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Alabama personal injury law may compensate you for the losses or damages that you or a loved one suffer as a result of the negligent, reckless or intentional wrongful acts of another party.

Having the right personal injury lawyer helping you can make all the difference in getting your life back on track after a serious accident. If you select Morris, King & Hodge, you will have the skill and experience of an Alabama law firm that other lawyers and legal publications have recognized for exceptional legal representation. Our track record of success speaks for itself.

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What is a Typical Personal Injury Case?

Personal injury cases frequently stem from car accidents and truck accidents that cause serious injuries as a result of a driver’s carelessness or disregard for safety. The person who sustains the serious injuries may have a legal right to seek compensation from the at-fault driver and recover their insurance company. In some cases, a wrongful death case can be brought when a third party’s negligence results in the death of a family member.

Here’s an example of a typical personal injury case.
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An engineer is headed from his home in North Alabama to work at Redstone Arsenal. As he is going through a busy Huntsville intersection, another motorist runs a red light at high speed and crashes into the side of the engineer’s car. The engineer is seriously injured and taken by ambulance to the hospital. His injuries are extensive and the cost of his medical care will exceed $60,000. He will be out of work for several months. He has some sick leave, but not enough to cover the length of time he will miss work. The engineer needs help to deal with a growing stack of medical bills. The engineer may be legally entitled under Alabama law to seek compensation for his medical bills, lost income and other losses by filling a personal injuery law suit against the negligent driver who ran the red light and the driver’s insurance company.
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Other common personal injury claims involve fall injuries caused by a property hazard or unsafe property, or injuries caused by unsafe products such as medical devices and prescription drugs that cause unintended harm.

A lawyer representing the at-fault party’s insurance company may offer a quick settlement before you know how serious your injuries are.

When an insurance company presents a settlement offer, it is in your best interest to discuss the situation with a knowledgeable Alabama personal injury lawyer.

Types of Personal Injury

Our attorneys bring decades of experience to each personal injury case that we handle. The types of personal injury cases that we pursue include:

  • Unsafe products
  • Defective medical devices
  • Prescription drugs that cause harmful side effects

If you have been seriously injured anywhere in north Alabama, it can be a life changing event. You may have significant medical debt related to an injury that you did not cause. You may be unable to work again or have to be retained to do less physically demanding work. Your income may be significantly reduced as a result of your injuries.

Our attorneys will identify the responsible parties and seek the full compensation you need to pay your bills and move forward with you life.

Formal Lawsuit vs. informal settlement

searchMost personal injury claims end in settlements out of court and never go to trial. At Morris, King & Hodge, our experienced attorneys investigate each case thoroughly to gather the evidence and build the most compelling case. That allows us to negotiate toward a settlement from the strongest position.

When we take a case, we notify a responsible party and their insurance company of a pending claim. We work to identify the amounts of insurance coverage available. If we are able to negotiate an informal settlement of a claim, you will receive compensation without going to trial.

Insurance companies do not like to go to court and typically will settle a case to avoid the uncertainty and expense of a prolonged trial. But a quick settlement offer from an insurer is often a low offer and not reflective of the true value of the case.

The attorneys at Morris, King & Hodge are experienced negotiators when it comes to dealing with insurance companies. Our goal is to obtain a settlement that reflects the seriousness of your injuries. Sometimes, insurance companies do not get serious about reaching a settlement until a case is scheduled for trial.

Some insurance companies simply refuse to make a fair settlement offer. We are prepared to seek justice in the courtroom. Each case has its own set of facts, but we are confident of our skills as trial lawyers and have achieved outstanding results for many clients in Alabama. The fact that we are willing to take cases to trial works to the benefit of our clients.

What is the basis for a personal injury case?

The basic elements of a personal injury case include:

Legal Duty

In a personal injury case, our attorneys must establish that the person or business that caused your injury had a legal duty toward you.

For example, motorists in alabama have a legal dury to other drivers to obey state and local traffic safety laws and not endanger others on the road. Manufacturers of medical devices have a legal duty to consumers to make and market products that are safe and effective when used as intended.
Violation of Duty

Your must show that the person who caused your injury failed to fulfill their legal duty toward you.

For example, an automotive manufacturer may have been aware of a defective automotive component in vehicles that was linked to accidents and not adequately warned consumers of the defect. A drug manufacturer may have breached its duty by failing to warn others of serious unintended side effects reported by people taking a medication.
Causation

Your attorney must show that a party's careless actions or failure to act was the cause of your injury.

For example, an automotive tire manufacturer fails to warn that a manufacturing defect makes a certain model of tire more prone to tread separation and potential blowouts that can cause serious crashes. We would show that the tire manufacturer's negligent manufacture or failure to warn about the defective tires caused your injuries after a front tire failed while you were driving on Interstate 65 in North Alabama.
Damages
You attorney also must show the harm that you suffered as a result of someone else's negligence, such as severe injuries that require extensive medical treatment. The law varies from state to state. In Alabama, the damages for which you may seek compensation include medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish and permanent injury. In some cases, punitive damages may be recovered.
Does a personal injury clain have to be filed in a certain amount of time?

Yes, there is a limited amount to time in which to file a personal injury lawsuit in Alabama. Generally speaking, Alabama law allows a competent adult two years from the date of the injury to bring most types if claims. There may be exceptions for minor children under age 19. the deadline for filing a claim against a government agency may be as short as six months. Claims take time to investigate and prepare, so it is important to have an Alabama personal injury attorney start working on your case as soon as possible so that you do not miss a deadline.

If you have been injured due to another's fault, contact our law firm for advice regarding the deadlines for your case.

Statue of Limitations

The statue of limitations is the amount of time allowed by law to file a claim. If you do not file a claim within the statue of limitations, you may lose the legal right to seek compensation for injuries. Our attorneys are available to review your injury and discuss with you the statute of limitations for filing a claim and protecting your legal rights.

What can I expect from Morris, King & Hodge? How can an attorney help me?

We understand that you and your family are going through a stressful time you have sustained a serious personal injury. Our attorneys will listen to the concerns that you have and offer trusted guidance based on many years of experience. You can expect to be treated with courtesy and respect at Morris, King & Hodge.

If your case is one that we can handle, we will investigate the accident scene carefully, interview witnesses, and identify the potentially responsible parties and potential sources of compensation. We will keep you informed of our progress. In some cases, we work with traffic reconstruction experts to pinpoint precisely how a serious accident occurred. In other cases, we may use financial planners to estimate the lifetime costs of your injuries if you will have a permanent disability and require ongoing medical care or living assistance.

We are a well-established Huntsville law firm that represents people throughout Alabama. We accept personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. That means we do not get paid unless we win. We have the resources to take on big insurance companies and see a case through to the conclusion.

We will deal with the insurance companies so that you can focus on your health and your family.

Next Steps

If you think that we can assist you or your loved one, contact us for a free courtesy consultation. It is important to understand your legal options, and it is does not cost you anything except a few minutes of your time.

attyThen you can make an informed decision about your future. Call our experienced attorneys in Huntsville or fill out our quick web contact form.

The personal injury lawyes at Morris, King & Hodge P.C. are ready too help you, as we have helped many alabamians. When experience matters, contact Morris, King & Hodge.

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