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Nobody understands what you’re going through more than Whitley Law Firm. That’s because, since 1974, we’ve helped countless claimants recover damages and navigate the claims process. You’re not alone in a time like this, and you shouldn’t have to take on any case-related obligations either. That’s our job.

A Jacksonville personal injury lawyer from our firm in North Carolina can be your sword and shield in your fight for fair compensation. No matter if you suffered injuries in a traffic accident or fall, we want to provide comprehensive advocacy in your time of need. To learn more about entrusting your case to our team and what that entails, call (919) 785-5000.

What to Expect From Whitley Law Firm on Your Personal Injury Case

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Our clients receive the Whitley Advantage when we handle their personal injury claims. But what does this entail?

We listen––truly listen–– to you. We care about our clients and treat them the way we would want to be treated – you know, the Golden Rule. The Whitley Advantage is not just one thing; it’s everything.

You Can Afford to Hire Our Jacksonville Personal Injury Attorneys

You might have hired a lawyer before to help you with a traffic ticket or divorce. In cases like those, you had to pay legal fees from the beginning. That is not how legal fees work in personal injury claims.

We use contingency-fee arrangements for payment on personal injury cases. You do not pay us any upfront legal fees. At the end of the matter, we receive a portion of the settlement or court award for our attorney’s fees. Also, we have a strict “no-fee” policy, which means that you do not owe us any legal fees unless you win compensation.

Injured Due to Negligence? Our Injury Lawyers Can Advocate for You

At Whitley Law Firm, we handle many kinds of personal injury cases. Here are some of the more common types of personal injury claims we handle for our friends and neighbors in Jacksonville:

  • Motor vehicle collisions, including cars, trucks, buses, bicycles, pedestrians, and motorcycles. If another driver or person caused the motor vehicle crash in which you suffered significant injuries, our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers can help you hold them financially accountable for your losses.
  • Dog bites. The owner of a dog known to be aggressive or dangerous can be responsible if they attack or bite someone. The owner might also be liable even if the dog has not bitten anyone else before.
  • Premises liability incidents. Premises liability incidents refer to injuries suffered on another party’s property. For instance, if you slipped and fell at a big-box retailer, you could have a case against the store’s management.
  • Construction accidents. With this type of accident, the injured person might be able to file a workers’ compensation claim for benefits and, under some circumstances, file a personal injury case against the at-fault party. A Jacksonville personal injury attorney can help you with either type of case.
  • Workers’ compensation. These cases involve job-related injuries or occupational diseases. You do not have to prove fault because the North Carolina workers’ compensation program is a no-fault system. You do have to follow strict rules, however, to qualify for benefits like medical treatment and two-thirds of your lost wages.
  • Product liability incidents. Manufacturers and some sellers can be liable when a person gets injured because of a defective or dangerous product. Examples of product liability cases include dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, car airbags, talcum powder, and other products that have been or should have been recalled due to defects causing injuries.
  • Wrongful death. When a close relative loses their life due to the negligence or intentional act of someone else, you want a lawyer who will treat you and your family with compassion. Our services will not only include working relentlessly for your family’s financial compensation. We also help people with their personal and emotional recovery in devastating times like this.

If your type of claim is not on this list, please do not worry. Most likely, we handle your kind of case. We have more than 80 years of combined experience, and we’ve helped countless people recover the damages they need. You can reach out to us today to learn more about our commitment to client-centered care.

Our Lawyers Seek Full and Fair Compensation for Your Losses

The kinds of monetary damages you could seek in your personal injury claim will depend on the unique facts of your situation. Our lawyers assess your current and anticipated healthcare needs to arrive at a fair figure for your hardships. We also fight for a settlement that acknowledges the trauma, inconvenience, and gravity of your accident.

Compensable losses through a claim or lawsuit may comprise:

  • Lost wages. If your boss did not pay your regular wages during the time when you could not work because of your injuries, you might have a claim for lost income.
  • Medical expenses. You can recoup the cost of your past, present, and future medical treatments as they relate to the accident. You could seek coverage for surgeries, hospitalization, medications, and doctors’ co-pays.
  • Long-term care. Catastrophic injuries, like paralysis from spinal cord damage, can leave the injured person unable to live independently without daily assistance.
  • Future lost wages. A person can have a claim for future lost wages if, after completing their prescribed medical interventions, they continue to have problems that interfere with their earning capacity.
  • Anything you spent out of pocket. You may have spent money out of pocket on certain expenses, such as on childcare costs and temporary transportation arrangements. Those losses are compensable, and we can help you document them.
  • Pain and suffering. This category of compensation is for the physical discomfort and emotional distress of the accident and your injuries.
  • Other non-economic losses. Some people have compensable losses that do not come with receipts and price tags. Instead, they reflect the intangible harm to one’s physical and emotional well-being. Examples of these damages are the loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement from extensive scars, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Our lawyers take on your fight like it happened to us personally. We won’t settle for a dime less than you deserve, and we approach negotiations with the tenacity you can expect from a firm with decades of combined experience.

