Formal Lawsuit vs. Informal Settlement
Most personal injury claims end in settlements out of court and never go to trial. At Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., our experienced lawyers 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 lawyers at Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., 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:
In a personal injury case, our lawyers 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 duty 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.
Your lawyers 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.
You lawyers 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.
Is there a time limit on a personal injury case?
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 lawyer 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.
Personal Injury Lawyer Huntsville: Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is the amount of time allowed by law to file a claim. If you do not file a claim within the statute of limitations, you may lose the legal right to seek compensation for injuries. Our lawyers are available to review your injury and discuss with you the statute of limitations for filing a claim and protecting your legal rights.
Our Huntsville Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
We understand that you and your family are going through a stressful time you have sustained a serious personal injury. Our lawyers 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, P.C.
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.
Contact our Huntsville Personal Injury Lawyer Now
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 does not cost you anything except a few minutes of your time.
Then you can make an informed decision about your future. Call our experienced lawyers in Huntsville or fill out our quick web contact form.
The personal injury lawyers at Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., are ready to help you, as we have helped many Alabamians. When experience matters, contact Morris, King & Hodge, P.C.
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The personal injury lawyers at Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., are here to assist you, as we have helped many Alabamians. We are proud to help injury victims in Athens, Albertville, Decatur, Florence, and Scottsboro.