Injuries to the back and neck can cause excruciating pain for years to come, or worse result in paralysis forcing you to change your life’s plan.
When an accident causes neck or back injuries, your life can change in an instant. While we cannot ease your pain, the Montgomery neck and back injury attorneys at Morris Bart can fight your legal battle with you to recover financial damages due to someone else’s neglect or harm.
When does a Back and Neck Injury Qualify for a Lawsuit?
Before taking legal action, you should sit down with a back and neck injury lawyer to determine whether your situation calls for a lawsuit.
Injuries Suffered While at Work
If you were injured at work in Montgomery, you likely will receive compensation through Alabama’s workers’ compensation program. However, there can be exceptions.
If you work as an independent outside contractor, you do not qualify for workers’ compensation. Being self-employed, you may have your own accident benefit plan, or you may qualify for disability.
But that may not pay all the bills. Depending upon the type of accident and who is responsible, there may be a basis here for a legal claim.
Other Causes of Back and Neck Injuries
There are many instances in which an accident could stem from someone else’s carelessness or intent to harm, resulting in a lawsuit in which you can cite negligence. Examples include:
- Car, truck, or bus accidents
- Slip and falls
- Medical malpractice
- Domestic violence
If you have suffered injuries to the back or neck, you should call upon a personal injury attorney for a free consultation to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation with a Back and Neck Injury lawyer serving Montgomery, call (334) 523-0664
Proof Needed to Receive Compensation in Alabama
Alabama is one of a handful of states that maintains a contributory negligence standard. As such, if the defendant in your case can prove that you in any way contributed to the accident leading to your injury, it can nullify your compensation claim.
To rule out that you contributed to the cause of your injuries, your lawyer will need to prove the following elements for you to get compensation:
The other party owed you the duty of care. For example, when anyone is behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, they take on a duty of care to operate their vehicle safely while following traffic laws.
Breach of Duty
The other party breached that duty of care. The driver blew through a stop sign, broke the law, and broadsided you.
Cause in Fact
If it were not for the fact that the other party failed to stop, you would not have suffered your back injuries.
You have suffered injuries from the accident resulting in medical costs and a loss of income due to being away from work.
Who Can be Held Liable for Your Back and Neck Injuries?
In our accident scenario, the other driver would be held accountable. However, it is not always a single individual responsible. It could be a business or large corporation found at fault, depending upon who is responsible for the negligence or intent that caused you harm.
In a slip and fall accident, for instance, a store employee may have cleaned up a spill but failed to post signage warning customers of a wet floor. The negligent act itself may have been the employee’s fault, but the company may be held responsible for your accident.
What Compensation Could You Receive?
Economic damages are straightforward. You have bills related to the accident, and you deserve compensation to pay for or reimburse you for those bills.
You suffer a loss of income, and you need to be covered for that loss. You may be disabled for some time to come or even a lifetime. You need compensation for lost wages.
Furthermore, in the case of a car accident, you no doubt have property damage, and you need to receive compensation for that, too.
You have also suffered non-economic damages. These do not come with a standard price tag, but a degree of harm that deserves compensation. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to determine appropriate compensation for the non-economic damages you have suffered.
When Should You Look for a Back and Neck Injury Lawyer in Montgomery?
That answer is simple. As soon as you can. If you cannot drive due to your injuries, a neck and back injury attorney in Montgomery will come to you. It is important to hire a personal injury attorney quickly.
A lot of work goes into investigating, finding proof, and developing a legal back and neck injury case. The investigation should be done while the incident is still fresh in everyone’s minds. And that takes time.
File Before the Statute of Limitations Runs Out
In Alabama, you have up to two years following a neck and back injury to file a legal case. If you miss that deadline even by a day, it could nullify your case. Your Montgomery back and neck injury lawyer will handle this for you.
How do You Find a Personal Injury Attorney that is Right for You?
When you call the offices of Morris Bart, we can offer you a choice of attorneys. We understand that you may have preferences for your legal representation, and we respect that. Most importantly, you must feel comfortable sharing all aspects of your case with your lawyer.
And you should feel confident that your lawyer will provide the best representation for you in dealing with your case. When you meet with a Morris Bart attorney for your free consultation, don’t be intimidated, ask questions – after all, you are the one doing the hiring. You may want to ask:
- Are you from Alabama, or how long have you practiced law here?
- Where did you go to law school?
- What legal associations do you belong to?
- Have you dealt with my type of case?
- Do your cases often go to court?
- What are examples of compensation you have won for your clients?
- Will my case be a priority for you?
You need to leave your first meeting knowing you have found someone you know will do their best for you and your case.
Ready for Us to Get to Work for You?
If you have been the victim of an accident and suffered back and neck injuries, you need a law firm ready to fight for you. That is Morris Bart. Contact us to set up your free consultation.
Questions?Call (334) 523-0664
to find a Morris Bart office near you.