Serving Clients in Raleigh, Durham & the Surrounding Areas
A serious injury can significantly change the course of your life. At Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we understand how difficult it is to get back on your feet when you are struggling with the physical, financial, and emotional consequences of a catastrophic injury—and we want to help.
With more than 50 years of combined experience, our North Carolina personal injury attorneys assist people in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding areas who are struggling to move forward after a major accident or injury. If you were involved in a car accident, hurt on someone else’s property, or were in any other way affected by someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you could be entitled to financial compensation. We encourage you to reach out to our team today to learn more during a free and confidential consultation.
At Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we do not collect any legal fees unless we recover compensation for you. Our bilingual staff is ready to assist you in English or Spanish (se habla español), and we make it our goal to provide every client with the personal attention, support, and guidance they need.
“I came to Hyland and Padilla after an automobile accident. Mr. Padilla worked very hard on my case. His primary concern is for the well being of his clients. He was caring, professional, honest and patient. His staff was always helpful and pleasant as well” - Toni B.
“Very happy and great full with the results. Thank you for helping the Hispanic community very happy with the results blessings. Andrea and Stefani did A great job.” - Jazmin A.
“Mr Padilla is extremely helpful with your personal injury. His staff is great. I wouldn't go anywhere else. I have worked with Mr Padilla several times over the years. He is a wonderful caring attorney. He will go all out to make his client happy.” - Carolyn H.
Filing a personal injury claim allows you to seek justice and fair compensation for the many financial and intangible losses you have suffered as a result of your injury. Although nothing can undo the devastating experience you have been through, a just settlement or jury verdict can provide you with much-needed financial resources as you navigate the aftermath of the incident.
Depending on the specifics of your case, you could be entitled to compensation for the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income/wages
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning ability
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Punitive damages
At Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we fight for maximum compensation for every client. To date, we have recovered more than $40 million total in settlements and verdicts on behalf of the severely injured and their families. Most importantly, we have helped our clients stand up to those responsible for their injuries and damages, allowing them to obtain the justice they needed to move forward.
Over $40,000,000 Recovered We have won over 40 million dollars for our clients since 2012 and counting.
Over 7000 Cases Handled We have represented thousands of personal injury clients since 1999.
Do I have to file a lawsuit?
You will decide, based on information and advice from your attorney, whether to file a lawsuit. In North Carolina, when you are injured by the negligence of another, you have three years from the date of the accident to either resolve your claims or file a lawsuit. Failure to file a suit before the three years expires will generally prevent you from pursuing your claims. Most cases resolve without a lawsuit being filed.
How long will it take to settle my case?
You will have an experienced team working on your case; a team that knows what needs to be done and how to do it as quickly as possible. Of course, it will depend on your case's unique circumstances. Most importantly, your case will not be settled until you have stopped treating and are ready to settle. In all matters, the legal assistants and attorneys will regularly inform you of progress toward settlement. You should also know that cases do not always settle. If the insurance company refuses to fairly compensate you, we may have no choice but to file a lawsuit. Lawsuits can take from one to three years to resolve.
How can you represent me if I am from out of state?
North Carolina law may apply to your case in several ways. For example, if the accident you were in occurred in North Carolina while you were visiting the state, North Carolina laws would apply. We have also worked successfully with out-of-state clients and their local attorneys.
Should I speak with the insurance company?
It may hurt your case if you speak to the insurance company before hiring an attorney. Many times, the information provided by the injured victim will be used to minimize or deny your injury claim. After you hire an attorney, you might only talk to the insurance company about things that will not affect your injury case, such as property damage repairs or getting a rental car. It is important to at least consult with an attorney if you have any questions before you speak with the insurance company. Insurance companies are not looking out for your best interest. Be wary about being asked to give a statement without legal representation. Also, the insurance company is not allowed to advise you about whether you need an attorney.
What is a deposition?
If we file a lawsuit for you, the defense attorney for the insurance company may take your deposition as part of the litigation process. You would give your deposition under oath in front of a certified court reporter. You will be asked a wide range of questions regarding your claim by the defense attorney. Your attorney will be present with you during the entire proceeding to make sure that any questions asked are proper.
Can you settle my case without me knowing?
Attorneys can only act with the client's permission. The attorneys at Hyland + Padilla, PLLC will not settle your case unless you decide to settle your case after being fully informed about all the options you may have.
Who will work on my case?
