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Personal Injury Lawyers Asheville NC

Asheville Personal Injury Law

Have you suffered an injury or been involved in a serious accident in the Asheville, North Carolina area?  This article focuses on explaining the different types of personal injury cases that we handle in Asheville, NC. 

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or been seriously injured, you should contact a top Asheville personal injury lawyer who will provide a free consultation and answer all your personal injury questions.  

Lakota R. Denton is an Asheville, NC personal injury trial attorney who focuses on recovering for injured people.  Lakota was awarded the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, the 2014 Top 40 Lawyers under 40, and the Avvo clients choice award.  Lakota gets results and has many reviews from satisfied personal injury clients. 

Latest Client Reviews of Lakota R. Denton

  • Lakota went above and beyond to help me with my automobile accident. His professionalism and expertise is above reproach. He took the time to fully understand the accident specifics and to provide a step-by-step detailed assessment. He was my staunch advocate when dealing with the insurance company on my behalf. Additionally, he was very responsive and put me at ease during the entire process. I can’t say enough how much Lakota’s approach and demeanor put me at ease. In a world full of uncertainty, Lakota brought a sense of certainty and calm during this process. I highly recommend Lakota to anyone who was involved in an automobile accident!

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    Robert Castro

    I just want to thank you all for beingthe best legal team a person can askto represent them. I appreciate the professional approach and expertise that you have shown me throughout the legal matter as my representative.You guys are truly "Awesome "!  My experience with each of you was both professional and friendly with each interaction from initial call to the conclusion of my case.I will definitely refer others to your law firm for any legal help they may need.Jack Phillips

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    Jackie Phillips

    I'm leaving a 5-star review for Lakota Denton and his excellent team because of their utmost care and compassion. I came to them drowning in the turbid waters of despondent lawyers and sketchy doctors, and they put me on a plan to physical recovery, while they recovered my case. Lakota is a lawyer with keen awareness, dignity, and most importantly, heart. Thank you, Lakota.

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  • I was represented by Lakota Denton for injuries and trauma that I sustained after being hit and nearly killed by a negligent driver of a SUV, riding my bicycle home from work in Asheville, NC. Lakota and his team kept me well informed throughout the entire process, and were always available to discuss any questions or concerns that I had. I was especially grateful for their professionalism, experience, integrity and honor. Lakota was not only successful in settling my personal injury case beyond our expectations, I also felt supported and confident that my best interests were a top priority.  I was pleased with my experience and settlement and highly recommend Lakota Denton.

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    I was represented by Lakota Denton for injuries and trauma that I sustained after being hit and nearly killed by a negligent driver of a SUV, riding my bicycle home from work in Asheville, NC. Lakota and his team kept me well informed throughout the entire process, and were always available to discuss any questions or concerns that I had. I was especially grateful for their professionalism, experience, integrity and honor. Lakota was not only successful in settling my personal injury case beyond our expectations, I also felt supported and confident that my best interests were a top priority.  I was pleased with my experience and settlement and highly recommend Lakota Denton.

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    Lady Lark

    Very knowledgeable and straight to the point. Does exactly what he says goes above and beyond for his clients. Would definitely recommend him to any and every one. Thanks again

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  • On a cold and rainy night in January 2019, I was hit by a vehicle while walking through downtown Asheville, North Carolina. I spent the night in the hospital and needed legal help because they were alleging I was responsible for the accident even though I was the pedestrian. Lakota Denton and his staff took the case and through thorough research and investigative work, we were able to secure witnesses and a body of evidence against the driver. One year later, they conceded and we won. I highly recommend the excellent work of attorney Lakota Denton and the incredible staff who guided me through every step of the process for a positive outcome.

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    Paul Choi

    I am honored to be writing another 5-star review to add to the growing list of 5-star reviews I enjoyed reading here! It was my pleasure to receive legal aid and guidance from someone as kind, friendly, professional, and responsive as Lakota.

