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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.

Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Connection With Workplace Fatality

by Norris Injury Lawyers | 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 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.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits Filed in Connection With Alabama Gas Line Explosion

by Norris Injury Lawyers | January 14th, 2014

When a person’s death is the result of another individual’s negligence, the family of the victim may seek compensation by filing civil litigation against the responsible party. The Birmingham Wrongful Death Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain several wrongful death cases have been filed against an Alabama gas company and the Housing Authority of Birmingham after a gas line rupture led to a fatal building explosion last month.

According to an article from ABC 33/40 News, the incident occurred on Dec. 17, 2013 at Marks Village in Gate City, Alabama. Reports indicate residents of the building had reported smelling natural gas for several days prior to the explosion, but were told not to be concerned by housing authority officials. Residents were told to call a number if the smell did not go away.

Then, a leak from the 2-inch ruptured causing a blast that leveled the building. The blast claimed several lives and left dozens injured.

Now, the victims are filing suit, claiming the gas company and housing authority not only failed to properly follow up on their complaints, but also failed to properly maintain the building’s gas lines.

Norris Injury Lawyers and their team of Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys are are hopeful a decision in the case helps brings  closure to the victims of the explosion and their families.


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.