Alabama Auto Accident & Personal Injury attorneys
We also provide criminal defense representation in Alabama & Georgia as well!
If you’re in the midst of a legal crisis, you’ve come to the right place. The seasoned legal professionals at the Stamps Law Group are well-equipped to handle a wide variety of cases ranging from personal injury to criminal defense.
Whether you are seeking financial compensation for being wrongfully injured or hoping to achieve a Not Guilty verdict, we will “Fight the Good Fight” on your behalf.
When you hire the Stamps Law Group, take comfort knowing that we’ll always do what’s in the best interests of you and your loved ones.
Committed to Helping Personal Injury Victims Since 2004
Our lead attorney, John T. Stamps III, (you can call him “Ivan”) has spent the last
decade representing the rights of those who have suffered in accidents caused by others.
He is skilled at negotiating and litigating against insurance companies and other lawyers to ensure that you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.
Call us today at (866) JTLAW-66 or (866) 585-2966 or fill out the form below to schedule a Free no obligation consultation.
We understand the challenges you and you and your family are facing and we want to help. During your consultation, we will answer your questions and listen to your concerns and provide you with the legal options available to you.
No Recovery, No Fee Guarantee: At Stamps Law Group, we work on a contingency basis, which means if we don’t win you a settlement, we don’t get paid.
What Types of Personal Injury Cases Does The Stamp Law Group Handle?
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability
- Dog bites
- Daycare negligence
- Nursing home abuse
- Wrongful death
What Types of Criminal Defense Cases Does The Stamp Law Group Handle?
If you have been charged with a crime, you may be unsure of who to turn to or who you can trust. At the Stamps Law Group, we have experience in defending clients charged with a multitude of crimes, including:
- assault & battery
- domestic violence
- Drug offenses
- Federal crimes
- Firearm crimes
- Juvenile crimes
- Sex crimes
- Forgery and fraud
We will work diligently to protect your rights throughout this difficult process, and we will do everything we can to ensure the best evidence is put forward to defend your case.
We will fight for your rights, freedoms and liberties at every stage.
“I’ve Been Injured In An Accident. Now What?”
Being seriously injured or losing someone in an accident can turn your whole world upside down. In addition to the physical and emotional distress you have to endure, mounting medical bills and lost wages can put a serious strain on your financial security.
If your injury was the direct result of someone else’s negligence or
intentional misconduct, you have the right to file a personal injury claim and/or lawsuit in an effort to collect certain types of damages or financial compensation.
You can count on the Stamps Law Group to exhaust every avenue of compensation available to you in order to get you the restitution you need. We will put all our efforts into obtaining the highest award possible in your case.
What Types of Damages May I Recover in Alabama and Georgia?
If you’ve suffered an injury as a result of an accident, the law allows you to recover compensatory damages for:
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Loss of earnings for time lost from work, lost future earnings
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish
- Permanent Injuries
- Punitive Damages
- Loss of consortium of a spouse
Don’t Miss The Deadline To Recover Compensation!
Under Alabama and Georgia law, you have two years from the date of your injury to file a notice of claim and/or personal injury lawsuit.
Failure to adhere to this deadline or “statute of limitations” will result in losing the opportunity to collect the monetary damages you deserve.
Despite having two years to file a claim, your best chance for a fair and just recovery is to act as quickly as possible after your accident. This is vital in order to preserve valuable evidence and interview witnesses while their memories are still fresh.
Your Rights As A Personal Injury Victim
Motor Vehicle Accidents (cars, motorcycles, trucks): Motor vehicle accidents remain a major cause of injury and death in Alabama and Georgia. If you have been injured due to another driver’s carelessness – such as reckless driving, or driving under the influence – you have a right to pursue damages.
Premises Liability: If you were injured on someone else’s property, the property owner may be held liable for damages if you can prove that the premises was poorly maintained. The most common types of premises accidents are slip, trip and fall, and accidents near swimming pools.
Dog Bites: According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. every year. If you are a victim of a dog attack, you may be able to seek compensation for damages suffered. The owner of the dog may be held liable but only if the attack occurred on their property or if the dog ran off the property to pursue you.
Daycare negligence: If your child was seriously injured at daycare due to the negligence or intentional actions of his/her caretakers, you have the right to seek damages for your child.
Nursing Home Negligence: If you believe your elderly loved one has suffered serious abuse or neglect of care in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you have the right to take legal action.
Medical Malpractice: Medical professionals and healthcare providers (doctors, nurses, counselors, psychologists, hospitals, and any other medical group or organization) have a responsibility to follow the governing standard of care in their field of medicine. If you or a loved one were injured as a result of a doctor’s negligence or failure to adhere to this standard of care, you may bring an action of malpractice against the physician.
Wrongful Death: Losing a loved one is devastating, even more so if the cause of death was due to negligence and could have been prevented. The Stamps Law Group understands that no compensation is enough to make up for your loss but we hope to ease some of your burden by recovering your loved one’s lost wages, funeral expenses and medical expenses.
First Steps To Take After A Personal Injury Accident:
Every accident is different with its own set of circumstances. For the purpose of more fully understanding how personal injury cases unfold, we will take a closer look at what to do if you’ve been in a car accident.
The moments following a car crash can be very traumatizing and stressful, but it’s
important to try and stay calm.
There are certain key actions you can take that will protect your rights and strengthen
your claim, some of which include:
- Contact the local authorities or call 911
- See a doctor immediately – even if you believe you have not been injured or your injuries are not serious, symptoms can appear days or weeks after the accident. If you wait to receive medical treatment, it will be harder to prove your injuries were caused by the accident.
