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Aug 22, 2019

Why Accountability Matters When It Comes to Opioids and Medications

By |August 22nd, 2019|Product Liability|0 Comments

The big drug makers such as Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, are often assigned blame for propagating the nation’s opioid crisis. However, internal documents gathered from a number of pharmaceutical and retail companies indicate that generic drug manufacturers also played a great part in advancing the epidemic. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) kept records that a staggering 78 billion hydrocodone and oxycodone pills – most of them generic brands – were delivered to pharmacies across the nation between 2006 and 2012. The yearly distribution of these drugs increased by more than 50% during this period [...]

Aug 14, 2019

How Do I Choose the Best Personal Injury Attorney for Me?

By |August 14th, 2019|Personal Injury|0 Comments

An injury can throw your entire life out-of-whack. You may need time off of work, or have to see specialists for your injuries. You may need to find in-home care for a loved one, or a long-term babysitter for your children. You could be facing bills from a mechanic, or fighting with your insurance company about how much they’ll cover for your rental costs. It can be a lot to handle. The stress of choosing an attorney can add to that, at a time when additional stress is, literally, the last thing you need. That is [...]

Aug 8, 2019

E-Cigarettes Aren’t Safe. We Want Your Kids to Know.

By |August 8th, 2019|Product Liability|0 Comments

There are a lot of misconceptions about e-cigarettes, and a lot of undisclosed (and undiscussed) dangers. While the majority of the stories we read deal with their tendency to explode – a serious and dangerous problem, we admit – we want to discuss the dangers they pose even when they’re in working order, especially to children and young vapers. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has outlined the dangers for kids here, so today, we’re going to look at some of the highlights. We encourage you to review the CDC’s information with your children [...]

Jul 31, 2019

New Alabama Bill Will Make Hospitals Take Your Health Insurance after a Crash

By |July 31st, 2019|Car Accidents|0 Comments

In May, Alabama sent an important bill to the Governor regarding medical liens. As of August 1, 2019, hospitals will be required to accept and bill your health insurance, instead of attaching a lien to an award to secure a higher payout. If you feel a bit confused as to why that is not already the case, you’re not alone. After all these years of helping car accident victims, we have discovered that many people don’t realize that our hospitals have been playing a little fast and loose when it comes to billing. Today, we want [...]

Jul 24, 2019

Filing a Product Liability Claim for Defective Car Parts

By |July 24th, 2019|Product Liability|0 Comments

Car and truck manufacturers, as well as those that manufacture vehicle components and accessories, are legally obligated to adhere to all federal and state safety standards. Unfortunately, in some cases vehicle manufacturers only discover – or report – problems with defective parts after an injury or death. Many times, a report like this will lead to a voluntary vehicle recall. Sometimes, though, the manufacturers or retailers will issue a recall before anyone gets hurt, as a way of getting out ahead of the problem. They issue these recall notices directly to consumers and to their retailers, [...]

Jul 17, 2019

Who Is Liable if I’m in an Accident with a FedEx Truck?

By |July 17th, 2019|Truck Accident|0 Comments

As with other types of trucking accidents, collisions that involve FedEx trucks are often due to driver error, poorly maintained delivery trucks and vans, mechanical failure, and other factors. Commercial driver error is a prominent cause of these accidents and can involve distracted driving, failure to obey traffic laws, impairment from alcohol or drugs, improper training, or simply reckless driving of one kind or the other. Fatigued driving is another danger faced by commercial drivers, particularly if the driver has exceeded the allowable hours of service (HOS) designated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). [...]

Jul 10, 2019

Burn Injuries and Car Accidents in Alabama

By |July 10th, 2019|Car Accidents|0 Comments

The common injuries associated with a car accident include broken bones, lumbar and cervical spine injuries, and head and brain trauma. Burns may not come to mind immediately, but they are rather common in these wrecks as well. They are also some of the most painful, and potentially devastating, injuries a driver or passenger can sustain in a car crash. Sources of burn injuries in car wrecks include: Thermal burns from contact with hot surfaces or flames. In cases where there are no open flames, you can still be critically burned if you come in contact [...]

Jul 3, 2019

A Look at Traumatic Brain Injury

By |July 3rd, 2019|Brain Injury|0 Comments

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when the brain suffers damage in some manner. These injuries often take place when an individual sustains a concussion. In other instances, an object penetrates the head into the skull, producing another type of dangerous TBI. Approximately 2.8 million U.S. residents suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. The most severe TBIs can cause permanent disability or death. Are “mild” TBIs actually traumatic? If you suffer a concussion, your doctor may refer to that as a “mild traumatic brain injury.” The truth is, a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) does not [...]

Jun 26, 2019

Truck Backup Accidents – Trucker Responsibilities and Negligence

By |June 26th, 2019|Truck Accident|0 Comments

Backing up a tractor-trailer can be dangerous for many reasons, but specifically because of the driver’s limited visibility. Maintaining the proper line of sight and avoiding obstacles while reversing in a large truck is much more difficult than in a standard passenger vehicle. This is especially true when attempting to maneuver in tight, confined spaces, such as at loading docks, around city streets, or in work zones. If the trucker who is preparing for a backup maneuver only checks one mirror, he or she is acting negligently and may cause a truck accident. This is because [...]

Jun 19, 2019

How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?

By |June 19th, 2019|Car Accidents|0 Comments

Another person’s negligence in a car crash incident has left you injured. Now, you may be asking the question, “How much is my car accident claim worth?” Although we cannot provide you with a specific dollar value because every claim is different, there are certain factors to consider that can definitely affect the size of your settlement. We want to break those down for you today. What losses are calculated in a car crash? Your medical costs. The ultimate worth of your car crash settlement must take all of these medical treatment costs into account. Lost [...]

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