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Raleigh Personal Injury & Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Injury Lawyers in Raleigh Helping Victims Recover Compensation and Benefits
At Ricci Law Firm, our team of legal professionals has over 60 years combined experience serving both personal injury and workers’ compensation clients. We have a proven track record of success in helping clients get the compensation they deserve through settlements, arbitration, and, when necessary, trials. We have many offices to serve your needs, including one in Raleigh. When you hire our firm to help you with your auto accident or workers’ compensation claim, you can expect honesty, integrity, and professionalism. We know that you have medical bills to pay after an injury and that your other financial obligations don’t stop while you can’t work. You can count on our attorneys to work quickly to help you during these challenging times.
Do You Have a Car Accident Case?
If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident that was due in part or entirely to the negligence of another person or party, you likely have a case. The easiest way to find out is to meet with a knowledgeable Raleigh car accident attorney at our office. The attorney will ask you several questions about your accident and injuries to determine what your legal rights and options might be. Generally, all injury claims share the four elements of negligence, which include:
Duty of Care/Standard of Care
A duty of care is an obligation to act with a degree of good sense and reasonable caution. Many laws establish these standards, such as traffic laws. As such, it is usually the easiest to prove. For example, all drivers must obey the rules of the road and not drive recklessly or dangerously.
Breach of Duty
Next, you must be able to prove that the other party breached their duty of care towards you by failing to act with reasonable care. For instance, a driver who runs a red light breaks traffic laws and puts others in danger.
If you can prove duty and breach of duty, you’ve established liability in your claim. The other party becomes legally responsible for the damages they caused. However, you must prove that they caused your injuries and damages. Having an experienced Raleigh car accident lawyer on your side can significantly improve the chances of establishing all of these elements.
Now you need to prove that the other party’s reckless behavior resulted in your injuries or other harm. There must be a connection between their actions and your suffering. In fact, the courts call this proximate cause which means it has to be a fairly direct cause.
Your Raleigh car accident attorney will often hire expert witnesses, such as medical professionals, to help prove causation. Suppose someone failed to stop at a stoplight, resulting in another motorist’s fractured pelvis and femur. That motorist goes through surgery and months of therapy. Their doctor testifies that they were in good health prior to the accident. In that case, a proximate cause would be established.
Lastly, you need to show that the other party’s negligent actions resulted in your harm. Then, translate your harm to a dollar amount. Often, this is the most challenging part of proving your claim. A seasoned Raleigh car accident lawyer will know how to show the harm you sustained in the accident and how much each type of harm is worth. Damages are the compensation you should receive for your harm. Evidence such as medical bills, receipts, medical records, lost wage statements, and paystubs will be necessary. When a Raleigh car accident attorney represents you, they can help you gather the evidence you will need. Your damages might include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
Insurance companies want to pay you as little as possible for your claim. If they can cast doubt that any of these elements exist in your claim, your case won’t be successful. It’s crucial to have an experienced Raleigh car accident lawyer help you pursue your claim.
North Carolina Workers’ Compensation
At the Ricci Law Firm, we also handle workers’ compensation claims. Workers’ compensation is a type of no-fault insurance employers are required to carry for their employees. Employees can access workers’ compensation in exchange for giving up their rights to file a personal injury claim. It provides payment of medical expenses and wage loss benefits for workers who are injured while on the clock or in the course of the job or if they acquire a work-related illness.
To be eligible for workers’ compensation in North Carolina:
- Your injury must occur while you are working or from your work in the case of an illness
- Your injury must arise because of the work you are doing
- Your injury must be caused by an accident or, in the case of a back injury, a specific incident
Additionally, your employer must employ at least three individuals.
Common Causes of Raleigh Workplace Injuries
Overexertion and bodily reaction, slips, trips, and falls, and contact with objects and equipment are the top three most common causes of workplace injuries in America. Together, they account for more than 84 percent of all nonfatal injuries that result in days away from work. Other common injuries include:
- Falls from heights
- Occupational diseases caused by things such as exposure to toxic hazards or repetitive strain
- Defective equipment or parts
- Exposures to toxic substances
Far too often, claimants are wrongfully denied benefits and unaware of their rights. If you suffer a work-related injury or illness, contact a Raleigh workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. They can assist you in taking all the necessary steps to seek compensation. Suppose there was another party involved, such as a contract worker or an equipment manufacturer involved in your injury. In that case, you might also be able to file a personal injury claim.
Contact the Ricci Law Firm Today
If you were hurt through no fault of your own, it’s time to seek legal representation from the Ricci Law Firm. Whether you need a Raleigh car accident lawyer or a Raleigh workers’ compensation attorney, we can help. Keep in mind that your legal rights won’t last forever. Call 252-262-1436 or use our online contact form to schedule your free consultation today.