Once you have hired us, there will be a team working on your case. Each client may have an attorney, paralegal, and legal assistant working for them. You will always be able to meet with and speak to your attorney when your attorney is available. If your attorney is not immediately available, the paralegal or legal assistant can often answer any question you may have. Our attorneys are often in meetings, depositions, on the phone, or in court. Nonetheless, our attorneys will take your calls when available and return your calls when not.
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
We handle cases on a contingency basis. This means that you pay our attorneys’ fees only if there is a recovery in your favor. The attorney's fee will be a percentage of your recovery—from 25% to 33 1/3%—that will come from the insurance settlement or jury verdict.
How do I know if I have a case?
In North Carolina, if you have been injured by the negligence of another, you may have legal claims for damages you sustain. We offer an initial attorney consultation, at no cost to you, to help you determine if you have a case or if you should hire an attorney. Our attorneys will be able to advise you after the consultation on what your next step should be.
What are my options if you elect to pass on my case?
If we do not believe your case can prevail, we may choose not to move forward with it. If this is the case, we will always be open with you. If we cannot assist you, we may suggest you speak to another lawyer for an additional opinion.
Will you inform me about my case's progress?
Yes. We will periodically check in with you to see how you are doing when you are in medical treatment. We will also ask you to keep us updated on the status of your medical treatment. If your case is in litigation, you will receive updates as new developments arise in your case. We give each of our clients information at our initial meeting that explains in detail how your case is handled from the beginning to the end. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
What is the likelihood of my case going to trial?
Most cases settle without going to trial or going to a hearing. We will thoroughly advise you on the risks and benefits of going to trial if the case cannot be settled.
What is the average duration of a case from start to finish?
This will depend on several factors. For example, the length of time you are in medical treatment can affect the overall duration of your case, as can the insurance company or liable party’s willingness to settle. At Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we make every effort to resolve your case as quickly as possible.
Do I decide whether I settle my case or not?
Yes. We are your counselors and serve to help you make an informed decision, but the fact remains that it is your life, and you have the final say in how we proceed. You will not be pressured to make a particular decision if you do not feel it is right for you.
How much is my case worth?
Again, this must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For example, a workers’ compensation case is evaluated differently than an automobile accident case or a medical malpractice case. There are many factors that determine the value of a case, such as medical expenses, the length of medical treatment, and the severity of your injuries, to name a few. To properly evaluate your case, you should speak to an attorney experienced in the specific area of law involved in your case.
How much does your firm charge for a consultation?
There is no charge for an initial consultation—it is free. When you call one of our offices, located in Raleigh and Durham, no cost will be incurred at the initial consultation. If you decide to retain our firm for representation, a contract of representation will be signed that will outline the terms of representation.
How long can I wait to file a lawsuit after an accident?
No two cases are quite the same; every case should be evaluated individually. For example, in workers’ compensation cases, the employee is required to serve a copy of Form 18 on the employer and insurance carrier within 30 days from the date of the accident. For most personal injury cases in North Carolina, you have three years from the date of injury to sue for damages. It is vital to your case that you get in contact with a lawyer as soon as possible and ensure that you do not miss any deadlines.No two cases are quite the same; every case should be evaluated individually. For example, in workers’ compensation cases, the employee is required to serve a copy of Form 18 on the employer and insurance carrier within 30 days from the date of the accident. For most personal injury cases in North Carolina, you have three years from the date of injury to sue for damages. It is vital to your case that you get in contact with a lawyer as soon as possible and ensure that you do not miss any deadlines.
When you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, it’s not only important that you reach out to an attorney for help with your claim; it’s important that you work with the right attorney on your case. You want someone who has extensive experience handling cases like yours, someone who knows what it takes to build a persuasive case and who has the resources to do it.
At Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we have helped thousands of people successfully navigate all types of personal injury cases, including complex motor vehicle accident cases, premises liability claims, product liability lawsuits, and more. We have also assisted numerous injured workers in navigating North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system, helping them recover the benefits they were rightfully owed.
Though we draw on our years of experience when building cases, we also recognize that every situation is unique. Our attorneys look for innovative legal solutions and develop custom strategies centered on the unique details of each individual case, working directly with our clients to help ensure their voices are heard and their needs are met.
When you choose Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, you choose a team that will fight for you, a team that will do whatever it takes to advocate for your rights and protect your best interests. We care deeply about the people and communities we serve, and we are ready to meet with you today to discuss your case and share how we may be able to help you seek fair compensation for your damages.