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Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Dothan Police Officer

by Norris Injury Lawyers | December 31st, 2013

When a life is lost as the result of someone else’s negligence, the family of the victim has the right file for compensation from the party responsible through civil litigation. The Birmingham Wrongful Death Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers explain such a case was recently filed in the Middle District of Alabama’s Federal Court.

According to an article from Dothan First, the suit stems from the death of a 22-year-old man at the hands of an officer with the Dothan Police Department. Reports indicate the officer shot the victim after his identity was mistaken during a short pursuit.

Court documents stated the chase began along the Montgomery Highway on June 28, 2012. Radio transmissions show the officer thought he was pursuing a felon, rather than the victim. So, when the victim stopped his vehicle, the officer fired several fatal shots prior to allowing the victim a chance to comply with his orders.

A case against the officer was brought before the district attorney and a grand jury, who found he was justified in his actions. However, the lawsuit claims the officer was negligent in his actions, which led to the death of the victim.

Norris Injury Lawyers’ team of Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult it can be to lose a loved one and the firm hopes a decision in this most recent case helps bring closure to the family of the victim.

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.

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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