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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.

Auburn Student Charged After Running Over Child at Bus Stop

by nil | October 14th, 2011

October 14, 2011

An Auburn University student who struck a seven-year-old girl at a bus stop in Auburn, Alabama, on Tuesday has been charged with reckless driving and passing a stopped school bus.

According to Opelika-Auburn News, the 21-year-old woman was driving a black 2003 Toyota 4Runner when she hit the Cary Woods Elementary School first-grader. The child is recovering from her injuries at home.

On Wednesday, Auburn City School Superintendent Dr. Terry Jenkins, who arrived at the accident scene shortly after it occurred, told oanow.com that he thought the little girl would return to school this week.

Jenkins has viewed the school bus video and says, “You can see when the bus stops and all the devices engage and the children get off the bus. Two children walk in front of the bus and cross the street. This child was the third child to cross the road.

“As the third child crosses the road, the bus driver sat down on the horn of the bus as the black SUV approaches, swerves and strikes the child, which spins her, and she rolls down the side of car onto the pavement.”

Jenkins also said that the driver was late for class and talking on her cell phone just prior to the incident.

The driver will appear in court on December 8. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in this accident.

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

by nil | 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.

Read more.

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.

35 Percent of College Students Use Apps While Driving, Says Study

by nil | June 28th, 2011

June 28, 2011

A new study out from the University of Alabama at Birmingham indicates that one-third of college students use cell phone apps while they’re behind the wheel. The most surprising finding: Even students who’ve had cell-phone related accidents continue to use their mobile devices in the car.

The study looked at 93 college students all of whom owned a smartphone device such as a Blackberry or iPhone. Each student claimed to use apps on their phone at least four times a week, although 10 of these students had previously been involved in car crashes caused by their own distracted driving.

The study, which will be presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in D.C. this summer, found that 10 percent of students often or nearly always use mobile apps while driving, and that one-third say they use them sometimes.

“It’s astounding, scary,” said David Schwebel, the director of the UAB Youth Safety Lab that supervised the study, in an interview with Reuters. “Very little of this is urgent business. It’s socializing and entertainment.”

Lauren McCartney, a UAB student who worked on the study, told Reuters that the study has led her to conclude that smartphones need to be banned from use while driving.

Read more.

Do you use smartphone apps while driving even though you know the dangers of doing so? What’s the best way to discourage people from using their cell phones while driving?

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