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Anastasiya Mauriello

Anastasiya Mauriello is originally from Odessa, Ukraine. Anastasiya graduated from Odessa National Maritime University, where she studied economics and management. Anastasiya is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian languages. After moving to the United States Anastasiya worked in customer service field. In 2005 she initially joined Mauriello Law Offices as an intern. Thereafter, Anastasiya took a great interest in the American legal system and developed a strong desire to be a part of it.

Anastasiya now is an office manager of Mauriello Law Offices and also works as a legal assistant and administrator. Her hard work and dedication is essential to the firm’s operations. She provides support to the firm’s staff, works on case files, handles bookkeeping for the business and is a valued team member. Anastasiya is also an official notary for the State of North Carolina and is available to notarize documents and wills.

Her bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Anastasiya finds inspiration in her family and friends and spends her leisure time doing photography and traveling.

Chera Pardue

In May of 2016 Chera Pardue joined the team of Mauriello Law Offices. Chera is a litigation paralegal, who also manages day-to-day operations of the practice, and is the main contact for all clients and court personnel. Her professionalism, careful attention to detail and working experience makes her a valuable asset to the firm and its clients.

In 2010, Chera graduated from Catawba Valley Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Arts. She then attended The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she double majored in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Chera proceeded to Central Piedmont Community College where she completed the post-baccalaureate program and received a diploma in Paralegal Studies. In May of 2012, Chera was certified by the North Carolina State Bar. To this day, Chera continues to serve as a state certified paralegal and a Notary Public for the State of North Carolina.

Chera is North Carolina native and lives in Cornelius. In addition to her legal career, she also worked for local, state and U.S. Government Representatives. Chera enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing soccer and tennis.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The simple answer is your case is worth, based on the law, facts and risks that apply, what a 12-person jury in North Carolina would award for such a claim. The reason for this answer is that a seasoned personal injury attorney knows that a case can either settle or be presented to a jury. Most cases do in fact settle because both the person injured (plaintiff) and the insurance company representing the individual at fault (defendant) weigh and assess the risk of proceeding forward to a jury trial against the accepted benefit of getting the case resolved voluntarily.

There are many factors that enter into the determination of a personal injury settlement but the primary three (3) are liability, legal damages and insurance coverage.

  • Liability relates to negligence or fault of the defendant and (especially in North Carolina) the absence of fault of the plaintiff, as North Carolina is a “contributory negligence” state meaning the plaintiff must be 100% free of fault;
  • Legal damages typically include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering;
  • Insurance coverage relates to the amount of liability coverage the defendant has for the accident and injuries and also any coverage the plaintiff has such as uninsured or underinsured coverage that may apply.

There is in fact no precise formula in North Carolina for the award of pain and suffering damages. The jury (if the case makes it to court) is essentially asked to use their best judgment given the injuries and extent of the injuries in making this determination. However, typically and historically factors such as the severity of the injury, the length and type of medical treatment, whether surgery or high level of medical care was required, whether the injured person has a permanent or disabling injury and the amount of medical expenses are factors juries consider.

As mentioned most personal cases that we handle will settle. This is because there are inherent risks to both sides including jury verdict uncertainty, costs of litigation (deposition, mediation, expert witness fees, etc.) that make it in the best interest to settle. With that said some cases cannot resolve due to an impasse between the injured and the defendant on one or more case issues that may apply. In these cases, our office has over 34 years of courtroom experience and will work with you to move the case professionally through the litigation process.
As to the time it typically takes for a case to settle, most cases will settle after the injured person completes his or her medical care, the medical records and bills are obtained and then exchanged with the opposing insurance company. This can take on average 4-6 weeks after the completion of medical treatment but can vary depending on need for further documentation.

It costs nothing to evaluate your case. We evaluate any potential claim for free. In order to do so either e-mail us the basic facts of your claim or call our office for a free consultation. Also, if you cannot get to our office we will arrange to meet with you at your home or best location. Note also during this period of Covid-19 we can complete any paperwork needed for your claim remotely and without the need for a face to face meeting.

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