After an accident of any kind, there are all sorts of questions to consider. Sure, you can turn to the internet for research and help, but in personal injury cases, especially those where significant injuries are involved, there is no substitute for enlisting the help of a qualified, knowledgeable personal injury attorney.
Consider this: The state of Alabama follows the “contributory negligence” rule, which states that if you are even found to have a small part in an accident, you cannot recover damages for your injuries. This is where the expertise of a personal injury attorney really can help. If the details are even suspect in the least, the insurance company’s attorneys and opposing parties will do everything they can to discredit you and try to prove that you had a contributing role in the incident. You want an attorney on your side who can prove that you had no role to play in the incident, thus leading to possible compensation and injury recovery.
There are no limits on compensation for damages in injury cases against private parties (aside from those associated with punitive damages), but you do have to prove that the defendant acted with malice exceeding mere negligence to recover punitive damages. Alabama requires “clear and convincing” evidence that the other party acted intentionally. This should be carefully presented by a professional attorney.
Filing a Suit Against the Government
If you were injured by a party that was an employee or agent of the State of Alabama, there are different rules and procedures. For example, a personal injury claim against a government employee must be filed within six months of the accident date, and against a county must be within a year.
In all of these instances (and others), going it alone means missing key elements of your case that could lead to a verdict in your favor and, potentially, compensation. Bevill & Bevill understands the delicate nature in which these cases need to be handled and have been a trusted source in Alabama for nearly 20 years. Call us today at 205-512-9550 to schedule a free consultation.