Personal Injury Attorney in Birmingham
Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in the U.S. due to car accidents, defective products, workplace accidents, medical malpractice and other negligent conduct. Suffering a serious injury can have devastating effects on your life, both physically and mentally. If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, the personal injury lawyers at Ifediba Law Group, P.C. will aggressively advocate for you. You deserve to be compensated for your medical expenses and suffering. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Why Choose Us
- Our firm has been recovering compensation for injured victims for over 20 years, while maintaining a 98 percent success rate.
- Every aspect of your case will be taken care of, from disability and employment issues to delays in health insurance.
- From the beginning, your case will be personally handled by one of our experienced personal injury and accidents lawyers.
- Client satisfaction is our top priority, we will tailor our legal strategies to meet your needs.
Why You Need a Lawyer
The many years of experience and knowledge a qualified lawyer has in handling personal injury cases can be critical and essential to your case in the following ways:
- Offering you peace of mind. Dealing with an insurance company on top of the physical pain you are suffering, the unanticipated medical bills, treatment needs and the inability to work, can cause an enormous amount of stress. Hiring an experienced attorney capable of handling your claim will alleviate many of your burdens at no cost to you, as they will not accept payment unless you receive compensation. A lawyer will advocate for you and protect your interests while handling dealings with the insurance company so that you can focus your attention on recovering.
- Investigating and gathering evidence. If there is a question of liability, personal injury lawyers are knowledgeable in a how to establish fault. They have a team of investigators ready to gather evidence in order to prove your claim.
- Resources. Personal injury lawyers can afford to provide and have access to a network of experts that can be consulted. Experts who can prove liability through accident reconstruction, medical experts who can testify to the extent of your injuries and how they have and will impact your life, and life care planning experts who can estimate the costs of future treatment and rehabilitation.
- Experience. Attorneys specializing in personal injury will be well-informed of insurance company tactics as well as the rules and guidelines pertaining to your case, such as the statute of limitations and the complex process of properly filing paperwork. They will be skillful in negotiating with insurance companies in order to reach a fair and full settlement. If necessary, an experienced personal injury lawyer will take your case to trial.
- Optimal Results. Statistics show that people who hire attorneys receive more money in their injury settlement, even after paying lawyer’s fees, than those that don’t.
Types of Personal Injury
The most common types of personal injury cases are:
Vehicle & Boat Accidents
Car accidents are the leading cause of personal injury lawsuits in the United States. Other vehicle accidents include accidents involving motorcycles, trucks, pedestrians, bicycles and boats. Common causes of motor vehicle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Improper turns
- Disobeying traffic signs and signals
- Driving under the influence
- Aggressive driving
- Mechanical defects
- Improper maintenance of equipment
- Hazardous weather conditions
These complex claims are initiated due to a patient being injured, resulting from incompetent care or negligent action by a health professional. Medical malpractice can take many forms, including:
- Misdiagnosis or failing to diagnose
- Recommending a treatment that is likely to harm a patient
- Prescription medication error / Dangerous drug interactions
- Unnecessary surgery or surgical error
- Anesthesia errors
- Physician negligence causing birth injuries/defects
Workplace accidents happen often, commonly due to defective safety equipment and especially while operating heavy machinery or on construction sites. Other common workplace accidents may include:
- Slips & trips
- Falls from high heights
- Fires & explosions (faulty gas lines & unfinished piping)
- Overexertion (related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, or carrying)
- Repetitive strain injury (long-term effects of repetitive motions)
- Falling objects
Defective Products / Product Liability
Defective or dangerous products that cause injury. The three main types of defects are:
- Car that tends to flip over while turning a corner
- Brand of sunglasses that fail to block ultraviolet rays
- Airbags that are too thin to absorb the impact of a collision
- Car constructed with defective tires
- Cracked chain on a swing set
- Pharmaceutical drug tainted with a poisonous substance during production
- Lack of a dangerous side effects warning label on cough syrup about taking it in combination with another drug or alcohol
- Pack of cigarettes that doesn’t warn about cancers or diseases they can cause
When a person is killed due to the intentional act or an act of negligence by another. An act of negligence, for example, may consist of a driver who unintentionally causes the death of another person in a car accident. Major sources of wrongful death are:
- Vehicle accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Birth injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Product liabilities
- Workplace accidents
Slip & Fall
Slip & fall injury claims typically stem from a home or store owner failing to provide safe conditions for those that visit the premises. Slip and falls can occur for a variety of reasons, such as:
- Wet and uneven surfaces
- Cords/cables across floor
- Poor lighting
- Working on ladders
- Unsafe scaffolds
- Hazardous conditions due to weather
- Nursing home neglect
A dog’s owner is liable for an injury it causes to a person. In Alabama, the owner is responsible for paying medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of whether or not they knew the dog could possibly be aggressive. If they knew the dog was aggressive, then the owner can be held liable for punitive damages and statutory damages.
