A serious injury can have lifelong consequences, affecting your ability to work, struggling with medical debt, and suffering from chronic pain and mobility issues. If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or even malice, you may be legally entitled to compensation. Attorney Harry H. Albritton, Jr., a leading personal injury attorney in New Bern, is dedicated to helping victims receive restitution while holding those to blame accountable for their actions.
Understanding Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases stem from an injury that occurs due to someone else’s action, negligence, or even malicious intent. While they may be caused directly, such as being hit by a car because the person driving was texting at the time, they can also be caused indirectly, such as slipping on a wet floor at a grocery store because they failed to clean up a mess.
Once an attorney takes a case, there are two outcomes. Most often, a personal injury case will be settled out of court, in which the person at fault, or their insurance company, will pay an agreed upon settlement to the injured party and both parties will sign a document considering the matter solved. On the other hand, if the two sides can’t agree, the injured party and their attorney files a civil complaint in court against the person at fault and the case goes to trial and is decided by a jury.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
If you were injured in a car accident because someone else was driving recklessly, texting while driving, or failing to follow traffic laws, the other driver can and should be held accountable.
Slip and fall accidents are very common and can lead to serious injury and long lasting health problems. When they occur due to wet floors at a restaurant, icy sidewalks, or damaged flooring at an office, this falls under premises liability, which means the owner or proprietor is responsible for taking care to assure safety.
Trucking companies are often more concerned with cutting costs and increasing profits than safety. Because of this, and the increase of commercial driving, truck accidents involving delivery trucks, tractor trailers, and other commercial trucks are growing more common. If you’ve been injured, you may be eligible to file a claim against multiple parties.
Wrongful death is a type of personal injury case in which the victim died as a result of someone else’s negligence. This can include death due to a dangerous or defective product, a fatal DWI accident or, or any type of negligence that caused a preventable death.
Types of Case Settlements
When a jury finds the defendant at fault, they must then determine a settlement to award the plaintiff. A settlement may consist of:
- Special Damages – These include specific costs related to the accident, including lost wages, medical bills, and estimates of future costs of the injury.
- Non-economic Damages – These include more “abstract” costs, such as chronic pain, permanent injury or disability, disfigurement, or emotional trauma.
Punitive damages are also a non-economic cost, but these tend to be in the most egregious cases as they are specifically awarded to the plaintiff to punish the defendant.
Why Choose Irons & Irons P.A.?
After a serious injury, you’re facing a long road to recovery, the fear of financial insecurity, and the trauma of pain and suffering. You may be offered a settlement by an insurance company, but it’s important to remember they are looking out for their bottom line. Having a personal injury attorney who will look out for your best interests can lead to a better outcome.
At Irons & Irons P.A., we have a dedicated team who is fighting on your side to get the justice you deserve, including a registered nurse who brings the medical background necessary to analyze and understand medical records and connect with physicians who can consult about your case. While our staff offers support, we understand how important it is to have a connection with your attorney who you can trust to keep you informed and walk you through the complexities of your case. We offer that personalized connection, taking care to work closely with you from the first consultation to the completion of your case.
Schedule a Consultation with a Personal Injury Attorney in New Bern Today
Personal injury attorney, Harry H. Albritton, Jr. and our team will fight on your behalf to secure a fair settlement in your personal injury case because we believe in helping our clients get fair compensation while holding people accountable for their actions or negligence. Your case will be handled on a contingency basis, meaning you only pay an attorney fee if there is a recovery. To schedule a consultation, reach out to us at 252-320-7399 or fill out the form below.