Attorney Michael W. Patrick focuses on personal injury, professional negligence and environmental matters. The law firm is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. www.michaelwpatrick.com
The area of Personal Injury deals with many types of situations including: Slip and fall
injuries, car accidents, dog bites, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and defective products
causing injury. Essentially, if you have been injured in some way then the area of the law
generally known as personal injury law will apply to your situation. Personal injury law often
requires consultation with medical experts. When you sue for personal injury, you are asking a
court to order the other party to compensate you for your injuries by payment of money for medical
expenses, injuries suffered, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
If you have been injured your first priority is to seek medical assistance as soon as
possible to ensure that your injuries are properly dealt with. In addition the law often imposes a
limited time period during which you must either give a written notice that you have been injured
and also a limited time period during which you must start a lawsuit. If you do not act within the
prescribed time frames, you will likely be prevented from commencing a lawsuit. Often times,
actions against municipalities and other government bodies have very short limitation time periods,
sometimes as short as 7-days from the date of the incident occurring.
As such it is imperative that if you suffer an injury, you should seek legal advice as
soon as possible to ensure that your legal rights are properly protected. Personal injury law is
complex and it is recommended that you learn as much as you can about the subject and also seek
legal advice from a lawyer who has experience in the area of Personal Injury law.
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