Fayetteville Personal Injury Lawyers
Experienced and Trusted Personal Injury Lawyers
If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. A personal injury lawyer at Riddle & Brantley may be able to help you fight for the justice you deserve. Our award-winning personal injury lawyers have recovered more than $700 million in total compensation for our valued clients since 2000 alone (see disclaimers below).
Riddle & Brantley
511 N Reilly Road Ste. A-82
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone: (910) 387-9186
By Appointment Only.
Hours of Operation*
Monday – 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday – 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday – 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursday – 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday – 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday – 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Sunday – 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
*NOTE: Our intake staff is available to answer phone calls and emails during these times, but please note that in-person meetings are only available at our Fayetteville office by appointment.
“Riddle & Brantley found me all the available money from the insurance companies.”
–B. Fields., Riddle & Brantley client
Injury Lawyers Handling All Types of Accidents
Riddle & Brantley has been serving clients in Fayetteville and the surrounding area for decades, helping thousands of North Carolinians get the justice they deserve. Our lawyers can fight for your rights and seek justice for your injuries. For nearly 40 years, Riddle & Brantley has been representing victims of accidents including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Scooter accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sexual assault
- Product liability cases
- Dangerous drug cases
- Defective medical device claims
- Mesothelioma and asbestos exposure claims
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- VA disability claims and appeals
- Workers’ compensation
- Social Security disability
- Wrongful death
Our attorneys believe Justice Counts and have more than 200 years of combined legal experience. They are supported by a team of investigators, case managers, and paralegals, all dedicated to your success. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injury victims in Fayetteville and across North Carolina (see disclaimer below).
Many of our attorneys and staff have close family ties to the military, and we are proud to serve active-duty soldiers and veterans in the Fort Bragg area in Fayetteville, as well. Our attorneys can help with VA disability claims and appeals.
What to Do After an Accident
Accidents happen. But if another person or business is at fault, you deserve justice — and you may be entitled to compensation. Follow these important steps recommended by our personal injury lawyers in order to protect your legal rights and start building a potential case.
- Call 911 — In North Carolina, you are required by law to report any auto accident resulting in injury.
- Seek Medical Help — Follow the instructions of first responders and get medical attention if you’ve been injured. Remember, some accidents such as brain injuries aren’t always immediately apparent, but it is important that you get diagnostic testing completed. Your medical records will also play a role in any potential injury claim or lawsuit.
- Get Contact Info — Get names, email addresses, and phone numbers from all involved in the accident including the other driver. Be sure to gather information for potential witnesses, too.
- Talk with the Police Officer — The police report is an important part of most personal injury cases. Be honest and accurate and remember that anything you say can and will be used against you. Do NOT admit fault even if your recollection of the accident is hazy or you’re not sure about the circumstances involved.
- Photograph the Accident Scene — Take photos of all injuries and evidence at the accident site. Document property damage and look for evidence that may support your case, including skid marks, debris, safety equipment in disrepair, or inaccurate road markings. In workplace accidents, you should similarly photograph working conditions and anything that may have contributed to the accident.
- Fill Out Necessary Paperwork — Depending on the type of injury, certain forms and reports may need to be filed. If you’ve been injured at work, you’ll need to complete Form 18 and your employer must complete and submit Form 19 to the NC Industrial Commission (NCIC). If you’re worried about your employer not submitting the required paperwork, you can file Form 18 directly with the NCIC. An experienced lawyer handling workers’ comp claims can help sort through the details.
- Do NOT Give a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company — Before making any statement to an insurance company, talk with an experienced attorney. The insurance company has one primary goal: paying as little in compensation as possible. A rushed or ill-considered statement can undermine your case. What you say can and will be used against you later in a deposition or in court.
- Call a Personal Injury Lawyer — What you do immediately following an accident can have a huge impact on the success of your personal injury case. In order to protect your legal rights and build the strongest case possible, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer right away. At Riddle and Brantley, if we don’t think you need a lawyer we will tell you so.
“How Much is My Injury Case Worth?”
Every case is different and there are no guarantees when it comes to potential outcomes or compensation. However, if you’ve been injured due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to “damages,” or compensation, designed to make up for your physical, financial, and emotional injuries. Damages available in a personal injury case may include:
- Medical Expenses — A favorable settlement or verdict in a personal injury case typically compensates the plaintiff for expenses related to their treatment, including but not limited to: ambulance transport, doctors’ visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, x-rays and other diagnostics, lab tests, medical devices, and home care.
- Lost Wages — If you’ve been forced to take time off work because of your injury, you may be awarded damages to make up for lost wages.
- Loss of Future Income — Sometimes an accident is so severe that it requires the victim to retire early, or seek an alternative, lower-paying position. In these cases, additional damages may be available to make up for the plaintiff’s lost earning potential. These damages can be hard to calculate, but a lawyer can help.
- Pain and Suffering — These “non-economic” damages are designed to compensate the victim for emotional injury. This can also include loss of consortium, or companionship with a spouse or partner, or permanent scarring or disfigurement that impacts the victim’s quality of life.
- Punitive Damages — In some cases, a jury may award punitive damages to the plaintiff. These damages are intended to “punish” the at-fault party and discourage future “gross negligence.” The criteria for these damages are strict, however. An attorney can evaluate your case and help determine whether punitive damages may be available.
“How Long Do I Have to File an Injury Claim?”
