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No one should have to pay the price for a bad driver’s mistakes. That’s why our car accident lawyers do what they do; we want to hold the person who hurt you responsible for their actions by demanding the compensation you deserve.

When you turn the key in the ignition and head out for work, shopping, or other activities, you expect to arrive safely at your destination. No one expects to be in a car accident. Yet in 2018, approximately 40,000 people died and millions more were injured in car crashes nationwide.

If you or a family member has been seriously injured in an Alabama car accident caused by another driver, you are probably in an unfamiliar situation and likely to have many questions about what to do next. Medical bills may be piling up, and you may be unable to return to work. You need the help of the experienced Foley, AL car accident attorneys at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana.

Call Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana to schedule a free consultation with our team. You can contact our firm by calling (251) 444-7000 or filling out our online contact form.

How a Personal Injury Claim Can Help

When you file a personal injury claim, you are demanding payment for all the costs the negligent driver has caused you. Those costs are referred to as damages, and they include…

  • Medical expenses (hospitalization, ongoing care, rehabilitation, medications, etc.)
  • Property damage resulting from the accident
  • Any mental or physical pain and suffering you’ve experienced
  • Income you’ve lost or will lose in the future because of diminished work capacity.

Notice that the damages you are seeking don’t include just the financial consequences of a car accident. An injured person can also demand payment for what is referred to as “non-economic” damages. These are damages that relate to your quality of life. The pain, suffering, depression and anxiety you’ve experienced should never be overlooked when filing a lawsuit against a negligent driver.

At Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana, our car accident lawyers know how important it is to fight for payment that reflects all the challenges you face. A serious injury can plague a sufferer for years. In some cases, the effects of a car accident can last a lifetime. A personal injury claim must take the long-term impact of a crash into account.

Let us fight for the payment you are entitled to by law. Contact Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana by calling (251) 444-7000 or filling out our online contact form.

Why Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?

Sadly, car accident victims aren’t always given the compensation they deserve. They might have a claim contested by the other driver or an insurance company. In some cases, an injured person is offered far less than they deserve. In other cases, they are denied payment entirely.

When you hire an attorney, you are hiring a skilled, experienced advocate who knows the law and will deal with insurance companies on your behalf. Attorneys demand payment that you deserve, and they deal firmly with insurers to make sure you get it.

Personal injury law can be complex. If someone tries to handle a claim without an attorney, they’ll be facing an uphill battle. Not only will they be forced to learn the complexities of civil litigation and insurance claims, they’ll also potentially leave much-needed money on the table because they won’t know how much they can demand in compensation.

The Foley, AL, car accident lawyers at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana make sure our clients are given the respect they deserve. We want to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries.

Settlements and Trials: What to Expect After a Car Accident

Most personal injury claims are resolved through settlement, though it’s not a given that your case will be settled through negotiation with insurance companies or at-fault drivers. If both sides involved in a claim can come to a compromise that meets the injured party’s needs, then a settlement will be reached and there will be no need for a trial.

However, in some cases, adequate compensation requires a trial. When no settlement is reached, both sides make their case in front of a judge and jury. The jury will decide whether the defendant (the negligent driver) bears responsibility for the crash and, if so, how much they owe the injured party (the plaintiff).

Each case is different, and there’s no way an attorney can tell you how your case will resolve without knowing all the facts of your case. At Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana, we know how important it is to prepare every case as if it were going to trial. That doesn’t mean we expect every case to actually go to trial; rather, it simply means that thorough preparation and aggressive legal representation are the best ways to get satisfactory results for clients.

We want to meet with you and your loved ones to find out more about your case, so we can help you determine the best course of action for your car accident claim. Contact Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana by calling (251) 444-7000.

Understanding the Personal Injury Claims Process

When you hire a car accident lawyer, you are handing off the business of filing a claim to your attorney. We first assess the damage our client has suffered, so we can demand payment from all responsible parties and their insurance companies. We then get to work on building your case.

Our team will interview witnesses, investigate the circumstances surrounding your crash, file all necessary paperwork, consult expert witnesses and correspond with insurance companies and other attorneys. In many cases, our case building process results in an adequate settlement for our client, but we will be ready to take the matter to trial to get you the payment you deserve.

We are often asked many of the same questions during our free consultations. These questions include…

  • How much is my claim worth?
  • How long will my car accident case take to resolve?
  • Who will I name in a lawsuit?

The answers to these questions depend on the circumstances of your car accident. Claims can range from thousands to millions of dollars. Some cases are resolved in several weeks, while others take several months or longer. The person or persons you name in a lawsuit depend on the specific circumstances of your crash.

In other words, in order to get specific answers to these questions, an attorney needs to know the details of your case. This is one of the main reasons we offer free consultations to potential clients. After learning more about your situation, we can offer you an initial case assessment and give you a clearer picture of what to expect.

To schedule your free case evaluation, contact Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana by calling (251) 444-7000 or filling out our online contact form. If you don’t want to move forward with our firm, we won’t pressure you to do so.

