Have you been injured on someone’s property and need help with your case? Check out these 4 premises liability tips, then call our lawyer.
1) Hiring a Premises Liability Attorney
Recently, someone from North Carolina called my office about a horrible fall that had left them going through surgery and with hardware in their ankle. They were injured because something caused them to step into a hole and twist their foot when they didn’t see the hole. When you have a premises liability case in Richmond County, NC, you need to look for three things. You need an attorney that’s going to understand the medicine in your case. When you have a serious injury where you have to have surgery and you have to have your foot put back together, you’re going to need someone that can communicate with the doctor and take the medical concepts that are involved in your case and make them simple: simple to explain to a jury, simple to explain to you, and simple to portray in a visual aid.
Second, you’re going to need an attorney that’s experienced with premises liability cases. The reason you’re going to need an attorney that’s experienced is because, in North Carolina, we have a very harsh law called contributory negligence. That’s lawyer talk, but essentially, that means that you’re going to be blamed for not looking where you were going. You’re going to be told that this was your fault.
You’re going to be told that, even if you were there to spend your money at those premises, or you were there to deliver goods that someone at those premises had ordered, or you were there because you were invited to be there. The owner of those premises and the controller of those premises didn’t guard against you falling into the hole or stepping into the hole, and they didn’t warn anyone about it. You need an attorney that understands how falls occur. The third thing you’re going to need is you’re going to need expert witnesses that =understand how falls occur and can explain that to judges when they’re looking to see whether this was your fault and whether your case should be kicked out of court.
When you have a serious injury from a fall on somebody’s unsafe premises, you need to look for those three things: how to understand the injury, how to understand the fall, and how to understand experts that can protect your case from being kicked out of court. We have prosecuted premises cases in Richmond County, NC. We’ve dealt with all three of those problems. Call our office and let us talk to you so that we can protect you from the beginning of your case. We want to make sure that you get a chance to put your case on before a jury in a way in which you can win a verdict that reflects what has happened to you. Call our office; we are here for you.
2) Premises Liability Case Value
Recently, someone from North Carolina called me. They had been injured in a store that had a hole that should have been fixed, wasn’t fixed, and didn’t have an orange cone or flag to let people know the hole was there. They ended up having surgery. They had hardware in their foot. Their doctor said they might even need to have another surgery.
They’re being worn down. They’re receiving calls from the hospital because the bills need to be paid or the copay needs to be paid. They’re wondering, how long is this going to go on?
In order to fully evaluate a case and an injury like this, any experienced attorney needs to understand from the doctor and the medical records what your medical condition is. They need to understand whether you’re going to be able to walk on your foot properly again. They need to understand whether you’re going to have to have a second surgery and fuse your foot because the pain is so severe that you can hardly walk.
In order for them to understand that, you the patient have to go through the process of being treated by the doctor. It takes time for all of this medical process to occur and the healing to occur, so that we can see where you are and what you’re left with at the end of the process. These are the factors that a North Carolina attorney is going to look at in trying to evaluate your case. That type of evaluation can occur early on six weeks after you’ve been hurt.
It’s frustrating. We understand it is frustrating, but there’s a lot at stake. Are you ever going to be able to stand? Are you ever going to be able to really walk around the mall with your wife without having to stop and sit down when she wants to keep going?
It’s that kind of thing that needs to be assessed. It’s that kind of thing that a jury is going to look at when they are rendering their verdict. We need to know where you are at the end of your treatment to be able to evaluate your case.
If you’re willing – if you’re the kind of person that doesn’t want to prematurely settle your case and have regrets— call our office. We’ll work with you through this process so that in the end, we can go and obtain the type of settlement or verdict that is needed to truly make it worthwhile for what you’ve been through. Call our office; we are here to help.
3) Premises Liability Settlement Offers
Recently, someone in Richmond County, NC called me to ask me if they should take the first settlement offer the insurance company made. In fact, what they really asked me was how can they deal with this insurance company when they’re making an unfair settlement offer. First of all, no, you never want to take an insurance company’s first settlement offer. The first settlement offer from an insurance company is designed to see if you’ll take the bait. Insurance companies like to take money in, and they absolutely hate paying money out.
The first offer they’re going to make is not going to be an offer that they expect to really pay. They’re hoping that you’ll take the bait, but you never should take that bait. Instead, if you have a serious case, you need to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Richmond County, NC and get the advice of an attorney who can assist you in how to deal with the insurance company. Call our office. We’ll be willing to give you a free consultation to explain what you might need to – what we might need to do to help you further.
4) Timeline for a Premises Liability Case
Recently, one of my clients was seriously injured in a premises case in which they couldn’t see a trip hazard that should have been eliminated, guarded against, or warned about and, as a result, had serious injuries that required surgery and even required hardware in their foot. Yet, the medical bills are mounting, the bill collectors are calling, and our client was being worn down by this. They wanted to know how long it would take for the case to resolve. Unfortunately, what we have to do is plan for the worst and hope for the best.
First of all, we have to prepare your case for trial because, in North Carolina, most premises cases have to go to trial. We have to show the people that did wrong here that you’re not going to be ambushed in trial. We have to show that we’re not going to give away our power in a settlement negotiation. The way we do that is to prepare for trial.
The second thing that has to happen is you have to complete your treatment. Your personal injury timeframe for resolving your case is tied into how long it takes you to heal. Your doctor is going to tell you that only time will heal your injuries. Then your doctor may say you may need a second surgery, or you may need surgery to take the hardware out. The timing of your case for resolution is linked to the time it takes your body to heal. Sometimes that’s not predictable, but even so, it may take a year or even a year and a half.
You can’t settle a personal injury case that came from a premises trip and fall where somebody didn’t guard against a trip hazard until you know what type of medical treatment you might need in the future. You don’t want to settle your case and then find out that you need another $50,000 surgery. It’s taxing and it’s frustrating, but the timing of your case is also dictated by how fast you heal.
Understand that we are experienced with handling these types of frustrations and these types of cases. Call us; we’ll talk to you more. We’ll also explain what’s going to need to be done to get your case prepared to go to trial because, in Richmond County, NC, premises cases are very difficult. The only way you might get your cases settled is to prepare it for trial. If you’re willing to do that, call our office. We’re here to help.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured on another person’s property in North Carolina and have questions about these 4 premises liability tips? Contact experienced Richmond County, NC premises liability lawyer H. Bright Lindler today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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