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Suffering a personal injury can be frustrating, overwhelming, and painful. During this difficult time, you need to work with a Charlotte personal injury lawyer who focuses on your situation and isn’t splitting their attention with other cases.

If someone is at fault for the accident, you could hold them responsible for their actions to cover your losses from the injury, such as medical bills and a loss of income. To do this, you need a qualified attorney who gives you the support and compassion you need while representing you in your personal injury claim.

Passionate About Helping Sufferers Get Justice

Suffering an injury can be traumatic and life-altering. You and your family may be struggling with mounting medical expenses or lost wages as you spend time away from work to recover. It’s important to find the right attorney to advise you, determine if you have a claim, and guide you through the process of filing one.

At Elam & Rousseaux, PLLC, we can handle nearly every type of personal injury matter. We regularly help victims who were injured in roadway accidents as well as the surviving family members of those who have lost their lives in wrongful death situations. Our team has more than 90 years of combined experience, and we use that knowledge to your benefit. No matter what type of injury you have suffered, we are here to support you as we seek compensation. When you work with us, we dedicate the time needed to effectively take care of your case, improving the chances of a successful claim.

Our team of Charlotte personal injury lawyers believes that you should not have to pay for the reckless behavior of another.

What Are Common Types of Personal Injury Claims?

There are many ways that you can suffer a sudden personal injury. Personal injury claims are possible when the injury was caused by another party behaving negligently, recklessly, or maliciously.

When you are seeking a personal injury lawyer, it’s essential to find one who has experience and success in your type of accident. That way, the attorney can understand what is expected for a successful case of that type, and they may be able to manage your claim more efficiently.

Personal injury claims that we handle at Elam & Rousseaux, PLLC, include:

Car Accidents

Although car accidents are common, claims resulting from them are frequently very complex. Typically, drivers can file both insurance claims and personal injury claims. A personal injury claim is necessary after serious and damaging car accidents where the damages exceed the maximum insurance coverage. It can be difficult to deal with car insurance providers and manage a personal injury claim without an attorney.

Medical Malpractice

Medical providers owe their patients and those they agree to treat a duty of care. Acting negligently or outside professional standards is medical malpractice when:

  1. It causes the patient harm.
  2. A reasonable provider would not have made the same error.

Medical malpractice claims are one of the most complicated and difficult personal injury claims. They require clear proof, and patients will need to negotiate with the medical facility’s insurance provider. An attorney with a deep understanding of malpractice is incredibly beneficial for these claims.

Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles on the road. Unfortunately, low visibility and limited protection on a bicycle means that cyclists are vulnerable to accidents and severe injury. While there are cases where a bicyclist is at fault, a driver who hits a bicyclist is typically liable. A bicyclist may suffer from broken bones, disfigurement, traumatic brain injuries, and other catastrophic injuries.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians who are involved in accidents with motor vehicles frequently suffer lasting and catastrophic injury and/or death.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists who are in crashes with passenger cars and other large vehicles typically suffer significant harm. Cyclists are often thrown from their vehicles, meaning that they suffer the impact of both the crash and hitting the road after they are thrown. Damages in a motorcycle accident can be fatal.

Truck Accidents

Truck accidents result in severe and often fatal injuries for any passenger cars involved. These claims are also usually more complicated than other motor vehicle accident claims due to the involvement of trucking companies, and their insurance providers, and the likelihood that multiple parties have some level of fault in the accident. An experienced attorney knows how to investigate these cases and determine fault.

Premises Liability

Property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe if they are open or accessible to the public. If a hazard is left unaddressed for an unreasonable period of time, the owner can be held liable for injuries. Wet surfaces, unlit paths, uneven ground, or broken railings are all forms of premises hazards.

Product Liability

When someone is injured by a defective product or a product with inadequate safety warnings, the designer, manufacturer, or distributor may be held liable for the damages.

Wrongful Death

Unfortunately, many personal injuries are severe or catastrophic, resulting in death. When this happens, surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their loved one. This takes the place of the personal injury claim that the deceased can no longer file. A wrongful death claim can help struggling family members cover a loss of income, funeral and burial costs, and medical costs from before the loved one’s death.

Proving a Personal Injury Claim in Charlotte

In most personal injury claims, the injured party is filing on the basis of negligence. For the personal injury claim to be successful, the following must be proven to make a claim of negligence:

  1. The other party owed a reasonable duty of care to the injured party.
  2. The other party breached that duty of care.
  3. This breach of care directly resulted in the accident or event that caused the personal injury.
  4. The accident or event caused the injured party to sustain legally recognizable damages.

If you are able to show evidence of these elements, your personal injury claim is likely to be successful.

Contributory Negligence and Personal Injury Claims

In North Carolina, it is even more difficult for injured victims to obtain compensation. Under contributory negligence law, if you are found to be at all liable for the accident, you would be barred from obtaining compensation. Working with an attorney is helpful to prove that you were not at fault, enabling you to recover damages.

How Our Team Can Help

We are here to be your support system and fierce advocates as we pursue justice on your behalf. Our team strives tirelessly to secure full and fair compensation that can go toward easing the pressures of medical expenses and making amends for your suffering.

The benefits of hiring our firm include the following:

  • We limit our caseload so that we can devote maximum attention to our clients.
  • We offer free case consultations to get you started.
  • We share more than 90 years of combined legal experience.
  • We operate on a contingency fee basis.

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, the time limit that you have to file a personal injury claim is 3 years. If you do not file a claim within that period of time, you lose your right to obtain damages. Typically, this 3-year countdown begins on the date of the accident or incident. In some cases, the injured party does not immediately discover that someone was at fault or that they were injured. Sometimes, this will extend the statute of limitations.

When someone dies from their injuries, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim is 2 years.

Should I Accept the Insurance Company’s Settlement Offer?

We advise injured parties to consult with their attorney before making a decision, such as accepting a settlement offer. In many cases, medical costs and other damages can last for years after the accident – it’s worth it to make sure that you get the money you need and deserve. With our personal injury team on your side, you can rest easy knowing that we will fight for the compensation that will take care of you and your family for as long as you need it.

How Long Will My Case Take?

The length of your case will depend largely on the specific factors involved. Investigating who can be held liable for your injuries and fighting to obtain full compensation might not be the shortest process in the world, but it is well worth the time and effort that goes into case preparation. Our firm will communicate with you honestly about what to expect and how to make the best decisions for your future.

How Do I Afford a Lawyer?

Unless we win on your behalf, you will not owe us for legal fees. We have a contingency fee setup, which allows you to take advantage of skilled and experienced legal representation without paying any upfront fees. Take this time to focus on recovery while we take care of the rest.

Turn to Attorneys Who Will Treat You Like Family

At Elam & Rousseaux, PLLC, our clients are more to us than just case numbers. The attorneys at our family-owned firm serve injury victims with compassionate guidance and listen to all their concerns. Your well-being and best interests are our number one priority. We are also highly experienced and have achieved a successful track record of obtaining compensation for clients. Contact us at 704-343-0000 to discuss your injury with us in a free consultation. We will help you understand your options.

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