June 2016 Archives

Alabama workers' comp pays lower benefits; third-party compensation can help

Injured workers in Alabama may receive the lowest workers' compensation benefits in the country, depending on their specific injury. Workers who suffer an amputation or lose permanent use of a part of the body typically qualify for permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits under workers' comp. Alabama's workers' comp permanent partial disability benefits pay the least amount of any state.

Nursing home abuse may take the form of middle school bullying

Most of us would probably prefer not to revisit our middle school experience, where social pressure and bullying were the laws of the land and popularity was perhaps the most precious commodity. According to a recent story, however, elderly residents of assisted living or nursing home facilities may be subject to this same environment, at a potential risk to their safety.

Seatbelts for dogs? It's an important safety issue.

In some states, including Hawaii and New Jersey, laws prohibit people from letting their dogs ride in cars unrestrained. It may sound silly to have seatbelts for dogs, but driving with pets loose in the car is a dangerous thing to do - for humans and their pets.

Will black boxes change the face of car accident litigation?

Although certain driving behaviors may raise a presumption of fault, a plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit must still prove negligence by a preponderance of the evidence. Launching an aggressive lawsuit that requires accident reconstruction, eyewitness testimony, and even expert testimony may be the last thing that a surviving loved one wants to face. Fortunately, technology may soon be able to help.

Are driving safety shortcuts a milder form of road rage?

A recent hit-and-run collision made news because of a car driver’s intentional targeting of a motorcyclist and his passenger. Officials have taken the driver into custody and charged him with several offenses, including an aggravated battery charge that was subsequently elevated to two counts of attempted murder.

What are Alabama's distracted driving laws?

Alabama does have a couple of crucial laws on the books to discourage young drivers from using cellphones, while also discouraging all drivers from texting while driving. But before we get into those laws, let's first talk about the phrase "distracted driving."

Drive Safe Alabama releases top 10 safe driving tips

With summer comes road trips: family vacations, friends headed to concerts, fans going to the racetrack and countless trips to the beach. Whether your road trip takes you far from home or just to the next city, there are simple steps you can follow to make the trip safer.

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