It can be frustrating when you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault. It could have been a poor medical decision or a car crash or something that fell n your head from a building.
Medical treatment can become more expensive than your own insurance will cover. There are lost wages that need to be recovered. A successful personal injury compensation claim can help to address the damage that this unintended injury has caused you.
Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney before submitting a claim.
Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney in Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem has over 160 attorneys who are capable of helping you with a personal injury case. It’s wise to check that the attorney you choose is licensed to operate in North Carolina and has had recent personal injury experience.
Common Causes of Personal Injuries in Winston-Salem
It’s quite possible to be injured just about anywhere in Winston-Salem. Workplace injuries are not normally covered by personal injury claims as they are almost always dealt with by a workers’ compensation claim.
More typical injuries that can lead to a personal injury claim include those caused by vehicle crashes, slipping and falling on public or private property, medical negligence and defective products.
Medical negligence may not be the most common personal injury but it is more insidious as it is the product of poor decisions by people that we expect to trust: nurses, doctors, surgeons, pharmacists and the institutions and businesses they work for.
Dog attacks are usually unexpected and caused by dog owners who do not control their dogs properly.
Even a seemingly everyday chore like going to the store for groceries can lead to a slip and fall injury if the floor surface has not been cleaned after a spillage or a leak from a pipe.
The most common injuries in Winston-Salem and usually the most serious are due to vehicle accidents. Distracted driving, speeding, aggressive tailgating, failure to yield the right of way at an intersection, a decision to try and run a red light and intoxication are all common reasons why you might end up on a stretcher after your car has been hit.
The Personal Injury Claim Procedure in North Carolina
North Carolina allows you as an accident victim to sue a private or government party for damages as long as you have evidence that a negligent act caused your injuries. You must file a claim within what is called the statute of limitations.
This is three years for a claim against a private party, such as an individual truck driver or truck company. You also have three years to file a claim against the government, but must first notify the agency responsible with an initial ‘notice of claim.’
North Carolina, like some other states, has what is called a modified comparative negligence rule. That means that you lose any chance of compensation if it is decided that you were 50% or more to blame for the accident that caused your injury.
If you were considered less than 50% to blame, then you may obtain a percentage of compensation claimed according to the percentage blame.
Personal injury claims in Winston-Salem should be filed with the Forsyth County Superior Court in N Main Street, Winston-Salem. The County Court Clerk’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday except public holidays.
Use a Free Claim Evaluation to Find a Suitable Personal Injury Attorney
It is advisable to discuss your accident with a personal injury attorney before actually submitting a claim. This sort of consultation is usually free and it allows the attorney to provide a professional opinion about your chances of success and how you can be helped with legal action.
With so many attorneys to choose from in Winston-Salem, you will find our free claim evaluation form, available below to complete, very helpful.