Birmingham Legal Blog

What can you expect when recovering from a concussion?

People who suffer a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury often think these are just minor injuries that don't need much recovery time. And while every person is different, it is important to treat yourself with care after any brain injury - even a mild one.

Take it easy on yourself

Trucking accidents are more complex than car crashes

Most people think all vehicle accidents are the same, but that is not true. Any accident involving a commercial truck has special considerations you and your lawyer must take into account. If you have been injured or lost a family member in a trucking accident, you must be aware of the differences between passenger vehicle crashes and truck accidents.

Trucks are governed by federal law

When should children return to school after a concussion?

As parents, you are likely worried about many things after a child suffers a concussion or other brain injury. It’s possible that your child’s return to school is not your primary concern, especially in the first few days after the injury.

It is, however, something parents need to consider eventually. And because symptoms may emerge and change over time, the child’s educational needs may also change.

More recalls: how safe is our food?

Recent recalls of lettuce, cauliflower, and ground beef and turkey have people wondering what is safe to eat. Unfortunately, there is yet another recall of a dangerous food product, and this time, it is fruit. Jac. Vandenberg, Inc., has recalled nearly 3,300 cartons of plums, nectarines and peaches due to a possible listeria contamination. The recall affects 19 states, including Alabama.

The fruit sold in Alabama was in ALDI stores under the names Fresh Nectarines, Fresh Peaches and Fresh Plums. These fruits are packaged in two-pound bags under the brand Rio Duero. PLU stickers 4044, 3035 and 4378 list Chile as the country of origin.

Will proposed hands-free bills reduce distracted driving?

In Alabama, it is currently against the law to text while driving, but it is legal to hold a cellphone while driving. In the near future, however, it may be against the law to do so.

Spurred on in part by a hands-free law that went into effect in 2018 in Georgia, two Alabama lawmakers are filing similar bills in the House and Senate to ban holding a phone while driving. If the laws pass, drivers will not be allowed to hold or otherwise support a cellphone with their body when they are driving.

Montgomery County Verdict

A Montgomery County Circuit Court jury today returned a verdict against Jackson Hospital and Clinic.  The jury awarded $1,125,000 in compensatory damages only to Annie Ruth Post, an elderly woman who was injury while a patient of the hospital in 2014.

The case was tried this week by Marsh, Rickard & Bryan attorneys Dylan Marsh, Ty Brown and Rip Andrews.

What’s best for mothers and babies in distress?

Unfortunately, not all births go smoothly. When the mother or baby is in distress, doctors must decide how to intervene quickly. Many times everything works out okay, but when things go wrong during labor and delivery, the mother and baby can suffer serious injuries.

Two common methods of birth interventions are forceps or vacuum deliveries and cesarean sections. While C-sections are major surgical procedures with risks for injury, forceps and vacuum deliveries can also cause significant injuries to the mother or baby.

SUVs often cause the most severe injuries to pedestrians

A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that pedestrian fatalities are on the rise. They have increased by 46 percent since 2009, and there were nearly 6,000 pedestrian deaths in the U.S. in 2016.

And while many factors may play a role in these accidents, one piece of information that stands out is the increasing numbers of SUVs, pickups and vans involved.

Nursing home negligence and falls can result in fatal injuries

Any fall can be dangerous, but for elderly nursing home patients, many of whom are struggling with balance issues and brittle bones, a fall can be deadly. Traumatic brain injuries and complications from injuries such as broken hips can be fatal to this vulnerable population.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the U.S., people ages 65 and older account for millions of falls each year. Over one in four elderly people suffer a fall every year.

2018 Notable Settlements

2018 found our lawyers busy in the courtroom and on the road working on cases That stem from trucking accidents, hospital falls and on-the-job injuries.  Here's a round-up of some of the cases we resolved for clients this year:

Mike Beard and David Marsh settled a case for the widow and children of a sanitation worker who died while on the job in Cullman County.  The 35-year-old was working as a "thrower" on the rear of a huge white garbage truck operating along Highway 231 just south of Arab, Alabama, when the garbage truck was struck from behind.  The driver of a contractor's truck barreled into the rear of the garbage truck at 55 mph in the middle of broad daylight.  The collision was so violent it knocked the huge garbage truck 33 feet forward and threw our client to the pavement where he suffered fatal blows to the chest and head.  The wreck was captured on video surveillance tape at a nearby gas station located by one of our investigators.

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