An Alabama woman recently filed a lawsuit against her apartment complex in addition to two smoke detector manufacturers alleging liability for her husband's death in a recent apartment fire. According to the lawsuit filed in a United States District Court in Birmingham, the apartment smoke detector failed to sound during a fire that killed her 59-year-old husband.
Alabama residents who rely on tour or intercity buses may be interested to hear that, on Nov. 7, federal accident investigators called for a probe into the government agency responsible for ensuring the safety of commercial vehicles. Investigators alleged that Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration inspectors are failing to do their job.
Two men were killed in a car wreck in Huntsville after a man in a white BMW hit their vehicle head-on early in the morning on Oct. 18. According to the report, the vehicles were traveling on Martin Road near Zierdt at the time of the accident. At Jamar Circle, the BMW driver swerved into the oncoming lane in an effort to avoid hitting an animal that had run into the road when he hit a black Ford.
Head trauma in the NFL is a real problem as evidenced by a lawsuit that former players in Alabama and across the nation brought against the league. The NFL has now decided to set a specific course of action in order to resolve the matter. First, players will receive a notice that they must respond to if they want to file their own claim for a brain injury or head trauma. They could face a long, drawn-out process in the case.
Researchers at the University of Alabama are testing a new drug that they hope will greatly lessen the amount of brain damage that occurs after a head trauma. The goal is to provide medical staff and emergency responders with a way to administer first aid to a patient that has suffered a brain injuries moments after it happens. The researchers say that this will significantly reduce the long-term effects of the injury.
Alabama football fans and safety advocates are watching as the mother of an NCAA college football player has filed a lawsuit against the organization and a helmet company contending that her son died from brain injuries because his coaches continued to enforce allegedly dangerous drills. The wrongful death lawsuit also names two coaches and a trainer, although his school was not named in the lawsuit. The 22-year-old all-conference player died on Aug. 22, 2011.
Alabama residents who have family members with brain injuries may discover that insurance providers are less than helpful when it comes to paying for medical treatments and rehabilitation. Playing sports and being involved in car crashes are leading causes of brain injuries, and in the United States, there are approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries every year. 90,000 of those are severe enough to require long-term disability.
Birmingham bicyclists may be interested in learning more about an unprecedented case against a bicyclist in San Francisco who has just pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter. While allegedly riding recklessly through several city intersections, the bicyclist struck a pedestrian who later died from his injuries. According to media sources, the resulting vehicular manslaughter charge, which is believed to be the first of its kind filed against a bicyclist, is intended to send a safety message to all cyclists that the rules of the road apply to bicycle riders as well as to those driving motor vehicles.
The family of a former patient at a nursing home in Alabama was awarded $375,000 after the care facility was found guilty of causing his death. The arbitration to reach the decision took a week in the wrongful death case.
Two Alabama drivers were injured in a multi-vehicle accident when their two large trucks collided around 12:45 p.m. on July 1st. The driver of the dump truck ran into the back of the fertilizer spreader vehicle near the intersection of County Road 164. The collision from the truck accidents was so violent that it detached the wheels from the spreader causing the tank to spill a load of lime on the road. There were serious injuries on both sides; the dump truck driver was flown to the hospital and the fertilizer truck driver was taken by ambulance.