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Were you recently involved in a devastating accident? Has your entire world been turned upside down by the catastrophic injuries you sustained? If so, you may be entitled to total financial compensation paid by the individual or entity responsible for causing your damages and injuries. However, getting them to compensate you fairly may prove more challenging than you had hoped. 

At-fault parties rarely accept responsibility for their actions without being compelled to do so. Fortunately, when you have our Raleigh personal injury lawyers with Ricci Law Firm Injury Lawyers advocating for your rights, you can rest easier knowing a team of highly experienced law professionals has taken the legal burden off of your shoulders. Request a 100% free consultation with our team today to learn more about the value of your losses, how your personal injury case might unfold, and what to expect next from your lawsuit or insurance claims. 

Ricci Law Firm Injury Lawyers Can Handle Virtually ANY Type of Accident or Injury Claim

When you have been involved in any type of accident that was not your fault, you should not be stuck covering the costs. Why should you be forced into financial ruin because of someone else’s negligent decisions? Your top-rated personal injury lawyer with Ricci Law Firm Injury Lawyers does not believe you should have to deal with any of the ramifications, particularly when you are already forced to cope with the physical and emotional trauma of your injuries. For this reason, no matter what type of accident you were involved in, you can trust in and rely on our team to be your strongest advocates. Our injury attorneys have extensive experience handling a wide array of accident claims. Here are some of the most common types of accidents our clients have endured: 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

After any type of motor vehicle crash, you may need the support of a dedicated Raleigh injury attorney. Motor vehicle accidents can involve nearly any type of motorized vehicle, including:

In many motor vehicle accident cases, the collision is caused by irresponsible, unsafe, or reckless driving. Motorists may speed, drive drunk, drowsy, or distracted, or engage in dangerous driving behaviors such as road rage, following too closely, or failure to yield or stop. When this happens, you may have grounds for legal action against the driver that hit you. However, negligent driving is just one of many causes of car accidents. Hazardous roads, inclement weather, and defective auto parts are also common culprits. You may need to move forward with a personal injury lawsuit against one or more of the following parties if you hope to get the justice you deserve:

  • The city of Raleigh
  • Dram shops
  • Auto parts manufacturers
  • The North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Motor vehicle parts designers and distributors
  • Safety inspectors
  • Vehicle maintenance technicians
  • Other third parties 

Premises Liabilities

A premises liability case is any type of accident or incident that occurs on someone else’s property. Generally, these are claims filed against property owners who fail to make necessary safety repairs or take steps to prevent guests from suffering catastrophic injury due to dangerous property conditions. Some examples of premises liability accidents most personal injury law firms, including Ricci Law Firm Injury Lawyers, handle include:

  • Snow and ice accidents
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Wet floor accidents
  • Dog bites and animal attacks
  • Trampoline accidents
  • Construction site accidents
  • Supermarket accidents
  • Parking lot accidents
  • Hotel accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Public nuisance accidents
  • Ladder or stair accidents 
  • Elevator and escalator accidents

If you were trespassing on the property owner’s premises or were committing a crime at the time of the accident, you may not be able to hold the property owner accountable for your damages. For this reason, it is common for liable parties to victim-blame in the hopes of escaping financial liability.  

Personal Injury Victims in Raleigh Deserve Total Financial Support

You should not be forced to struggle financially and deal with the consequences of this traumatic event on your own. While accessing financial compensation will do little to change the injuries you sustained and emotional distress you cope with, it can give you a chance to avoid financial ruin and give you the means to start rebuilding your life. 

Our personal injury attorneys in Raleigh aim to maximize your award so you get the most out of your claim. The damages you have the right to recover are known as compensatory damages, which are further categorized as economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are financial, whereas non-economic damages impact your emotional state and lifestyle. Here are some of the most common types of damages awarded to injury victims in Raleigh:

Current and Anticipated Medical Expenses 

Your personal injury law firm will make it a priority to demand total financial compensation for your medical expenses and healthcare costs. Any expenses related to the treatment or care of injuries related to the accident should be taken into account as we determine the value of your claim. Some examples of such expenses could include:

  • Surgical intervention
  • Prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs
  • Medical devices, such as stents or hardware
  • Co-pays 
  • Increased health insurance premiums
  • Medical equipment, such as wheelchairs or prosthetic limbs
  • Medical home accommodations, such as installing wheelchair ramps or widening doorways
  • Mental health counseling costs
  • Your hospital stay
  • Ongoing medical treatment, such as occupational therapy or dialysis
  • Reconstructive surgery, including skin grafts
  • Future expenses related to your injuries 

If the at-fault party has insurance coverage, it is likely the insurance company will be partially responsible for covering these costs. However, insurers have been known to deny coverage, even in emergency scenarios. If the liable party is uninsured, your only other option may be to proceed with a personal injury lawsuit to recoup these costs in full. 

