Toddler Struck In Accident Raises Awareness About Serious Children’s Injuries and Fatalities

December 15, 2017

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A recent accident involved severe injuries to a toddler. The 18-month-old toddler involved in the critical vehicle accident in Alabama was in the ICU for days after the accident happened. Due to their developing bodies and inability to brace themselves for impact, children may be subjected to more severe injuries in the event of an accident. In fact, in conjunction with poisoning, burns, drowning and suffocation, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries for young children.

In the event that someone else was responsible for the accident in which your child sustained injuries, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation to help with the child’s recovery. Some of the most devastating impacts on children’s accident victims are due to drunk driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving or aggressive driving. A study found that the safest part of the car for the children was the second row when considering the side and the front crashes.

Having appropriate restraints inside your vehicle is one way to minimize the devastating injuries sustained by infants and young children in an accident. Many parents do not have their car and booster seats installed properly and this can increase the chances of severe injuries, including those affecting a child’s head, neck, and back.

It is a parents’ worst nightmare to deal with children’s injuries after a serious vehicle accident and your only opportunity to recover compensation may be filing a legal claim with the help of an experienced lawyer.

At Liddon Law, you know you’re in good hands in the wake of a serious car accident. Whether it’s you or your children who have suffered in an accident, you must be prepared to take action to protect your interests. Don’t wait to learn more about what you need to do to file- contact us to schedule a consultation today.

 

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Front porch shooting resulting in Birmingham man’s death ruled a homicide

November 15, 2017

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It is not often that someone who has been shot in the leg later ends up the victim of a homicide. But such is the case in a shooting of a man on his front porch in Wylam this past August.

The 36-year old victim and witnesses were inside the screened in porch of the victim’s home playing video games. Then, some kind of argument broke out and then there was gunfire.

An estimated 15 to 20 shots were fired — in the home as well as into the victim’s car, a BMW SUV. The vehicle’s windows were shattered and one tire was left flat.

The victim ended up hit by a bullet in the leg and was subsequently taken to the hospital with apparently non-life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, according to the coroner, the bullet that struck his leg ended up traveling from the leg to his lower abdomen where it caused organ damage.

The Wylam man was released from the hospital but still remained under medical care. Then, in September, when getting ready to leave his home to go to the doctor, he collapsed. The victim was again taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

After evaluation, medical examiners ruled the man’s untimely death was the result of sepsis. The manner of the death is considered to be a homicide. For those who do not know, sepsis is a “life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.”

Usually, doctors are the ones best equipped to recognize and handle sepsis. The condition affects at least 75,000 adults a year but there have been cases where medical professionals have missed the diagnosis.

The problem falls during the early stages of sepsis, where the symptoms are similar to those of a viral infection. Viral infections tend to go away on their own, making it hard to decide if a patient should be allowed to go home or if that patient needs to promptly be hospitalized.

Sepsis is an unforgiving condition but this does not mean doctors or medical professionals cannot be held accountable for misdiagnosis.

In the recent case of the Birmingham man shot in the leg, it might not be immediately apparent but the family of the man could have a potential lawsuit worth filing — either for wrongful death or for medical malpractice.

If you or loved one has suffered because of the negligence of a medical professional you should seek out the guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. At the Liddon Law Firm in Alabama, we are experienced in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation.

Call 205-900-3770 or fill out our convenient online contact form to begin discussing your legal options today.

 

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Workers’ Comp For Contract Lineman Shocked By Power Line?

October 23, 2017

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A lineman in Birmingham was recently medivacked to a nearby hospital after he received a shock from a power line. The man was working as a contractor for Cullman Electric Cooperative when he was injured in the vicinity of County Road 703 and Walter. Cullman Electric confirmed that he works for a Chattanooga, TN-based electric company, APL Power Services.

Cullman Electric said it will launch an investigation. OSHA is also likely to investigate the matter. These investigations may identify an unsafe workplace was to blame for the lineman’s injuries.

Under Alabama law, a business like Cullman Electric isn’t required to pay workers’ compensation premiums for contractors. It must pay for workers’ compensation insurance for employees.

According to the APL Power Services website, it provides flame retardant-treated work clothing at no cost to employees. Workers’ tools and boots may be eligible for a payroll deduction program. It’s unclear if the company hires workers as employees or as per diem adjunct staff for clients.

If you are injured as a contractor and your employer doesn’t pay for workers’ comp and/or health and medical benefits, where should you go for help?

  1. When possible, document the accident as carefully as possible.
  2. In this example, the lineman would notify both Cullman Electric Cooperative and APL Power Services.
  3. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Don’t wait. The sooner you involve a personal injury attorney in your case, the sooner he can collect the details surrounding the case. He will interview witnesses, obtain incident reports, and so on.

An experienced and knowledgeable personal injury law firm can help you obtain financial resources for medical and hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact the Alabama personal injury attorneys at the Liddon Law Firm for an initial case evaluation now.

 

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Deadly Three-Vehicle Truck Accident Kills an Alabama Man

October 9, 2017

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An elderly man was killed in a crash involving three vehicles in Blount County, Alabama. He was killed when his vehicle crashed into a larger Chevrolet Tahoe and a Freightliner semi-truck. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene.

Neither of the drivers and passengers in the other two vehicles appeared injured.

This case, like so many others, involves a tragic intersection of passenger vehicles and semi-trucks. The result is often catastrophic injuries and/or death. The commercial Freightliner vehicle, because of its large mass, imparts tremendous force:

  • With 350-800 HP and GVW of approximately 50,000-60,000 pounds, a passenger vehicle is no match for a Freightliner semi-truck.
  • The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that some Freightliner trucks have potentially dangerous defects. Some models have defective cap screws. These can fail without advance warning to the driver. Some axles used on Freightliner trucks are also defective. For that reason, Freightliner recalled 11,000 trucks in 2016.

For that reason, a smaller passenger vehicle is typically crushed, mangled, or tossed to the side of the highway.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety data shows that truck accidents are quite common. In a recent annual report, more than 4,500 truck accidents occurred on the highways and roads of Alabama. Approximately 25 percent of people involved in truck accidents suffered serious bodily injuries, and about three percent lost their lives.

The data show that:

  • An Alabama truck accident happens approximately every two hours
  • At least two Alabama residents suffer injuries from a truck accident every day
  • Approximately two residents are killed each week in the aftermath of a tractor-trailer collision

Because of the catastrophic nature of serious truck accidents, victims must have an experienced personal injury attorney to represent their interests in court. A truck accident case is often too complex for a small or less experienced law firm to handle.

That’s why Liddon Law Firm is here to help. Our seasoned motor vehicle accident attorneys have the skills and insight you need to pursue a high profile truck accident case. Contact us now to schedule a confidential case review.

 

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Devastating Head-On Collision in Blount County

July 25, 2017

A crash on Wednesday morning has resulted in the death of three people – two children and their grandmother. According to officials, Alabama State troopers identified a 47-year-old Locust Form woman as well as her 7-year-old granddaughter. Officials pronounced them both dead on the scene. The other granddaughter, aged 5, was rushed to a nearby Blount hospital for treatment but was also pronounced dead.

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Dangers of Distracted Driving Highlighted in New Study

July 23, 2017

Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) of Massachusetts has released their latest findings regarding distracted driving in a new study. The study, which took into account hundreds of thousands of drivers, showed that distraction by phone occurred in 52 percent of trips that resulted in a crash.

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