If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident, work-related accident, or any other type of accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Under Alabama law, victims of personal injury accidents have a right to file a lawsuit against the person or company whose negligence caused their injuries. For example, the victim of a car accident has a right to bring a lawsuit against the driver whose intoxicated driving caused their injuries. As a victim of a personal injury accident, you may be wondering how you’re going to pay your medical bills, especially if you have to take time off of work. We will discuss the process of filing a personal injury lawsuit below.
Schedule Your Free Consultation With a Personal Injury Lawyer
Coping with an injury is challenging. An experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the process of filing a claim. We recommend contacting a lawyer as soon as possible so your lawyer can help guide you through the process and protect your right to compensation.
Every personal injury lawsuit is unique and requires tailored legal advice to your situation. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Heninger Garrison Davis will evaluate your case and help you begin the negotiation process. You only have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in Alabama. Contact our law firm today to schedule your free initial consultation to ask questions and learn more about your right to compensation.
Identify The At-Fault Party
Once we have discussed your case with you during your free initial consultation, we will begin identifying the at-fault party or parties. In some cases, there is only one person who is at fault for your car accident. Suppose you were involved in an accident caused by a driver who was texting while driving. In that case, the texting driver will be the defendant because he caused the accident that resulted in your injuries.
In other cases, there will be multiple defendants. Suppose a commercial truck driver has DUI convictions in his criminal history. A trucking company hired him without running a background check. While the truck driver was intoxicated, he swerved into your lane and caused a collision that resulted in your injuries. In this case, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the truck driver himself and the company for negligent hiring.
Investigate the Accident
In some cases, we will need to investigate your case before determining who is at fault for your injuries. Our law firm has an extensive network of investigators and professionals who can help us reconstruct the accident and gather evidence proving that the defendant is at fault. It is essential to start the investigation process as soon as possible before any evidence is destroyed.
Evaluate Your Damages
We will carefully determine all of your damages. We recommend saving all of your medical receipts and keeping a log of all of your expenses. We will calculate your current medical expenses and lost income from time off of work. We will also calculate your anticipated future medical expenses and lost future income when necessary. Finally, we will calculate your pain and suffering. We work with experts who can accurately estimate all of your damages.
Do Not Admit Fault or Sign a Settlement Offer
During the investigation process, the insurance company might begin trying to contact you. They may ask you for a recorded statement. It is crucial that you do not unintentionally admit fault for the accident. Additionally, do not sign a settlement agreement from the insurance company without discussing it with your lawyer.
Begin Settlement Negotiations
At this point, your attorney will write a demand letter and send it to the defendant. Your attorney will probably begin to go shooting a settlement agreement between you and the defendant. All of our personal injury lawyers are aggressive negotiators and will fight to achieve the best results.
File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
When a settlement agreement cannot be reached, you will need to take your personal injury lawsuit to court. Our personal injury lawyers treat every case as if it will end up at trial. We thoroughly document evidence and prepare for making legal arguments in front of Alabama judges. Our trial-ready lawyers will effectively represent you by presenting evidence, making compelling legal arguments, and examining witnesses. At the end of the trial, the court will determine whether the defendant is liable and the corresponding damages.