Q: What is Civil Litigation?
A: There are two types of court cases in North Carolina: civil cases and criminal cases. Criminal cases involve the prosecution of someone by the state for the commission of a crime. Civil cases are where private parties sue each other to obtain court-awarded relief, often in the form of monetary damages.
Q: Can you help me with my civil case?
A: Yes. If you believe that’ve suffered some loss, whether physical, financial, or emotional, for which you are entitled to compensation, or if someone has sued you for such compensation, you need a litigation attorney.
Q: What types of cases are civil cases?
A: Cases in this category run the gamut from arguments about the performance or non-performance of a contract obligation, to auto-wreck cases, to divorce or child-custody disputes, etc. All of those things fall under the umbrella of “civil litigation.”
Q: Should I sue?
A: Depending on the circumstances, you should consider hiring a lawyer to explore a potential lawsuit. Few people want to take someone else to court. Sometimes, however, it’s necessary to protect your rights and interests. The lawyers at Weaver, Bennett and Bland can help you determine whether and when you ought to take the step of initiating a lawsuit. Our attorneys have experience giving guidance in a wide range of civil practice areas, including:
- Personal injury matters, such as automobile wrecks, slip and falls, medical malpractice, defective and dangerous products, and all manners of insurance litigation.
- Collection of business debts.
- Consumer claims against the sellers of products for fraud and unfair & deceptive sales practices.
- A person injured in a motor-vehicle wreck, slip and fall, as a result of a dangerous or defective product, or as the result of some other negligent or willful conduct and cannot obtain a fair offer from the responsible insurance company or self-insured defendant
- Defamation, libel, and slander.
- Infringement of constitutional rights by the government or a public official.
Q: What if I've been sued?
If you’ve been sued, it’s important that you act immediately.
Weaver, Bennett and Bland has experience defending clients on both sides of the aisle, so to speak. That is, whether you are the plaintiff (the person filing the suit) or the defendant (the person being sued), our firm can help. We’re not a “plaintiff’s firm” or a “defense firm.” We represent clients who are fair and honest, who want to do the right thing by their friends, neighbors, vendors, customers, towns, and communities.
Deadlines for response run quickly, and usually the clock starts ticking as soon as you are served with a lawsuit. The earlier you speak with our lawyers, the more time we’ll have to think through and prepare your defense and counter-attack.
Q: Why do I need a lawyer?
A: A lawsuit is the legal equivalent of open-heart surgery. The stakes are high, and the process is complicated. Don’t make the mistake of going alone. The attorneys at Weaver, Bennett and Bland have handled thousands of cases in state, federal, and administrative courts. They’re familiar with the rules of procedure that apply in those courts and the way that those rules impact your legal strategy. They know the importance not only of following those rules, but of using those rules to anticipate an opponent’s next step.
If you are considering filing a lawsuit, or if you’ve been sued, it’s likely that you are about to go through one of the most difficult and important experiences of your life or the life of your business. In those circumstances, you need an advocate, counselor, and champion who will do everything possible to ensure justice is done and that you obtain the outcome that you deserve. Our attorneys stand ready to serve, so call today.
Your Civil Litigation Attorneys & Advocates:
Matthew M. Villmer
M. David Bland
Lisanne F. Mangum