It is difficult enough to accept injuries that are caused by ourselves or no one at all. It can be harder to get through harm that other people visited upon us, even when it is by accident. No one wants to have to "go after" a person or organization for damages after an injury, but it is sometimes the right thing to do.
When is a person or company liable for injuries?
If a person has intentionally caused or credibly threatened to cause physical harm to someone, there may also be criminal charges involved. Civil suits, focusing on the compensation or restitution for victims of an act, may be applied regardless of criminal charges. When it comes to accidents, the point of the lawsuit is to prove negligence.
How does North Carolina law define negligence?
Negligence exists when the defendant in a suit had a duty to act or avoid an act and that duty was breached in an action that caused real injury or real damage. The actual damages are measured by income lost during recovery or medical expenses. Different laws apply in various circumstances stated by liability and the extent of injuries, so legal representation is often a good idea when people are considering personal injury lawsuits.
Why consult an attorney after a personal injury?
A lawyer can often help analyze the circumstances of an injury and figure out whether or not a case may meet standards for proving negligence. If this is the case, a lawyer may then represent a victim's interest in civil court proceedings or negotiations.