After suffering an injury, you want answers fast. For that reason, we provide this personal injury FAQ page.
We also caution you, however. FAQs, while helpful for beginning to understand your issues, cannot be relied upon for actionable legal advice.
At Friedlander Law Firm, we take special pride in our personalized service to clients. You can count on us to apply these general answers to your particular circumstances so you can begin making smart choices about your future.
With that said, here are a few questions we have found people asking when they first begin considering legal representation for a personal injury case.
How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim?
Though you should file your case as soon as possible, in Alabama the statute of limitations is two years from the date of your accident. In formal cases involving a government entity, one of our attorneys will help you file according to those specific deadlines. As in all filings, the sooner, the better.
Why do I need a lawyer for an accident that wasn’t my fault?
In short, you may need help with the process of proving your innocence. With Alabama’s contributory negligence rule, any percentage of guilt shown on your part may reduce, if not erase, the award you seek. We can help disprove any allegations made against you.
What is the limit on personal injury compensation?
Though punitive damages for ill intent max out at $1.5 million, there is no limit on damage recovery for an insurance claim relating to expenses after an injury.
My neighbor’s dog bit me. Can I sue?
Pet owners are liable for their animal’s behavior. Even if it’s the first time their dog bit someone, we will hold them liable for your medical attention and recovery.
What compensation can I expect my claim to cover?
If you were injured due to the negligence of another, you may be able to recover fees to cover your medical expenses. Auto repair, when applicable, and missed time from work because of your injury may also be included in your claim.
Why do I need an attorney for an auto accident if I have insurance?
Insurance companies are more concerned with their bottom dollar than yours. They will often try to offer you the lowest amount of money possible to cover some of your expenses. Our Mobile attorneys will fight to get complete coverage of your expenses.