Birmingham Legal Blog

Alabama company penalized for allowing an amputation to occur

Not surprisingly, amputations are one of the worst injuries a worker can suffer. An amputation can mean the worker cannot return to their job. In some cases, these workers may also be unable to care for their family.

Sadly, a worker at RPS Composites Alabama Inc. recently suffered an amputation of one of his fingers because the machine he was working on did not have proper guarding. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the company for this incident and for multiple additional serious violations. The company faces proposed penalties of nearly $75,000.

Motorcycle safety can be simple if you follow a few rules

Warmer weather is just around the corner and this means more people will be riding motorcycles. If you have a motorcycle, it's extremely important to balance the excitement of riding with a few safety practices. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in an accident than drivers of passenger vehicles. They are also six times more likely to be injured than other drivers.

Due to the lack of protection a motorcycle offers, motorcyclists are at risk for serious or fatal injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones and amputations
  • Leg injuries
  • Eye and facial injuries
  • Severe road rash and lacerations
  • Permanent disfigurement and/or disability

Montgomery Medical Malpractice Verdict

A Prattville family found vindication in a $2 million jury verdict against Noland Hospital today.  The family was represented in court by Marsh, Rickard & Bryan attorneys David Marsh, Ty Brown and J.D. Marsh.

The medical malpractice case grows out of the death of 77-year-old Larry Nobles while he was a patient at Noland's Long Term Care Hospital in Montgomery in 2012.

Will workers' comp be enough after a construction accident?

You know that construction is a dangerous industry, but do you know what to do if you are injured in a construction accident? It can be confusing, especially when there are multiple parties and employers on a jobsite. You may also be scared of losing your job if you report an injury, but it is illegal to fire people for reporting injuries and making workers' compensation claims.

What should you do?

Why are falls so hazardous to the elderly?

We have known that falls are dangerous for elderly people for many years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the number one reason for death from injuries among senior citizens age 84 and over. They are the second most common reason for death for people ages 65-84.

But what makes falling so dangerous? Broken bones, especially broken hips, can take a severe toll on the elderly. The recovery time for broken hips is lengthy and can lead to other serious or fatal health problems, including pneumonia and heart failure.

Two more computer brands issue recalls involving fire hazards

Once again, computers are being recalled due to the potential for the battery to catch fire. This time, the computers in the recalls are:

Lenovo ThinkPad laptops - The specific model involved in the recall is the 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon 5th Generation laptop. The problem with this model is that an unfastened screw has the potential to damage the battery. This can lead to the battery overheating and causing a fire and/or burns.

Jefferson County Medical Malpractice Verdict

A Jefferson County jury today returned a verdict in favor of a 26 year old disabled woman who died unnecessarily in 2012 after St. Vincent's Hospital East failed to call her critical labs directly to her physician, as its own written policy required in 2012. 

The jury awarded $500,000 in the medical malpractice case against St. Vincent's East. The case for the victim was tried by attorneys David Marsh, Rip Andrews and Ben Ford of the law firm Marsh, Rickard & Bryan.

Court Slaps Doctor Who Destroyed Medical Records

In an important decision for patients who have been injured or killed by medical malpractice, the highest court in New York has held that it will not tolerate the act of altering and destroying records to avoid liability.

This ruling came in a medical malpractice case where a doctor destroyed her original handwritten office notes after the patient died and after she received a request for medical records from the patient's attorney.

Who has the most dangerous jobs in the U.S.?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released a report on the most common fatal work injuries in 2016. Once again topping the list are accidents involving transportation. In fact, the number of fatal work transportation accidents is now 40 percent of all work-related deaths nationwide.

There are many people whose occupations involve driving, including:

  • Truck drivers
  • Delivery drivers
  • Salespeople
  • Construction workers
  • Movers
  • Loggers
  • Taxi, shuttle and ride share drivers
  • Garbage collectors
  • EMTs
  • Mail carriers

Claire’s makeup sets recalled for possible asbestos contamination

Like any toys, children’s makeup sets are supposed to be fun, and more importantly, safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

In late December, the makeup and jewelry store Claire’s announced a recall of nine of their products. The makeup sets are being recalled because they allegedly contain asbestos, which is a carcinogen that can result in deadly cancers. You can see the list of the recalled products here. Claire’s is offering refunds to anyone who purchased the tainted makeup. 

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