Our Practice Areas
By combining Safety Engineering and the Tort System, we seek to turn a tragic situation into a positive by encouraging culpable wrongdoers to make changes in order to prevent future serious injuries or death from occurring.
PLAINTIFF TORT LIABILITY
A tort is a civil wrong. There are four elements to tort law: duty, breach of duty, causation and injury. In civil law, torts are grounds for lawsuits to compensate people for any damages or injuries suffered. Torts can also be used to effectuate change. If you have suffered a civil wrong or wrongful act, whether intentional or accident, from which you have suffered injury, contact us for a free consultation.
Product liability cases can be quite complex. Manufacturers and sellers of products should put out safe products. When a defective product is placed in the hands of a consumer and the consumer is injured, the consumer may be able to recover for his or her injuries. If you have suffered an injury due to an unsafe product, contact us for a free consultation.
Our law firm offers years of courtroom experience. We have the skills necessary to advocate on your behalf.
An Alabama plaintiff may claim compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, impairment of the plaintiff’s ability to earn, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, permanent injuries and disabilities, disfigurement, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, an injury aggravated by a disease or other cause, and other damages. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, contact us for a free consultation.
Injuries relating to or associated with external conditions or surroundings. These injuries can happen at home, work, shopping or recreational settings. These injuries may be related to cold, heat, electricity, drowning, poisoning, bites, stings, allergies, etc. If you or a loved one has suffered an environmental injury, contact us for a free consultation.
An automobile wreck occurs when a vehicle strikes or collides with another vehicle, a pedestrian, a stationary or moving object or an animal. Each year, 2.35 million people are seriously injured or disabled as the result of car crashes. This averages out to about 5,500 per day. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck, contact us for a free consultation.
SCHOOL BUS INJURIES
According to the NHTSA, a school-transportation-related crash is a crash that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle, or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities. Between 2006 and 2015, there have been 1,313 people killed in school-transportation-related crashes—an average of 131 fatalities per year. If you or a loved one has suffered school bus injuries, contact us for a free consultation.
TRACTOR TRAILER WRECKS
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles underriding trucks in crashes. Truck braking capability can be a factor in truck crashes. Loaded tractor-trailers take 20-40 percent farther than cars to stop, and the discrepancy is greater on wet and slippery roads or with poorly maintained brakes. Truck driver fatigue also is a known crash risk. Drivers of large trucks are allowed by federal hours-of-service regulations to drive up to 11 hours at a stretch. Surveys indicate that many drivers violate the regulations and work longer than permitted. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a tractor trailer wreck, contact us for a free consultation.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, a total of 3,852 people died in large truck crashes in 2015. Sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 69 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 27 percent higher in 2016 than in 2009. Most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. The main problem is the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a trucking collision, contact us for a free consultation.
In 2015, home fires caused an annual average of
- 2,510 civilian fire deaths, or 93% of all civilian structure fire deaths,
- 12,300 civilian fire injuries, or 87% of all civilian structure fire injuries, and
- $6.7 billion in direct damage, or 68% of total direct damage in structure fires.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an apartment or home fire, contact us for a free consultation.
According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States every year, and 900,000 of those bites become infected. The U.S. population is approximately 325.8 million people as of 2017. That means a dog bites 1 out of every 72 people. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog attack, contact us for a free consultation.
Each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries, according to the CDC’s Fact Sheet. About 45% of playground-related injuries are severe–fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations. Between 1990 and 2000, 147 children ages 14 and younger died from playground-related injuries. Of them, 82 (56%) died from strangulation and 31 (20%) died from falls to the playground surface. Most of these deaths (70%) occurred on home playgrounds. If your child has suffered from a playground injury, contact us for a free consultation.
Accidents in roller skating rinks can cause serious personal injuries. In a governmental study, it was learned that the injuries resulting from collisions occurring in a skating rink were more serious than those resulting from street accidents. Data indicated that lack of expertise is a prominent factor in the production of serious injury. However, the sport has inherent risk which is not eliminated by expertise. It was concluded that roller skating can and does produce disabling injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a skating rink injury, contact us for a free consultation.
NURSING HOME INJURIES
The CDC reports that there were 1.4 million nursing home residents in 2014. It is estimated that the number of senior citizens is growing by about 20,000 every day. Many people have a parent, close family member, or loved one in a nursing home environment. Unfortunately, the number of elderly people who suffer injuries as the result of abuse or neglect in these facilities is also on the rise. If you or a loved one has been injured in a nursing home environment, contact us for a free consultation today.
Unfortunately, inadequate construction results in injuries and fatalities when companies fail to follow safety precautions, fail to properly train their workers or just “cut corners” to save a few dollars. Whether it’s a failure to post proper signage in a construction zone or a failure to consult with safety engineers at the design stage, companies have to be held legally responsible for injuries due to inadequate construction. Contact us for a free consultation today.
According to NHTSA, distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distraction-related crashes. About 424,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. In 2013, 10% of all drivers aged 15 to 19 involved in fatal accidents were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash. If you or a loved one has been a victim of distracted driving, contact us for a free consultation.
Vehicle defects occur not only in passenger automobiles; they also occur in trucks, vans and motorcycles. Defects have been found in all components of vehicles. An automobile wreck may be caused by another driver, but the resulting injuries may be more severe and devastating due to defects in the vehicle’s design. It is very important that your vehicle be preserved if you believe the vehicle did not perform properly. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective vehicle or defective vehicle component, contact us for a free case evaluation to discuss your potential claim.
Many different types of personal injury cases can be classified as premises liability cases, including: falls, inadequate maintenance, defective conditions, inadequate building security leading to injury or assault, elevator and escalator accidents, dog bites, swimming pool accidents, amusement park accidents, fires, water leaks or flooding, and toxic fumes or chemicals. If you or a loved one has been injured by an unsafe or defective condition on someone’s property, contact us for a free consultation.
Falls usually occur on property owned or maintained by someone else, and the property owner may be held legally responsible. The responsible party may be a homeowner or the owner/operator of a store, restaurant or other business. If you have been injured by falling, contact us for a free consultation.
“Electrocution” is defined as the injury or killing of someone by electric shock. Each year, approximately 400 people in the United States are killed by electrocution. Electrocution deaths and injuries are caused by defectively manufactured, designed or maintained electrical wiring or by consumer products. If you or a loved one suffered an electric shock that caused injury or death, contact us for a free consultation.
Manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their products are safe. They also have a duty to alert the public to any potential hazards or problems their product may cause. A medical device is defined within the Food Drug & Cosmetic Act as “…an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related article, including a component part, or accessory which is: recognized in the official National Formulary, or the United States Pharmacopoeia, or any supplement to them, intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, in man or other animals, or intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or other animals, and which does not achieve any of it’s primary intended purposes through chemical action within or on the body of man or other animals and which is not dependent upon being metabolized for the achievement of any of its primary intended purposes.” The FDA receives thousands of reports each year detailing the deaths, serious injuries, and malfunctions associated with medical devices. If you have been injured due to a defective medical device, contact us for a free case evaluation.
In 2015, 10,265 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (29%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This is one death every 51 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a crash involving drunk driving, contact us for a free consultation.