If you are injured as the result of someone else’s negligent conduct, you may be entitled to compensation. Recovering the compensation that you deserve often involves filing a civil claim against the person or companies who are responsible for your injuries. The North Carolina civil justice system has numerous laws that a party must follow in order to preserve his or her rights and to pursue his or her claim successfully. As seasoned Charlotte personal injury lawyers, we proudly assist injured persons throughout the region with bringing a claim for damages against someone who hurt them. Let us help you ensure that you are asserting your legal rights to the fullest extent and protecting your right to recovery.
Recently, the North Carolina Court of Appeal was asked to consider whether a trial court properly granted summary judgment in a wrongful death claim where the defendants alleged that the plaintiff failed to comply with a key rule of civil procedural. Just as there are substantive rules that set forth when a party can or cannot recover compensation, the legal system also has many procedural rules that cover things like time limits for filing a claim, the specific documents you must provide the court, and the information that must be contained in each document.
In this case, the defendants alleged that the plaintiff failed to comply with Rule 9(j), which requires a plaintiff alleging a claim for medical malpractice to contain in his or her complaint a statement that the records and evidence have been reviewed by a person who will reasonably be expected to qualify as a medical expert and that this expert believes that the defendants acted negligently. In this case, the plaintiff filed a complaint containing the Rule 9(j) statement as well as a motion identifying the person designated as the proposed expert witness. The motion included the C.V. for the proposed expert witness, too.