- Exchange information with those involved in the accident
- Collect the driver’s contact info and their insurance company’s name and policy number
- Gather contact information from any witnesses
- Take pictures and/or video of the accident scene, your injuries, and property damage
- Ask for a copy of the police report
- Save all of your medical bills and receipts
- Keep track of travel expenses for medical appointments
Avoid These Mishaps
- Do NOT admit fault to anyone – not to the police, those involved in the accident, passengers, witnesses or an insurance agent. You may feel inclined to apologize for the accident, but doing so could jeopardize your claim. Even if you believe you were partially or fully at fault, do not take the blame. Simply stick to the facts of what happened.
- Do NOT sign any medical release authorization forms for the release of your medical records before speaking to a lawyer.
- Do NOT give a recorded statement to the insurance company before speaking to a lawyer. A recorded statement can be used against you, even though you answered every question truthfully.
Common Causes of Auto Accidents
- Failing to yield right of way
- Distracted driving
- Driver fatigue
- Misjudging stopping distance
- Malfunction of car parts
- Unseen object/vehicle/person
- Driving under the influence
- Improper lane change
- Failing to abide by traffic signs or signals
- Swerving to avoid a vehicle or other object
- Vehicle going off road
Common Injuries Sustained in an Auto Accident
- Soft tissue injuries
- Lacerations, cuts, bruises
- Neck and back injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Paralysis; paraplegia, quadriplegia
- Severe burns
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Loss of eyesight
- Disfigurement, scarring
“Someone Hit Me. Who Should I File The Claim With?”
Shortly after your accident, you’ll need to file an insurance claim for damages. Even if the other driver was at-fault, you have the option to file a claim with your own insurer (if you have the appropriate coverages), or you can file a claim with the other driver’s insurer.
“What Happens After I Submit My Claim?”
After you have submitted your claim, a claims adjuster from the insurance company will
most likely call you.
The adjuster will review the insurance policy to determine the types of coverage you have available, as well as any deductibles, or limits that may affect your claim.
They will then proceed to conduct an investigation to determine liability and make a final determination as to whether you deserve compensation for your losses.
To fully protect your rights, it’s best if you contact Stamps Law Group before speaking with the adjuster.
The Insurance Company Is Not On Your Side
It’s important to keep in mind that insurance companies are for-profit businesses. They make billions of dollars every year by maximizing their premiums so they can minimize their payouts to you.
Insurance adjusters are notoriously known for their deceptive practices in personal injury cases. That’s why it’s so critical to have a strong attorney by your side to make sure you aren’t taken advantage of.
Too often, an insurance adjuster will try to get you to accept a quick settlement. This may sound enticing, but the truth is their offer is almost always nowhere near the true value of your claim.
Don’t accept a lowball settlement! If you do, you will most likely waive your right to additional compensation.
Attorney Stamps will conduct his own investigation to calculate the true worth of your claim. If you are happy with the amount he comes up with, he can preempt the adjuster’s settlement offer with your own settlement proposal (demand letter).
Your demand letter would outline fault, damages and ask for a certain amount to settle your claim.
Let Us Deal With The Insurance Company
Attorney Stamps will handle all interaction with the insurance adjuster and will present a strong argument on your behalf that proves:
- Their insured’s negligence caused your accident
- Your injuries are real and required medical attention
- The costs of your medical treatment is substantial
- Your out-of-pocket costs are real (medications, crutches, transportation, etc.)
- Your injuries have prevented you from working and earning an income
- You suffered continuing pain and discomfort
After the claims adjuster has taken this into consideration and finished their investigation, they will either make you an offer or deny your claim.
If you are not satisfied with the adjuster’s initial offer, Attorney Stamps will engage in a series of negotiations to reach a compromise settlement payment that fairly and adequately covers your damages.
Filing a Lawsuit
If negotiations break down and a settlement cannot be reached with the claims adjuster, the next step is to begin a lawsuit.
Common reasons claim negotiations can hit a wall include:
- the adjuster denies their insured was at fault
- the adjuster doesn’t agree with the severity of your injuries or amount you are demanding
How Is Fault Determined in Alabama and How Will It Affect The Outcome of My Case?
Determining fault in a car accident greatly impacts the validity and value of your
claim. In Alabama, personal injury claims operate under a strict system of contributory negligence.
This means that if you are partially responsible for your accident, you would unfortunately be prohibited from recovering damages.
The only exception to this rule is if you can prove that the other driver acted recklessly with no regard for your safety such as driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Even if you believe you may share the blame, it’s worth it to have a lawyer review your case.
How Is Fault Determined in Georgia?
Georgia follows a system of modified comparative negligence to determine fault in auto accidents. If you were partially responsible for causing your accident, you can still recover damages but your reward would be reduced by your percentage of fault.
For example, if you were 40% at fault, your recovery is reduced by 40% – allowing you to recover 60% of damages. So if your damages total $20,000, you would receive $16,000.
What If The Other Driver Is Uninsured or Lacks Adequate Insurance?
If you were hit by a driver without insurance, you can still recover damages, but would
have to do so under your own uninsured-underinsured motorist coverage. You can collect the full amount up to the limits of your policy.
If the other driver has insurance but not enough to cover your damages, you would recover up to the limits of their policy and collect the rest from your own insurance carrier.
How Much Will My Claim Be Worth?
It’s difficult to answer this without knowing the specifics of your case. Several different factors can influence the settlement amount, such as:
- the extent of your injuries and damages
- whether you were partially at fault
- the cost of your medical treatment and amount of lost wages
- pre-existing conditions you may have
- permanency of your injury, your permanent partial disability rating
The Stamps Law Group is ready to Fight for YOU! If you have been seriously injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Give us a call today at (866) JTLAW-66 or (866) 585-2966 for a Free, no obligation consultation.