Frequently Asked Questions

1Do the same rules apply to Social Security disability as to civil lawsuits?

No. It is important that you consult with an attorney regarding claims for Social Security disability to learn the rules of the Social Security Administration.

2Where is your office located?

Downtown Durham, NC 100 East Parrish Street Suite 200 Durham, NC 27701 We are one block from the court house.

3Will the law firm charge me to respond to my email or telephone call?


4What is a plaintiff?

The person who is filing the lawsuit.

5What is contributory negligence?

The defendant may allege that a plaintiff was negligent and contributed to his injuries due to his own negligence. In North Carolina, if a plaintiff and Defendant were both negligent, the plaintiff can be barred from recovery and may be awarded nothing. There are exceptions to this rule.

6What is the statute of limitations?

The period of time in which an individual must file suit. If suit is not filed within the time allowed, the defendant may ask the Court to dismiss the lawsuit as not being timely filed. Often the statute of limitations depends upon the legal theory of the lawsuit. Sometimes the issue is so complex that a Court must resolve it. It is important that an attorney file the lawsuit before the defendant can argue that the lawsuit is barred as untimely.

7How much will my lawyers cost?

All fees will be quoted clearly after the initial free consultation. In most cases, the fee agreement is in writing and signed by both the lawyer and client.

8Will a lawyer reply to my email?

Yes, all emails will be reviewed by an attorney and an attorney will answer emails the following business day after receipt of the email.

9What is a defendant?

The person being sued.

10What are damages?

1, General damages: Your pain and suffering; mental and physical and your general disability.

2, Special damages: Lost earnings, medical bills and any other out-of-pocket losses.

3, Punitive damages: Additional money that can be paid to the plaintiff to punish especially bad conduct of the defendant.