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MAPCO GAS MIX-UP

Dec 20
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Mapco Gas Mix-up Strands Motorists

It appears that Mapco gas stations in Huntsville and Madison, Alabama were involved in a fuel mix-up on Monday night. There are also at least nine gas stations in Middle Tennessee closed because of the problem. Inspectors believe it all started at the terminal where trucks pick up the gasoline. Hundreds of vehicles may have been damaged and drivers were left stranded on the roads. Mapco has set up a toll free number for people whose vehicles were damaged. Call 1-855-469-6272.

Should you Talk to an Attorney

If you feel as if you are being treated unfairly by the companies involved in this case, you should contact an attorney. If your vehicle has been damaged, you may be able to recover for property damage, towing costs, loss of use of your vehicle while it is being repaired or replaced and possible economic damages. If you have questions, call today to get your free consultation with attorney Randy W. Ferguson. Call 256-534-3435 to discuss your case.

What to do after a car accident that’s not your fault

Dec 16
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What to do after a car accident that’s not your fault

If you have been injured in a car accident in Huntsville, Decatur or Athens, Alabama, and it’s clearly the other driver’s fault, he or she should immediately report the accident to their insurance company. We are assuming of course that the other driver actually has auto insurance. Many drivers who have insurance will not notify their insurance company. People are often surprised to find out that the person responsible for an accident does not have insurance. Although Alabama law requires all drivers to maintain liability insurance, many drivers on the road in Alabama are still uninsured. Of the drivers that are insured, many are carrying the minimum coverage allowed by law in Alabama. When you are in an accident that is clearly not your fault, do not assume the other driver will notify their insurance company or that they have insurance or enough insurance to cover the accident.

What you Should do After an Accident

If you are in an accident that is not your fault, immediately collect the following information:

  • Stay calm. Do not yell at or argue with the other driver, even if you believe that the accident is completely the other driver’s fault.
  • Check to see if anyone is injured. If you or the other driver is injured, help as much as you can until paramedics arrive.
  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Name, address, license number and telephone number of the other driver
  • Insurance company name and policy number of the other driver (copy of insurance card)
  • Witness statements and their contact information (if applicable)
  • Photographs of the scene (including the license plate of the other driver) and the site of the damage
  • Immediately file an accident report with the police, sheriff or highway patrol, if the agency has not done so at the scene.
  • Obtain photographs of all vehicles involved (before repairing) and any visible injuries to the parties involved, such as cuts, bruises, and scars.
  • Contact your insurance company ASAP. It’s important to report accidents as soon as you can. If the accident was not your fault, you should not have a hike in your insurance. Give them all the details of the accident and let them know that the accident was not your fault.
  • Do not discuss the accident or your injuries with anyone, with the exception of your doctor and your attorney.
  • Do not consent to a recorded statement or sign any document without first reviewing it with your attorney. Innocent statements made by you attempting to assist an insurance adjuster can easily be misinterpreted and used to deny or minimize your recovery.
  • Immediately seek medical attention and tell your doctor the nature and extent of your pain and injury, and how the injury occurred.
  • Track Your Expenses.
    A strong claim clearly outlines the financial impact of your accident. Keep records of your:

    • medical bills,
    • mileage driven to doctors’ appointments,
    • rental car expenses,
    • time away from work,
    • and any other expenses your accident has caused.
  • Consider hiring an attorney. If you are injured, you will soon start receiving ambulance, hospital, radiology, ER physician and doctor bills. You also may be missing work. Even if you have health insurance, you may have trouble paying your medical expenses, mortgage and monthly bills. Consider hiring a local personal injury attorney who will help you deal with your auto damage and injury claim. Do not hire an attorney based on television commercials, billboards or radio ads. To find a personal injury lawyer near you: ask family or friends for referrals, search an online and read their reviews.

Why Hire Car Accident Attorneys Ferguson and Ferguson

The law offices of Ferguson and Ferguson takes pride in giving each car accident client individual and personal attention.

