Being injured in a crash isn’t cheap. Depending on the type and severity of the injury, you could still be in pain and end up with a stack of medical bills. Worse, you might be unable to return to work for several weeks, pushing you deeper into a financial hole.
We don’t believe most crashes are accidents. Accidents are not preventable; crashes are preventable.
If you were injured in a crash that was someone else’s fault, you have the right to pursue compensation for treatment and related expenses. We believe strongly in that right, and we’ll work diligently to protect your rights and best interests.
Johnson & Groninger PLLC is here to help. Our personal injury attorneys are committed to helping injured people regain control of their lives with proper treatment and fair compensation.
We’re a personal injury law firm, but we’re also in the customer service business. When you hire us as your legal representative, you’re hiring a strong advocate who will fight relentlessly for what you deserve.
Call us at (704) 200-2009 to get started.
Our Practice Areas
Johnson & Groninger PLLC is proud to offer representation across several areas in personal injury: brain injuries, car and truck crashes, catastrophic injuries, product liability, and wrongful death.
A scathing article published by NC Health News reveals a devastating reality: North Carolinians die of traumatic brain injury (TBI) at a higher rate than the national average. The TBI death rate in the Tar Heel state is 19 out of 100,000, more than the national average of 17 out of 100,000.
But a TBI doesn’t have to be fatal for the victim to feel its devastating effects. Even a relatively “minor” brain injury can have a profound impact on a victim’s life, and can even change the way they feel and express themselves.
It’s important to seek legal help if you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in a crash. Navigating insurance claims and the civil justice system is difficult for anyone, especially for someone suffering from a TBI, so let a Charlotte personal injury attorney from Johnson & Groninger work toward getting you maximum compensation.
Car and Truck Crashes
As Charlotte continues to grow, so does the number of car crashes (We don’t believe most crashes are accidents. If it was preventable, it was not an accident.) In 2021 alone, 49,368 collisions occurred in the Mecklenburg County area, with a tragic loss of 217 lives. Car crash injuries and fatalities are especially appalling when they occur due to someone’s recklessness.
If someone was driving or acting recklessly on the road and caused a crash that resulted in your injury or loved one’s death, you can hold them liable for negligence and pursue compensation from their insurance policy.
An attorney from Johnson & Groninger PLLC is standing by ready to take your call.
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.
A “catastrophic injury” is one that has a considerable impact on how the victim can care for themselves, work, and fulfill tasks they used to do with ease. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries (SCIs), and burn injuries are the three main types of catastrophic injury.
As you can imagine, these injuries are very expensive to treat and often require years of additional care, if not for the rest of the victim’s life.
By law, manufacturers are required to disclose any elements or functions of their products that could be potentially dangerous or cause harm to a user.
If the manufacturer or retailer fails to disclose a dangerous element, or if their product has a defect that could have been discovered in the manufacturing process, they can be held liable under product liability law.
These cases can get complicated quickly, so if you believe you purchased a defective or dangerous product, it’s best to call an attorney as soon as possible. You don’t have to handle the situation all by yourself – Johnson & Groninger PLLC is here to help.
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 Charlotte 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.
Some of Our Proven Results
- $1,350,000 – Explosion injury
- $1,300,000 – Roof collapse
- $800,000 – Truck load collapse
- $675,000 – Auto accident
Damages in a Personal Injury Case
In the legal world, “damages” refers to the sum of money that an injured person is owed because they suffered a loss of some kind. In personal injury cases, damages are paid by the defendant, or the person who acted negligently, to the plaintiff, the person who has been injured.
In North Carolina, injured people can recover economic and non-economic damages. We discuss each below.
Economic damages are those that are easily calculated because there’s some kind of “paper trail” attached.
For example, let’s say you were in a car crash that was caused by someone who ran a red light. The collision caused a fracture in your leg. In this case, your economic damages would include everything for which you have a bill, receipt, or invoice: ambulance rides, doctor’s appointments, medication, physical therapy, etc.
In addition to medical expenses, economic damages include lost income (salary and wages as a loss of the accident) and property loss. In the example above, this could be the cost to fix or replace your car.
Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate because there is not a specific dollar amount attached to the loss. This category of damages includes things like emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.
It’s nearly impossible to argue effectively for these damages on your own. An experienced Charlotte personal injury lawyer from Johnson & Groninger PLLC has the legal knowledge and fortitude to obtain every cent of what you deserve.
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.
Why You Need an Attorney
The most realistic reason to hire an attorney after being injured? Insurance companies are not looking out for you.
They’re businesses, and as such, they make money by giving you the least amount of compensation possible. That means they’ll do virtually anything to devalue or outright deny your claim. Without an attorney, you’re giving them a far greater chance of getting away with it.
You need a lawyer with ample experience and resources, someone who isn’t afraid to stand up to the insurance company, the reckless driver, the negligent manufacturer, or whoever else is denying your claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you were injured in an accident, you should hire an attorney because you may deserve a settlement. You may be eligible to recover financial compensation for the losses that you’ve suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and compensation for your pain and emotional suffering.
Don’t settle for just anyone. Attorneys at Johnson & Groninger have the technical knowledge to drive your case forward, plus more than 20 years of experience dealing with insurance companies, defense firms, and other parties.
Call (704) 200-2009 now to get started.
Why Choose Johnson & Groninger?
Not all attorneys are the same. Many personal injury lawyers lack the skill, experience, and attention needed to handle and win your case. Others will sacrifice your best interests for their personal gain.
Johnson & Groninger is different, and here’s why:
We only get paid if you win.
Johnson & Groninger attorneys are paid on a contingency basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless we win your case and you get paid.
Contingency is important because you can rest assured that we’ll do everything in our power to win your case. Other attorneys may treat you like a paycheck, but Johnson & Groninger treats you like a part of the team.
We treat clients like family.
A good Charlotte personal injury lawyer will make you feel valued and respected. After all, you’re the one who suffered an injury; a truly helpful attorney will never make you feel like you’re an inconvenience.
At Johnson & Groninger, we understand that clients have many options for legal services, but they chose us. We would never do anything to jeopardize their choice, which is why we prioritize making clients feel comfortable, welcome, and respected.
We prepare every case for trial.
Insurance companies and defense lawyers know which personal injury attorneys will roll over and accept whatever small settlement they can get. They also know which attorneys are prepared to fight for what their client deserves in court.
A good lawyer will prepare every case for trial, because sometimes that’s the only way they can earn fair compensation for their clients. Not all firms do this, but we know how important maximum compensation is for our clients. Anything less is unacceptable.
North Carolina Statute of Limitations: Know the Deadline to File
If you were injured in North Carolina, you have three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. Three years may sound like a long time, but don’t put off your case – if you wait too long to file and miss the deadline, you’ll be unable to file and unable to pursue compensation for your injuries.
The statute of limitations may be different for your specific case, so if you’re curious how long you have to file, call our Charlotte personal injury lawyer now.
Get in Touch With an Experienced Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney
Attorneys at Johnson & Groninger are fully dedicated to helping our clients. We’re passionate about the law and are happy to educate injured people about the NC legal system and the ins and outs of their cases.
Each of our lawyers is community-minded and client-focused. Please call (704) 200-2009 to speak with an attorney. We look forward to hearing from you.
1018 East Blvd., Ste 6, Charlotte, NC 28203