Saraland Personal Injury Law
If you’ve been hurt in an accident that was someone else’s fault, your mind may have a lot of questions going through your mind. How serious are your injuries? How are you supposed to pay for the medical bills you know will start arriving in the coming weeks? And perhaps most importantly, how is it fair that you’re left dealing with all of these struggles while the liable person just walks away?
You don’t have to accept the fallout of your accident. You can fight back and demand fair compensation from the party that caused your injuries, and we’re here to help. Call Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough & Howell at our Chatom office at 251-336-3411 or our Bay Minette office at 251-336-3697 to set up a consultation now.
We Handle a Wide Range of Personal Injury Claims
The team at Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough & Howell is passionate about helping accident victims seek justice. You didn’t cause your accident—you shouldn’t spend the next several months or years paying for it. That’s why we’re committed to helping clients with a variety of personal injury claims, including but not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability
- Defective products
- Maritime injuries
- Dog bites
- Catastrophic injuries
Regardless of which type of accident you’ve been involved in, our strong negotiation skills, extensive knowledge of Alabama insurance providers and their tactics, and focus on getting clients what they deserve will serve you well as you proceed through this process.
Personal Injury Laws in Alabama
Being familiar with the personal injury laws in your state can help you know what to expect as you pursue your claim. In Alabama, personal injury victims generally have two years to file a lawsuit against the liable party. While you have two years to file a lawsuit, you should begin the claim process as soon as possible.
This gives your attorney access to all of the evidence and allows them more time to build your case. There are times when the two-year limit does not apply. For example, claims against the government must go through a different process and have different time limits. Additionally, claims involving underage or incapacitated victims may follow a different timeline.
Alabama is one of several states with strict liability for dog bites. If you ask random people about dog bites, many will tell you that a dog owner gets one “free” dog bite before they are liable for damage caused by their dog. However, this is not the case in Alabama. Owners are always liable for damage that their dog causes, regardless of whether or not they knew the dog was dangerous.
One of the most important legal concepts in Alabama personal injury law is contributory negligence. In many states, being partially at fault for an accident does not stop you from receiving compensation in a court case, but Alabama takes a different approach. If a jury finds that you are even a little bit responsible for the accident that injured you, you cannot recover any compensation. That’s one reason it’s so important to talk to an attorney from the very beginning—they can assess the risks of your claim and help you find the best way forward.
Getting the Compensation that You Deserve
After a serious injury, you may be entitled to compensation—but how much? Compensation for personal injuries is generally broken down into categories to account for the different ways an accident can affect your life. You may be awarded compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including bills from facilities, bills from medical providers, prescription medication, over-the-counter supplies, and transportation
- Lost wages, including lost earning opportunities if your ability to work is compromised
- Property damage
- Disability and disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Getting fair compensation after an injury largely comes down to the evidence you have on your side. Insurance companies aren’t going to write out a large check unless they have no other option. Useful forms of evidence include a police report for the accident, photos of where your injury occurred, eyewitness accounts, medical reports and bills, photos of your injuries, and a personal injury journal outlining your healing process.
You will also want to work with a Saraland personal injury lawyer throughout this process. Your lawyer will be able to gather the evidence that’s relevant to your claim, use it to construct a compelling and convincing case and demand the compensation you’re owed from the insurance company.
How Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough & Howell Can Help You
Finding the right attorney for your personal injury claim is a big part of securing the full and fair compensation you deserve. That’s why you need the team at Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough & Howell.
Our Saraland personal injury attorneys have gone head-to-head with the nation’s biggest insurance companies, securing impressive settlements and court awards for our injured clients. We have firsthand experience with the manipulative techniques and tactics that insurance companies use to deny victims their rightful compensation.
If you’re considering negotiating with the insurance company on your own, you should know what you’re up against. Insurance companies hold on to their money as tightly as they can, even when it comes to injuries caused by their own clients. They have entire teams that research and test the best ways to get victims to accept lower settlements. No matter how strong your negotiating skills are, it will be incredibly difficult to fight back against these underhanded tactics.
When you choose Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough & Howell, feel confident that you have a strong and aggressive advocate on your side. From the very start, we will put your best interests first and keep you informed of your options.
Start Your Claim and Contact Us Today
Ready to start your personal injury claim in Saraland? It’s time to schedule a free consultation with Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough & Howell. Whether you’ve been the victim of a car crash, dog bite, slip and fall, or another type of accident, we’re here for you. Call us at our Chatom office at 251-336-3411 or our Bay Minette office at 251-336-3697 or send us a message online to get started.