If you’re harmed in an accident due to the negligence of others, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Personal injury cases cover a wide variety of events. Dog bites, car crashes, cruise ship accidents, and more, all have the potential to qualify for a personal injury lawsuit.
At Maxwell Tillman, handling personal injury cases is one of the principal services we offer to our clients. In fact, we’re ranked in the top 100 Trial and Personal Injury Lawyers in the nation. As such, we wanted to give you a better idea of the kinds of cases we handle, and help you understand exactly what a personal injury lawyer does.
What is a Personal Injury Case?
A personal injury case is a dispute between parties that arises when one individual is harmed due to an accident or injury and another party may be responsible for that harm. Depending on the situation, the types of compensation an injured party can be entitled to include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Any lost wages due to inability to work while recovering
- Pain or suffering experienced due to the accident
In addition, at Maxwell Tillman, if we believe you have a case, no fees are applied for our services unless we win. Our commitment to you is to understand each detail of the incident in-depth to ensure we reach the desired outcome.
Rights to Compensation
If it turns out that your injury was due to the negligence of others, it’s important to understand what rights you have for compensation. Furthermore, you must file personal injury claims within a specific period following the date the injury took place.
Here in Alabama, our statute of limitations for personal injury claims is 2 years after the event. Or 2 years after the discovery of professional malpractice. In cases of medical malpractice, the statute of limitations may be extended if a plaintiff does not discover their injury until a later date. In which case they have an additional 6 months after discovery to file.
If you’re a minor, however, the statute of limitations does not begin until after your 19th birthday. At that time, you have three years to file claims for personal injury. The only caveat to this is when the case involves medical malpractice.
Additionally, when filing personal injury lawsuits, you should keep in mind that more than one party could be liable for your injury. And, in cases involving defective products, the manufacturer of the product may be named as the defendant.
To guarantee your right to compensation is protected, you should always consult with an expert personal injury lawyer.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
So what does a personal injury lawyer handle, exactly? There are several events and accidents that may fall under personal injury.
Even minor car accidents can cause long-term injury. Especially when airbags are involved. Traumatic brain injuries, even mild ones, can take months to years to recover from.
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall cases are often the result of a property owner’s negligence. Whether that be because of a spill or damaged surfaces on the property itself.
Boating and Cruise Ship Accidents
Hitting a big wave too fast, venturing out in bad weather, and failing to keep proper safety equipment on a vessel fall under a personal injury case for boating accidents. Additionally, if a cruise ship overcrowds a vessel, or a collision takes place on the water, operator negligence could be considered.
When a physician or medical professional fails to maintain an adequate level of care during your treatment, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Maxwell Tillman Can Handle Your Personal Injury Case
If you’ve been harmed because of someone else’s negligence, contact us today for a free consultation. No matter your situation, we’re here to help you receive the compensation you’re entitled to.