Personal injuries can forever change the lives of victims, family, and friends. And in such traumatic times, it's natural to have a lot of questions.
- Is someone responsible for my injuries?
- Who will pay for medical bills?
- What do I do when insurance companies keep calling?
- What is my case worth under the law?
Fisher Stark, P.A., offers answers and aggressive legal help for victims of personal injuries in Asheville and surrounding communities. And, to assist you, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your matter.
Personal injury lawyer in Asheville, North Carolina
Personal injury settlements or verdicts are typically paid by the at-fault party’s insurance company. Consequently, insurance adjusters typically undervalue claims. So, often the only way to obtain fair compensation is to go to trial.
Fisher Stark, P.A., has more than 50 combined years of trial experience, reaching more than 170 verdicts. So, we are proud to be known as "trial attorneys." And our approach tells the insurance companies we will only accept fair compensation. Therefore, because we are not afraid to go to court, insurance companies know our reputation.
We use our experience and knowledge to assist you or a loved one, fighting for fair compensation for injuries and harms. Consequently, through aggressive representation, we make our communities better, safer places. So, by holding corporations and others accountable when they break the rules or act with negligence, we represent what's right.
The lawyers at Fisher Stark, P.A., focus on holding people accountable to make communities safer. And, this includes our Asheville home, where we live and work. Consequently, we send a message to would-be rule breakers and their insurance companies that they will be held responsible for their choices in Buncombe County.
Cases we've handled
Fisher Stark, P.A. represents people injured as a result of:
- Automobile accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Slip and falls
- Assault and battery
- Premises liability
- Wrongful death
- Dog bites
- Construction site injuries
- Neck injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Spinal cord injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Criminal actions
- Electrical injuries
- Burn injuries
Personal injury accidents at home, on the road, at work
Bad driving choices and defective products cause lifelong injuries in North Carolina every day. Therefore, the personal injury attorneys at Fisher Stark, P.A., help victims and their families get fair compensation for injuries, medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering. And, if the case warrants, we will also fight for punitive damages too.
So, addressing the consequences of injuries caused by bad driving choices or a company’s negligence is our focus. Because being injured by someone else's actions means you have a personal injury due to no fault of your own.
Personal injury claims process
As experienced attorneys, we know the tremendous knowledge burden personal injury claims require. For example, folks who try and handle the matter on their own are usually met with frustrating insurance company adjusters. So, they ultimately find that representing one's self costs them lots of time and money.
At Fisher Stark, P.A., our attorneys use their experience every day to help the injured as well as their families. Because a serious personal injury affects everyone, we fight for future medical as well as pain and suffering. And, most of all, Fisher Stark, P.A., helps navigate the post-injury minefield created by corporations and the insurance industry.
Top questions to ask a personal injury lawyer
“Do I handle this on my own?” or “Should I hire a lawyer?” are both common questions with personal injury claims. And, the answers to these questions make it easier to decide if you need the help of an experienced attorney.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer is an important decision. And since it can affect the rest of your life, make sure you are getting experienced, aggressive help. Fortunately, there are some simple questions that will help victims of personal injuries decide which firm to represent their case.
1. How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
Most personal injury cases are handled on a contingent fee basis. So, that means the client doesn't pay for the lawyer’s services on an hourly basis. Instead, the lawyer earns a fee based on a percentage of the recovery.
Lawyers in North Carolina generally charge between 33.3 and 40 percent of the recovery for their services. And, we typically find that our clients receive more total dollars in their pocket when we handle their case rather than going out on their own.
So folks who handle cases on their own often receive significantly less in total dollars. And unfortunately, those dollars tend to get swept away too quickly because of medical liens and other charges that weren't considered.
An experienced personal injury lawyer knows the value of your case. And Fisher Stark, P.A., fights for what's fair to cover future medical as well as pain and suffering. So, to help you understand the personal injury claims process, we offer a free initial consultation. You can reach out using our Contact Us page or by calling 828-505-4300.
Serious injuries need serious professionals
At Fisher Stark, P.A., we work with the care team to minimize the liens, maximize third-party recoveries, and put as much compensation as possible into our clients’ hands. An most folks would not take any amount of money to voluntarily go through what they experience in a wreck, or from a defective product. So, why sell your case short?
