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.
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.
April 7th, 2015|
Drug manufacturers have a responsibility to warn patients and doctors about the side effects of their products. Furthermore, these businesses can only market their products to patients suffering from conditions for which their drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat.
An Alabama wrongful death lawsuit filed by the daughter of the former Athletic Director for the University of Alabama, Mal Moore, addresses both of these issues. The lawsuit claims the makers of the drug amiodarone are responsible for Moore’s death because they failed to warn him about the side effects of the drug. The drug was also used to treat a condition that it was not fully approved to treat.
According to an article from Yahoo! News, Moore took amiodarone for roughly three months to treat a non-life threatening irregular heartbeat. However, the medication was only approved as “a drug of last resort” with a potential for serious side effects when used to treat Moore’s condition. Moore also reportedly suffered many of the side effects the drug posed, but he was unaware of the risk because he was never warned prior to beginning his regimen.
The family is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages for their loss.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we know how devastating the untimely loss of a loved one can be, which is why our Birmingham personal injury attorneys are hopeful this lawsuit helps bring a sense of closure to the family of the victim.
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.
August 5th, 2014|
The General Motors Corporation (GM) has come under heavy scrutiny in recent months regarding their lack of action to correct problems discovered with ignition switches installed in certain vehicle models. These defects led to crashes that have injured hundreds and left as many as 19 people dead.
Victims and their families have responded to the reports by filing civil lawsuits, including an Alabama wrongful death case filed in March 2014 against GM and Delphi Automotive—the company that supplied the faulty ignition switches to GM.
According to reports from The Jamestown Sun, the fatal crash occurred in December 2013 when the 32-year-old driver of a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt lost control of the vehicle, crashed, and died. Investigators determined electrical problems were likely a contributing factor.
The victim’s father filed an Alabama wrongful death lawsuit three months later, alleging that the companies failed to ensure the safety of its vehicles. Since that time, GM has established a trust fund to reimburse those affected by the faulty parts.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, our team of Alabama personal injury attorneys knows how difficult it can be to lose a loved one unexpectedly. That’s why we are hopeful a decision in the case will bring a sense of closure to the family of the crash victim.
April 8th, 2014|
When a person is killed as the result of someone else’s negligence, the family of the victim has a right to seek compensation for their loss from the responsible party. This legal right was underscored by a settlement recently reached in several Alabama Wrongful Death lawsuits filed against the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) by the families of seven service members who died while under the care of the organization.
According to an article from Al.com, there were five Alabama cases listed in an examination of court records conducted by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Their research showed the VA to be responsible for each of those deaths.
In five cases, the VA was found to have failed to monitor or treat patient for medical conditions. In another case, a medication error led to a veterans death, while failure to diagnose a condition or illness was responsible for claiming another Alabama service member’s life.
The VA and the families of these victims were able to reach settlements that will lay the disputes to rest, with awards ranging from $15,000 to $219,000.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating it can be to lose a loved one to another person’s hands, which is why the firm is hopeful the settlements will bring a sense of closure to the families of the victims.
February 25th, 2014|
An Alabama Wrongful Death lawsuit is raising questions about the legality of a statewide ban on gay marriage. At the heart of the matter is whether or not a gay man should be heir to his legally wed husband’s estate after a fatal car crash.
According to an article from Raw Story, the accident happened in Aug. 2011 when the 54-year-old victim was killed as the result of his vehicle being struck by a commercial tractor-trailer on his way to work.
The victim had been married to his partner in a ceremony three months before the accident in Massachusetts. That partner was named as the sole beneficiary of the victim’s last will and testament. However, the marriage is not recognized due to Alabama’s Marriage Protection Act of 1998, which bans gay marriage in Alabama. State law also prohibits wills from recognizing gay marriages from outside of the state.
The victim’s husband has filed a lawsuit claiming the legislation violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers recognize the significance of this case and are hopeful the judgment brings a sense of closure to the victim.
December 31st, 2013|
When a life is lost as the result of someone else’s negligence, the family of the victim has the right file for compensation from the party responsible through civil litigation. The Birmingham Wrongful Death Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers explain such a case was recently filed in the Middle District of Alabama’s Federal Court.
According to an article from Dothan First, the suit stems from the death of a 22-year-old man at the hands of an officer with the Dothan Police Department. Reports indicate the officer shot the victim after his identity was mistaken during a short pursuit.
Court documents stated the chase began along the Montgomery Highway on June 28, 2012. Radio transmissions show the officer thought he was pursuing a felon, rather than the victim. So, when the victim stopped his vehicle, the officer fired several fatal shots prior to allowing the victim a chance to comply with his orders.
A case against the officer was brought before the district attorney and a grand jury, who found he was justified in his actions. However, the lawsuit claims the officer was negligent in his actions, which led to the death of the victim.
Norris Injury Lawyers’ team of Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult it can be to lose a loved one and the firm hopes a decision in this most recent case helps bring closure to the family of the victim.
November 12th, 2013|
November 12, 2013
When someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident, the family of the victim may be able to hold the responsible party liable for damages. The Birmingham Wrongful Death Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers point out that one man has taken legal action in response to the loss of his stepdaughter in a car accident last year.
An article from The Tuscaloosa News explains that at around 1 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2012, the 19-year-old victim was a passenger in a 2004 Nissan Altima being driven by a 25-year-old man. Reports indicate the vehicle was traveling at around 70 mph along Jackson Trace Road, which has a 45 mph speed limit, when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The Altima overturned and struck a parked vehicle, killing the young passenger.
An investigation into the crash determined the driver had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana prior to the accident.
The victim’s stepfather later filed suit against the driver, claiming his negligence behind the wheel was responsible for the loss of his loved one. The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
Norris Injury Lawyers and their team of Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating the loss of a loved one can be, and they are hopeful a decision in the case brings closure to the family of the victim.
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.