You may be facing economic and emotional troubles if you or a family member suffered injuries in a recent car accident. However, you can pursue compensation for your injuries from the responsible driver’s insurance company.
A lawyer from our firm can file your claim and argue your case to help you recover your due compensation. If necessary, your lawyer will fight for you in court. Connect with us to learn more about getting the services of an Alabama car accident lawyer.
You Deserve Compensation for Your Injuries
Most of all, you deserve to be compensated for your physical injuries, but you also deserve to be compensated for your mental/emotional and financial injuries. If your car accident was someone else’s fault, you shouldn’t have to incur any losses without compensation.
In your demand package, you may be able to list the following economic and non-economic damages and possibly more:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental/emotional anguish
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Lost income during your recovery period
- The cost of an ambulance ride
- The costs involved in hospital/emergency room care
- The cost of any surgery you needed
- Physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, or other therapy expenses
- The cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle
You can speak with a lawyer from our firm about the damages you can claim in your demand package.
Calculating the Value of Your Non-Economic Damages
It’s easy to gather medical bills, therapy receipts, and other statements, add up your financial costs, and then put the value in your demand package. However, it’s not so easy to find proof of your non-financial damages and place a value on them. These are things your lawyer can help with.
There are various methods for calculating the value of non-financial damages, like pain and suffering. Additionally, there are many experts, like medical and mental health experts, who may be able to help you prove your non-financial damages. Your lawyer can seek out such experts and calculate your non-financial damages for you.
Your Lawyer Can Help You Prove the Other Driver’s Fault
To recover compensation from the other driver’s insurer, you must prove the other driver’s fault for your incident and their negligence. This may be difficult since to prove fault and negligence, you must establish certain preconditions:
- The other party owed you a duty of care: This is a responsibility to act in a way that can’t harm other people, such as driving safely.
- The other party breached this duty of care: This means failing to act responsibly.
- Causation: Causation means that one party caused another party’s injuries.
- Damages: The other party must have suffered recognizable damages.
One of our firm’s lawyers will help you establish the preconditions above, proving the other driver’s negligence and their fault for your incident. You can be sure your lawyer will fight to recover the compensation you’re owed.
Gathering Evidence to Help Prove Fault
To help prove the other driver’s fault and support your case, your lawyer will gather evidence, such as:
- The police report of the incident
- Witness statements, photos, or cell phone video footage
- Dash camera or traffic camera footage
- Accident reconstruction reports
- Expert statements
There may be other sources of evidence your lawyer can collect or refer to.
Your Lawyer Will Help in Many Ways
In addition to gathering evidence and helping you prove fault, your lawyer will:
- Present evidence to the insurer or a court
- Negotiate a case settlement with the insurer on your behalf
- Argue your case in front of a judge and jury, if necessary
- Represent your and your family’s needs and interests
- Help you decide whether to file a claim or lawsuit
You’ll be able to rely on your lawyer to take care of every matter related to your case.
You Should Focus on Recovery Right Now
After your incident, the main thing you should focus on is recovery. Your physical, mental, and emotional health matter not just to you, but also to your loved ones. If you have dependents, like children, they may need you help them with household, school, and other matters.
Also, your recovery may be important for your case. The insurance company or a court may need to know you’re seeking treatment and care after your incident.
By leaving your case in the hands of an attorney from our firm, you’ll be able to focus better on your recovery and your family. Let a lawyer take care of your legal and financial matters.
Filing a Lawsuit in Alabama
Instead of filing a claim with the other party’s insurer, you may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. Your lawyer can advise you about which option to take.
If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you may want to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. This may allow you to demand additional damages, such as loss of consortium, loss of parental guidance, and loss of quality of life.
You would have only two years from the date of the incident to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Alabama, per AL Code § 6-5-410. To file a personal injury lawsuit in Alabama, you would also have two years from the date of an incident, per AL Code § 6-2-38. Your lawyer will help you meet the deadline in your case. Even if you don’t think you want to file a lawsuit, you should connect with our firm soon to keep the option open.
Hire an Alabama Car Accident Lawyer Today
You don’t have to handle your case alone or even at all. Instead, leave it up to a capable lawyer from Cory Watson Attorneys. Your lawyer will pursue compensation and handle everything else for you so you can focus on more important matters, like your health and your loved ones.
For a completely free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team, contact Cory Watson Attorneys online or at (205) 328-2200.