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Alabama Sample Personal Injury Deposition Questions

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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Do I Need to Hire a Whiplash Lawyer in Alabama?

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.

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How Wrongful Death Attorney Fees Work

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.

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Trinity, AL Man Killed In Multi-Vehicle Crash

(Lawrence County, Alabama November 30, 2021) — On Sunday evening November 28, 2021, Bart Suggs, 54, of Trinity, AL tragically died after his 2007 Ford Econoline Van collided with a 2007 Ford F-350 flatbed truck driven by Adam Kelly, 35, of Moulton, AL. The accident occurred about eight miles south of Hillsboro, AL on Lawrence County 217. According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), Kelly had tried to avoid hitting a GMC Sonoma that was sitting in the middle of the road with no taillights on due to a mechanical failure. Marvin Nelms, 35, of Trinity was the driver of in the Sonoma. Bart Suggs was transported to Lawrence Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. Terri Suggs, a passenger in the Econoline van, was injured in the crash and taken to Decatur General Hospital. ALEA continues to investigate the crash. Source: WHNT Contact Fob James Law Firm If You Need Legal Help Unfortunately, car accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can also request a copy of the accident report. Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our accident attorneys or call us at 334-739-9000 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Jemison Woman Killed And Four Injured In Train Crash

(Jemison, Alabama November 30, 2021) — The Jemison Police Department reported a collision on Monday between a vehicle and a train at the Guy Street railroad crossing in Chilton County, Alabama. The collision tragically killed a woman and injured four others. The driver of the vehicle, Lori Ann Parker, 40, of Jemison, was pronounced dead at the scene. An unnamed 24-year-old woman was transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham via Life Saver helicopter where she had surgery for internal injuries. An unnamed 11-year-old girl was also transported by helicopter to Children’s of Alabama where she was treated for multiple internal injuries and is in critical, but stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit. An unnamed 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were taken to Children’s by ambulance. The girl reportedly went into surgery Tuesday for internal injuries, and the boy was treated for lacerations and a foot fracture. The Jemison Police Department continues to investigate the crash. Source: WVTM Contact Fob James Law Firm If You Need Legal Help Unfortunately, train accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can also request a copy of the accident report. Fob James Law Firm understands how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our accident attorneys or call us at 205-407-6009 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Two Men Killed In Chambers County Car Crash

(Valley, Alabama November 23, 2021) — On November 22, 2021, two men tragically died in a two vehicle car crash in Chambers County, Alabama. The crash occurred when the 1996 Dodge Ram driven by James Norred, 54, of Roanoke, AL crossed the center line of County road 78 and collided with the 1999 Ford F-150 driven by John C. Bonner, 34, of LaGrange, GA. The crash occurred approximately 4 miles west of Standing Rock, AL. According the the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), both men were pronounced dead at the scene. ALEA continues to investigate the crash. Reach Out To Fob James Law Firm If You Need Legal Help Unfortunately, car accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can also request a copy of the accident report. Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our accident attorneys or call us at 334-739-9000 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Tuscaloosa Woman Dies In Four-Vehicle Crash On I-59

(Tuscaloosa, Alabama November 21, 2021) — On Saturday evening, November 20, 2021, Jasmine Simone Turner-Clark, a 29-year-old Tuscaloosa woman, was tragically killed in a four-vehicle crash. According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (“ALEA”), Turner-Clark’s 2019 Ford F-550 was struck by a vehicle driven by Steven Lamont Clark, 48, of Bessemer, AL. The crash occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Interstate 59, 11 miles north of Tuscaloosa. ALEA is still investigating the crash. Turner-Clark was pronounced dead at the scene. Sources: Al.com Contact The Fob James Law Firm If You Need Legal Help Unfortunately, car accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can also request a copy of the accident report. Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our accident attorneys or call us at 205-407-6009 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Elderly Couple Killed In Tuscaloosa County Truck Crash

(Tuscaloosa, Alabama November 20, 2021) — On Friday afternoon, November 19, 2021, an elderly couple was fatally injured in Tuscaloosa County when their 2005 Scion was struck by a 2015 Kenworth tractor trailer. Frank Stanley Wharton, 87, and Mildred Wharton, 84, both from Vernon, were pronounced dead on the scene. The wreck occurred on Alabama Highway 171 near the eight mile marker and approximately eight miles north of Northport’s city limits. The driver of the truck was a 24-year old man from Fayette, AL. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is currently investigating the crash. Sources: CBS42 Reach Out To Fob James Law Firm If You Need Legal Advice Unfortunately, car accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can also request a copy of the accident report. Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our accident attorneys or call us at 205-407-6009 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Athens Woman Dead After Fatal Forklift Accident

