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Elizabeth Murphy

Elizabeth Murphy is excited to be practicing law with her dad and founding partner, J. Thomas West. From a very young age, she watched her father help folks through the practice of law and always knew that was what she wanted to do.

She loves to listen to people and their stories. She says, “Every client has a story. Only by hearing their story and really listening can you truly discover ways you can help them.” She is very thankful that her studies and her experience have given her a fuller understanding of the law because her knowledge and understanding allow her to be creative and think outside the box to find additional ways of helping folks in need.

“It’s not just about having a certain type of case, but about taking a ‘whole person’ approach to finding the best possible solution. So many other attorneys are too busy patting themselves on the backs and miss the opportunity to really help.”

Elizabeth knows that the journey elderly, injured and disabled folks face can be steep and every day she looks forward to creatively helping and inspiring them to do their best despite their disabilities and to creatively drafting documents that protect them and their families in hopes of making life a little easier for them.

“It’s like the starfish story. An older man was walking along the shore after a storm had washed up many starfish and he was bending and picking up the starfish and throwing them back into the ocean. He was approached by a young man who said, ‘Sir, why are you throwing the starfish back into the ocean?’ To which the older man replied, “Because the sun is up and the tide is going out, and if I don’t throw them back they will die.’ To that, the young man says, ‘But, old man, don’t you know there are miles and miles of beach, and you can’t possibly save them all. In fact, if you work all day, you will not even save one-tenth of them.’ The old man listened calmly and then stooped to pick up another starfish and threw it back into the ocean. He said, ‘It made a difference to that one.’

I love that story, and I think it paints the perfect picture of what it is that we here at Kelly & West and that I, as a lawyer, try to do every day.”

Elizabeth is thankful for her husband and high school sweetheart of over 20 years, Jonathan Murphy, also of Dunn. They attend Divine Street United Methodist Church in Dunn, and together they have two children, Will and Addison.

To speak with a personal and caring attorney, please call Elizabeth at 910-893-8183 or Toll-Free at 1-800-368-6389. She looks forward to talking with you.

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Personal injury is a fancy way of saying you got hurt — and it’s something someone else caused or could have prevented. Accidents happen every single day, but if you get hurt in one, you may feel concerned or worried about paying for your medical bills or time you missed from work. That’s why people may choose to file a personal injury claim, a way of seeking monetary benefits for an injury caused by another person or company. 

personal injury termsIn 2017 alone, Nationwide insurance company paid $18.7 billion in claims to its members. Here are the top personal injury claims that affect most people:

Car Accidents

Yearly, there is estimated to be more than 6 million vehicle-related accidents in the United States. While this number is only increasing, drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists are in danger. Distractions such as smartphones, navigation systems or car-related functions might be the reason. Regardless, if you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation. Make it a priority always to always visit a doctor after an accident, even if you feel fine. There are many cases where victims did not suffer physical injuries but sustained many internal injuries.

Slip and Fall

Slip and fall claims are a common personal injury claim. A slip and fall can occur anywhere, at work, home, in a restaurant. Elderly people are more likely to sustain a severe injury after a fall. Damage to the hip, head, back, and neck are very common. It may be difficult to prove a slip and fall claim. Contacting a lawyer after a slip and fall incident is crucial.

Product Liability

There is an average of 20,000 product liability claims that are filed in the United States each year alone. Many cases of product liability claims are defective toys, dangerous pet products, unsafe medical devices. Product liability typically has one of the highest average compensation values.

Workplace-Related Injuries

Have you fallen on the job? Work-related injuries are very common and can happen to anyone. Work-related injuries are often unreported due to fear of termination, but that means someone else may get hurt later in the same way. If you have been injured at work, report it immediately and contact a lawyer.

Medical Negligence

Medical negligence is another very commontype of personal injury claim. Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare provider doesn’t meet an adequate level of standard care required for a patient. This malpractice causes injury or harm as a result. There are many ways to prove medical negligence has occurred. Some examples are, failing to tell a patient of known risks, failure to diagnose, doctors negligence caused the injury and improper treatment was administered. Medical negligence is among one of the hardest and complex claims to prove and win; it requires many witnesses that must be willing to testify. However, that shouldn’t scare you off if you feel something wasn’t right with your medical care.

If you have questions about a personal injury, contact us for a free consultation.