Frequently Asked Questions About Our Law Firm

What You Should Know About Tommy James Law

What Cases Does Your Law Firm Handle?

Tommy James Law is a Birmingham, Alabama personal injury law office that helps the victims of wrongdoing recover compensation for their injuries. Our firm does not handle custody issue cases or cases that involve the prosecution or defense of a crime. Our law firm handles civil court cases involving institutional abuse or neglect.

What Is the Difference Between an Institutional Abuse Case and a Regular Abuse/Neglect Case?

An institutional abuse case is a form of personal injury lawsuit seeking monetary compensation from one of the following types of institutions:

  • Facility
  • Company
  • Private business
  • Government agency

In these cases, you must prove the following:

  • The institution owed a duty of care to the victim of wrongdoing.
  • The institution neglected this duty of care.
  • This neglect resulted in the victim’s harm or mistreatment.

This case is a civil court issue that deals in money damages and does not involve criminal proceedings or jail time.

An abuse/neglect case is a criminal court proceeding that seeks to punish the perpetrators of a crime. These punishments often include jail time and monetary fines. However, these criminal proceedings often do not compensate the victims of these crimes.

Can You Help With My Child Abuse Case Against My Spouse?

Unfortunately, Tommy James Law does not handle child abuse cases involving custody matters. Our law firm only helps abuse victims and families recover monetary compensation from the institutions that have harmed them. For help getting custody of your child from a spouse or state custody, you need to contact a family law attorney.

How Long Have You Practiced Law?

Tommy James has been a licensed practicing attorney since 1997. He started his career at Jemison & Mendelsohn in Montgomery, Alabama. After moving to Birmingham to join Morris Haynes law firm, Tommy branched out on his own and started Tommy James Law.

Do I Need to Schedule an Appointment Before I Acquire Your Services?

Yes, you need to call (205) 259-7850 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment to discuss your potential lawsuit.

Does Your Office Offer Free Consultations?

At Tommy James Law, your initial consultation is free. During that consultation, we will ask questions to determine the details of your potential case. If we believe we can help, we will initiate the next steps in the legal process.

Will I Have to Go to Court?

In many cases, the parties involved reach a settlement before ever getting to court. However, when the two sides cannot come to an understanding, court may be the only recourse. At Tommy James Law, we fight for our clients. If the other side does not offer you a fair settlement, we are prepared to go to court to get the compensation that you need.

Who Will Work on My Case?

Tommy James Law has a dedicated staff that works hard on every client’s case. This team works at the direction of Principal Attorney Tommy James. So, you can trust that the head of our law firm will always be involved in your lawsuit. We treat every case with the attention and care it deserves.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?

Every state has time limits for how long you have to file a lawsuit. These time limits, known as statutes of limitations, vary depending upon the type of case. For most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is two years, according to Code of Alabama section 6-2-8. Certain circumstances may shorten or lengthen this limit. Make sure you file your case on time by consulting legal counsel immediately.

If My Family Member Passed, Can I Still File a Lawsuit on Their Behalf?

In many cases, a close family member may file a claim on behalf of the deceased. However, your ability to file for your relative will depend upon the laws of Alabama to determine if you are an appropriate representative for the deceased. Please, consult with our attorney to see if you qualify to represent your family member’s interests.

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