If you’ve been injured, your potential claim is subject to the North Carolina Statute of Limitations, which is essentially the legal deadline by which time your claim or lawsuit must be filed. There are some exceptions, but in most cases in North Carolina, the statute of limitations is:
- 3 years from the date of injury in injury cases
- 2 years from the date of death in wrongful death cases
If you’re not sure about the state of limitations in your case, don’t wait — call us today at (910) 387-9186 for a free case review. An experienced injury lawyer will review your case and can help ensure that you don’t miss any important deadlines.
Fayetteville Courthouse Information
Personal injury cases are filed and tried at the District Court or Superior Court of North Carolina’s court system. Many cases are settled without the need for a trial, but we are prepared to go to court if a settlement cannot be reached. The Cumberland County Courthouse is located at 117 Dick St, Fayetteville, NC.
Workers’ Compensation Information
Workers’ compensation hearings are often necessary to get benefits for an injured worker. At Riddle & Brantley, our lawyers routinely handle workers’ comp claims for workplace injury victims in the area. Workers’ comp claims are handled by the North Carolina Industrial Commission. That agency resolves disputes related to an injury on the job, an illness acquired through work (occupational disease), or deaths at work.
Deputy Commissioner Hearings are held in various locations in eastern North Carolina, including Greenville, Williamston, Elizabeth City, Tarboro, Wilson, Benson, New Bern, Fayetteville, Burgaw, and Bolivia. The North Carolina Industrial Commission holds Full Commission Hearings in Raleigh at its offices at 430 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27603.
At Riddle & Brantley, we have two Board-Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation available to help you with your claim. These attorneys have passed a rigorous exam, proven their experience, and been recognized by the NC State Bar for their proficiency in handling work injury claims.
Social Security Disability Information
If you are seeking benefits through Social Security Disability, our lawyers can also assist with these claims and appeals. We can help you file an appeal if your SSD application for benefits has been denied. The Social Security Administration Office is located at 145 Rowan Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301.
Call an Experienced Injury Lawyer Today
The injury lawyers at Riddle & Brantley stand ready to protect your rights. We genuinely care about each person we represent and are committed to providing the highest level of client services to you. Call us at (910) 387-9186 today so we can talk to you about your case. We are here to help you seek justice.
We are available for in-person consultations at our Fayetteville location by appointment only. However, free case reviews are always available from anywhere by phone, email, text, or video conference. There is no in-person meeting required to get started on your case.
Why Riddle & Brantley?
We’re proud of the work we do on behalf of our valued clients, and our case results are a testament to our skill and determination. In nearly 40 years, the lawyers at Riddle & Brantley have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our valued clients (see disclaimer below). Recent results include:
- $9,450,000 | Truck Accident — In one of the most heartbreaking cases our injury attorneys have ever handled, we represented surviving loved ones of a family of four who were killed in a horrific tractor-trailer accident on a busy highway outside Fayetteville. We led a comprehensive accident investigation, bringing in an expert reconstructionist and even subpoenaing traffic data from Google Maps to prove liability. We filed multiple lawsuits and ultimately secured more than $9 million in total compensation from separate defendants in separate settlements.
- $2,750,000 | Auto Accident — Attorneys Gene Riddle and Adam Smith handled a personal injury claim and workers’ compensation claim for our client, who suffered terrible injuries when he was hit by a truck while working at a construction site. The employer did not have workers’ compensation insurance so we filed suit. In separate settlements and before going to trial, we secured $2.75 million in total compensation for our client.
- $880,000 | Personal Injury — lawyers at Riddle & Brantley took the case when our client was accidentally shot by the defendant. Our client suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury and the claim was originally denied. We filed suit and ultimately secured a $880,000 settlement prior to trial.
- $1,925,000 | Pedestrian Accident — We represented a woman who suffered serious injuries when she was hit by a cement truck while walking across a parking lot. Attorney Gene Riddle and late partner Gene Jenkins led a comprehensive accident investigation and filed suit, securing a $1.925 million settlement.
- $790,000 | Personal Injury — Our client was on a lift on the back of a delivery truck when the operator pressed the wrong button, resulting in our client being thrown to the ground. The victim suffered a serious fracture, but liability was denied by the insurance company. We filed a lawsuit but ultimately secured a pre-trial settlement totaling $790,000.
At Riddle & Brantley, our team of attorneys, case managers, and investigators is led by Gene Riddle, who founded the firm in 1985. Gene and our attorneys have been recognized with many prestigious memberships and awards (see disclaimer below), including:
- The Litigator Award
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
- The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
- Super Lawyers
- AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
- The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
- The “Power List” of Personal Injury Lawyers by NC Lawyers Weekly
Beyond just awards, however, we’re also proud of the words our valued clients use to describe their experience working with our attorneys and staff. We strive to always provide the highest level of client service, and we’re humbled by our clients’ testimonials.
“You’ll walk in the door as a client but leave as family. They’re the absolute best.”
–Susan S., Riddle & Brantley client
- “Every time I’ve needed them, they were there for me.” -Tyronnie T.
- “I would recommend them to anyone. They fought hard for me.” –Christine W.
- “By far the best law firm that actually cares about helping veterans.” -B. Fields
- “They made a hard time in my life easier to endure.” -Melissa C.
- “They turned a heartbreaking situation completely around.” -Tonya T.
*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.
*** Disclaimer: An attorney must meet certain requirements to join these organizations or receive these awards. For more information on Membership Criteria for Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the Litigator Award, and other memberships, awards, and accolades, please visit our Membership Criteria page. These awards and memberships should not be construed as a promise or guarantee of a similar result. Each case is different and must be evaluated separately.