  • We are not television attorneys who you will never meet.
  • Our attorneys handle all cases, not secretaries and paralegals.
  • We are local with offices in Decatur and Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Knowledgeable about car accident cases.
  • We are committed to excellent client service.
  • We care about our clients, and have patience.
  • Free office consultation as late as 7 p.m. and Saturdays also
  • We answer all our clients calls, or return them promptly.
  • We keep our clients informed of the status of their car accident case.
  • We make sure that our clients understand each step of their case.
  • We have great compassion for the physical, emotional, and financial problems that our clients suffered, and will do everything possible to get them through their difficult time.

If you have questions about a recent car accident, call now for your free no obligation consultation. Call 256-534-3435 or 256-350-7200. We can help.

Decatur Alabama Slip and Fall Attorney

Dec 13
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Slip and Falls in Decatur AL

Have you been injured at a Christmas party, mall or in a parking lot this holiday season? Are you wondering if you can recover for your injuries? Trip and fall and slip and fall accidents are two of the most common accidents during the holiday shopping season. Just because you fell at a business or someones home does not guarantee you that you can recover for your injuries. In fact, many times the business or homeowner is not at fault for your injuries in Alabama. A business is only liable if they knew, caused or should have known about the defective condition before your fall. If you have fallen because of a wet, dirty or defective floor, you should contact a Decatur, Alabama personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you have sustained an unfortunate slip and fall or trip and fall accident in Decatur, Alabama, here are a few tips to consider before its too late.

  • 1. Falling in a business does not mean you will win your case.
  • I constantly get calls from injured store patrons who think they can recover just because they were injured in a business. Stores are not guarantors of your safety. You must prove the store was liable for your injuries before you can recover. There must be some form of negligence on the part of the store owners or employees for you to win.

  • 2. Do an accident report, the store employees are not going to help you win your case.
  • Make sure to notify the store management as soon as you are able. An accident report must be prepared in your case before you leave the store. Do not expect the store to do a report days after you fall. People do fake falls and a report helps everyone involved in the case. When you leave the store all of the evidence is gone.

  • 3. Pay attention to where you fell, the employees will change the scene quickly.
  • Store employees will often show up with mops, towels and cameras after an accident. Although you are embarrassed and hurting, the evidence in your case will disappear before you know it. If you are with someone, have them take pictures, get names and addresses of witnesses and give a statement. Keep your clothes, shoes and evidence from your fall.

  • 4. Get medical treatment immediately if needed.
  • If you have been injured in a trip and fall or slip and fall accident in Decatur, Alabama, you must get medical treatment as soon as possible for your injuries. Waiting to see if you start feeling better is never the right thing to do after an accident. Bruises, cuts, fractures and back injuries should be treated immediately. The longer you wait to get proper medical treatment, the harder it will be to prove your damages. Going to a family doctor, emergency room or local chiropractor is a good place to start. The store management will not agree to pay your bills or tell you who to go see for medical treatment. If the store is liable, your attorney will have to get them to pay medical payments benefits and money for your injuries.

  • Talk to a lawyer and do not give a phone interview to the insurance company.
  • The insurance company for the business starts working against you as soon as they are notified of the accident. Do not help them in your case. A skilled Decatur, Alabama personal injury lawyer can make the difference between a good recovery in your case, or no recovery at all.

Why Call Ferguson and Ferguson?

If you have been injured, and you have questions, call for a free consultation today. We never charge a fee unless you recover for your injuries. Unlike many television and billboard attorneys, we don’t get you to call our office and send you to someone else to handle your case. Our attorneys interview you, work your case and try the case if necessary. At Ferguson and Ferguson you always talk to your attorney, not a secretary or paralegal. Your case is important, and our attorneys are available 24/7 to answer your questions. If you want a real personal injury attorney to handle your Decatur, Alabama fall case, call 256-350-7200 now. We are real trial attorneys here to help you through this difficult time.

Who pays for Injuries in Slip and Fall Accidents?

