Top FAQs About Filing a Personal Injury Claim

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After suffering a personal injury in Alabama, it’s important that you hire an experienced lawyer to help with the claims process. An attorney can make filing your claim quicker and easier. They will protect your rights and avoid common filing errors that could hurt your claim for compensation. They will negotiate skillfully on your behalf, and if your case goes to court, they will fight tenaciously for the damages you’re owed.

Whether you’ve been hurt in a truck accident, bitten by a dog, or been harmed by a defective product, hiring an attorney from Morris, King & Hodge, P.C. can significantly impact your case, and, ultimately, the compensation you receive.

Contact our offices today to discuss your case with an attorney.

What do I have to do to file?

An attorney can help with the following tasks that come with filing a personal injury claim:

  • Identify the liable party or parties who caused your injuries.
  • Gather evidence and information proving fault.
  • Accurately evaluate your losses.
  • Draft and serve a demand letter with a description of your losses and a desired amount of compensation.
  • Negotiate a fair settlement if the defendant accepts liability.
  • File a personal injury lawsuit if the defendant denies liability or if negotiations fail.
  • Take your case to court.

Every step can benefit from the experience of a personal injury lawyer who is knowledgeable about the process, the law, negotiation tactics, and how to navigate complex hurdles and cases.

Can I file myself?

Courts allow non-lawyers to file lawsuits, and you may be able to settle minor claims without an attorney, if you’re comfortable dealing with the insurance company or its lawyer. However, if you experienced serious injuries or your case becomes complicated (and many personal injury cases do), most people would agree there is simply too much at stake for you to not hire a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer.

With the help of an attorney, you won’t have to face an insurance company and their high-powered legal team alone. Most personal injury lawyers offer free initial consultations.  This means we will discuss your personal injury case for free, either by telephone, video Zoom call or in our office. Our firm takes personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means we advance all expenses and costs of the lawsuit.  You won’t owe anything until you recover compensation.

How long do I have to file?

Alabama has a strict statute of limitations, which is the period of time in which a lawsuit can be filed. For most personal injury claims in Alabama, the deadline is two years from the date of injury, with some exceptions. Our lawyers can tell you how long you have to file your particular claim.

Should I hire a PI Lawyer?

If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else, it’s usually not wise to try to handle the personal injury claim by yourself. While you could represent yourself in court, your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve are substantially increased when you work with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

In personal injury cases, complex legal rules and procedures have to be followed when carrying out tasks like presenting evidence and filing motions. Experienced attorneys have been through the process many times over, so they know how to navigate the complicated legal system.

Having an attorney take the reins will enable you to focus on what’s most important: your health and recovery.

How can Morris, King & Hodge Help With a Personal Injury Claim?

Because filing a personal injury lawsuit requires much legal skill, knowledge, and training, you may be making a costly mistake if you file a personal injury lawsuit without the help of an attorney. The Alabama personal injury lawyers at Morris, King & Hodge, P.C. can give you a much better chance of a successful outcome for your case. Our attorneys have the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to handle all the complex legal matters that come with your injury claim.

Our legal team will investigate your accident carefully, interview witnesses, and identify the responsible parties and potential sources of compensation. We will keep you updated on your case’s progress. Sometimes we hire accident reconstruction experts to identify exactly how an accident occurred. We may also make use of financial planners to estimate your long-term losses if you have a disability and require ongoing medical care.

Contact Morris, King & Hodge, P.C. today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Joe A. King, Jr., has been trying cases on behalf of injured plaintiffs or surviving families since 2000.