Durham Personal Injury
Famous worldwide for being the home of Duke University and part of the Research Triangle, Durham is a desirable place to live for academics, highly trained professionals, and others who contribute to North Carolina’s economic development and prestige. However, it is still the scene of many unexpected accidents, such as car crashes or slip and falls. Being involved in a serious accident in or around Durham may leave a victim with a great deal of pain and suffering, as well as substantial costs and burdens. This may cause stress and hardship for the victim’s family as well. The Durham personal injury lawyers at Maurer Law have considerable experience litigating a wide variety of cases. With offices in Durham, Fayetteville, and Raleigh, our firm serves victims in many areas of North Carolina.Seeking Compensation Through a Personal Injury Claim
Our attorneys understand that it may be daunting for someone hurt in an accident to face the prospect of taking legal action. However, it is critical to seek legal counsel in a timely manner. The statute of limitations and other procedural rules place restrictions on the time period for bringing a personal injury claim, and it is important to avoid any delay in asserting your rights.
Most personal injury cases revolve around the theory of negligence. When a person is injured or killed due to someone else’s failure to carefully handle an automobile, maintain the premises of a business, care for a nursing home resident, or perform another task, the party that failed to act with appropriate care is said to have been “negligent.” To win a negligence lawsuit, the plaintiff in the case must prove four elements. The defendant must have owed a legal duty of care, this duty must have been breached, the plaintiff must have been hurt as a result of the breach, and the plaintiff must have sustained damages that are not overly speculative. Damages may be both intangible as well as tangible, encompassing pain and suffering and diminished quality of life as well as costs like medical bills, lost income, and lost earning capacity.
Talking to an attorney soon after an accident allows you to make sure that your case is thoroughly investigated. Although police and insurance adjusters may perform their own investigations, the plaintiff’s legal counsel should also oversee an investigation, possibly involving taking photographs of the scene, interviewing witnesses, and otherwise preserving valuable evidence that may be used at trial.
North Carolina is a pure contributory negligence state, which means that any negligence by the plaintiff usually will bar their right to compensation. This makes it important to consult a personal injury attorney who is experienced in showing that the defendant was entirely at fault and that the victim was not responsible for the accident.Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Durham
At Maurer Law, we understand that doing our best for a client takes a considerable amount of time, attention, and financial resources. We make sure that each person who seeks our help has an open line of communication to us at all times. Our client-focused, success-driven approach has earned members of our firm many accolades, including an AVVO Client’s Choice Award and an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings. To schedule a free case evaluation, call our Durham personal injury attorneys at (919) 229-8359 or contact us online. We can assist victims and families who need a car accident attorney or representation in any other type of personal injury or wrongful death claim.