You’ve Had a Car Accident. What Should You Do Now?

Immediately after a car accident you should…

  • Call 911 to request a police officer and, if needed, an ambulance.
  • Gather the insurance information of the other driver(s).
  • Say little else to the other driver(s). You don’t need to be rude, but you should remember that every word you say could be used against you when filing a claim.
  • Seek immediate medical attention for any injuries you’ve suffered.
  • Gather contact information of witnesses and take pictures of the scene of the crash, if possible.
  • Contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Even if you only suspect you might be injured, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. The adrenaline that floods your system after a crash could mask symptoms of serious injuries. When in doubt, always seek medical care.

In the days weeks and months following a crash, you should…

  • Keep track of all bills or documents you receive related to your crash.
  • Cooperate with your own insurance company, but keep in mind that you are under no obligation to accept their offer if it doesn’t meet your needs.
  • Refer representatives of all other insurance companies to your attorney. They will want you to make a statement that they’ll then use to lessen or deny the payment you are owed.
  • Follow all the doctor’s orders regarding your injury.

We encourage you to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. In the hours, days and weeks following a crash, there are plenty of opportunities to maximize the compensation you will receive. There are also plenty of chances to make mistakes that hurt your chances of getting the payment you rightfully deserve.

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What To Do When the Insurance Adjuster Calls

You may have heard from the at-fault driver’s insurance company that you don’t need a lawyer, and while this is technically true, it is seldom in your best interest. Research has shown that accident victims with experienced legal representation obtain significantly higher damage awards than those who attempt to negotiate directly with the insurance company.

Here are some tips to remember when interacting with the adjuster:

  • The insurance adjuster will usually ask for a recorded statement and signed medical authorizations and will often ask you to sign a full release in exchange for a small payout. Do not sign or agree to anything without knowing your rights.
  • The adjuster understands that you probably have no idea what your case is worth and what constitutes a fair settlement. Despite their representations to the contrary, insurance companies are not in the business of helping accident victims. They are corporations that exist to make profits by maximizing premiums coming in while minimizing the damage awards being paid out. Their adjusters are well-trained to keep payouts as low as possible, something that is easier to accomplish if no lawyer is in the picture.
  • To obtain a just settlement that is adequate to cover all of your damages, refer the adjuster to your lawyer and sign nothing until your lawyer instructs you to do so.

Aggressive & Effective Representation After a Car Accident

The law firm of Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana is your go-to source for honest information, straightforward answers to your questions, and experienced legal representation after a serious injury or wrongful death of a family member. When your life has been turned upside down, we’re here to help you put the pieces back together.

Here’s why our team is trusted by clients:

  • We understand the ins and outs of the insurance claims process.
  • We are skilled negotiators and well-practiced, successful trial lawyers.
  • We are able to settle most cases out of court, but we are also at home in the courtroom and are more than willing to take your case to a jury if no adequate settlement offer has been made.

When you retain Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana to represent you in your car accident case, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have a skilled advocate in your corner. Our auto accident attorneys have earned the trust of hundreds of people in Alabama whom we’ve helped get the compensation that has allowed them to get their lives back on track after a serious car accident.

How Much Does a Car Accident Lawyer Cost?

Attorneys can choose from several ways to get paid for representing car accident victims. At Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana, we work strictly on a contingency fee basis, which means that we get paid only if we win your case. If your case results in no compensation, you don’t owe us anything. If your claim is successful, we will accept a standard attorney fee from the settlement or awarded amount.

In addition to working on a contingency fee, we also offer free case consultations. There’s no cost in exploring your legal options. Contact Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana today at (251) 444-7000 to get your free case evaluation.

Types of Car Accident Injuries in Alabama

We have obtained compensation for our clients for a wide range of car accident injuries.

Common injuries caused by car accidents include:

  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractures
  • Damage to joints, ligaments, tendons
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Burns
  • Lacerations
  • Scarring
  • Psychological trauma including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome.

Contact Our Experienced Daphne & Foley Auto Accident Attorneys

The car accident lawyers at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana have the skill, experience, and commitment to obtain a fair recovery for you. Our attorneys have a reputation for providing aggressive, results-oriented legal representation. Some firms might prefer to aim for settlements; we always choose the path that results in the best possible outcome for our clients.

Our reputation as fierce legal representatives serves our clients well. Other attorneys and insurance companies know that when we are handling a case, we will be prepared to take it all the way to trial. Put our skilled, experienced car accident lawyers to work on your case.

Call (251) 444-7000 or toll free at (855) 390-5566 today to schedule a free case consultation. We take car accident cases on contingency, so you pay us only if we win you money.

GETTING HELP

Our Award-Winning Alabama Accident Lawyers have recovered millions on behalf of our clients. At Caldwell, Wenzel & Asthana, we understand what you’re going through after a crash. If your injuries were caused by someone else’s actions, our dedicated legal team is ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.

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