Personal Injury Attorneys
When you or a loved one are injured, everything changes. On top of the medical crisis, you’re often also thrust into sudden job and financial changes, all of which can take a significant toll. If the accident that caused your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness, it can be like rubbing salt into an open wound. The Alabama legal system affords you the right to seek compensation from responsible parties if they cause you to incur damages, but it’s important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney during the legal process.
Car accidents aren’t uncommon in Alabama, and there’s a good chance that most everyone will be involved in some kind of vehicle incident in their lifetime. However, when a car accident is much more than a fender bender and was caused by someone else’s negligence, the situation becomes serious. This is especially true if you were rendered permanently disabled as a result of the collision.
A car accident lawyer can help you bring forward a lawsuit against the at-fault party for your hospital bills, vehicle damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Dogs are affectionately called “man’s best friend,” but the truth is that like other animals, even the most well-behaved dog has the potential to bite and cause serious injury if the circumstances are right. When a dog attacks, critical injuries can occur. Puncture wounds, infection, post-traumatic stress disorder, and permanent disfigurement are all possible outcomes of a dog attack, especially if the victim is a child.
A dog bite attorney can help you seek justice in cases where negligent dog owners or other responsible parties allow vicious dogs to roam free or otherwise come into contact with individuals whom they are likely to harm.
When you seek medical care, you trust the physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals responsible for your care to treat you to the best of their ability. When this doesn’t happen, serious injury, illness, or death can occur. If you or a loved one were the victim of medical malpractice, a lawsuit becomes about much more than just money.
Bringing forward a claim against the physician or medical professional who harmed your family can help you obtain justice and prevent the same thing from happening to other families. At the Black Belt Law Group, LLC, we can advocate for your rights under the scrutiny of large hospital legal teams.
Vehicle drivers often don’t pay enough attention to motorcycles who share the road, which can lead to serious motorcycle accidents that cause injury or even death. As a motorcycle rider, you can take every precaution possible to stay safe while riding and still lose your life to an accident caused by someone who wasn’t paying attention or worse, who was actively showing aggression towards you.
A motorcycle accident lawsuit can do more than help you obtain compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses. It can help you hold the person at fault responsible for their negligence and can bring awareness to your local community about safely sharing the roads with motorcycle riders.
Truck accidents can often be devastating due to their sheer size and weight. The rate of fatalities in truck accidents is higher compared to fatality rates in other types of car accidents, along with critical, life-altering injuries and permanent disabilities. If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident, it’s imperative to work with an experienced injury lawyer.
Trucking companies often have attorneys who are skilled at removing or covering up the evidence before it can be secured, such as on-board recording devices and driver logs. The Black Belt Law Group, LLC has extensive experience advocating for the rights of truck accident victims, even against staunch legal opposition.
Pedestrian accidents also have a high critical injury and fatality rate due to the nature of the accident itself. When a pedestrian, who is usually unprotected, is struck by a moving vehicle, the situation can become very serious, very quickly.
Pedestrian accidents often cause families to incur significant expenses that are often financially breaking, including hospital bills, lost wages, and in many cases, funeral expenses. A personal injury lawsuit can help you seek both justice and indemnification for negligent and careless drivers who did not yield to a pedestrian’s right of way.
Slip and Fall
Many people mistakenly believe that a slip and fall accident is an unfortunate but unforeseen event that nothing could be done to prevent. The truth is, negligence plays a significant role in most slip and fall incidents.
Careless property owners or managers may ignore spills on the floor, debris in walkways, broken stairs, ice, and other hazards. Not only does this often leave the hazard unattended, but it also fails to warn people that the hazard exists at all. This creates a recipe for critical injuries, including head injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and in some cases, permanent disability or death.
Brain injuries can be caused by many different types of accidents, the most common being car accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls, and work-related accidents. A brain injury can range from mild to severe and can create a wide variety of symptoms that may alter someone’s personality, behaviors, abilities, and even their perception of reality.
Something as simple as a concussion may cause chronic mood or subtle behavior issues, while serious brain injuries typically require surgery and have a high chance of permanently altering the life of the victim.
Steps to Take After an Accident
If you or a loved one were in an accident, what you do next significantly impacts the outcome of your situation on all sides. You should:
- Call for medical help right away
- Move to a safe location, if applicable
- Contact the police if medical assistance was not necessary
- Get the identifying information of anyone involved and any witnesses who saw the incident
- Exchange insurance information, if applicable
- Do not admit fault
- Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible
Types of Compensation That May Be Available
A personal injury lawsuit is designed to compensate you for damages that you incur as a result of the incident. There are several different types of financial restitution that can be made:
Economic damages are simply the costs of expenses that have an inherent monetary value, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
Non-economic damages cover damages that don’t have a predetermined monetary value, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disfigurement
- Loss of companionship
Punitive damages are not awarded in every case but maybe in cases where the at-fault party was particularly negligent or careless. Punitive damages are designed to penalize the at-fault party and prevent them from engaging in the same careless behavior.
The Importance of Working with an Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are injured through no fault of your own, you and your family have a number of challenges to face in the coming weeks, months, and even years. Financial burdens, medical issues, and job changes can all work to create an intensely stressful environment. This can make it difficult to deal with the legal aspect of the situation.
In cases where the defendant may have a seasoned legal team, such as a large hospital or commercial trucking company, it’s crucial to be represented by an equally experienced lawyer who can zealously advocate for your rights. Approaching a situation like this on your own is difficult at best, and usually leaves victims with too-low settlements or nothing at all.
Fight the Good Fight — Contact the Black Belt Law Group, LLC Today
Whether you’ve been injured or accused of a crime, you need your next move to be a calculated one. You’re up against a lot and your future, your career, and your family is on the line. You need someone in your corner who will fight the good fight alongside you and work hard to protect your rights and best interests under Alabama law.
At the Black Belt Law Group, LLC, we work with families affected by critical personal injuries caused by negligence and individuals accused of committing serious crimes. We have the skills needed to challenge aggressive prosecutors in criminal court or negotiate with an insurance company for a higher settlement after an accident or injury. We will work with you to determine the best possible outcome in your case and develop a strategy to reach it.
Contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. Reach us by phone at (866) JTLAW-66.