Dec 06

Who pays for Injuries in Slip and Fall Accidents?
Slip and fall injuries are common across the United States. Slip and fall injury claim cases are categorized in legal terms as premises liability civil torts that are usually directed at the property owner or business manager at the location where the injury occurred. However, just because an injury occurred when someone fell in a particular location, it does not mean that the owner or operator is automatically liable for damages resulting from the incident. There are specific elements of a claim that will often require proof presented by a personal injury attorney when the accident occurs in a remote location or is not documented properly by a business owner or operator. Depending on the specifics of the case, slip and fall injuries can be complicated, and are often defended vigorously. An experienced personal injury lawyer Washington DC trusts may be needed to ensure that you are compensated equitably.

Who is Liable?

The final determination of liability in a slip and fall injury claim is based on the material case facts of the accident. All business operators have a reasonable duty of care towards all business patrons and employees alike, and many accidents occur because of the operator’s negligence to maintain a clear and safe walking space. Issues such as water leakage onto a floor, or any other type of spill that is not addressed in a timely manner, could result in a customer or employee slipping on the slick spot. Actually, many slip and fall accidents occur in the winter in icy conditions, when injury victims lose their footing while walking on ice. If the injury happened due to a structural problem, the building owner could be liable, as well as a business operator who is charged with maintaining walking clearances. Depending on the circumstances, both parties could be liable to a degree.

Proving Fault

Proving fault in a slip and fall injury case can be difficult because of several factors. If the accident occurs on personal property, trespassers will often have a difficult time winning a slip and fall personal injury claim, because they are not authorized to be on the property. For businesses that open their doors to the public, this can be an easier task. The business operator is usually the primary respondent when they have failed to address a dangerous condition in the store. Proving fault against a property owner usually requires specific evidence of failure to maintain the property. Proof of fault for each potential respondent requires your attorney to prove that an accident occurred resulting in the particular injury being claimed, and the injury was a direct or indirect result of the negligence of the respondent, or respondents.

Are You Responsible for the Injury?

This is the most common defense used in a slip and fall accident injury claim, and will always be addressed immediately when an insurance company will be required to cover the damages. This is the comparative negligence defense that applies to all injury claims in all states. In states that use pure contributory laws, an injured party that is even 1% at fault for the accident cannot file for any injury damages. In states where modified comparative negligence is used, injured parties found to be at least 50% or 51% at fault for their own injury through assumption of personal risk determinations will be barred from damage collection as well. States using pure comparative negligence law will allow an injured party who is even 90% at fault to receive 10% of total damages from the injury. Claims can easily be routinely denied in some states because of personal fault for your own injury.

Thanks to our friends and contributors from Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for their insight into slip and fall injury cases.

Car Accident Claims: Do I Need My Own Lawyer?

Nov 17

Car Accident Claims: Do I need my own lawyer?
A car accident is serious business. If you suffered property damages or injuries, you will need to make a claim for compensation. The insurance claims process is not always easy to maneuver without legal experience. If the claim is not settled with an insurance company, you face the prospect of filing a car accident lawsuit. The laws and court proceedings associated with these types of lawsuits are complicated.
You likely have many questions when it comes to dealing with the aftermath of a car accident. If one of these questions is whether you should hire an attorney to represent you in your case, read on to find out the benefits a personal injury attorney could bring to your claim.

Maximizing Compensation
A common misconception is that retaining a DC personal injury lawyer in a car accident case lowers the total amount of money you receive in the case. A personal injury attorney does usually charge a contingency fee when it comes to a car accident case, meaning that the lawyer is paid a percentage of the settlement or judgment received in your case. However, you may take home more in your pocket if you hire an attorney to represent you.
Retaining an attorney nearly always increases the amount of money a person receives in a personal injury settlement. Although you end up paying attorney fees, you may receive a higher offer when your attorney negotiates a settlement on your behalf. An experienced attorney knows how to value a claim, and how to negotiate with insurance companies to get you the most compensation possible.

