Personal Injury FAQ

In the aftermath of an injury, a victim can be left searching for answers. What do I do next? Do I need a lawyer? How much will a personal injury lawyer cost? The best course of action to have these questions answered is to call Richardson Maples, PC, immediately. We will gladly help you determine what the next step should be.

We have also provided answers to a few common questions here to give you a better understanding of personal injury and how we can help.

What should I do after being involved in an accident?

First, call 911 if anyone has sustained an injury, and contact the police right away. Even if no one appears to be injured, a police report can sometimes be required to file a personal injury claim. Begin recording as many details as you can at the scene of the accident, including your exact location, where you were going, any people with you in the vehicle, the weather outside, and the time of day. Record as many details as possible even if they do not seem important right away.

Take as many pictures as you can. The photos that you take at the scene, of any vehicles or equipment involved, any defective or dangerous conditions that contributed to the accident, and of the injuries, may prove invaluable to your claim. You simply cannot take too many pictures.

Also, try to identify any people who may have seen the accident. They may be witnesses in your case. In the days and months following the accident, document everything you do or experience that is related to the accident, including any medical treatment, doctor visits or time taken off work, as well as any instances of pain, anxiety, sleep loss or other ailments. Once you contact your insurance company, keep phone messages and emails, and make sure every correspondence with the insurance company or adjustor is in writing.

It is best if you contact a qualified personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following an accident, especially before making any statement to insurance companies. Experienced legal counsel can provide you with the guidance and protection you need to reach the best possible outcome.

Do I have a case?

For us to determine if you have a valid personal injury claim, we need to understand the details regarding your accident, work injury or other injury situation. Contact our office online or call us to speak directly to a knowledgeable injury lawyer. We are happy to listen and determine if there are liable parties involved and how to move forward.

Why do I need a lawyer if I was hurt in an accident?

If you were injured in an auto accident, the other driver's insurance company may offer you a settlement, but in almost all cases, these offers are much less than you need and deserve to cover your damages. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you receive fair compensation for your injuries by preparing to litigate your case and challenging the insurance company's assumption that you will accept any settlement offer.

How much will a personal injury attorney cost?

At Richardson Maples, PC, we handle injury cases on a contingency basis. This simply means that we aren't paid unless we are successful in getting compensation for you. We know that the aftermath of an injury is already financially stressful. We want to help you through those difficulties.

What if the person who hit me was uninsured or underinsured?

If the other driver was uninsured, your insurance company may require a signed statement from the uninsured driver establishing that he or she does not have insurance. Then, you can make a claim with your own insurance company for your damages.

If the other driver was underinsured and cannot fully compensate you for your damages, you may still make a claim for the amount that the other driver's policy can cover, and then you can make a claim with your own insurance company if you have underinsured motorist coverage.

Unfortunately, an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver can put you at odds with your own insurance company. Therefore, these accidents require the involvement of an experienced Alabama personal injury attorney so that you may receive the compensation to which you are entitled.

What should I do if I get hurt on the job?

First, tell your employer right away. If your injury or illness developed gradually, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or hearing loss, report the ailment as soon as you discover that it is work-related. Prompt reporting helps prevent problems and delays in receiving benefits, including medical care that you may need to avoid further injury. If your injury is a medical emergency, go to an emergency room.

Your employer may tell you where to go for treatment because in Alabama, your employer has the right to select the treating doctor in workers' compensation cases. Do as he or she instructs to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your emergency room visit. Be sure to tell the healthcare provider who treats you that your injury is work-related.

How can I learn more?

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Richardson Maples, PC, and set up a free initial consultation. If you cannot come to our offices, we will meet with you in your home, hospital room or another convenient location.

Call Richardson Maples, PC, at (256) 533-2440 to speak with a personal injury lawyer and work injury attorney regarding your needs.