5 Steps Injury Lawyers Take To Maximize Compensation For Clients

November 7, 2018

Picture that represents injury lawyersYou didn’t choose to be injured. You were doing well and had a lot going for you. But then you got into an accident that resulted in catastrophic health issues. Maybe you ended up with a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, severe burns, or even amputation or paralysis.

You may have a case to receive financial compensation, but you won’t be able to win without an experienced attorney. We have helped injured people in central and northern Alabama get the highest amount of compensation possible. Here are five steps our injury lawyers will take to help you.

  1. A thorough investigation of the case. We visit the scene where the injury occurred and interview witnesses as well as your family, friends, and colleagues.
  2. Identification of all possible sources of financial compensation.
  3. Development of an effective case strategy as early as possible.
  4. Weaving the facts of your case into a compelling and relatable story that juries can easily understand.
  5. Case preparation for trial. Our reputation for success at trial often results in a favorable settlement outside of court.

This blog post should not be taken as legal advice. If you’re in Alabama and you’ve been seriously injured, we can help you receive compensation.

Liddon Law Firm focuses its practice on personal injury cases involving life-altering injuries. Our firm has won more than $100 million in financial compensation for seriously injured individuals. You can trust us with your financial futures because of our record of success and our reputation for personal service.

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

4 Types of Product Defects that Lead to Liability Cases

October 25, 2018

A picture of a defective Teddy Bear.You put a lot of trust in companies. As a customer, you expect to buy a product that works as advertised. You also expect that the company made sure the product was safe before putting it in stores. Unfortunately, mistakes and negligence happen.

Sometimes mistakes and negligence result in innocent defects and the product only needs to be replaced or you get a refund. However, sometimes defective products can lead to serious harm to customers who purchase the products.

If you’ve been harmed in some way by a defective product, you may be able to receive financial compensation with a liability case. The following are four common types of defects that lead to product liability cases.

1) Automobile. This includes defective tires, rims, seatbelts, airbags, or any other component of a vehicle.

2) Defective work tools and equipment. These types of injuries often happen at workplaces in industries such as construction, manufacturing, warehousing, and more. Defective tools can include forklifts, power tools, and more.

3) Medical devices. These products are often recalled and include pacemakers, insulin pumps, knee replacements, hip replacements, and more.

4) Toys and other products for children. Defective toys include products that use lead paint, cause choking or strangulation, or any other faulty car seats, cribs, strollers, and more.

This blog post should not be taken as legal advice. If you’re in Alabama and you’ve been injured by a defective product, you may have grounds for a liability case. Liddon Law Firm works with victims of all types of defective products. 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.

10 Types of Injuries That Lead to Lawsuits & Financial Compensation

October 10, 2018

Picture of a man with bandaged hand and pain medication.To say that an injury can be life-altering would be an understatement. The negligence of others often results in medical bills, ongoing therapy, lost wages and a lifetime of pain and suffering.

People or companies that have caused serious or fatal injuries need to be held accountable for their actions. If you are the victim of an injury, you could receive financial compensation for the damages suffered.

We have represented victims of these types of legal suits from accidents and injuries:

  1. Catastrophic injuries: This has included broken bones all the way up to paralysis. Serious burns also belong in this category. Learn more here.
  2. Traumatic brain injury: Serious head trauma that disrupts normal brain function. Your brain is everything, so it’s worth considering legal action if you’ve recently had a head injury. Some symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) include forgetfulness, change in personality, slurred speech, vision issues, depression, and more.
  3. Motor vehicle accidents: Automobile accidents are extremely common and can lead to devastating results. This category includes injuries that occur after car accidents, truck wrecks, semi-trailer accidents, and motorcycle accidents.
  4. Workplace injuries: On-the-job injuries sustained at construction sites, manufacturing plants, warehouses, offices, and other workplaces
  5. Third-party claims: Not every work-related injury is covered by worker’s compensation. This type of legal claim is for people in this category.
  6. Defective products: You should be able to buy a product and trust that it’ll work properly. You should also expect it to have been tested for safety. Still, companies make mistakes that lead to customer injuries. People have been injured by defective tires, auto parts, toys and children’s products, tools, equipment, and medical devices.
  7. Medical malpractice: We put our health in the hands of doctors. Medical professionals need to be held accountable for errors that harm patients.
  8. Hospital or nurse negligence: This includes medication errors, inadequate staffing, and failure to prevent falls and hospital-acquired infections.
  9. Premises liability: Many warehouses, construction sites, and other business locations put safety as a prior for their employees and guests. However, there are still companies that don’t put emphasis on safety, and people end up with injuries from dangerous property conditions ranging from inadequate railings to fires caused by bad wiring
  10. Wrongful death: Families have lost members because someone else was negligent.

As victims battle to recover from these injuries, they must also fight for compensation from the insurance companies and those who caused the accident. That money is desperately needed to cover medical bills, treatment, therapy, and lost wages.

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.

11 Forms of Hospital Staff Negligence That Justify Legal Compensation

September 25, 2018

Picture of a hospital room.

We trust nurses and other medical staff with our health. They implement the doctors’ orders, monitor vital signs, dispense medications, chart progress or lack thereof and report important symptoms. If they make any errors in these duties, or they fail to take action and their work isn’t up to standards, the result could be damaged health or even death.

Medical staff negligence is often directly related to a hospital’s negligence. Inadequate staffing levels are more common than they should be, which means nurses and other staff are often expected to provide care for far too many patients.

When negligence from nurses, medical technicians, and support staff results in injury or death, hospitals should be held responsible. Depending on the level of the negligence, patients can file malpractice lawsuits with the help of an attorney.

11 Forms of Hospital Staff Negligence That Justify Legal Compensation

Some types of negligence involve a failure to take action. Other errors are caused by taking the wrong action. All of these errors involve a failure by the staff member to follow an established standard of care. Examples of hospital staff negligence include:

  1. Medication errors (for example, administering the wrong dose)
  2. Prescription errors (for example, administering the wrong prescription)
  3. Failure to monitor a patient
  4. Failure to alert the doctor to important symptoms
  5. Failure to prevent patient falls and drops
  6. Negligent use of a medical device (syringe, catheter, intubation equipment, etc.)
  7. Abuse or neglect of patients (failure to prevent bed sores, sexual abuse, etc.)
  8. Inadequate Staffing
  9. Failure to prevent hospital-acquired infections
  10. Failure to provide proper supervision and training
  11. Failure to follow proper screening procedures before hiring an employee or granting hospital privileges to a doctor

This blog post should not be taken as medical or legal advice. At Liddon Law Firm in Birmingham, our attorneys are experienced in representing victims of hospital and nursing malpractice. We are meticulous in the investigation and litigation of nurse negligence cases. If you or a member of your family was harmed because a nurse or hospital was negligent, 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.

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.