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Our country's state courts do not reflect the racial and gender diversity of the communities they serve.  That is the conclusion of a new study on state supreme court diversity published by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.

State supreme courts sit at the top of state judiciaries.  They do not generally get the same attention as the U.S. Supreme Court but they hold substantial power.

What a personal injury suit might cover that workers' comp won't

It doesn't matter what you do for a living: Everybody is at risk of suffering an injury while on the job. While some professions, such as construction, may present more of an obvious risk, any employer in Alabama with at least five employees must have workers' compensation insurance in the event of a workplace injury.

While workers' compensation may provide employees some peace of mind, there are limits to what it covers. In some cases, an injured worker may also want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. So what's the difference, exactly, and when might that be an option?

What a personal injury suit might cover that workers' comp won't

It doesn’t matter what you do for a living: Everybody is at risk of suffering an injury while on the job. While some professions, such as construction, may present more of an obvious risk, any employer in Alabama with at least five employees must have workers’ compensation insurance in the event of a workplace injury.

While workers’ compensation may provide employees some peace of mind, there are limits to what it covers. In some cases, an injured worker may also want to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. So what’s the difference, exactly, and when might that be an option?

What you should know about childbirth injuries

The birth of a new baby should be an exciting time for the expectant parents. As long as everything goes as planned, that is usually the case. But every year, thousands of newborns suffer injuries during the course of the birth.

These birth injuries can range in type and severity – some temporary with little to no lasting impact, others far more serious and resulting in a lifelong health concern. In some cases, the injury may even be the result of doctor negligence.

How big of a problem is trucker fatigue?

Truck drivers spend hours behind the wheel cruising across every part of America, from the highways of major cities to the two-lane roads that carve through the rural countryside. No matter where the job takes them, truckers must always be monitoring how rested they are.

A tired driver can put everyone on the road in danger. Inattention, nodding off or poor response time due to fatigue might lead to a crash, and devastating consequences for other drivers. There are federal guidelines in place that limit how long a trucker can be on duty before needing to rest, meant to reduce the risk of crashes due to fatigue. Some people, however, think those rules should be relaxed.

What are the rules that help keep your baby safe at daycare?

Have you ever looked down at your new baby and realized their fragility? When you hold your infant in your arms, it is so easy to understand how much they need your careful attention. Even the slightest bump could cause serious harm.

How do you trust someone else with that responsibility when you go back to work?

Target recalls phone chargers over fire and shock risk

You plug in your phone. You walk away. The only thing you expect that charger to do is bring your phone battery back up to full power. The last thing you expect it to do is shock you, or worse, start on fire.  

Of course, that is exactly what happened to several people. It may start to make you wonder: is anything safe these days?

Reckless boat operators endanger the lives of others

Many people consider Memorial Day Weekend the unofficial start to summer. The sun is warm and the waters of our state’s lakes are ready for boaters. Time on the lake is a tradition people look forward to, but it’s important to remember to be on the lookout for reckless boat operators.

This past Memorial Day Weekend, a boat allegedly collided with and killed a 12-year-old boy on Smith Lake. According to reports, the 12-year-old was tubing, though more information isn’t available yet.

VERDICT AGAINST TUSCALOOSA DOCTORS AND HOSPITAL

A Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court jury today returned a verdict against Dr. Bradley Bilton; his practice group University Surgical Associates,P.C.; Dr. George Nunn; Dr. Kenneth Aldridge; and DCH Health Care Authority.  The jury awarded $30 million in damages to the family of Johnny Terrell Sledge, who died at DCH Regional Medical Center six years ago.

The case was tried this past two weeks by Marsh Rickard & Bryan attorneys David Marsh, Derrick Mills and Jane Mauzy.

Another recall: How safe are infant swings?

The combination of yesterday and last night were the final straw. You were going to make it through the first few months without buying a rocker/sleeper. But your infant needs sleep, and so do you.

You rush to the store and buy the one that all your friends swear helps their little ones take great naps and get through the night. It works like a dream. Everyone in the house is getting better sleep. With your hands free during nap time, you even got the laundry done with two hands.

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