Common Injuries from Personal Injury Accidents
Soft Tissue Injuries – Injury to the muscles and tendons in the body by way of sprains, strains, a blow causing a contusion, or the repeated overuse of a specific body part. These commonly occur in the wrists, knees and ankles or neck. Whiplash from a car accident is one of the most common forms of soft tissue injuries.
Chronic Pain Injuries – Many injured victims suffer from chronic pain after an accident in which they suffered soft tissue damage or an injury to the neck, back, or head.
Scarring Injuries – Severe lacerations, burns, or dog bites possibly causing permanent scarring to the affected skin. If located on the face, neck, torso, arms, and hands, they can be a disfiguring permanent injury.
Catastrophic Injuries – A serious injury to the body often caused by a blunt or sharp force and have a long-term effect on the victim. Common injuries include severe lacerations, contusions, traumatic brain injuries, severe burns, fractures or broken bones, neurological damage, spinal cord injuries and paralysis. Typical causes of this type of injury are vehicle accidents, construction site falls, medical malpractice, and intentional acts of violence.
Head Injury – Any trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain, usually occurring from a blow to the head. Injuries include hematoma, hemorrhages, concussions, edemas (swelling), skull fractures, and diffuse axonal injury (damage to brain cells). Common causes are motor vehicle accidents, falls, physical assaults and sports-related accidents. Violent shaking can also cause head injuries, but is most commonly seen in babies and small children.
Your personal injury attorney will investigate your case to determine liability and all parties that are potentially at-fault.
The insurance companies belonging to all parties involved will also conduct their own investigations. If your attorney’s determination is not in concurrence with the insurer’s conclusion then a personal injury lawsuit may need to be filed in civil court so that a jury can determine liability.
Most personal injury claims are caused by negligence, which is defined as conduct that fails to use reasonable care and brings harm to another person. The following four elements of negligence must be proven in order to hold a defendant liable and secure compensation:
- Duty – The plaintiff must show that the defendant owed a legal duty of care in the given situation.
- Breach –The plaintiff must show how the defendant breached this duty of care.
- Causation – The plaintiff must prove the defendant’s breach of duty directly resulted in their injuries.
- Damages. The plaintiff has incurred monetary damages, such as lost wages or medical bills, from the incident.
Damages You Can Recover
Damages for both economic and noneconomic losses may be included in Alabama personal injury claims.
Economic damages are financial losses that can be measured, such as:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property loss
Noneconomic damages include subjectively-experienced losses, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Although rare, punitive damages can be awarded if the at-fault party’s conduct was malicious in nature or egregiously reckless. This type of damages is meant to punish the defendant. An act of negligence alone is not enough for a court to award them.
Contact Us Today
We understand the physical and financial toll an injury can take on your life. The highly experienced personal injury lawyers at Ifediba Law Group, P.C. are eager to help you receive the compensation you deserve and need to support your family and get your life back to normal. Call today for a free consultation.