Articles Tagged with Personal Injury

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Charlotte Injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “What happens if the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance?”

Every personal injury case usually follows the same pattern — an injury occurs, a complaint is made, the discovery process happens, settlement negotiations begin, then on to the trial and judgement. Each step of a case involves other steps and procedures that must be done. For example, the discovery process is the time when both sides are building their cases and requesting documents from the other side. Another step that might happen during the discovery process is depositions. Depositions are a situation in which one party’s attorney is permitted to ask another individual questions under oath. The following are the basics of a deposition and what to expect.

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Charlotte Injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “What is the value of my case?”

The aim of a personal injury suit is to compensate an injured party for his or her injuries caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another. An injury can be devastating to a person. Not only is a victim left recovering physically, but he or she could experience mental distress and financial hardship. When most people think of filing a personal injury suit, they picture going to court and having a judge or jury come to a decision. However, the majority of personal injury suits never make it to trial. In fact, most cases settle before they even broach the option of a trial. A settlement involves both sides coming to an agreement about the injuries and the compensation owed. However, settlement is not right for everyone. You must consider a variety of factors before deciding whether to settle a case or go to trial.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Legal Briefs: What if the accident was my fault?

It is safe to say that either someone you know or you yourself have been involved in a car accident at some point. Car accidents can be anything from a minor fender bender to a multi-car pile-up on the highway. However “serious” a car accident is deemed to be, there is no way to predict the injuries that might result because of it. A “minor” accident can lead to a serious injury and a “major” accident can leave a driver or passenger with absolutely no injuries. There is just no way to predict the injury after a car accident. While you can not predict the injury that might result, you can take certain action to strengthen a personal injury claim after an accident occurs. A personal injury suit is a way to collect compensation for the damages suffered as a result of another’s negligence. Personal injury suits can be complicated and confusing, but each one can be approached with the same ideology: Strengthen your case as much as possible. A few simple actions can be the difference from being successful and unsuccessful in your claims.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What if a loved one dies from the injuries sustained in a serious accident while the case is pending?”

The hospital is supposed to keep you safe and help you heal from whatever medical emergency or problems you are having. However, hospitals are not immune from making mistakes and, sometimes, can cause the death of a patient. Depending on the circumstances of the death, the victim’s loved ones may be able to file a claim for wrongful death. If the death of your loved one is caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another, the personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are here to help.

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Personal injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “If I am injured in a car accident or at work what should I do?”

Car accidents never happen at a convenient time. Accidents can result in serious injuries that have consequences far beyond physically pain. In an ideal world, insurance companies would be happy to pay for the damages you are suffering as a result of the accident. Theoretically, you are paying a monthly premium for coverage for accidents or emergencies. In the real world, insurance companies are generally not eager to hand out settlements or large payments. Private insurance companies are much like other businesses; their aim is to increase profits. In order to increase profits, payments for damages must be minimized. A car accident attorney can help you determine what the best course of action is to recover damages. It is important to note that there is no guarantee that compensation for damages can be achieved, but an attorney can give you the best chance for success.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What can you sue for in a personal injury case?”

It is not uncommon to hear personal injury attorneys talk about whether or not they have settled a case or taken the case to trial. Studies have found that up to 97% of personal injury cases that are filed in the United States settle out of court. They do not go all the way to trial. If this seems like a high percentage to you, that is because it is. It is rare for a personal injury suit to make it to trial, but that is not to say that there are not cases that go to trial. There are many reasons that a case might settle. Just because a settlement offer is made, it does not mean that the settlement offer has to be accepted.

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Charlotte Injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “What is the value of my case?”

When you have been injured, regardless how serious, the first priority is healing and figuring out how to move forward with your life. Additionally, you might also decide to pursue a legal avenue for recovering for your damages. A personal injury suit is a way to recover damages for the injuries you sustained because of the negligence or wrongful act of another. You might think that this is straight-forward. You get injured, file a suit, prove damages, and receive your award. This is not always true. Personal injury suits can be complicated and difficult. There are many factors, which might be surprising to some, that can alter personal injury suit outcomes.

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Charlotte Injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “Do I have to pay taxes on a settlement or jury award in a personal injury case?”

Anyone who has been injured in any way knows how difficult it can be to recover. From a minor injury to a major injury, the healing process can cause many inconveniences in daily life. For some injuries sustained, an injured party can file a personal injury suit to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, and more. In North Carolina, a personal injury suit is filed on the basis of negligence. When another person is negligent and that negligence results in damages to you, there is the possibility to recover for those damages. Many people know that they can recover damages for injuries, but are unsure where those damages come from. How are personal injury suits valued? The following are the ways in which the monetary value of a personal injury claim can be determined.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “Can my employer fire me because I filed a workers’ compensation claim?”

Look around. Every building and structure is a result of the hard work of construction workers who make it their life’s work to be a part of the construction of buildings and structures. Working in construction is not without its risks. Every day, construction workers across the country go to emergency rooms with injuries sustained on the job. One of the biggest risks of injuries to construction workers is the danger of serious falls. However, that is not the only danger to construction workers. In North Carolina, the leading cause of fatal accidents in the state are incidents in which the worker has been “struck-by” an object. It is important for construction workers to know their rights when it comes to work related injuries and for their families to know their rights in the event of a fatality.

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Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What exactly is a wrongful death claim?”

Imagine being on a family vacation. You are enjoying each other’s companyand the local attractions. The last thing on your mind is a tragic accident claiming the lives of nine of your family members. For one woman, this became reality. A tragic duck boat accident claimed the lives of 17 people after it sank on a lake near Branson, Missouri. This has resulted in a wrongful death suit being filed against Ripley Entertainment, the owner of the duck boat. The suit has been filed on behalf of the estates of three of the victims, but other families are expected to join the suit, according to CNN.