Avoiding Mistakes
Because of the complexity of negligence law, and associated insurance claim processes and court proceedings, mistakes are remarkably easy to make. Indeed, there are some mistakes that are so serious they can result in the end of your case.
The statute of limitations represents a law that must be followed in your case, or your case will go nowhere. All states have a statute of limitations. This is a law that establishes a specific time frame during which a car accident lawsuit must be filed. The failure to file a lawsuit within that time frame results in you forever being precluded from pursuing a lawsuit to obtain compensation for damages and injuries.
Retaining an attorney may be key to protecting you from avoiding mistakes. This includes avoiding serious mistakes that can cause the permanent ending to your pursuit for just and necessary compensation.

Claims Against You
Even if you have been injured in a car accident, someone else may be able to bring a claim against. You could be sued, even as an injured person. Avoiding becoming the subject of a lawsuit, or a countersuit, in a car accident case represents another reason why you should consider hiring a lawyer. If you end up being sued, a lawyer may be the best way to ensure that your rights and interests are properly defended.

Negotiating a Settlement
A skilled, experienced attorney is in the best position to negotiate a settlement of your case. A reality of the U.S. judicial system is that the vast majority of accident cases are settled through negotiation and never go to trial. For this reason, your own rights and interests are best protected when the negotiation process is undertaken by a skilled lawyer.
When it comes to retaining a car accident attorney, the first step is to schedule an initial consultation with a lawyer. As a general rule, a car accident lawyer does not charge a fee for an initial consultation.

Thanks to our friends and contributors from Cohen & Cohen, P.C.Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for their insight into auto accident cases.

Truck Accident Attorney

Nov 01

What to do After a Truck Accident in Alabama

If you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident in Alabama, you need to know what to do to protect your rights. Trucking companies have attorneys and investigators on call in case of an accident. When you have had an accident with an eighteen wheeler, you need to immediately gather and preserve evidence against the trucking company.

Here is a list of some of the actions you should take after a truck accident. Understand, some of these actions cannot be performed if you have suffered a serious injury. If possible, make sure to do the following things to protect your rights.

  • 1. Stop your vehicle as soon as possible. Never leave the scene of an accident without stopping. If possible make sure you are not parked in a danger zone where you could be hit again.
  • 2. Call 911 or an ambulance if injured
  • 3. Contact the local police department and report the trucking accident.
  • 4. If you or one of your passengers is injured, immediately seek medical attention. In many situations you may not be aware of your injuries. Be sure to tell the doctor what happened during the accident and discuss all symptoms.
  • 5. Do not attempt to talk with the truck driver regarding the accident or your injuries.
  • 6. Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of all drivers, parties and witnesses at the accident scene. Also look for any videos that may be available of the accident scene.
  • 7. Take photographs of the accident scene, tires, skid marks, property damage to the vehicles and your injuries. Take a picture of the trucks tag and USDOT number. If you are not injured, you should get a copy or picture of the other driver’s license, truck registration information, contact information, and insurance card. Take a picture of the truck and the drivers picture if possible.
  • 8. Report the accident to your insurance company. Failure to notify the insurance company can result in a denial of coverage. Talk to your attorney before giving a written or recorded statement.
  • 9. Do not argue with the police or driver regarding fault.
  • 10. Get a copy of the police report.
  • 11. Call an attorney before you talk to the other companies insurance adjuster.
  • 12. Never automatically accept the first estimate or offer you get on your vehicle.
  • 13. Keep a diary.
  • 14. Finish all medical treatment and follow all doctors orders.
  • 15. Keep copies of all receipts, wage information, accident reports and other documentation.

Hire an Attorney

If you or a loved one have been in a truck accident, you should contact a truck accident attorney as soon as possible. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Alabama, call today to get your free consultation with truck accident attorney Randy W. Ferguson. Call 256-534-3435 to discuss your case.

