6 Catastrophic Injuries That Warrant Legal Action

September 14, 2018

We have represented clients who have suffered a wide range of catastrophic injuries. A serious injury can cause immediate issues for physical and mental health, but it can also destroy life financially.

The more severe your injury, the harder it is to maintain a job and pay the bills. Depending on the seriousness of your injury, you may be able to file a law suit for financial compensation. The following are six injuries that warrant legal action.

1) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): This happens when you receive a blow to the head serious enough to disrupt normal brain function. TBIs range from mild to severe to fatal. Even mild TBIs can leave you unable to work and support yourself.

2) Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): A spinal cord injury can leave you paralyzed from the waist down (paraplegia) or the neck down (quadriplegia). These life-changing injuries require extensive medical care and assistance with the tasks of daily living.

3) Paralysis: Brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, birth injuries, severe burns, and surgical errors are just a few potential causes of paralysis.

4) Electrical Injury: We represent people who were seriously harmed by electrical shock, electrical burns and thermal burns. You may have a legal case if you suffered an arc-flash injury in a workplace accident or experienced a serious shock from a defective wiring.

5) Serious Burns: Burns are among the most painful of all injuries. They leave lifelong physical and emotional scars. We represent people who suffered thermal burns, chemical burns, electrical burns or radiological burns that were caused by the negligence of others.

6) Amputation: Car accidents, unsafe equipment, work accidents, and medical negligence may all lead to an amputation of a body part. An amputation can leave you unable to resume the life you once lived and unable to support yourself and your family. You may need extensive ongoing medical care, prosthetic devices, modifications to your home and an accessible vehicle.

Catastrophic injuries turn lives upside down. The devastation is often compounded because the legal cases about the damages are very complex. Your future quality of life is largely dependent on the success of your personal injury claim. When the stakes are this high, it is essential to select an experienced law firm with a record of success in catastrophic injury cases. You need to know that you are taken care of and getting enough compensation for future care and medical bills.

This blog post should not be taken as medical or legal advice. If you’re in Alabama and you’ve been injured, we can help you receive compensation. Liddon Law Firm works with victims of all types of catastrophic injuries. Please contact our attorneys to arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

Call 205-224-5675 today for a free consultation with our Birmingham law firm.

 

5 Examples of Medical Malpractice and Medical Negligence Legal Cases

August 27, 2018

We’d like to believe that we can live problem-free, but there are many awful things people endure in their lifetimes. One of the scariest situations a person could possibly experience is being a victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence.

You put your trust in doctors and surgeons with your health and life. To have them fail you not only damages your trust, it can also create serious physical consequences. If you or someone close to you has suffered has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or negligence, there is a possibility you could have a case for legal action.

While cases are extremely challenging to win, people who have suffered serious, permanent injury are likely to be successful in a medical negligence claim. We represent clients in a wide range of medical negligence cases, including:

1) Birth injury

Medical mistakes that happen during childbirth can cause a baby to suffer a lifetime of disability and pain. Raising a child with serious physical or mental disabilities can be emotionally and financially painful.

A medical staff should be held responsible for birth injuries. These include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Klumpke’s palsy
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • And other birth injuries caused by negligence.

2) Surgical error

A positive surgical outcome is never guaranteed, but errors in the operating room are far more common than many patients realize. Surgical negligence happens when medical professionals:

  • Perform the wrong procedure
  • Operate on the wrong patient
  • Leave sponges or instruments behind
  • Fail to monitor the patient in the recovery room
  • Make anesthesia errors
  • Fail to prevent infection
  • Damage nerves or organs
  • Fail to recognize and stop internal bleeding

3) Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis

A doctor who fails to diagnose cancer, stroke, pulmonary embolism and other serious conditions rob the patient of the ability to benefit from timely treatment.

4) Hospital-acquired infections

Hospitals are supposed to be sterile, yet sometimes they are kept in unsanitary conditions. This level of negligence can lead to life-threatening infections in the respiratory system, urinary tract, or bloodstream. You may have a case for legal action if you have developed:

  • Staph infections
  • MRSA
  • Pneumonia
  • or another infection caused by negligence.

5) Emergency room errors

Diagnostic errors are among the most prevalent type of emergency room negligence. Patients with symptoms of heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary embolism may be sent home prematurely only to suffer a near-fatal or fatal event that should have been prevented.

This blog post should not be taken as medical or legal advice. If you’re in Alabama and you’ve been harmed by medical malpractice or medical negligence, we can help you receive compensation.

Liddon Law Firm works with victims of all types of medical malpractice and medical negligence. We understand the physical and mental strain these injuries can cause. Please contact our attorneys to arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

Call 205-224-5675 today or fill out the form for a free consultation with our Birmingham, Alabama law firm.

7 Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

August 2, 2018

Life can change dramatically in an instant. One moment you’re happy and healthy, and the next thing you know, you get into an accident. Some injuries, while painful, will gradually heal and you’ll be back to normal in no time.

But injuries that bring damage to your head and brain are a different story. Depending on the severity of the incident, you could end up suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A TBI can be a nightmare that terrorizes people with many problematic effects.

7 symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

1) Forgetfulness. Especially if you didn’t have memory issues prior to the accident.

2) Mood swings or changes in personality. If you’re behaving like a completely different person, this could be a big indicator of a TBI.

3) Slurred speech. This will be an obvious indicator, especially for those who interact with the victim frequently

4) Vision issues, including blurred vision.

5) Headaches and migraines. These can be debilitating for people who experience, but many suffer from them without an injury. If you’re having migraines without a history of them prior to the accident, they may be the result of a TBI.

6) Behaviors that are out of the ordinary and odd comments.

