Frequently Asked Questions

Learn More About Your Rights From Your Charlotte Accident Attorney

Find answers to the questions we get asked most often. If you do not see your question here, please feel free to contact the attorneys at The Olive Law Firm. We serve the Charlotte metropolitan area, western & central Carolinas, and as well as Upstate South Carolina.

Q. How do I know if I can sue someone for personal injury?

A. Personal injury cases must meet these qualifications:

  1. The individual involved must have suffered from injury or property damage.
  2. The injury must be the result of someone’s negligence or by an intentional act that causes property damage or injury.

Q. What should I remember after an accident that causes injury and damages to my property?

A. Get yourself checked by a doctor right away. Your personal safety and well-being must be your top priority after an accident. As soon as you can, note down everything you remember about the accident, including conversations, people with whom you spoke, and who caused the accident. Consult a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Do not speak to the other party’s insurance company or adjuster unless you have already spoken to your counsel or lawyer.

Q. Why do I need an attorney to represent me for my personal injury case?

A. Your personal injury lawyer will focus on protecting your rights and ensuring that you recover the maximum amount to which you are entitled. Your attorney will also make sure that all damages are accounted for and all sources of insurance are explored.

Q. How long will my case last?

A. The answer to this question varies from one case to another. Some of the factors that may affect the duration of your case include the willingness of the other party to cooperate, the nature of your injuries, and damages.

Q. Do I have to contact my own insurance company even if I did not cause the accident?

A. Yes, the sooner you contact your insurance company, the better.

Q. How much will the insurance company pay me for my pain and suffering?

A. The answer to this depends on the type of case and the extent of your injuries. Since there is no exact formula to compute, the court usually determines this based on facts and evidence.

 Q. Are all automobile accidents the same?

A. No. There are also automobile accidents caused by commercial vehicles. Lawyers who file commercial trucking cases must be very familiar with state-mandated federal codes and laws.