So you’ve started the process of pursuing an Alabama personal injury claim, and now it’s time for your deposition. But what exactly is a deposition? And how should you prepare? Depositions are an extremely important part of a personal injury lawsuit in Alabama, as they are crucial to the information gathering process. Because depositions are so important, parties often feel nervous or overwhelmed wondering what personal injury deposition questions they may be asked. Fortunately, there are ways to prepare. If you have questions about how to prepare for deposition questions in a personal injury case, contact the Fob James Law Firm today. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys have extensive experience litigating personal injury cases from start to finish, part of which includes taking and preparing our clients for depositions. Give us a call today at 205-407-6009 to discuss your case and see what we can do to help you prepare. What Is a Deposition? A deposition occurs during the discovery process of a civil lawsuit. The purpose of a deposition, and the discovery process in general, is to gain information about the case and find potential sources for evidence. Depositions are done in an oral question-and-answer format. At a deposition, a lawyer will ask questions of the person being deposed, or the deponent. The deponent must answer the questions under oath, as they would at trial. Further, a deposition usually takes place with a court reporter present who will create a written record of the deposition. This deposition transcript can be extremely useful as you move forward in your case. Depositions can be very stressful and time-consuming, sometimes lasting several days for a single deponent. However, this is a necessary part of building a strong case. Thus, it is important to feel as prepared as possible. Sample Deposition Questions in Alabama Personal Injury Cases A question that many first-time deponents have before their first deposition is, Will there be sample deposition questions for a plaintiff to help them prepare? Unfortunately, there is no set of standard sample deposition questions for personal injury cases. However, there are certain questions that are almost certain to come up. As a preliminary matter, you will likely be asked questions about your personal background. Topics might include: Name and contact information, Educational background, Health and medical background, Employment status and background, Criminal background, and Whether you have ever been involved in a lawsuit or participated in a deposition before. These types of questions will help set the scene. Next, you will dive into more substantive matters regarding the events leading to your personal injury accident. For example, sample deposition questions in a personal injury case involving a car or trucking accident might include: When did the accident occur? Where did the accident occur? How fast were you driving? Were there any conditions present that impaired your driving? You can never guess precisely what questions will come up. However, if your personal injury case arose out of a car accident, you can be certain that questions about the accident will come up. Thus, it is important to make sure you are prepared to answer questions about the accident that gave rise to your personal injury claim. Contact an Alabama Personal Injury Attorney Today If you have never participated in a deposition before, the process might feel scary. Fortunately, our attorneys will do what we can to make sure you are as prepared as possible. Sample deposition questions in personal injury cases can be a great way to help you prepare. Our team can help you get the practice you need to feel comfortable and at ease. The personal injury attorneys at Fob James Law Firm are aggressive litigators with extensive experience navigating the personal injury claims process. When you work with us, you can feel confident knowing you will be in great hands. Contact us today for a free case review, and see what we can do for you.
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Whiplash is one of the most common types of car accident injuries. Whiplash can be very painful, and you may have expensive medical bills. You might also have to miss work while you rest and recover. If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver who is responsible for your accident, hiring a whiplash lawyer can be a good idea. How Do I Know If I Have Whiplash? In a car accident, your body may experience sudden changes in direction or speed of motion. This is especially true if your vehicle was traveling at a high speed and either crashed or had to stop suddenly to avoid a collision. These sudden changes in motion can strain muscles like the ones in your neck. The resulting condition, called whiplash, usually causes pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing pain after a car accident, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. A doctor will be able to correctly diagnose your injuries and recommend effective treatment. In addition, if you later decide to consult a whiplash injury lawyer, having doctor’s records can help you build a stronger case. Should I Hire a Lawyer? In general, if you are thinking about filing a suit against the other driver who was involved in your car accident, you should consider hiring a whiplash attorney. Most lawsuits settle before the parties have to go to trial. However, just because you are unlikely to end up pleading your own case in front of a jury does not mean you do not need a lawyer. A good personal injury lawyer is familiar with the law in your state and how it applies to your case. They will know whether the facts of your situation and the available evidence create a strong case against the other driver. Knowing that you have a strong case will allow your lawyer to negotiate a higher settlement offer. Dealing with Insurance Companies You may not want to file a lawsuit against the driver who was responsible for your accident. Or perhaps you were involved in a hit-and-run and do not know the identity of the other party. Whatever the reason, you might decide to file a claim with your insurance company instead of pursuing a lawsuit. Your insurance adjuster may try to reduce the amount of your claim to save the company money. It is important to remember that the adjuster works for the insurance company and not for you. Your adjuster might call you to get a statement about your injuries soon after the accident. You may not yet know the full extent of your injuries and medical expenses at this point, and any statement you give the adjuster is likely to underestimate your damages. The insurance company can then reduce the value of your claim based on your statement. A skilled whiplash lawyer will be aware of this and other insurance company tactics for trying to limit your settlement. Hiring a lawyer to negotiate with your insurance company means you are more likely to get the compensation you deserve. Call the Fob James Law Firm The whiplash lawyers at Fob James are ready to take your call. Our firm does not shy away from litigation, and we will negotiate aggressively to get you the maximum possible settlement. We combine first-rate representation with unparalleled client service by managing our caseload so we can focus on you. If you sustained whiplash injuries in a car accident, call our office today.
