For many people, being involved in an accident is a stressful and jarring experience. You may have many questions about how to protect your legal rights and whether you are entitled to some type of recourse. At the Olsinski Law Firm, our dedicated team of attorneys has handled a wide variety of personal injury cases on behalf of North Carolina residents, including car accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, and more. We also provide representation in family law matters, criminal cases, and DWI cases. Regardless of the situation that you are facing, we are prepared to put our knowledge and skill to use for you and to ensure that your rights are asserted to the full extent of the law.Car Accidents
Car accidents are among the most common types of accidents that happen to North Carolina residents. They can happen virtually anywhere, from residential streets to congested highways. Regardless of the types of injuries that you sustain, you can bring a personal injury action against the driver who caused the crash to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. In the lawsuit, you must prove that the other driver did not operate his or her vehicle with the same care and skill that a prudent and reasonable driver would use when dealing with the same type of situation.
In general, this requires drivers to keep their eyes on the road, to obey all traffic laws, and to adjust their speed and driving for sudden road hazards or severe weather. If you are successful in proving liability, you likely will be entitled to recover damages for a variety of items, including medical expenses and lost wages. However, there are many ways that defendants may attempt to avoid liability in a car accident case, including blaming the plaintiff for acting in a negligent manner. A seasoned personal injury attorney in Charlotte or Concord can help you ensure that you are bringing the strongest possible case.
Tractor trailers and other large capacity vehicles are an integral part of our economy and transportation system, but they also pose a serious threat to other motorists and pedestrians, especially if the truck driver operating the vehicle does not use adequate care. There are many different regulations that apply to the trucking industry, including basic certification and training requirements, limits on the number of hours that truckers can drive, and strict laws prohibiting drivers from operating commercial vehicles while intoxicated.
If you are harmed in a truck accident, you can bring a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your injuries. These lawsuits can be complicated, especially if multiple parties were responsible. You may need to retain an expert witness who can testify on your behalf about the cause of the accident and your injuries. The injuries that result from trucking accidents can be devastating, leaving a victim with permanent disabilities in many cases. At the Olsinski Law Firm, our Concord and Charlotte personal injury attorneys fight vigorously to help victims of truck accidents receive the fair treatment that they deserve.Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation as well as a recreational activity. The risks that riders face can be significant, however, especially if an accident happens at high speeds. Injured motorcycle riders can bring a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for their injuries. In the claim, you will need to show that the defendant did not drive with the same reasonable care and skill as a prudent motorist. This includes obeying traffic laws and paying attention to the road.
For example, motorcycle accidents often happen because motorists are looking at their cell phones or otherwise distracted behind the wheel. North Carolina has a law against texting while driving. If you can show that the defendant violated a statute at the time of the crash, you are entitled to a rebuttable presumption that the defendant was driving negligently. A seasoned personal injury lawyer at our Charlotte or Concord office can help you evaluate your case and determine whether you may be entitled to compensation.Pedestrian Accidents
Although any type of accident can be devastating for a victim, pedestrian accidents typically result in catastrophic or even fatal injuries. If you were harmed as a result of another driver’s carelessness while you were crossing the street, walking on the sidewalk, or otherwise in public, you may be entitled to compensation from that person. Many pedestrian accidents take place due to a driver’s lack of attention, or in some cases their intoxication. At the Olsinski Law Firm, we have assisted numerous North Carolina residents with seeking compensation from a careless driver, and we are ready to fight for your rights.Bicycle Accidents
If you enjoy riding your bicycle either as a form of transportation or for recreation, you know how dangerous it can be to ride on roadways or through intersections. If a motorist is not paying adequate attention, you could find yourself seriously injured and facing a lifetime of permanent disabilities. If you were struck by a car or truck while riding your bicycle, you can bring a personal injury lawsuit against the driver to recover damages for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If a bicycle accident renders you disabled, you can also seek compensation for your reduced earning capacity and your reduced quality of life. Our capable team of Concord and Charlotte personal injury lawyers can assist you in ensuring that you receive the settlement or judgment that you deserve.Boating Accidents
