If a person or family member has been suddenly injured or taken ill, there is always one priority: getting help and getting better. But some medical problems can cause a lot of bills and a lot of debt, and it is hard to deal with something that is not the fault of the victim. These needs can lead some people to panic, but it leads some smart people to a personal injury lawsuit.
How do I know if I have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit?
The basic requirements are that the victim and would-be plaintiff suffered some sort of personal harm and the potential defendant was responsible for that harm under the law. This may be through an intent to cause harm, but it is often through an accident caused by recklessness or the defendant's negligent failure to perform a required activity.
How long do I have to sue someone for personal injury?
Those deadlines, known as statutes of limitations, vary by state and by injury. The common statute of limitations in North Carolina for lawsuits in civil courts, which include personal injury lawsuits, is three years from the time of an injury or the discovery of an illness' cause.
How can I receive financial benefits or damages?
If a plaintiff files a lawsuit, damages may be awarded by a civil court with a judgment or jury verdict. Most lawsuits are resolved before they would enter a court. This can be through a negotiated settlement or mediation. Parties to the dispute are normally represented by attorneys in any of these options.