Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyer
You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. For legal help as you pursue financial justice, call an Alabama injury lawyer.
Accidents can and will happen. If you’re injured in one and it wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for the damages you’re suffering. Sadly, getting the at-fault person or business to admit wrongdoing can be nearly impossible, especially if you are struggling to heal at the same time.
But hiring an Alabama personal injury attorney can make the system work in your favor, rather than against you. The attorneys at Henry C. Dailey, Jr., P.C. will do everything we can to hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions so you don’t have to concern yourself with financial worries while you try to recover.
Alabama Personal Injury Cases
Alabama, like everywhere else, offers plenty of hazards that can leave victims injured. All accident types pose different difficulties when it comes to settlement negotiations and court proceedings.
No matter the type of accident you were in, we’ll thoroughly investigate the circumstances, the vehicles or products involved, the background of the at-fault party, products or premises, and any other significant aspect of your case as we pursue the compensation you deserve.
Some case types we commonly deal with include the following:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – Crashes can be due to drunk, drugged, drowsy or distracted drivers, poor road conditions, roadside construction zones, vehicle part failures or maintenance mistakes. Truck accidents and motorcycle collisions also fall under this category.
- Product Liability – This category covers injuries involving consumer products. This may be a teapot with steam output pointed at the handle, a gas grill that explodes or any other product that injures you while you’re using it properly.
- Premises Liability – Slips, trips and falls at the grocery store or any accident on someone else’s property due to the owner’s negligence could fall under this category of Alabama personal injury cases. This category could also include a loose dog that bites you, an unfenced pool that a child may fall into or slippery steps.
- Construction And Workplace Accidents – These will generally be covered by workers’ compensation, but workers’ comp only provides limited compensation in Alabama. If a third party, excluding your employer, was involved in your workplace accident, an injury lawyer could help you pursue personal injury compensation.
Once we determine the cause of your accident, we can use that information to lead us to the at-fault party or parties. Sometimes, more than one person or business would have had a part to play in a serious injury, so we will make sure every relevant party will be named in your Alabama personal injury claim.
Types Of Injuries
Injuries vary widely from accident to accident. You may have suffered from any number of injuries, from a broken leg to a permanently damaged spinal cord. We will work with your doctors to identify every injury you suffered and how severe each might be.
Common injuries listed in Alabama personal injury claims include the following:
- Trauma to your head or face, which can lead to traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, hearing damage or disfigurement requiring reconstructive surgery
- Damage to your neck, back or spine, which can lead to paralysis and nerve damage that causes chronic pain, tingling, numbness or mobility issues
- Internal injuries, which might include internal bleeding or organ damage that could require transplants and medications
- Broken bones that could cause a limp or other hardships, as well as severely crushed bones that require amputation or other serious interventions
- Severe burns from fires, chemicals, electricity or scalding water, potentially leading to disfigurement and requiring reconstructive surgeries
- Poisoning from tainted foods and medications that can cause severe illness or internal problems that could be life-threatening
Compensation For Your Alabama Personal Injury Claim
Because of the wide variety of injuries you might suffer, Alabama law allows for victims to recover a variety of damages. Your Alabama accident injury lawyer will work with your doctors, physical therapists and other experts to ensure that every hardship you have suffered will be included in your personal injury claim.
Some of the damages you might recover, such as lost income or medical costs, are relatively easy to calculate, but missing limbs or severe brain damage that will last your entire life are harder to assign a value to. An experienced attorney can help you assess the true value of your nonfinancial damages.
Based on the facts of your case, we might recommend pursuing compensation for the following damages:
- Immediate and long-term medical expenses
- Current and ongoing wage loss or diminished earning capacity
- Disability accommodations made to your home, car and workplace
- Pain and suffering during the accident and recovery
- Emotional distress for the dramatic changes in your ability to live a full life
- Loss of companionship, consortium and care
- Property damage, including damage to both vehicles and personal property
- Wrongful death
If an at-fault party caused catastrophic harm through egregious negligence, you may also be awarded punitive damages, which can significantly increase the value of a personal injury claim. These damages are meant to punish defendants and deter similar egregious actions in the future.
Relevant Personal Injury Laws In Alabama
Although your Alabama injury attorney will know all the state laws relevant to your case, it can’t hurt to familiarize yourself with a few key legal points as you seek compensation.
Statute Of Limitations
In Alabama, the statute of limitations for personal injury and death is generally two years, unless the injured individual was under a contract. In contract cases, the statute of limitations is extended to six years years. Contracts usually deal with construction or workplace accidents.
This means you’re likely to have only two years from the date of your injury to file your claim. Allow a personal injury lawyer in Alabama to speed the process along so you don’t miss your chance to recover fair compensation.
Alabama personal injury cases are subject to a relatively rare version of a law called contributory negligence. This rule prevents you, the injured person, to receive any compensation at all if you were in any way at fault for the accident that injured you.
Even if you were only 5% to blame, you’ll be on the hook for all the bills. To avoid this scenario, your Alabama accident injury attorney will head off any attempts by the defense or insurers to saddle you with any blame. We know their tactics and how to word every statement in a way that proves your blamelessness.
Alabama ‘At-Fault’ State
When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, Alabama is one of the few “at-fault” states. That means the legal responsibility of the drivers will determine how and in what way you can collect compensation.
Essentially, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will be responsible for compensating other involved drivers. Alabama requires licensed drivers to purchase a base level of insurance coverage.
This system gives you three potential ways to collect damages. You can file one of the following:
- A claim with your own insurance company, within the bounds of your policy
- A third-party claim with the other driver’s insurance
- A personal injury lawsuit against the other driver
Contact An Alabama Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered a serious injury due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for it yourself. Our firm will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve so you can recover without financial stress.
Henry C. Dailey, Jr., P.C. will provide you with honest, straightforward and friendly service as we pursue what you’re owed. Call us at 205-606-6970 or fill out the online contact form below to schedule a complimentary consultation with an Alabama personal injury attorney as soon as possible.