The lawyers of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., have many years of experience in personal injury law.
If you were injured in an accident in North Carolina, call us today for help!
Personal Injury Litigation in Shelby, North Carolina
Any serious injury can disrupt your life. After one occurs to you or a loved one, it is entirely normal to feel anxiety about facing medical bills, lost wages, and questions from insurance companies.
You do not need that kind of stress in your life when you are trying to focus on your health and your family. Instead, you can turn to a trusted personal injury attorney to help you navigate through the legal and financial issues that lie ahead, through guidance and legal help as well as power of attorney over medical and financial decisions.
At Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., we are ready to help you today. We take a team approach to serving our clients, and we always pay close attention to their personal needs. We will work diligently to pursue compensation for you.
We serve clients in Shelby and throughout Cleveland County as well as in Rutherfordton, Lincolnton, Gastonia, and surrounding communities in North Carolina.
How Can Our Shelby Personal Injury Lawyers Help You?
Generally speaking, people owe a duty to protect others from harm. In other words, they must do what a reasonable and prudent person would have done under the same or similar circumstances to protect others from harm.
When a person fails to fulfill this duty, and others suffer injuries as a result, that person is “negligent.” The person may be required, under North Carolina law, to pay compensation for the harm he or she has caused.
At Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., our role is to determine whether you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to the negligence of another person, company, or government agency. If so, we will work diligently to pursue the compensation you deserve.
You can count on us to:
Investigate Your Case
We will gather and examine all evidence that bears on your case, including accident scene photos, eyewitness statements, and medical records. We know how to track down important information for our clients.
Consult With Experts
Personal injury cases often require input from knowledgeable experts in accident reconstruction, workplace safety, and other areas. Doctors and other experts can also shed light on the care and treatment you will need for your injuries.
File Your Claim
We can file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If necessary, we can also file a lawsuit in the proper Superior Court and make sure your case is carefully and skillfully litigated.
Seek a Timely Settlement
Our goal will be to secure a timely, full, and fair settlement for you, allowing you to move on with your life without the need for a trial. We are seasoned negotiators who can deal with the insurance companies on your behalf.
Explore All Other Options for You
Our legal team has the ability to pursue all options for you, which may include filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
Take Your Case to Trial
We will be ready to go to court and present your case to the jury. We take pride in our careful preparation of cases and our courtroom skills.
While your case is pending, you can trust Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., with keeping you updated and informed. You can always feel free to call your attorney from our firm and get the answers to your questions. We believe our clients truly deserve that level of personal attention.
What Can You Recover in a Shelby, North Carolina Personal Injury Claim?
Through the years, our personal injury lawyers have helped clients to deal with severe injuries, including fractures, burns, loss of limbs, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord damage.
We know the major impact that these injuries can have on your life and the lives of those around you. Our goal will be to seek compensation for all of your losses, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Scars or disfigurement
- Partial/total loss (or loss of use) of part of the body
- Permanent injury
- Any other type of damage supported by the evidence in your case.
We may also pursue two other types of damages in your personal injury claim:
Unlike other types of damages, these damages are not aimed at compensating you for your losses. Instead, they are aimed at punishing the at-fault party, deterring the party and others from engaging in this conduct in the future or making an example of the party.
Loss of Consortium
This category of damages is based on harm to the marital relationship that is caused by another person’s negligence. These damages can be claimed by either you or your spouse if you can show a loss or disruption of services, society, affection, companionship, or sexual relations in your marriage. For instance, these damages can be claimed if you can no longer mow your lawn or look after your kids, and help has to be hired now to perform these services.
At Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., we can also represent you in a wrongful death lawsuit if you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another. We can help you to determine if you are eligible to bring such a claim, and we can discuss the different types of damages that can be sought in a wrongful death lawsuit in North Carolina.
Types of Personal Injury Case Our Lawyers Handle
By taking a team approach to serving our clients, we can take on a broad range of personal injury cases. We can assist in cases that involve:
Slip and falls
Nursing home abuse and neglect
Even if your case does not fall within the above categories, please contact us to discuss how we may assist you. The bottom line: If you have been harmed by another person’s negligence, we will make it our mission to protect your rights.
Our Personal Injury Lawyer in Shelby North Carolina Can Help
Under North Carolina law, you have three years from the date of your injury in which to file a personal injury lawsuit. For this reason, you should not wait to get legal help.
If you have suffered an injury due to the negligent conduct of another in Cleveland County or in a surrounding community, contact Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., today. We can provide a free consultation and get to work immediately on seeking just compensation for you and your family.
Personal Injury FAQs
If I’ve been hurt in an accident, what are some of the things that I can do?
- Write down as much as you can about the accident itself, your injuries and any other losses (such as wages) you’ve suffered as a result of the accident.
- Make notes of conversations that you have with people involved in the accident or the injury claim.
- Preserve evidence of who caused the accident and what damage was done by collecting physical evidence and taking photographs.
- Locate people who witnessed the accident and who might be able to help you prove your case.
- Notify anyone you think might be responsible for the accident of your intention to file a claim for your injuries.
How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
The general rules for bringing a personal injury lawsuit are:
- You must have suffered an injury to your person or property.
- Your injury must have resulted from someone else’s negligence or an intentional act.
Contact an experienced Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., personal injury attorney today to help you file a personal injury claim. We can help after a slip-and-fall accident, car wreck, truck collision, and more.
An insurance adjuster wants to settle and he said that I do not need lawyer. Should I consult with an attorney anyway?
Yes. It is always a smart decision to consult with an attorney to help you with your case. Most law firms, including Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., do not charge a consultation fee for personal injury cases. Remember, the adjuster works for the insurance company, to protect its interests. Your attorney will work for you, to protect your rights. The insurance company has one goal, and that is to settle your case for the least amount of money possible. What may seem like a fair offer to you could fall far short of the amount of money you may be entitled to. It is always a good idea to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney before agreeing to any settlement with your insurance company.
What damages can I recover for my injuries?
You may recover all or some of the following:
- Medical expenses (present & future)
- Lost wages (present & future)
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
Why do I need a lawyer to represent me in my personal injury case?
Your lawyer’s focus is to protect you and make sure that you are treated fairly. You need to recover the maximum damages you are entitled to, consistent with the nature of your injuries and losses, to make sure that you are protected from the consequences of your injuries. You need a lawyer working for you to protect your interests. A lawyer can investigate all sources of insurance coverage to make sure that any insurance carrier that has coverage is contacted and all avenues of recovery are explored. You may need to make a claim with your own insurance carrier for Med Pay coverage, or uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
If I make a claim, how long will my case take?
The answer varies depending on your situation, including the nature of your injuries and the defendant’s willingness to resolve the matter. Many claims are resolved quickly, while others may take longer, for example, if the extent of the person’s damages are not immediately known.
How much will I have to pay to hire a lawyer?
In most cases, Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., is paid on a contingency fee basis. This means that the firm does not earn a fee unless and until the firm recovers any money on your behalf. Depending on the nature of the claim, the contingency fee can range in percentage. The percentage is set based upon the time involved in the claim, the risk involved in the claim, and the potential amount recovered on your behalf. Typically, the contingency fee will vary from 25% to 33% of the recovery.