How to Settle Your Property Damage Claim After a Car Accident

You might be surprised to learn the frequency of accidents on Alabama roadways. According to Drive Safe Alabama, during 2017, every 11 minutes someone suffered an injury in a car accident. What you may not know is what steps you need to take to recover financially after you are the victim of a negligent driver on Alabama roadways. There are some steps you should take immediately following a car wreck, the first one being to ensure you remain safe by getting as far off the road as possible. Step One: Immediately Report the Accident Once you are certain you, and any other parties involved in the accident are safe, you should immediately call 911 for assistance. The accident must be reported to law enforcement, and you also should be checked for injuries. Step Two: Share Information and Take Photos Assuming both drivers are sufficiently aware of what is happening, you should obtain the name, address, and telephone number of the other driver as well as their insurance information. You should also gather the contact information of anyone who was witness to the accident. In addition, use your cell phone to obtain photographs of the area. The following photos and information […]

Here Are the Steps to Take After a Fall

Slips and falls are among the most common type of personal injury accidents, and they can result in long recovery periods, lost time from work and permanent disability. If you experience a slip-and-fall accident on another party’s property, it is critical that you document the situation as thoroughly as possible. Property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a safe condition. Your thorough documentation can prove that their premises were unsafe at the time of your fall. Get Medical Attention After a slip-and-fall accident, it is imperative that you receive immediate medical attention. Either go straight to the emergency room or visit your doctor or a walk-in clinic. While this is not an issue for the seriously injured, who require prompt medical attention, a person who is hurt but adopts a “wait and see” attitude may impair their chances of receiving a settlement from the property owner’s insurance company. That’s because the insurer may claim that the injury happened elsewhere, under different circumstances, if the victim did not seek help for their injuries as soon as possible. If you wait to seek medical help, the insurer may also allege your injuries are not as serious as you claim. […]

Claims Against Nursing Homes

An aging population means that more people will become nursing home residents in the near future. Placing your loved one in a nursing home can be a hard decision, but there comes a point in many lives where nursing home care is the only option. While many nursing homes are well-run, that is not true for all nursing homes. If your loved one is in a nursing home, you want to ensure they receive good care. If you suspect a nursing home is not properly caring for your loved one, or you have evidence of abuse, report the situation to the police and contact a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately. Here are some major issues facing nursing home residents. Bedsores Bedsores are a common occurrence in nursing homes, and the development of these pressure ulcers means staff is not doing their jobs. Bedsores are preventable when nursing home staff examine and move patients with mobility issues on a regular basis. A deep bedsore may never heal completely, and they can prove fatal in a worst-case scenario. Also known as decubitus ulcers, bedsores result from pressure when a patient’s body is immobile for a long period. The constant pressure impedes blood […]

Distracted Driving Statistics

Did you know that 80 percent of automobile accidents are tied to distraction? And distraction means more than texting or using a cell phone while driving. Think of a visual distraction as doing something with your eyes closed. You would not make a turn or change lanes with your eyes closed. Yet, distracted drivers are, in effect, doing just that. Imagine driving the length of a football field at 55 mph with your eyes closed. That is the equivalent of texting while driving. Because texting takes our attention away for an average of 4.6 seconds, a driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash. Consider that distracted drivers also are: Nine times more likely to have an accident if reaching for a dropped water bottle or another item while driving. Four times more likely to be in an accident if reading while driving. Three times more likely to have an accident if performing personal grooming while driving. Almost twice as likely to have an accident if eating while driving. Distracted driving statistics like these should alert all drivers to stay focused, with eyes and attention where they should be⁠—on the road. Find more information at […]

Why You Should Hire a Lawyer with Courtroom Experience

Few people understand the seriousness of living with an injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident until they experience it for themselves. You may be an excellent driver, be fully insured, and keep your vehicle in excellent condition. Still, any other driver on the road can change your life forever in an instant of negligence. Suddenly, you’re missing work, medical bills are piling up, and your insurance provider’s insurance adjuster is doing his best to show you that your insurance provider is not really on your side. Anyone recovering from a personal injury after a car accident understands these things. What might be harder to understand is the importance of hiring a personal injury attorney who has courtroom experience, one who has developed a reputation for taking cases to court. You need a personal injury attorney who has experience fighting for clients in a courtroom setting. Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney Only an experienced personal injury attorney knows the peculiarities of personal injury law. The legal system is immensely complex, and no one person can understand it fully. This is why attorneys specialize in specific aspects of the law. The Qualities of a Good Personal Injury Attorney Many […]

