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If you or a loved one were involved in an accident in Birmingham, Alabama, you may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party. Our personal injury lawyers at Belt, Bruner & Barnett Personal Injury Lawyers can help you recover damages for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and more.

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Why Should I Hire Belt, Bruner & Barnett Personal Injury Lawyers To Handle My Birmingham Personal Injury Case?

Insurance companies are involved in most personal injury cases. These for-profit businesses make money by collecting monthly premiums – not by paying large claims. They’ll do whatever they can to minimize or escape liability, even if it’s clear that you’re the accident victim. 

If you hire Belt, Bruner & Barnett Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ll do everything we can to fight for you and your rights. Insurance companies notice when our experienced trial attorneys are involved in a claim and understand that we have a longstanding track record of success. When you hire our award-winning Birmingham personal injury lawyers, we can:

  • Internally investigate your case
  • Collect the necessary evidence
  • Calculate all of your damages
  • Hire experts to help along the way as needed
  • Take care of all the paperwork and communications
  • Negotiate a full settlement on your behalf
  • File a lawsuit in Jefferson County court if it’s in your best interest

Call us after an accident in Birmingham, AL, for trusted legal help. Your initial case review is free of charge. 

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Case Results

$25,000,000

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$13,500,000

$13,500,000 Settlement in a Product Liability Case

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$13,000,000

Jury Verdict in a Distracted Driving Case

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$12,750,000

12,750,000 Truck Accident Settlement

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$12,500,000

Jury Verdict in a Commercial Truck Crash

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We’ve successfully represented clients who have suffered many types of injuries, and we’ll do our best to pursue maximum compensation for your losses. We will deliver the attention you deserve and take care of all the details of your case so you can focus on recovery.

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It’s been three years, and during that time they have been in touch with me every step of the way. I can’t thank this firm enough.

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I would certainly recommend Belt, Bruner & Barnett, P.C., because of their knowledge and expertise. They’re wonderful to work with.

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He [Keith Belt] worked relentlessly and went above and beyond the call of duty. He’s just an incredible man and an incredible attorney.

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We Handle All Personal Injury Cases in Birmingham, AL

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Top-Rated Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers

We are a top-rated personal injury law firm that consistently wins cases for accident victims in the area. Our Birmingham personal injury lawyers have 93 years of combined experience and have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. You can count on us to get you winning results, too. Contact our law offices in Birmingham today at (205) 206-5088 to get started or ask any questions you may have. We offer a completely free initial consultation.

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Rated a top 100 trial lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association every year since 2007.

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Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial advocate with the proven skill to fight for you.

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Attorney Drew Barnett

Mr. Barnett has devoted his entire career to representing individuals and families in personal injury and wrongful death matters.

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David has an intimate knowledge and understanding of how insurance companies and large corporations handle and evaluate injury claims.

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Attorney Ryan Myers works tirelessly to obtain successful results for his clients who are often facing adversity after a personal injury or accident.

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Attorney Jessica Bonds is a passionate litigator with a wide range of experience.

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Birmingham Personal Injury FAQs

What if I'm Partially at Fault for the Accident?

Alabama is one of only a few states that adhere to a strict “contributory negligence” standard regarding the issue of contributory fault. If you are found partially responsible for your accident, you cannot recover compensation under state law.

This is a relatively strict standard, but it doesn’t automatically bar you from securing money damages. Be careful not to apologize to anyone or accept blame after an accident, and contact a lawyer for help as soon as you can. An attorney can help you respond if the other party tries to blame you.

How Long Do I Have To File a Lawsuit After an Accident in Alabama?

You only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit following an accident in Birmingham. Under Alabama’s statute of limitations for injury cases, you generally have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit in court.

However, there are exceptions that could adjust this time limit for your particular case. Contact a lawyer from our firm promptly after an accident to best protect your legal interests.

What Is Negligence and How Do I Prove It?

Negligence is a legal term that means something like “carelessness,” and it is the basis of most personal injury claims. Most often, you must prove that the opposing party was negligent to win your case. There are four legal elements of negligence:

  • Duty of Care
  • Breach of Duty
  • Causation (factual and proximate)
  • Damages

Each must be proven “by a preponderance of the evidence,” meaning that each is at least 51% likely to be true. Types of evidence you can bring in favor of your claim include:

  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Expert analysis and testimony
  • Photos and videos of the accident scene
  • Physical evidence
  • Medical records
  • Financial documents

Our lawyers are experienced in proving even the most complex negligence claims. Learn more about our legal services by reaching out for a free consultation today.

Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

Most cases settle before going to trial. Nonetheless, our lawyers prepare each case as though it may reach that point. Sometimes, filing a lawsuit is the best way to recover the compensation you need and deserve.

If liability is in dispute or the defendant refuses to negotiate a fair settlement, for instance, we may take them to court. Once we file a lawsuit, we can utilize the pretrial discovery process to get information from the other side – possibly including critical evidence.

Trials also take significant time and effort. Sometimes, the mere “threat” of litigation could lead to a higher settlement offer if the defendant doesn’t want to dedicate the necessary resources.

How Long Will My Injury Case Take?

Injury cases can vary substantially in how long they take. Some might conclude in just a few weeks, while others can take much longer. Factors to consider include:

  • How complex the case is
  • Whether the other party accepts liability
  • The strength of your supporting evidence
  • Whether your case requires filing a lawsuit
  • Whether you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (MMI)
  • How valuable your case is

Our lawyers won’t cut any corners when it comes to helping you with your case. For example, we won’t hesitate to file a lawsuit if that’s what’s best for you.

