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.
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.
For every rule, there is an exception. When it comes to the statutes of limitations, Alabama has two:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The attorneys at the Mezrano Law Firm offer a wide array of personal injury services. You can rely on us for help with:
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.
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.