General Civil Litigation

Civil litigation is the term applied to lawsuits requesting certain types of relief, generally monetary damages, punitive damages or injunctive relief. Punitive damages are meant to financially punish a party for egregious actions that cause damages to another. Injunctive relief requires one party to cease and desist certain actions or practices.

At Coward, Hicks & Siler, PA, our trial attorneys handle civil lawsuits involving business disputes, personal injury (like automobile accidents or injuries caused by product defects), breach of contract issues, property disputes, construction disputes, and property condemnation issues. These lawsuits can take place in different courts, depending on the value of damages sought or, in the case of eminent domain and property condemnation issues, based on the value of the property under public use condemnation.

At the state level, small claims court handles cases involving up to $10,000 in damages. District Court handles matters valuing to $25,000. All cases claiming damages over $25,000 are filed in Superior Court. When parties have large damage claims and live in different states, or when a case involves federal laws, cases are filed in federal court. Each court has its own rules and procedures and the process cannot be described as expeditious. Our trial lawyers have experience practicing in all of these courts, and can help you navigate the system efficiently and effectively.

Having a skilled and experienced trial attorney in your corner if you have suffered damage or are being sued, can be the most efficient manner of quickly settling claims. Trial attorneys are negotiators. We are skilled in mediation and negotiated settlements and can help obtain the best possible outcomes efficiently. We commonly handle:

  • construction litigation
  • lien enforcement actions
  • breach of contract litigation
  • breach of fiduciary duty matters
  • commercial, creditor and retail debt collection actions
  • eminent domain and land condemnation matters
  • personal injury and accident litigation

More information about our civil litigation practice can be found on the pages related to our transactional areas of practice. For more information on our municipal law, real estate, construction law, business and corporate law and Indian law practice, please visit those pages. If you’ve been injured physically or financially by the accidental or willful negligence of another, if you have property disputes or if you are being sued, call our office to set up a consultation with one of our trial lawyers. We can help.

Coward, Hicks & Siler, PA, is a general practice law firm, whose lawyers are authorized and licensed to provide legal services in the State of North Carolina. We serve clients throughout western state, in Franklin, Sylva, Murphy, Cherokee, Bryson City, Waynesville, Highlands, Cashiers, Cullowhee, Robinsonville, Brevard, Asheville and surrounding townships.

The main content of this site is updated as necessary to ensure accuracy. Blog posts are accurate as of the date of publication and are updated with new posts in the event of changes in the law. All material found on this website is primarily intended for the purpose of marketing, and to allow visitors to compare the services offered by Coward, Hicks & Siler with those offered by similar law firms.

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FRANKLIN

43 West Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828-524-6475
Facsimile: 828-524-9833

SYLVA

705 West Main Street
Sylva, NC 28779
Phone: 828-586-2147
Facsimile: 828-586-2605

CASHIERS

211 Cashiers School Road
P.O. Box 1918
Cashiers, NC 28717
Phone: 828-743-2401
Facsimile: 828-743-2403

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    Sylva

    705 W. Main Street
    Sylva, NC 28779
    Phone: 828-586-2147
    Facsimile: 828-586-2605

    Cashiers

    211 Cashiers School Road
    P.O. Box 1918
    Cashiers, NC 28717
    Phone: 828-743-2401
    Facsimile: 828-743-2403

    Franklin

    43 West Main Street
    Franklin, NC 28734
    Phone: ]828-524-6475
    Facsimile: 828-524-9833