Family of Murder Victim Files Suit Against Juvenile Correctional Facility

On August 7, 2019, the family of Van Johnson filed a lawsuit against Van Johnson’s killers and the for-profit correctional facility in Madison, Alabama who allowed the two attackers to escape from confinement.  TSI Sequel of Alabama operates a for-profit correctional facility in Madison, Alabama. The for-profit correctional facility operates under the names “Three Springs” and “Sequel TSI Madison”. The correctional facility is located in a residential area. Over one thousand Madison residents live within two miles of the correctional facility.  The correctional facility detains aggressive young men who have a history of violence. According to Sequel’s website, the Madison correctional facility confines males, ages 12 to 18 years old with impulsive behavior tendencies, problems with anger and aggression, and a low degree of empathy, and are non-compliant with authority.  The correctional facility repeatedly allowed inmates to escape throughout 2017. On August 14, 2017, two inmates were allowed to escape from the Three Springs correctional facility. The two inmates then walked less than one mile to the Publix grocery located on County Line Road where they robbed and beat Van Johnson to death.  Even after this horrendous crime, Three Springs has continued to allow inmates to escape confinement. Two weeks ago, […]

When Does My Case Need to Be Filed?

If you’ve been injured in an accident, time is of the essence when filing your claim. In addition to the possibility of evidence being lost and witness memories will fade, the law sets a time limit on when you can file. That time limit is called the statute of limitations. What Is the Statute of Limitations for an Alabama Personal Injury Case? The statute of limitations for an Alabama personal injury case is two years. That means you have two years to file your case in court from the date of the accident. To be clear, filing in court means submitting the actual paperwork to the courthouse to start your case. It doesn’t mean the first time you talk to your lawyer, try to settle the case, or do anything else related to the case. For that reason, it’s important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible after your accident even if you’re not sure that you’ll need to file a lawsuit. It can take several weeks or even months to properly prepare a lawsuit to bring to court. Do You Need to Settle or Get a Verdict Before the Statute of Limitations Expires? The statute of limitations […]

What is Negligence Under Alabama Law?

Most people agree that the term negligence means that an individual or business failed to exercise appropriate care and committed a careless action because of it. A driver who caused an accident by failing to signal a turn could be guilty of negligence. However, you would need to prove a legal standard of negligence if you were injured by this driver. Examples of Driving Negligence Distracted driving is a problem that continues to kill and injure thousands of drivers and passengers every year. Some typical examples of distracted driving include talking on a cell phone, composing or reading a text message, eating or drinking, changing the radio station, and turning attention to something outside of the vehicle. Unfortunately, it can take less than a second of driver inattention to cause a serious accident. Traffic violations such as speeding, running a red light, failing to signal, following a car too closely, and driving a car with faulty equipment are all common examples of driving negligence as well. If you get into a car crash due to any type of distracted driving or traffic violation committed by another driver, you have the legal right to file a personal injury lawsuit against him […]

Were You Injured by a Driver Without Insurance? Here’s Why You Need a Lawyer

Getting into an automobile accident can be a life-changing event. To make matters worse, every year thousands of Alabama car wrecks are caused by drivers without insurance. What should you do if you are the victim of a motor vehicle accident Alabama and the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance? Equipping yourself with accurate legal advice is the first step. You may have a claim against the owner of the vehicle who loaned the vehicle to the uninsured driver. You may also have insurance coverage available through your own automobile insurance carrier. Here are some reasons you absolutely need a car crash lawyer — regardless of the nature of your injuries or what your own insurance company says. The Dangers of Driving in Alabama If you’re a responsible motorist, then you make sure that you have insurance before hitting the road. Unfortunately, not everyone feels quite as strongly about protecting themselves and others. Just how likely is it that you’ll encounter an uncovered motorist in Alabama? Statistics from 2009 estimated that almost 22 percent of the people on our roadways were uninsured. Multiply that rate by the approximately 2.2 million registered vehicles statewide, and the total comes to more than 480,000 motorists who lack coverage. The Realities […]

Derek Simpson Among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2019

Contact     Kevin Wieser – Membership Director Telephone     (714) 409-8126 Email Website FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE America’s Top 100 High Stake Litigators® July 18, 2019 – Announcing the selection of Derek Simpson among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2019.  Selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters.  To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration. Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.  Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®.  With these extremely high standards for selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, less than one-half […]