Personal Injury FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Personal Injury

Injury Lawyers | Crumbley, Blackwell, Wisda & Associates, P.C.

We have compiled a list of questions regarding personal injury cases in North Alabama. These questions were asked by real people, with real injury cases. Our personal injury attorneys have many years of experience, may satisfied clients, and many positive reviews. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer from our team. Call our office at (256) 539-4464 or complete an online case evaluation form. We handle an array of injury cases to include:

Car Accidents Involving Injury

If you or a loved one have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is very important that you know which steps to take next. First, you should contact the police to make an official report which names all involved parties. After the report has been completed, it is important to gather photographs of any injuries and vehicle damages. However, if you have been injured in an accident, it is imperative that you:

  • Seek immediate medical treatment and communicate all of your symptoms to your doctor
  • Follow all of your doctor’s orders
  • If you experience continued symptoms or need a second opinion, do not wait to contact your doctor or another physician
  • Ensure you keep all bills and records provided to you by your doctor and get excuses for any days missed from work

It is also important that you promptly notify your auto insurance and other first party insurance carriers in the event of a motor vehicle accident. Most auto insurance contracts contain duties requiring you to cooperate in the reporting and investigation of a pending claim. Typically, the at fault party's insurance provider will not pay for wages or medical bills up front, however some insurance companies will pay a portion of the costs up front. Your insurance may also be able to help you with obtaining a rental, towing and storage charges, and in promptly repairing or paying for the total loss of your vehicle. Be aware that your interests are different from the interests of the insurance companies. The insurance companies want to settle claims as quickly and cheaply as possible. They have experienced adjusters and attorneys to protect their interests. Until you consult an experienced injury attorney:

  • Do not sign a release of your claims
  • Do not give any written or recorded statements or sign anything that could be used against your interest
  • Do not discuss settlements until you are fully recovered from your injuries and have been discharged by your physician

Contact a local and experienced injury lawyer to help you understand your legal rights and protect your best interests. Your legal rights, including the right to file a lawsuit, are subject to time constraints. These constraints are mandated by the insurance companies and the State of Alabama. We understand that each case is different, for this reason and others our personal injury lawyers work with you to develop a strategic plan that is tailored to the facts and details of your case. You owe us zero fees or costs in the event that we do not obtain a recovery for your case.

Trucking Accidents Resulting in Injury

Semi-truck driver's are required to complete professional training and follow strict guidelines and regulations while performing trucking operations on public roads. These guidelines and regulations are often ignored by many truck drivers, resulting in many trucking related accidents on Alabama roads each year. Trucking accidents often occur as a result of driver fatigue, overloading the vehicle, brake failure, and various other safety violations. In such instances, the truck driver and their respective employer could be held liable for any damages or injuries caused by an accident. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, it is imperative that you:

  • Seek immediate medical treatment and ensure that all of your symptoms have been communicated to your doctors.
  • Follow all of your doctor’s orders. If you have continued symptoms or need a second opinion, seek prompt follow-up care immediately.
  • Make sure to keep a copy of all bills and records provided to you by your doctor and get excuses for any missed days of work.

Be aware that your interests are different from the interests of the insurance and trucking companies. The trucking companies hire experienced accident investigators, adjusters, and attorneys to protect their interests. They want to limit their liability and settle your claim as quickly and cheaply as possible. Until you have discussed your case with a local personal injury attorney:

  • Do not sign a release of your claims
  • Do not give any written or recorded statements or sign anything that could be used against your interest
  • Do not discuss settlement until you are fully recovered from your injuries and have been discharged by your physician

If you have been injured in a trucking related accident, contact an experienced accident attorney who can help protect your rights and best interests. Your right to file a lawsuit has a strict time limit, it is imperative that you act immediately. We understand that each case's specific facts and details vary. For this reason and others, we offer free consultations for all injury related cases. During your free consultation an experienced injury lawyer from our team will work with you to develop a strategic plan for your case. As always, you will owe zero fees or costs if we do not obtain a recovery for your case.

Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents

No one on the road is more vulnerable to accident related injuries than those who ride motorcycles. However, as a motorcycle rider you share some basic rules and responsibilities of the road with drivers of motor vehicles. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you:

  • First seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries
  • Ensure to communicate all of your symptoms to your doctors.
  • Follow all of your doctor’s orders. If you have continued symptoms or you need a second opinion, seek prompt follow-up care immediately.
  • Ensure to keep a copy of ALL Medical Bills and Records provided to you.

If you have been involved in an accident, it is important to first notify your insurance company and any other associated carries of the accident. Your insurance provider could help with paying medical bills or missed wages during your absence. The insurance company could also pay damages in full if the person who caused the accident was uninsured. It is important to note that the insurance companies have different interests than you. They also have adjusters and attorneys that have been trained to settle cases as quickly and cheaply as possible. Often, these staff will attempt to discover a reason to deny liability for your claim. Until you have had time to sit down with a personal injury lawyer from our team:

  • Do not sign a release of your claims
  • Do not give any written or recorded statements or sign anything that could be used against your interests
  • Do not discuss settlement until you are fully recovered from your injuries and have been discharged by your physician

Contact an injury attorney with years of experience to begin developing a plan that will protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process. You have the right to file a lawsuit within a specific limit of time. It is vital that you contact a knowledgeable injury lawyer who can help guide you through your case. You will owe zero costs or fees if we do not obtain a recovery for your case.

Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident Injury

Pedestrians and Bicyclists are almost guaranteed injury if involved in a motor vehicle accident. Each day pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists share the roadways. However, there are still many motor vehicle accidents involving bicycles and pedestrians each year. Remember, you and your insurance company have greatly differing interests. Often times, insurance companies will attempt to limit liability while concluding that the the pedestrian or bicyclist caused the accident while violating a rule of the road. This attempt can leave you vulnerable without the guidance of a trusted personal injury lawyer from our team. If you are a bicyclist or pedestrian and have been involved in an accident:

  • Seek immediate medical treatment and be sure to communicate all your symptoms to your doctor.
  • Follow all of your doctor’s orders. If you have continued symptoms, seek follow up care immediately.
  • Secure a copy of ALL involved medical bills and records.

Disclaimer: While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility. Prior success is not an indication of future success. Every case is different and regardless of what friends, family or other individuals may say about a case, each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances as they apply to the law. The likelihood of success in any given case depends on the facts, the jurisdiction, the venue, the witnesses, the parties and the testimony, among other factors. Furthermore, no representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

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