When to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
June 30, 2022
Accidents can happen to anyone. If you’re lucky, you’ll walk away unscathed. In other cases, accidents can lead to serious injury and can sometimes even lead to death. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 85 people in Alabama in 2020 who died due to an injury they sustained at work. However, even if your injuries are less severe, you still could be facing extensive medical bills and lost income if you’re left unable to work.
If you’ve recently been injured in an accident and are wondering what kind of compensation you’re due—or whether you need a personal injury attorney—contact us at Kies Law LLC to talk through your options. We’re located in Birmingham, Alabama but we serve clients throughout the area, including Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, Hoover, and Bessemer.
Common Personal Injuries
There are several ways you could be the victim of a personal injury. When searching for an attorney, you should ensure they have experience that pertains to your specific case. Some of the most common causes of personal injury occur in slip and fall accidents, car accidents, animal bites, medical malpractice, assault and battery, or product liability. Most of these cases are the result of someone else’s negligence and an investigation should take place immediately following the incident. If police are contacted, they will conduct an investigation, but insurance companies will also perform their own as well as your attorney.
Knowing When to Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm
After an accident, it can be hard to know what your next steps should be and when to contact a personal injury attorney. And while you won’t always need an attorney to help with your claim, there are several factors you should consider that might make working with a lawyer advantageous.
The first thing to understand is how Alabama’s state laws will come into play. Alabama is an at-fault state, meaning that if you’re in an accident, the person who caused the accident is responsible for paying all the damages that occurred because of it. This could include property damage as well as medical expenses. This is in contrast to other states that follow a no-fault model where damages can be paid by both the responsible party and the victim. If the other person’s insurance payout does not adequately cover your expenses, you may need to pursue a claim with an attorney.
You should also consider contacting a lawyer if your injuries are serious. In many cases, the health care issues you’ll have to face can last for months, if not years, as you slowly rehabilitate. These long-term injuries are very costly and often an initial insurance settlement will not cover all your expenses. Furthermore, dealing with insurance adjusters can be time-consuming and stressful. By working with an attorney, they can advise you and negotiate on your behalf to reach a more favorable settlement. In many cases, it can be hard to prove negligence, especially if there weren’t any witnesses. An experienced attorney will perform a thorough investigation and look into all available evidence to help you move forward.
Lastly, since the majority of people have never had to deal with a personal injury claim before, they may be unsure of the process as a whole. Speaking with an attorney can make you aware of all your options and ensure you’re pursuing a fair settlement.
Things to Ask a Personal Injury Attorney
When you first speak with a lawyer, you should be prepared to ask them several questions, and their responses will tell you a lot about how effective they’ll be. You want an attorney whom you’re comfortable speaking with and one who takes the time to answer your questions. You’ll first want to ask about their experience with your specific type of personal injury case. Ask them how they’ve helped clients similar to you and what you can expect in terms of a payout. Obviously, they can’t guarantee you a certain dollar amount, but they can give you a ballpark estimate based on their experience.
You’ll also want to ask about their fee structure, as each attorney will have their own system. Most personal injury lawyers will work on a contingency basis, meaning they don't get paid unless you get paid. They will usually take a certain percentage of your settlement based on whether your case goes to court or gets settled outside of the courtroom. Lastly, you’ll want to know who exactly you’ll be working with. Some attorneys work on their own while others have a team of support staff.
How Kies Law LLC Can Help
If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and are concerned about getting a fair settlement, call us at Kies Law LLC in Birmingham, Alabama. We’re committed to offering personalized guidance to help our clients understand their choices. We are ready to advocate on your behalf, both inside and outside of the courtroom.