Experienced and Dedicated Mobile Personal Injury Attorneys
Jerome Carter and the attorneys at the Carter Law Firm in Mobile are experienced and dedicated in the field of personal injury law. When you are injured because of the negligence or misconduct of another, it is only fair that the responsible party should pay for your injuries and costs. Justice demands it. Obtaining such compensation is not easy, however, and the burden is on you as the injured party to fight for your rights and prove your case. The lawyers at the Carter Law Firm serve clients throughout Mobile and Baldwin Counties in all types of personal injury matters, including:
- Car and Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Fall
- Defective Products
Why You Need an Attorney When You have been Injured by Another’s Negligence
As noted above, the burden is on you to get the compensation you need and deserve after you have been injured in an accident. Although the insurance company might offer you a quick cash settlement, if you are not represented by an attorney, the insurance company’s offer is likely to be far below what your claim is actually worth. An experienced attorney will understand all of the factors which go into calculating the amount of damages that are owed to you, and if a fair settlement cannot be reached, then litigation is appropriate.
If your claim is challenged or denied by the insurance company, you will have to be able to prove every aspect of the case, including the defendant’s negligence and the nature and extent of your injuries and other legal damages. The insurance company, meanwhile, will try to say that you were not seriously injured in the accident or that their insured was not at fault. They may even try to blame you for causing the accident by your own actions or negligence. Alabama is one of the very few states to retain the doctrine of pure contributory negligence, which means if the other side can show that you were in any way responsible for causing the accident or contributing to your injuries, you can be shut out from recovering any compensation at all from the responsible party. At the Carter Law Firm in Mobile, we fight hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Alabama Wrongful Death Law
Sometimes a person who is injured by the negligence or wrongful conduct of another does not survive the accident. Surviving family members are often left with considerable hospital bills and funeral and burial expenses, as well as having to face a future without a wage earner, caregiver, parent, child or companion.
Alabama law allows surviving family members or the personal representative of the estate to bring an action for accidental death or wrongful death. Rather than collecting “compensatory damages” such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering as in a personal injury lawsuit, the estate of the deceased in a wrongful death action collects punitive damages. Punitive damages are not valued by how much they compensate the victim for their expenses; instead they are designed to punish the defendant and are calculated according to the magnitude of the defendant’s misconduct.
While no amount of money can bring back a loved one, a wrongful death award can help relieve the financial burden brought on by the loss of a family member while also punishing the defendant for unacceptable conduct and serving as an example to others. We can help in the event a loved one was taken away from you.
Get Help from a Dedicated Team of Mobile Personal Injury Attorneys
At the Carter Law Firm, our attorneys have strong ties to the Mobile community and are dedicated to helping people in need. Helping accident and injury victims recover compensation for the harm which was done to them is one way we seek justice for the people of Mobile and Baldwin counties. If you have been injured by another’s negligence or misconduct, or if you have lost a loved one because of the wrongful conduct of another, contact the Carter Law Firm for a free consultation. If you are unable to travel to our office in Mobile, we will come to you. Call 251-433-6500 for immediate assistance.