Have you been wronged, hurt, or had a life-altering accident caused by a company or organization’s negligence? If so, make sure you or your loved one is compensated for any decline in your quality of life, lost wages, or medical bills.
Just the thought of filing a lawsuit against a company may seem overwhelming. However, we will provide you with a guideline to make sure you are in the best position to file and win your case.
What Type of Lawsuit Do You File?
Different situations call for different types of cases – some civil actions and some criminal actions.
Civil law differs from criminal law, which deals with robbery, assault, murder, kidnapping, etc. Lawsuits against companies are generally considered civil lawsuits. Civil law cases cover breaches of contract, violations of company trademark, defamation of an individual or company, and more.
Common Reasons to File a Lawsuit Against a Company
- Illegal termination
- Breach of contract
- The company misled a consumer concerning a product or its financial condition
- Injury caused as the result of a defective product or unsafe premises
- Harassment while volunteering, working for, or patronizing a business
Many companies can be sued and held liable for failing to meet expectations or protecting your rights and for violating federal, state, and local laws. Hospitals, schools, charities, corporations, government agencies, and others all must ensure you are protected from preventable harm and harassment.
Filing Your Lawsuit
Let’s review the process to file your civil lawsuit.
#1 – Gather Evidence
Even if you have hired a personal injury attorney, it is still in your best interest to gather as much evidence as you can.
Evidence includes any correspondence such as emails, certified mail receipts, phone records, photographs, video, etc. In addition to that, individuals can also use police, medical, and insurance records to back their claim.
#2- Hire an Attorney
An attorney works behind the scenes gathering evidence to build a case to ensure the best possible outcome. Following that, your attorney will present your lawsuit to the court and will represent you in settlement discussions, and file any needed motions to help you win your case.
#3- File a Claim
The state of Alabama has a two-year statute of limitations from the date of the incident for you to file a claim. Therefore, you must get an attorney to file your complaint with the court as soon as possible. The complaint will be filed and specifically list what the defendant did or failed to do that caused you harm. In addition, the claim will include the legal reason for holding the defendant responsible.
Filing and receiving compensation from a lawsuit is best handled when you are prepared and know what to expect. To achieve a positive result, your attorney will partner with you to develop a strategy representing your best interest. Your assistance in providing knowledge of all facts relevant to the matter that led to the lawsuit is vital. The attorney can then provide expertise on the legal issue, the trial process, and other options available to resolve the claim.
If you think you might have a claim against a company but are unsure of your next steps, please contact the experienced attorneys at Siniard, Timberlake & League. We can help.