Navigation Links
Charlotte Attorney Calls on North Carolina Senate to Pass "Comparative Negligence" Bill in Order to Better Protect Injury Victims in State
Date:7/23/2009

Herbert Auger, veteran personal injury attorney, notes that North Carolina is one of just four states to deny any monetary award if injured party is even slightly to blame for accident

Charlotte, N.C. (Lexis Nexis) July 23, 2009 -- The North Carolina State Senate needs to take prompt action and pass H813, a bill sponsored by Rep. John Blust (R-Greensboro) that would change the state's negligence standards in tort lawsuits, according to highly regarded Charlotte attorney Herbert Auger.

North Carolina is one of four states in the nation that applies a "contributory negligence" standard to cases where people are accidentally harmed. Contributory negligence is a legal doctrine stating that if a plaintiff in a civil case involving negligence was also negligent in any way, they cannot receive any compensation from the defendant, even if they were found to be only 1% responsible. This doctrine originated in England and is regarded as English "common law" - but due to the harsh ramifications of this doctrine, it was abandoned in England in 1945 when they adopted a statute similar to the bill now in the hands of the North Carolina Senate.

"I have personally met with a number of North Carolina citizens who were victims of accidents caused by someone else's negligence, but they were unable to pursue claims due to this unjust law here in our state," said Auger, founding partner of Auger & Auger, a leading personal injury law firm based in Charlotte.. "Why North Carolina would follow an outdated and unfair rule of law that originated was subsequently abolished in England over 50 years ago, is shocking. This doctrine is essentially a denial of access to justice for these folks."

Bills to change the state's negligence standards have been pushed and failed since the mid-1980s, but a bill sponsored by Rep. Blust passed the House in May. The bill is now under consideration by the Senate.

Supporters of H813 - the "Uniform Apportionment of Tort Responsibility" Act - argue that North Carolina should switch to a system in which fault is apportioned out to each party in a negligence case. So in the case of a $100,000 settlement, an injured party who was found to be 10 percent responsible for her accident would only be paid $90,000. Under the present law as it exists in North Carolina, this injured plaintiff would receive nothing.

Auger & Auger's practice is focused on personal injury litigation and the firm has more than 19 years of experience in this niche. The firm's lawyers meet with each client and carefully explain the steps they need to protect themselves and any loved ones who have personal injuries. Auger & Auger offers free initial consultations in Charlotte, so clients can ask all the questions they have and get the help they need.

For more information, please visit www.augerlaw.com or call 704.315.2589.

###

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/07/prweb2665834.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2009 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Charlotte Cowan MD Honored by Obama Administration for Innovative Doctor Hippo Series of Childrens Books
2. Crosland Wins RFP for Urban Infill Mixed-Use in Historic Charlottesville
3. The SCOOTER Store Donates Two Power Chairs for Senior Worshippers at Large Charlotte Church
4. In Recognition of WORLD AIDS DAY, Charlotte Bobcats Power Forward, Emeka Okafor, Launches Mobile Texting Campaign in Support of the One Million African Lives Initiative
5. HeartSine Portable Defibrillator Donation Brings Added Safety to Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte ReStore Location
6. Amy Street, Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist, Joins BridgePoint Medical Partner, Charlotte Orthotic and Prosthetic Center (COPC)
7. Findley Davies Announces Managing Consultant for Health and Group Benefits in Charlotte
8. Charlotte Childrens Hospital Gets a Delivery from Aethons Train-Themed Robot This Fall
9. Medicare Bidding Program for Charlotte, N.C. is Plagued by Errors, Says American Association for Homecare
10. Charlotte IVF Experts Issue Urgent Call for Egg Donors, Eye New Recruiting Tools
11. Crdentia Appoints Charlie Mayhone to Director of Operations for its National Travel Division and Charlotte, North Carolina Market
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... educate the many who are unaware of the plight of aphasia. In collaboration ... within the “Stroke Awareness” campaign. , The link between stroke and aphasia is ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... PALMYRA, Wis. (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2016 ... ... over $90,000 in scholarships to students studying complementary medicine. Allison Outerbridge is this ... She accepted her award on May 18 at the university’s Student Leadership Awards ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... W.S. Badger Co. ... been honored with a 2016 When Work Works Award for its use of effective ... the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Connor Sports, ... as a partner for the Tamika Catchings Legacy Tour that will commemorate ... leader in hardwood basketball surfaces in all forms and levels of the game, Connor ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... , ... May 26, 2016 , ... There are nearly ... than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide. On Sunday, June 5, 2016, communities around the ... National Cancer Survivors Day®. , National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... -- MedDay, a biotechnology company focused on the ... entitled "High doses of biotin in progressive multiple sclerosis: extension ... Professor Ayman Tourbah , Principal Investigator of the Phase ... of Neurology (EAN) in Copenhagen, Denmark . ... place on Sunday, 29 May 2016 from 14:45 to 16:15 ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... -- Niederländische Chirurgen haben eine innovative ... erlaubt, ihre Expertise weltweit zu teilen und so ... mit einer Instant-Messaging-Funktion und der Möglichkeit, in einem ... Afrika, Asien und den USA ... Information und Weiterbildung   "MDLinking ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... --   , Study met ... cleansing and superiority in , Excellent ... of the ascending colon   , ... Norgine B.V. today announced new positive data from the phase III ... versus standard 2 litre PEG with ascorbate. The study met both ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: