a property owner to make sure that anyone currently on their property knows this. While wet floors are one of the most common causes of injuries, someone can be hurt due to anything from a carpet ripple to faulty wiring to a misaligned door frame. These types of injuries can be, and often are, severe. It may come as a surprise how often these instances occur. It is important that you know what actions you can take if you were hurt on someone else's property due to their negligence.

    If you suffered an injury outside your home due to someone else's actions, you may be able to argue a premise liability case. To do that, you're going to need help. Wayne Hardee has decades of experience as a lawyer taking on premise liability cases in North Carolina. These claims can be difficult, but with someone like Wayne on your side, you can breathe knowing that you have some of the best representation in the state. Give him a call today, and see how much of a difference he can make in your case!


     
    Statute of Limitations - Automobile Accidents

    When it comes to car accidents, there are any number of things that can go wrong. Even the smallest tap in the wrong spot can cause an injury that sidelines a person for years. You just never know how bad a crash is going to be until you are looked at by a medical professional. Most of the time, people are lucky and can walk away with minor injuries. However, even those best case scenarios often come with costly medical bills and most Americans simply don't have the savings to bounce back from that. This is why when your crash was caused by someone else's negligence, it is important to know what options you have.

    While no one really ever wants to be involved in a lawsuit, sometimes there is no other option. When you have a lot of medical bills from treatments after a car accident, it can be hard to see what other options you have. Even if the accident wasn't your fault, you still need to be able to provide for yourself and your family. That can be difficult enough to do under the best of circumstances, but if you were hurt and can't work you may not have an alternative.

    The biggest issue with accidents like these is that complications don't always show up right away. You can't file a lawsuit if you don't develop a medical issue immediately. This is where something called the discovery rule comes into play. The statute of limitations for personal injury of three years won't begin until an injury is noticed, meaning that if you had a car wreck, but didn't realize you were injured until days later (which happens often), your three year span will begin when “bodily harm becomes apparent or ought to have become apparent”. This is one of the reasons you have a bit of time to file. Regardless of whether or not you or a loved one was injured, though, it's still a good idea to speak to an attorney following an accident. Just because you weren't hurt doesn't mean you won't need recompense for other damages.

    If you do decide that a lawsuit is needed, give Wayne Hardee Law a call. He has decades of experience with this type of fight, and will do everything he can to get you the compensation you deserve, both for the damage done to your vehicle and your self. Make sure that you have a strong legal team on your side, so you can focus on your recovery and get back to your life before the crash. Give us a call today, and see how much of a difference we can make in your case!


    Boating Accidents

    With Independence Day this weekend, there are sure to be more boats on the water than any other time of the year. It's a time where we celebrate our country's freedom, enjoy good company, and have fun in the sun. While these festivities make for a good time, it is important to remember that even when you're having fun, you still need to be careful. This is especially true if you are out on the water in a boat.

    One of the important things to remember about boats is that many of them have a motor. This means they are, by definition, a motor vehicle. While most people are responsible on the water, just like on the road, there can always be those that think the rules don't apply to them. Alcohol consumption can be dangerous if you're driving the boat, because it hinders your vision and ability to drive. When out on the water, you need to be aware of where other vehicles are, and the depth of the water in your area. Since most boats don't have seat belts, any level of collision may result in severe injury or worse. 

    Boat accidents are difficult cases to litigate simply because they aren't as common as car accidents. Many people think of boats as toys, and don't believe the chances of crashing on a lake or ocean considering the amount of space available. While your standard boating accidents may not result in catastrophic injuries, they can certainly cause a large amount of damage to anything in their path. When these accidents do cause physical harm, it is often devastating. All of these possibilities mean that you need a good lawyer on your side to get you through these difficult issues.

    Wayne Hardee is an extremely accomplished lawyer when it comes to boating accidents. He has decades of experience helping people with their case and making sure they get the compensation they deserve. While a boating accident can seem like an impossible case, Wayne Hardee can help you face it. If you have been injured in a boating accident or if your property was damaged, give him a call. It can be difficult to keep your head up, but with Wayne's dedication and experience on your side, it's full steam ahead!