Remember, personal injury lawyers in Asheville generally charge the same percentage amount. So hiring a law firm experienced with your injury is usually the best chance to receive maximum compensation.
2. What does an injury attorney do?
Most importantly, the lawyers at Fisher Stark, P.A., give personal attention to our clients’ cases. You are not just a number to us. Our firm is not a settlement mill. Consequently, we are known as a "trial law firm" to the insurance companies. And the claim adjusters know our courtroom reputation. And, if the at-fault person's insurance company does not think a lawyer or law firm will take their case to trial, the offers will be substantially less.
How personal injury lawyers help:
- Gathering medical records and other pertinent information;
- Negotiating with insurance companies;
- Investigating various avenues of recovery from responsible parties;
- Working on adequate compensation so that your care team and family can focus on your recovery; and
- Working with the medical liens.
3. What is my personal injury case worth?
In the end, if the adjuster does not offer an amount equal to what a jury would, we will advise you. And, we have worked with nearly every type of accident and injury. So, taking your case to court, seeking to have a judge or jury fully and fairly compensate you for your injuries and losses, may be necessary.
Personal injury lawyer in Asheville
As experienced Asheville personal injury lawyers, Fisher Stark, P.A., understands dealing with insurance adjusters. And, while the other side’s trained negotiators/adjusters are experienced and determined, we are too, for you. So, our experience covers reviewing medical records, understanding injuries and looking at your future. Because personal injury victims often face financial losses and other ongoing consequences from the harms received, we fight for future expenses too.
So, by using our skills and experience to obtain the compensation, our focus remains on what you are fairly due. Furthermore, communicating frequently with you concerning the stages of the process is important to us. Because involving you with those decisions is key to successful outcomes.
4. Have you handled injury cases like mine before?
The attorneys at Fisher Stark, P.A., are experienced with virtually every type of personal injury resulting from just about every type of accident. Consequently, cases ranging from the most modest to the most severe require the same determined approach for fair compensation.
Experienced accident attorneys
Typically, our firm handles cases involving significant injuries. Consequently, these may result from motorcycle wrecks, trucking accidents, workplace accidents, product liability and defective products. In addition, we are experienced with catastrophic injuries too. And these can include broken bones, spinal damage, traumatic brain injuries, disfigurement, lost limbs, burns and concussions. We also handle cases involving wrongful death.
At Fisher Stark, P.A., we have handled cases throughout North Carolina. But, traveling to other locations to try cases has also been requested by clients. Consequently, we've represented clients from Miami to Montreal, New York to Seattle, and all along the eastern seaboard.
5. How long does a personal injury case take?
Fisher Stark, P.A., is constantly improving our processes and efforts to assist our clients. And, our focus is on the quickest and most effective possible results. Consequently, it currently takes about 12 months from the time a lawsuit is filed until you are in front of a jury. But, sometimes, more complex cases can take a little longer.
Changes in North Carolina personal injury law
Also, changes in the law mean insurance companies often want to get extensive medical records. And these records are often dating back as far as 10 years prior to your injury. So, at Fisher Stark, P.A., monitoring and reviewing insurance company requests ensures they don't go on a fishing expedition through your past medical records.
Please note that your hospital discharge summaries are only one part of a much larger medical history and treatment documentation. And, there are many more records needed. So, obtaining records comprehensively handles your matter efficiently.
6. What role does personal injury experience play?
Having a personal injury lawyer who is experienced helps navigate the court process. And by arguing cases in front of a judge and jury, lawyers gain invaluable experience about getting fair settlements. There are two reasons for this:
- Only an experienced trial lawyer can help you maximize the size of any settlement or award; and
- Experience helps navigate complex legal loopholes and openings insurance companies use to avoid fair settlements.
Also, experienced law firms like Fisher Stark, P.A., earn an aggressive reputation with the insurance companies. They know we won't settle unless the compensation is what a jury would award.
Trial lawyers seeking fair settlements
Remember, showing an insurance company that your case has merit, that you are fully preparing to take it to court, has much greater bargaining leverage. So, it’s important to look at two aspects of a personal injury law firm’s background:
- The size of recent settlements and awards, as well as
- The frequency the firm's cases settle before ever heading to the courtroom.
Most people only focus on the first factor without giving any thought to the second. However, firms known to accept settlements rather than pursuing a full award in court are always quoted discounted offers by insurance companies.
