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What Are the Steps to Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

If you’re ready to file a personal injury claim against the person or people responsible for harming you but are unsure of what steps to take to begin, speak with a competent Alabama personal injury lawyer who can offer clarity and walk you through the process.

Below, we’ve outlined the basic steps to filing a personal injury lawsuit in Alabama.

Gather Supporting Evidence

Once you’ve retained a lawyer, the first step will be to gather the appropriate evidence to support your case. This could include medical documentation, opinions from your physicians, police reports, eyewitness statements, and any other evidence that will be helpful in proving your version of the events that led to your injuries.

Determine Fault

The evidence we obtain will be crucial in determining who is liable for the injuries you have sustained. For example, if you were in a car accident and we discover that a car parts manufacturer failed to report that your vehicle contained a defective part, the company may be culpable for your crash.

It’s important to establish early on that you do not hold any blame for your injuries because Alabama is one of only a handful of states that use pure contributory negligence to determine fault. This means that, if you are even 1 percent responsible for your injuries, you will not be able to seek compensation from the other responsible party.

Compute a Reasonable Compensation Request

After we’ve established fault, it will be time to examine the extent and effects of your injuries to calculate how much your claim should be worth. We will consider your medical costs, lost income, emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other factors impacting your life in our calculation of your compensation request.

File Your Claim

The final step is filing your claim. We will include all of the evidence and your request for compensation from the liable party. Then, we will receive a court date,  on which we will have an opportunity to present your case to a judge or jury. Keep in mind that it’s possible your case could settle before going to court becomes necessary.

Speak with an Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer

When you need help understanding the logistics of a personal injury suit and are interested in filing one against the person responsible for your injuries, reach out to an Alabama personal injury lawyer at the Henry Dailey Law Firm.

Your attorney will work tirelessly to win your case so you can recover without financial worry. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation by calling us at 205-995-2412 or filling out the form below.


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