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While many legal terms can be difficult for the average person to decipher, the term "personal injury" is fairly easy to understand. However, personal injury cases can be anything but easy. If you were injured because of someone else's careless or reckless actions, you may have grounds to pursue a "personal injury" claim or a lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation. But getting justice is not always simple. The insurance company for the at-fault party may try to low-ball a settlement or deny your claim.

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers at the Mike Slocumb Law Firm. We work on these types of cases every day. We know how to deal with insurance adjusters, attorneys for defendants and other parties that may stand in the way of your getting compensation.

Why choose Mike Slocumb Law Firm? Simply put, we know how to get results. Our work on behalf of clients has resulted in more than $40 million in recoveries. We have obtained significant verdicts and settled cases related to car and truck accidents, work accidents, medical malpractice and other types of personal injury claims.

Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Injury

What's the first thing I should do if injured?

Get medical attention as soon as possible. Call 911 or ask someone to contact authorities if you are unable to do so. If you believe someone else caused your injuries, contact Mike Slocumb Law Firm immediately for a free consultation. Once you've seen a doctor, make sure to follow his or her advice. And don't "blow off" appointments. Remember, the insurance company will know. They will take your failure to seek medical help as a sign that you are not seriously injured and therefore don't deserve compensation.

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What are "damages" in a personal injury case?

Damages refers to the compensation you may be entitled to receive. For example, you may be eligible to receive "compensatory damages" - money to pay for medical expenses, lost wages and other financial losses you may have incurred. In some cases, accident victims may receive punitive damages. These funds awarded as a way to punish the defendant and act as a deterrent so others don't commit similar acts in the future.

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Who will pay for my accident-related expenses?

Generally, the person or entity found to be at fault should pay for your losses. Sounds simple enough, but in reality the process of getting compensated can be difficult without the help of a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies for negligent entities may not cover all the accident-related expenses. You may not receive the money you need for your lost wages, all of your medical bills and pain and suffering.

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What else can I do at the accident scene to support my claim?

The more evidence you have, the better off you will be. With this in mind, you should try to photograph your injuries as well as the accident scene, including damage to vehicles and the scene of the accident, such as skid marks (or lack of skid marks). If you are attacked by a dog, take a photo of the dog - but only if you can do so without further endangering yourself or others.

Furthermore, you should obtain names of witnesses at the scene. If you were in a car accident, get information from other driver(s) and passengers.

In the days, weeks or months after the accident, keep receipts and other important documents related to medical treatment or time off from work. It's a good idea to maintain a daily journal of how the accident has impacted your life. Describe the extent of your pain on a given day.

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What is negligence?

Negligence is a critical element of a personal injury case. Essentially, negligence involves someone who is careless or reckless and causes harm to another person. An example of negligence might be someone who is texting while driving or who has consumed alcoholic beverages and causes a car accident. But negligence also can be found in a variety of other cases, including medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, slip and fall accidents and more.

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What if I was partially at fault in the accident?

The laws vary from state to state. Alabama uses the legal principle of "contributory negligence," which means that if you were at all responsible for your injuries due to your own negligence, you cannot recover damages. The other party will almost certainly use this as a defense, so it's critically important to have an experienced attorney on your side.

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What is an intentional act?

Many accidents are caused by negligent people who did not intend to hurt the victim. But some accidents involve "intentional acts." This means the person deliberately tried to harm the other person. An intentional act might involve assault and battery.

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Should I give a statement to the insurance company adjuster for the at-fault party?

No. Don't talk to anyone about your accident before speaking to your attorney.

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How do I speak with an attorney?

Simply call 1-800-HURTLINE or fill out the free consultation field you see at the top right of this page. There's no cost and no obligation to speak with a lawyer at the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

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Do I have to pay up front or by the hour?

No. You pay nothing unless you win. If we settle your case or you receive a favorable verdict, we will collect an attorney fee.

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Should I hire a personal injury lawyer?

If you've been injured through no fault of your own, you face the possibility of financial hardship. You may be in pain. You may be wondering how the accident will affect your family.

When so much is at stake, it's wise to get legal representation. The Mike Slocumb Law Firm focuses on personal injury cases and will evaluate your claim. Our attorneys know how to secure maximum compensation for clients.

Furthermore, you should keep in mind that the other side will most likely have an attorney (or a team of attorneys) fighting for them. By going it alone, you may be overwhelmed and outmaneuvered.

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When should I contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm?

It's always wise to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. First, you want to begin an investigation while evidence is still fresh. Second, you don't want to risk going past the statute of limitations. If you wait too long, you risk losing your right to seek compensation for your losses.

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Do I need to visit a doctor for my personal injury claim?

Most of our clients received medical treatment before they contacted us. If you haven't seen a doctor, we urge you to make an appointment as soon as possible. Your health and well-being should always be your first priority. When you're going through the process of a personal injury claim, you will be better off if you have strong evidence to support your case. By going to a doctor and following his or her orders, you will send a message that your injury is serious.

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What kind of evidence should I have to support my case?

Photographs of the accident scene and your injuries often prove extremely helpful. You also want to obtain the names and contact information for any witnesses.

Keep documentation of your accident-related expenses: receipts for your medical treatment, pay stubs showing you may have lost wages because of missing work and other important paperwork. The insurance companies will demand to see this information later on in your case.

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What is my personal injury claim worth?

So many factors affect the value of your claim, including who the at-fault party is and what type of insurance is available. It's best to contact our office to discuss your unique situation.

By retaining the Mike Slocumb Law Firm, you will have an attorney working diligently to make sure the claim is thoroughly examined. We will look into all aspects of the case and typically work with outside experts to help determine the claim's value.

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How much time does it take to settle a case?

Cases can take as little as a few months, but can sometimes stretch over the course of years. Factors that may affect length include extent of injuries and whether the insurance companies are willing to settle. In some cases, we may recommend filing a lawsuit and going to trial.

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What about confidentiality and my case?

Your communications with us will be confidential. The law requires us not to offer any details of your case without your written consent.

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