7) Depression. This can include shifts of sleep and appetite, lack of energy or enthusiasm, and even suicidal thoughts.

If you or a loved one show these symptoms after an accident that impacted the head or brain, seek medical attention as quickly as possible. These symptoms may not appear for days or weeks, but there are still treatments that can help. In some cases, it may be possible to reverse the effects of the injury.

This blog post should not be taken as medical or legal advice. If you’re in Alabama and you’ve experienced a brain injury as a result of an accident, we can help you receive compensation.

Liddon Law Firm works with victims of all types of brain injuries on a routine basis. We understand the physical and mental strain injuries like TBI can cause. We’ll connect you with the treatment options and medical care you need, first and foremost. You will be treated with the utmost respect and patience as we work to recover the compensation you need to care for your injury, long-term.

Call 205-224-5675 today or fill out the form for a free consultation with our Birmingham, Alabama law firm.

Accidents Involving Driverless Cars

June 1, 2018

Driverless Car Accident Attorney BirminghamDriverless vehicles contain technology that allows the car to steer itself, adhere to traffic laws, speed up or slow down, move between lanes and cope with navigational hurdles autonomously. In the past several years, enthusiasts have been excited about the dawn of this new type of car and have claimed that the technology could save millions of lives each year. Self-driving cars are now being tested around the globe with some success and some failure.

Safety Concerns

The fatal accident involving a pedestrian and a self-driving car has recently caused an uproar from the public who is concerned about the safety of these autonomous features. Car manufacturers have made it clear that drivers should always remain attentive behind the wheel, and drivers should never entirely rely on the automated features. Despite these warnings, the driver behind the self-driving car that struck the pedestrian was looking down the entire time. The human driver failed to notice the pedestrian. It’s clear that the human driver was negligent, but some are arguing that the car manufacturers share some responsibility for touting the unrealistic safety of “self” driving vehicles.

Birmingham Personal Injury Attorney

Human negligence is the cause of over 90 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. If you were injured in an accident, then you are legally entitled to pursue compensation from the negligent party. Our hands-on attorneys at the Liddon Law Firm are committed to helping our injured clients put their lives back together again. We will seek maximum compensation to ensure you are completely financially restored for all damages you incurred as a result of the accident. Contact the Liddon Law Firm now at 205-224-5675 for more information.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

The Laws Surrounding Car Accidents in Alabama

April 24, 2018

Alabama car accident lawyerThe seconds after you have just been involved in a car accident can be very disorientating, especially if you or another passenger have been injured. That is why it is best to always be prepared with the knowledge of what the laws surrounding car accidents in your state are before you get into one, as the stress and emotional toll one feels afterwards makes it much harder to think clearly. There are several different aspects to be aware of involving car accidents in Alabama, and there are some clear steps to take if you want to win your insurance claim and get the compensation that you deserve.

Statute of Limitations in Alabama

The statute of limitations in Alabama states that you have two years from when the incident occurred to submit your claim in any cases of any personal injuries or property damages. This does not mean that the case has to be decided in that time frame, but if you wish to get any sort of compensation for your accident and you do not file a claim in that timeframe you will be out of luck. This period of time gets even shorter if the accident involves any government vehicle or happened on any government property, so if this is the case you will need to file a claim with the government agency involved as soon as possible or risk missing out on winning any claims.

Only a small number of states follow the “contributory negligence” rule which is one that says that if a party is proved to be at fault for any percentage of the accident no matter how small that percentage is they cannot receive any type of monetary compensation, and Alabama is one of those states. This strict rule means that even if you were to win your case from a liability viewpoint the fact that you had anything to do at all with the accident occurring means you cannot collect any money for what happened. This can be a very severe penalty and one that most states do not abide by, but those are the rules in Alabama and it is something that every driver in the state should be cognizant of.

Schedule a Consultation With an Alabama Car Accident Attorney

Contributory negligence is an extremely tough rule, but it is not one that should stop you from consulting a qualified personal injury attorney like the ones from Liddon Law who can help guide you through the laws and make sure you do not lose out on any compensation that you are owed. Contact Liddon Law today to set up a free initial consultation.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

 

 

2 Buses Carrying High School Students from Birmingham Involved in a Crash in Anniston

March 16, 2018

Birmingham Alabama Motor Vehicle Accident AttorneysTwo buses were involved in a crash while transporting students from Ramsay High School on their way to a semifinal basketball game in Jacksonville. Police on the scene have reported that the collision occurred when the two vehicles, as well as another passenger vehicle, had crashed on McClellan Boulevard near Baltzell Gate Road in Anniston.

Birmingham City School officials have stated that none of the students had suffered any “visible serious injuries” in the accident, however, they did note that one of the drivers of the bus as well as six of the students involved were taken to Anniston Regional Medical Center. While none of the injuries are assumed to be major they were taken to be evaluated after complaints of suffering from pain after the event. The school system has also said that they did have representatives at the site of the incident.

School buses from the Calhoun County School System were able to then transport the remaining students who were not suffering from any injuries despite these events to Jacksonville, and that they were still able to compete in the semifinal game which they ended up winning 58-53. Those same Calhoun County School buses that picked them up at the scene where it all transpired were able to bring the students back to Birmingham once the game was over without any other incidents taking place.

According to the Birmingham City School officials, another passenger vehicle was also injured during the crash but as of now the severity and details of their injuries are not known at this time. A spokesperson for the school had explained that in addition to a further investigation of the incident that there would be nurses available at Ramsay High School to monitor the young students when they were available to come back to school.

If you or a loved one have been in a car accident and sustained an injury you may have the right to receive compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Liddon Law in Birmingham are ready and prepared to represent you and help get the compensation and justice you deserve.
Contact Liddon Law today to set up a free initial consultation and begin discussing your case.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.