Homewood is a commuter suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, with a network of hiking and mountain trails and a quaint business district. The city has a rich tradition and is focused on the future success and progress of its citizens.
Yet, no matter how much the city has to offer, accidents can still happen. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you might be entitled to compensation. Accident-related injuries that were caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless actions can leave you with serious injuries.
For more than two decades, the attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP have made it their focus to represent people and help them get the justice they deserve. After an accident, it can be overwhelming to fill out insurance claims and negotiate with insurance companies. Let us do that hard work for you.
Call our office today at (205) 324-1212 to speak with one of our legal professionals who will evaluate your case and answer your questions.
How an Experienced Homewood Attorney Can Help
Every accident is unique. Our legal team understands the necessity of learning the details of your case so we can develop a customized strategy to negotiate with the insurance companies or litigate your case in court.
When you work with an attorney from Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, we will be with you every step of the way. After an accident, the at-fault party’s insurance company will probably have an adjuster call to speak with you. While they may appear to be friendly, their job is to gather evidence that disproves your claim.
They may request an interview to ask you questions, or they may ask you for a recorded statement. It is in your best interest to refuse until you have an attorney with you. We can help prevent you from inadvertently saying something that can negatively affect your case.
Your Homewood personal injury attorney from Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP can also advise you about any settlement offer the insurance company makes. Many times, the first settlement offer is not fair. While you may be owed compensation, the insurance company does not want to give you money, so they don’t make the process easy.
Time Limit for Lawsuits
You have a limited period of time in which you may file a personal injury lawsuit. This time limit is defined by the statute of limitations. In Alabama, you must file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident.
If you do not file the correct paperwork or miss the deadline, you will probably relinquish your right to seek justice in court. If you and your Homewood personal injury attorney do not successfully negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company, a personal injury lawsuit may be necessary to recover the compensation you’re due.
However, insurance companies are well aware of the time limit and may delay negotiations. They will hope to delay until you are discouraged or the statutory time period has elapsed. When you work with an experienced attorney from Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, we recognize many of the tactics used by insurance companies to reduce compensation and will protect your right to recover damages.
Our Practice Areas
After you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, seek out a Homewood personal injury attorney with experience negotiating with insurance companies or litigating in court for a maximum settlement. Your attorney should have experience with your situation. Slight variations in case law can affect your compensation.
Following is a list of areas in which our attorneys have experience. If you do not see your accident or situation on this list, call our office at (205) 324-1212 for more information.
- Car accident
- Truck accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Bicycle accident
- Pedestrian accident
- Rideshare accident
- Scooter accident
- Bus accident
- Railroad accident
- Industrial accident
- Workplace injury
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Wrongful death
- Slip and fall
- Dog bite
- Child injury
- Drunk driving accident
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Burn injury
- Brain and spinal cord injury
- Camp Lejeune water contamination
After an accident, you may have sustained a variety of different injuries. These can include emotional, mental, psychological, and physical injuries. In addition to those that are listed above, our clients have also experienced:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Torn or ruptured ligaments and tendons
- Catastrophic injury
- Kidney damage
- Cuts and lacerations
- Heart attack
- Internal injuries
- Neck or back injury
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue injury
- Psychological injury, including PTSD
- Traumatic amputation (loss of limb)
Product liability law applies to manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, and distributors who make a product available to the public. When there is a defect within the product that causes injury to the end user, the person injured may sue for damages. While it may appear the same on the surface, the rules for product liability claims and lawsuits are different from those related to other types of personal injuries. Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP has extensive experience in product liability with:
- Medications and dangerous drugs
- Defective medical products
- Defective artificial joints
- CPAP machines
- 3M military earplugs
- Mass tort
Types of Available Compensation
If you sustained an injury after an accident that was not your fault, you might have questions about the types of compensation available. If we are successful in negotiating a settlement with the insurance company, you may receive economic and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages are compensation for verifiable costs. These can include medical expenses, lost wages, and lost future earnings. Noneconomic damages are compensation for non-verifiable costs. These can include disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.
If negotiations are not successful, we may proceed to litigate your case in court. If the court finds in your favor, you may receive economic and noneconomic damages in an award. In rare cases, the judge or jury might award punitive damages. This money is not meant to compensate you for your injuries or property loss. Instead, it is punishment for the oppressive, fraudulent, wanton, or malicious actions of the defendant that caused the accident and injuries.
Contact Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP Today
If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, you want an experienced and compassionate Homewood, Alabama personal injury attorney on your side. Our trial lawyers are aggressive negotiators and skilled litigators who will fight hard for your fair compensation. Call the office of Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP today at (205) 324-1212 for your free consultation and case evaluation.