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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It's a comfort when you find a personable, hardworking, and knowledgeable lawyer to represent you when dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident. Dillon Hobbs took the time to explain the process of dealing with the insurance companies and answered all my (many) questions with patience. He is a friendly and approachable person, and available at every stage of the legal process from start to finish. I would not hesitate to consult with Dillon Hobbs in the future and I give him my highest recommendation.- Mary Maxwell
I and eighteen other families were involved in a land dispute with a multi-national company twenty years ago. A Lawyer made a presentation to us saying it would cost well into six figures and we could lose. After much prayer, We, on two occasions, contacted a well-known law firm out of Montgomery, Alabama to represent us. They chose not to take our case but recommended Fob James in Birmingham saying there are three things about him which are: Number one: He is a Christian. Number two: He will not take your case unless he thinks you are right. Number three: If he takes your case, he will bite in like a Bull-dog and will not let go until you get the answer. We found these three things to be true, know our prayers were answered, as Fob negotiated on our behalf without having to go to court and eighteen families received fair market value for our homes and property. I highly recommend the Fob James Law Firm.- Milton E. Pointer
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Attorney Fob James did a great job representing me in my bodily injury claim against a municipality. Attorney James walked me thru the process and kept me informed every step of the way. He also thought of ways to add value to my case. Above all Attorney James was always available and responsive to my calls, even on nights and weekends.- York Hicks
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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 a doctor’s record 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. Need help with the claim? Reach out to Fob James to schedule a free consultation Contact Us Today 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 Whiplash Lawyers at Fob James Law Firm The whiplash lawyers at Fob James Law Firm 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.
(Birmingham, AL, October 5, 2021) — Tragically, at 8 AM on October 5, 2021, two drivers in Fultondale were killed in a fatal car accident. Driver Chelsea Symone Holmes of Birmingham, age 29, died at the scene of the accident. The other driver, 77-year-old Jo Ann D. Startley of Blountsville, passed away shortly after arriving at UAB Hospital. The head-on collision occurred at the intersection of Carson Road and Indian Valley Road in Fultondale. Authorities say that Holmes’ Toyota Camry struck Startley’s Chevy Tahoe. Both vehicles carried passengers. Despite the severity of the accident, both passengers initially appear to have survived the accident. An adult passenger riding in Startley’s vehicle was also transported to UAB Hospital. Holmes’ child, a four-year-old, was taken to Children’s Hospital of Alabama, with non-threatening injuries. The cause of the Fultondale fatal accident is still under investigation. Sources: CBS 42
(Talladega County, AL, October 4, 2021) — A 70-year-old woman died in an accident involving two vehicles on Monday afternoon. According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), the accident happened at around 12:18 PM. Linda Pinkston, 70, was driving on Priebes Mill Road in her 2015 Toyota Camry. She then crashed head-on with a 2012 Dodge Avenger driven by 40-year-old Timothy Harwell of Eastaboga. First responders pronounced her dead at the scene of the crash. Currently, the cause of the accident is still under investigation by the ALEA. Source: WBRC
(Albertville, AL, October 4, 2021) — A woman died when she was trying to rescue a stray dog and was hit by a car on Monday. The Albertville Police Department shared that the woman, Christina Nicole Green, was a passenger in a northbound vehicle on Highway 431. Around 8:00 PM, Green saw a stray dog in the road. After her vehicle stopped, she got out to attempt to help the dog reach the side of the road safely. Green crossed the northbound lanes successfully, but she was struck by an oncoming Chevy truck when she stepped onto the southbound lanes of the highway. Green died at the scene of the crash. She was 31 years old. The police reported no other injuries and continue to investigate this crash involving the woman killed in Albertville, AL dog rescue. Sources: WKRG