Loss of Tips, Wages, or Self-Employment Income

One of the most impactful losses injury victims cope with after an accident are those related to income and wages. Most reputable injury law firms complete a comprehensive analysis of all wage-related losses to ensure clients are repaid for the total value of their wage damages. It may surprise you to learn that you have the right to be compensated for not only your loss of hourly wages but also:

  • Loss of sick leave
  • Loss of paid time off
  • Loss of bonuses and holiday pay
  • Loss of vacation pay
  • Diminished earning potential
  • Loss of health insurance provided by your employer
  • Loss of retirement account contributions matched by your employer

Pain, Suffering, and Other Non-Economic Damages

You need an injury law firm on your side that understands how devastating the trauma of the accident can be. Physical pain and mental anguish need to be quantified as they do not have a fixed financial worth. They are completely subjective, and every injury victim will be affected differently. For this reason, you should be prepared to discuss every single way you have been impacted by the accident and your injuries with your attorney. This way, we can ensure we are accurately calculating the value of your personal injury claim. Examples of non-economic damages include:

  • Loss of love and companionship
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Loss of support and guidance
  • Loss of advice and society
  • Professional reputational damage
  • Skin scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Permanent disability
  • Psychological trauma 
  • Embarrassment and indignity

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are also commonly known as exemplary damages. They are intended to punish defendants for gross negligence and intentional malice. For this reason, punitive damages are not awarded in every personal injury case. The Raleigh civil courts may award punitive damage, but only if they find it appropriate to punish the defendant beyond covering your compensatory damages. Most often, punitive damages are awarded so the courts can communicate their intolerance for similar actions with the community and potentially prevent similar instances from occurring in the future. 

North Carolina Personal Injury Laws Are Strict

You need a personal injury attorney on your side who has an extensive understanding of North Carolina’s personal injury laws. There are several personal injury and tort laws that could impact the outcome of your case, which is why it is so important to have a knowledgeable legal advocate working for you. Ricci Law Firm Injury Lawyers will ensure you are informed so you can make educated decisions about how to proceed with your case.

The Statute of Limitations

North Carolina law allows injury victims as much as three years to file a lawsuit after the accident has occurred under N.C. General Statutes section 1-52. If you wait too long to get started or your lawsuit is not filed before the statute of limitations passes, regrettably, you will lose your chance to try your case before a judge and jury. We strongly encourage injury victims in Raleigh to connect with our highly qualified legal team as soon as possible after the accident so we can gather the evidence we need to file your claim well before time runs out. 

Shared Liability and Pure Contributory Negligence

Our injury lawyers regularly challenge allegations of shared blame. North Carolina is one of only a handful of states that follow pure contributory negligence laws. Here, if you are even 1% at fault for the accident or your subsequent injuries, you lose your right to compensation from the at-fault party. As you can imagine, liable parties often attempt to capitalize on these shared fault laws and manipulate them in their favor. Our legal advocates will do everything in our power to obtain the powerful evidence we need to refute potential shared liability accusations so you can be awarded the financial compensation you are entitled to.

Fault Insurance

North Carolina is a fault insurance state. Liable parties are expected to compensate victims for their damages. If the at-fault party has insurance coverage, you will begin by filing a claim against their insurance policy as opposed to filing a claim against your personal insurance policies. It is not abnormal for insurers to fight back or deny claimants the financial support they deserve. Sometimes, the only things that prevent insurers from taking advantage of injury victims and accident survivors are personal injury attorneys and legal advocates prioritizing victim’s needs. 

Connect With Raleigh’s Highly Regarded Personal Injury Law Firm Today

The fallout of your injuries and resulting damages will likely be felt across every aspect of your life. Do not let the liable party get away with shaking up your world and refusing to be held accountable. With an experienced Raleigh injury lawyer at Ricci Law Firm Injury Lawyers prioritizing your best interests, you can recuperate without the stress and anxiety that often follows complex insurance claims and litigation. 

We handle everything so you can breathe easier. When you are ready to take charge of your case but do not know where to get started, meet with our dedicated personal injury team. Our law firm is proud to serve communities in Greenville, Wilmington, Durham, New Bern, Raleigh, and other nearby towns and cities. Take advantage of this opportunity to reclaim your life. Complete our quick contact form or call us to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.

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3605 Glenwood Ave. Suite 190 Raleigh, NC 27612