Birmingham Injury Law Blog

Category: Current Affairs

Tort Reform or Civil Rights Violation?

Recently in the Montgomery Advertiser, a column appeared which points out how recent legislation passed by Alabama’s elected officials may take away your rights as a citizen to a fair trial by jury. The columnist notes that the restrictions “reduce the statute of limitations on some suits, prohibit suits against businesses that merely sell a harmful product, reduce post-judgment interest rates, prohibit ‘forum shopping’ for wrongful death cases and redefine the standar...

FINALLY!! OUR HARD WORKING FIREFIGHTERS GET THEIR DUE!

I have been fortunate over the years to represent several firefighters who have suffered sometimes critical and permanent injuries while working on the job. I can think of few other professions which demand so much from its workers, often with life and death decisions hanging in the balance. Often Firefighters are injured while attempting to rescue and transport morbidly obese patients, who often weigh in excess of 400 pounds. The Homewood Fire Department has taken a proactive stance, to p...

Yesterday Stephanie and I attended a funeral for the 22 year old son of dear friends of mine, Rick and Suzanne Norris. Tripp had lived down the street from me while we lived in Panorama Brook in Vestavia. I had had a few cases against Rick over the years and he, like me, was always easy to deal with in getting cases ready for trial. We had never had a cross word with each other in any "confrontational" situation we may have found ourselves in. And although I don't know Suzanne a...

Not the Thanksgiving Message I was Hoping to Send

This time of year I like to give thanks for the blessings I have received, but today I simply can't write about my blessings, though they are many. As I looked through the Birmingham News this morning I saw where we have had two more traffic fatalities involving children drivers, which occurred WELL after midnight, the most recent wreck happening at 3:40 a.m. The driver was 16 and his passenger was 17. Why in the world would parents allow their children to be out driving around at that...

Good Lawyers Know the Difference Between a Good Lawsuit and a Dumb Lawsuit

There is an old saying in law that you can find some lawyer to file almost any lawsuit for you, but as we know, a good lawyer will not accept those cases. Recently we read of a lawsuit filed in Utah by a woman who wanted to go for a walk. She had gotten walking directions on her smartphone by "Google Maps." Of course the woman ended up walking onto a busy highway, where she, of course, got hit by a car. Not only did she sue the driver of the vehicle that hit her, but she also sued GOOGLE, ...

Why Everyone Needs an Advance Directive

Last weekend my wife had a pain that wouldn't seem to go away so we ended up at the emergency room. One of the first questions asked by the hospital admissions representative was, "Do you have an Advance Health Care Directive?" I'm sure the woman thought we were crazy, but we both began to laugh. My law firm has recently been advising ALL our clients to have a Living Will or Advance Health Care Directive properly executed. We had been so intent on making sure our clients were set that we ...

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