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Lawsuit Filed in Connection With Alabama Fireworks Plant Explosion

by Norris Injury Lawyers | December 15th, 2015

When someone faces the loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, he or she often has the right to seek reimbursement for damages by filing an Alabama wrongful death lawsuit.

Such legal action was taken in response to the deaths of two workers killed earlier this year in an explosion at a Madison County fireworks manufacturing plant located in Owens Cross Roads. The families of the victims allege the company that owns and operates the facility was negligent when they failed to provide employees with a reasonably safe work environment.

According to WHNT 19 News, several safety violations were noted during the investigation that followed the explosion. The Alabama Fire Marshal’s office issued a cease and desist order to the facility shortly after the incident.

In addition to the fireworks facility, several others have been named as defendants in the lawsuits as well. The plaintiffs are seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we understand the impact the loss of a loved one can have on a family. Our Alabama personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in these cases will bring peace and closure to the individuals who were affected by this tragic incident.

Lawsuit Filed in Connection with Granuflo Death

by Norris Injury Lawyers | March 12th, 2013

March 12, 2013

Just two weeks ago, an Alabama Wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the drug manufacturer Fresenius Medical Care. According to a story from Injury Lawyer News, the suit alleges the victim died as a result of taking the company’s products, Granuflo and Naturalyte.

The drugs are used to concentrate acid levels in the body. However, studies have shown they can cause high levels of serum bicarbonate to build in those undergoing hemodialysis. This can result in a number of adverse cardiovascular events including:

  • Metabolic alkalosis.
  • Hypokalemia.
  • Hypoxemia.
  • Hypercapnia.
  • Cardiac arrhythmia.
  • Cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • Death.

That was allegedly the case on Feb. 28, 2011, when the plaintiff’s husband suffered a fatal cardiovascular event while undergoing treatment. The suit explains that neither the woman nor her husband’s doctors had reason to believe the drugs were associated with the victim’s death until a recall was issued in 2012.

The Kidney Dialysis Injury Lawsuit went on to claim the manufacturer of the product was negligent in failing to warn consumers of the dangers associated with taking the drugs. The suit is seeking damages for burial and funeral expenses, medical bills, and emotional distress, along with punitive damages.

The Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are hopeful a decision in the case will bring a sense of closure to the family of the victim.

One Injured in Explosion at Huntsville Weapon Manufacturing Facility

by Norris Injury Lawyers | 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.

One Worker Killed, Two Others Injured In Alabama Construction Zone Crash

by Norris Injury Lawyers | February 28th, 2012

February 28, 2012

The Alabama Department of Public Safety (ADPS) is investigating a single-vehicle accident that left one man dead and two others injured. According to reports from Opelika Auburn News, the crash happened at 10:04 a.m. Monday on Interstate-85, near mile marker 48.

A spokesman for the ADPS, Sgt. Steven Jarrett, said a 52-year-old man from Oakbrook, Illinois, was driving a 2010 Ford Focus through a construction zone when he veered into the median and struck two construction workers, one of whom was killed instantly.

The other worker who was struck, a 44-year-old man from Spanish Fort, was taken to the East Alabama Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the Focus was also taken to the hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Jarrett says that the agency will continue to evaluate what factors may have led to the crash.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that motor vehicle accidents accounted for 72% of work zone fatal injuries in 2010. This means that from 2003 to 2007, 639 highway workers lost their lives in accidents involving cars and trucks passing through their work zones.

The Alabama Wrongful Death Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers would like to send their condolences to the family of the highway construction worker who was killed. They would also like to wish a speedy recovery to the driver and the other worker who was injured in the crash.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in House Fire That Killed Pregnant Woman

by Norris Injury Lawyers | January 10th, 2012

January 10, 2012

A woman is suing an Alabama rental property management company for the wrongful death of her pregnant daughter after she was killed in a house fire two years ago. According to WAFF 48 News, paperwork filed in the suit earlier this week show that the home lacked smoke detectors–something that may have saved the woman’s life had they been installed as law requires.

The fire occurred January 4, 2010, on Gault Avenue South in Fort Payne, Alabama. The young woman living in the home was four months pregnant when flames engulfed the home. By the time the woman realized the home was burning, she was trapped and died in the smoke and flames.