    Catastrophic Injuries - Greenville Personal Injury Attorney

    No one really starts their day expecting to get seriously injured. Unfortunately, however, these injuries do occur. When an accident happens, and it results in an injury that is life changing in severity, it is known as a catastrophic injury. While we often think of these types of injuries as the result of incidents such as car accidents, the truth is that a catastrophic injury can happen in many ways, and some that even may seem unlikely.

    As an example, think about the last time you slipped on something and fell. Whether the substance was wet or icy, you likely felt your feet go out from under you as your center of balance shifted and your stomach dropped as you began to fall. Depending on whether you landed on your back, buttocks, side, or front, your likelihood of injuries and type of possible injuries can vary widely. While you may be able to walk away with some minor bruising and hurt pride, you are equally as likely to end up with something broken or torn, especially depending on your age. The older you get, the more likely an injury is to be catastrophic.

    Even if you are on the younger end of the spectrum, a fall can mess up your body. A torn tendon or ligament can mean surgery and years of physical therapy even just to get back to a point of performing daily tasks. Sometimes however, the injury is too severe. Head, neck, or back injuries are not uncommon with falls, and they can lead to life-long problems such as paralysis. When this happens, you need someone who is on your side, an will fight to lessen the burden of your injury.

    If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, call us to handle your case. Wayne Hardee Law has had decades of experience with these types of injuries and will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. You have enough to worry about while recovering, so let Wayne help you with the legal side of the issue. In many cases, we can't make the impact of your injury go away, but we can do what we can to help you get back on your feet. Give us a call, and see how much we can help!


    What If They Don't Have Insurance? - Greenville Attorney

    Driving requires a lot of preparation before you ever get behind the wheel. The state you live in may have stricter regulations than others, but at the very least you normally find some of the same basic requirements in most places. In North Carolina, these include requirements like driving classes, practice hours behind the wheel, a written exam and a driving test, and a probationary period with certain restrictions. One of the most important things that is needed before you can actually go out on the road, however, is one of the more expensive factors. I am speaking, of course, about insurance.

    In order to legally drive a car registered in most states, you need to have some type of insurance. In North Carolina, you need liability insurance to protect the driver and their family against injury and property damage that is caused by another driver's negligence who might have limited, minimum, or no insurance. Regardless of how your state insurance laws work, it is needed in case you are in an accident and you are hurt, someone else is hurt, or either car is damaged. A lot of the insurance conversation depends on who was at fault in the crash, but what happens when the person at fault doesn't have insurance?

    If you were in an accident and at least one party doesn't have insurance, there are a few things that alter how you need to handle the situation. This becomes more complicated based upon how much damage was done or how severe the injuries were. You will likely need help medically and financially, and trying to chase someone down so they can take responsibility isn't easy. Insurance companies usually do this, but they can scew the details of the crash so you wind up without the necessary amount of compensation. This is why you need to have a good lawyer that you can rely on.

     

    Wayne Hardee has decades of experience with accident cases of all kinds, including those where at least one person involved is uninsured. While this isn't the ideal situation, there are still things that can be done to help you out. If you were injured, you should know that there is someone on your side. Wayne will fight to get you the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your recovery. Give him a call today, and see how much of a difference he can make in your case!

     


    Texting Accidents - Greenville Texting Accident Attorney

    With the pace of life today, it can be difficult to put your phone down. It doesn't seem to matter what age you are anymore, there are people in every generation who act as if they are addicted to their phones. Whether you spend your time scrolling through social media or even talking to your family and friends, there is so much that you can do on that small screen. While it can be a nice change of pace to unplug every now and then and soak in the world around you, you don't always have the time. That is when the phone becomes a useful crutch.

    The problem is that a large amount of people don't seem to be able to put theirs down at all. They continue to put their noses in their phones when they should be focused on something else that is in front of them. This can include anything from watching their children to driving or even sleeping. While in some cases it's rude or disrespectful, in others it is downright dangerous. It doesn't seem to matter how many times people are told that they shouldn't use their phones in certain situations, some just don't seem to care.

