If you have been injured as a result of another person’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. The purpose of a personal injury lawsuit is to hold an individual, business, or government entity financially responsible for the harm they have caused you. In most cases you will ultimately seek payment from an insurance company. We’re here to help you recover the compensation that you deserve.
Compensatory damages are awarded to repay injury victims for their existing and future economic losses, such as medical expenses and lost income, as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. The primary purpose of a personal injury lawsuit is to compensate you for your losses. The basic idea being that when someone causes harm by their negligence they should be held financially liable.
Compensatory damages in a personal injury lawsuit can include:
- Medical expenses and future medical expenses
- Lost income and future lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Diminished quality of life
Punitive damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer rather than to compensate you. Punitive damages are only available in extreme circumstances where the defendant’s conduct was worse than simple negligence. This may or may not be criminal behavior and your civil lawsuit is separate from any criminal proceedings and does not rely on the outcome of criminal proceedings.
Statutes of Limitations
A statute of limitations is your time limit for filing your personal injury lawsuit. There are many factors that can affect how much time you have, including the state in which your accident took place and whether you were a minor child when the injury occurred. The most important thing you need to know about the statute of limitations is that you lose your right to sue if you wait for the deadline to pass, no matter how much you deserve compensation and how strong your case.
The statute of limitations is just one of several time limits that may apply to your case, so it is vital that you talk to our Birmingham personal injury attorneys right away so we can protect your claim.
We handle personal injury lawsuits on a contingency fee basis. That is standard, because injury victims generally cannot afford to pay hourly attorney’s fees to try to recover the compensation they so badly need. The contingency fee gives everyone equal access to the justice system, no matter their financial means.
You pay nothing up front, and you only pay attorney’s fees if we win money for you. Otherwise, you pay us nothing.
To find out if you have a case, and how we can help you, please call us at 1-866-252-3535 or contact us online today to schedule your free consultation.