The Watson Law Office represents victims of a variety of claims and litigation matters, including but not limited to:
- Vehicular accidents (car, truck, bus, motorcycle, boat, pedestrian)
- Wrongful Death
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability
- Slip and Fall
- Dog bites
Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases
If you believe your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligent or wrongful actions, you should consult with a personal injury attorney as quickly as possible. There are many reasons for taking action promptly. First, evidence must be collected before the defendant has time to repair or alter the accident scene. Additionally, the sooner you obtain photographs, written records, other evidence, and/or witness accounts and contact information, the better off you will be when the time comes to prove your case.
Most importantly, however, there is a statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims. In North and South Carolina, you have three years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. This means that if you fail to file your claim before three years have passed, you will have no right to receive compensation for your injuries.
After you are injured in a car accident, don’t be surprised if you see the insurance company ask you to accept an amount of money that they “believe” covers all the damages you suffered in the accident—even if it doesn’t. Additionally, insurance companies will often times deny your entire claim and tell you that “your incident isn’t covered by the policy.” Far too many people take them at their word and move on. That is what they want you to do and is the oldest trick in the book for the insurance companies to save themselves from paying you for your injuries. This is why you’d need a competent attorney who knows the law and what to look for.
Lost Earnings In An Auto Accident
If your injuries from the car accident are serious, and if you’re advised bed rest by your doctor, chances are you’d stand to lose a lot of your earnings for the days you don’t go to work. You’d have to use your sick leave and vacation time to take days off work to recover from your serious injuries. Not just that, but if the injuries are long-term, you could also lose potential future earnings.
The defendant is liable to compensate for all these losses. However, before you suggest recovering lost earnings, you need to present a viable case in front of the insurance companies. Without legal knowledge, this task could prove to be very difficult. Only a lawyer who knows a thing or two about negotiation and is well-versed with North and South Carolina personal injury law would be able to help.
Long-Term Medical Care For The Auto Accident
It’s likely that even after you’ve recovered from major injuries, you’d have to seek physical therapy to treat chronic pain. Such therapy is not cheap, and if the need for long-term medical care arises, you can ask the insurance company to cover the expenses of that too.
The insurance would cover home nursing care, future medical bills, or any recurring treatments that you would have to undergo to recover fully from the injuries and anguish of the accident. The Watson Law Office can render you with an experienced negotiator who can fight the insurance company for you and get you the compensation for all of your expenses.
In addition to this, if you lost your money-earning capabilities because of your injuries, the defendant would also have to pay for those damages. If the injuries somehow uprooted your normal way of living in any way, your personal injury attorney would be able to quantify those losses and include them in the calculation of your overall damages.
They could also help you financially if you suffer from employment problems due to your inability to work. Without a lawyer, you won’t stand a chance at recovering money for all these losses.