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Jan 14, 2020

Vaping Illness or the Flu? Knowing the Difference Can Save Your Life

By |January 14th, 2020|Product Liability|0 Comments

A growing number of people are suddenly experiencing symptoms of vaping illness. These symptoms are similar to the symptoms that people experience when they have the flu. If an individual regularly uses a vape and suddenly experiences such symptoms, he or she may assume that they are coming down with the flu when they are really suffering from a potentially life-threatening vaping illness. What are the symptoms of a vaping illness? Vaping can lead to e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). Vitamin E acetate has been linked to the outbreak of EVALI across the [...]

Jan 7, 2020

I Was Injured by a Drunk Driver on New Year’s Eve. What Can I Do?

By |January 7th, 2020|Drunk Driving|0 Comments

New Year’s Eve is a big night for parties. That means there will be a lot of people out there who are drinking. While Alabama’s drunk driving numbers have decreased in urban areas, possibly because of services like Lyft and Uber, there are still a lot of people getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. If you were injured by a drunk driver on New Year’s Eve when you were simply trying to have a good time, you need to know what you can do to seek justice for what happened. What are the best steps to [...]

Dec 25, 2019

Injury Claims for Truck Drivers

By |December 25th, 2019|Truck Accident|0 Comments

It’s common in truck accident cases to focus on the injuries or deaths to the occupants of other vehicles and to pedestrians. This is because, in most truck accident cases, cars and pedestrians are no match for the size and bulk of a truck. Still, there are many times when the truck driver is injured. He/she then has the right to hold others accountable. Families of drivers who were killed while driving a truck may also have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible parties. Trucks can get into accidents for many [...]

Dec 17, 2019

How Can You Help Your Personal Lawyer Prepare Your Personal Injury Case?

By |December 17th, 2019|Personal Injury|0 Comments

At Martin & Helms, our Huntsville personal injury lawyers have been helping victims of negligence and wrongdoing get justice for years. We work with investigators, product safety engineers, your doctors, and others, when necessary, to help prepare your case for negotiation and trial. As much as we advise clients and help them prepare, sometimes the best results are obtained when clients do their most to be prepared as well. But if you’re not a lawyer, it can be hard to know what you can do to help your own case. A lot of is really common [...]

Dec 10, 2019

Filing a Lawsuit for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

By |December 10th, 2019|Premises Liability|0 Comments

Carbon monoxide poisoning is extremely dangerous. The CO compound doesn’t have an odor. Survivors may suffer long-term brain damage. CO is dangerous because it takes the place of oxygen in your bloodstream. It is also a poison which can cause damage to cells and to the immune system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CO is located in fumes whenever fuel burns. CO can come from vehicles, stoves, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, furnaces, small engines, and lanterns. It can build up if it forms indoors. Symptoms, when noticeable, include headaches, dizziness, chest pain, [...]

Dec 3, 2019

Car Accidents and Injuries to the Spine

By |December 3rd, 2019|Legal Matters|0 Comments

Car accidents are a leading cause of spine and spinal cord injuries. The spinal column is divided into 3 sections: cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), and lumbar spine (lower back). It includes muscles, tissues, vertebra, tendons, and ligaments. Injuries to any part of the spine can cause extreme pain and loss of mobility. The spinal cord is comprised of nervous tissue, and extend from the brain down through the spinal column. If it is damaged, a person can be left paralyzed. Tetraplegia, also called quadriplegia, is the full or partial loss of use of all four [...]

Nov 26, 2019

Improving Drugged Driving Testing & Prosecution in Alabama

By |November 26th, 2019|Car Accidents, Personal Injury|0 Comments

We’re certainly all aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. However, drug-impaired driving (or driving under the influence) is rapidly becoming a big problem on our highways – particularly with the rise in opioid abuse and recreational marijuana. However, one of the major issues with prosecuting drugged drivers is that many fast-metabolizing drugs can dissipate from a user’s system long before authorities are able to take a blood draw, leaving the prosecution with little to no proof. The state of Alabama is aiming to reduce this gap, increase prosecutions and get dangerous drivers off the [...]

Nov 20, 2019

The Signs of Human Trafficking

By |November 20th, 2019|Sexual Assault|0 Comments

The stories are crushing. “I was just blindly…I just…was just going along with going there. And, the hospital recognized me as a trafficked victim. And, they asked me ‘Ma’am, have you been trafficked? Are you being trafficked currently?’ And, I just remember breaking into tears, and just crying, and like…just, finally someone had a name for it. Someone had a name for the torment I’d been just been through.” This woman is not alone. Alabama Public Radio’s special report on sex trafficking detailed this story and many other stories like it. The woman trusted her trafficker [...]

Nov 12, 2019

Vaping Illnesses and Deaths Are Increasing: Are the Devices Themselves to Blame?

By |November 12th, 2019|Product Liability|0 Comments

Vaping used to be marketed as a safer alternative to cigarette smoking. Not anymore. Doctors are now working hard to find out why so many vaping illnesses and deaths are occurring. Originally, researchers focused on “tainted vape oil containing cannabis or nicotine extracts,” according to USA TODAY. A recent report has suggested that vitamin E acetate could be the link to the illnesses. Other research, however, is looking to see if the devices themselves may be to blame. Dr. Tony Casolara, who formerly worked as a clinical chief of the National Institute of Health’s pulmonary medicine [...]

Nov 5, 2019

Should I Hire an Attorney for My Car Accident Claim?

By |November 5th, 2019|Car Accidents|0 Comments

If you’ve ever been involved in a car accident, then you know how much of a nightmare they can be. You not only have to deal with the damage to your car (or any other property that was damaged), but the physical and emotional injuries you sustained. If you had passengers, it can complicate things more. Once you have received initial medical treatment for your injuries and have had your vehicle towed off to a body shop, your first order of business should be to call a Huntsville car crash injury attorney. Injury attorneys have experience [...]

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