North Carolina is a popular spot for water sport enthusiasts. Whether you enjoy relaxing on your boat or engaging in more dynamic water sports like jet skis or wakeboarding, there are serious risks involved. If other boaters are not careful when operating their vessels, you could find yourself involved in a major accident. There are many reasons why boating accidents may occur, including boating while intoxicated, excessive speeding, and distracted boating. Determining why an accident happened can be complicated, especially if events happened at high speed on the water. As seasoned boating accident lawyers, we are ready to help you assert your right to compensation.Premises Liability
Dangerous conditions can be lurking on almost any property. Whether it is a restaurant, retail store, or acquaintance’s home, you may find yourself facing painful injuries as a result of the property owner’s failure to maintain the premises in good condition or to provide warnings against known dangers. According to North Carolina law, individuals who are injured as a result of a dangerous condition on another party’s property can recover compensation from the landowner. Establishing your right to compensation can be tricky because the level of care that a landowner owes to you depends on your relationship, such as whether you are a customer at a retail location or a social guest. If you were harmed in this type of accident, a personal injury attorney in Charlotte or Concord can help you explore your potential causes of action.Dog Bites
Dog bites not only are painful but also can be traumatic for a victim. This is especially true when a young child suffers the bite injury. North Carolina has very specific laws that allow dog bite victims to recover compensation from the dog owner in certain situations. There are several separate laws that govern dog bite injuries and that discuss liability for dog bites. For example, one of these laws provides that a victim can recover compensation if he or she shows that the dog was deemed a dangerous dog and that the dog caused an injury to the victim. This has been interpreted broadly to include injuries that result from aggressive behavior, rather than just bites.Wrongful Death
There are few things more painful than losing a loved one, especially when the loss occurs during a sudden and preventable accident. A wrongful death case can arise from any situation in which the victim loses his or her life as a result of another person’s failure to use appropriate and reasonable care. This could include anything from a driver texting behind the wheel to a landowner failing to warn a guest about a dangerous condition on his or her property. North Carolina law provides specific rules that allow the personal representative of the victim’s estate to bring a lawsuit on the victim’s behalf. Our personal injury lawyers can assist Charlotte and Concord families during this emotional time.Criminal Defense
When it comes to a criminal investigation or accusation, the stakes can be high. Many people are eager to work with the authorities in an effort to clear their name, but this might be the worst decision that you can make when it comes to protecting your liberties. If you are involved in a criminal matter, it is essential that you consult a criminal defense attorney so that you understand your rights and so that you can ensure that you are treated fairly according to the many procedural and substantive rules that law enforcement and the prosecution must follow. Any error in these procedures or laws could result in your charge being dismissed. Call us today to start learning more about how we can assist you with your criminal matter.DWI
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is one of the most common charges that North Carolina residents face. Many people are overwhelmed with anxiety after receiving a DWI charge, unsure of whether this will affect their ability to drive or to maintain employment. There are several possible defenses to DWIs that may be applicable in any given situation. Just because you were arrested for a DWI does not mean that the charge will be sustained. Contact our tenacious DWI defense lawyers today.Family Law
Family law is a general term used to encompass a variety of legal issues that can arise regarding family relationships. This can include everything from a divorce proceeding to a domestic violence situation. These matters are often emotionally charged and legally complex. Having a seasoned family law attorney guiding you through the process can make a huge difference when it comes to protecting your rights and achieving your desired outcome.Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Charlotte or Concord
At the Olsinski Law Firm, our attorneys strive to provide personalized and compassionate legal counsel. We know how daunting it can be to deal with a legal issue, but we also know how important it is to protect your rights and interests. Proudly serving people throughout Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties, including in Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill, Cornelius, Davidson, Pineville, Kannapolis, Harrisburg, Midland, and Mount Pleasant, we offer a free consultation* to help you learn more about our staff and how we can assist you. Call us at either of our office locations to set up your appointment. You can reach us in Charlotte at 704-405-2580 or in Concord at 704-918-4747.
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