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What Are the Dangers of Distracted Walking?

Posted on May 28th, 2018

Most Americans are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, such as using a cell phone behind the wheel, but few realize the inherent dangers of walking while distracted. Distracted walking has spurred several states to push for bans that restrict mobile phone usage while walking, but none have so far been successful. New York City recently reduced the speed… READ MORE

What Is “Thermal Runaway?”

Posted on May 21st, 2018

The plethora of electronic devices available today include smartphones, portable video game consoles, electronic cigarettes, laptop computers, and countless other gadgets built with lithium ion batteries. These batteries last much longer than standard batteries and are small enough to fit in many portable devices. Despite their convenience, lithium ion-powered devices pose unique risks to users. How Does a Lithium Ion… READ MORE

What Are Conversion Vehicles? Are They Dangerous?

Posted on May 14th, 2018

Many vehicle owners who have the financial flexibility to do so enjoy customizing their vehicles or “converting” them into repurposed vehicles. Converted vehicles can include campers fitted with captain’s chairs, vans equipped with wheelchair ramps, or any other vehicle that includes post-production alterations that change the structural nature of the vehicle. Installing a new stereo system into an old car… READ MORE

What Should I Do If My Insurance Company Denies a Valid Claim?

Posted on May 9th, 2018

Dealing with an insurance claim is rarely a pleasant experience, and one of the biggest frustrations many claimants encounter is a denial of a valid claim. Insurance companies make money by collecting premium payments from policyholders to maintain their coverage. An insurer loses money when policyholders make claims for coverage against their policies. When you need help with a claim,… READ MORE

What Is Negligent Entrustment?

Posted on April 30th, 2018

A personal injury claim in Birmingham might involve the legal doctrine of “negligent entrustment.” Negligent entrustment refers to the wrongdoing of providing a dangerous device to someone who cannot handle it safely or properly. Someone guilty of negligent entrustment might be liable for injuries or damages the second person causes with the dangerous device or instrument. Learn more about negligent… READ MORE

What Can I Expect During a Personal Injury Deposition?

Posted on April 26th, 2018

Don’t let the legal term “deposition” intimidate you during a personal injury lawsuit in Alabama. Working with a lawyer and knowing exactly what to expect can give you much greater peace of mind during depositions. A deposition is a necessary legal process in some injury claims that cannot successfully settle outside of the courtroom. The more you know about depositions,… READ MORE

What Is the Alabama Homeowner’s Responsibility When Serving Alcohol?

Posted on April 19th, 2018

Many Alabama party hosts don’t realize they could face serious legal trouble for serving alcohol to the wrong guests. Dram shop laws and social host liability in Alabama don’t let alcohol servers and social hosts get away with intoxicating a person who later causes injury or death to another. It might seem unfair to suffer the consequences for someone else’s… READ MORE

What Is Alabama’s Move Over Law?

Posted on April 17th, 2018

Alabama’s Move Over Act is something all drivers in the state should understand before hitting the road. Alabama Code Section 32-5A-58.2 establishes the Act, which requires all motorists to move over one or more lanes whenever possible for stopped law enforcement vehicles. Drivers must move over for other stopped vehicles as well. Failure to obey the state’s Move Over Act… READ MORE

Product Liability and Guns

Posted on April 11th, 2018

Product liability lawsuits are claims injured consumers can make against manufacturers, sellers, and distributors in the event of defective or dangerous products. Like all states, Alabama has product liability laws that regulate when and why injured consumers can file lawsuits against manufacturing companies. When it comes to lawsuits regarding companies in the gun industry, however, special rules apply. Find out… READ MORE

When Would You File a 3rd Party Claim in Workplace Injury?

Posted on April 9th, 2018

Alabama’s workers’ compensation program might not be the only means of recovery available to you as an injured employee. As is the case in most states, Alabama’s workers’ compensation program does not prevent an employee from pursuing additional damages in a personal injury lawsuit – as long as the defendant is a third party and not the employer. Pursuing damages… READ MORE

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legal professionals. We even have clients referred to us by insurance lawyers
who opposed us in court. We think that says a lot about our commitment to
integrity and maintaining an open line of communication with our clients
throughout the case."

— Whit Drake