The law can be tricky, and there’s a reason not everyone’s a lawyer. This is the case in every situation, and injury laws are no different. If you ever have the misfortune of getting severely injured, the last thing on your mind is the law. You just want to get healthy and back to a normal routine, and medical bills and other factors can make it extremely difficult.
This is where legal cases come into the picture to try and get you compensation for lost wages from missing work as well as money to cover your medical bills. Unfortunately, there are a ton of rules and laws to sift through when it comes to injuries. There are a lot of things to know about injury laws, and here are five of them:
1) You have up to two years to file a personal injury lawsuit according to the statute of limitations.
2) It’s possible to receive compensation up to $1.5 million for personal injury lawsuits. However, if your lawsuit is against your city or county, the most you can receive in compensation is $100,000.
3) If your employer has more than 5 employees, you’re entitled to workers compensation. There are exceptions, but this is generally the case. You have up to two years after the injury to file for workers comp and the compensation amount varies based on your particular situation.
4) Passengers in cars can’t bring lawsuits against drivers unless the driver was being reckless. This is assuming the driver isn’t being paid for providing transportation to the passenger. If you’re riding in your friend’s car and get into a car accident, the only way you can get financial compensation from them is if they were speeding, texting while driving, and other dangerous behavior.
5) Pain and Suffering damages are meant to cover anguish that isn’t covered by typical economic damages. For example, normally compensation is intended to cover medical bills and lost wages when the injured person misses work, but Pain and Suffering damages are intended to cover discomfort and mental anguish.
This blog post should not be taken as legal advice. These are only a few things to know about injury laws in Alabama, but there is an overwhelming amount more to know. If you are a victim battling to recover from personal injuries, you’ll need the help of an experienced attorney.
We at Liddon Law Firm will fight on your behalf. From the beginning, we will explain exactly what you can expect and immediately start to work building a solid case on your behalf. Often these cases settle, but we prepare each case as if it will go to trial. We are ready to protect your interests no matter what happens.