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In North Carolina, over 56,000 acres of land fall under the control and jurisdiction of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). The EBCI is a self-governing entity, meaning it has its own laws, government, institutions, elections, and the like. While the EBCI has adopted some aspects of North Carolina law, there are many differences. The laws governing civil and criminal matters are similar to state and federal laws. In criminal matters, your legal representative should understand how jurisdiction affects the outcome of criminal charges.

If you are a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians or find yourself involved in an injury law matter situated in the Qualla Boundary, it is critical that you retain the services of an attorney who is knowledgeable about and experienced in Indian law. The North Carolina Indian Law attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson are highly educated about laws surrounding injury or disability matters relating to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and can assist you with various legal matters. We focus on personal injury cases, workers' compensation, Veterans' Benefits, and Social Security Disability.

What Makes Us Different Makes Us Better

Since the Cherokee has its own legal system, there are few lawyers in North Carolina that understand it, or are willing to learn. At Grimes Teich Anderson, our attorneys possess the understanding of Indian law necessary to successfully represent both enrolled members and non-Indians in matters occurring on EBCI lands. We respect and seek to understand the Cherokee people's culture and tradition and the systems of jurisprudence and municipal law created by the Tribe's government. We are prepared to assist in all matters arising on the Qualla Boundary and those which fall under the jurisdiction of the EBCI.

Although the Qualla Boundary exists within a single state, these lands and the EBCI members are not strictly subject to North Carolina law. There are major differences in the law and how that law is executed in each of these jurisdictions and can lead to very different outcomes. An attorney with experience in both jurisdictions, and knowledge of the rules governing each, can be of great benefit to EBIC members in need of legal representation.

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When you have a legal matter involving the EBCI, the outcome may depend largely upon which laws and procedures will govern your dispute and where the case will be tried. Legal disputes that involve tribal members or lands that can be subject to different bodies of law include:

  • Personal Injury: These cases involve what is usually termed "negligence," or a defendant's failure to exercise due care, and the resulting injuries to a victim. Personal injury cases, such as car accidents and wrongful death, aim to provide an injured person or their Estate with money damages to compensate for the harm they have suffered. In personal injury claims occurring in Cherokee, EBCI law will generally apply. Under EBCI law, there is a three-year statute of limitations or time limit in which to bring your claim. EBCI law also recognizes the rules of comparative negligence, which can limit or reduce a plaintiff's recovery of compensation according to whether the plaintiff has contributed to some degree to the injury sustained. These standards are similar to the principles that govern negligence cases under North Carolina law. However, there are also some substantial distinctions that an attorney knowledgeable about the law pertaining to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians can help you navigate.
  • Workers' Compensation: These cases involve a worker who has been injured or who contracts an occupational disease on the job and seeks compensation for the injury or any resultant disability. In these cases, the applicable law is the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act, which governs the system whereby an employer and its insurer are responsible for providing benefits and medical treatment to workers who have been hurt on the job. Employees seeking workers' compensation are not required to show that their employer was at fault in causing their harm, only that they have suffered a "compensable" or work-related injury.
  • Social Security Disability: If you have been part of the workforce for a specified number of years and have become too sick or injured to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, which are governed by federal law. Among other requirements, to qualify for these benefits, you generally must demonstrate that you are unable to perform your former job or any other job due to your medical condition. You must also be able to demonstrate that your disability will last for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Employment Law: If you have questions about wrongful termination, discrimination in the workplace, or wage/hour law questions, you need to talk to the employment law attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson. Different state and federal laws apply to these topics. A paid retainer may be required for an initial office consultation.
  • Veterans Service-Connected Disability Benefits: Grimes Teich Anderson is honored to represent Eastern Band of Cherokee members that have honorably served in the armed forces in pursuing their claims for service-connected disability compensation. Contact our experienced Veterans benefits attorneys to find out more.

Even when it is clear which law applies, you may still have the flexibility to decide which forum (court) would be most beneficial to your case—federal, state, or tribal. Questions regarding how you should proceed can only be resolved by evaluating your case's specifics with a lawyer that has a thorough understanding of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians law.

Contact an Experienced EBIC Attorney Today

At Grimes Teich Anderson, we have the knowledge and depth of experience to help you determine not only which legal standards apply to your issue, but also to identify the most appropriate forum in which to pursue your case.

If you have a legal problem that involves Indian law, contact the experienced North Carolina Cherokee Tribal Court lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson for a free consultation at 800-533-6845, or complete our confidential case evaluation form online.

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*Each case is different, so not all information on this website, as well as some which may not be provided, will apply to every case. Because the facts and relevant laws are different from case to case, Grimes Teich Anderson does not guarantee that the outcome, results, or experiences with one lawyer or one case will be similar to another.

Except for Employment Law Cases, Attorney's fees are a percentage of the entire recovery and will be deducted before other expenses. In addition to the fee in these cases, Client will be responsible for litigation expenses, which will either be deducted from the recovery or paid by the client. Some Employment Law Cases may be handled on a contingency fee basis and others handled on an hourly basis, where the client is billed for the hours spent on the case. Based on our experience, we will advise you of the most appropriate fee arrangement in Employment Law cases.

Material on this website is for information purposes and is not legal advice.

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