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    Daniela Jewell

    Lakota and his team have been great to work with. His office is always responsive, professional, and friendly. It's refreshing to collaborate with other professionals that care to help our clients achieve their goals. We appreciate how helpful he is to clients whether they hire him or not.

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    Christopher Taylor
  • I would like to thank Lakota and his team for the amazing job they do!! I never felt like I was just another client . I would recommend Lakota Denton office to anyone!! Thanks again to Lakota and his team !! They're all amazing people .

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    Tyshae Lytle

    I highly recommend Lakota Denton! He has been such a huge help, he kept me posted about my case, offered amazing advice while listening to my concerns and was beyond effective, especially considering I hired him shortly before the Covid 19 Pandemic started. I could not have made a better choice. I'm so relieved we were able to reach a settlement in an accident where the driver crossed the center line & hit me, sending me into oncoming traffic, finally coming to a stop only inches from the parkway bridge. She had no insurance, and no license. And I was certainly not the only one she'd done this to, not only did she hit the car behind me as well, she'd been in trouble numerous times for the same reason. I originally reached out to a different lawyer but was told that my case was not worth the time. I was very disappointed, I actually didn't look for another lawyer for over 2 years, until the statute of limitations was expiring. Lakota assured me that we had time, and that he could definitely help me. If you need an attorney in Asheville, or WNC there's no better choice.

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    Ginny Ray

    Lakota Denton is a champion for the people. He worked with me on a car accident case and won the maximum settlement. He has a strong reputation as an experienced trial lawyer so insurance companies know he doesn't mess around. Lakota is aware of loop holes and special amendments within the law to provide the best service possible and leaves no stone unturned. Every question I had (no matter how redundant or silly) he was glad to explain to me. Apart from his technical knowledge, he is very kind and warmhearted. Stepping into his office is like being invited into his home. I would 110% recommend him, and after discussing the settlement, I wanted to run down the street and tell every single person I saw about him.

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What is Personal Injury? 

In legal terms, personal injury is defined as an injury to the body, mind, and emotions. And you can sustain it almost anywhere, whether it is the road you are traveling on or at a place where you are working or even if you get bitten by somebody’s pet dog.

The end result in all the cases is the same…an injury that can forever change the quality of your life and your relationship with your family and friends.

The good news is you don’t have to suffer your personal injuries in silence. There are laws in place that promise you your rightful compensation. But first, you will need to prove what led to this injury, who is responsible and whether it is severe enough to qualify for compensation.

All this information is required to thwart the attempts of the at-fault insurance companies that tend to undervalue your claims.  The best way to prevent this and get a fair compensation is to engage a top personal injury lawyer, who knows his way about in such accident cases and has experience dealing with insurance adjusters and taking cases to trial if needed.

Ways to Get a Personal Injury in Asheville

The following personal injuries come under the ambit of personal injury laws in North Carolina:

  • Automobile Accident: With the increasing number of vehicles on the roads today, the chances of the accident have grown manifold. According to the National Safety Council, in the first half of 2018, an estimated 2.1 million people in the US sustained injuries, while 18,720 died in car crashes. In North Carolina, the winding mountain roads majorly contribute to such car crashes. The year 2017 saw 1,412 deaths in car accidents in the state.

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  • Trucking Accident in NC: The data of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records an alarming number of fatalities in truck accidents in the US. In 2017, trucking accidents claimed 37,133 lives. In North Carolina, the two major highways intersecting Asheville are most prone to such accidents. If 2016 data for this state is anything to go by, there have been 14,000 large truck accidents that killed over 150 persons and injured thousands of others.

  • Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcyclists remain at a higher risk of personal injury. And it is often the fault of other road users that lead to such accidents. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the year 2017 recorded around 5,000 deaths in motorcycle accidents. Of these, 141 fatalities were in North Carolina alone. The number of injured was much higher.

