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Co-Counsel / Trial Association

Assistance for Attorneys Pursuing Complex Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases

Co-Counsel / Trial AssociationIn addition to representing individual accident victims and their families, Burton Law Firm is regularly engaged by other law firms and lawyers who are seeking assistance in active personal injury or wrongful death litigation and trials. There are many reasons why it may become important to engage co-counsel or associate with an experienced attorney to handle a case in North Carolina or Southern Virginia. Sometimes, injuries are unique or more serious than they initially appeared, the case may call for a specific expert witness, or a certain type of trial experience is required. Jason M. Burton has substantial experience representing clients in high-stakes litigation in personal injury and wrongful death cases. In 2015, for example, he represented a group of North Carolina residents in a premises liability case that resulted in a five-week trial and a combined jury verdict of $24.75 million. This was the highest jury verdict in the State of Alabama in 2015. If you are an attorney or a law firm seeking the assistance of a trial attorney or litigator in an active plaintiff’s personal injury or wrongful death matter, you can contact the Burton Law Firm.

Co-Counsel or Trial Association in Catastrophic Injury Lawsuits

Many personal injury matters require a plaintiff to establish negligence, but negligence can take different forms depending on the facts and circumstance of each case. Generally, to prove negligence, the plaintiff will need to show that it is more likely than not that the defendant failed to use reasonable care, and this caused the plaintiff’s injuries. The standard of care depends on the context. For example, the degree of care that a truck driver owes in a specific situation on the road is different from the care owed by an oncologist treating a patient. North Carolina and Virginia are two of a few states that follow the harsh doctrine of contributory negligence. Under the doctrine, a jury can assess the fault of both the plaintiff and the defendant. The plaintiff will be barred from recovering damages if he or she was just 1% at fault. Accordingly, it may make sense to join forces with experienced trial counsel if an accident victim desperately needs compensation, but the insurer is looking for ways in which the accident victim was at fault.

Our firm has substantial experience representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries and substantial experience assisting other attorneys and law firms in securing fair compensation for accident victims and their families. Mr. Burton has secured more than $40 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of accident victims and their families. As a highly regarded personal injury firm, we are prepared to serve as co-counsel in matters involving catastrophic injuries.

Co-Counsel or Trial Association in Wrongful Death Cases

Under North Carolina Statute §28A-18-2, a wrongful death is a death that was caused by another party’s default, neglect, or wrongful act. A personal representative of the decedent’s estate is entitled to file a wrongful death action, seeking damages for the decedent’s wrongful death. Any related criminal case is distinct from the civil wrongful death case, and both cases can proceed at the same time. After a wrongful death, a personal representative can seek compensation for medical expenses, reasonable funeral and burial expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, loss of society and companionship, and loss of the decedent’s services and care. In cases in which a defendant’s conduct was malicious, willful, or wanton, punitive damages may be sought and awarded. A tremendous amount is at stake in a wrongful death lawsuit.

An unexpected death may leave families without a second income that may have aided in paying for a mortgage, groceries, medical care, and other necessities, and the death may deprive them of much-needed emotional support and guidance. Most families do not have enough saved in case of a loss of such magnitude. Meanwhile, insurance companies usually retain well-paid attorneys whose job is to help insurers avoid paying compensation to family members. Often, insurers consider the reputation of the plaintiff’s attorney who is handling a wrongful death case; thus, it can make a difference to work with a trial attorney who has a strong reputation. Jason M. Burton has successfully represented clients in cases involving drunk drivers, trucking companies, construction companies, property owners, and nursing homes.

Retain an Experienced North Carolina Attorney to Serve as Co-Counsel

Jason M. Burton has high-stakes trial experience, and he has handled a wide range of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. He was named a Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney Under 40 by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. He is a Life Member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. The Burton Law Firm represents clients in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and many areas of Southern Virginia. Call us at 833-623-0042 or contact us via our online form.

Client Reviews
I am continually impressed by Jason's knowledge of the law. He is able to get great results on behalf of his clients in a timely fashion and is well respected by fellow lawyers. We have together in the past and I look forward to it in the future! You should hire him if you have a case! Chris Anglin
Superb attorney! Working with Jason Burton is always a pleasure! He is extremely professional and works very hard to win every case. I find him very fair and proficient and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone. Jodi Thomas