We are exclusively a Plaintiff’s firm. Our attorneys handle any type of serious injury case. No matter what act act negligence caused your injury, our lawyers will fight for compensation from the responsible party. We can also answer your important questions about how personal injury cases work and what to expect.
At the law offices of Taylor Martino, P.C., we are exclusively a plaintiffs’ firm, which means that we are committed to protecting the rights and options of those who are harmed by the negligence of others. We have extensive experience representing those involved in a wide range of accident types, have helped those suffering from permanent and disabling injuries recover large settlement awards, and have trial experience. If you have suffered a serious injury in Alabama and don’t know where to turn or what steps to take next, our personal injury lawyers are here to represent you.
Personal Injury Practice Areas
We are confident in our ability to represent you, no matter the type of accident in which you’ve been involved or the extent of injury you’ve suffered. We have experience helping who have been injured in an accident type listed below, or are pursuing a claim in one of the following practice areas–
Some of these events can cause what is called catastrophic injuries. If you think you have a case that doesn’t fall into one of the practice areas listed above, please call us or visit our law firm in person. Chances are, we can help you.
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim in Alabama
Bringing forth a personal injury claim in Alabama is no easy feat; indeed, you will need to prove four distinct elements in order to recover compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys will guide you through each of these elements, and gather necessary evidence to establish each.
Existence of duty of care – You must prove that the person against whom you are filing an action owed you a duty of care;
Breach of duty of care – A breach of duty of care means that the duty of care owed to you was violated;
Causation – You must prove that the breach of duty of care was the direct cause of your accident; and
Damages – You will have to prove that you suffered actual damages in order to be compensated as such.
Important Personal Injury Rules in Alabama You Should Know
Before you bring forth a civil action in Alabama, there are some important state laws in place governing personal injury claims that you should know. These include:
Statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is a time limit that is placed on a civil action, capping the amount of time that a plaintiff has to bring forth a case against a defendant. Statutes of limitation are designed to protect defendants from actions after an unreasonable amount of time has passed. In Alabama, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury. If you wait more than two years from the date of your injury to bring forth a suit, you may be permanently barred from damages.
Pure contributory negligence laws. Alabama is one of the few states in the nation that still has a pure contributory negligence system of fault in place. In most states, shared fault laws state that plaintiffs can still recover compensation from the defendant for their damages, so long as the plaintiff’s degree of fault is not greater than the defendant’s. However, this is not the case is Alabama, which bars plaintiffs from seeking compensation if they contributed to their injuries at all, even a single percent.
Caps on certain damage types. While Alabama law once limited the amount of compensatory damages a plaintiff could recover in a case, the state’s Supreme Court found this cap unconstitutional, and as such, only punitive damages are limited in the state today. Punitive damages are damages that are designed to punish the defendant for their actions (rather than compensate the victim), and are capped at three times the amount of compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever is greater. In cases where a civil action for physical injury is being pursued, the cap is lifted to three times the amount of compensatory damages or $1,500,000.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Helps You
Being involved in an accident and suffering an injury is a very scary and upsetting experience, especially when injuries are severe. Indeed, in the blink of an eye, you may be involved in an accident that leaves you with permanent disability, scarring, or disfigurement, ranging from a traumatic brain injury to paralysis to severe burn injury and more. These types of injury can be shocking to deal with, and you may suffer a range of emotions, ranging from fear to depression to anger and confusion.
We know how devastating a personal injury can be for you and your family. As you recover from your injuries and make plans for your future, our job is to advocate for you and recover a compensation award that will make your life easier. In order to do this, we handle all aspects of your claim, including:
Investigation of your accident;
Gathering crucial evidence to your care;
Sending spoliation of evidence letters, obtaining the right to seek certain evidence types, etc.;
Hiring experts to work and offer statements on your behalf, including accident reconstruction experts, mental health experts, financial experts, and medical experts;
Determining fault and proving negligence;
Ensuring your case is brought forth within the required time frame;
Presenting your claim to an insurance company;
Valuating your damages;
Negotiating your claim; and
Litigating your claim in court if a settlement cannot be reached.
We are prepared to put 100 percent of our effort behind your case, including our staff, resources, and years’ worth of experience.
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation
The sooner that you call the offices of Taylor Martino, P.C. and our skilled Alabama personal injury lawyers, the sooner that we can begin working on your case. We understand how important it is that you recover the full value of compensation for your losses, and we won’t take shortcuts in managing your case. To schedule a free consultation with our law offices where you can meet our team and answer any questions you may have, and learn more about what steps to take next, please send us a message or call us at 251-433-3131.