How do I make an appointment?
The best way to reach an attorney is to call and schedule a consultation (256) 536-0770
How do I get to your office?
We are located right in Downtown Huntsville, Alabama.
125 Holmes Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35801
What hours are you open?
We are open Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. This could be change due to certain holidays. We always appreciate you calling to make an appointment first. (256) 536-0770
What areas of law do you practice?
We have over 75 years of collective experience handling thousands of personal injury cases. Areas of Service: Automobile Wrecks, Construction Accidents, Insurance Disputes, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse, Product Defects, Slip & Falls, Work Related Accidents, Wrongful Death
Do I need a lawyer?
In most situations, injured persons benefit from retaining an attorney to represent their interest. Insurance companies have trained and experienced persons whose goal is to pay nothing or as little as possible to resolve your claim. You should have someone with experience on your side. Our attorneys handle every details of your case. We will deal with the insurance company, your creditors, medical providers, and your employer. This allows you to concentrate on getting your health and family back in order. Initial consultations to discuss your claim are free. If you hire our firm, our services and expertise cost you nothing out of your pocket. We advance the costs of presenting your case and are paid a fee if we collect money for you.
The attorneys at Timberlake & League, P.C. are local to North Alabama. We practice personal injury law because we want to help injured individuals and their families. We enjoy making the law work for working people. In most cases we oppose insurance companies and have successfully resolved over a thousand personal injury cases. How much will it cost to hire a lawyer?
Our services never cost you any money out of your pocket. There is NEVER a charge for consultation with any of our attorneys. We take cases on a contingency basis. That means that we are paid nothing unless we collect money for you. We do not charge an hourly rate for the time our attorney or staff spends on your case. We advance all the costs associated with preparing your case for settlement or trial. Our fee is paid and costs are reimbursed to us only after a settlement is reached or a jury returns a verdict in out favor.
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What should I do if I am injured in an accident?
If you are injured in an accident, the most important thing you can do – is collect and keep any available evidence that might show what happened. Obtain the names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses, take photographs, and make a journal of exactly what happened. This evidence can be crucial to presenting your case. Police reports, medical records, business records, or other information can also be useful. If you need medical attention, make arrangements to get treatment as soon as possible. Make sure to tell your healthcare providers that your injuries were caused by the accident. You should also consider consulting with an attorney as soon as possible to help you preserve any evidence and present your case.
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Can I recover compensation for my injuries?
In Alabama you must prove that your injuries resulted from the negligent acts or omissions of another person or business before you can recover compensation. You can only recover compensation for injuries that were caused by acts or omissions of the other person or business. The burden is on the person seeking compensation to prove the fault of the other party and to prove that his or her injuries were caused by the acts or omissions of the other party. If these elements can be proved, then you may recover compensation for your injuries.
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How much is my case worth?
Believe it or not, there is not an exact formula for determining what your personal injury case is worth. Every accident and injury is different. Case value can depend on the manner in which your were injured or the extent of your injuries or impairment, degree of “pain and suffering”, amount of past and future lost wages, and medical expenses. Only after a complete investigation can we assess the compensation that you may be due and assign a monetary value to your case. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases. We review and discuss each case as a team to determine the reasonable value of your case. If the insurance company or opposing party is not willing to pay a reasonable amount, then we take your case to trial and present it before a jury.
Will my case go to trial or will it settle?
The majority of personal injury cases that are well prepared settle for reasonable compensation before they are presented to a jury. However, some cases must be tried before a jury. These cases typically involve questions of liability or fault and medical issues about whether the accident caused a particular injury. Our attorneys are experienced in presenting cases for settlement or at trial.
How much time do I have to pursue a claim?
In Alabama there is a standard two-year limit from the date of the accident to file your personal injury claim. Due to the relatively short time frame, it is imperative you speak with a personal injury lawyer soon after your accident to discuss your case.
Do I need to keep a journal of my facts and injuries?
It is very important to keep records of everything pertaining to your case. Detailed accounting makes proving your case easier. Keeping a record of medical bills, prescribed medications, paperwork, a detailed account of your incident, and how it has affected you is always a great plan. Be sure to include details like when and where the incident occurred; the names of the people involved; and injuries that may have happened as a result.
What does “contributory negligence” mean?
Contributory negligence is a defense to a personal injury claim based on negligence. The defense completely keeps plaintiffs from any recovery if they contribute to their own injury through their own negligence. In other words, if you were injured due to not paying attention to signs, warnings, and other avoidable dangers by taking reasonable care you will not be compensated for your injuries.
How much does it cost to make an appointment?
There’s no cost to see us for an initial consultation. Consultations may be conducted by phone or in our office. If you are unable to come to us, we can make arrangements to visit you. If you do decide to hire us, we are only paid when, and if, we collect on your behalf.
Can I get an advance on the big money I am certain to receive from my lawsuit?
Unfortunately, we do not offer an advance on any money you may receive from a settlement. We serve our clients on a contingency fee basis. That means you only pay our firm when we collect money on your behalf. To remove any confusion about the payment and settlement processes, our attorneys meet with each client to discuss his/her case. Though we do not offer advances, we do work hard to get the highest possible settlement for our clients.
Will I have to pay taxes on the money I get from my personal injury settlement?
It depends. If you received a settlement after an accident, then that amount is non-taxable IF you did not take an itemized deduction for medical expenses related to your injury or sickness previously.
Why do the insurance companies want me to make a recorded statement?
An insurance adjuster may ask for a recorded statement as part of his procedure to process any claims. The adjuster’s job is to reduce or possibly even deny your claim. If an adjuster does ask for your recorded statement, tell the insurance adjuster you will be speaking with your attorney for advice before providing a statement.
If I have no health insurance, how can I get medical treatment?
If you do not have and cannot afford insurance, you may be able to seek assistance for primary care at your local health department. If you are without health insurance and need to make a visit to the emergency room or a primary care physician, you will be responsible for paying all costs for treatment.
Why does my health insurance get paid out of my settlement amount?
Your insurance has a right of subrogation. That means an insurance company can recover money paid to injured person by a responsible party. Due to federal law, you may have to fully reimburse the health insurance company for benefits paid. But your attorney may be able to negotiate a smaller payment amount when the time comes to reimburse your health insurance provider.
Why did the hospital send me a lien?
A hospital may send a lien notice if you do not have insurance or if it chooses not to file with your health insurance provider. The lien allows the hospital to recover full payment of your total hospital charges from any judgment or settlement you receive from the party that caused your injuries. However, they aren’t always able to file a lien if you have insurance. If you have insurance, the hospital may be contractually required to file with your healthcare insurance and accept payment from the insurance company as full satisfaction of the charges.