Salisbury Lawyers Handle Personal Injury Claims in the North Carolina Piedmont
Experienced attorneys seek full, fair compensation for injured clients
If you or someone in your family has been seriously injured or killed due to someone’s negligence, our experienced personal injury lawyers at Sherrill & Cameron, PLLC are prepared to help. As resourceful trial attorneys, we know how to develop and present essential evidence to prove your claims of liability. As seasoned negotiators, we can often achieve favorable results without the need to go to trial.
Representing a wide range of accident victims
At our Salisbury law practice, we represent the victims of negligence in cases related to:
- Auto accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian-involved vehicle accidents
- Defective product injuries
- Premises liability claims
- Toxic torts
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Construction accidents
- Farm accidents
- Wrongful death
Our experience gives you an advantage in personal injury cases where the defendant denies fault, questions the severity of your injuries, or contests the amount of your losses. Whenever your case requires medical or forensic testimony, we can call on a highly qualified expert to present technical evidence in a clear and persuasive way.
How contributory negligence can affect your vehicle accident case
North Carolina is one of the few remaining states to follow the doctrine of pure contributory negligence. This has serious implications for auto, truck, motorcycle, or boating accidents, because it allows a defendant to assert that the victim share responsibility for the accident. If the defendant can show any evidence the victim was even one percent at fault, the victim is barred from collecting any compensation for losses. Because of the potential for an “all or nothing” result in your case, you must retain experienced and knowledgeable legal representation.
North Carolina's statute of limitations for personal injury
Victims of personal injury in North Carolina have three years from the date of the injury event to bring a lawsuit, or they lose their legal rights forever. However, there are certain circumstances that can extend the time allowed, by “tolling,” or halting, the statute:
- Discovery rule — In cases such as medical malpractice, where an individual may suffer a latent injury, the statutory period is tolled until the victim discovers, or reasonably should have discovered, that an injury has occurred.
- Minor victim — When the victim is under the age of 18, the statutory period is tolled until the victim’s 18th birthday. The victim has three years from that date to file suit.
- Incompetency — If a victim has been declared incompetent due to a mental disability, the statute of limitations does not apply.
Next of kin have two years to bring a lawsuit for wrongful death.
Damages available in a personal injury case
Personal injury law is supposed to “make the victim whole again.” Unfortunately, that is not always possible. Many victims of negligence have their lives changed forever. Still, justice requires ample compensation for losses, which can include:
- Medical bills, now and in the future
- Lost income and lost future earnings
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
It is very difficult to put a price on a victim’s pain and suffering and other intangible losses. However, a knowledgeable lawyer can draw from experience to estimate the potential value of a case and work diligently to maximize the client’s damage award.
Contact our knowledgeable attorneys for your personal injury case in Salisbury
A serious personal injury has far-reaching consequences for your future. Only trust your case to an experienced attorney with a record of success. Call Sherrill & Cameron, PLLC today at 704-633-5723 or contact our Salisbury office online to schedule a free consultation.