After a loved one’s death, you will likely experience many emotions and stresses. If your loved one has passed away due to another’s actions or negligence, you may consider seeking legal help. It is essential to understand attorney fees and how they work for wrongful death cases. If you believe you have a wrongful death claim, Fob James Law Firm is here to help. What Are Attorney Fees? Attorneys provide a service, and their services come with fees. While there are no average lawyers fees, every attorney has different fees, and the way they collect these fees can depend on the type of case. Some attorneys require a deposit or retainer, and their fees depend on how many hours they spend working on your case. Other attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. When consulting with your attorney about a possible case, it is important to discuss fees. An honest discussion can give you a better idea of what you can expect. What Is Wrongful Death? A wrongful death lawsuit typically arises when a loved one dies at the hands of another. The defendant in a wrongful death case has caused a death, whether through negligence or intentional actions. The deceased person’s family or estate can file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover for the death. Wrongful Death Attorney Contingency Fees Generally, wrongful death attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay your attorney while they work on your case. Instead, your attorney will receive a payment if they win your case and recover on your behalf. There are no average attorney fees for wrongful death cases. The amount your attorney receives after your case will depend on the percentage they charge and the amount of damages recovered. Wrongful death attorneys typically receive 33-40% of a settlement. Contingency fees are beneficial to clients because many cannot pay massive upfront costs or monthly fees. Many potential clients refrain from filing claims because they believe they do not have the required funds to do so. If you believe you have a wrongful death claim, do not hesitate to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Benefits of Having a Wrongful Death Lawyer Wrongful death cases can be challenging and confusing to handle. Add in the sadness a loved one’s family usually experiences, and a wrongful death claim can seem almost impossible to bear. Fortunately, a wrongful death attorney gives you peace of mind and the time to grieve, saving you from the frustrations of a lawsuit. A lawyer handles every responsibility associated with a wrongful death lawsuit, including: Thoroughly investigating the claim; Collecting evidence; Interviewing witnesses and experts; Communicating with the opposing party; Calculating damages; Settlement negotiations; and Trial, if necessary. A wrongful death attorney gives you the best chance at just compensation. Consult with a Wrongful Death Attorney Today Fob James Law Firm has over four decades of experience representing clients wronged by others. We understand the trying times a wrongful death can bring and don’t want clients to go through it alone. Our firm provides aggressive representation while we fight to protect your rights and work toward fair compensation. We offer free case reviews. Contact us today, and let’s see how we can help you.
