According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 29.2 million emergency room visits in 2016 for unintentional injuries alone. Accidental injuries happen every day and, in some cases, result in life-altering injuries that lead to substantial medical expenses and time away from work.
We Know What You’re Going Through
Suffering injuries in an accident is scary and traumatic. What’s more, the stress of how you’re going to pay your medical bills while you’re unable to work due to your injury can be unbearable.
At Long & Long, we understand the challenges you’re facing. It’s our mission to help you through this difficult time.
If you were hurt in an accident through no fault of your own, please don’t hesitate to call our law office for a free case review. You may be entitled to compensation for the pain you’ve been forced to endure. Our Spanish Fort personal injury lawyers are prepared to fight for you, so you can focus on your recovery.
Personal Injury Cases We Represent
Injuries can arise in a number of ways. Our firm handles various types of personal injury cases including but not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Semi-truck accidents
- Spinal cord injuries
- Dog bite injuries
- Vacation accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Product liability
- Medical malpractice
- Pedestrian accidents
- Wrongful death claims
Common Injuries After an Accident
There are many different types of injuries that can occur after an accident. The most common injuries cited in personal injury claims include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Internal bleeding
Serious injuries can have a significant impact on both the person and their family. If an individual acted carelessly and caused you harm, they should be held responsible for your damages.
What Can Compensation Cover?
If you’re eligible to receive compensation for damages, the following may be covered:
Depending on the extent of your injuries, medical bills can become overwhelmingly high. Compensation can help cover expenses such as surgeries, therapy, prescription medications, and more.
In some cases, an injury may cause you to spend a significant amount of time away from work to attend appointments or prevent you from working entirely. Compensation can help cover part of your lost wages and/or loss of earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
In addition to the financial costs that resulted from your injuries, you may be compensated for the mental and emotional anguish your accident caused you to suffer. Determining an exact amount for pain and suffering can be difficult and is done by evaluating the impact your accident has had on your daily life.
We understand that compensation can’t change the damage that has been done. However, it can alleviate some of the costs and help you begin to move forward. Keep in mind that every accident case is unique and results will depend on the specific details of your case. In order to calculate how much you may be able to receive, our team of Spanish Fort personal injury lawyers will need to first review your case.
Personal Injury Laws in Alabama
Every state has laws that govern personal injury claims. For this reason, it’s important to be aware of the laws that apply in the state of Alabama. Our team has listed three laws, in particular, that can have a major effect on your claim:
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations dictates the amount of time an injured person has to file a lawsuit in order to seek compensation for damages. In the state of Alabama, you have exactly two years from the date that their injuries occurred. Failing to file within the strict deadline can result in little to no compensation.
Pure Contributory Negligence Laws
Alabama follows the pure contributory negligence system of fault. This means that if the injured party and/or parties are found to be even slightly at fault for the accident, they will be unable to collect compensation for damages.
Caps on Damages
There are caps on certain types of damages in Alabama. When it comes to punitive damages, which can be awarded in addition to compensatory damages and is intended to further punish the responsible party, there is a set amount that cannot be exceeded. Punitive damages cannot exceed $500,000 or surpass three times the amount of compensatory damages, whichever is greater.
We know these laws can be challenging to understand without legal guidance. That’s why our team highly recommends that you contact an attorney who is familiar with the many laws that can impact your claim.
Contact Long & Long! We’re Ready to Review Your Case
Our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to serving the residents of Spanish Fort and communities across Baldwin County, Alabama, through strong, compassionate legal representation.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of someone else’s careless actions, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. We understand the devastating effects that an accident has on you and your family. We will fight for the maximum amount of compensation you deserve and need to move on with your life after the accident.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our Spanish Fort personal injury lawyers, please give us a call at (251) 432-2277 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to speaking with you and helping in every way we can.
Time is of the essence after an accident. Don’t wait to find out if you have a case!