Slip and Fall Attorney

Oct 25
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What to do After a Slip and Fall Accident in Alabama

Have you recently suffered an injury from a fall or accident in a business or public area in Alabama? Slip and fall and trip and fall cases are won and lost every day by people just like you who don’t know what to do after being injured. Fall cases can be severe and cause life changing injuries. We see victims every day who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and broken bones. In Alabama, merely owning or occupying land does not make that person liable for injuries sustained on the property. There must be some form of negligence on the part of the owner or occupier of property before there can be any premises liability. What you do immediately after a fall will determine if you are compensated for your injuries, or are stuck paying medical bills you cannot afford to pay. If you are injured in a fall, and someone else is responsible for your injuries, make sure to follow these simple rules to protect yourself. If you or a loved one have questions, talk to an injury attorney about your case before its too late. Consultations are free. Call 256-534-3435.

What to do after a Slip & Fall

If you are involved in a slip & fall or trip & fall in Alabama, you should:

  • Call for help and notify authorities
  • Do not make any detailed statements concerning accident
  • Get names of owners and managers of property
  • Get names and phone numbers of witnesses
  • Take good pictures of clothes, scene and injuries
  • Save shoes and clothing
  • Seek immediate medical attention if injured
  • Follow all doctor’s orders
  • Don’t exaggerate injuries
  • Request FMLA at work if needed
  • Stay off social media
  • Call an experienced Alabama slip-and-fall attorney
  • Do not give recorded statements to insurance adjusters
  • Keep a diary of all of the information

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Alabama

If you have sustained injuries from a fall, you must be able to prove what caused you to fall before you get compensated. Dangerous conditions that cause slip and fall accidents frequently result from poor design or improper maintenance. Other hazards are created by the presence of slippery surfaces and substances, such as areas with food spillage or water leakage. Was your slip and fall caused by one of the following:

  • Wet, Slippery, or slick floors
  • Poor lighting
  • Water, ice or snow
  • Uneven floors, pavement or surfaces
  • Cracks in sidewalk or flooring
  • Stairs
  • Debris or objects in aisles
  • Potholes
  • Curbs
  • Elevators
  • Loose carpeting
  • Faulty handrails
  • Not paying attention
  • Flip flops or sandals

Medical Treatment and Damages Recoverable

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you must get medical treatment for your injuries. A company that causes you injuries may be liable for a wide variety of damages that an accident can cause, including but not limited to the following:

  • Disability and Disfigurement
  • Future Medicals
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Loss of earning capacity damages
  • Mental and Emotional Distress
  • Out of Pocket Expenses
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Property Damage

Free Consultations

If you or a someone close to you have suffered serious injuries in a slip and fall accident, or if you have questions about your legal rights following a slip and fall accident, a Alabama premises liability lawyer at Ferguson & Ferguson can help you determine if you have a case. At Ferguson & Ferguson, we handle all of our premises liability cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing unless we win your case. Call now for your free consultation and to speak directly with a lawyer about your case. Call us anytime at (800)752-1998. Call now.

Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Oct 24

What to do After an Alabama Motorcycle Accident

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Every day hundreds of motorcycle riders are injured or killed by negligent drivers. In Alabama alone, there were over 24,000 motor vehicle accidents in 2015. More than 10,000 people were injured or killed in those accidents. Alabama averages around 100 deaths involving motorcycle riders each year. Have you been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident in Alabama? Do you have questions? Clients often call us frustrated after they have attempted to handle their own motorcycle accident claim. Just avoiding these mistakes will increase your chances of successfully recovering in your motorcycle case. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Decatur or Huntsville, Alabama, call now. Call 256-534-3435 or 256-350-7200. We offer no obligation, FREE CONSULTATIONS to all motorcycle accident victims. If you are unable to come to our office, we can visit you at your home or hospital room. We also offer the only Lowest Fee Guarantee in Alabama.

