Hazards to Avoid During Summer Vacation

Summer break is every kid’s favorite time of year, but it’s also a time when accidents tend to spike. Increased traffic, more people in places unfamiliar to them, and an increase in dangerous activities all lay the groundwork for higher accident rates. Whether you’re planning on enjoying summer vacation at home or taking a trip, it’s important to plan ahead to protect yourself and your family.

If you or someone you love suffers an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Learn more by calling Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough, Howell, Huggins & Bradley at 251-847-2237 (Chatom) or 251-651-0483 (Bay Minette).

Swimming Pool and Beach Accidents

Swimming pool and beach accidents hit their peak during summer months. For those in cooler states, it’s the first time in months that people have been able to shed their winter clothes and hop into the water. For those in warmer states like Alabama, it means a flood of tourists to local beaches and hotels.

Wherever you and your family like to swim, make sure you are bringing the proper protective equipment with you. Bring enough life jackets for everyone if you plan on going into deep water, and if you’re exploring natural waters, make sure you know what to do in a rip tide. Beaches can be unpredictable, and even strong swimmers can find themselves pulled out to the ocean by a rogue tide.

If you own a pool, keep visitors safe by putting up a fence around the pool and having strict rules for everyone who enters the water. This may help you avoid unnecessary accident claims against your homeowners’ insurance.

There are many other hazards that you and your family may run into this summer. No matter the situation we are here to help.

Discuss Your Accident Claim with Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough, Howell, Huggins & Bradley

Just knowing the hazards of summer can help you keep yourself and your family safer. If someone gets injured despite your best efforts, we can help. Set up an appointment with Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough, Howell, Huggins & Bradley now by calling us at 251-847-2237 (Chatom) or 251-651-0483 (Bay Minette) or reaching out to us online.

Understanding the Discovery Process in a Personal Injury Case

If you’ve been injured because of someone’s negligence, you’ve likely considered filing a personal injury claim. A personal injury claim can help you seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses. These cases generally end in a settlement, rather than going to court. However, if your case is one of the few that does go to court, you will need to go through the discovery process.

As you learn more about personal injury claims and what to expect, make sure you have the right lawyer for the job. Set up a consultation with Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough, Howell, Huggins & Bradley by calling us at 251-847-2237.

The Role of Discovery in a Personal Injury Claim

Discovery is a crucial part of a personal injury claim. Essentially, it allows both sides to gain access to the same information that the other side has. For your attorney to build a strong case that proves the other side’s liability, they’ll need access to a range of documents and statements.

In the same way, the other party will want to know what information you attorney is sitting on. They might want to look at your medical records, access your work records to see if you’ve been off of work, and hear your side of the story.

Different Types of Discovery

There are several specific actions your attorney might take during discovery to get as much information as possible.

Interrogatories

Interrogatories are a good starting point for the discovery process. This step involves writing a list of questions and submitting them to the other party. The other party responds with their answers in writing. This step is good for establishing the basic facts of the case, such as the other party’s name and contact information, insurance information, and any injuries they may have suffered during the accident.

Requests for Production

Your attorney can also request that the other party produce specific documents. Tangible documents are a key part of building a solid case. In a personal injury case, attorneys may request:

  • Medical bills and records
  • Detailed insurance policies
  • Repair estimates for vehicles or proof that the vehicle is totaled
  • Photographs of the scene of the accident
  • Documentation of time away from work

If the other party requests documents from you and your attorney, you will be required to produce them.

Requests for Admission

When trying to build a case, an attorney has to make sure that every part of their claim is indisputably true. This is considerably easier when the other side will admit to certain facts upfront. This saves time and effort, allowing the case to move along more smoothly. In a request for admission, one side writes a statement and serves it to the other party. The other party must either admit, deny, or object to what is included in the statement. If they admit, the facts within the statement are assumed to be true for the case.

Deposition

In a deposition, one side provides verbal testimony. Parties involved in the accident can be deposed, as can expert witnesses and those who witnessed the accident. A deposition is typically recorded on video or transcribed by a court reporter. During a deposition, one party answers questions posed by the other side’s attorney. The information provided in a deposition is admissible in court.

How Long Does Discovery Take?

Discovery is easily one of the most time-consuming parts of a personal injury case. The process can move along fairly quickly if both sides respond quickly to requests. If one side fails to cooperate or drags their feet during discovery, the process can last for months. In general, expect this stage to last between a few weeks and several months. As you move through the process and your attorney gets familiar with the other party’s tactics, they’ll be able to provide more insight.

Discuss Your Claim with Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough, Howell, Huggins & Bradley

You may be entitled to compensation if you have suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligence. To get full and fair compensation for your losses, it’s crucial to work with a personal injury attorney. The team at Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough, Howell, Huggins & Bradley is here to help. Schedule a consultation now by calling us at 251-847-2237 or reaching out online