Every day, people get hurt in accidents caused by reckless drivers, faulty products, poorly maintained premises, and so many other situations that could have been avoided if only the people involved had been more careful. When this happens — when you or a loved one gets injured because someone else made a careless or reckless mistake — you should investigate whether or not filing pursuing a personal injury claim would be in your best interest.
The concept of behind filing a personal injury claim is very straightforward; it’s simply a way of compensating you for your losses legally declaring if that you were injured by the wrongdoing of someone elseand you’d like the person or people responsible to pay for the costs of your recovery. This wrongdoing can often be as simple as negligence, which is the failure of a person to use ordinary care. In North Carolina, you are entitled to recover damages from a person who negligently causes your injury, unless they can r request will be granted if you can prove that you did not contributed to the accident that caused you harm. This concept is known as “contributory negligence.”
What Is Contributory Negligence?
If you’re researching how to handle a personal injury claim in North Carolina, you’ve probably come across the term “contributory negligence.” This is just a fancy way of saying that if you’re found to be at all responsible (“at fault”) for your injury, you cannot collect payment from the other person or people who contributed to the accident in question.
In the event that you’re trying to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one who was killed in an accident, the contributory negligence rule still holds true. If it is perceived that your loved one was even partially responsible for the accident that resulted in their death, North Carolina law will prevent you from being able to collect payment from the other party involved.
Because of North Carolina’s contributory negligence rules, it’s vital that you have an experienced personal injury attorney representing you through your claim. For more than 25 years, I have successfully handled both personal injury claims and appeals throughout Raleigh and the surrounding areas.