Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
When you’ve been injured in an accident or harmed due to the negligence of another, you have the right to seek fair financial compensation. By filing a personal injury claim, you can recover the monetary resources you need to obtain medical care, manage unexpected challenges, and get back on your feet.
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, we represent victims of negligence and wrongdoing in claims against large insurance companies, powerful corporations, and others who would seek to take advantage of ordinary people. Our Alabama personal injury attorneys have an absolute commitment to the highest principles of professionalism and advocacy. We are dedicated to serving you however we can and doing what’s best for you in your case.
If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law can help. Schedule a complimentary consultation at our Birmingham or Alexander City offices.
On This Page:
- When Should You File a Personal Injury Claim?
- Damages in Personal Injury Claims
- Types of Cases We Handle
After an accident or injury, you may be uncertain whether you have grounds for a personal injury claim. Generally speaking, if someone else was at fault for the incident, you likely have a case. Note that the “someone else” does not have to be another person; a company, property owner, manufacturer, or another entity could be liable for your injuries.
To determine whether you have grounds for a personal injury claim, ask yourself the following:
- Did another person or party have an expressed or implied responsibility to act reasonably and avoid causing you injury or harm?
- Did the other person or party fail to uphold this responsibility, either by acting negligently, carelessly, recklessly, or wrongfully?
- Were you injured as a result of the other person or party’s negligent, careless, reckless, or wrongful conduct?
- Did you sustain specific measurable damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering related to your injury?
What is the Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims in Alabama?
If all of the above is true, you should file a personal injury claim. Note that in Alabama, you only have two years to sue a liable party for personal injury damages. This means that you must file your lawsuit within two years of the date you were injured (with few exceptions). This only applies to personal injury lawsuits, not insurance claims. In fact, your time to file an insurance claim may be even more limited, so it is important that you act quickly after an accident or injury so that you do not lose your right to recover compensation.
The purpose of filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit is to recover financial compensation for damages you have suffered as a result of the accident and/or your injuries. Because every case is different, the exact damages you may be able to recover, as well as the overall value of your claim, will depend on the many unique factors involved.
That being said, many personal injury plaintiffs seek compensation for the following damages:
- All medical expenses related to the accident/injury
- Projected future medical care costs
- Lost income, wages, and/or employment benefits
- Lost or reduced earning ability
- Loss of expected future earnings due to disability or impairment
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
You may also be entitled to recover for miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel to and from medical appointments, home modifications to accommodate a disability, or in-home assistance and care.
In some cases, injured victims may also be entitled to punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, which are meant to compensate the victim for specific losses, punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant. Typically, punitive damages are only available in cases involving egregious acts of negligence, willful or wanton misconduct, or intentional infliction of injury.
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, our Alabama personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of claims. We have helped numerous clients and have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation on their behalf, including many million- and multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts.
We assist clients with the following types of personal injury cases:
- Car Accidents: Car accidents are extremely common, and anything from a fender bender to a serious highway accident can cause serious bodily injury. Even without medical expenses, these kinds of accidents can lead to serious vehicle damage and high repair costs. If you were harmed in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Our personal injury attorneys in Alabama have extensive experience in these kinds of cases and will do whatever we can to help you.
- Truck Accidents: Accidents involving large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, and other commercial vehicles tend to get complicated fast. Rather than dealing with another driver’s private auto insurance company, you will have to deal with a powerful trucking company and its defense team. Luckily, our attorneys are no strangers to these kinds of accidents. We’ll help you gather and sort through all the evidence you need to build a persuasive case aimed at maximizing your recovery.
- Motorcycle Accidents: According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than individuals in passenger cars. Due to the weight difference between motorcycles and other vehicles, these accidents almost always result in severe injuries, leading to massive medical bills and other hardships. If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident, Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law is here to help you fight for every penny you deserve.
- Boating Accidents: Recent reports found that 2019 was the deadliest year on Alabama waters since 1998, with 25 boating deaths. That number surpasses year-end totals for the last 20 years. Boating accidents are a serious threat to the safety and well-being of Alabama’s residents, and victims deserve justice. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling these types of claims and know how to advocate for the full, fair recovery you are owed.
- Product Liability: When a product doesn’t work the way it’s meant to, especially when it causes injury to the user, someone needs to be held responsible. If you or someone you love was harmed by a defective product, you could have a product liability claim against the manufacturer or another liable party. Our track record in product liability cases has earned our firm the respect of many opposing attorneys, as well as a reputation for providing aggressive and persuasive representation.
- Gun Defects: Most people expect their guns to protect them, or at least allow them to participate in a hobby they love. When a gun is defective, however, it can lead to very serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Gun manufacturers have a responsibility to check each and every brand, make, and model they produce for quality assurance. When they slip up, it has serious consequences. If you’ve been harmed or if your loved one was killed by a defective gun, the attorneys at Morris Haynes are ready to fight for you.
- Slip and Fall Accidents: Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries. All property owners are expected to keep their properties clean and safe for the people who use them. When they don’t, serious accidents and injuries are bound to happen. Whether you or a loved one tripped over something left in a pathway or slipped on a slick floor with no posted warning signs, we are ready to fight for the fair compensation you deserve.
- Wrongful Death: There is nothing more tragic than the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one. When an individual dies as a result of someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, surviving family members can seek justice by filing a wrongful death claim. At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, we recognize that no amount of financial recovery can make up for your loss, but we have also seen firsthand how a successful lawsuit can allow loved ones to manage unexpected challenges and obtain the resources they need to heal.
Put Your Trust in 30+ Years of Experience
No matter the type of accident you were involved in or the injury you have suffered, Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law has the knowledge and experience to bring your claim to court. Our goal is to ensure you are adequately compensated for your losses, and we are prepared to do everything in our power to maximize your recovery. For more than 30 years, our Alabama personal injury lawyers have been helping people rebuild their lives after tragic accidents—learn how we can help you get back on your feet.
We offer personal injury services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket fees when you hire our firm. Instead, we only collect legal fees if/when we recover compensation for you.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
Many people understandably want to know how much their case is worth, but it is impossible to determine the value of a claim without first reviewing the specific details involved. Numerous factors—such as the severity of your injuries, the cost of your medical bills, expenses related to property damage and repairs, your degree of liability (if any), the defendant’s available insurance coverage, and more—all play a role in the overall value of your claim. We recommend that you contact our personal injury lawyers at Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law and set up a free initial consultation. During this consultation, we can review the facts of your case and help you determine how much your claim could be worth.
What is the statute of limitations on personal injury cases in Alabama?
Most personal injury cases in Alabama are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This means you typically have two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit in court. If you wait too long, you could lose your right to seek compensation for your damages.
Do I really need a personal injury lawyer?
The law does not require you to hire a personal injury attorney to pursue a claim, however, there are many advantages to working with an experienced legal team. Study after study has shown that people who hire lawyers for their personal injury cases tend to recover higher settlements in less time than those who try to handle their cases on their own. An attorney will know how to gather appropriate evidence and build a powerful case on your behalf. An attorney will also be able to negotiate with the insurance company for a fair settlement and, if necessary, represent your best interests at trial. Reach out to our team at Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law today to learn more.
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
Personal injury attorneys, including ours at Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, provide legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that their legal fees are contingent on them winning your case. If your attorney does not recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf, you do not owe anything. Instead, your personal injury lawyer will recover fees via a percentage of your total recovery. The maximum amount your attorney can recover is set by state law, but it typically cannot exceed 33.33 percent. For more information on costs and fee structures, please contact Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law today.