From driver distraction to fatigue to driving under the influence, various reasons may cause a car accident. Additionally, when a car hits you while changing lanes and you suffer injuries, you are entitled to compensation for your losses. An experienced personal injury attorney works quickly to assess your losses and determine fault after your car accident involving changing lanes. Common Causes for Lane Change Crashes Negligence often represents the cause of a car accident involving someone changing lanes. A driver may be deemed at fault if they were: Driving while intoxicated; Speeding; Not paying attention; Texting, talking on the phone, posting to social media, and other illegal mobile phone use; Performing other forms of distracted driving like adjusting GPS, looking at the radio, eating, or other activities; Not taking adequate precautions when driving in inclement weather. Drivers owe a duty of care to the drivers around them. When a car hits you while changing lanes, the driver may not have been operating their vehicle in a safe manner. A personal injury attorney analyzes the facts surrounding your accident to determine who is at fault in a car accident changing lanes. Determining Who Is at Fault in a Car Accident Changing Lanes It’s not always easy to determine who is at fault in these types of car accidents. However, there are questions you can ask to get a clearer picture of who is responsible for the resulting accident. Important evidence your personal injury attorney may use to determine who is at fault in a car accident changing lanes includes: Photos of the damage to vehicles, the scene of the crash, and the surrounding area around the crash; Surveillance video of the accident scene if any exists; Statements from witnesses who observed the accident; Information from the police report; and Expert testimony in reconstructing the scene of the accident. Your personal injury attorney knows what evidence is the most compelling. They know what it takes to build a strong case and will gather the necessary evidence for you. Additionally, there may be situations where more than one vehicle may be at fault for the car accident that resulted from changing lanes. The following situations may indicate more than one driver at fault: Both drivers attempt to change into the same lane at the same time and collide; Both drivers demonstrate reckless, distracted, or impaired driving; or A vehicle has faulty equipment such as faulty headlights or brake lights which can confuse other drivers. It’s vital not to go through the complex process of a personal injury lawsuit alone. Speaking with and retaining a personal injury attorney to represent your rights ensures that no stone is left unturned when assessing who is at fault when a car hits you changing lanes. Contact Us Determining who is at fault in a car accident changing lanes is a complex task requiring the counsel of a qualified personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Fob James Law Firm represent clients in personal injury cases throughout Alabama and Florida. We understand the hardships you may be facing as you recover from your injuries after a car hit you while changing lanes. We work tirelessly to provide caring, compassionate, and vigorous representation while protecting your legal rights. Day and night, we are here for you. Contact us today for a free consultation!
When most people drive past an eye-catching scene, they may find curiosity gets the better of them. This act of rubbernecking driving causes many car accidents each year. The chain reaction caused by rubbernecking while driving results in multiple car collisions each day. An experienced personal injury attorney works to assist you if suffering injuries from a rubbernecking accident. What Is Rubbernecking? Rubbernecking in driving is the act of slowing down while driving past the scene of something occurring outside your car. What catches your attention could be another car accident, an arrest on the roadway, a broken-down car, or anything else that sparks your curiosity. This is considered a form of distracted driving because when you turn to look at the scene of a car accident, your eyes are no longer on the road ahead. It doesn’t take long for this momentary lapse in attention to cause an accident. Common Accidents Caused by Rubbernecking While Driving The most common accident caused by rubbernecking while driving is a rear-end collision. When a driver slows suddenly to look at a scene outside their car, the car behind them may not have time to react. This act may result in a rear-end collision with the rubbernecking driver. Alternatively, the rubbernecking driver may rear-end the driver in front of them. As the distracted driver stares outside their car window, they may not notice the car in front of them stopping and drive straight into them. Additionally, rubbernecking drivers may cause an accident by swerving into neighboring lanes and causing a collision. Common Injuries Caused by Rubbernecking While Driving Even if done at slow speeds, rubbernecking driving does not mean there is no risk of injury. Common injuries resulting from rubbernecking driving include: Broken bones, Neck injuries, Spinal cord injuries, Cuts and bruising, Back injuries. If you’ve been in an accident where you believe the driver was rubbernecking while driving, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to explore your options. What Can I Recover? When injured in an accident due to someone rubbernecking while driving, you may seek recovery for your losses. Personal injury lawsuits permit recovery of both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages, often referred to as tangible losses, include things like medical expenses, property damage, and lost earnings. Calculations of these damages require you to save records of auto service fees and medical bills. Keeping past pay stubs may also be used to calculate lost earnings for your inability to work or loss of employment. Non-economic damages include losses more particular to each person’s experience after an accident. One does not calculate non-economic damages from receipts and bills. Instead, non-economic damages include: Pain and suffering for medical conditions caused by the accident; Mental anguish for trauma or other psychological conditions resulting from the accident; Decreased quality of life due to injuries suffered in the accident; Physical disfigurement for catastrophic injuries that permanently alter your appearance; Physical impairments preventing you from returning to the normal life you had before the accident; and Loss of consortium compensates for the loss of a companion or partner. Non-economic damages vary from person to person. There is no easy formula to calculate non-economic damages. Therefore, it’s vital to have a qualified personal injury attorney on your side to ensure your rights are protected, and you receive adequate compensation for both economic and non-economic losses. Contact Us The Fob James Law Firm specializes in personal injury and fraud cases in Alabama and Florida. We know what rubbernecking while driving means and how many accidents this form of distracted driving causes. At the Fob James Law Firm, we dedicate our practice to protecting people and families injured by the negligence of others. We work tirelessly to obtain the best possible result for our clients, and we are here for you! So don’t hesitate. Call or contact the Fob James Law Firm online today for a free case consultation!