Auto accidents, truck crashes, slips and falls, and other personal injury accidents can leave victims seriously injured, unable to work, and drowning in unexpected debt. If you find yourself in a similar situation after being hurt as a result of someone else's negligence, it's hard not to be struck by the utter unfairness of the whole thing—after all, this wasn't your mistake, so why should you be the one stuck living with the consequences?
You shouldn't—and if another person or entity's negligence caused your injuries, we can help you fight for the fair compensation you deserve.
At Shane Smith Law, we understand that what you're going through is extremely difficult and, while we can't turn back the clock and prevent your accident and injury, we are here to assist you in your quest for justice. After an accident, our attorneys can help you understand your rights, weigh your legal options, and determine the best path forward, whether that's settling your claim out of court, taking your case all the way to trial, or declining to take legal action. Whatever you decide, we're here for you—and we're eager to show you what we can do for you and your case.
Our Firm Handles These Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
- Auto Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- DUI Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Brain Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Injuries Associated With Personal Injury Accidents
The injuries sustained in personal injury accidents can vary dramatically depending on factors such as accident type and severity. However, the following injuries are common in personal injury cases overall:
- Soft-tissue injuries, including whiplash
- Internal injuries
- Fractured, broken, or crushed bones
- Head and brain injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Back and shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including varying degrees of paralysis
- Dental trauma
- Joint dislocations
- Disfiguring facial injuries
- Amputations and lost limbs
Potential Damages for Personal Injury Victims
Many of the types of injuries associated with personal injury accidents can have long-lasting or even life-long effects, which may cause victims to require extensive medical treatment, costly home modifications, or personal care services. Personal injury victims may have also sustained significant property damages and other losses as a result of the accident.
Fortunately, North Carolina allows personal injury victims to pursue compensation for a wide range of economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Property damages
- Lost wages
- Loss of income
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more.
Wrongful death claimants who lost a loved one due to negligence are eligible to seek compensation for losses related to the death, such as:
- Funeral fees
- Burial or cremation expenses
- Loss of the decedent's expected earnings
- Loss of benefits, such as medical coverage or pensions
- Loss of inheritance
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of care, guidance, and protection
- Loss of love and companionship
- And more.
In cases where the defendant's behavior was particularly egregious, the court may order an additional type of financial award known as punitive damages. Instead of compensating you for an economic or non-economic loss, punitive damages are part of the defendant's punishment, payable to you. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can advise you of which type of damages might be applicable in your case.
Experienced Legal Representation for Your Personal Injury Case
After a serious personal injury accident, you need someone you can trust to look out for your best interests. Our personal injury attorneys represent clients in cities throughout North Carolina, including Charlotte and Raleigh. If you have questions about a personal injury case, contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.