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The Harris Firm Injury Lawyers has offices across the State of Alabama helping people who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Call today to speak with one of our social security, workers compensation, and injury attorneys in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Gadsden, Anniston, Decatur, Cullman, Pelham, Hoover, Bessemer, Alabaster, Prattville, Selma, Millbrook, and Auburn.
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
The term personal injury can include many different areas of law, including: auto accidents, trucking accidents, slip and fall incidents, nursing home negligence and elder abuse, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, accidents at home, premises liability, defective products, and other injuries where someone is harmed by the negligence, breach of duty, or carelessness of another person or entity. These types of matters can involve different legal issues that need to be reviewed by a local personal injury lawyer.
To establish a personal injury claim, the Plaintiff must show that the Defendant acted in a negligent way that caused the injuries. Specifically, that the Defendant breached a duty that they had, and the Plaintiff was injured as a proximate cause of this breach. An example of this is a car accident where a driver of a vehicle has to obey all motor vehicle laws and drive in a reasonable manner. If a driver runs a stop sign then they have breached their duty and can be held for injuries that are caused by the accident.
If you have been injured in an accident, then call our Alabama personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation in one of our offices in Montgomery, Anniston, Huntsville, or Birmingham.
Vehicle Accident Injuries
An automobile accident, particularly one in which there are injuries, is a traumatic and stressful situation. Whether you were injured in a car accident ,injured by a drunk driver, or need a truck accident attorney the accident report is important to your case.
In all accidents, your primary and immediate concerns should be getting to safety. As well as getting the medical attention that you need. In such a situation, details are easily overlooked or forgotten later. The accident report completed by law enforcement at the scene of the accident can help provide us with a lot of the information that we will need to pursue your personal injury claim.
We often ask that you bring your accident report in with you when you come to see us. There are different ways to get your accident report, based on which agency completed it. If you contact the law enforcement agency that responded to your automobile accident, they can provide that information. If you can not get your accident report, though, don’t let that stop you from coming to see us. We can most likely get that accident report for you.
The officer most likely did not see the accident happen, so they rely on witness reports and observations. Sometimes the report is correct as to how the accident happened, but not always. It does, however, give us a diagram of the scene of the accident, including locations of vehicles and street names.
The report gives us all sorts of details that we will use, like insurance information. The insurance company of the at-fault driver will be one of the first places that we contact. The insurance policy is there for just this type of situation, so we want to take advantage of it. These companies will not volunteer information and they will not give you anything entitled to you unless you make them. This is why an experienced car or truck accident lawyer is a necessity if you suffer an injury in a car wreck.
Defective Products & Dangerous Drugs
Every year, thousands of people in the United States become injured by defective or dangerous products. What is “Product liability?" It is the collection of rules and regulations in regard to who is responsible for such defective or dangerous drugs. However, these cases are different from other injury cases. The rules and regulations govern how a person injured by such a product can recover damages. Manufacturers of the product may be liable. If they knew, or should have known, that the product causes a risk to the consumer.
You may bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer or seller of the product, if you become injured. However, this depends on what kind of defect is at issue. Generally, there are manufacturing defects and design defects. Manufacturing defects are those that are caused by an error in the manufacturing process and were not intended to be a part of the product. Design defects are flaws in the original design of the product.
Depending on the facts of the case, a person injured by such a product can recover damages from multiple parties. This includes manufacturers and sellers, (wholesalers, retail outlets, etc.). There may be multiple defendants in a product liability lawsuit.
Adverse reactions to dangerous prescription drugs are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. These drugs are sometimes approved by the FDA based on misleading or self serving studies undergone by pharmaceutical companies. Other times a drug that might be safe otherwise can become contaminated during the manufacturing process.
These defective drugs can cause considerable damage and then later be recalled. Oftentimes, the dangerous drugs never get recalled and remain on the market continuing to injure people, or a drug that is created to help can cause injury instead. This could be because of improperly performed clinical trials, wrongly prescribed prescriptions, or being co-prescribed with other drugs.
Injured by a product or drug you believe to be defective or dangerous? These are complex cases and our aggressive attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our experienced attorneys for a free consultation today!
Premises Liability & Negligence Lawyers
Owners of a property have a duty under Alabama law to use reasonable care to keep the premises in a safe condition for business invitees. For example, if harmed by a dangerous condition in the grocery store and you could prove that they failed to use reasonable care and due diligence to keep their property safe then you might have a claim against them for your injuries.
Examples of premise liability claims are:
- A slip and fall due to a dangerous condition on the floor or stairs
- An assault on a commercial property due to inadequate safety measures (such as proper lighting or security)
- Any other injury occurring on someone’s else’s property where the property owner owed you a duty of care and was negligent resulting in your injury.
Examples of negligence claims include:
- Nursing home negligence is where a nursing home causes an injury or death due to them not following certain standards of care or even outright abusing their elderly patients.
- Medical malpractice claims involve the negligence of doctors or other health care professionals.