What Caused Your Motorcycle Accident

You have had a motorcycle accident. Do you know who was at fault? Some causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Accidents with distracted, intoxicated or fatigued drivers who didn’t see or stop for the motorcycle
  • Accidents caused by drivers who are speeding and who lose control of their vehicle or who are unable to stop in time before hitting a motorcyclist
  • Accidents resulting from drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way to motorcycle riders when the rules of the road require him or her to yield
  • Motorcycle crashes resulting from drivers who misjudge the speed of a motorcycle rider or who do not accurately judge the distance between their car and the motorcycle
  • Crashes caused by drivers who don’t see a motorcycle rider
  • Accidents caused by tailgating drivers
  • Defects in the motorcycle itself
  • Weather
  • Driver error
  • Animals
  • High blood alcohol levels are a major problem among motorcycle operators.

What to do After a Motorcycle Accident

When you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Alabama, the other driver’s insurance company is probably working hard to deny your claim. Make sure to do the following:

  • Immediately file an accident report with the police, sheriff or highway patrol, if the agency has not done so at the scene.
  • Write down the name, address, insurance information, vehicle license number and driver’s license number of any and all persons involved in the accident. Record names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses.
  • Obtain photographs of the accident scene, all vehicles involved (before repairing) and any visible injuries to the parties involved, such as cuts, bruises, and scars.
  • Call your insurance company.
  • Keep damaged property.
  • Do not discuss the accident or your injuries with anyone, with the exception of your doctor and your attorney.
  • Do not consent to a recorded statement or sign any document without first reviewing it with your attorney. Innocent statements made by you attempting to assist an insurance adjuster can easily be misinterpreted and used to deny or minimize your recovery.
  • Immediately seek medical attention and tell your doctor the nature and extent of your pain and injury, and how the injury occurred.
  • If your loved one is killed, you must do an administration of their estate.
  • Hire an experienced motorcycle accident attorney, not a television or billboard attorney you will never meet in your case.
  • Track Your Expenses.
  • A strong claim clearly outlines the financial impact of your accident. Keep records of your:

    • medical bills,
    • mileage driven to doctors’ appointments,
    • rental car expenses,
    • time away from work,
    • and any other expenses your accident has caused.

Free Consultation

After a motorcycle accident, what you do can change the outcome of your case forever. Our motorcycle accident lawyers understand how a fatal accident can impact your family. We also understand how suffering an injury in a motorcycle wreck can be devastating. If you are unable to work, or have lost a loved one, you should not have to worry about how you are going to pay your bills and take care of your family. That is why we are here to help you. When you need to know your motorcycle accident rights, call 256-534-3435 or 256-350-7200.

What to do After a Work Accident in Alabama

Oct 06
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Injured Worker in Alabama

What to do After a Worker’s Compensation Accident in Alabama

Thousands of Alabama workers are injured and killed each year in Alabama. Employers are quick to tell the injured workers that their workers compensation insurance adjusters are on their side. Nothing could be further from the truth. The insurance adjuster is not on your side. Instead, the adjuster is trying to pay you as little as possible. If you have been injured at work, you should talk to an experienced workers’ comp lawyer today. We offer no obligation, FREE CONSULTATIONS. We also have a LOWEST FEE GUARANTEE. Home and hospital visits are available if you are unable to come to our Huntsville or Decatur office. Call 256-534-3435 or 256-350-7200. We are here to help you.

Seven Things to do After a Work Injury

If you are injured at work in Alabama, make sure you do the following:

  • Report All Work Injuries Immediately. Many employers discourage the filing of accident reports because of insurance premiums. You should not wait to report an accident. You must notify your employer within five (5) days of your accident, or you cannot recover workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Seek Medical Treatment with an Approved Provider. You cannot go to your own doctor for treatment. You must treat with an authorized medical provider. If you treat with your personal doctor, you will have to pay the bill.
  • Be Honest with Your Doctors. Your doctors want to help you, but they also are under pressure from the insurance company to get you back to work as quickly as possible.
  • Follow the Doctor’s Orders and Treatment Plan. Your employer may want you to go outside your work restrictions. Don’t do it. If you return to your normal job against restrictions, you are hurting yourself and your case.
  • Don’t Post on Social MediaPosting pictures of you doing activities and talking on social media can destroy your case.
  • If you are Unhappy with your Doctor, Get Second Opinion.
  • Talk to an Attorney. Insurance companies do not offer top dollar to unrepresented workers.

