You have suffered a serious injury from a crash or accident. You could be in pain, overwhelmed with medical bills, or unable to work. In short, you need help. You need a Charlotte personal injury lawyer who will work for you so that you don’t have to deal with the insurance company.
What you need when you are injured because of someone’s negligence:
- You deserve a lawyer who will fight for you.
- You may deserve a settlement. You may be eligible to recover financial compensation for the losses that you have suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and compensation for your pain and emotional suffering
- You may deserve to have your case heard by a jury. The person or entity that was responsible for your injuries needs to be held responsible.
Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys will help you through the process of getting you what you deserve. We use our experience and knowledge and work hard for you.
We Handle Personal Injury Cases
Your personal injury claim is unique and important. The carelessness that caused your injuries is different than anyone else’s, and so are your damages.
You want an attorney who has experience representing people in many different types of situations, including:
When you suffer a serious or catastrophic injury, you may have permanent, lifelong disabilities as a result. When an accident has changed your life, you may not know what the future will bring. You need someone on your side who has proven results:
- $1,350,000 – Explosion injury
- $1,300,000 – Roof collapse
- $800,000 – Truck load collapse
- $675,000 – Auto accident
If your loved one dies due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Damages in a wrongful death claim may include medical costs, pain and suffering, funeral expenses, lost income, and more.
Wrongful death claims are difficult. The loss of a loved one is so important to the family and to the community. North Carolina law requires that a jury looks at the value of the loss of services to the family, among other factors. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to work with the family during what is often the hardest time they will ever go through.
Working with family members requires an understanding of people and of the law. We have successfully supported families in their lawsuits and settlements, including bringing and winning wrongful death cases against distracted drivers.
Big rigs are a near-constant feature on the interstates and highways that cross North Carolina. When a commercial truck strikes a passenger vehicle, catastrophic injuries may result. We’ll level the playing field against large trucking companies and advocate for your rights.
In 2018 alone, there were 281,685 motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina, resulting in 1,442 deaths and 125,454 injuries. Despite increases in car safety features, the number of accidents in our state continues to rise. If you have been hurt in a Charlotte car accident, we can help you recover the money that you need to move forward with your life.
You need an experienced cyclist and attorney to help you when you have been injured in a bike crash. Ann Groninger has made knowing bicycles and helping cyclists her passion. We all know that riding a bike is a great way to get exercise, to commute, or just to have fun. But cars and trucks don’t always watch out for cyclists. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a bike wreck, we’ll fight for your right to compensation.
North Carolina property owners have a duty to their visitors. They must keep their property safe and from hazards. Product manufacturers and sellers have a duty to not put dangerous or defective products on the market. If they fail to do so, then they may be held liable for any harm that is caused.
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are a leading cause of death related to injury in the United States, responsible for approximately 30% of all deaths due to injury. A person who suffers a TBI may require lifelong medical care, which may include therapies or even residential care. We will work with you to get the compensation that you need to cover these costs as well as your other losses.
Proving Fault in a Charlotte Personal Injury Case
Personal injury cases are based on a theory of negligence, which is the failure to use the care that a reasonable person would in a similar situation. To prove that someone was negligent, you must show four things:
- Duty: the other person (or entity) had a duty of care towards you.
- Breach: They breached — or violated — that duty of care.
- Causation: their breach was the but-for the cause of your injuries. In other words, but for their actions, you would not have suffered an injury.
- Damages: you suffered losses as a result.
Consider a situation where you were hit by a person who was texting while driving. They had a duty to pay attention while driving, and they breached that duty by texting. But for their texting and driving, there would have been an accident, and you wouldn’t have been hurt. Finally, you suffered damages — such as broken bones, lost wages, and damage to your car — from the crash.
This is a clear example of negligence, but there are situations where it is more complicated, such as in multi-car accidents. Our team of experienced Charlotte personal injury attorneys will investigate your case to ensure that all responsible parties are held accountable for your losses.
Damages Available in a Personal Injury Case
In any personal injury case, there are three kinds of damages that you may be able to recover. Most of the time you ask to recover economic (for money and things you have lost) and non-economic (for pain and for emotional loss and suffering) damages. Sometimes you may be able to obtain punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer.
- Economic damages may include lost wages, reduced earning capacity, past and future medical care, and property damage. These types of damages can often be proven with things like bills or pay stubs.
- Non-economic damages are more difficult to prove. They may include things such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, or disfigurement. A skilled lawyer will use their knowledge of similar cases to help develop a claim.
- Punitive damages are meant to punish conduct and help stop others from engaging in similar conduct. Punitive damages are meant to be rare. However, in certain situations — like a drunk driver who causes a car crash — they may be appropriate.
How We Can Help
We know how difficult it can be to get your life back on track after being injured. We are here to help. A seasoned Charlotte personal injury attorney can work with you to put together a strong case for damages that fully addresses the losses that you have suffered.
At Johnson & Groninger, we have decades of experience representing victims of all types of personal injuries. We offer free initial consultations, and never charge a fee unless we recover money for you. To learn more, call us at (704) 200-2009, or email us at any time.