Areas of Practice

We represent clients with Workers’ Compensation, Business & Real Property Litigation, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death. Gregory E. Wills is also a Certified Superior Court Mediator. Our goal is to help you navigate the legal process and achieve the best outcome for your case.

At Gregory E. Wills, P.C., we work on a contingent fee basis for all workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. For other litigation matters, we typically work on an hourly retainer basis.

Call us at (252) 491-7016 to schedule a consultation or contact us online. There is no charge for consultation on personal injury, wrongful death or worker’s compensation cases.

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death are legal terms that encompass a variety of situations. Personal Injury (“Tort”) law allows for compensation when a person is injured or experiences destruction of property due to someone else’s carelessness, recklessness or intentional misconduct. A wrongful death claim is a lawsuit that arises from the death of an individual that was caused by the conduct of another.

Events covered by Personal Injury and Wrongful Death law include, but are not limited to:

  • • Automobile Accidents
  • • Motorcycle Accidents
  • • Large Truck Cases
  • • Spine Injury
  • • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • • Nursing Home Neglect

In all Personal Injury or Wrongful Death matters, it is crucial that you contact us immediately so that we may work to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question and file a lawsuit prior to the deadline imposed by the statute of limitations.

If you or a loved one is the victim of Personal Injury or Wrongful Death, call us for a free initial consultation or contact us online.

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury

Q: What types of damages are awarded in personal injury cases?
A: There are three basic kinds of damages awarded in personal injury cases: compensatory, punitive and nominal. Compensatory damages compensate for losses related to income, medical treatments, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. Punitive damages are not based on actual injuries sustained. Rather, they are designed to punish the defendant for fraud, malice or willful conduct. Nominal damages are minimal damage awards acknowledging that the plaintiff was legally wronged, while at the same time recognizing a lack of evidence establishing that the plaintiff suffered actual damages.

Q: What is an “intentional tort”?
A: The legal terminology for personal injury law is “tort” law, which originates from the French word for “wrong.” Intentional tort is when personal injury is caused by a person acting with deliberate intent to injure another person. The most common intentional torts include assault, battery, false imprisonment, infliction of distress, fraud, coercion and trespass.

Q: What is the statute of limitations for negligence claims?
A: In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for negligence is three years. If you miss that deadline, you have no legal recourse. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death suit is two years.

Q: Who can file a wrongful death suit?
A: According to North Carolina law, only the executor, administrator or personal representative of the deceased person’s estate may file a suit on behalf of the surviving spouse, children or parents.

Worker’s Compensation

Workers’ Compensation is a system of benefit payments designed for people who have been injured by accident in the course of their employment. It also provides compensation for workers who develop an occupational disease as a result of their employment.

Workers’ Compensation provides temporary total disability checks for injured workers who are under a doctor’s care and receiving medical treatments that are reasonable or necessary to provide a cure, give relief, or lessen the period of disability. Compensation for permanent injury is based on an impairment rating, impaired wage earning capacity or permanent total disability.

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Call us for a free initial consultation or contact us online.

Frequently Asked Questions About Worker’s Compensation

Q: What types of injuries are covered under Workers’ Compensation?
A: Workers’ Compensation covers injuries that occur while an employee is carrying out activities for the benefit of their employer. The injury must be an accident, and must be the result of a specific traumatic event.

Q: How long do I have to report a workplace injury?
A: You should report the injury immediately to your employer and provide a written notice of injury to your employer within 30 days of the injury.

Q: How long do I have to file a Workers’ Compensation claim?
A: You must file a Form 18 or 18b with the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) within two years of the date of injury. In occupational diseases, you must file a Form 18 of Form 18B with the NCIC within two years of being advised by a doctor that you have a work-related disease.

Q: Do all employers in North Carolina carry workers’ compensation insurance?
A: All employers in North Carolina who regularly employ three or more workers must carry workers’ compensation insurance. A subcontractor employed by a general contractor must carry workers’ compensation insurance if he has one or more employees.

Q: Can I sue my employer?
A: Generally, the injured worker may not sue his or her employer for ordinary negligence. The Workers’ Compensation Act protects employers from direct suits by their employees for on-the-job injuries. If a third party outside of the company causes the injury, you can sue the third party in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim against your employer.

Q: What if the accident was partly or all my fault?
A: Workers’ compensation is a fault-free system. The relative responsibility of the employee or the employer in causing the accident is not relevant in determining whether the worker is entitled to compensation benefits.