The McGrath Firm is a preeminent statewide personal injury and wrongful death law firm that handles cases throughout the state of North Carolina. Unlike most personal injury firms, we confine our practice to three areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, the representation of injured workers in civil court actions, the representation of individuals who have been electrocuted or suffered electrical injuries, and the representation of crime victims in civil actions and criminal proceedings. Our extreme focus has allowed us to develop a deep wealth of experience in these three areas of the law and we would be honored and privileged to put this experience to work for you.
Personal Injury Cases
Claimants can recover civil damages from persons and entities who are legally responsible for the claimant’s injuries. If successful, plaintiffs in civil suits for personal injury can recover damages for all losses incurred as a result of the defendant’s wrongful conduct. These include damages for medical expenses, lost earnings (both past and future), property damage, and damages for physical or emotional pain and suffering. In appropriate cases, punitive damages for aggravated conduct may be awarded as well.
Generally speaking, the statute of limitation for personal injury lawsuits is three years from the date of injury. Because a substantial amount of investigation is frequently required before filing suit, claimants are encouraged to seek legal advice as soon as possible after suffering their injuries.
Wrongful Death Cases
When a person is killed as a result of the fault of another, the legal representative of the estate can file a claim for wrongful death and recover damages on behalf of the victim’s survivors. If the wrongful death case is successfully proven, the personal representative of the victim’s estate can recover damages for the victim’s pre-death medical expenses, the pain and suffering suffered by the victim prior to death, funeral and burial expenses, lost income, loss of the victim’s services, protection, care, and assistance, and for the loss of the victim’s society, companionship, comfort, guidance, and advice (recovery for loss of the relationship with the deceased victim). Punitive damages for aggravated conduct by the defendant may be awarded as well as a means of punishing the defendant for his or her wrongful conduct.
The statute of limitation for wrongful death actions is two years from the date of death. Because a substantial amount of investigation is frequently required before filing a suit for wrongful death, claimants are encouraged to seek legal advice as soon as possible after the victim passes away.
The McGrath Firm handles all personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that the client’s fee is paid as a percentage of the amount recovered by The McGrath Firm at the conclusion of the case, whether by settlement or jury award. If nothing is recovered, nothing is owed by the client.
As described elsewhere in this website, The McGrath Firm is also available to represent crime victims and their families in connection with criminal proceedings against the perpetrator of the crime to ensure that the victim’s rights are observed in connection with those proceedings. We will handle these cases for crime victims at a reasonable hourly rate. For clients who retain The McGrath Firm for representation in connection with a personal injury or wrongful death suit, representation in connection with the criminal proceedings will be handled at no additional charge. For additional information about how we charge for our services, please contact us.