Wilmington Personal Injury Attorneys
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Representation
As the term implies, accidents are unexpected. Most people do not spend time preparing for the unlikely event of being injured, even those who work in more dangerous jobs like construction or those who participate in extreme sports. However, should the unthinkable happen, you'll want a dedicated advocate on your side who will put your interests first in seeking compensation from any parties who may be liable for your injuries.
At Rhine Law Firm, P.C., we help clients determine their legal options for filing personal injury and wrongful death claims for accidents caused by the negligence of others. We will put our 28 years of legal experience behind you in seeking the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled. From our office in Wilmington, we represent clients injured throughout North Carolina.
Pursuing Just Compensation For Your Injuries
While much of our practice focuses on those injured by defective products, dangerous drugs and medical devices, and motor vehicle accidents, we routinely represent those injured in any context. Our Wilmington accident lawyers' experience includes claims involving:
- Premises Liability on Commercial, Residential or Vacation Properties
- Deck collapses
- Broken fencing and guardrails
- Faulty carbon monoxide detectors or smoke alarms
- Inadequate security
- Resort and Recreational Accidents
- Parasailing accidents
- Boating accidents
- ATV and off-road vehicle accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Hotel or resort negligence
- Work-Related Accidents and Workers' Compensation
- Construction and manufacturing accidents
- Car accidents while on the job
- Hazardous working conditions
- Chemical exposure
- Repetitive stress injuries
Many of these accidents result in catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, amputation or even wrongful death. Pursuing a legal claim while trying to recover from these injuries may seem like an insurmountable task. But when you work with our firm, we will advocate on your behalf and take care of all the legal details of your claim, guiding you through the process, step by step. We also have access to the forensic, engineering, and medical experts needed to help maximize your compensation.
Negligence and Liability in North Carolina
North Carolina is what is known as a Contributory Negligence state, which differs from a Comparative Negligence state. In a comparative negligence state, an injury victim can be awarded damages, even if they were partially responsible for their accident. In a contributory negligence state, an injury victim cannot be awarded damages if they share any amount of responsibility at all for their accident. For instance, suppose you were hit and injured by a drunk driver one night. If it turned out that one of your headlights was burned out at the time of the accident, a court could find you one percent liable for the accident—meaning you could be awarded NO damages at all.
Damages Available in a Personal Injury Claim
A personal injury claim can result in compensation for a host of damages, including:
- Current and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury or disability
- Loss of limb
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental anguish and emotional duress
- Mental therapy
- Household and vehicle modifications if needed (wheelchair ramps, lifts, etc.)
- Lost wages
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Reduced earning capacity
- Punitive damages
In the case of the death of a loved one, the following Wrongful Death Damages may be recovered:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits, such as healthcare and retirement
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
- Loss of household services the deceased performed, such as childcare, vehicle and property maintenance, bookkeeping, etc.
My Insurance Company Will Take Care of Everything
In spite of what their commercials may say, insurance companies always put their bottom line first. It's not all that unusual for an insurance company to deny valid claims or offer less compensation than is deserved. Denying a valid claim is referred to as an insurer acting in "bad faith." In such a case, you are entitled to file a bad faith claim against the insurance company. But, insurance companies retain armies of attorneys to litigate on their behalf. If you want to have a successful bad faith lawsuit, you're going to need aggressive and experienced representation. Rhine Law Firm, P.C. has been fighting for the rights of injury victims for 28 years and will put their experience behind your claim.
Rhine Law Firm, P.C. Handles Accident Claims
We invite you to contact us at (910) 772-9960 or (866) 772-9960, toll free, to discuss your case in a free initial consultation with one of our experienced Wilmington personal injury lawyers. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and weekend appointments also available. We handle the majority of claims on a contingency fee basis. We also offer Spanish interpretation and translation services.
“They worked hard for me after I was involved in an auto accident. I appreciate their efforts and making me feel like family.”