If you sustain a personal injury through no fault of your own, you have a right to seek compensation for the costs associated with the recovery process. Personal injuries can come in many forms, so it helps to have an experienced attorney to serve as your advocate and adviser throughout the legal process. People often have questions about filing personal injury cases, and this guide provides answers to a few lawyers hear most often.
Personal Injury FAQs
What Constitutes a Personal Injury?
In the eyes of the law, any injury that caused bodily harm and was not solely a result of your own actions or carelessness can be considered a personal injury. The term covers a wide range of possible conditions. Incidents like motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, medical malpractice, and animal bites are among the most common reasons people file personal injury cases. However, injury attorneys can also handle product liability issues and damage to your reputation due to defamation, slander, or libel.
What Happens If I Contributed to the Injury I Sustained?
Many states adhere to the laws of comparable negligence. If both you and the party you are suing are found to have contributed to the events that caused the injury, you can still seek compensation. However, the award amount will likely be lower. North Carolina is a rare exception—here, the law follows what is called contributory negligence. If you are partially at fault, you cannot file a personal injury lawsuit against any other party.
Do Work-Related Injuries Qualify?
Legally speaking, no. A workplace injury follows state and federal workers' compensation laws, not personal injury laws. If you are hurt on the job, you should follow the proper channels to obtain workers' compensation. This typically involves getting medical treatment, submitting an accident report, and filing a workers' comp claim.
What Kinds of Damages Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Case?
Damages awarded in an injury claim depend on the type of injury you suffered, its severity, and how it has impacted your life. Typical areas of compensation include payment for medical costs, pain and suffering, and wages lost due to your injury.
By understanding the basics of personal injury law, you can develop a strategy that gets you the necessary compensation to move forward with your recovery. James M. Snow Law has been serving the High Point, NC, area for more than four decades, helping clients get the resources they need after sustaining an injury. Call (336) 889-4024 to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced lawyer, and visit the firm’s website to learn more about their practice areas.