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What If I'm Hurt on My Friend's Property? Can I Sue?

 You are invited to a party at your friend's house, and when you arrive, you slip and fall on an electrical cord that is running across the walkway, chipping your tooth and seriously injuring your face. You end up having to get dental surgery and stitches for the injuries on your face. Your doctor tells you that you will have a serious scar and that you will need plastic surgery to fix it. Your medical bills could cost thousands of dollars.

Frustrated5_06032014Can you sue your friend for damages?

It depends on the circumstances of your case and whether your friend was negligent or has some other liability. However, if the question is simply can you sue a neighbor, friend or acquaintance in the same way you can sue a business for injuries you sustain as a result of their negligence, the answer is yes.
Personal property owners are not subject to the same liability as business owners, so it may be a bit more difficult to pursue a claim in some instances.

However, the law still protects you if you are injured, no matter who owns the property in question.

But Should I Sue My Friend?

In most cases, people are more worried about whether they should sue a friend or acquaintance rather than whether they can.

If you are injured on your friend or neighbor's property, you may face thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost time from work, or even permanent disability.

If you do not seek the compensation to which you are legally entitled, you will have to pay these expenses yourself and you could even face the loss of your ability to care for yourself and your family if you become unable to work.

In most cases, you will be suing your friend or neighbor in name only -- their homeowner's insurance company actually provides the defense and pays any settlement or judgment. Your friend buys this insurance for this very reason -- protection against financial liability.

The majority of personal injury cases are settled before they go to court. In most cases, your friend will never have to pay a dime directly and will never have to appear in court. You can get the compensation to which you are entitled under the law, and you can preserve your relationship with your friend.

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

Every case is different, and a North Carolina personal injury lawyer can help you determine what the factors are in your case that may influence your legal rights. If you have been injured on a friend's property or in a place of business, the North Carolina personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help you. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

Categories: Auto Accidents

What If I'm a Passenger with a Friend or Family Member, and We Are in an Accident that Was Their Fault?

CarAccident2_07212014When you are driving and get into an accident in which the other driver was at fault, you might not think twice about trying to get the compensation you need for your injuries and damages to your property. But when your friend is driving the car and was at fault in the accident, you might hesitate. After all, you probably don't want to take legal action against your friend.

You are likely entitled to compensation for your injuries if you are involved in an accident that was not your fault -- even if a friend or family member is the person who is at fault. However, it's usually not your friend or family member who you are going after for those damages; it's the insurance company.

Insurance coverage is legally required to provide protection against injuries and damages in an accident, so your friend or family member should already be carrying that coverage. When you pursue compensation, you will generally pursue it from that insurance company.

You may also worry that going after your friend or family member's insurance company for damages will raise their rates. However, as Attorney Michael Jordan points out, in most cases, their rates will already have increased from the accident. There is a cap on how much insurance companies can raise rates for an accident, and chances are that your friend's policy has already hit that cap after the accident.

While it is important to protect relationships with friends and family members, it is also important to get the medical treatment you need for your injuries and to protect yourself against serious financial losses as a result of injuries or time lost from work. By pursuing the compensation you need, you are targeting the insurance company, not your friend or family member. Deciding not to pursue that compensation will only hurt you in the long run, not help your friend or family member.

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have been injured in an accident, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help guide you through the process to help you protect your legal rights and get the full compensation that you may deserve. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and to find out how one of our North Carolina personal injury lawyers may be able to help you.

Contact Information

Raleigh Law Office

4325 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Phone: 910-488-0611
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Charlotte Law Office

1001 Morehead Square Drive, Suite 350
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-599-1078
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078