We all know that life is unpredictable, and accidents sometimes happen. But it’s also true that very few accidental injuries are entirely accidental and without fault.
Whether it’s a car accident, a slip-and-fall while you’re out shopping, an injury at work or some other type of accident, many of these mishaps are due to someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s careless or wrongful actions, you may be facing expensive medical bills, lost wages, and other losses that can greatly impact your future.
Ward Black Law is well-respected in Greensboro and throughout North Carolina for our community outreach efforts as well as our exceptional legal services. In fact, founding attorney Janet Ward Black was recently named “Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year 2020” for the Triad area by U.S. News & World Report. She has been named the “Best Lawyer in America” for over 13 years and the firm has been named the “Best Law Firm in America” for over 10 years
No matter how you were hurt, we can outline your legal options and pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries. To learn more, call or text us or visit our contact page for a free initial consultation.
How Can Our Greensboro Personal Injury Attorneys Help You?
If you have not interacted with the legal system before, you may be wondering exactly what a personal injury attorney does and how they can help you. That’s a fair question. Here are a few ways that our team can help you with your personal injury case:
- Gathering evidence to support your claim – Claiming compensation after a personal injury requires proof of the harm that you’ve suffered, as well as evidence that the person you’ve filed the claim against caused the accident. Finding this evidence can take a lot of time, effort, and resources, which you likely do not have if you’ve recently been seriously injured. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys know what kind of evidence you need. They can work on obtaining it while you focus on healing from your injuries and putting your life back together.
- Communicating with the other parties in your claim and their agents – Most personal injury claims do not end up in court. Instead, they’re typically resolved by a settlement between the plaintiff (the person who filed the claim) and the insurance company for the defendant (the person against whom the claim is filed). Our personal injury attorneys can handle all your communications needs for you, ensuring that the insurance company has the information they need while also protecting you from saying anything that might inadvertently harm your claim.
- Filing all the necessary paperwork – There are many different kinds of compensation you can pursue in a personal injury claim. These include your past and future medical bills, your lost wages while you heal, the physical and mental pain you suffered, and more. Our personal injury attorneys understand the full extent of compensation to what you may be entitled to. We’re prepared to pursue aggressively every dollar that you deserve.
- Negotiating for the maximum possible settlement – There are many different kinds of compensation you can pursue in a personal injury claim. These include your past and future medical bills, the value of any property that was damaged in the accident, your lost wages while you heal, the physical and mental pain you suffered, and more. Our personal injury attorneys understand the full extent of compensation you may be entitled to. We’re prepared to aggressively pursue every dollar that you deserve.
- Preparing your case for trial – Most personal injury claims do not make it to trial. Sometimes a trial is necessary if the responsible party or their insurance company isn’t negotiating in good faith. Our firm is not afraid to go to court to stand up for your rights. We’ll prepare your case for trial even as we negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
If you were injured due to someone else’s careless or reckless actions, you likely have a personal injury case. Personal injury claims generally involve demonstrating some form of wrongdoing on the part of the responsible party.
There are four core components to a negligence claim:
- The responsible party owed you a duty of care. This means that they have some type of legal responsibility to prevent you from being injured. For example, drivers have a responsibility to look out for other motorists and follow the rules of the road.
- The responsible party failed in their duty of care. This occurs when, through their actions or failure to act, someone does not uphold their legal responsibilities. If a driver ignores the rules of the road by drinking and driving, they have failed in their duty of care to other motorists.
- The responsible party’s failure led to the accident. If the driver hit you because they were drinking and driving, their actions clearly led to the accident.
- The responsible party’s actions caused your injuries. Using our example of the drunk driver, they can be held liable for any injuries caused by their reckless behavior.
It’s important to know that you will be unable to recover compensation if the other party proves that you were partially to blame for an accident – even just 1 percent at fault. North Carolina uses a legal doctrine called “contributory negligence” to determine liability in personal injury cases. This doctrine states that a plaintiff cannot recover any compensation if they were at all to blame for the accident.
This outdated and strict rule makes it critical to have an effective attorney who can gather and present evidence to show that you were not responsible for the accident in the appropriate case.
Types of Personal Injury Accidents in Greensboro
There are many different types of personal injury cases that our firm handles. Some of these cases include:
- Car accidents – Drunk driving accidents, distracted driving accidents, and similar cases are all forms of negligence, and you can hold the other driver liable for any injuries that you’ve suffered.
- Truck accidents – With their long hours and grueling demands, truck drivers are uniquely prone to fatigued driving accidents and other forms of negligence. Truck accident injuries are often more severe than motor vehicle accident injuries.
- Motorcycle accidents – Motorcyclists often suffer unfair prejudice from many car and truck drivers. Many motorists do not take adequate precautions to watch out for motorcyclists and share the road properly. Motorcycle accident injuries can be especially severe.
- Bicycle accidents – Similar to motorcycle accidents, many drivers don’t take adequate care to watch out for bicyclists on the road. In these cases, drivers can be held liable for any injuries the bicyclist suffered in an accident.
- Premises liability accidents – Store owners, landlords, and other property owners have a legal responsibility to provide a safe environment for guests, visitors, tenants, and others. If they fail to live up to this responsibility, and an accident occurs, they can be held liable for damages.
- Nursing home abuse and neglect – We place great trust in the people who care for our elderly family members. When that trust is abused, it’s important to hold the nursing home and its staff accountable for their actions.
- Defective products – Whether it’s dangerous drugs, the designers and manufacturers of dangerous and defective products can be held liable if their products cause injuries.
- Work-related injuries/occupational diseases – Workers’ compensation claims can be very difficult. It’s important to hire an attorney who knows how the system works and can seek the benefits you need for an on-the-job injury.
- Asbestos exposure cases – Though asbestos has been banned in most buildings for many years, many people are still suffering from being exposed to it decades ago. We can help you find the parties responsible for your exposures and help you recover compensation for your illness, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and lung scarring.
- Wrongful death cases – In the most extreme and tragic cases, a personal injury can cause someone to die prematurely. If someone in your family has died after a personal injury that was someone else’s fault, we can help you file a claim against the responsible party to seek compensation for your family and justice for the deceased.
Types of Injuries in Personal Injury Cases
The injuries that can occur in an accident are extremely varied, and it’s very common for accident victims to experience multiple kinds of injuries at once. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Lacerations and bruises
- Broken bones
- Soft-tissue damage (damage to muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc.)
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal injuries
- Joint damage
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
The personal injury attorneys at Ward Black Law stand ready to fight to seek full compensation for all of the losses you sustained in your accident.
Contact a Ward Black Law Attorney Today
The sooner you speak to a lawyer after an accident, the sooner they can help you, and the sooner you’ll be able to move on from this tragic chapter in your life.
Get your free consultation with one of our attorneys at Ward Black Law today by calling or texting us or visiting our contact page.
Awards & Recognition
Three Ward Black Law attorneys have been named by U.S. News & World Report to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America listing. Janet Ward Black was named to the list for the 13th consecutive year and is recognized for her expertise in both Mass Tort/Class Action Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation.
Ward Black Law has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® for both Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs for 2021. The firm has been listed in this publication for eleven consecutive years.
Janet Ward Black is listed as a Top Attorney, earning Avvo’s highest rating of 10.0