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Personal Injury FAQ

Birmingham Personal Injury Attorney

Looking for an attorney for an injury case in Birmingham? If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligent acts of another, then you may be entitled to collect money damages in your case. There are many various questions that you may have regarding the process, and it is important that you receive answers to these questions. The following are some of the common questions that arise in personal injury cases:

Q: I have been injured. What should I do first?
Q: How do contingency fees work?
Q: If I was partially at fault for the accident will I still be able to recover compensation?
Q: How much can I receive in damages?
Q: What counts as a personal injury?
Q: The insurance company wants to write me a settlement check. Should I accept the money?
Q: If the other party's insurance company asks for my formal statement should I give it to them?

I have been injured. What should I do first?
Seek medical attention to have your wounds treated and to obtain official documentation of the severity of your injuries to be used at a later time. Next, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible in order to begin building a strong defense of your case.

How do contingency fees work?
We understand that times are tough and that finances can be especially tight during the aftermath of an accident. Our firm does not want money to keep you from obtaining the high quality legal representation that you deserve. That is why we don't charge any attorney fees unless we win your case. With contingency fees, you only pay us if we are successful in recovering a settlement on your behalf.

If I was partially at fault for the accident will I still be able to recover compensation?
Yes, fortunately Alabama is one of 13 states which utilize a comparative negligence standard. This means that if you are partially at fault, then the amount of damages you secure will be reduced. They base fault in percentages, so if you were 30% at fault and there was a possible $100,000 settlement, then that 30% would be deducted and you would only be allotted $70,000. If you were more than 50% responsible for the accident however, you may not be able to recover any restitution. Understand however that even if you were not at fault, defense attorneys may seek to show that you contributed to the accident in some way. This is yet another reason to have a skilled attorney on your side.

How much can I receive in damages?
The severity of your injuries, future ramifications for these injuries, and amount that you have to pay for treatment and recovery all will help determine the damages that you may be able to receive. A Birmingham personal injury attorney can help you evaluate how much damages you may be entitled to claim.

What counts as a personal injury?
In order to bring a personal injury case, you must show that the other individual or entity involved in the accident situation acted negligently, and that their negligence was a proximate cause for your injuries. In other words, you — and your attorney — must prove that they acted without care, and this resulted in significant bodily injury for you.

The insurance company wants to write me a settlement check. Should I accept the money?
The first thing you must do is to consult with a personal injury attorney. Insurance agents will employ many different means to reduce the damage done to their company. Generally, this can mean offering less money than you would win in a personal injury case; consult with an attorney before accepting or denying a settlement offer.

If the other party's insurance company asks for my formal statement should I give it to them?
We discourage all of our clients from making any kind of formal statement that will go on record. That insurance party is representing the other party and is looking out for their best interests, not yours. They are most likely looking to see if you contradict yourself at any point so they can use your statement against you in order to deny you compensation. Speak to your attorney before signing any legal documents or making any formal statements- this way you have a greater chance of success in recovering a settlement.

Looking for a personal injury lawyer in Birmingham?

If you are pursuing monetary compensation for your injuries through a personal injury lawsuit, then you need skilled and highly experienced representation that can help you to obtain the money damages that you need for your future. At Stephen F. Thompson, Jr., Attorney at Law, we can provide you with this representation, and between our free case evaluation and contingency fees, you can feel confident in the representation you choose before spending any money.

Contact a Birmingham personal injury lawyer from our firm today to discuss your case!

  • Dedicated to
    Personal Service

    At my firm, you will work directly with me the entire duration of your case.

    One-on-One Attention
  • Commitment to
    Excellence

    I strive to provide the best possible representation to each one of my clients.

    Meet Stephen F. Thompson
  • Free Initial
    Consultation

    You have nothing to lose. Contact my firm today and learn how we can help you.

    Get Started Now

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