Birmingham Injury Law Blog

Category: Personal injury

Watch Out for Pedestrians

Accidents involving pedestrians is a problem all over the United States. While there don’t seem to be much in the news about these accidents, the statistics are astounding. Loss of life in pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles happen about twelve times per day every day of the year in this country. The NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts reports have some good news. The number of fatalities fell from 5,585 in 1995 to 4,280 in 2010. Yet there were an estimated 70,000 reported pedestrian injuri...

Man Files Suit Against LifeSouth After Contracting HIV

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is being sued by a man claiming he contracted human immunodeficiency virus, better known as HIV, after he received blood that was infected with the disease during a coronary bypass surgery, reports WSFA. The report from WSFA says the contaminated blood was collected by LifeSouth in Dale County, Alabama, from a John Doe on October 14, 2010.  It was then dispensed to Baptist Medical Center on October 18, 2010.  LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is a community...

15-Year Sentence in Alabama Road Rage Stabbing

A case of road rage ended with a stabbing in a Selma grocery store in October 2008.  Now a Dallas County man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for that road rage and stabbing. Robert Fitts, who was convicted of first-degree assault in the stabbing in March, has been sentenced by Circuit Judge Jack Meigs to the sentence.  Fitts was on trial for attempted murder, but the jury instead found him guilty of felony assault.  The verdict was reached Friday morning after about three hours of d...

Mining is Big Business

Alabama’s mining culture is an integral part of our economy. In December of 2011, Walter Energy of Jim Walter Resources announced development of a new underground coal mine in northern Tuscaloosa County. This new project could lead to the creation of 500 new jobs, plus more jobs for the construction industry to build the deep mine. The construction of a new mine creates a boon statewide for other industries as well. The mine will provide high paying jobs to miners, but it will also build a c...

Baldwin County Teen Mom Charged With First-Degree Domestic Violence

A Marlow, Alabama teenage mother was charged with first-degree domestic violence Thursday after her son was admitted to the hospital. Tanya Marie Jarmin, 19, was charged with the felony after her three-month-old son was admitted to Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, according to a Sheriff’s statement.  Hospital workers found that the baby had a broken right femur.  The child was transferred to the University of South Alabama Women’s and Children’s Hospital.  An examination at this hospital showed ...

Former Alabama football player settles with student

Rolando McClain, a former Alabama football player and current member of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, has reached a settlement with Stanford Matthew Mangham over a 2008 incident in which McClain allegedly struck Mangham with a vehicle. Mangham’s claims also included allegations of physical assault. According to Mangham, McClain hit the Alabama student twice on November 13 of 2008. McClain subsequently returned to the scene with other members of Alabama’s football program and verbally and physic...

Mother of Three Hospitalized in Alabama Burn Unit Following Surgery Fire

A medical error can change a life in an instant, but painful burn injuries and disfigurement from surgical fires are especially shocking when they occur. According to ECRI, an independent medical research organization, an estimated 550 to 650 surgical fire accidents occur each year in the United States. Such operating room fires are 100% preventable. One such incident occurred on December 2,  2011. A 29-year-old Florida woman was flown to a University of South Alabama burn unit in critical ...

Lawyer In High Stress Injury Law Practice Must Learn To Relax – RINGO STARR and his ALL-STARR BAND

Usually this blog is devoted to tips and results which hopefully help our clients deal better with their legal issues, which as you know can often feel overwhelming. Well, having done this kind of work for well over 20 years, I've learned that the only way to get back into the swing of working hard for our clients is to take a day now and then to recharge the batteries. Those who know me best know that I love music and am a HUGE BEATLES follower. We jumped at the opportunity to see RINGO S...

WARNING TO TRUSTEES: DO A GOOD JOB, OR ELSE!

Although most of our cases are for physical personal injuries, we will occasionally accept other kinds. We have a long time client who was convinced that a Trustee who was charged with overseeing a trust created for the client's benefit, was mismanaging her investments. We decided to take the case. Of course the Defendant Trustee claimed he had done nothing wrong and refused to make any offer to settle the case before trial, We tried the case in Judge Robert Vance's court over a 5 day peri...

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