The amount of settlement that you receive after an accident predominantly depends on factors surrounding your case. Based on these factors, your personal injury lawyer can manage your expectations and negotiate skillfully and efficiently, with the goal of helping you get rightfully compensated.
Car accidents are, unfortunately, more common in the US than one might expect. Did you know that six million accidents occur annually in the US — that’s nearly 16,438 collisions daily? Also, that:
If you have been injured severely in an accident caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, you may be confined to bed and under medical treatment. This means you can’t work, and hence lose earnings.
Construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs. It is inherently hazardous with a higher risk of injury than other industries. Research shows that nearly 80,000 construction workers annually suffer from work-related injuries which are severe enough to make them miss work. Since the risk of injury is high for the construction industry, the contractor must provide construction workers with a safe work environment.
With the rapid increase in smartphone users in and across the US, distracted driving has become a concern in terms of traffic safety. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2018, 2841 individuals died in car accidents due to distracted driving. However, in the same year, approximately 276,000 people were injured because of distracted drivers, while distracted-affected property damage only collisions totaled to 659,000.
The growth of the trucking industry is crucial for the US economy. According to the American Trucking Associations, 71 percent of all the cargo and freight tonnage is moved in and out of the US on trucks. And to move approximately 10.5 billion tons of cargo each year, the trucking industry needs more than 3.6 million Class 8 heavy-duty trucks and nearly 3.5 million skilled truck drivers. Simply stated, without the trucks and truck drivers the US economy would take a dip and practically come to a standstill.
Motorcycles inherently are more dangerous in comparison to cars. They account for only 3 percent of all registered vehicles with nearly 9 million motorcycles on the roads in and across the country. Yet they have a higher number of accidents resulting in fatalities and severe injuries.
If you have been severely injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should file a personal injury claim immediately, before the statute of limitations expires. The compensation from this claim can help you and your family to cope with the financial burden associated with all the medical expenses for the treatment and lost wages due to missed workdays.
Exactly what are punitive damages and when do they apply? Punitive damages are a civil remedy meant to punish a wrongdoer or tortfeasor, who due to their egregious conduct, has caused injury and damage to others. Punitive damages are also meant to send a message to the community in an effort to deter the defendant, as well as others, from doing the same thing.
Most people are of the mistaken belief that if an injury occurs on someone else’s property that the property owner is responsible for that injury, particularly when that someone else is a business. However, the law in North Carolina actually favors the property owner or business in the vast majority of situations. Here are some of the hurdles that must be overcome to prevail in a premises liability claim in North Carolina.