According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there were 72.6 million visits to physician’s offices for injuries in 2016. Accidents occur daily and, in some cases, result in severe, life-changing damage. This can lead to high medical bills and an inability to work and provide for yourself and your family.
We Understand What You’re Experiencing
Sustaining injuries after an accident is stressful. What’s more, it’s challenging when you’re unable to work as a result of your injury. When an accident happens due to another party’s wrongdoing, compensation may be awarded to cover damages.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to the careless actions of another individual, contact Long & Long Attorneys at Law to discuss your legal options. Our Loxley personal injury lawyers understand what you’re experiencing, and we want to help. In order to determine what legal options are available after your accident, our team will need to review the circumstances of your claim.
Types of Compensation Available After an Accident
Compensation is a financial award given to an injured person to cover expenses associated with their accident. The amount of compensation granted depends on different factors, such as the severity of your injuries. If you’re entitled to compensation, you may be awarded for the following:
Medical treatment can become costly, especially if your injuries require extensive care. This can include stays at the hospital, surgeries, physical and/or occupational therapy, and prescription medications.
Depending on the type of injury you suffered, you may be unable to work. In this case, compensation may be available to cover any lost wages.
Pain and Suffering
In addition to physical pain, an accident can cause emotional and mental suffering that may severely impact your day-to-day life. If this is the case, you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering you were forced to endure due to someone else’s negligence.
While compensation cannot change the damage you suffered, it can help alleviate the various costs connected with your accident. To help determine a fair settlement amount, our team of Loxley personal injury lawyers will need to review the specific details of your claim. Every personal injury case is unique, so results will vary.
What Types of Cases Does Our Firm Handle?
In order to best serve our community, we handle numerous types of injury cases including but not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Product liability
- Vacation accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Boating accidents
- Dog bite injuries
- Wrongful death
Most Common Injuries After an Accident
While injuries will vary depending on the nature of your accident, certain types of injuries occur more frequently than others. The most common injuries associated with accident cases include but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Herniated disc
- Scrapes and cuts
4 Steps to Take After an Accident
It’s imperative to handle the moments after your accident correctly in order to protect your legal rights. For this reason, our team of attorneys has provided four steps to keep in mind after being involved in an accident:
- Inform the appropriate personnel of your accident.
- Make sure to seek medical attention after reporting your accident to the proper authorities. If you wait to be evaluated by a medical professional, it can negatively impact your case. When you delay medical attention, it can cause insurance adjusters to believe your injuries aren’t significant. For this reason, it’s always best to be seen by a doctor immediately after your accident, even if you believe your injuries are minor.
- Document any evidence connected to your accident. Evidence can support your claim and increase your chances of receiving fair compensation. This can include photographs of your injuries and the accident scene, medical bills, and lost wages.
- Contact an experienced Loxley personal injury lawyer. Personal injury claims are complex to handle without legal guidance. Having a knowledgeable attorney on your side will give you the best chance of receiving any compensation you’re entitled to.
In the event of an accident, following these four steps will help you avoid making mistakes that could later damage your claim.
Do I Have a Lawsuit?
The answer: It depends.
When you have been injured in an accident due to the negligent behavior of another person, you can either file a claim or a lawsuit to seek compensation for damages. Typically, you will file a personal injury claim against the responsible party’s insurance company, depending on the type of accident.
If you have a case, negotiations will then begin. During the negotiation stage, the parties involved will review the details of the accident and try to agree on a settlement amount.
However, if the parties are unable to reach an agreement, then filing a lawsuit may be the next step. Keep in mind that most personal injury cases are settled before filing a lawsuit is necessary.
While it’s beneficial to have legal representation through every stage of the legal process, it’s even more important in the event that you need to go to court. Oftentimes, having a tough attorney in your corner from the beginning will pressure the insurance adjusters to offer a fair settlement, so they can avoid dealing with a lawsuit.
To Learn More About Your Legal Options, Call Our Law Firm!
Long & Long proudly serves injured people in Loxley, Mobile, Robertsdale, Fairhope, Foley, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and throughout Baldwin County, Alabama.
Our team of Loxley personal injury attorneys are passionate about helping injured people receive justice after an accident that wasn’t their fault. We understand the frustration and worry you are likely experiencing after your accident. With our help, you can focus on your recovery while we handle the details of your case.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries directly caused by the careless actions of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. To schedule a free consultation, call our law firm at (251) 432-2277, or fill out our contact form. We are ready to review your case and help you understand your legal options. Personal injury cases are time sensitive, so it’s important to contact our firm for help as soon as possible after your accident. Don’t wait to fight for what you deserve!