When you hear the words personal injury attorney what is the first thing that comes to mind? For me it is motor vehicle accidents. The image of a poor injured victim sitting with their injury lawyer discussing the negligence of another driver. This is a large area of the work that personal injury lawyers carry out. There were almost 6 million car accidents in the US in 2008 reported by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 1,324 of these took place in North Carolina with 1,433 people killed according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
What Other Cases Do Injury Lawyers Cover?
NC Personal Injury Lawyers cover areas such as:
- Drug Injuries.
- Fire and Burns
- Social Security Disability
- Wrongful Death
If you have suffered an injury from a prescription drug of any kind then you may have a case against both the FDA and the company that made the drug. Unfortunately due to being profit driven, these companies far too often release a new drug that causes severe injury. Strokes, kidney damage and in extreme cases ineffective drugs have caused death. If you have suffered an injury then a personal injury lawyer could help you get the compensation you deserve.
Personal injury attorneys can also help with claiming social security disability and receiving the benefits you are entitled to. Claiming can be a difficult process and having an expert, who knows the system inside and out can mean the difference between a ‘denied’ and an ‘accepted’. Even if you have been denied before; as many people are, with the help of an attorney you should be able to claim successfully.
Wrongful death is the situation where the death of a loved one is caused by the negligence of another. Usually the grief of your loss means that it is difficult to deal with medical and funereal expenses. Hiring an attorney can ease some of this worry. They will claim on your behalf getting you the money that is rightfully yours and dealing with the unpleasant practicalities of wrongful death.
Fire and burn injuries can be horrific. The physical scars and emotional trauma caused by a fire can be hard to overcome. The two most common causes of fire are either poorly maintained property or a defective product. If you believe that your fire was caused by either of these two things or perhaps something else then it is worthwhile hiring a personal injury attorney, as claiming for fire damage is a very complicated area of the law.
Doing It Yourself
As can be seen the work carried out by personal injury lawyers is much more varied than the simple motor vehicle accident. The list provided here is by no means exhaustive. They are an essential service, there to help when the worst happens. Some people try to claim their case alone, without the aid of a lawyer. This often results in frustration and a waste of time. Often they do not get the amount of compensation that they deserve. It is always better to hire a professional allowing you to relax and recover knowing you are in good hands.