    If you have ever stopped at a traffic light and looked around, chances are that you have seen someone fiddling on their phone while behind the wheel. It can be frustrating if you are stuck behind them and they are more focused on their phone than the road so you can't move until they do, but it can be downright terrifying if they are moving any paying attention to their phone. It only takes a second to get into a crash, and when someone else on the road is looking down at their phone for any reason, it can be more than enough time to cause an accident that can turn deadly.

    If you were involved in an accident of any kind that was caused by someone on their phone, give Wayne Hardee a call. He has decades of experience representing people with cases like this, and will do everything he can to get you the compensation you deserve. It is frustrating and often scary to go through this kind of experience, but with Wayne Hardee you don't have to do it alone. Give him a call and see how much you can do when you have him on your side!


    Property Damage - Greenville Premise Liability Attorney

    Even just going about your day, there are so many things that can go wrong. It's terrifying to think that just a few seconds can change someone's entire life, or sadly end it. Things like car accidents or severe falls are some of the things that we, as humans, can have seemingly random responses to. Our bodies may react in any number of ways, and we may not understand why. It's a terrifying concept when you think about it, but we deal with it every day that we get up and do our normal routine. Something that really gives you pause is that even if you aren't physically hurt in an accident, you can still end up paying for the incident if there is property damage done.

    While the first thing we should think of in regards to an accident is the possibility of someone being hurt, there is often some amount of damage done to the location as well. As an example, if someone happens to fall against a window in a house, there is a possibility that they could go through the glass and fall. While your first reaction is going to be to check on them and make sure they didn't get to severely hurt, once they're clearly okay or helped to medical authorities, your attention will likely turn to the glass. That is property damage, and it needs to be settled however the property owner sees fit.

    Another example of this is a car accident. Whether or not the vehicle(s) involved end up totaled, there is almost always something that needs to be fixed. Sometimes you're lucky enough to get away with only a couple of scratches, but sometimes it's a dent that needs to be fixed or maybe there's a leak in something now and you need some work done. If you weren't the one that caused the crash, you don't want to have to pay for the repairs yourself and you shouldn't have to. You want to get the money for the repairs from the person who was responsible. That is where we can help.

    If you find yourself with property damage from an accident you didn't cause, Wayne Hardee can help. With decades of experience, Wayne can make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. You've earned a good legal team on your side while you recover, and Wayne is exactly that. Give us a call and see how much he can help your case!


    Pileups - Greenville Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney

    If you've ever been driving on the highway while there are a lot of other vehicles around you, you can see just how easily something can turn disastrous. One wrong move by someone at the front of the pack can set off a chain reaction that can make you late for your destination at best and cause some serious injuries or death at worst. These types of accidents are often a mess when it comes to insurance as well, and that's the last thing that you want to have to worry about when you're trying to recover from any sort of injury. This is why having a good lawyer on your side is so important when you end up in a car accident, especially if it involves multiple people.

    When you have a pileup, it can involve any number of vehicles of varying sizes. This is why you can see a headline that says “Four Car Pileup” or one that says “Pileup Involving 132 Vehicles” when something happens. These accidents happen all year round, but are especially common in the winter when snow and ice cover the roads. They are always scary to see, and even worse to be involved in. They also remind us quickly why knowing who to turn to is important before something like this happens. After all, these types of things are never planned, so it can be stressful to find someone who can help you while you're also trying to recover and get back to your normal life. You need to have a plan in place before something like this happens, and thankfully you have someone in the area who can help.

    Having a good legal team on your side in the event of an accident of this scale is so incredibly important. If you're in the Greenville area of North Carolina, you can give Wayne Hardee a call and get the representation that you deserve. With multiple decades of experience with accident cases of all kinds, you can rest assured that he will do everything he can to get you the proper compensation. Pileup accidents can be confusing when it comes to who is responsible, but Wayne will make sure that you get what you are owed. Give him a call and make arrangements to meet him either at the office or somewhere more convenient to you. You can rest easy when you have Wayne Hardee on your side!


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