(Athens, AL, November, 15 2021) – A forklift hit a woman in an Athens lumberyard on Monday morning, and the woman tragically died. The fatal forklift injury occurred at Sunbelt Forest Products Corporation on Highway 127 in Athens around 7 a.m. Cassandra Hill, 45, of Athens, Alabama was killed in the accident. Sunbelt Forest Products Corporation has confirmed Hill was an employee. This post will be updated as more information becomes publicly available. Sources: WHNT Reach Out To The Fob James Law Firm If You Need Legal Advice Unfortunately, auto accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can also request a copy of the accident report. Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our accident attorneys or call us at 205-407-6009 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Eutaw Man Killed in Sumter County Car Crash

(Sumter County, Alabama November 14, 2021) — On Sunday morning, November 14, 2021, Ronald J. Daniels, 44, from Eutaw was fatally injured when the car he was driving collided with another vehicle. The crash occurred on I59 around the 23 mile marker, which is 5 miles north of York, AL. According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (“ALEA”), the other driver was taken to a local hospital and it is unclear how severe her injuries are. ALEA is currently investigating the crash. No further information is known at this time. Sources: WBRC Reach Out To Fob James Law Firm If You Need Legal Advice Unfortunately, car accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can also request a copy of the accident report. Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our accident attorneys or call us at 205-407-6009 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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One Man Dies After Two-Vehicle Crash Near Priceville

(Madison County, Alabama November 14, 2021) — On Sunday morning, November 14, 2021, Junior R. Melson was fatally injured when the 1997 Ford Ranger pickup he was driving collided head-on with a 2021 Jeep Compass driven by Shreei Sears, 39, of Decatur. The crash occurred at 7:00 a.m. on East Upper River Road just four miles east of Priceville, Alabama. According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (“ALEA”), Melson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. ALEA is currently investigating the crash. No further information is known at this time. Sources: WBRC Reach Out To Fob James Law Firm If You Need Legal Advice Unfortunately, car accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can also request a copy of the accident report. Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our accident attorneys or call us at 205-407-6009 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Joseph John Bonner Killed in Birmingham Truck Accident

(Birmingham, AL, October 18, 2021) — An Alabama Department of Transportation employee died after he fell out of a truck on Monday morning. The bucket truck that carried Joseph John Bonner was traveling on Daniel Payne Drive. Around 10:00 AM, Bonner fell out of the truck while he was working on an interstate sign. The bucket truck was elevated, so Bonner fell about 40 feet. The authorities responded to the accident scene and transported Bonner to UAB Hospital. Bonner died at 10:19 AM. He was 57 years old and lived in Oakman. Sources: AL.com  Reach out to Fob James Law Firm If You Need Legal Advice Unfortunately, accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these accidents thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can also request a copy of the accident report. At Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for the loved ones and the victims. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our accident attorneys or call us at 205-407-6009 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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What Percentage Will an Alabama Injury Lawyer Take from a Case?

One of the unique features of personal injury law is that lawyers don’t necessarily charge by the hour. Instead, they might offer a “no win, no pay” compensation structure, where you owe them nothing unless they win your case. How Contingency Arrangements Work In a contingency arrangement, the lawyer invests in the likelihood that you will win your claim. You and your lawyer will agree in writing that the lawyer gets a percentage fee based on the amount of your recovery. Since any percentage of zero is still zero, that means you owe nothing unless your lawyer wins compensation for you.  Some of the primary features of contingency arrangements include: “Winning” your case means actually receiving compensation, whether in court or at the settlement table. The opposing party will send the settlement check to your lawyer. Your lawyer will then deduct their own fee and provide you with the remainder. Depending on your agreement, your lawyer might deduct certain expenses as well, such as filing fees and postage costs. The exact terms of a contingency arrangement vary from lawyer to lawyer and from claim to claim. How Much of a Percentage Do Lawyers Make? How much of a percentage do lawyers make? Well, in a typical contingency fee arrangement, the lawyer makes 33-40% of the actual value of the recovery. They calculate this amount based on the amount that the opposing party actually pays. Advantages of Contingency Arrangements The contingency fee arrangement offers several advantages to clients., including: The lawyer probably won’t take your case if you have a weak claim. This can save you a lot of time and energy. Contrast that with a lawyer, paid by the hour, who can still make money whether you win or lose. If your claim is strong, then you can afford to retain a good lawyer without a dime in your pocket. In a contingency arrangement it is the quality of your claim that matters, not the thickness of your wallet. Your lawyer has an incentive to win you the highest recovery possible. After all, when you make money, they make money too. Contrast this with the hourly fee system where the lawyer has an incentive to spend as many hours as possible on your case. A contingency fee might seem like an unjustified expense. To put it into perspective, however, look at it this way. If hiring a lawyer triples the amount you receive (which is not at all uncommon), or allows you to win when you otherwise would have lost, they will be worth every penny of their fee and then some. Contact Us Today If you have been injured in an accident that you believe might have been someone else’s fault, you should seek full compensation for all your losses. Your losses include not only your physical injuries but psychological damages as well (your pain and suffering, for example).  You are going to need an experienced personal injury lawyer to maximize the amount of compensation you receive. That’s OK, because we have been fighting for personal injury victims for over 40 years now. Contact Fob James Law Firm, LLC, by calling 205-407-6009 or by contacting us online.

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