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Drake Law Firm

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

What Is the Alabama Guest Statute?

Posted on April 2nd, 2018

As a passenger riding in a vehicle that crashes, you need to know about the Alabama Guest Statute. You might have serious injuries that require medical attention and take you out of work for a few weeks, or post-traumatic stress disorder flashbacks of the crash haunting you. Is someone liable for these damages? After all, you weren’t driving; the accident… READ MORE

Wrongful Termination and Alabama Law

Posted on November 9th, 2016

What are my options if my employer wrongfully fired me? Under Alabama law, an employee can be fired or terminated for any reason, whether it’s a good reason, bad reason or for no reason. This is called the employee at will doctrine. Under this doctrine, an employer can terminate someone for virtually any reason, whether its legitimate or not. Suppose… READ MORE

Insurance Claim Denial and Bad Faith in Alabama

Posted on September 15th, 2016

Had a legitimate insurance claim denied in Alabama? Discover your options. Under Alabama law, insurance companies have a duty to fairly and timely adjust claims made. Frequently, especially during times of natural disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes, claims adjusters are so busy they neglect or deny legitimate claims. The usual remedy for an insured is to sue the insurance… READ MORE

Emergency Room Negligence in Alabama – EMTALA Claims

Posted on August 16th, 2016

Emergency room negligence is fairly common in Alabama. Most Alabama hospitals use outside contractors to staff the emergency department and the doctors sometimes work very long shifts with few breaks. Additionally, the emergency room physicians are not usually board-certified in disciplines such as neurology, orthopedics or other areas and may not be qualified to address less well-known injuries and illnesses.… READ MORE

Always Notify Your Auto Insurance After An Accident

Posted on June 30th, 2016

Many Alabama auto accident victims question whether they should notify their own auto insurance carrier after an accident. There are several reasons to do so and almost no reason not to so. First, your premiums will not go up solely because you notify them of an accident, especially if the accident was not your fault. Secondly, all insurance policies require… READ MORE

Alabama Medical Errors: A Leading Cause of Death

Posted on May 20th, 2016

A recent study, by two physicians, concluded that somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000 persons die every year in the U.S. from preventable medical errors. Drs. Martin Makary and Michael Daniel, of Johns Hopkins University Medical School, stated that “We have not as a country recognized the endemic problem of people dying from the care that receive rather than the illness… READ MORE

Funeral Home Negligence in Alabama

Posted on May 4th, 2016

Can funeral homes be sued for negligence in Alabama? Funeral home negligence suits are extremely rare in Alabama. However, misplaced corpses, premature cremations and other “accidents” are fairly common. Additionally, post-funeral burial mismanagement is also commonplace. For these type incidents, involving cemetery burial mistakes or poor treatment of corpses during the funeral process, Alabama allows a cause of action only… READ MORE

Do I Need A Lawyer For An Alabama Work Injury?

Posted on April 5th, 2016

Alabama Workers Compensation Law Under Alabama law, an injured worker has certain rights and options. However, attempting to handle your own claim can be risky. Your employer or the workers comp insurance carrier will probably not have your best interest in mind. Also, they will have the benefit of legal counsel. For the most part, if your work injury is… READ MORE

"Most of our clients come to us by referral from satisfied clients and other
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