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Stewart Law Offices has helped clients in Concord and numerous other nearby communities with a variety of injury claims, including:
The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act requires every business employing three or more employees to obtain workers’ compensation insurance or qualify as self-insured employers to pay workers’ compensation benefits to injured employees. You must provide written notice of your injury to your employer within 30 days of the date of your accident. Injured workers generally have two years to file workers’ compensation claims, but there are exceptions in some cases.
Stewart Law Offices understands some of the most common mistakes people make when applying for workers’ compensation benefits, and we can immediately identify the areas of your claim that could involve potential problems. Our firm will work with your physician to secure the medical evidence needed to demonstrate the severity of an injury.
When a claim is denied for any reason, we will also be able to assist you with any appeal. Most initial appeals will result in mandatory mediation, but unsuccessful mediation will lead to a case being heard by a deputy commissioner for the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC). Any further appeals would be heard by the full commission, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and then the Supreme Court of North Carolina, although such cases being heard are relatively rare.
Just as importantly, Stewart Law Offices will also investigate to determine if any third party might be liable for your injuries. While workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy for employees seeking benefits from employers, an injured employee does have the right to file a civil action against another party that caused or contributed to their injuries.
According to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), there were 275,067 traffic crashes reported in 2017. These accidents resulted in 1,396 fatalities and 127,964 people injured.
Concord specifically had 3,853 crashes causing seven fatalities and 1,489 injuries. Cabarrus County had 6,105 crashes causing 16 fatalities and 2,658 injuries.
Automobile accidents are prevalent in Concord and North Carolina in general. Stewart Law Offices can work with accident reconstruction specialists to determine how the crash happened and which party or parties were at fault.
Our firm has successfully handled car crash claims on behalf of our satisfied clients, from distracted driving to drunk or drugged driving to reckless driving. You must be especially careful about what you say and whom you speak with after a motor vehicle accident because North Carolina is one of only five states in the nation that recognizes pure contributory negligence as a defense against civil claims.
Contributory negligence means that a person cannot recover any damages from a defendant when their negligence contributed in any way to their injuries. In other words, you cannot hold another person accountable if it is proven that you were even just 1 percent at fault.
When you are involved in an accident involving a commercial truck, you will usually know right away that it is a much different kind of injury claim. Many tractor-trailer crashes cause catastrophic or even fatal injuries.
An important difference between a common passenger vehicle crash and a commercial truck accident is that a commercial truck crash could involve multiple liable parties. While a standard collision only results in one driver or another being liable for damages, a commercial truck accident could stem from the negligence of a trucking company, truck owner, loading company, maintenance company, or even governmental entity or possibly another motorist.
Be especially careful if you are dealing with any agents from trucking companies, who may present you with forms to sign that they say are just a part of the claims process. Never sign anything without having the document reviewed by an attorney first, as some agreements are very much designed to restrict the rights of victims.
While motorcyclists may be able to reduce their chances of suffering serious head injuries by wearing motorcycle helmets, they can still suffer severe injuries in an accident, even with the proper protective attire. As a result, motorcyclists often sustain severe injuries that require lengthy terms of hospitalization.
Many motorcycle accidents are the result of another driver’s negligence, as many other motorists do not respect the space or size of motorcycles. As a result, even seemingly minor collisions can be enough to possibly throw the rider from their bike and cause them serious harm.
Whether you are heading west to Lake Norman or far enough east to go to the ocean, water activities are popular with people of all ages, all over North Carolina. People can easily be injured in a a wide variety of boat accidents.
Some accidents may involve people who were actual passengers on boats that were unsafe or improperly operated. In other cases, people may be the occupants of other vessels involved in collisions or possible even as swimmers.
North Carolina Statutes § 28A-18-2 defines wrongful death as a death caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default of another party. It could be either accident or an intentional act of violence.
The person who files the wrongful death claim will be the personal representative of the deceased person. A personal representative may be named in the deceased person’s will, or the court may appoint them.
Wrongful death damages can include:
- Final medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
- Burial expenses
- Loss of future income
- Loss of services
- Protection, care, and assistance
- Loss of society
- Companionship, comfort, guidance, and advice
- Possibly punitive damages.
When damages are awarded, intestate succession laws under North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 29 dictate how the proceeds are distributed.
Our Concord injury attorneys will provide a free initial consultation that will allow us to examine all of the details of your case and help you understand all of your options. Call (866) 465-7851 or contact us online right now to schedule yours.