Personal Injury

Our experienced personal injury and disability lawyers handle a variety of personal injury and disability claims, including automobile accidents, Social Security Disability, medical malpractice, truck accidents, workers' compensation claims, car crash and injury and negligence claims.

If you or a family member or friend was injured or someone you know has died as a result of another's negligence involving an automobile accident, dog or animal attack, airplane crash, slip and fall or defective product, certain legal rights may exist to protect you. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, scarring, loss of enjoyment of life, wrongful death, loss of consortium, permanent injury and possibly punitive damages.

Insurance companies are staffed with attorneys and adjusters who are well-trained in resolving claims in the best interest of the insurance companies. We would like to use our experience in this area of the law to help you in any way we can. Our experience handling numerous types of personal injury claims always comes back to a strong investigation as soon as possible after discovery of a personal injury. Evidence and witnesses' memories often fade or are lost. Insurance companies hire hundreds of investigators and agents to get to the scene or the product quickly. You should do the same.

In a personal injury action, to recover from an adverse party, the adverse party must commit a negligent act of some sort. Negligence is the breach of a duty owed causing an injury. Not only must negligence be proven, you must not be negligent yourself as North Carolina still holds on to the doctrine of contributory negligence.

Damages must also be shown in order to recover from one's negligence. Damages, entitling the person to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, scarring, permanent injury and pain and suffering, are called compensatory damages. You may also be able to recover punitive damages, which are damages awarded to the injured person to punish and deter the flagrant nature of the wrongful conduct.

If the actions of the person causing the injury were callous or outrageous, then an attorney should review your case and decide whether punitive damages should be pursued. If your injuries prevent you from returning to work, you may benefit from consulting with an attorney who also handles workers' compensation and Social Security Disability. Susan O'Malley is a Board Certified Disability Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar and is available to assist.

Additional information regarding specific injuries and connected topics can be found on the following sections:

Truck and Auto Accident Attorney

Workers' Compensation Attorney

Social Security Disability Attorney

O'Malley Tunstall offers care for your case. Your personal injury attorney is just a phone call away.

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