- Workplace injuries can sometimes occur due to negligence of your employer. These claims can be brought against your employer and their insurance company will usually handle the matter.
Wrongful Death Lawyers
The loss of a family member can be an extremely painful experience and can be made even worse when a loved one dies due to the negligence of another. Although nothing can replace your loss, obtaining some measure of justice can help in dealing with this extremely emotional and stressful time and punitive damages can sometimes act as a punishment or deterrent which might prevent future tragic incidents from occurring. If you wish to speak with our Alabama wrongful death lawyers then give us a call today.
While the other 49 states provide for compensation to the family for the death of the deceased, Alabama law does not allow for compensatory damages. Instead of focusing on the value of life, which is used to measure compensatory monetary damages, Alabama law is meant to reflect the enormity of the wrong committed by the defendant.
The purpose of this is to punish the defendant to provide a deterrent for other potential wrong-doers from doing the same thing. Generally, all wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of death and in order for your lawyer to prove a wrongful death claim, the attorney must show that the negligent conduct was the proximate cause of the death.
A personal representative is the administrator or executor of the deceased person's estate. This is the person that may get a lawyer to commence a wrongful death action, except in the case of a minor (where the parents can bring the suit) and in the case of a work-related death (where the dependents have standing to bring the claim). In Alabama, any damages are paid to the heirs of the deceased according to the laws of intestate succession (even if a will exists).
If you have lost a loved one as a result of a wrongful death then call our Alabama wrongful death lawyers for a free consultation.
Social Security Attorneys
If you are disabled and can no longer work, then our local Social Security attorneys can file a claim for you. Our disability lawyers will work to get your claim approved as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, your attorney will gather all medical records and submit evidence to the court. So when the hearing is set your case is ready and you are in the best position to be awarded the benefits you deserve. No matter where you are in Alabama, we can help. So call us today if you need a Social Security Disability lawyer anywhere in Alabama.
If you have been injured at work or gotten seriously ill through your employment, then you may be entitled to something called workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits are not the same as suing someone for an injury, they are a type of benefit you are entitled to (kind of like an insurance) just in case you are injured at work.
Sometimes these benefits can be refused due to mistakes in your application and how the case is presented. Therefore, it is important to get an experienced workers’ compensation attorney where you live to handle it for you.
In Alabama you can get these benefits if you were injured while at work or if you become diagnosed with a work-related sickness. Unlike personal injury claims, you do not have to show any wrongdoing by your employer. It is not determined based on anything wrong anyone has done, it is just based on you being hurt at work and then being entitled to these benefits.
Personal Injury FAQs
Personal injury is any injury sustained from an accident or another incident as a result of someone’s recklessness, negligence, or intentional wrongdoing. These injuries may be psychological or physical in nature and can entitle the victim or their family to damages that are usually in the form of a monetary award. Read more
A person acts negligently when they fail to take all reasonable actions to prevent harm to someone else. If someone is negligent and you are injured as a result, then they are liable for your injuries and you can sue them for the damages that resulted from their actions or others. For example, if someone is texting on their cell phone and not watching the road when they plow into the back of your car then they would have been negligent. This negligence would have been the cause of any injuries resulting from the accident and the driver’s car insurance company could have to pay the damages resulting from your lawsuit or claim. Read more
An injury claim is usually where someone has a claim but has not filed a lawsuit yet. In other words... Read more
What your case will be worth depends greatly on the extent of the injury and the nature of the incident. Our injury lawyer can review and examine your case to determine what it may be worth. However, what you end up being awarded depends on many circumstances the evolve after the case is filed or the claim begins such as the kind of evidence you get together in the beginning or when you went to the hospital and what the doctor’s report includes.... Read more
Nothing. We will begin working on your case once you have signed a contract with us and you do not pay us any money up front... Read more
If your loved one passes away, the remaining family member or representative of the deceased person’s estate can take legal action against the party whose negligence led to the wrongful death... Read more
They offered a settlement. Should I take it? After an accident, many insurance representatives quickly contact the dazed and psychologically injured victims to offer them a small settlement to get them not to purse any further legal action... Read more
You should never make any sort of statement to an insurance company without talking to an attorney first. Never sign anything or accept any offers without talking to a lawyer... Read more
If you are not injured, then give aid to any injured people on the scene and call 9-11 to report the accident... Read more
Your car insurance policy usually covers this, and any overages are paid by your medical insurance. If it was the other driver’s fault, then their insurance should cover it.... Read more
Call the police department that handled the report at the accident scene. You will need the case number, so try to get this at the scene... Read more
I was injured in a hit and run, will my insurance still pay for my injuries? Yes, they will up to the limits that have been purchased in the policy... Read more
If there is no injury, then you only have a property claim and this is usually covered by your insurance... Read more
Personal injury attorneys will generally take their cases on a contingency fee basis whereby you pay nothing up front, and the attorney is only paid if you receive an award or settlement (as a percentage of the award)... Read more
No. All vehicle accident claims are different and such factors as the type of injury, past claims, property damage, and facts surrounding the accident can vary from case to case... Read more
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