According to the National Safety Council (NSC), “An American is accidentally injured every second and killed every three minutes by a preventable event.” Accidental injuries are the third leading cause of death in the United States and occur more frequently than people realize.
After sustaining injuries that were not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of another person’s careless behavior, contact The Long Brothers to discuss your legal options. Our Fairhope personal injury lawyers understand the stress and worry you’re experiencing and want to help you through this difficult time.
To accurately calculate the amount of compensation you may be able to receive, we will need to first review the specific details of your case.
Cases Our Firm Handles
We are dedicated to serving the residents of the Fairhope community. For this reason, we represent cases including but not limited to:
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Wrongful death
- Vacation accidents
- Dog bite injuries
- Pedestrian accidents
- Products liability
- Medical malpractice
What Is a Personal Injury Attorney?
Personal injury attorneys represent victims whose injuries were directly caused by the actions of another individual. Under personal injury law, also known as tort law, victims can file a claim to seek compensation for damages. However, to obtain compensation, it must be proven that the other party’s negligence was the direct cause of your injuries.
Attorneys who are experienced in personal injury law know what information needs to be collected to build a strong case. If you suffered injuries due to the negligent actions of another person, it’s vital to speak with a lawyer about your options.
4 Tips to Consider After an Accident
The moments after an accident can be frightening, especially when you aren’t sure how to handle the situation. Additionally, the decisions you make after your accident can either help or damage your chances of obtaining any compensation you may be entitled to receive.
For this reason, our team has listed four tips to help protect your rights after an accident:
Tip #1- Stay at the Scene and Call for Help
It’s imperative that you remain at the scene of the accident until help arrives. Failing to do so can result in fines and even criminal charges for fleeing the scene.
Additionally, it’s important to contact the appropriate authorities. For example, if you fell on a property, then you should inform the property owner of your accident.
Tip #2- Collect Evidence
Evidence is crucial to the success of your claim. Without solid evidence, it can be difficult to prove your injuries were a result of the other party’s negligent behavior. If possible, collect the following evidence to help support your case:
- Photos of the accident scene and your injuries
- Contact information of the party and/or parties involved
- Copy of the police report, if applicable
- Witness statements
Tip #3- Seek Medical Attention
Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it’s essential to seek medical attention. In some cases, it may take days or even weeks after an accident for pain to arise. A doctor should always conduct an evaluation to determine if any medical treatment is necessary.
What’s more, if you fail to seek medical treatment after your accident, insurance companies will likely believe that your injuries aren’t serious, which can lead to little to no compensation.
Tip #4- Contact an Attorney
If you were injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s important to contact our experienced Fairhope personal injury lawyers to guide you through the difficult legal process.
Accident cases are time-sensitive, so don’t wait. Once you contact our office, we will review your case and ensure you don’t miss any important deadlines.
To obtain compensation, you must prove that someone else’s careless behavior caused your injuries. In order to prove negligence, three elements must be demonstrated:
- The defendant failed to act responsibly, causing harm.
- The defendant’s behavior directly caused the accident.
- The defendant’s behavior caused your injury and/or injuries.
Trying to prove negligence can be extremely challenging without a knowledgeable attorney on your side. Our team highly recommends consulting a lawyer who is experienced in handling accident cases. Competent legal representation may increase your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Do I Have to Go to Court?
This is a common question that many people have after being involved in an accident. With personal injury cases, it’s important to keep in mind that the majority of cases are able to be settled outside of the courtroom.
If you were injured by the irresponsible behavior of another person, you can file an injury claim to seek compensation for damages. From there, both parties will attempt to negotiate a settlement based around the details of your case. If a fair amount can’t be agreed upon, then filing a lawsuit may be an option.
Although most personal injury cases don’t require you to file a lawsuit, it’s important to hire an attorney who isn’t afraid to take your case to court, if it becomes necessary.
What Does Compensation Cover?
Compensation can help cover the expenses related to your accident. Any compensation you’re entitled to will be calculated by factors such as the severity of your injuries and the time it takes for you to recover.
After an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be compensated for the following:
- Medical Bills
- Pain and Suffering
- Property Damage
- Lost Wages
Don’t Wait Long. Call Long & Long About Your Legal Options.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. From our attention to detail to our in-depth investigations, you can trust that your case is in qualified hands.
We know the stress you’re likely experiencing, but you don’t have to navigate the legal system alone. With our help, you can focus on your recovery while we handle the rest.