At Fob James Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys understand how much injuries affect our clients’ lives. We know that the physical pain and immediate financial costs that injuries cause are only part of the disruption that accompanies them. Even an injury that at first appears small can have a major effect on your life. That’s why our focus is on you. Each of our injury attorneys is given a smaller caseload than at many of the other big injury firms. We make sure each of our clients gets the help they need. When our client has a question or concern, they don’t speak to a case manager tasked with managing hundreds of cases at a time. Instead, our clients speak directly with their attorneys. This ensures a level of client satisfaction that is difficult to match. It’s the Fob James Law Firm way.
Fob James Law Firm’s Hoover personal injury lawyers have extensive experience helping to make things right for our clients. As injuries and accidents come in all shapes and sizes, so do our practice areas. Here are some of the most common practice areas our injury attorneys cover:
- Car accidents,
- Boat accidents,
- Truck accidents,
- Motorcycle accidents,
- Premises liability,
- Dog bites,
- Defective products, and
- Medical malpractice.
This is a non-exhaustive list, so if you don’t see a category that neatly fits your injury, don’t worry. If it’s an injury, we can help.
Contributory Negligence in Alabama
When assessing who is at fault for a given injury or accident, Alabama uses the doctrine of contributory negligence. This legal doctrine looks at how and whether a claimant may have negligently contributed to their injury. Depending on the state, the doctrine of contributory negligence can be employed in different ways. Some states will reduce the amount of damages a claimant is awarded based on the percentage of their negligence contribution. For example, if a claimant is 10% at fault, the damages awarded will be reduced by 10%. In some states, you can recover some amount even if you were mostly at fault, while in others you won’t be able to recover if your share of responsibility was more than 50%.
Alabama law treats contributory negligence differently. Under Alabama’s rule, a defense of contributory negligence is a complete bar to damage recovery. This means that if a claimant is proven to have negligently contributed to the damage caused to them by even 1%, they cannot recover damages. This wrinkle in Alabama law can make it difficult to recover damages sometimes. However, because our lawyers focus on personal injury in Alabama, we have a lot of experience litigating against contributory negligence claims. With experience in our back pocket, we can work diligently to make sure an accusation of contributory negligence does not derail your personal injury claim.
How an Injury Attorney Can Help You
Even if your personal injury claim is quickly settled out of court, a personal injury lawyer from Fob James Law Firm can be very helpful. First, as your personal injury lawyer, we will listen closely to your story. With a uniquely intimate knowledge of what happened in your case, we can outline and plan for you the best possible legal strategy with our prior experience in similar cases as a guide.
Aside from outlining the best possible legal strategy, as your injury attorney, we will help you identify different types of damage to make sure you receive full compensation for your claim. We recognize the multi-faceted ways that injuries impact people’s lives. We will also help you document any damage, so you can provide proof of the damage if the defendant questions it.
The best thing we can do for you as your personal injury attorney is be your guide through the legal process from start to finish. With an experienced advocate on your side, you can be confident that your journey through a sometimes difficult and daunting path will not unnecessarily disrupt your life further.
Contact Us Today
If someone else’s negligent actions injure you, contact us at Fob James Law Firm today. You deserve compensation for your injuries so you can move forward with your life. Our injury attorneys are standing by to give you a free consultation and guide you through the entirety of the claims process. For more information, be sure to look at our testimonials and case results pages.