Frequently Asked Questions
Personal Injury Law Frequently Asked Questions
What is personal injury?
Personal injury law is a specific area of legal practice and a broad term that means any kind of accident or occurrence resulting from the negligence or wrongdoing of others that leads to bodily injury. Personal injury law can involve many types of accidents including truck accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, workplace injuries and accidents, wrongful death, and dog bites, to name a few.
What types of cases does Tyler Mann Injury Law handle?
At Tyler Mann Injury Law of North Alabama, we focus on car accident injuries, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, slip and fall injuries, and dog bite injuries. If you’ve been injured in any of these types of accidents, contact us immediately.
Why do I need an attorney?
In short, an experienced personal injury lawyer will be able level the playing field by negotiating settlements, navigating the pre-trial process, taking your case to trial, and fighting for the compensation you deserve—all with a greater chance of success than if you do it yourself. Having a personal injury lawyer will get the attention of the party you are claiming against, and your likelihood of negotiating a fair settlement is much higher.
How soon after I am injured do I have to file a lawsuit?
If you’re receiving medical treatment for your injuries, you don’t need to wait to file a claim. In fact, it’s a good idea to get the process started, whether we’re talking about an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. For most personal injury cases, the time limit in Alabama is two years, meaning you must file a lawsuit against any potential defendant within two years of the date of your accident.
What are contingent fee cases?
A contingency fee is a payment to an attorney for legal representation and services that depends on money damages being recovered. It’s the popular “You don’t pay unless we win” model. When compensation from a case is awarded, the law firm collects a percentage as payment. If the case is lost, the client does not pay a fee.
Will Tyler Mann Injury Law talk to me about my case for free?
Yes. We offer free case evaluations and consultations. Call us today at (256) 400-4000 or complete our quick free consultation form to get started.
If Tyler Mann Injury Law takes my case, what's next?
There are many steps to seeking monetary damages for accidents through no fault of your own. To learn more about this process, view this general breakdown of personal injury case steps and processes.
I'm not sure whether I have a case or not. What should I do?
If you’ve suffered significant harm because of someone else’s obvious carelessness or negligence, the answer may be yes, but many situations are not so simple. If you’re figuring out whether you have a valid personal injury claim—one that would justify going to the time and trouble of filing an insurance claim over the incident or bringing a lawsuit to civil court—contact us for a free consultation or call (256) 400-4000.
How do you determine the value of my claim?
There are many factors when determining the value of a personal injury claim. Considerations include severity of injury, medical costs, lost wages, physical property damage, etc. It is best to contact us for a free consultation to determine this value together. If you have questions, call us today at (256) 400-4000 or fill out our quick free consultation form.
Should I talk to the at-fault party's insurance company?
You are not legally required to speak with the other insurance company’s representative. Generally speaking, you shouldn’t talk to the other insurance company when there is the potential for anyone involved in the accident making a claim for serious personal injuries. If you think you have a case or may pursue a case, contact us for a free consultation. If we decide that there is a case to be made, you can simply refer the insurance company to us.
What should I do after an accident?
Keep in mind that the insurance companies have teams of lawyers and adjusters who begin evaluating your injury claim right away. Because of this, it is essential that you retain a personal injury lawyer immediately if you are injured or seeking medical attention. When an adjuster calls you for your statement, you can simply refer them to us. We offer free case evaluations and consultations. Call (256) 400-4000 today or submit a few details through our quick free consultation form.
What should I bring with me for my free case evaluation / consultation?
When you meet with us for a consultation, you want to give us all the information you can so we can make an accurate evaluation of your injury case. By arriving prepared, you can give us a better idea of your case. Consider bringing medical records, receipts, any correspondence with the other party, police reports, insurance policy information, paystubs, and any other legal documents.
Will my personal injury case go to trial?
Making a personal injury claim is the first step toward getting compensation for your losses. Most cases are settled out of court, which means that just because you file a claim, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to go to court. If you cannot agree on a settlement amount out of court, however, you do need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the defendant to take them to court. There will still be the chance to settle before your trial actually begins, but you need to be prepared to go to court whenever you file a lawsuit.
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