“How long do I have to settle my personal injury case?”


I often receive phone calls when someone has been injured in an automobile accident in North Carolina and wants to pursue their rights through a  personal injury claim based upon those injuries.  Sometimes, it involves a situation where an insurance adjuster is trying to convince them to settle their personal injury case just days after the accident.  What I realize is that many people have never been involved in a car accident, and therefore they are not aware of all the rights they have with respect to a personal injury case.  One of the most frequently asked questions is the time frame involved with resolving a personal injury case.  Under the law, we refer to this time period as the statute of limitations.  The statute of limitations is a law which refers to the time period or time limit in which a legal action must either be filed or settled for certain types of claims.

For example, in North Carolina the statute of limitations for North Carolina personal injury claims is three years from the date of incident.  For North Carolina wrongful death claims, the statute of limitations is even shorter.  Under North Carolina law, North Carolina wronful death claims have a statute of limitations of two years.

The following hypothetical scenario clarifies the statute of limitations for a North Carolina personal injury claim:

On September 15, 2016, Negligent Ned  runs a red light, colliding into the car being driven by Careful Carla.  As a result of the accident, Carla suffers numerous painful injuries.  Based upon North Carolina law and the statute of limitations for North Carolina personal injury claims, Carla must either file a lawsuit or settle her North Carolina personal injury claim no later than September 15, 2019.  If Carla has not settled her claim by that date or has not filed a lawsuit by September  15, 2019, she will have most likely lost her ability to recover damages for her North Carolina personal injury claim.

If you are injured as a result of an automobile accident, you need an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney with both the compassion and knowledge to handle your North Carolina personal injury claim.  We will focus on all of the issues that need to be considered for your claim, which allows you to focus on the thing that is most important to us – you getting better and feeling better.  Therefore, if you are are the unfortunate victim of a car accident, and you want to know your rights for a car accident that occurred in Winston-Salem, North Carolina or one of the surrounding counties, you need an experienced an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney to handle your North Carolina personal injury case.   An experienced Winston-Salem personal injury attorney, with experience in North Carolina personal injury claims and North Carolina personal injury law, will guide you through this process to make sure that all of your rights are being protected and that all of your claims for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, etc.  are being considered and asserted.  Please call us at (336) 725-6559 and schedule a free consultation with a Winston-Salem personal injury lawyer to assist you.  Our office is located for your convenience in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  However, if your injuries are so severe that you cannot come to our office, please give us a call, and we will come to you.




NFL Player Sued by Police Officers

On February 7, 2016, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was arrested for his alleged involvement in fight at a bar in Philadelphia along with three of his friends.  However, neither McCoy nor any of his friends were charged with assault because the prosecutors were ultimately unable to determine who initiated the fight. Two off-duty police officers were injured during the fight, and they are now suing McCoy for his alleged involvement as well as the bar.  While McCoy is being sued for allegedly causing “serious and permanent injuries”, the bar is being sued for not providing adequate security as well as continuing to serve McCoy and his friends alcohol after they were already intoxicated.

Although this incident involved an alleged fight at a bar in Pennsylvania, many states have “dram shop” laws which impose liability on the owners of bars and people who serve alcoholic drinks.  This liability arises when someone is injured as a result of an accident caused by an intoxicated person, and the bar owner, bartender, or server continue providing alcohol to the intoxicated person.   The most common example occurs when someone becomes intoxicated at a bar and then causes a car accident, which leads to personal injury or wrongful death.

If you are injured as the result of someone else’s negligent, and you need an experienced personal injury attorney in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina or one of our surrounding counties, please call The Law Offices of Frederick B. Adams, P.C.  today for a free consultation.  In addition to personal injury cases in North Carolina, we also handle Driving While Impaired, traffic/speeding tickets, criminal offenses, and wrongful death cases.  Call us today at (336) 725-6559 for a free consultation.