An injury can change your life forever. You may be left unable to work, to take care of yourself or your family, or to enjoy the same activities as you did before you were injured. And the cost can go well beyond the physical, leaving emotional, mental and financial scars on you and your loved ones.
While no court decision or amount of money can take the place of your good health, if your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve justice. The Cherokee County personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper, LLC in Centre, Ala. fight to ensure you receive the compensation and peace of mind to which you are entitled.
We represent plaintiffs in Alabama personal injury cases involving:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Auto accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Premises liability (slips and falls)
- Products liability
- Social Security Disability
- Workplace injuries
- Wrongful death
Fighting on behalf of Alabama personal injury victims
We investigate every detail of your case and consult with medical experts regarding the impact of your injuries on your life and your long-term well-being. Depending on the details of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We aggressively seek to maximize your award by building a strong, thorough case. Our attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who know when to push back against the opposition and take your case to trial, and when to negotiate a settlement. We always act with your best interests in mind.
Each day, countless Americans hop into their cars without giving a second thought to the dangers involved. And yet, each day, thousands of motor vehicle crashes occur — many of them fatal. Even a car accident that seems minor can inflict major damage, such as:
- Broken bones
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Whiplash injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Traffic fatalities
Accidents that involve cars and trucks or cars and motorcycles can be even more deadly, depending on which vehicle you are in at the time of the crash. Most passenger cars do not stand a chance against 18-wheelers. Likewise, motorcycles are not built to protect their riders when something goes wrong, leaving them especially vulnerable in a collision with an automobile.
When an injury or illness is so serious that you are unable to work, you may be classified as disabled. Depending on the nature of your disability and the length of time you are unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. In order to obtain SSD benefits, you must first pass the following:
- A “recent work” test based on your age at the time you became disabled
- A “duration of work” test to demonstrate that you worked long enough under Social Security to qualify
If you pass both of those tests, you may then file for SSD. The Social Security Administration considers the following when processing your SSD claim:
- Your medical condition
- When your medical condition started
- How your medical condition limits your activities
- Your ability to engage in various daily tasks
- Results of medical tests
- Medical treatments you have received
- Your age and education
- Your past work experience and training
SSD benefits are not easy to obtain. The application process is complex and time-consuming. It is best handled with the assistance of a skilled Social Security Disability benefits lawyer. At Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper, LLC, we have a deep working knowledge of how the system works, and of how best to present your initial claim or appeal.
Contact Buttram, Hawkins & Hopper, LLC today
For experienced representation in the northeast Alabama area, call our office in Centre at 256-927-5764 or contact us online. We provide strategic legal counsel to individuals, families and businesses in a variety of personal injury matters, including auto accidents and Social Security Disability claims.