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Litigating an Accident Claim with a Tuscaloosa Injury Lawyer

Have You Been Injured in Alabama? You Need a Tuscaloosa Injury Lawyer On Your Side

If you or a loved one has experienced an accident or some other event that has left you severely injured, or if someone you care about has been killed by another’s negligence, a Tuscaloosa injury lawyer can help. You may be entitled to recover money damages by filing a suit against the party or parties at fault.

Personal Injury Lawsuits in Alabama

The type of legal action you file to collect damages following an injury is called a personal injury lawsuit. At Cross & Smith, our Tuscaloosa accident litigation attorneys file cases in the Alabama courts on behalf of injured clients and represent them in either settling their cases with the insurance companies or by fighting for their rights during a trial. Typically, personal injury cases include many different kinds of matters, including: 

While every case is different, in order for the injured party to be able to make a personal injury claim against another person, he or she must be able to show that:

  • They suffered an injury
  • The injury resulted from the negligent or reckless behavior of another person
  • They have sustained damages as a result of the accident or incident  

What to Do After You Have Been Injured in Alabama

It is important to seek help from an experienced Tuscaloosa injury lawyer as soon as possible after the injury occurred. In Alabama, as in other states, you must file your personal injury lawsuit before the time period to file runs out. Complying with this time period — also called the statute of limitations — is very important. If you fail to file your lawsuit in time, you will not be allowed to pursue your claim against the person responsible for your injuries. 

Your Tuscaloosa accident litigation attorney will be able to explain to you in detail how the lawsuit in your particular case will proceed. Generally speaking, however, the case venue — which is the location of the court where your case will be filed and where the trial will be if the case does not settle — will be the country where the accident occurred or the injury was sustained. The steps of a personal injury lawsuit are:

  • Your attorney files a complaint with the court, setting forth all the facts of the case and your claims against the party who injured you, known as the defendant.
  • The defendant files their answer to the complaint, usually within 30 days pursuant to Alabama law.
  • The parties engage in the process of discovery, where each side asks for documents to be produced and submit written questions, called interrogatories, to each other. 
  • The parties then take depositions of each other’s witnesses in order to learn more about the case. 

In many instances, personal injury cases settle before there is an actual trial. But because many cases do go to trial, it is important that you choose a Tuscaloosa accident litigation lawyer to represent you through the whole process. 

Contact a Cross & Smith Tuscaloosa Injury Lawyer Today

Do not take the risk of losing your rights to seek damages for your injuries. Contact a Cross & Smith accident litigation attorney today. You can find us online or you are welcome to call our office at (877) 375-0256 for a free confidential consultation.

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"I have been friends with Dell Cross since we were roommates at UA Law and have had the pleasure of conferring with Cross & Smith, LLC in a professional capacity for many years. As a law office which specializes in domestic relations and family law matters, it is imperative that my office maintain a consistent client referral relationship with a law firm which can effectively address personal injury matters brought to us by our clients."