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Tips For Travel During Inclement Weather

by Staff Blogger | December 29th, 2015

Heavy winds and rain across the state of Alabama over the last several days has made traveling not only difficult, but also extremely dangerous. Reports indicate that some areas have seen more than 14-inches of rain in the last six days, leaving many highways flooded and bridges washed out.

In order to help you stay safe during adverse weather, the Alabama auto accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers would like to offer several safety tips. They include:

  • Stay Home- Do not travel during bad weather unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.
  • Know Your Route-If you must travel during turbulent weather conditions, research your route to ensure the roads you will use are clear. The Alabama Department of Transportation can provide you with the latest road conditions in your area.
  • Never Drive Through Standing Water- Even if a pool of water in the road looks passable, don’t attempt to drive through it. Your vehicle could quickly flood if the water is deeper than expected. Instead, turn around and find an alternative route to your destination.
  • Be prepared- Accidents aren’t always preventable, so have the supplies you will need in case of a crash. This can include a cellphone and charger, as well as a knife to cut thru a seatbelt and an object to break glass in the event your vehicle floods.
  • Wear Your Seatbelt- This life-saving piece of equipment significantly reduces your chance of injury or death in the event of an accident, so always buckle up.

The Alabama personal injury lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers hope these tips help keep you safe as you get where you need to go in bad weather.

 

Another Company Named as Defendant in Alabama VW Emissions Scandal Lawsuits

by Staff Blogger | October 20th, 2015

During the last several weeks, car manufacturing giant, Volkswagen (VW), has come under fire for using a “defeat device” to show its turbodiesel (TDI) vehicles were releasing acceptable levels of toxic fumes during emissions testing. Under normal conditions, the vehicles are releasing as much as 300 times the limit of carbon dioxide. The defective consumer product attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that VW may no longer be the only company involved in the scandal.

Bosch is the company that designed and sold the defeat devices to VW. According to The Japan Times, company officials stated that they warned VW that using the device for testing purposes would be acceptable, but that it may be illegal to use the device in vehicles on the road.

Despite denials of wrongdoing from the company, Bosch was named as a defendant in several Alabama VW TDI emissions scandal lawsuits. The suits claim that Bosch violated the U.S. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO Act) when the company chose “profit from what Bosch knew was VW’s ongoing fraud.”

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we believe in holding companies accountable for actions that put consumer safety at risk, and our Alabama personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in these cases can bring closure to those affected by the VW diesel emissions scandal.

Gay Soldiers Seeking VA Disability Benefits Petition for Upgrades In Discharge Status

by Staff Blogger | September 29th, 2015

In order for a veteran to receive disability benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, he or she must have received an honorable discharge from service. But until four years ago, thousands of service members were kicked out of the military because of their sexual preference, which prevents them from receiving benefits. The Birmingham veterans disability lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that now with the repeal of our nation’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, many veterans who were less than honorably discharged are seeking to have their military statuses updated.

Between 1941-2011, as many as 100,000 soldiers were less-than-honorably discharged from military service due to their sexuality. Many of those soldiers endure public and private humiliation detailed in an article from CNBC News.

Current laws allow for an upgrade in discharge status for soldiers discharged after being deemed homosexual. However, the veteran must prove there were no “aggravating” circumstances surrounding the discharge. Lawmakers are currently considering a bill called the Restore Honor to Service Members Act, which would grant upgrades to anyone who was discharged from military service because of their sexuality, regardless of the circumstances.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we have seen the impact that veterans disability benefits can have on the lives of former soldiers. Our Alabama personal injury lawyers are hopeful to see changes to the law that help deserving veterans get the benefits they need.

Man Awarded Damages in Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | September 1st, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to prohibit state bans on gay marriage has had a huge impact on several recent Alabama judgments. The Birmingham wrongful death attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers point out that one of the latest cases to be influenced by the ruling is that of an Alabama man seeking damages for the loss of his husband.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the deceased victim married his spouse in May 2011, but died three months later as the result of a collision with a tractor-trailer on I-65.

The victim’s spouse filed an Alabama wrongful death lawsuit against the trucking companies responsible for his loss. Juries ruled in the plaintiff’s favor, but because Alabama law did not recognize gay marriages, he wasn’t entitled to receive compensation.

This changed on June 26, 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages. The victim’s spouse will now be entitled to receive $100,000 in addition to half of the remaining damages awarded in the case.

It’s important that Alabama citizens affected by the loss of a loved one receive the compensation they deserve. That’s why the Alabama personal injury lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers are hopeful the decision reached in this case helps bring closure to the husband of the victim.

Damages Questioned in Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | July 7th, 2015

When a person dies as the result of negligence in Alabama, the family of the victim may have a right to seek compensation through civil litigation. However, the Alabama wrongful death lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers explain a decision reached in a current case could affect how damages are awarded.

According to The Legal Intelligencer, the family of a woman who died in 2010 as the result of liver failure associated with Tylenol has filed a lawsuit against the maker of the drug, Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Now, J& J is arguing that awarding punitive damages in the case would violate the company’s constitutional right to due process.

Originally, a jury was going to determine the amount of punitive damages that should be awarded in the case—if any at all. But attorneys for J&J argue that because there is no formula or standard for determining the amount of punitive damages a victim should receive, the amount a jury determines to be fair could be considered by others to be excessive.  A decision in the matter is expected soon.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we understand how complicated the laws that regulate wrongful death cases in our state can be. That’s why our Alabama personal injury lawyers are hopeful the decision reached in this particular case will help bring closure to the family of the victim.

Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Connection With Workplace Fatality

by Staff Blogger | December 16th, 2014

Accidents happen in the workplace on a daily basis in the United States. Unfortunately, some employees involved in work accidents do not survive. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were a total of 4,405 workplace fatalities in the U.S. in 2013.

These numbers leave many workers wondering what rights they have if they are injured in a workplace accident. The attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers explain employers have a responsibility to address any on-the-job hazards and provide workers with a safe environment in which to perform their duties. Any failure to do so that results in a fatality could lead to an Alabama wrongful death lawsuit.

One such case was recently filed in connection with the death of a 46-year-old man who died after he was accidentally doused with hot steel ash while performing maintenance duties on a piece of machinery.

Reports from Al.com indicate the companies who run the facility were negligent in failing to communicate with one another about “tagout and lockout” procedures that should be completed when machinery is being worked on. The family of the victim alleges this negligence was directly responsible for the loss of their loved one.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we recognize the difficulties that can accompany the loss of a loved one due to an unforeseen accident. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in the case will help closure to the family of the victim.

A Large Number of Alabama Car Accidents Reported Over The 4th of July Weekend

by Staff Blogger | July 8th, 2014

It was another dangerous holiday in Alabama over the 4th of July weekend, with the state recording as many as 237 car accidents over the three-day period. These Alabama car accidents claimed 10 lives and left 123 other motorists with serious injuries.

The fatal crashes occurred in eight counties, with two separate accidents in Lowndes County accounting for three of the deaths.

A story from WTVY 4 News states law enforcement across the state was working to keep the highways safe by focusing on educating and raising awareness about safety amongst motorists; however, this isn’t always enough to prevent a serious motor vehicle collision from occurring.

So what should you do in the event you are involved in an Alabama car accident? The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers suggest following these steps:

  • Seek Medical Attention- If you’ve been in a crash and are hurt, getting your injuries treated should be your top priority.
  • Document The Accident- Gather as much evidence as you can about your accident. This should include medical records, pictures from the crash scene, and witness statements as well as receipts from any expenses you have incurred as a result of the crash.
  • Report the Accident- Call your insurer and let them know the accident occurred, but refrain from speaking to adjustors from the insurers of others who were involved in the accident.
  • Speak With An Attorney- Hiring a lawyer will help ensure your legal rights to compensation that are protected under the law.

Alabama Car Accident Attorneys Discuss the “Act of God” Rule

by Staff Blogger | February 11th, 2014

Winter weather was pummeling the state of Alabama several days ago, and more snow and ice is expected to encroach on the area over the next several days. The impending road conditions may increase the chances of being involved in car accidents. In many of these cases, auto crash damages will lead to the filing of insurance claims.

The Alabama Car Accident Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers point out these claims may prompt insurance companies to attempt to increase rates or drop policies in extreme cases. But the firm adds that there are laws in place that may help protect motorists from being victims of such predicaments.

A story from My FOX AL 6 News explains Alabama has a law known as the “Act of God” rule. The piece of legislation prevents insurance companies from increasing rates or dropping policies based on accidents resulting from “acts of god”, including weather.

Officials add that while it may be illegal for insurance companies to change rates based on accidents, they can revoke other offers, such as “claim free” discounts.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how confusing the laws overseeing the insurance industry can be. That’s why the firm urges car accident victims to discuss their legal options with an attorney prior to speaking with insurance claims adjustors.

 

Jury Awards Alabama Family $850,000 in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | October 29th, 2013

October 29, 2013

Doctors have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of patients they are treating. Failure to do so can result in a patient death and lead to wrongful death lawsuits against those responsible.

The Alabama Wrongful Death Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain that a lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of a 62-year-old man who died after repeatedly being given the wrong dosage of medication. Reports indicate the suit claimed the doctor responsible for prescribing the lethal dosage was responsible for the patient’s death.

According to an article from the Insurance Journal, the victim was admitted to an Alabama hospital in 2007 to be treated for pneumonia. However, while under the care of a physician, the patient began receiving a dosage of lithium to treat his bipolar disorder that was three times higher than his normal dosage.

The mistake was not caught until the patient began exhibiting symptoms of lithium toxicity. He was transferred to another facility, but later died.

The victim’s family filed suit and was awarded $850,000 for their loss on top of a $1 million settlement the family reached with the hospital in connection with the incident.

The law firm’s team of Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how difficult the loss of a loved one due to a doctor’s negligence can be and hope the decision in the case brings closure to the family of the victim.

Alabama Cracking Down on Distracted Driving

by Staff Blogger | July 30th, 2013

July 30, 2013

Distracted driving is a concern for many in Alabama. The concern comes with good reason though, considering the Department of Transportation (DOT) estimates that thousands are killed in Alabama Car Accidents caused by distracted drivers each year.

Progress is being made towards eliminating the problem though. The DOT is researching better ways to collect data on distracted driving accidents that could shed insight into these crashes. In the meantime, legislators and law enforcement are combating the problem with laws enacted almost a year ago banning texting and driving in the state.

According to an article from CBS 42 News, the ban is being lauded as a success after more than 146 citations were issued for infractions over the past year. The Alabama Highway Patrol (AHP) issued a total of 133 of tickets.

A spokesman for the AHP, Sgt. Steve Jarrett, explains the law will not be enough to eliminate the problem though. Greater public awareness can be accomplished by parents having honest conversations with their teens about the dangers of distracted driving. Parents should enforce rules against distractions and encourage teens not to engage in the behavior by setting a good example.

The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made against distracted driving and hope these tips will be effective in preventing accidents in the future.