What is Personal Injury?
A personal injury case is a legal dispute that occurs when someone suffers from an accident/injury that someone else that may be responsible for.
Personal injury cases occur when an individual files a “complaint,” which accuses another person or business of acting irresponsibly, thus causing the accident to happen. Examples of personal injury cases include car accidents caused by drunk drivers, bites from animals that roam free, and medical problems from a physician’s carelessness.
Personal injury cases typically either develop into a formal lawsuit or an informal settlement depending on the situation. Formal lawsuits are civil court proceedings that allow an injured individual to seek and find the responsible party legally at fault through a court ruling. Informal settlements are more common than formal lawsuits, as this option allows an accident or injury case to be resolved between the individuals/businesses, insurers, and attorneys representing both sides. Settlements start with negotiations and result in a written agreement that prevents either side from taking further action in the future, such as a formal lawsuit. The matter is solved through an agreed upon amount of money.
Statute of Limitations
Injured individuals must understand there is a time limit in which they can file a lawsuit, which is also known as their “statute of limitations.” If they try to sue after their time limit, their claim is barred and the one “at fault” automatically wins. Both North Carolina and South Carolina’s “injury to a person” statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident.
No matter the situation, personal injury cases require a complete and confident understanding of facts, laws, and legal processes. If you or someone you know has been injured, we recommend consulting with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. We’ll review your case with you and help determine whether you should pursue a lawsuit.