From dog bites to automobile accidents to medical malpractice, personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind, or emotions, as opposed to an injury to one’s property. A personal injury lawsuit alleges that someone’s injury was caused by the negligence of another person.Damages in a Personal Injury Case
In a criminal case, damages include fines and jail time, but the damages awarded to the injured person in a personal injury matter are monetary, and are often based on the following:
- Medical bills.
- Loss of wages and earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Disability or dismemberment.
- Permanent injuries.
- Emotional distress.
Under North Carolina law, an injured person has three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit in civil court – this is known as the statute of limitations. This deadline is extremely important, since if you fail to bring your lawsuit before the three-year deadline passes, your right to compensation for your injuries will be lost.
North Carolina is one of only four states that follow a pure contributory negligence rule, meaning that if the injured party is partly at fault for their injuries, they won’t be allowed to collect any damages to compensate them for their injuries, even if their degree of fault is extremely minimal.
If you’ve been injured in an accident in Wake County, North Carolina, you undoubtedly need an attorney who will effectively represent your interests. Contact Nagle & Associates, P.A. online or call (800) 411-1583 for a free case evaluation to learn how we can help you recover maximum compensation.