When you sustain injuries in a car accident in Alabama, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Although you normally want to pursue legal action right away, sometimes people don’t feel the effects of an injury for several months. This is especially common with soft tissue or whiplash injuries. You just have no way of knowing immediately after an accident, if it will cause long-term or permanent injuries. At Burge & Burge, PC, we advise clients to consult with a personal injury attorney before attempting to settle a claim with the insurance company representing the other party.
Insurance Companies Exist to Make Money
When another driver’s negligent behavior causes you to rack up medical expenses and miss work, you would think his or her insurance carrier would offer you a fair settlement. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. It’s the agent’s job to minimize the insurance company’s losses, which means that you should expect an extremely low initial offer. Insurance adjusters count on people being so anxious in the days immediately following a car accident that they will accept whatever offer they are presented with. They also know the offer is binding once you agree to a settlement.
Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney for Your Car Accident Case
Getting into a car accident is stressful enough without having to go up against the other driver and his or her insurance company by yourself. Our experienced Alabama auto accident attorneys have many years of experience trying cases in court as well as advising clients when it is in their best interest to settle out of court. We negotiate for the highest settlement on your behalf, allowing you to recover from your injuries, so your life can return to normal. We work diligently to collect the facts and prove your case. This can involve hiring an accident reconstructionist, interviewing witnesses, getting expert medical testimony, and much more.
Most people simply don’t have the legal knowledge and resources to do all this on their own. Best of all, we accept personal injury cases on a contingency basis. That means you don’t pay a dime unless we win the case for you.
Compensation You May Be Entitled to Receive
While every car accident case is different, the following represent the most common types of compensation awarded to people who sustained serious injuries:
- Medical expenses: This included all past, present, and anticipated future costs associated with treating and adapting to your injuries. Examples include hospital bills, physical therapy, medical devices, and the cost of making your home or car adaptable to your physical condition.
- Lost wages: You could receive payment for actual lost wages while you recover and anticipated loss of future wages. Loss of earning potential covers situations where you can only work part-time or must accept a position that pays less due to your injuries. If awarded, you would receive the difference between your former and current salary.
- Pain and suffering: The negligent actions of the other party cause you to live with ongoing pain, emotional trauma, and other types of suffering. If your case goes to court, the jury may choose to award damages for pain and suffering as part of your settlement.
- Punitive damages: This may be awarded in cases where the other party willfully disregarded public safety, such as driving drunk or speeding. He or she may be subject to criminal sanctions in such cases as well.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
Burge & Burge, PC offers a free initial consultation to anyone injured in a car accident. Our experienced Alabama car accident attorneys stand ready to work with you to collect the damages you deserve. Call us at (205) 545-8291 or contact us online. We can meet with you at home, work, or even while you’re still in the hospital. Please contact our Birmingham, Alabama law office to request your appointment time today.