  • Bicycle Accidents: The cycling accidents in the US in 2016 resulted in the deaths of 3,499 cyclists, while 18,477 sustained injuries. In North Carolina, if the period between 2011 and 2015 is considered, there had been an average of 951 bicycle-motor vehicle crashes every year, as per the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. An estimated 22 deaths in the state take place each year in bicycle accidents with many more sustaining injuries.

  • Slip and falls: Workplace, especially where machines are located, is a dangerous place for your life and limb. And it is not only at the workplace where such accidents happen, but they can also happen on any property that compromises on safety, resulting in injury and death. Of course, the property owner becomes liable for such accidents.   

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious issue, and it is not limited to vehicle accidents alone. As per the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, the University of North Carolina, high school football players in the US are three times more likely to suffer catastrophic head injuries. Such injuries lead to severe and permanent damage that require not only the best medical care, but also competent legal representation.

  • Construction Site Injuries: According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), of the 4,674 worker fatalities in private industry in 2017, a total of 971 were in the construction sector alone, with many more reported injuries. Its leading causes – falls, being struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between – accounted for 59.9 percent of such injuries and fatalities.

  • Wrongful Death in North Carolina: Roads and highways are not the only risk-prone places where even the safest of drivers can get killed by the mistake of other drivers, death can visit you in different ways too, such as criminal incidents, workplace accidents, dangerous property conditions, medical malpractice, and nursing home neglect.

    All this comes under the ambit of wrongful death that may not only result in lost income to the bereaved family of the deceased but also saddle them with medical bills, funeral, and burial expenses, not to mention the loss of companionship, pain and suffering.  

  • Premises liability NC: Property owners are accountable for the safety of their premises and for posting warning signs for any dangerous conditions existing therein. If they fail to do so, it may result in incidents, such as slip and falls, car accidents within the premises, criminal acts committed against the visitors or any other type of harm.

    In such cases, the property owner is liable for injuries and is responsible for the injured person’s medical bills, lost salary, lost future paycheck, and emotional harm. Things are a bit different in North Carolina since the state still follows the doctrine of contributing neglect. This means the if the injured person is even one percent at fault, he or she receives no compensation.  

  • Assault and battery: The two crimes of assault and battery are defined thus: assault means placing the victim in fear of serious bodily injury or death, whereas battery is actual offensive touching of a person without his or her consent. The state of North Carolina considers the crimes of assault and battery as one, unlike other states that regard them as separate offenses. This crime is divided into four classes in the state – Class 1A Misdemeanors, Class 1 Misdemeanors, Class 2 Misdemeanors, Class 3 Misdemeanors. Class 1A Misdemeanors attract the highest degree of punishments, whereas Class 3 Misdemeanors, the lowest.

  • Asheville Medical malpractice: Johns Hopkins Hospital’s study on medical errors in 2016 revealed that medical errors result in an estimated 250,000 deaths each year. Even in 2017, the survey on medical error conducted by IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago found 41 percent of people in the US believed that they had been victims of some form of medical malpractice. Little wonder medical malpractice is considered the third leading cause of death in the US, after heart disease and cancer.

  • Dog bites in Asheville, NC: If a study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is to be believed, an estimated 4.7 million people suffer dog bites in the US each year. Of these, approximately 800,000 victims need medical care.

    This is not surprising considering there were an estimated 89.7 million dogs in the US in 2017. Of course, the onus of keeping their dogs from biting people rests on the dog owners, and they are responsible for following the leash laws.

    However, in North Carolina, the person who has sustained a dog bite needs to prove that the dog was dangerous. According to North Carolina’s law, a dangerous dog is one that has killed or severely injured a person without being provoked or has been trained for dog fighting or has been certified potentially dangerous dog by the local animal control board.

Besides these serious injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, catastrophic injuries, electrical injuries, serious burn injuries, criminal actions and others also come under the ambit of personal injuries.

Going legal in personal injury cases

It is evident from the above-mentioned statistics that the chances of getting injured cannot be ruled out, whether you are at work or driving a car, motorcycle or bicycle, or paying someone a visit or just having a good time in any public place. Injuries happen unexpectedly and may be due to your fault or through someone else’s act of omission or commission.

