Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers
For more than 30 years, the law office of Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C. has been helping people throughout Alabama who have been injured through the negligence of another person. Our Union Springs and Montgomery personal injury attorney have represented hundreds of Alabama residents in successfully seeking compensation for their physical injuries. If you have suffered harm due to the negligent conduct of someone else, call us today for a free and confidential consultation.
Personal Injuries Can be Costly
Most people have either personally gone through the experience of being injured by another person’s careless acts, or know someone else who has. Hospital bills, lost wages, and emotional distress may be just some of the lasting effects of such an injury. These costs can add up fast: According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the average cost of one day in an Alabama hospital is more than $1,300. With a day or two in the hospital, a week of missed wages, and the constant worry about making ends meet, even a mild injury could cause serious financial and emotional damage. On the other hand, severe or catastrophic injuries are not only devastating for victims and their families, but are even more costly in terms of medical care and lost income.
Seek Legal Advice if You Have Been Injured
Most personal injury lawsuits allege negligence on the part of the defendant. To show negligence under Alabama law, the victim generally must prove four elements: (1) the defendant owed the victim a duty to act with reasonable care, which is a duty most people owe to others in most everyday situations, (2) the defendant breached that duty by acting carelessly, and (3) the breach was the cause of (4) an injury to the victim. Negligence can be a factor in many different types of cases, including those involving:
- Car accidents
- Single-vehicle accidents
- Truck accidents
- ATV accidents
- Dangerous products
- Defective medical devices or drugs
- Wrongful death
Although negligence can be a straightforward concept, bringing a lawsuit for personal injury in Alabama requires the knowledge of an experienced attorney who can navigate the complex world of injury liability.
Personal Injury Law in Alabama
Accident victims, or “plaintiffs,” who bring a personal injury lawsuit under Alabama law may be able to recover compensatory damages, which are intended to compensate a person for physical, financial, and emotional losses. Further, an aspect of Alabama law that sometimes benefits plaintiffs is that Alabama follows the rule of “joint and several liability.” This rule states that if two or more defendants are at fault for the injury, each defendant can be made to pay damages for the entire injury. In addition, some plaintiffs may be able to recover punitive damages, which are designed to punish the defendant(s) for egregiously bad behavior. One unique aspect of Alabama law is that in suits for the wrongful death of a family member, plaintiffs may recover only punitive damages.
There are other important limitations on recovery under Alabama law that personal injury victims should be aware of. For example, Alabama follows the rule of pure contributory negligence, which means that injured victims are barred from recovery if they are even one percent at fault for their injury. This is true even if the person who caused the injury was breaking the law or otherwise much more responsible for the plaintiff’s injury. In addition, any claims for a personal injury must be brought within two years of the date of the injury.
If you have questions about whether or not you should bring a personal injury lawsuit, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
Alabama residents who have been injured due to the negligence of another person have a right to seek damages to compensate them for their injuries. The knowledgeable Union Springs personal injury lawyers at Jinks, Crow & Dickson, P.C. know Alabama law and the protections it affords people across our state. If you or a loved one has been injured and you believe it was the fault of another person, schedule a confidential, free consultation by contacting us online, or by calling 888-297-9592.