What Should I Do After an Accident?

The aftermath of an accident can have an outsized impact on the outcome of your claim. Take note of the following so that you can preserve your rights and interests:

  • After getting to safety, call 911 and report the accident to the police. They will arrive on scene and create a report that can help your claim.
  • Exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver or drivers involved in the collision.
  • Do not apologize or accept blame for the crash. Doing so could bar you from recovering compensation.
  • Collect evidence at the scene if you can, such as taking photos and videos in addition to getting information from eyewitnesses.
  • Receive medical treatment, whether or not you have an obvious injury. Not every injury (such as concussions, at times) presents symptoms immediately, and medical documents can help prove your case.

Setting up a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Birmingham is also an important step to take. Your lawyer can advise you on how to proceed based on the unique circumstances of your case.

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Personal Injury Lawyers Serving the Birmingham Area

The Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Belt, Bruner & Barnett Personal Injury Lawyers are committed to helping injured people throughout Alabama obtain compensation for accidents caused by the negligence of others. From our office in Jefferson County, we serve injury victims from Tuscaloosa County, Shelby County, Walker County, Blount County, Saint Clair County, and all of Central Alabama:

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Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?

So long as someone else is at fault for your injuries and/or damages, you might have a case. State law in Alabama allows victims to take action regardless of whether the responsible party was negligent (careless) or intentional in their actions.

The following are just a few examples of scenarios that may lead to a case:

  • Another driver runs a red light and crashes into your vehicle
  • You are prescribed the wrong medication from a doctor or other healthcare provider
  • You slip and fall while on another person’s property (whether public or private)
  • A defective product injures you or causes you to become sick

We encourage you to contact us if you’re not sure whether you have a case. During your free case review, we can look into what happened and offer initial legal advice.

Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Hiring a lawyer can substantially increase the amount of money you get – even after attorney’s fees are taken out. A few reasons why this is true include:

  • The defendant in your case will likely have a lawyer on their side. If you hire an attorney, you’ll level the playing field.
  • A lawyer can leverage professional help from experts to strengthen your case. Some experts help you prove the validity of your claim, while others can assist you in establishing how much it’s worth.
  • You will likely be blamed for the accident. An attorney can respond to these accusations effectively so that you can maintain the complete value of your claim.
  • With a lawyer on your side, you can focus on your health and recovery. In the meantime, your lawyer can handle the legal side of things.

If you have any questions about hiring a lawyer for your case, contact us for a complimentary consultation.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Most personal injury lawyers in Birmingham work on a contingency fee basis. Instead of charging an hourly rate or flat fee, your attorney only gets paid if they successfully handle your case. You can also hire a personal injury lawyer without paying anything upfront.

If your attorney recovers money for you, whether through a settlement agreement or jury verdict, they will receive a percentage (the contingency fee) as payment. In most cases, this will be around 33%.

With a contingency fee, your lawyer will be incentivized to get as much money for you as possible. That’s because the more money you get, the more money they get as well. Further, you can afford to hire a lawyer regardless of your current financial situation.

What Damages Are Available to Birmingham Accident Victims?

Birmingham accident victims can recover two forms of compensatory damages, economic and non-economic. Alabama law also allows for punitive damages recoveries, but only in rare cases.

Economic damages compensate you for your financial losses, such as:

  • Medical bills (current and future)
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • In-home care services

Non-economic damages compensate you for your other kinds of losses, including:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression
  • Mental anguish 
  • Loss of quality of life

As noted above, punitive damages are also potentially available. However, these damages require proving that the defendant acted egregiously and stronger evidence.

How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

A lot goes into determining how much a personal injury case is worth. The cases involving the most serious injuries are usually worth the most, but it can be more complicated than that. Overall, some of the factors that can have an effect include:

  • The type and severity of your injuries
  • The terms/conditions of any relevant insurance policies
  • The amount of your financial losses
  • Whether you will make a full medical recovery
  • The identity of the at-fault party 
  • Whether you contributed to the cause of the accident

Our lawyers will carefully evaluate your claim so that we can maximize your compensation. For further information about your case’s value, call us today.

Alabama Personal Injury Laws 

The following aspects of Alabama personal injury law impact most people and are worth stressing:

  • Alabama is a fault-based state for motor vehicle accidents. After a crash, you can file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the responsible driver.
  • State law gives you two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit in court. However, various exceptions can change the amount of time you have, depending on the facts of your case.
  • Alabama follows a “contributory negligence” rule, which means that you cannot get money damages if you are found partially at fault for your accident. However, an attorney can help you fight against allegations of shared fault.

An experienced lawyer on our team can help explain Alabama law in more detail during your free case review.

Contact Our Experienced Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers for Legal Help

Were you or a family member injured in an accident in Birmingham, AL? If so, you may be due money damages from those at fault. Belt, Bruner & Barnett Personal Injury Lawyers is one of the most well-regarded personal injury law firms in the area and can help you every step of the way.

Our Birmingham personal injury attorneys have already won hundreds of millions for our deserving clients and will work just as hard on your case. Call us today at (205) 206-5088 to schedule your free, no-strings-attached initial consultation.

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