The statistics of all types of personal injuries are certainly scary, but even scarier are the laws involved in tackling each of these personal injury cases if you think of going it alone without any legal help.

You certainly require a competent and experienced personal injury lawyer in such cases. It is the lawyer who will ensure that you get favorable personal injury settlements or verdicts and get rightly compensated by the at-fault insurance company.

Personal Injury Attorney in Asheville NC

Lakota Denton, an Ashville, North Carolina-based personal injury lawyer, is one such lawyer, who has years of experience in getting rightful compensation to his clients in personal injury cases.

Lakota is known as a “trial personal injury lawyer” because he has taken many cases to trial in Asheville, North Carolina.  Lakota has helped many people who have been injured in the Asheville area in motor vehicle accidents and has over 70 five star reviews at Google from happy past clients.

Types of Personal Injury Cases in Asheville, NC

Lakota Denton handles every type of personal injury in Asheville, North Carolina. If you have suffered an injury of any kind, it makes sense to talk with a top personal injury attorney who offers a free consultation.  Some of the different types of injury cases the firm handles include the following:

Type of Case


Automobile Accidents in Asheville

Injuries sustained by drivers, passengers, and pedestrians by use of an automobile. Involved in a car wreck or auto crash, view the timeline for a car accident case.

Asheville Trucking Accidents

Catastrophic injuries resulting from the momentum and mass of large vehicles, such as over-the-road tractor trailers, local haul trucks, carriers in interstate commerce, and all other private and commercial carriers

Motorcycle Accidents NC

Injuries sustained by riders and passengers by the use of a motorcycle or ATV.

Bicycle Accident in North Carolina

Injuries arising from the use of a bicycle in the Asheville, North Carolina area.  Contact Lakota R. Denton if you have been injured on your bicycle.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and falls Injuries, including orthopedic, spinal and traumatic brain injuries, that result from hazardous premises and known unsafe conditions

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s)

Acute injury to the brain resulting from blows, trauma, including anoxic injuries resulting from the lack of oxygen to the brain. These are often the most misdiagnosed injury during initial trauma treatment. Contact Asheville TBI Lawyer Lakota Denton for a free case consultation. 

Construction site injuries

Injuries occurring on or around construction sites and projects.  Injured in a construction accident? You need the services of a top personal injury attorney.

Wrongful death

Significant injury causing death caused by another

Premises liability

Injuries sustained due to unsafe premises or known hazards for which the property owner is responsible

Assault and battery v

Any unwanted physical threat that induces fear or touching that causes injury

Medical malpractice

Injuries resulting from medical negligence by doctors, surgeons and other health care providers

Asheville Dog Bites

Personal injuries resulting from dog bites from a dangerous dog. Victim of Dog Attack? Contact Asheville dog bite lawyer Lakota Denton. 

Back injuries

Back injuries that severely impact activities of daily living, such as those resulting in loss of function, numbness and paralysis

Neck injuries

Includes injuries to the neck or upper spine areas

Spinal cord injuries

Includes injury to spinal cord, resulting in paralysis

Catastrophic injuries

Significant personal injuries to the spine, spinal cord or brain, as also fractures to the skull and vertebras

Electrical injuries

Includes injuries resulting from electrocution

Burn injuries

Includes injuries sustained by burns


Leading Personal Injury Lawyer in Ashville, North Carolina

If your personal injury occurs in North Carolina, there is no better lawyer to turn to than Lakota Denton. One of the leading lawyers in Ashville, he is adept at handling all types of personal injury lawsuits.

Latest Client Reviews of Lakota R. Denton

  • Lakota my former law partner, a colleague, a friend, and an amazing trial lawyer. I have watched Lakota’s practice grow over the years due to his compassionate representation of injured clients and their families and his relentless assault on insurance companies and their defense attorneys. If you want an attorney that is going to fight for you, call Lakota.

