Decades of Legal Experience Maximizing Claims for the Injured
If you or someone you know has been injured or has lost a loved one in any type of negligence-based accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim. These types of claims can provide much-needed financial resources after such an injury for medical expenses, lost income, and more. They can also provide a sense of justice in the wake of such an accident that has left you reeling from the trauma and loss that follows.
The Gil Law Firm Process
At The Gil Law Firm, we offer sensitive and thorough legal help to individuals suffering from personal injuries and wrongful deaths throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Our lead attorney has been representing individuals and families since 2000 with skilled legal assistance tailored to the specifics of each case that seeks maximum compensation for damages and losses. In the wake of a serious injury, we want you to focus on recovering your emotional and physical well-being while we handle all of the many legal details involved in making claims and dealing with insurance companies.
Injured or lost a loved one in a fault-based accident? Contact our Dothan personal injury attorneys at (334) 401-4420 for a free consultation about your claim, or contact us online. You pay nothing unless we win your case.
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
In the moments following your accident you may wonder what the next step should be. You first priority should always be your safety, health, and physical recovery. In the days following your accident, though, you may begin to consider your opportunities for financial recovery, as well. By enlisting the expertise of an experienced personal injury attorney, you will have a team of knowledgeable legal experts by your side. You legal team can investigate the accident, compile important and helpful documents, and work hard to ensure that all important deadlines are met. Working with an attorney has many benefits and may allow you the time you need to focus on recovery while we focus on getting you the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Claims
Personal injury and wrongful death claims can proceed from a variety of accidents and events. They all have one aspect in common, however, which is that another party or parties acted in a negligent, reckless, or malicious manner that resulted in injuries or death. Such action makes these parties and/or their insurance companies liable for the damages you have suffered.
Accidents and incidents that can lead to claims include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slips and falls
- Dog bites and attacks
- Defective or dangerous consumer products
- Inadequate or negligent security
- Medical errors/malpractice
- Workplace accidents
Such accidents can lead to all kinds of injuries from whiplash and soft tissue damage to fractures, organ damage, severe burns, back injuries, loss of limbs, disfigurement, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord damage. In the worst cases, the person involved is left permanently disabled or dies of his or her injuries, leaving behind family members who depended on him or her for financial and/or emotional support, companionship, comfort, and more.
Should I Speak to the Insurance Company?
It is in your best interest not to speak with the insurance company until you have consulted with a lawyer. If you believe your injuries resulted from someone's negligence, you may be entitled to more compensation than the insurance company may initially tell you. Insurance companies' goal is to settle your claim for as little money and as fast as possible. However, when your life has been changed due to injuries that you had no fault in causing, you deserve fair compensation to help cover your losses.
If you believe that your injuries were sustained because of someone’s negligence, you should be careful to file a claim before the statute of limitations has passed. Alabama law allows up to two years from the time of your injury or accident for you to file your claim.
Damages Available in a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Claim
Typical damages available to those who have been injured through negligence can include past and future medical expenses, lost wages or income, property damage to one’s vehicle or other personal belongings, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Where the injury victim has died, wrongful death claims in Alabama seek punitive damages only against the at-fault party or parties. These damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer and to prevent similar incidents from occurring to others. Punitive damages are paid to the decedent’s heirs. In Georgia and Florida, different wrongful death statutes and compensation apply. Statutes of limitations also apply for wrongful death claims, which means they must be filed within a certain time limit to be actionable.
Consult with a Dothan personal injury lawyer about your unique injury or wrongful death case at (334) 401-4420 today.
At our firm, you will always be treated with respect and compassion; we understand that this is a difficult and challenging situation for you and your family. We also know that insurance companies do not operate on the basis of what is your best interests but only on what is in their own best interests. That generally means reducing or denying payouts to claimants. These companies have their own well-trained army of legal and other staff whose job is to protect their employer’s profitability.
We will ensure that your claim is handled in a thoroughly professional manner from start to finish. Furthermore, we do not give in to settlement negotiation when it fails to bring the justice our clients deserve. If litigation aligns with your best interests, we have no qualms about taking your claim to court where we will fight tooth and nail to get the compensation you deserve.