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Damages Questioned in Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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.

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