Burge & Burge, PC, is a family of attorneys who work to obtain compensation and benefits for injured, ill and disabled individuals. Together, our lawyers have more than 50 years of combined legal experience.
We practice personal injury, workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income law in Alabama. Our Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) representation extends to railroad workers throughout the southeastern United States.
When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
The truth is that even a relatively minor accident can produce significant damages. You may have property damage, experienced a costly ambulance ride, lost time from work, or find yourself unusually anxious after the event. Making the decision to hire a personal injury attorney may not be simple, but if any of the following ring true, you should seek a free legal consultation to learn about your options.
You’ve been seriously injured. If your injuries resulting from an accident exceed a single medical visit, you should probably consider speaking with an attorney. Most people don’t realize just how quickly those medical bills can add up, but the insurance companies understand this all too well. When your injuries are more serious, an insurance company is less likely to be fair due to the potential for other damages such as lost wages, disability, and future medical care.
You don’t want the stress. Being involved in an accident is stressful enough, and you will be adding more aggravation to your plate by trying to act as your own legal counsel. When you hire a personal injury attorney, they can help you access the services you need, such as medical specialists, and will take over communication with the insurance companies on your behalf.
You’re not ready to learn the rules. There are insurance rules as well as state laws that regulate accident claims and the disposition of a personal injury case. Some people wait too long to file a claim and lose their rights because of the statute of limitations. Others aren’t sure about the way insurance limits might factor into the availability of funds for medical care or a settlement. Then, there is the issue of insurance and legal lingo. In short, if you don’t have the time to commit to learning these intricacies, it may be best to hire a personal injury attorney who specializes in these matters.
Someone wants you to take the blame. If someone else is trying to get you to take even partial blame for the accident, you should speak with a personal injury attorney as quickly as possible. Alabama uses the rule of “contributory negligence,” which is the strictest way to deal with fault. Essentially, if the court finds that you were partially at fault in the accident – even one percent – you cannot collect damages from the other party.
We have more than 50 years of combined experience, and have successfully handled such cases in the past. Please call us today at 205-251-9000.