The NC House passed a bill this week that could affect whether someone hurt in an accident can recover damages. The bill would eliminate a doctrine that says a person who contributes, however slightly, to his or her injury cannot collect a dime from others whose negligence caused the injury. North Carolina is one of four states that still operate under the doctrine, which is known to lawyers as “contributory negligence.” The bill would change the state to a plan known as “contributory fault,” in which juries would award damages based on the relative fault in an accident. This bill has the endorsement of all of the HensonFuerst partners, who encourage you to contact your local House member to show your support. You can locate your House member by following this link: http://www.ncleg.net/House/house.html
Click to read Benjamin Noilet’s article in The News & Observer.