At James & Pittman, P.C. we represent injured plaintiffs in all types of accidents ranging from minor traffic collisions to serious accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and death.
Our areas of practice include:
- Automobile, Motorcycle & Bicycle Accidents
- Truck & Commercial Vehicle Accidents
- Products Liability
- Wrongful Death
- Dram Shop
- Insurance Fraud/Bad Faith
- Mediation & Arbitration
- Dog Bites & Attacks
- Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence
Automobile, Motorcycle & Bicycle Accidents
We assist clients who have been injured in traffic accidents that were caused by the negligent or wrongful acts of another party. A frequent cause of car, motorcycle and bicycle accidents is the negligence of other drivers, including speeding or driving too fast for road conditions, running red lights, drunk driving, or using cell phones. In addition, motorcycle and bicycle accidents are often caused by drivers who do not see the smaller motorcyclist or bicyclist and make sudden lane changes. Accidents may also be caused by defective auto parts or by negligently maintained or designed roads. We will assist you and/or your family in obtaining the maximum compensation to which you and/or they are entitled.
Truck & Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Accidents involving large commercial trucks, "big rigs", and/or 18-wheelers are often serious, resulting in catastrophic injuries or even death. Truckers may be more prone to cause accidents than other drivers because of improper driver training, fatigue, speeding, drug or alcohol use, or the difficulty of maneuvering large vehicles weighing thousands of pounds with limited visibility. Improperly loaded or maintained vehicles, defective truck products, and road conditions are also common causes of trucking accidents. Trucking accident cases are particularly complex, often involving a tangle of federal and state motor vehicle regulations and personal injury and wrongful death laws. With over 45 years of combined personal injury experience, we have the skills and expertise to help injured victims and grieving families obtain the maximum financial and emotional solace they deserve.
We assist plaintiffs who have been injured because of dangerous or defective products. Product manufacturers, and others in the chain of manufacture, may be held strictly liable for any harm their products cause because of a manufacturing defect, design defect, or failure to warn of any possible dangers of using the product. Issues of products liability may arise in any type of case, including a car accident caused by a defective tire or other automotive part, or a construction accident caused by defective equipment. We examine every injury case carefully to determine all possible causes of the accident and to identify all culpable parties, ensuring our clients receive full and complete financial recovery for their injury.
When family members lose a loved one because of the negligence or wrongful act of another party, they may be entitled to recover punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer and prevent similar harm from occurring to others. Alabama law is unique from other states in regard to the type of recoverable damages in a wrongful death action. If someone you love has been seriously injured and death is imminent, a lawsuit must be filed before they pass away in order to preserve the right to recover compensatory damages, such as loss of future income, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. After a person passes away, recoverable damages will be limited to punitive damages only, therefore it is important to contact an experienced attorney immediately if a loved one is gravely injured.
Alabama law allows spouses, parents and children of loved ones that are injured, damaged and/or killed by an intoxicated person to bring a lawsuit against a bar or business that illegally serves alcohol to the intoxicated person. Alabama law permits the damaged family member to recover both compensatory and punitive damages against the bar or business in such a situation. If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, there may exist a cause of action against not only the intoxicated person who caused the injury, but also the bar or business that furnished the alcohol.
Insurance Fraud/Bad Faith
A claim of bad faith generally arises when an insurance company unreasonably refuses to meet its obligations under the insured's policy. Insurance companies are in business to earn a profit, and often attempt to maximize profits by minimizing payments of claims by wrongfully denying or undervaluing a claim. When an insurance company fails to provide coverage as expected and contractually obligated, you have the right to seek relief through legal means. We have the experience and skill to successfully confront an insurance company and obtain the maximum benefits to which you are entitled.
Mediation & Arbitration
In addition to being skilled litigators, we also have extensive experience in the use of alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration. Mediation and arbitration are often far more cost-effective and expeditious than traditional litigation. For further information on this aspect of our practice, see our Mediation practice page.
Dog Bites & Attacks
Dog bites and attacks can be among the most frightening and disfiguring personal injuries, especially when a child is the victim. If you have been injured by a dog bite or attack, you may be entitled to recover money damages to compensate you for your injuries, including medical bills and pain and suffering. Additionally, victims may need treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other effects of experiencing psychological trauma.
Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence
Federal and state law guarantees certain rights and protections to nursing home residents, including but not limited to the right to be treated with dignity and privacy, protection from abuse and chemical and physical restraints, and the right to receive care ensuring safety and good hygiene. If you fear that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or negligence, contact us for immediate assistance.
Experienced Personal Injury Representation in Alabama
If you have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of the negligent or wrongful act of another, it is important to contact experienced legal counsel immediately, as Alabama has time limitations on bringing personal injury and wrongful death claims. With over 45 years of collective legal experience, the attorneys at James & Pittman, P.C. have developed a reputation for obtaining excellent results in cases involving extensive injuries and damages. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not pay attorneys’ fees unless and until we obtain recovery on your behalf. Call us at (334) 270-1115 or e-mail us today for a free consultation.