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Catastrophic Injury Attorneys in Wilmington, NC

At Speaks Law Firm, we help individuals seek compensation after they have suffered catastrophic injuries in accidents.
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How Can Our Catastrophic Injury Attorneys Strengthen Your Recovery?

A catastrophic injury is one that produces severe, life-altering impairment. These injuries can entirely disrupt a victim’s life and necessitate expensive medical treatment for years. They can also prevent victims from working and enjoying the activities and hobbies they once loved.

We understand your recovery involves many facets of your life. Our catastrophic injury attorneys are committed to helping you secure compensation that can afford you financial footing to pursue a more well-rounded recovery.

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, you need a qualified catastrophic injury lawyer on your side to help you seek compensation. Our legal team can guide you through the claims process and advocate for you while you focus on your life and the improvement of your condition following a life-changing event.

Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries in North Carolina

Catastrophic injuries are severe, life-altering conditions that often require a person to readapt to their lifestyle and relearn how to complete basic activities like speaking, eating, or walking.

A few common types of catastrophic injuries include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Limb loss
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Severe back or neck injuries
  • Ruptured organs
  • Severe scarring, burns, or disfigurement
  • Permanent blindness
  • Loss of hearing
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Accidents can happen at any time. You can be as careful as you can be, but you can never predict the action of others out on the road. When this happens, you need someone to speak on your behalf to fight for your rights. Speaks Law Firm is here for you.

  • Our People. Our team is our main differentiator. We hired each one for their solid background and experience in the field. This all-star cast of talented, dedicated, and accomplished legal professionals cares about your case. With over 20 years of experience, we will do our best to fight for your rights.
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Who Is Liable in a North Carolina Catastrophic Injury Case?

If another person or party’s negligence led to your catastrophic injury, you may be able to hold them liable and seek compensation from their insurance company. However, before you can hold a person liable, you will need to provide evidence that they were responsible for your injury.

North Carolina is one of the few states that follows a pure contributory negligence policy for personal injury cases. This means that if you were even 1% at fault for your catastrophic injury, you cannot claim any compensation. This policy differs from the comparative negligence policy the majority of states follow, which allows victims to claim compensation for the percentage of the accident for which they were not at fault.

A qualified catastrophic accident attorney can help you collect and present compelling evidence to show that you were not at fault for your injury.

How Much Compensation Can You Seek in a Catastrophic Injury Case?

When you experience a catastrophic injury due to another person’s negligence, you can seek two types of damages: compensatory and punitive.

Compensatory damages include economic and non-economic consequences of your injury. Economic damages may include medical expenses, loss of ability to work, and physical damage. Meanwhile, non-economic damages can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. It is important to approach these damages from a long-term perspective.

You may also seek punitive damages to punish the at-fault party if they acted recklessly to cause the accident. For example, if a drunk driver caused a collision that led to your catastrophic injuries, you may be eligible for punitive damages. There is a cap on punitive damages in North Carolina, and they are rarely awarded.

Your attorney can help you determine the proper damages to seek in your catastrophic injury case, and they can then guide you through the processes of seeking compensation from the at-fault party.

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Is There a Statute of Limitations for Catastrophic Injury Cases in North Carolina?

The majority of states have a statute of limitations for personal injury cases. This dictates the amount of time injury victims have to begin a lawsuit to seek compensation.

In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years from the date of the injury. If you do not file your catastrophic injury lawsuit within this period, you risk being unable to seek adequate compensation to pay for your medical care and other damages.

How Can An Attorney Help Following a Catastrophic Injury in North Carolina?

Hiring a qualified catastrophic personal injury attorney can assist your injury case in several ways. Here are a few of the services your attorney can provide:

  • Help you gather evidence to support your case
  • Communicate with the insurance company on your behalf
  • Negotiate with the insurer regarding compensation for damages
  • Initiate a lawsuit against the at-fault party or their insurance company
  • Take the stress of seeking compensation off your shoulders
  • Help you seek financial compensation to help you pursue a more holistic overall recovery

If you’re looking for an experienced catastrophic injury attorney in Wilmington, NC, we can help. At no cost to you, contact Speaks Law Firm today to schedule a free case review.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a catastrophic injury? (view full answer)
Injuries are catastrophic if they cause severe and life-altering impairment. They may leave you with chronic pain or needing live-in care or life-long medical treatment. Catastrophic injuries may also prevent you from permanently engaging in gainful work. Examples of catastrophic injuries include: Limb loss Paralysis Severe burns Spinal cord injury Traumatic brain injury Ruptured internal […]
What damages can I claim for catastrophic injuries? (view full answer)
The same damages that are available in “regular” personal injury claims are also available in catastrophic injury cases: Past and future medical expenses Lost income Reduced earning capacity Physical pain Emotional suffering Loss of enjoyment of life Punitive damages An experienced Wilmington personal injury lawyer from our Speaks Law team can evaluate your claim and […]
Should I hire a Wilmington accident attorney to handle my catastrophic injury case? (view full answer)
Although you don’t have to hire a catastrophic injury attorney, it can help your claim. Catastrophic injury cases are more complex than typical personal injury cases. Claimants usually seek higher compensation, so insurance companies do everything they can to reduce their payouts. It can be hard to face them alone without professional help. A Wilmington […]
Should I try to settle with the insurers before hiring an attorney? (view full answer)
You should never attempt to settle with the insurance company before talking to a lawyer. The adjusters will know they have the upper hand and will usually make a low offer. By that point, the only way to fix your undervalued claim is usually through costly and time-consuming litigation. If our catastrophic injury attorneys represent […]

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