Tuscaloosa Personal Injury Lawyers
Helping Alabama families move forward
The world does not stop for anyone, including those who have been injured in an accident. You will still have to pay the utility bills, the mortgage, health premiums, buy groceries and more. On top of it all, you might be out of work due to the severity of your injuries. Being able to provide for your family will become challenging.
The challenges faced by personal injury victims are what drive the Tuscaloosa personal injury attorneys from the Mezrano Law Firm to aim for the sky each time they perform work for their clients. They understand how difficult the road ahead will be for those recovering from an injury, not just in the days and weeks after, but also in the months and years to follow. When you need assistance following a personal injury accident, let the Mezrano Law Firm come to your aid. Contact us at our Tuscaloosa office at your earliest convenience.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
Alabama, like the other 49 states, has times limits in place for filing lawsuits. These are called the statutes of limitations, and they differ depending on your case. Generally speaking, you have two years from the date of your injury, or form the date you should have reasonably known you were injured, to file a claim.
The state also offers a “lookback” policy, called the statute of repose. What this means is, if you sustain an injury that isn’t discovered right away – say, for example, you have a surgery at DCH Regional Medical Center and the doctor leaves a sponge inside of you, but you don’t find out until 3 months before the statute runs out – you get an additional year to file your claim.
Exceptions to the rule
For every rule, there is an exception. When it comes to the statutes of limitations, Alabama has two:
- If the injury victim was a minor, the statute of limitations does not begin until the minor reaches the age of 19.
- If you are filing a claim against a government entity, you need to get your paperwork in within 180 days of being injured.
How much is my Tuscaloosa injury lawsuit worth?
The truth is, there is no way to answer this question right away. Everyone’s case is different, and the amount your case is worth is determined a lot by the types of, and extent of, damages you sustained.
The law in Alabama allows those injured by the negligent actions of others to sue for the damages they suffer stemming from the accident. Victims of personal injury accidents can sue for compensatory damages, which are designed to help the victim of the accident return to their life that they knew prior to the accident. Compensatory damages will be determined by an accounting of the victim’s economic and non-economic losses.
- Economic damages: Economic damages are the damages that have a finite value, such as medical bills, ambulatory bills, the loss of your property, the loss of your earning capacity and current and future wage loss.
- Non-economic damages: Non-economic damages are more difficult to pinpoint because they do not have a finite number like economic damages. These damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of companionship, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of guidance.
There is another kind of damages, too, called punitive damages. These are designed to punish the person responsible for the accident that left you injured. These damages are intended to discourage the defendant, and others, from acting in a similar manner in the future. There is a cap on punitive damages of either 3x the total compensatory award, or $1.5 million, whichever number is lower.
How contributory negligence can affect your personal injury claim in Alabama
Another thing that could affect your damage award is the rather draconian system of contributory negligence which governs Alabama’s civil claims. The negligent party will more than likely claim that you were partially to blame in the accident that left you injured once he or she is served with the lawsuit. The court will investigate the accident and review evidence. If it is determined by the court that you are even just 1% at fault for what happened – if you contributed to the accident and/or your injuries in any way – you will not be able to recover any compensation.
This is an important reason why you should always consult a Tuscaloosa personal injury attorney after an accident. We know how to build a case to prove you deserve damages, not a share of the blame.
What does a Tuscaloosa personal injury attorney do?
When you are injured in any type of accident (car, motorcycle, truck, construction, work, slip-and-fall, etc.) a personal injury attorney is the best option for your situation. This is not something you should handle on your own. You will be overwhelmed with phone calls from the insurance company, the other team’s lawyer, letters and questions from your health insurance company, and so forth.
Let the Tuscaloosa personal injury lawyers from Mezrano Law Firm handle all of this and more for you. We can help keep your case moving while relieving some of the stress of suffering an injury in an accident. Our team:
- Investigates your claim. The first thing your attorney will do is investigate your claim. We will make sure that there is enough basis to the claim that it merits the filing of a lawsuit.
- Collects evidence. Your attorney will collect any evidence related to the case, including police reports, photos, medical records, camera footage, witness testimonies, property damage reports, employment reports and various other documents.
- Negotiates with insurance companies. We will also negotiate on your behalf with your insurance company and the insurance company of the defendant in the case. Your injury lawyer will also handle all of the communication with the insurance company on your behalf.
- Prepares the lawsuit and conducts discovery. We prepare every case for trial, and conduct discovery. The discovery process includes acquiring information from the defendant that can be used in the case.
- Represents you in court. Above all else, Mezrano Law Firm will represent you in court, making sure that you are prepared for questioning from the defense attorney and teach you how to present yourself in front of a judge and jury.
Can I afford an attorney from Mezrano Law Firm?
Yes, you can. Mezrano Law Firm handles all cases on contingency. That means we put up the costs for your case while we represent you, and then take the costs and our fees from your verdict award or settlement. You never have to put your hand in your own pocket.
Do I have to go to trial?
Not if it’s not in your best interest. One of our Tuscaloosa injury lawyers can talk to you about whether a settlement will go in your favor, or whether a trial would be better for you. We won’t force you either way.
Personal injury claims we handle
The attorneys at the Mezrano Law Firm offer a wide array of personal injury services. You can rely on us for help with:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
- Premises liability claims
- Product liability claims
- Nursing home abuse
- Workers’ compensation
- Social Security Disability
Local resources in Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa County Courthouse
714 Greensboro Ave.
Tuscaloosa Police Department
3801 Trevor S Phillips Ave.
Tuscaloosa Fire & Rescue
2201 University Blvd.
DCH Regional Medical Center
809 University Blvd E
Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center
3701 Loop Rd.
Tuscaloosa National Airport
7601 R Cardinal Airport Rd.
Contact a Tuscaloosa personal injury attorney for help today
Have you or a loved one been injured in a car, truck, motorcycle, construction or slip-and-fall accident? If so, you need to protect yourself and your rights by consulting with an experienced Tuscaloosa, personal injury attorney. Call the office of Mezrano Law Firm today at 205-206-6300 or complete the contact form found on the website to schedule a consultation with a trusted, knowledgeable attorney.
If you have a case, you have a lawyer. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.