May 2013 Archives

Alabama woman faces elderly neglect and abuse charges

An Alabama Department of Human Resources worker was arrested and sent to Mobile Metro Jail on May 21st for the abuse and neglect of an elderly man who was in her care. The victim was the woman's 63-year-old disabled brother, who was reportedly found injured and suffering from malnutrition. The case is ongoing as new evidence is being compiled on the man and his caretaker.

Alabama study: senior drivers are better off without pets in car

According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, senior drivers who take their pets along for the ride have an increased risk of being involved in a collision. The study suggests that many elderly drivers are already at risk due to delayed reaction times and slower cognitive performance when they are driving, and pets can cause distractions that may further impair their ability to react to potentially dangerous situations.

Two dead, one injured in Alabama 20 crash

On May 14 at 1:32 p.m., a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling eastbound on Alabama Highway 20 when the driver collided with a dump truck. The collision occurred near the intersection of the highway with Sockwell Lane. The dump truck was traveling southbound on Sockwell Lane prior to the collision. Police were alerted instantly when an area resident who heard the crash contacted 911.

MRB Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Following WheelChair Death

Marsh Rickard & Bryan attorney Roger Lucas has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of a 94-year-old Decatur woman who died after her wheelchair rolled downhill last year.  Her body was found in a ditch by the employees of Country Cottage Assisted Living LLC where she was a resident.

United States Has 150 Work-Related Deaths a Day

A report by the AFL-CIO, released on May 7, 2013, shows that in the United States, approximately 150 people a day die of work-related fatalities and illnesses. The statistics include all of the 50 states, including Alabama. Work-related deaths can occur as a result of a wrongful death, illness or disease. The report shows that in a year, over 137 people a day or 50,000 a year die as a result of illnesses that occur as a result of their work environments.

Two people injured in Alabama crash

Two people suffered injuries in a vehicle collision that occurred around 6:30 a.m. on a Monday morning at Gorton Road and Judge Road in Alabama. A truck and a SUV reportedly crashed after one of the vehicles ran a stop sign. Which vehicle was at fault for running the stop sign has yet to be disclosed.

Alabama pedestrian struck by car at festival entrance

A pedestrian was the near an entrance to the Whistle Stop festival on Church Street when he was struck by a car. A security guard of the festival states that he heard the wreck and saw the car drive past and that the car did not appear to be speeding. The driver of the car was arrested for driving under the influence.

Alabama airport sign collapses and kills 10-year-old

On March 22nd, a display at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport collapsed and killed a 10-year-old boy while injuring his mother and two siblings. The display that collapsed was part of a renovation taking place at the Alabama airport as the terminal underwent several updates aimed at making it more modern.

MRB Attorneys Get "Gray Market" Tractor Rollover Verdict

Roger Lucas and Jeff Rickard of Marsh, Rickard & Bryan, won a $900,000 jury verdict in Marion County, Alabama, for a client who lost his right arm and suffered serious leg and hip fractures in a tractor rollover accident.  Attorney Bill Atkinson of Fite, Davis, Atkinson Guyton & Burt in Hamilton assisted Roger and Jeff during the week-long trial.

Man seeks justice after mother dies in nursing home

Alabama residents with loved ones in elder care facilities may want to re-evaluate the quality of care provided by those facilities. The recent case of a South Carolina man's mother highlights how nursing home neglect and neglect are more rampant than one might think in the elder care industry. On May 7, 2012, after attempting to research clean and safe nursing homes, the man admitted his 90-year-old mother into a local home. The man had spent years taking care of his mother at home before concluding that he would no longer be able to continue providing in-home assistance. The decision to admit her was one of the hardest he has ever made, the man told local press. The decision is also one that the man regrets as his was found dead approximately six months after she entered the home.

Lawyers seat jury in Jackson wrongful death case

Alabama residents who follow celebrity news may be interested to learn that a jury has been chosen in the case between Michael Jackson's mother and the company that sponsored what would have been the star's comeback tour. The complaint alleges that the company, AEG, negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray to treat Jackson without verifying his background, ultimately resulting in the singer's wrongful death in 2009. The doctor recently appealed his involuntary manslaughter conviction.

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