Personal injury law serves as a critical legal framework that protects the rights of individuals who have suffered harm or injury due to the negligence or misconduct of others. In and around Asheville, a vibrant city located in Buncombe County, North Carolina, there are various potential personal injury hazards of which residents and visitors should be aware.
Asheville attracts visitors from far and wide due to its unique blend of natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and thriving arts scene. The city is nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers breathtaking views, hiking trails, and outdoor recreational activities. Asheville also is renowned for its vibrant downtown, featuring eclectic shops, restaurants, and a bustling arts district.
However, amidst the allure, there are potential personal injury hazards, especially motor vehicle accidents. The city's popularity and bustling tourism increase traffic volume, leading to a higher risk of car crashes and collisions. Factors such as distracted driving, impaired driving, and congested roadways contribute to these hazards. Practicing safe driving habits, obeying traffic laws, and remaining alert on the road are crucial for accident prevention.
Another potential hazard in Asheville involves property hazards. Property owners and businesses have a responsibility to maintain safe premises and to promptly address any potential hazards. In addition, due to its rapid growth in hospitality and tourism, with new hotels and venues being built regularly, construction accidents have occurred with greater frequency. We have considerable experience representing workers who are injured on construction projects due to the alleged negligence of contractors and subcontractors. Such accidents normally give rise to a workers’ compensation claim for the injured worker, but they may also give rise to what are referred to as “third-party” negligence claims, which could allow compensation for damages not covered by the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act but are by civil liability damages.
If they sustained a compensable work accident or incurred an occupational disease, then injured workers are entitled to benefits covering health care expenses and lost wages. However, civil liability damages include compensation for pain and suffering, permanent injury, hardship and inconvenience, loss of use of a body part, and mental anguish.
Visitors and residents of Asheville and Buncombe County should be mindful of their surroundings and activities to help prevent accidents and injuries. Everyone is required to use reasonable care under the circumstances to avoid injuries. However, when another citizen or visitor fails to use reasonable care and injuries someone, then they could be held civilly liability for damages. Personal injury law ensures that individuals who suffer harm due to negligence or misconduct can seek compensation, and the law holds responsible parties accountable for their actions. And, the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act provides reasonable protection to workers who are injured on-the-job.
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