Alexander City Personal Injury Attorneys
Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Tallapoosa County
When you are injured as a result of someone else’s careless or reckless conduct, you have the right to seek financial compensation from the at-fault party. Although filing a personal injury claim cannot undo the pain and suffering you have experienced, a settlement (or verdict) can provide you with the necessary financial resources you need to heal.
Since 1991, Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law has been fighting for the rights of injured accident victims and their loved ones. Our Alexander City personal injury lawyers are recognized for their aggressive approach to litigation, an approach that has helped us recover more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients. When you turn to our team for help with your claim, you will receive personal attention and service, as well as direct communication from a partner at our firm, not an associate or paralegal.
When Should You File a Personal Injury Claim?
Generally speaking, you are entitled to file a personal injury claim whenever you are injured because of someone else’s negligent or wrongful acts or omissions. In other words, if someone else was at fault for your injuries, you likely have a case.
It is important to note that Alabama has a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. This means there is only a certain amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit; once the statute of limitations has passed, your case will likely be dismissed. For most cases, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury. However, certain exceptions may apply.
Proving Your Personal Injury Claim
As the person bringing the claim (known as the “plaintiff”), you have the burden of proof. This means that you are the one who must prove your claim. The person or party against whom you are bringing the claim (known as the “defendant”) has the opportunity to dispute your claim. If they refuse to pay a fair settlement, or settle your claim at all, you can file a lawsuit and seek damages in court.
To have a personal injury case, you must typically prove each of the following:
- The defendant had a responsibility to act reasonably and/or take certain reasonable measures to prevent foreseeable injury or harm to others (this is known as a “duty of care”)
- The defendant breached the duty of care by acting negligently, wrongfully, or recklessly or by intentionally inflicting injury
- You suffered injuries and measurable damages, such as medical bills or lost wages, as a result of the defendant’s negligent, wrongful, reckless, or intentional conduct
When you hire Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, our Alexander City personal injury lawyers will investigate your claim and gather evidence to support your case. We have access to extensive resources and work alongside various experts, including accident reconstructionists, medical professionals, economists, and others. This allows us to determine the cause of our clients’ injuries, the extent of their damages, and, most importantly, who is liable. With this information, we are able to aggressively advocate for the maximum recoveries our clients are owed.
What Damages Are Available in Personal Injury Claims?
The purpose of personal injury law is to hold negligent parties accountable by making them pay for the injured person’s losses following an accident or injury. Collectively, these losses are referred to as “damages.”
There are two types of damages:
- Compensatory Damages: As the name implies, compensatory damages are meant to compensate injured parties for specific losses they have suffered as a result of their injuries. Additionally, there are two types of compensatory damages: special damages, or losses that have a specific monetary value associated with them, and general damages, or losses that are more intangible in nature.
- Punitive Damages: Unlike compensatory damages, punitive damages do not compensate the victim for their losses. Rather, these damages are meant to punish the defendant and send a message that such conduct will not be tolerated. Punitive damages are relatively rare and are generally only available in cases involving egregious or extreme negligence, willful or wanton misconduct, or intentional infliction of injury.
Most personal injury cases primarily deal with compensatory damages, including both special and general damages.
Some examples of common compensatory damages include:
- Medical bills and related expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost income, wages, and employment benefits
- Diminished earning capacity/disability
- Future lost earnings and medical care costs
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
- Home modifications
- In-home assistance or care costs
- Counseling services or therapy
- Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, we work tirelessly to recover every last penny you deserve. We don’t just consider your current losses—we also account for your future expenses and damages when negotiating settlements or presenting your case at trial. Our goal is to help you secure the full, fair compensation you need to heal and move forward with your life.
Cases We Handle
Our Alexander City personal injury lawyers are well-versed in all types of claims, including but not limited to those involving:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Wrongful death
- Product liability
- Auto defects
- Gun defects
Regardless of the complexity of your case or the severity of your injuries, you can trust our team to fight for the justice you deserve.
We offer compassionate and personalized service from start to finish. As a client, you will be in direct contact with your attorney throughout the legal process, and we will provide consistent updates on the status of your case.