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North Carolina sees $38 million in settlements in 2017

People can get hurt in all sorts of accidents, from slipping and falling at a supermarket to suffering an injury at work. Although roads and other public property are the sites of many accidents that cause injuries, private property owners and managers of businesses are always trying to keep pathways clear and hazards under control.

It's often too late to prevent an injury once someone has discovered a problem, and a claim for financial damages is often the only option to make victims whole. North Carolina, for example, saw 38 cases in 2017 in which a claim was settled for $1 million or more.

One of these cases was a personal injury lawsuit filed by a woman who had been driving behind an improperly secured trailer. A brick flew off the trailer and through her windshield, striking her in the face. She received $6 million in reimbursement of medical expenses and compensation for pain and emotional distress.

A worker who fell off a loading dock in Asheville received $1.75 million after he initially rejected a worker's compensation payout for less than a tenth of that amount. The change in possible compensation highlights the usefulness of an attorney to press a case at the right time for his or her client.

Victims of personal injuries that were the fault of other parties have the right to sue for financial damages in an attempt to recover from the consequences. Legal representation may be an advisable step, as a lawyer may assemble a case and forward it through negotiation for a settlement or adjudication in a court of law.

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