When you have been seriously injured and are seeking the compensation you need to recover and rebuild, guidance and representation from an attorney you can trust is critical. It can be very difficult, however, to know how to choose a personal injury lawyer. The internet is a sea of competing personal injury law firms, all claiming to be the best option for you and your family.
At Bond & Botes, we have built a solid reputation for providing honest, quality, effective services to consumers in need. We have been helping residents of Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi with debt and consumer financial protection issues for decades. Based upon the thousands and thousands of cases we have handled, we know that financial stress is just one challenge that can derail an individual’s or a family’s life. We also know that people whose lives have been disrupted by a serious injury or the loss of a loved one are often uncertain about where to turn for help.
How Bond & Botes Can Help
We want to ensure that people who have been injured through someone else’s fault have access to the same high-quality, trustworthy assistance we offer our clients in the bankruptcy and consumer financial protection arenas. While some attorneys are only interested in picking up some quick fees through an easy settlement, the personal injury lawyers in our network are committed to serving your best interests, whether that means negotiating for the best possible settlement or fighting for your rights in the courtroom.
What is Personal Injury?
The term “personal injury” is broadly used to describe cases relating to injuries a person suffers through someone else’s fault. In order to secure compensation, a personal injury attorney must typically show that:
- The defendant owed a duty of care,
- The defendant breached or failed in that duty,
- The plaintiff was injured, or the plaintiffs loved one killed because of the breach or failure, and
- The injury resulted in damages to the plaintiff
Some of the most common types of personal injury claims include:
- Car accident cases
- Commercial motor vehicle accident cases, such as semi-truck crashes
- Slip and fall cases
- Dog bite and other animal attack cases
Personal injury attorneys also handle a range of closely related cases that may not technically fall within the definition of personal injury. These include:
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability
- Workers’ compensation
- Defective medical devices
- Dangerous drugs
- Wrongful death
Of course, the case types listed above represent only a sample of the most common types of claims. Personal injury claims may arise in a wide range of circumstances where the injury is caused by somebody’s failure to exercise appropriate care. And, in certain types of cases, such as workers’ compensation and product liability, it is not even necessary to show that the responsible party was negligent.
In short, if you have been injured or have lost a loved one through someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Your best next step is to speak with an experienced and trustworthy personal injury attorney who can advise you of your rights and options.
Timing Matters in Personal Injury Cases
All of the types of claims discussed above are subject to statutes of limitations. That means there is a limit on how long after the injury occurs you can pursue compensation through a personal injury, workers’ compensation, product liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, or other related claims.
For example, an injured person in Mississippi generally has three years to file a personal injury claim while Alabama allows two years for the same type of claim, and Tennessee just one year. Related types of claims, such as medical malpractice and wrongful death, may be subject to different statutes of limitations. For example, although Mississippi injury victims have three years to file a claim, those who have lost loved ones to negligence have just two years to file.
The analysis is further complicated by the fact that certain types of cases trigger pre-filing notice requirements, and some defendants, generally governmental entities, may require a separate procedure with a much shorter timeline. The bottom line is that injury victims and those who have lost a loved one to somebody else’s negligence can lose their rights if they do not act in a timely manner. Without a legal background in the relevant state, it can be difficult to determine exactly what action is required and when. Therefore, it is in your best interest to consult an experienced personal injury attorney in the state where the harm occurred as soon as possible after the incident causing the injury.
To learn more about how we can help, please contact us at 877-581-3396 to schedule a free consultation. Or, if you prefer, you can fill out the contact form on this site and we will reach out to you.