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Man Awarded Damages in Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Norris Injury Lawyers | 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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Connection With Defective GM Ignition Switch

by Norris Injury Lawyers | 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.

Jury Awards Car Crash Victim’s Family $13 Million

by Norris Injury Lawyers | December 18th, 2012

Dec. 18, 2012

The family of an Alabama woman who died in an Alabama car accident caused by a drugged driver recently won a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver responsible for the crash. WTVY 4 News reports that a jury reached a decision to award the family $13 million in damages this Tuesday.

The crash took place in Oct. 2009 at the corner of Willowbrook Drive and Bailey Cove Road in Huntsville. The 26-year-old woman was on Willowbrook Road approaching the intersection with Bailey Cove. But as she made a turn, a pickup truck driven by a 54-year-old man struck her vehicle. The impact of the accident caused the truck to collide with two other vehicles before coming to rest.

An investigation following the accident determined that the man driving the pickup was under the influence of the prescription narcotic drugs Xanax and Methadone at the time of the accident. He was convicted of criminal offenses related to the accident and is currently serving time for those crimes. The decision in the civil case against him means he will now also be responsible for paying the jury’s award to the family.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers understand the difficulties associated with losing a loved one in an accident and hope the decision will bring a sense of closure to the family.

Alabama Miner Killed In On-The-Job Accident Friday

by Norris Injury Lawyers | March 27th, 2012

March 27, 2012

Mining is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United Sates today. ABC World News reports that an average of 50 to 60 miners die each year as a result of accidents on the job, including cave-ins, explosions, and toxic gases; however, these workers often face many dangers that are unforeseen.

For instance, a 37-year-old shuttle car operator in an Alabama coal mine died Friday in a work-related accident. According to reports from ABC 33/40 News, the incident occurred just after 9:30 p.m. at the Drummond Company’s Shoal Creek Mine that spans three counties.

The Walker County man came into contact with a charged cable that was trailing behind the rail car he was operating near the Camp Creek Portal and was electrocuted according to a preliminary report on the accident that was released by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Co-workers attempted to revive the man, but the miner was declared dead when rescue crews and deputies with the Walker County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the scene.

Officials with the MSHA have stated that they have begun a full investigation into the fatal accident.

The Alabama Wrongful Death Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers know that employers have a responsibility to keep workers safe while they are on the job. The firm would also like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the worker who was tragically killed in this horrible accident.

Alabama Man Sentenced For Crash That Killed Young Girl

by Norris Injury Lawyers | January 31st, 2012

January 31, 2012

A man from Mobile, Alabama, was sentenced today for his part in a two car accident that killed a young girl and left several others severely injured. According to reports from the Press-Register, the 31-year-old man was sentenced to 91 years in prison for several crimes in connection with the crash.

Reports from the Mobile police department state that in 2009, the man was fleeing from officers at speeds of up to 90 MPH along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard when he crashed into another vehicle. A 2-year-old girl that was in the other vehicle was killed on impact. The young girl’s mother suffered serious injuries in the crash and spent several weeks in the hospital. Passengers in the suspect’s vehicle were also injured in the crash.

The 31-year-old pled guilty in a courtroom in October to several crimes connected to the incident including: manslaughter, first-degree assault, possession of cocaine, second-degree possession marijuana, and attempting to elude police.

This conviction could be used as evidence of negligence if the family of the woman and young girl were to file a civil case against the driver.

The Alabama wrongful death attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are available anytime to discuss your case if you have lost a loved one in an accident that was caused at no fault of his or her own. Call us today to have your questions answered.

Alabama’s Infant Mortality Rate Rises to 8.7 Per 1,000

by Norris Injury Lawyers | October 5th, 2011

October 5, 2011

In the state of Alabama, 8.7 children out of 1,000 born alive in 2010 died before they turned a year old. This figure rose from 8.2 in 2009—meaning 522 Alabama babies died in 2010 compared to 513 babies in 2009.

“I am unhappy that we didn’t continue to go down,” State Health Officer Don Williamson told The Birmingham News. In 2009 Alabama’s infant mortality rate was the lowest ever recorded in the state, and in 2010 it tied Alabama’s second-lowest rates, which were recorded in 2003 and 2004.

Williamson also told the newspaper that he looks for the state to rank among the five worst in infant mortality rates in the 50 states.

Governor Robert Bentley wrote a statement in response to the report, saying, “We need to place additional emphasis on responding to maternal and child health needs to further lessen infant deaths.”

The Birmingham News attributes Alabama’s dismal infant mortality rate to many factors—including race, teen pregnancy, and smoking.

“There are many factors that go into infant mortality, including the racial makeup of Alabama, the obvious lower economic status of many Alabamians, lack of access to health care,” said George C. Smith Jr., a family-practice doctor in Lineville.

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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.

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.

Police arrest suspect in Alabama wrongful death

by Norris Injury Lawyers | March 27th, 2008

March 26, 2008

The Huntsville Times reported that the Huntsville police arrested a man and are looking for one more suspect in relation to the fatal shooting of a recent Alabama A&M graduate.

The man they currently have in custody is being charged with capital murder and is being held in jail without bail.

Those investigating the Alabama wrongful death have not yet released a motive for the shooting or the name of the other suspect in the murder.

Two men were in the truck with the victim when the shots were fired. The victim of the Huntsville wrongful death was found in the back of his truck.

Pair sought in connection with Huntsville wrongful death

by Norris Injury Lawyers | March 19th, 2008

March 19, 2008

Police are looking for two people who might be responsible for shooting a Tuskegee man to death in the have been in the truck with a Tuskegee man when he was shot to death early Tuesday, according to The Huntsville Times.

The victim of this Huntsville wrongful death was shot multiple times, and was found slumped in the back seat of a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado.

He was rushed to Huntsville Hospital, where was pronounced dead.

Authorities are searching for a pair of the wrongful death victim’s companions, but are unable to say if they are suspects or witnesses.

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