Personal Injury Attorneys in Greensboro, NC
Have you been hurt due to someone else’s negligence? Maybe you were injured in a car accident, were bitten by the neighbor’s dog, or some other mishap that caused you injury. If so, you should consider contacting a personal injury lawyer in Greensboro. You might miss work, and those medical bills won’t pay themselves. That’s why you should seek compensation if someone else was at fault.
What Are Common Personal Injury Claims in Greensboro?
Most injuries that do not involve traffic accidents in Guilford County are from accidental poisoning or slips and falls. As of 2018, accidental poisonings and unintentional falls accounted for 21.2% and 15.7% of the injury deaths in Guilford County, respectively. Obviously, there are many, many other ways you can be injured by someone else’s negligence. If you have suffered an injury, and you believe that another person’s carelessness or even malice may have been the cause, contact a Greensboro personal injury lawyer for a free case evaluation before you sign anything.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Case?
The statute of limitation in North Carolina is usually three years from the date of your injury. So, if you were injured in Greensboro on the 25th of October, 2015, you would have until the 25th of October, 2018 to make a claim.
There are exceptions, however, depending on the circumstances. If you had a loved one die of an injury, the statute of limitations typically shortens to two years. People injured at work can have a different statute of limitations and different rules for certain types of injuries. It’s also important to note that fault does not typically matter if you are injured at work and need to file a workers’ compensation claim.
What Is a “Release” in a Personal Injury Settlement?
Exactly what it sounds like! A release is a form or document that says you absolve another party of liability or of compensating you. Most insurance companies, once a settlement has been agreed (or ordered by a judge, if it goes that far) will require you to sign their release before they pay out. Basically, they’re locking in their payout and you’re agreeing to receive the agreed amount and not to claim more in the future.
HOWEVER! You should never sign a release that does not include the agreed compensation. You don’t want to sign away any right you have to the compensation you may deserve. Due to the legalese and complexities involved, and the importance of the document, we recommend contacting a Greensboro personal injury attorney before you sign anything from the insurance company.
When Should I Get a Lawyer Involved in My Personal Injury Case?
As soon as possible is probably best. In personal injury cases, the burden of proof lies with the person who was injured – you have to prove that you were injured due to someone else’s negligence. Gathering evidence and locating witnesses is best done as soon as possible. Furthermore, what if someone argues that you were partially at fault? In North Carolina, the doctrine of contributory negligence could bar you from any compensation, so you must be careful how you explain and describe the circumstances of your injury. Better yet, leave that to our personal injury attorneys in Greensboro, NC.
Why Hire Us as Your Personal Injury Lawyer in Greensboro?
Thousands of North Carolina residents have entrusted the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin with their legal issues – more than 46,000 since 1997. In that time, we’ve recovered more than $1.1 billion in total compensation on their behalf.1 If you’ve been injured, contact us for a free case evaluation at 1-866-900-7078, or get in touch with our Greensboro office for more information.