Fairhope, Alabama, recently earned the coveted title of “Best Small Town in the South” by the popular magazine Southern Living, and with good reason. Located along the cliffs and shores of Mobile Bay, our beautiful city boasts a diverse population, a temperate winter climate, good schools, and a thriving commercial downtown. As a result, it is attracting new residents every day.
Unfortunately, unforeseen accidents and injuries can take a devastating toll on local residents’ ability to appreciate the area’s natural beauty and many sights. That’s why it’s important for personal injury victims to do everything they can to take back their lives after an accident.
Find a Personal Injury Attorney
After seeking medical attention, accident victims need to find a personal injury attorney who can help them evaluate their options and determine the best legal course of action for seeking compensation.
If Fairhope residents are looking for a personal injury lawyer they can trust for sage legal advice and dedicated representation during negotiations with insurance companies and in the courtroom, Hadley Law Firm is the right place. These are a few of the types of personal injury cases handled by our law firm:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Every motor vehicle accident case is unique, and every state takes a different approach to assigning liability. In Alabama, contributory negligence plays a huge role in determining whether an accident victim receives compensation following a serious injury. That’s why it’s important to find an Alabama personal injury lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the state’s laws.
If you’ve been in an accident and were determined to have been partially at fault, we may still be able to help you receive the compensation you need to pay for medical bills, make up for lost wages, and get your life back on track. Just be sure to seek legal help as soon as possible, and refrain from speaking with an insurance agent before first obtaining legal representation.
Things can get more complicated if commercial trucks are involved. Commercial drivers, transport companies, and semi-truck manufacturers are held to certain legal standards that don’t apply to personal use vehicles, which makes determining liability a more complex process.
Filing a personal injury claim can also be complicated for motorcycle riders. There are several minimum requirements riders in Alabama must comply with, including the use of an approved helmet. If you were not in compliance with these regulations when the accident occurred, the liable party’s insurance company may try to limit how much compensation you’ll receive. We can explain the nuances of these laws and develop a strategy to address them in court.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Property owners are obligated by law to maintain their properties in a safe condition. If they fail to take appropriate steps that ensure the safety of all visitors, they could be held liable if their negligence leads to a slip and fall. This is good news for those who have taken tumbles due to a property owner’s negligence.
Determining whether you are eligible to receive compensation requires an analysis of the property itself and whether inadequate maintenance of that property contributed to the fall. It also requires a detailed knowledge of state laws: Alabama classifies visitors to a property under three categories and determines a property owner’s liability depending on whether the visitor was an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser.
Those who have been invited to a property, whether it is a retail establishment or an apartment complex, are owed the highest duty of care and are most likely to receive a large compensation package if they are injured. However, licensees and even trespassers who have been injured on a property owner’s premises are also sometimes eligible to receive compensation.
Product Liability Cases
Just as property owners are legally responsible for providing a safe environment for visitors, product manufacturers can be held liable for their negligence if their products have dangerous defects. It’s not uncommon for defective products to remain on the market even after the company becomes aware of defects. Filing a product liability suit is the best way to make sure that the manufacturer is willing to cut its losses and put out a recall so that no one else is injured due to the manufacturer’s negligence. It’s also the best way for those injured by defective products to get just compensation for their injuries.
If you have been injured due to the use of a defective product, you should immediately contact a lawyer. Manufacturers may be held liable for injuries resulting from the use of their products if there is evidence of negligence, manufacturing defects, or a failure to provide adequate warning to consumers regarding the potential harm that could come from use or misuse
Workers’ Compensation Claims
Workplace injuries can be devastating because they often affect an employee’s ability to return to their job. Alabama has workers’ compensation statutes in place to protect employees who have become injured in the course of their employment, but employers often seek ways to avoid paying out on these claims. The best way to avoid delays in receiving benefits is to immediately seek legal help instead of waiting until a claim is denied.
Successfully filing a personal injury claim or establishing a case becomes more difficult the more time has passed since the incident occurred. There are strict time frames governing how long accident victims have to take action against the parties responsible for their injuries. That’s why it’s essential to find a Fairhope personal injury lawyer who has experience representing similar clients successfully in the past as soon as possible. If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, contact Hadley Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.