We Have a Limited Time to Seek Damages in Your Personal Injury Case

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Our legal team refers to Jacksonville’s courts as “our home away from home.” We’re so familiar with litigation and what it entails that when we walk into the courtroom, we’re greeted with familiar faces. However, you don’t have an unlimited time to pursue damages following a personal injury.

You generally have three years to file a lawsuit, according to G.S. § 1-52. If you do not file a lawsuit before the filing deadline expires, North Carolina law will forever bar you from seeking compensation for your injuries and other losses from the negligent party. Different types of cases, like wrongful death and medical malpractice, can have different filing deadlines.

Negotiating with the liable insurer is not the same as filing a lawsuit. The only way to protect your right to litigation is to file a lawsuit before the deadline. Time is of the essence, and there’s no need to stress about calling us. When we pick up the phone, you’ll be greeted by a friendly voice on the other end.

How Important is Proving Negligence in a Personal Injury Case?

Most personal injury claims in Jacksonville rest on the principle of negligence. Negligence refers to injuring another person through carelessness or recklessness.

For example, if you knocked someone over while cheering at a football game, this would likely not constitute negligence because you didn’t act without regard for others’ safety. Matters change when a drunk driver causes an accident, or a property owner doesn’t address a dangerous hazard on their premises.

But why are we sharing this? Because proving negligence is one of the most important tasks your lawyer takes on. To hold another party financially responsible for your losses, we must establish:

  • The other party had a duty of care, an obligation to act with reasonable prudence.
  • The other party acted without regard for others’ safety, putting others at risk of injury.
  • Because the other party acted negligently, you suffered injuries. You would not have been injured had it not been for the other party’s actions or omissions.
  • As a result of the accident and your injuries, you have damages, such as medical bills and lost income.

You don’t have to worry about proving any of these elements when you entrust your case to the team at Whitley Law Firm. We investigate the circumstances of your accident to learn what happened, how much you deserve, and how to hold the other party accountable.

Why Is Proving the Other Party’s Negligence So Important?

Contributory negligence is the legal doctrine that if a person is even one percent to blame for the accident in which they were injured, they cannot recover any compensation from the other party. North Carolina follows the rule of pure contributory negligence in personal injury cases. So, the at-fault party’s insurance company may dispute the cause of your accident to shield itself from liability.

A personal injury lawyer can fight an unfair assessment of your situation. Whitley Law Firm can battle the insurer on this issue and any other improper tactics it may use to discredit your case.

Three Secrets the Claims Adjuster Won’t Share About Your Personal Injury Claim

When injured people try to handle their personal injury claims on their own without a lawyer, the claims adjuster does not have any legal obligation to explain their legal rights. Here are just a few of the secrets the claims adjuster might not explain to you:

You May Qualify for More Damages Than You Think

You might qualify for much more compensation than merely your medical bills and lost wages. Your monetary compensation for future lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, and other intangible losses can add a significant amount to the financial value of your injury case.

The claims adjuster hopes that by not sharing this information, they can save money on paying for your damages. Our team wants you to recover everything you need to move forward. So, once we calculate your losses, we fight for everything you deserve.

You Don’t Have to Settle Your Case Immediately

You do not have to settle quickly, especially before you complete your medical treatment. You will not know how well you will heal or if you will have long-term impairment from your injuries until you reach maximum medical improvement.

If the statute of limitations is approaching, filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party can protect your right to seek compensation. Our team can explain more during your no-obligation consultation.

You Can’t Request Additional Compensation After Signing a Release of Liability

You cannot go back and ask for more money after you settle your injury claim. You will have to sign a waiver of future claims arising out of the accident when you settle your case. If you need additional medical treatment for your injuries, like surgery or physical therapy down the road, you will have to pay for that yourself.

Working with our personal injury attorneys can protect you from these and other tactics that could lessen the monetary value of your case. We have your best interests at heart, not the insurer’s.

Get Reassurance, Confidence, and Support From Our Legal Team Today

Take a deep breath. You have options in a situation like this. We strive to offer legal support that feels like a warm hug around you and your family.

If you need a Jacksonville personal injury lawyer, please call Whitley Law Firm today at (919) 785-5000. With our team, you get a friend and advocate. We stop at nothing to recover fair compensation for your losses, both now and in the future. We’re here when you’re ready.

Client Review

By: Ashley B.

Title: Thank you very much Ben and Ashley at Whitley Law Firm!

I injured my ankle and needed real professional advice and help. Whitley Law Firm was professional, courteous, knowledgeable, driven and extremely genuine! I would like to mention Ben Whitely and Ashley McCullough in particular of whom I worked with directly at the firm. Ashley kept in touch with me throughout the process of my personal dealings with the firm and insurance companies. She helped me understand step by step and was very personable and professional to work with. Ben was super easy to speak with regarding the challenges I faced with my injury and confidently assured me that they would do everything they could to help! I couldn't have asked for anyone better to represent me and to help me with my claim. A real review for those looking for real help! Thank you very much Ben and Ashley at Whitley Law Firm!

Rating: ★★★★★ 5 / 5 stars