When a person suffers injuries in a Madison County, Alabama, traffic accident, they have options for recovering compensation for their medical care, lost income, and more. In addition, they may be able to hold the at-fault driver legally responsible by filing an insurance claim or suing them in civil court.
A Madison car accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help you with your case. Our lawyers provide free case consultations to injured victims. In addition, we discuss options and explain how our services and representation can reduce their stress and make this process easier to navigate.
How Much Is My Car Accident Claim Worth?
Every accident claim has its own value because the facts of the case are unique. The victims suffer differing injuries, require different treatments, and suffer other losses. Because of this, there is no way to know how much your case might be worth without an investigation. Our car accident lawyer can get to work today and put a value on your claim by:
- Identifying your recoverable economic losses and expenses
- Working with experts to understand your future care needs
- Using industry norms to estimate your pain and suffering losses
- Gathering evidence to prove the value of your claim as needed
The recoverable damages in car accidents could include:
- Medical bills and related expenses to date
- Future and ongoing care costs to manage your injuries
- Lost wages and other income you missed
- Diminished earning capacity if you have lasting injuries
- Property damage
- Miscellaneous related expenses and losses
- Pain and suffering damages
We know how to identify your recoverable damages, document them, and assign an accurate value to them. This is an essential step in getting a fair and just settlement in your case. We can use the value range of our estimate to negotiate with the insurer to reach an appropriate settlement or decide when we need to sue the liable driver.
Wrongful Death Damages in an Alabama Car Accident
Alabama’s wrongful death law, Ala. Code § 6-5-410 limits the recoverable damages in these cases. If your family member died from their car accident injuries, you cannot recover the expenses and losses your family experienced. Alabama does not consider your outstanding bills, lost income, funeral costs, or even non-economic damages of survivors when awarding damages in a wrongful death case.
Instead, the law only allows families to recover punitive damages based on their loved one’s death. That means these cases go before a jury, and they determine how much the defendant (or their insurer) should pay as a penalty for their negligence.
Our car accident lawyers know how this process works and how to pursue the largest award possible in these cases. You can learn more during one of our free case consultations.
For a free legal consultation with a Car Accident lawyer serving Madison, call (256) 666-3010
How Our Car Accident Attorneys Help Victims in Madison Recover Compensation
We have 40+ years of helping car accident victims seek justice. We build strong cases and seek appropriate compensation for them based on the details of what happened, the damages they suffered, and who is legally responsible.
The Morris Bar law firm is a contingency fee firm. We do not charge our clients a retainer or any other upfront payment. We collect lawyers’ fees only after the case’s conclusion and only when we recover compensation for the client. We get paid a percentage of the payout, as we explain during the initial consultation.
Our case results show more than 6,500 settlements and court awards in 2019 alone. We fight for our client’s financial, emotional, and physical recovery and understand the role your insurance settlement or another recovery can play. We know you need money to cover your expenses and losses, and we want to help you get it.
How Long do I Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit?
Under Ala. Code § 6-2-38, you may only have up to two years to begin a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. This is a tight deadline, and it could be even shorter under some circumstances. We encourage accident victims to contact us as soon as their injuries are stable, and they can make the call.
Finding Our Office
We work with clients in Madison County from our Huntsville office. This office is located at:
600 Boulevard South-Southwest, Suite 104
Huntsville, AL 35802
We review cases from this office by appointment only. However, we may be able to speak with you over the phone, via video chat, or other safe and convenient options.
Car Accident Claims Rely on Proving Negligence
When a driver acts recklessly or carelessly and causes a crash, they can be held legally liable for the resulting injuries and expenses. This is possible through an insurance claim or lawsuit, assuming the victim has the evidence to prove negligence occurred.
Negligence occurs when:
- A driver has an obligation to act a certain way to prevent an accident, such as abiding by a traffic law
- That driver fails to act in a prescribed way
- Their behavior causes a collision
- The victim suffered documented physical, emotional, and financial losses
While this may seem straightforward, you will need to overcome obstacles in many cases. The insurance company will not want to believe their policyholder was negligent or that your damages are worth as much as you think they are.
Alabama law can also be a factor in these cases. Many insurers or legal teams representing at-fault drivers will allege that victims share responsibility for the crash. This is an effective defense because Alabama is one of only a few states with pure contributory negligence.
The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed this legal doctrine in Golden v. McCurry (1980) and several other cases. It prevents victims from recovering any compensation if they participated in causing a crash in any way, even one percent responsibility.
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Today, you can speak with a car accident attorney in Madison from the Morris Bart law office for free. We are a contingency fee firm with four offices in Alabama and 15 locations across the Gulf South. Call (256) 666-3010 now to learn more.
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