Unfortunately, accidents injure people across Alabama daily. While some accidents occur naturally, someone’s negligence causes many others. Every personal injury case must show that someone’s negligence caused an accident and the resulting injuries, but proving that negligence is challenging in some cases. That’s why so many injured accident victims turn to a personal injury lawyer for assistance.
Insurance companies don’t want to pay a reasonable settlement amount for your damages. Couple that with several Alabama statutes that make recovering damages difficult in some cases, and your chances of receiving fair compensation for your damages without an experienced personal injury attorney decreases significantly.
What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
The first thing a personal injury lawyer does is to talk to you about the details of your claim, then evaluate that information to determine if you have a valid personal injury case. They will tell you what options you have.
If you hire a lawyer, several things happen quickly:
- Their investigators begin gathering evidence to support your claim.
- They step in to be your point of contact with insurance companies.
- The law office files necessary paperwork on your behalf.
- They begin to negotiate with insurance carriers to obtain maximum compensation for your damages.
While you don’t have to hire a personal injury lawyer immediately, doing so benefits you. Important evidence can disappear over time, and eyewitnesses’ recollection of the accident decreases.
What Are Examples of Personal Injury Cases?
Norris Injury Lawyers represents clients in several types of personal injury cases. Some of the most common are:
Very strict laws govern your eligibility to recover damages in car crashes. You can’t file for compensation if you are even 1% responsible for your accident. Your personal injury attorney will gather evidence to prove your innocence and show that other drivers were negligent and solely responsible for your accident and injuries.
Alabama law requires the owners of dangerous or vicious dogs to keep them secured so they’re not able to bite anyone. The Alabama dog bite statute covers victims whether the attack occurred on the dog owner’s property or elsewhere if the dog pursued the victim to another location.
Dog attack victims face the possibility of medical bills, rabies and emotional trauma. These people deserve compensation for what the unleashed dog did, and Norris Injury Lawyers will fight for maximum damages.
Nursing Home Abuse
Although you entrust nursing homes to care for elderly family members, not all facilities provide a high standard of care. Many kinds of abuse occur in Alabama nursing homes, but Norris Injury Lawyers can help you to recover compensation for this abuse.
Types of nursing home abuse include:
Neglecting patients is the most prevalent type of nursing home abuse. That can take many forms, such as not bathing patients, not ensuring that the residents eat properly, not turning bedridden people to prevent bedsores and generally ignoring the patients.
When a pedestrian meets a moving vehicle, serious injuries often occur. If a car traveling at 40 mph hits a pedestrian, only 10% of those pedestrians survive. Cars, trucks and motorcycles can hit unprotected pedestrians due to negligence. Common causes of pedestrian accidents are:
- Distracted driving, especially using cell phones
- Failure to follow traffic laws
- Driving while fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Speeding in areas where foot traffic is common
- Backing up without checking for pedestrians
Recovering damages in these cases is crucial to prevent a financial catastrophe.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Falls account for approximately 3 million emergency room visits and 800,000 hospitalizations every year in the U.S. Many situations can cause falls, but someone’s negligence often creates hazardous situations that lead to slip and fall accidents and injuries.
If you sustained injuries on someone else’s property due to their negligence, you may receive compensation for your damages. Proving negligence in these cases takes a lot of research and diligence, which is why many slip and fall accident victims hire a Birmingham, AL, personal injury lawyer.
These attorneys can use their vast resources and accumulated knowledge to find the evidence to prove that negligence caused your wounds.
Alabama uses pure contributory negligence in truck accident cases. That means that you can’t pursue damages if you are even slightly responsible for your accident, regardless of what the truck driver did.
The first thing a truck accident lawyer does is to prove your innocence, then prove that the truck driver’s negligence caused your crash. Truck accident injuries are often severe, with astronomical medical bills and time lost from work. Recovering damages is often the only way to prevent financial difficulties.
Three situations qualify for wrongful death claims in Alabama. These are negligence, deliberate measures and strict liability. If a relative died from any of these causes, consult with Norris Injury Lawyers. You may recover damages to pay for the deceased’s medical bills, lost wages and funeral costs.
Other kinds of personal injury cases that Norris Injury Lawyers handle relate to asbestos lung cancer, taxi accident injuries, defective consumer products, defective medical devices and drug injuries, environmental and fire injuries, legal malpractice, longshore and maritime injuries, life insurance fraud, sexual harassment, social security disability and veteran’s benefits.
If you suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence, Norris Injury Lawyers wants to help you.
What Is Negligence?
Personal injury cases revolve around someone’s negligence. To prove negligence, you must show that:
- Someone owed you a duty of care (to act in ways to avoid harming you.)
- That person didn’t fulfill that duty of care due to negligence (their negligence put you in danger.)
- You sustained injuries in an accident.
- The other person’s negligence caused your accident and injuries.
In some personal injury cases, if that person knows or should know about unsafe conditions but failed to fix them or notify others about them constitutes negligence. For instance, you slip and fall on ice in a business parking lot. If the party responsible for parking lot maintenance knew or should have known that ice was present but neither removed it nor posted signs or cordoned the area, that shows negligence.
Your personal injury attorney can search for evidence to prove that someone else’s negligence caused your accident and injuries.
Why Choose Norris Injury Lawyers?
This firm focuses on personal injury cases. You wouldn’t hire an electrician to fix leaking pipes; likewise, don’t rely on a general lawyer to represent you in a personal injury case. Norris Injury Lawyers has over 40 years of experience handling personal injury cases, and that experience provides in-depth knowledge of all applicable statutes and insurance company tactics.
A family-owned firm, Norris Injury Lawyers provides personal attention to every client, answering questions and giving case-related updates regularly. Serving the entire state of Alabama, they want to help you obtain maximum compensation in your personal injury cases.
They know that you likely face financial strain due to your accident and injuries, so Norris Injury Lawyers has a No Fee Guarantee ®. This means that your case evaluation, beginning with your initial consultation, is free and that you don’t pay any fees unless they recover monetary damages for you.
Accidents don’t follow business hours, so you can contact Norris Injury Lawyers 24/7. Use their live chat, call (800) 477-7510 or fill out their online contact form. You already suffered injuries from an accident, so don’t fall victim to greedy insurance companies. Let Norris Injury Lawyers fight for your rights, starting today.