Of all of the things that can have the most immediate, consequential, and serious impact on a person’s life, suffering an injury that results from someone else’s negligence or reckless actions may be one of the most devastating. Not only will suffering an injury impact a person financially, but it can also impact them physically and psychologically as well. What’s more, unlike a natural disaster or a major life change, a personal injury is something that no one is planning for. This makes a serious injury that much more shocking and traumatic.
If you have suffered a personal injury, our Alabama personal injury lawyer at the Zach Peagler Law Firm can help. We know what you’re going through, and we can provide you with the legal guidance and moral support you need during this difficult time.
Alabama Personal Injury Practice Areas
We believe that if you have suffered a serious injury, you deserve to be represented by an attorney who has experience working on cases like yours and understands best practices for client representation and settlement securement. Over the more than two decades that Attorney Zach Peagler has been working on personal injury cases, he has helped clients involved in numerous different accident types. Our personal injury practice areas include but are not limited to:
If you are involved in an accident that you believe was caused by the fault of another and you don’t see the specific practice area listed above, please call us. We are able to apply our skills to a wide range of personal injury case types.
The Basics of Negligence
The basis of the majority of personal injury claims is proving that the defendant breached the standard of care owed to you, that the breach was the proximate cause of the accident, and that the accident resulted in actual damages. Proving that the defendant breached the standard of care essentially means proving that the defendant acted negligently, which is the failure to exercise the reasonable amount of care for a given situation or to act with the same level of care that a person of reasonable prudence would demonstrate.
Negligence can occur in many forms. For example, in a car accident case, driving while distracted is a form of negligence. In a slip and fall case, a property owner’s failure to remedy a dangerous condition on the property is negligence. In a defective products case, failing to distribute a product free from dangerous manufacturing defects is negligence. Our lawyer can assess your case to determine how your accident occurred, whose negligence is to blame, and who should be held liable.
Contributory Fault in an Alabama Personal Injury Case
While most states allow a victim to recover compensation by filing a claim against a defendant so long as the victim’s negligence is not greater than that of the defendant’s, such is not the case in Alabama. Instead, Alabama applies the harsh rule of contributory fault, which holds that a plaintiff cannot recover compensation from a defendant if the plaintiff “contributed” to the accident at all, even a mere one percent.
This could be a major complication in recovering a settlement, especially if your case goes to trial. As such, it is critical to work with a skilled attorney who will know how to gather evidence to prove the fault of the defendant and disprove any allegations of fault made against you.
When you have been injured, you have the right to seek compensation for the full value of your losses if you can prove the defendant’s negligence. This includes compensation for your economic losses and non-economic losses. Specifically, we can assist you in recovering compensation for:
Future medical and healthcare expenses;
Lost wages and expected lost wages;
Property damage costs;
In most personal injury claim types, damages are not limited. (There are exceptions to the rule for claims against the government, medical malpractice claims, and product liability claims. Punitive damages, which are designed to punish the defendant, are also capped.)
Alabama Statute of Limitations
As you start the process of coping with your injuries and losses, and consider filing a personal injury claim and meeting with a lawyer, you need to be aware of the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a limit on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. In Alabama, the statute of limitations is two years from the date that your injury occurred. If you don’t file your lawsuit within the two-year limit, it is highly unlikely that a judge will agree to hear your case. It is best to meet with an attorney as soon as possible to discuss the possibility of a personal injury claim, as well as whether or not your case is likely to result in a lawsuit.
How Our Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers Can Serve You
We understand the fear and anxiety you’re experiencing, as well as the apprehension that you might have about working with a lawyer. We know that working with a legal professional has the potential to greatly improve the outcome of your case and the chances of you recovering the compensation award you deserve. Our lawyer will handle all elements of your case, including an investigation, the hiring of experts, organization of evidence and claim documents, calculation of damages, issuing a demand letter, negotiating your claim, and pursuing litigation if necessary.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Experienced Alabama Personal Injury Attorney Today
You don’t have to navigate the personal injury claims process on your own – our lawyer is here to assist you. We offer free consultations, and we always work on a contingency fee basis. If you have been injured, you can count on our lawyer and our team to put you first and work hard for you.
To schedule your free case consultation, please call our law firm directly at (205) 871-9990. You can also reach us by sending us a message using the intake form on our website, or visiting our law office in person.
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