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Your Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Answers the Most Frequently Asked Questions

Mecklenburg county personal injury attorney responds to your question

Attorney Christopher May has dedicated over 15 years of practice to helping injured victims recover. We believe that knowledge can empower you to make smart, calm decisions during a difficult time. Therefore, our lawyer provides responses to frequently asked questions about personal injury. After reviewing our answers below, contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case in detail.

Get the answers you need about your personal injury case

Our personal injury lawyer provides the answers to questions about North Carolina auto accident, premises liability and workplace injury cases. To speak with an experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Estwanik & May, PLLC, fill out this quick contact form or give us a call today.


1. Is there a deadline for me to file my personal injury lawsuit?

You must file your lawsuit within the North Carolina statute of limitations or you forfeit your rights to recover compensation for your injuries. For a personal injury case, the statute of limitations is typically three years from the date your injury occurred.

2. What should I do if I cannot afford to pay an attorney to represent me?

Our law firm represents you on contingency – which means we do not charge you for attorneys’ fees until we recover damages in your case.

3. How do I know if I have a legal cause of action?

Because we handle all cases on contingency, there is no risk in allowing us to review the facts of your case to determine whether you have a valid cause of action.

4. What type of damages should I expect to recover?

Depending on the facts of your case, you may recover for medical bills, anticipated costs of medical care, rehabilitation, disability, disfigurement, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, pain, suffering and emotional distress.

5. Should I accept the amount of money the auto insurance company just offered me?

Do not accept an offer from your insurance company until a lawyer has reviewed it. Once you sign a release, you waive your right to recover additional damages to which you may be entitled.

6. How can I make the defendant release important documents in my case?

Under discovery rules, the defendant must provide certain documents that are relevant to your case. We can obtain the documents through a subpoena – an official court order that directs the defendant to provide specific information.

7. Will my case go to trial?

Most personal injury cases settle before trial. However, if the defendant refuses to agree to an equitable amount, trial is the appropriate forum for obtaining a just award.

8. Can I file a lawsuit and collect workers compensation for my on-the-job injury?

In many cases, you are entitled only to workers compensation for your on-the-job injury. However, you may have a cause of action under certain circumstances – for example, against a negligent third party that caused the accident.

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