alabama wrongful death

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.

Damages Questioned in Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Norris Injury Lawyers | 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.

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.