7. How often do your cases actually go to court?
From the outset, Fisher Stark, P.A., makes it clear that we are taking every single case to court as necessary. We focus on preventing insurance companies from offering too-low settlement awards.
One of the first things that at-fault insurance companies do is check which firm is trying the case, determining its background. If that firm settles frequently, insurance companies will always make lower offers. If the firm is known as "Trial Lawyers," like Fisher Stark, P.A., higher settlements are typically offered.
So, insurance companies are always preferring one of two outcomes: a law firm which won’t take a case to court. Or even better than a settling lawyer is an injured person representing themselves without an attorney.
Seeing no representation sends an immediate signal to the at-fault insurance company that they can offer a discounted settlement award, well below true value.
Background and experience
At Fisher Stark, P.A., having extensive links within the legal community is key to our strength. So, strategic affiliations including connections with the American Association for Justice, the North Carolina Association of Trial Attorneys, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, shows our strength. Our connections help establish our reputation within the community as trial attorneys.
Also, looking at some of our recent trial verdicts shows our solid track record. Fisher Stark, P.A. is known for receiving some of the largest verdicts for our clients in the entire county. However, as we counsel all of our clients, past success is no guarantee of future performance.
Free personal injury consultation in Asheville
At Fisher Stark, P.A., building the strongest possible case is a process in which we include every client. So, by offering a free initial consultation, we are inviting potential clients' input. And, during our meeting, we discuss specific details of client cases under the strictest confidentiality. Consequently, treating every client with the utmost dignity, respect, and regard are cornerstones of our practice.
Learning more about the Fisher Stark, P.A., track record, serving every client individually, is one goal of our free consultations. Also, educating victims about the value of their case is another focus. And sharing details about the knowledge burden a personal injury case needs is also important.
Fisher Stark, P.A., steers clients through all aspects of a case. We discuss everything from handling records to gathering evidence and other important information. Together, we discover details that might be important later.
|Type of Case||Description||Statutory v. Common Law|
|1. Automobile accidents||Injuries arising from the use of an automobile, including drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.||Common law|
|2. Trucking accidents||Injuries resulting from crashes with over-the-road tractor trailers, local haul trucks, carriers in interstate commerce, and all other private and commercial carriers. Injuries tend to be catastrophic due to the momentum and mass of the vehicles.||Common law, statutory and regulatory|
|3. Back injuries||Spinal cord injuries, impact to the central nervous system, medical neglect, injuries include loss of function, numbness, paralysis, and often severely impact activities of daily living.||Common law|
|4. Traumatic brain injuries||Acute injury to the brain resulting from blows, trauma, as well as anoxic injuries resulting from the lack of oxygen to the brain. Often the most misdiagnosed injury during initial trauma treatment.||Common law|
|5. Slip and falls||Injuries resulting from hazardous premises. Often involve known unsafe conditions. The injuries often include orthopedic injuries, spinal injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.||Common law|
|6. Assault and battery||Any unwanted physical touching causing injury.||Statutory and Common law|
|7. Premises liability||Harm arising from unsafe premises caused by either the owner of the premises or others relating to known hazards.||Common law|
|8. Wrongful death||Significant injury causing death caused by another.||Common law and statutory|
|9. Dog bites||Personal injuries reaulting from dog bites.||Common law and statutory|
|10. Construction site injuries||Injuries occurring on or abound construction sites and projects.||Common law|
|11. Neck injuries||Injuries to the neck/upper spine areas.||Common law|
|12. Motorcycle accidents||Injuries arising from the use of a motorcycle, including drivers and passengers/riders.||Common law|
|13. Bicycle accidents||Injuries arising from the use of a bicycle.||Common law|
|14. Spinal cord injuries||Injuries to spinal cords, including paralysis.||Common law|
|15. Catastrophic injuries||Significant personal injureis to the spine, spinal cord or brain, including spinal or skull fractures and harm.||Common law|
|16. Medical malpractice||Injuries resulting from medical negligence by health care providers.||Common law|
|17. Crime victims||Injuries resulting from the criminal activities of another.||Common law and statutory|
|18. Electrical injuries||Injuries resulting from electrocution.||Common law|
|19. Burn injuries||Personal injuries and harm resulting from being burned.||Common law|