Mobile Personal Injury Lawyer Fights for Full and Fair Compensation
Dedicated legal support for injured victims
If you sustain injuries in virtually any type of accident caused by the negligence of others, the Law Office of J. Allan Brown, L.L.C. has the extensive experience and sensitivity needed to help to pursue full and fair compensation so you can concentrate on healing and moving forward in life.
Experienced support for individuals involved in a wide array of accidental injury circumstances
With more than a decade of experience, personal injury lawyer J. Allan Brown developed his skills advocating for people injured in an extensive list of accident types in Mobile, including the following:
- Automobile Accidents, including drowsy driving accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Medical and Hospital Malpractice
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Product Liability
- Premises Liability
- Industrial Accidents
- Toxic Exposure
- Fires and Explosions
- Bus Accidents
- Dog Bites
Proving liability under Alabama negligence laws
Alabama pure contributory negligence law can bar injury victims from pursuing compensation when they share a minimal degree of negligence — even if others have clear primary responsibility for an accident. This means personal injury lawyers in Mobile must be prepared to defend negligence claims against their clients even as they prosecute the true liable parties.
Insurance Laws in Alabama
Assume that an injury or death results from a car accident. You have up to 30 days to report the accident to the Alabama Department of Public Safety if there were any injuries, a death, or property damage exceeding $250.
In Alabama there is a requirement for every driver to have a liability insurance policy, with these minimums:
- $25,000 for bodily injury or death to one person
- $50,000 for bodily injury or death to two persons
- $25,000 for damage or destruction of property, which may include your car.
Of course, additional insurance can and should be purchased for more protection in the event of an auto accident. If you don’t have this minimum insurance, you can face a fine up to $1,000 or have your license suspended.
Most car accident cases are settled through negotiations with insurance adjusters as are most other types of personal injury.
Expect the insurers to argue “contributory negligence” to bar you from recovering anything if they can prove you contributed to your own injury to any degree. This doctrine is unfortunately part of Alabama law and the laws of a handful of other states.
Most states follow the doctrine of “comparative negligence” which allows at at-fault party to recover damages, but reduces their award based on their percentage of your fault.
Compensation Available in Personal Injury Claims
Once the negligent party is identified and it is established that the negligence led to the injury or death of the victim, then compensation amounts can be determined. Your personal injury attorney will advise you that the first offer is rarely fair compensation. Your representative has the experience to understand what your claim is worth.
Generally, you can be compensated for both economic and noneconomic damages after a personal injury. That includes:
- Economic damages – This includes the cost of medical bills, ambulance and emergency room bills, rehabilitation, therapy, tests, x-rays, surgery, anesthesia, the loss off a vehicle, loss of a job or a salary. In a catastrophic injury, the victim may never return to health if there is a traumatic brain injury, burn, or loss of a limb.
- Noneconomic damages – This includes pain and suffering which is mental pain, emotional anguish, depression, as well as physical pain resulting from the injury. The injury may represent a permanent condition for the injured. The definition may encompass PTSD resulting from a catastrophic accident that one relives, shock, terror, humiliation, grief, and other emotional distress.
It will be up to the plaintiff to thoroughly describe to the jury the degree of pain, suffering, and loss and record keeping will help the jury understand as well as the insurance claims adjuster, judge, or arbitrator. It will be up to the jury to decide the value of these losses as there is no fixed amount associated with loss.
For its part, the insurance company will calculate your medical bills, property damage, lost earnings, future lost income and future medical expenses, general damages (pain and suffering), and multiply by a number between one and five.
Nationally, the average compensation in a personal injury case ranges from $3,000 to $75,000 with an average compensation of $52,900 in an out-of-court settlement, according to Martindale-Nolo Research.
File Your Personal Injury Claim Within Two Years
Alabama’s Statute of Limitations for any personal injury claim is two years from the time of the event. If settling is not possible, you have that two-year window within which to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Protecting Your Credibility During a Personal Injury Claim
At the accident scene, it is advised not to discuss the accident. There may be some discussion about who caused the accident and be warned, that can later be used against you. Even if you want to apologize or be nice, do not do it. Not everyone has your best interests at heart.
Responsive and personalized support
You can meet with Attorney Brown during standard business hours in the office, but he remains available to meet clients in the hospital or at any convenient location at any time. He handles the day-to-day legal issues to relieve the stress, and he keeps clients well informed and promptly answers questions so they can make their own educated decisions.
Contact a dedicated personal injury lawyer in Mobile for a free consultation about your case
If someone’s negligence has caused you to suffer an injury, contact an experienced personal injury attorney from the Law Office of J. Allan Brown, L.L.C. Call 251.473.6691, or contact us online for a free case review. You pay nothing unless we obtain your settlement.