Named after the ancient city in Greece, Athens is one of the oldest chartered cities in Alabama, with many historic buildings and residences.
The city sits along Interstate 65, often the site of car and truck accidents. And, like many cities, Athens residents suffer their fair share of other accident-related injuries.
When accidents occur, call on the Athens personal injury lawyers at McCutcheon & Hamner to handle your accident claim so you can focus on your physical recovery.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an accident due to another person’s carelessness or ill intent, you need an experienced personal injury attorney. Accident injuries can be life-altering. You may face staggering medical bills that add up quickly, especially if you cannot work during your recovery. An experienced lawyer at McCutcheon & Hamner can explain your legal options in a free consultation.
Call us at (256)617-6616 today to schedule an appointment with our Athens personal injury lawyer.
Why Choose Us?
For over three decades, the personal injury lawyers at McCutcheon & Hamner have successfully secured substantial compensation for accident victims in Athens and across northern Alabama.
We are here to assist with your case and offer our assistance. We understand the profound consequences of accidents on individuals and their loved ones.
If your injury results from someone else’s negligence, you deserve comprehensive and just compensation. Contact us today and hear how we can help you.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
At McCutcheon & Hamner, we handle many personal injury accident claims, including:
- Car accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
- Nursing home injuries
- Dog bite injuries
- Construction accidents
If you suffered injuries in an accident—including an accident not listed above—contact McCutcheon & Hamner for a free consultation. We’ll happily discuss how we can help you in your time of need.
What Damages Can Personal Injury Victims Recover?
Injured accident victims may recover compensation for damages such as:
- Medical expenses for medication, surgeries, and other needs
- Durable medical equipment for mobility
- Modifications to your home or vehicle
- Lost income, benefits, and other earnings
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scars or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial expenses, in the case of wrongful death
- Property damage
Proving Negligence in a Personal Injury Case
Personal injury cases must establish four essential elements of negligence to hold someone legally responsible for the harm they caused:
Duty of Care
The defendant must have breached or failed to fulfill their duty of care. This means they did not meet the standard of reasonable care expected in similar circumstances, such as a motorist must drive safely and follow traffic rules.
Breach of Duty
The defendant must have breached or failed to fulfill their duty of care. This means they did not meet the standard of reasonable care expected in similar circumstances, such as a driver who speeds.
There must be a causal connection between the defendant’s breach of duty and the plaintiff’s injuries. The breach of duty must cause the harm suffered by the plaintiff, such as the speeding driver who loses control of his vehicle and crashes into yours, causing you injuries.
The plaintiff must have suffered actual damages, such as physical injuries, emotional distress, medical expenses, loss of income, or other measurable losses, because of the defendant’s negligence.
What if Partially Caused the Accident?
Alabama is one of the few states that follows a contributory negligence standard. Under this unfair rule, accident victims cannot recover one cent of compensation for their losses if they are even remotely to blame for causing the accident.
Because of this, insurance companies may twist your words and get you to admit fault to get out of paying you damages.
Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you. Let your McCutcheon & Hamner Athens attorney handle them instead.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me with a Personal Injury Claim?
Here are some ways a personal injury lawyer with McCutcheon & Hamner can assist with your accident claim:
- Offer legal advice
- Evaluate your case
- Gather evidence
- Identify all liable parties
- Determine the full extent of your damages
- Handle negotiations with the insurance company
- File your case before the statute of limitations
- Represent you in court and advocate on your behalf
What Is the Deadline for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Alabama?
Alabama law establishes a two-year statute of limitations for filing personal injury cases arising from negligence in civil court. The clock begins on the date of the injury or accident. If you fail to file your case within this deadline, you may lose your right to pursue a claim through the court system.
To protect your rights and file your case within the applicable statute of limitations, consult our attorneys immediately after an accident. Our lawyers can assess your personal injury case, advise you on your legal rights, and guide you through the entire legal process.
Contact the Athens Personal Injury Lawyers at McCutcheon & Hamner Today
Since 1988, the personal injury attorneys at McCutcheon & Hamner have been steadfastly defending the legal rights of individuals in Athens and across north Alabama.
With a combined experience of over 30 years, we have extensive knowledge to handle your accident case. Our unwavering commitment, legal expertise, and ample resources are dedicated to ensuring fair compensation for you and your loved ones during this difficult time.