Personal Injury

Accidents, by their nature, occur when we least expect them. Whether it be an automobile or truck accident or a fall which causes the injuries, the attorneys at Lanier, Fountain & Ceruzzi are experienced in dealing with all of the legal issues which arise during the course of these traumatic and, often, life changing events. We utilize our experience in dealing with the insurance companies and our skill as litigators to obtain the best outcome possible for all of our clients.

We are proud to be one of the few law firms left in the Jacksonville area who do not engage in mass mailings to all persons who have been involved in automobile accidents, as we feel that our solid reputation for zealously and aggressively representing our clients and the outstanding results we have obtained for our clients is the best form of advertising and the only type of advertising that a person can truly rely on. We have the knowledge and experience to handle any type of personal injury case, and always discuss with our clients the possible ramifications of settlement prior to trial versus what we believe are the possible results of trying your personal injury case in front of a jury.

Workers’ Compensation: 

The Workers’ Compensation benefit system has been established by the State of North Carolina to assist persons who are injured by an accident which arises out of and in the course of their employment. The law provides for very specific types of compensation for these types of injuries and our attorneys are experienced in handling all aspects of these claims from the initial report of injury through settlement or trial of the case through the North Carolina Industrial Commission.

Social Security Disability: 

If you have a physical or mental impairment and have worked for five of the last ten years you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. There are four major types of disability benefits administered by Social Security: disability insurance benefits, disabled adult child benefits, disabled widow’s and widower’s benefits and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) disability benefits. Obtaining these benefits is often a long and complicated process and our attorneys have the experience to handle these cases through the many layers of appeal, even to the point of appealing a decision to Federal Court if that is what it takes to obtain the benefits our clients deserve and are entitled to.

Medical Malpractice: 

Despite media reports to the contrary, not all mistakes by medical practitioners result in a lawsuit. North Carolina has strict requirements of medical review by qualified medical experts before a lawsuit for medical malpractice can be filed. Our litigators are experienced in pursuing compensation for our clients who have been injured through the negligence of their doctor.

Wrongful Death: 

Few things in life can be as traumatic as the loss of a loved one. When this loss is caused by the negligent actions of another our attorneys are prepared to help families obtain all of the compensation that the law allows. North Carolina only allows for a two year statute of limitations for suit for wrongful death and our experienced litigators are prepared to aggressively pursue your case against all responsible parties.

Contact our Civil Litigation Division

Main Office
114 Old Bridge Street
Jacksonville, NC 28540

By Appointment Only
219 South Water Street
Swansboro, NC 28584