November 20th, 2012|
Nov. 20, 2012
An Alabama woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted at work by her employer will have a chance to argue her case before federal district court after winning an appeal earlier this summer.
According to court documents in the case of Kurtts v. CSG, the woman began working for Chiropractic Strategies Group (CSG) in July 2007. Over the next four months, the doctor the woman worked for began making lewd comments to her. He began asking for “small favors” in exchange for providing a better work schedule. After his advances went unanswered, he cornered the victim in an empty office while they were alone, turned out the lights, and attacked her. Another employee returning to get keys she had forgotten interrupted the incident.
The victim contacted human resources the next day and submitted the evidence of her claims, but company administrators told her an investigation be unlikely and asked if she wanted her final paycheck.
She later filed an Alabama Sexual Harassment and retaliation lawsuit, but the district court dismissed the case on the grounds that the woman did not follow proper company procedure while reporting the incident. The 11th District Court of Appeals overturned the decision though, after an administrator testified she could not remember the conversation regarding the incident.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers believe employees have a right to feel safe while at work and would like to wish the victim the best of luck with her case.
October 30th, 2012|
Oct. 30, 2012
A Huntsville contract worker at Redstone Arsenal was seriously injured following a work-related accident. WSFA 12 News, the incident occurred on Oct. 16 around 8 a.m. inside the Aviation and Missile Research and Development Center.
Reports indicate that the worker, employed by Dynetics, was handling a small explosive device when it went off without warning. The victim was rushed to a local hospital where he underwent immediate corrective surgery. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery from the he sustained.
This was not the first accident the facility has experienced that resulted in serious injuries. In May 2010, two workers were killed following a similar explosion at a demolition site. It was determined that willful violations caused the Wrongful Deaths of both men and lawsuits were filed.
The Birmingham branch of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, along with the company’s Military Police Unit and other experts, are each conducting a full investigation into the incident to determine the cause of the explosion and if it could have been prevented.
The Huntsville Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers believe employers have a responsibility to provide a safe work environment for each of its employees to do their job and that failure to do so could be considered negligence in the event of a work-related accident.
July 19th, 2011|
July 19, 2011
A 46-year-old man from Prichard, Alabama, was injured on Saturday, July 16, when his car was hit by a train in Biloxi, Mississippi.
According to The Sun Herald, the crash occurred at Rodenberg Avenue around 10:15 a.m. when the man attempted to drive his car south over the railroad tracks. An eastbound CSX train collided with the man’s car, which threw him from his vehicle. The man was reportedly alert after the crash. There were no passengers inside the car.
Police Seargant Bennie Hickman told The Sun Herald that the crossing had operational lights and bells but that there was no arm.
“He had serious lacerations to his head, but he was alert and talking when we got there,” Hickman told The Mississippi Press. “He was unable to answer intelligent questions … so we reported the accident as him failing to yield to the train.”
The day of the accident the man was listed in serious but stable condition at Biloxi Regional Medical Center.
A CSX spokesman said that the train was headed from New Orleans to Atlanta.
“When it comes to train tracks, the train always has the right of way,” said Hickman.
Do you think lights and bells are enough to alert drivers to a passing train? Should every crossing also be outfitted with an automated arm?
If you or someone you know has been involved in an Alabama auto accident, the Alabama auto accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.