If you or a loved one sustained injuries due to someone else’s actions, you might be wondering who will take care of your medical expenses and reimburse you for time missed from work.
Understandably you want the responsible party to compensate you for your damages.
You may be asking the question, Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
In many situations, retaining an Alabama personal injury lawyer is beneficial to your case.
However, you want to make sure you’re hiring the right Alabama personal injury lawyer for you.
At Fob James Law Firm, we believe in quality over quantity. We take fewer cases when compared to some other firms.
Their priority is to sign as many clients as possible without regard to the client’s needs or protecting their rights.
We devote all available resources to each client. Not every case requires assistance from an injury lawyer, but many do.
Here’s a look at some situations where you should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer in Alabama. If you have any questions or would like to speak with a member of our team, contact us today.
When there is a dispute in liability, you should consider speaking with an injury lawyer. Alabama is one of the only remaining contributory negligence states.
What that means is if the insurance company can successfully pin even 1% of the blame on you, you won’t be able to collect money for your damages.
The other party’s insurance company will look to put any blame on you to get out of paying the claim. But don’t despair—a skilled injury attorney can help you prove that you weren’t at fault for the accident.
Severe or Catastrophic Injuries
When your injuries are severe, you need an injury lawyer with experience handling catastrophic injuries. You should never agree to a settlement or sign a release of all claims without speaking with an attorney first.
Some insurance companies may offer you a payment early on in the case to limit their liability.
This tactic is common when the adjuster suspects your case involves severe injuries with permanent damage and future medical expenses.
Unfortunately, if you resolve your claim and find out you are not fully healed and need more treatment a month later, you cannot return to the insurance company to demand more money.
Be especially cautious if you resolve different portions of your case independently. Consider a car accident case, for example. You might settle the property damage portion earlier in the process.
Adjusters sometimes try to get you to sign something agreeing that cashing the check extinguishes all claims.
Multiple Parties Involved
Cases involving more than one at-fault party can be complicated to resolve as well. Perhaps you were in an accident with a large commercial truck.
You may have a claim against the driver, the trucking company, and possibly even a part manufacturer if there is an alleged product defect. An attorney can help you sort through the evidence to identify all liable parties and potential sources of compensation.
Your Claim Was Denied
If you believe the insurance company unfairly denied your claim, you need to file a lawsuit. You should not proceed into litigation without an attorney on your side.
Litigation can be costly and complicated. Do you have the necessary fees and costs you can pay upfront?
When you retain the right personal injury firm, your attorney will handle all the associated litigation costs. Most injury lawyers bill on a contingency basis.
They will take a percentage of your settlement plus fees and costs only if they successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
Contact Fob James Law Firm Today
If you are unsure whether you need an injury attorney, there’s no harm in scheduling an initial consultation. Because most injury attorneys bill on a contingency basis, you have nothing to lose by attending a meeting.
When you meet with one of our attorneys, we will go over your case and advise you of the best course of legal action.
We will also likely tell you what we believe your case to be potentially worth. We will inform you upfront whether your case looks promising or whether there is clear evidence of your contributory fault that would bar you from recovery.
If you are already in negotiations with the insurance carrier and close to settling for a reasonable amount, we may recommend you continue on your own.
Every case is different. Let us have the opportunity to review your specific situation and help you find the right course of action.