When your case comes to a close, and you disagree with the court’s final judgment, it may initially feel as though there’s nothing you can do. After all, the court declared its ruling, so there’s no changing their decision now — right?
Not necessarily. In law, there’s an entire area of practice purely devoted to reversing court rulings on behalf of the party who disagrees with the outcome of the original case. This practice is known as “appellate law.”
A person who is not satisfied with the ruling of a court or agency can appeal that decision. Appeals from the trial court go to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and ultimately to the North Carolina Supreme Court. If the lower court has made an error in your case, then these appeals courts can reverse the lower court and can fix the wrong ruling. At the Law Offices of John M. Kirby, my appellate work is focused most specifically on concerns that pertain to insurance, personal injuries, and general civil law matters. If you have been harmed as a result of a wrong decision in your case, then you do have a way to challenge that ruling.
Following law school I worked as a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, during which time I worked on hundreds of appeals. Following this clerkship, I have represented numerous clients in appeals to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, to the North Carolina Supreme Court, and to the federal Court of Appeals. I have won cases for my clients in all of these appeals courts. The link below will direct you to a page with more information about appeals, that includes a list of cases in which I have represented parties on appeal.
I represent both insurers and the insured through the appeals process. In fact, I have successfully reversed rulings throughout North Carolina on matters of auto insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, renters insurance, health insurance, commercial general liability (CGL) insurance, and more.
Insurance Bad Faith
When an insurance provider fails to deliver the coverage they’ve promised, we say they acted in “bad faith.” I represent victims of insurance bad faith (“plaintiffs”), as well as insurance companies who are accused of bad faith (“defendants”).
Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claims
Recovering after a car accident is tough enough. When the other driver is uninsured or underinsured, that only complicates matters and can lead to less-than-ideal outcomes if your case isn’t handled properly. Fortunately, I am well-versed in appealing these types of cases.