The woman’s mother spent close to a year searching for answers about what happened that day. Finally, the fire department informed her that smoke detectors were not installed in the home by the property management, and if they had been, her daughter may still be alive.

This information prompted the mother to file the lawsuit. She says she hopes the legal action will prevent a similar accident from occurring to someone else.

The Alabama wrongful death attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are an experienced and compassionate team of attorneys who can help walk you through the entire process of filing a claim if you have lost a loved one in an accident that was no fault of their own. Contact us today.

Alabama Second in Nation for Rate of Women Killed by Men

by Norris Injury Lawyers | September 27th, 2011

September 27, 2011

In a new analysis, the state of Alabama was ranked second in the nation in the rate of women killed by men. Nevada is ranked first.

The study—called “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2009 Homicide Data”—comes from the Violence Policy Center and lists Alabama as having a rate of 2.64 per 100,000.

Nancy Tra­v, president of the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, told The Birmingham News, “Sadly, the [coalition] is not surprised that Alabama is in the top 10 be­cause we have been for sev­eral years. We have no posi­tion on gun control as an or­ganization, but of course we would like the violence to stop.”

The study revealed that 64 women were killed by males in Alabama in 2009 and breaks down these cases by demographics like age, race, weapons used, familiarity with killer, etc.

Birmingham Police Seargant James Jackson told The Birmingham News that domestic violence is the state’s “silent crisis.”

“Domestic violence is deemed as a personal mat­ter, and it’s not,” Jackson said. “But nobody wants to get involved. They’ll call the police if their neighbor’s noise is too loud, but when it comes to suspected do­mestic violence, they stay quiet.”

Also among the Top 10 states are Louisiana, Arizona, Ten­nessee, Georgia, South Car­olina, South Dakota, Hawaii and Missouri.

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If you or someone you know has been involved in an Alabama accident or suffered an Alabama injury, the Alabama accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.

What Is Wrongful Death?

by Norris Injury Lawyers | September 5th, 2011

September 5, 2011

The definition of “wrongful death” can be confusing; the consequences of a wrongful death, however, are pretty clear–not only emotional distress for the victim’s loved ones but also the strain of lost wages, unpaid medical bills, and funeral expenses.

So, what exactly is “wrongful death”?

An Alabama wrongful death lawsuit is a claim filed against the negligent party responsible for the death of your loved one. A claim can be filed if your relative died as a result of one of the following three circumstances:

  • deliberate measures — someone intentionally harmed your loved one
  • negligence — your relative’s death was caused by another’s careless behavior
  • strict liability — a product deemed unsafe or defective caused your loved one’s death

If you’ve lost a family member as a result of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.The Alabama wrongful death attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers will work to ensure that the party responsible for your loved one’s death is held liable.

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If you’ve lost a loved one to an Alabama wrongful death, the Alabama wrongful death lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.

Homicides in Birmingham on the Rise

by Norris Injury Lawyers | July 5th, 2011

July 5, 2011

Murders in Birmingham, Alabama, are up 60 percent this year, according to The Birmingham News.

So far this year there have been 32 murders, compared with 20 during the same time period in 2010. Three of these murders have happened in just the last week and 10 occurred in May. Here are the other murders by month: March (7), April (5), January and June (4), February (2).

“The truth is we had an exceptional first six months last year, so we have to battle those numbers this year,” said Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper. “In fact, the first six months of 2010 ranks as the lowest we’ve experienced in the last 10 years, so duplicating it has been difficult.”

Roper says most people who commit murder in Birmingham know their victim beforehand. The police department also reports arrests in two-thirds of its homicide cases this year.

“I’ve said from the beginning, I’m not that interested in short-term comparisons because crime will ebb and flow,” said Roper. “For example, this year still ranks as the third-lowest in the 10 years and is actually tracking closely with 2009 so far. In any other year, that would be great news, but it’s higher than 2010.”

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Why do you think homicides have increased in Birmingham this year?

If you or someone you know has been involved in an Alabama wrongful death, the Alabama wrongful death attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.