Birmingham Wrongful Death Attorneys

Man Awarded Damages in Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | 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.

Settlements Reached in Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuits

by Staff Blogger | 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.