birmingham wrongful death

What Is Wrongful Death?

by nil | 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.

Homicides in Birmingham on the Rise

by nil | 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.