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    Just want to say that Lakota Denton and his staff are incredible. I left his office feeling like I was just adopted into his family. Very informative and easy to understand, I have a total understanding of how he handles cases from the short talk I had with him. I would recommend Lakota and his staff to anyone injured in an accident. If I could give 20 stars it would not be enough. Very happy with this Lawyer.

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  • I was a passenger in a car that was involved in an accident. The EMS had to transport me to the hospital where I went through many exams and tests. I had Mr. Denton handle my case, and he did a superb job on handling all that was involved in settling the case. I would never have been able to do all that was required had I not sought out Mr. Denton's help. He knew how to handle it all proficiently, and he settled the case to my satisfaction. You can trust this attorney to do the work for you, and you will be quite satisfied with the results. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking all the stress/frustration off my shoulders and doing such a great job!!

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    Constance Brock

    I highly recommend Lakota and his team. They are professional, personable and persistent. Absolutely would recommend.

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    Mark Giberson
  • Lakota is incredibly thorough and generous in the time and energy he gives those he's working with. I highly recommend him.

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    Kate Davis

    he is a great attorney who worked hard to advocate for my rights

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    Dov Shoneman
  • Excellent representaion. Experienced, articulate, thorough, and determined.

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    Adam Matar

    Lakota was so informative and helpful. Thank you so much for all you've done!

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    Elecia N
  • Lakota is personable and dedicated. You can trust him to truly hear your story and do his very best in offering support.

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    Jaydee Sedmak

    Lakota was so easy to work with. He is experienced and knowledgeable. He knew exactly what to do and when to do it and kept me aware of all the moving parts. I learned a great deal working with him and will not hesitate to use his services in the future.

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He boasts of his personal injury case resolution skills and not without reason. His forte is personal injury cases, whether they have resulted from car accidents, workplace mishaps, medical malpractice or from any other incidents that come under the personal injury laws.

Mr. Denton’s approach, helps him tackle even the most obstinate at-fault insurance companies in a highly competent and professional manner. His approach is straightforward. In most cases, he notifies the at-fault insurance company to respond within 30 days with an offer. In case, it fails to do so, he goes ahead with the lawsuit.

However, if the offer is received from the at-fault insurance company within the stipulated time, Denton will not only explain you the offer, but will also elucidate,with utmost clarity and transparency,how much money needs to be set aside for the medical bills, how much is his own fee and how much you will receive after paying out all of these.

If you find the at-fault company’s offer to your liking, you can ask Mr. Denton to go for an out of court settlement. In case you don’t, you can tell him to file a lawsuit. Here too, he will advise you the pros and cons of going in for a personal injury lawsuit.

You can put your full trust in Lakota Denton in getting you fair compensation for your personal injuries that includes the money for medical bills, lost wages for missed time for work, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and any other compensation due to you, depending upon the kind of injury sustained.

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Lakota Denton

Lakota Denton

Lakota Denton is an Asheville, NC trial lawyer who focuses on recovering for injured people. Lakota has been practicing law in Asheville, N.C. since 2011. Lakota attended Keene State College in New Hampshire and graduated with a degree in psychology in 2000. Lakota played professional soccer after graduating from college. In 2011 Lakota graduated Cum Laude from Western New England college where he was awarded the Edward Cooley Award for Excellence in Labor Law, The CALI excellence for the future award for Labor Law, The CALI excellence for the future award for Jurisprudence Survey, The CALI excellence for the future award for Trial Methods, and was a member of the American Association for Justice Moot Court Team. Lakota has been practicing in his own firm since 2013, focusing solely on personal injury. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar association, the American Bar Association, the National Trial Lawyers, and was awarded Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, the 2014 Top 40 Lawyers under 40, and the Avvo clients choice award. He has spoken at the Asheville Paralegals Association Luncheon and he served on the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Auto Torts leadership team in 2017. Lakota has won numerous jury trials with verdicts for his clients. For more information, contact our office.   

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