Get Answers To Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions
When accidents occur, hurt people may have many questions but few solid answers. At Champ Lyons, III, P.C., our staff understands that clients may be confused about their next steps and feel nervous about the future. We created this frequently asked questions page to help our clients across Alabama understand their next steps. Please note that the answers to these questions may not apply to every case. If you are injured, it is essential that you contact an attorney who can personally evaluate the details of your case. You can schedule your free consultation at our Birmingham office by calling 205-898-1332.
How long do injured people have to make a personal injury claim?
In an Alabama personal injury case, the statute of limitations is generally two years. This time limit is covered under Alabama Statute Section 6-2-38, which states: “All actions for any injury to the person or rights of another … must be brought within two years.” However, a few exceptions may extend this two-year time limit.
Alabama Statute Section 6-2-8 states that if a person is under the age of 19 or is determined to be legally “insane,” they may be able to file a claim within two years after they are either older than 19 or are deemed lawfully sane. A different extension is granted under Alabama Statute Section 6-2-10. This statute allows people who are “absent” from the state of Alabama to not have the time spent out of the state counted against the two-year time limit. In all these circumstances, the statute of limitations will expire after 20 years, regardless of whether there is an extension granted under extenuating circumstances.
Other factors that may be considered include the loss of compensation caused by not working, the potential loss of future income, property damage and various other elements of an accident. Talking to a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help you determine what factors may be considered in your case.
How is personal injury compensation determined?
Many factors can contribute to the total compensation possible in a personal injury settlement. It is important to note that you cannot accurately estimate the amount of compensation potentially available unless you talk to an experienced personal injury attorney. The following information only includes factors commonly accounted for when determining compensation.
Frequently, the primary factor that is evaluated when determining compensation is the severity of a person’s injuries. The seriousness of a person’s injuries will often determine the total cost of medical recovery. Serious injuries may also cause permanent disabilities that significantly impact a person’s quality of life. When calculating compensation, injured people must consider both the short- and long-term costs associated with recovering from their injuries.
Other factors that may be considered include the loss of compensation caused by not working, the potential loss of future income, property damage caused by an accident and a variety of other factors. Talking to a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help you determine what factors may be considered in your case.
What are common mistakes that injured people make after an accident?
An injured person can damage their injury case in many ways. Because of the multitude of ways that a case can be damaged, having a personal injury attorney by your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. With that being said, here are three common mistakes that injured people can make:
- Exaggerating claims: Some hurt people may try to exaggerate or lie about their injuries to increase their settlement amount. When injured people misrepresent the nature or extent of their injuries, they destroy their credibility. Lying is not necessary to obtain a fair amount of compensation.
- Failing to take action quickly enough: Some injured people may wait to contact a personal injury attorney or even begin to think about filing a personal injury claim. Waiting can be a mistake because the evidence is often fleeting in injury cases. Additionally, the statute of limitations usually begins to count down immediately after an accident.
- Trusting the insurance company to do the right thing: While some insurance providers can offer a fair amount of compensation after an accident, this is often not the case. Insurance companies are businesses that seek to maximize profit. These insurance companies often accomplish this goal by minimizing the claims paid to injured people. Insurance companies have teams of attorneys and claims adjusters that work to cut down on payments. Legal representation can help injured people protect their rights after an accident.
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