The personal injury lawyers at Miller Law Group understand and fight against contributory negligence. When dealing with your personal injury claim, you need to be aware that North Carolina follows the law of contributory negligence. Only three other states still follow this terribly unfair law. Most states follow comparative negligence, which determines how much fault each party has for an injury: basically, if you’re 10% at fault for your injury, then you would be entitled to 90% of the recovery.
Under contributory negligence, if you are at fault AT ALL, then you may get NOTHING for your injury, even if the other person is over 99% at fault. This is an unfair law, but the car wreck and injury lawyers at Miller Law Group know how to fight contributory negligence. Our Personal Injury Practice leader, Sean Cole, is one of the few attorneys who has convinced the North Carolina Court of Appeals to help solidify the theory of Last Clear Chance, which is one of the few laws that can defeat contributory negligence. (See Privett v. Yarborough, 603 S.E.2d, NC Court of of Appeals -2004)
Lawyers and even insurance adjusters who work in other states rarely understand contributory negligence, but more importantly, they rarely understand when and where it applies, which is often very fact-specific. Stacy Miller, Sean Cole, and the rest of the Miller Law Group know how to evaluate personal injury claims, including car wrecks, trucking collisions, animal attacks, and slip and fall cases, along with other types of personal injury. Contact one of the most trusted firms in the Southeastern U.S. for an evaluation of your case today, from the lawyers who argue these cases in front of juries.