If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of another individual’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. At Long & Long, we are dedicated to helping injured people in Robertsdale fight for their legal rights. Our team is ready to review the details of your accident and inform you of your legal options.
What Is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law, also known as tort law, allows those who suffered injuries directly caused by someone else’s negligent actions to file a claim and seek compensation to help cover expenses related to their accidents. Cases such as vehicle accidents and slip and falls can be considered personal injury cases.
Cases Our Firm Handles
Our law firm handles numerous types of personal injury cases including but not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Product liability
- Medical malpractice
- Boating accidents
- Dog bite injuries
- Vacation accidents
- Wrongful death
Common Injuries in Personal Injury Claims
While there are various types of injuries that can occur after an accident, some injuries are more common than others. Here are the most common types of injuries in personal injury cases:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Scrapes and cuts
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
What to Do After an Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault
The moments after an accident can be frightening, especially when you’re unsure about how to proceed. Below, our team has shared several tips to keep in mind after an accident:
Inform the Proper Authorities
It’s important to inform the correct individual and/or emergency responders immediately after an accident occurs.
Receive Medical Treatment
In some cases, pain may not appear until days or even weeks after the accident. However, failing to seek medical treatment can negatively impact your claim because it can make your injuries appear insignificant.
Collecting evidence is crucial to personal injury claims because you must prove how the negligent actions of another person directly caused your injury. Evidence can include photos of the accident and your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and the police report, if applicable.
Contact a Robertsdale Personal Injury Lawyer
While an attorney isn’t required, legal representation can increase your chances of receiving a fair amount of compensation. From our in-depth investigations to collecting all the necessary documents needed to build a strong case, you can trust your case is in qualified hands.
How Fault Is Determined
Proving liability is an important part of successful personal injury cases. However, determining who is at fault is not always straightforward. The following elements must be proven:
- Duty – It must be proven that there was a legal duty owed by the defendant.
- Breach – It must be proven that the defendant breached their duty of care.
- Causation – It must be proven that the defendant was the cause of your injury and/or injuries.
- Damages – There must be actual damages that occurred, such as medical expenses or property damage, as a direct result of your injuries.
These four legal elements of negligence must be demonstrated to support your personal injury claim and hold the other party legally responsible.
Statute of Limitations in Alabama
Every state has set deadlines, known as statutes of limitations, that dictate the amount of time injured people have to file a lawsuit for compensation after their accident.
Typically, personal injury cases are settled before filing a lawsuit becomes necessary. However, if a settlement cannot be reached during the negotiation stage, then it is crucial to file a lawsuit before this deadline.
In the state of Alabama, an injured person has exactly two years from the date of their accident to file a lawsuit. Those who fail to file during this two-year period significantly decrease their chances of obtaining compensation.
In order to ensure you don’t miss the deadline and diminish your opportunity of receiving a financial award, contact our experienced Robertsdale personal injury lawyers.
What Can Compensation Cover?
Compensation is calculated by factors such as the severity of your injuries and the amount of time it takes for you to recover. If you’re eligible, compensation can help cover:
Depending on the nature of your injury, you may be dealing with high medical bills. Any treatment related to your injury may be covered.
In addition to medical expenses, you may experience financial loss due to your inability to work. If your injury prevents you from working, you may be compensated for lost wages.
Pain and Suffering
An accident can result in emotional and mental trauma in addition to physical pain. In this case, compensation may be available for damages.
Although compensation cannot change what you endured, it can help alleviate the financial burdens caused by your accident. To effectively determine how much compensation you may be owed, our attorneys will need to examine every aspect of your claim.
Contact Long & Long About Your Legal Options
Our personal injury lawyers proudly serve the Robertsdale community by providing legal representation to injured people. At Long & Long, we understand the worry and stress you’re going through. With our team on your side, you don’t have to navigate the legal system alone.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Don’t wait; this type of case is time-sensitive. Waiting to take action can leave you with little to no compensation for damages. Our team highly recommends that you contact our firm to learn more about your legal options.
We are ready to answer and address any questions you may have pertaining to your case. Our firm serves injured people in Robertsdale, Fairhope, Foley, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Mobile and throughout Baldwin County, Alabama.
Call us today at 251-432-2277, or fill out our free case review form below.