Personal Injury in Alabama
Automobile accidents are the single largest source of personal injury in America. Personal injury can describe anything from a pinched nerve to an amputated limb. A personal injury suit can also be filed if someone is killed in an auto accident.
The legal term for a personal injury is a "tort" and laws are in place to protect you from harm by another person. If you or your loved ones are harmed in an auto accident, your best recourse will be to consult with an attorney specializing in tort law. Most personal injury attorneys offer the first consultation for free, but be sure to ask when you call to make an appointment.
Medical bills, death expenses, lost wages, hired help, and other unexpected expenses will come out of your pocket―even if you were not at fault in the accident.
Insurance companies may not be your best friend while trying to recover damages after an accident. They may try to get you to settle for less than you should.
A personal injury attorney will help protect your rights. He/she will fight with the insurance companies so you won't have to do it while you are recovering.
You may be entitled to collect damages for more than the insurance company is willing to pay. An experienced attorney will know whether to sue the insurance company, the driver, or his/her employer. An experienced attorney will also be able to help you build a strong case for your claim.
When you meet with your personal injury attorney for the first time, here are some questions you should ask:
- What fees do you charge?
- What percentage will you take from the money I am awarded?
- What if I lose my case? How much will I owe you then?
- Will you settle out of court?
- How long do you expect this to take?
- Will I be told of all offers to settle out of court?
- How will you communicate with me the progress of my case?