With all the tourists visiting the state, North Carolina is no stranger to car accidents, negligence and personal injury cases. Then it's just a polite do-si-do and "how do you do," figuring out where to place blame and liability. Maybe it was you who was injured, or maybe it was a friend or relative. Whatever happens during your North Carolina adventures, if you need guidance for your personal injury case, Enjuris has the answers.
North Carolina Personal Injury Cases & Accident Info
North Carolina statutes online
This is where you’ll find North Carolina's general statutes. The website has details about how long you have to bring a case, monetary limits on personal injury cases (which are also known as damage caps), and other important information.
North Carolina's car accident statutes of limitation
In North Carolina, you have three years to bring both a personal injury and a property damage claim. That means you have three years to file your paperwork with the court, not that your case has to be completed in that time frame.
The first meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free of charge. (Note that other legal specialties, such as traffic law or white collar crime law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they will take a third of the eventual reward, plus whatever office expenses they incur along the way.
If your case goes to trial, that percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't determined by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something else.
These are some cases of legal importance that came out of North Carolina's courts:
Packingham v. North Carolina, 582 U.S. ____ (2017): North Carolina instituted a law that made it an offense for any registered sex offender to use a social media site that minors also used. The Supreme Court considered this a violation of free speech, as sex offenders on probation had served their time. These websites were irreplaceable in the dot-com era and needed to be used, and as such, Packingham brought his case to the Supreme Court.
The State v. John Mann, 13 N.C. 263 (1829): After a slaveowner, John Mann, gravely wounded his slave, Lydia, in an escape attempt, he was charged with assault and battery, as his response was deemed disproportionate to her actions. This judicial opinion is considered notorious because the judge, Thomas Ruffin, was personally uncomfortable with Mann's actions, but concluded that “the power of the master must be absolute, to render the submission of the slave perfect.”
J.D.B. v. North Carolina, 564 U.S. 261 (2011): Age is relevant when determining custody for Miranda purposes. J.D.B. was a special education student that police suspected of committing two robberies. A police investigator showed up at his school and interrogated him, during which time he was questioned by both the investigator and school officials. He was not given Miranda warnings either then or later on; he was also not given a chance to contact his legal guardian. The Supreme Court said that his age should have been considered when he was being interrogated, even though the police argued that he was not in "police custody."
Data and statistics
Here is some intriguing data about North Carolina:
There are many issues you can solve without the help of an attorney. If you don't know where to start, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like LexisNexis or Westlaw.