Practice Areas At Ruth Smith Law Firm

Ruth Smith Law Firm offers experienced personal injury representation for a broad range of accident and injury claims. They include:

Motor Vehicle Accidents

More than 40,000 people died in 2016 and millions were injured in motor vehicle crashes in the country. Injuries can be very severe and it is essential that you make a claim for the full extent of your injuries. Attorney Ruth Smith is very experienced with these claims in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Driver Negligence

Most vehicle accidents are not accidents. Being a careful driver only goes so far when protecting you on the road. Other drivers speed, operate their vehicles when drunk, when using drugs, fatigued or when they text. Any of these and more can lead to inattentive driving and leave you injured. Ruth will examine the facts of a crash to uncover their negligence.

Tractor-Trailer Accidents

The size of tractor-trailers and semitrucks makes them especially dangerous to other motorists. Truck drivers engage in the same negligence as other drivers, only they do it with a vehicle that weighs 20 times that of the ordinary passenger vehicle. An experienced trial lawyer, Ruth will work tirelessly to hold them accountable.

Car Accidents

Texting. Intoxication. Speeding. Simply not paying attention. This behavior can lead to you being severely injured in a crash and your life changed forever. Ruth Smith can provide experienced representation for your car accident case in North and South Carolina.

Motorcycle Accidents

Riding a motorcycle along the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains of North Carolina can be a glorious experience. But it can turn terrifying in an instant. Motorcycles are a joy to ride, but riders are very exposed to the negligence of driver turning left or exiting a parking lot. Ruth can help obtain the compensation you need to recover after such a crash.

DUI-Caused Accidents

Years of public awareness campaigns have raised awareness of this deadly problem. Yet, alcohol-related crashes leave more than 10,000 people dead every year, and thousands more injured. North Carolina and South Carolina law recognizes the dangers and allows for special (punitive) injury awards in drunk driving cases. Let attorney Ruth Smith work to hold a drunk driver who injured you accountable.

Bicycle Accidents

Western North Carolina around Asheville has much outstanding scenery and many enjoy these routes by bicycle. For others, commuting by bike is a way to exercise and lessen their environmental impact. And both are at risk when a negligent driver is near. Ruth is ready to help with your bike accident claim.

Dog Attacks

Dog bites and dog attacks can leave victims with serious injuries. They often require reconstructive surgery, rehabilitation and psychological counseling to deal with the aftereffects of these.

Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are important programs that can provide important benefits for disabled people. The application process is complex and many are initially denied and must file for a hearing. Ruth can help with your disability case.

Workplace Injury

A workplace injury can cost you your health and your job. Workers' compensation insurance can help provide medical care and make up for lost income while you recover. The workers' compensation system is an entirely different court system, with entirely different rules applying to injured worker cases. Ruth can help navigate your workers' compensation claim.

Defamation/Libel/Slander

Yes, defamation is a form of personal injury. When someone damages your good name and reputation, it can be very difficult and expensive to recover. With the rise of social media, defamatory statements can spread quickly and cause significant injury. Ruth can help you with these claims.

Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is always unfortunate, especially when it is perpetrated by another family member. Elder abuse can also involve financial misconduct. Ruth can help will all aspects of these cases.

Slip And Fall

Slip and falls can cause serious injuries and in the most severe cases, the death of the victim. To be successful, you must have strong evidence of the negligence of the property owner. Ruth can assist by reviewing your facts to determine if you have a viable slip-and-fall case.

Catastrophic Injuries

A brain injury, a spinal cord injury, or other injuries requiring lifelong medical treatment are examples of catastrophic injuries. These are complex personal injury cases and demand an experienced attorney. Ruth understands how to analyze these situations and work to obtain the compensation that will ensure a lifetime of care for the victim.

Wrongful Death

When someone dies because of the negligence or misconduct of another, their estate may bring a wrongful death case to recover damages for their heirs. A successful recovery can help make up for the lost income and services of the victim.

Find Out How We Can Help Today!

When you have been injured by someone else's carelessness or negligence, you want help. In North Carolina, dealing with doctors, insurers, lawyers and courts can be overwhelming at a time when you are hurt and simply want to feel better again.

That's where attorney Ruth Smith can help. Ruth understands claims procedures, court filing deadlines and what you need to do to begin your recovery and protect your rights. Call 828-782-3832, or use her convenient online form to set up your free initial consultation.

Each case is different. Many factors such as the severity of injuries, ability to prove liability, amount of liability insurance coverage, jurisdiction, medical expenses, and many other factors can determine the outcome of a particular case. You should not use these examples as a representation of what recovery you will obtain in your particular case, as every case is unique. Ruth Smith does not guarantee that the outcome of your case will be similar to the results listed above.