Why Hire an Attorney

If you were injured at work in Huntsville or Decatur, Alabama, you need an experienced workers compensation attorney on your side. We offer no obligation, FREE CONSULTATIONS to all injured workers in Alabama. Call 256-534-3435 now. We can help.

Mistakes That Ruin Your Car Accident Claim in Alabama

Sep 28
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Auto Accident

What Not to do After an Alabama Auto Accident

Every day hundreds of drivers in Alabama are involved in collisions. Most of those drivers have no idea what to do after an accident. Before you or a loved one has an accident in Alabama, you should know how to avoid common mistakes made by other car accident victims. These mistakes are very common and very easy to make. Clients often call us frustrated after they have attempted to handle it themselves. Just avoiding these mistakes will increase your chances of successfully recovering in your Alabama case. If you have been injured in a car accident, please contact us today for a no obligation, FREE consultation. We can talk to you on the phone or if you are unable to come to our Decatur or Huntsville office, we also offer home and hospital room consultations. We also offer the only Lowest Fee Guarantee in Alabama. Call now. Call 256-534-3435 or 256-350-7200. We are here to help.

Common Mistakes Made by Accident Victims

If you have been injured in a car accident, you are not dealing with an individual, you are dealing with an insurance company. Do not ruin your case by doing the following:

  • Giving a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster. They are not interviewing you to help you. They do hundreds of interviews, and are watching out for their company’s best interest.
  • Taking a quick settlement check before you no the severity of your injuries. If you cash the check, you have lost your right to recover later on.
  • Signing any document for the insurance company, including HIPPA forms, without consulting with an attorney.
  • Failing to get the proper medical care and treatment for your injuries. Waiting to get medical care endangers your health and the true value of your case. If you can’t afford treatment, hospitals cannot refuse treatment. Do not skip appointments.
  • Getting too much or unneeded treatment. Going to doctors too much or doctor shopping can hurt your case. Go to a reputable doctor and follow their orders. Do not rely on pain pills for treatment.
  • Going to a doctor or chiropractor who has a side deal with your lawyer. We are constantly hearing about certain television and billboard attorneys sending many if not all of their clients to certain chiropractors who send them for diagnostic tests paid for by out of state companies. These attorneys have deals cut with chiropractors, funding companies, diagnostic centers and facilities to provide free treatment until the case settles. Insurance companies and their adjusters are not stupid, and they know which television and billboard attorneys are running these injury mill type treatment scams. An attorney or your family doctor doing a legitimate referral is fine, as long as their is no secret deal with your attorney.
  • Hiring an attorney based on a cheesy television ad or billboard. Attorneys are not better because they advertise on television or on billboards. When you hire an attorney, you should know who you are hiring, and who really is handling your case. Many of the television and billboard attorneys do not handle cases, and only refer you to someone else in their firm or someone they have an agreement with to handle cases. Read reviews and research attorneys before you hire anyone. If the attorney does not talk to you on the phone before he is hired, you can bet they will never talk to you or return your calls after they are hired. Insurance adjusters watch television and see billboards, and they know the difference between an attorney that handles injury cases, and attorneys that only advertise they handle injury cases. Which one do you want on your side?
  • Posting pictures, videos and other information on social media.
  • Failing to get a free consultation. There is no reason to not take advantage of a free consultation. If you have a bad case or a good case, it is better to be told now before its too late.

Alabama Car Crash Attorney

If you were involved in an auto accident, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible. Our car accident attorneys are experienced Huntsville auto accident lawyers who are prepared to review your case. Please call our office at (256)534-3435 now. We can help.