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The Most Dangerous Intersections in Montgomery, AL

As Alabama’s second-most populous city, Montgomery has its fair share of dangerous intersections. These intersections are used by tens of thousands of people every day. But even avoiding these dangerous intersections won’t guarantee your safety on the road. Unfortunately, you can’t control the behavior of those around you. Today, even the most cautious driver in Montgomery, AL, may get into a car accident through no fault of their own. However, understanding the dangers these intersections present may keep you safe when you need to use them.  East Chase Parkway and Taylor Road The Shoppes at East Chase is an increasingly popular spot for residents and tourists alike. Offering various retail shops and restaurants, the increased traffic at this intersection has also increased the number of accidents. Traffic going in and out of The Shoppes often creates unexpected gridlock on East Chase Parkway. Therefore, stay alert when near this intersection.  I-85 and Taylor Road Taylor Road offers conveniences for many travelers entering and exiting I-85. For this reason, be aware of distracted and speeding drivers.  I-85 and Eastern Boulevard  Eastern Boulevard serves as a major roadway assisting tens of thousands of Montgomery commuters daily, in addition to the hundreds of thousands on the nearby Interstate. At certain times of the day, such as during rush hour traffic, pay attention to the behavior of drivers around you.  Troy Highway and Virginia Loop Road  Serving as a backup for those wishing to enter Taylor Road, the Troy Highway and Virginia Loop Road intersection often sees increased traffic. Be wary: those that attempt to avoid the congestion at Taylor Road may be in a rush and most likely to cause an accident.  South Boulevard and Woodley Road  Woodley Road represents one of the only major roads in Montgomery traveling north to south, connecting Montgomery residents to various populous areas within the city. As a result, South Boulevard receives substantial daily traffic as commuters use it to reach Woodley Road.  I-85 and Chantilly Parkway  The intersection of I-85 and Chantilly Parkway has been the scene of many fatal car accidents in Montgomery, Alabama. Due to the dangerous nature of this intersection, the Alabama Department of Transportation proposed construction to safely accommodate 40,000 daily commuters. The construction updates also intended to provide for reduced travel times. Despite the recent completion of these renovations, drivers should continue to travel on this intersection with caution.  Contact Us  Despite the dangers existing on Montgomery, Alabama roadways today, the attorneys at The Fob James Law Firm understand that necessity often outweighs these concerns. We know that you must go to work, and driving safely through these dangerous intersections sometimes isn’t enough to protect you from a fatal car accident.  If you were injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may have questions. If you suffered injuries, you deserve to recover compensation. We understand the stress you are under as you try to recover from your injuries and get back to work.  For over 40 years, the attorneys at The Fob James Law Firm have advocated for victims of injuries. We give you the attention and compassion you deserve after a traumatic car accident. Contact our office today for a free consultation and case review. 

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How to Get a Copy of Your Alabama Crash Report

If you get into a motor vehicle accident on the interstate highways or state roads in Alabama, the Alabama state troopers will investigate the crash and create an accident report that includes the details of the crash and the involved parties. The Alabama accident report from the State Troopers plays a crucial role in your claim if you are not at fault and often determines how much an insurance company offers you. Fortunately, the Alabama state trooper’s–aka the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA)–makes it easy for you to obtain a copy of an accident report in Alabama. You can obtain your accident report two ways: (i) on ALEA’s website, and (ii) through the mail. Request Your Accident Report Online From the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency [ALEA] The Alabama Department of Public Safety offers a Uniform Traffic Accident Report through the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency [ALEA] website. There are two ways to search for your crash report: Crash Report Number – if you know your crash report number, which is usually a seven digit number, you cant enter the number on the right hand side of the search form and click on the “Search for Report” button: 2. Driver’s License Number AND Last Name of Driver– if you do not know your crash report number, you can search for the accident report by entering the driver’s license number of a driver and the driver’s last name. After you enter this information, click on the “Search for Report” button. Keep in mind that it takes up to 10 business days from the date of the crash for accident reports to be available online. Get Your Accident Report By Mail To get your report by mail, you may mail a certified check or a money order to the Alabama Department of Public Safety along with a Crash Report Request Form which you must fill out. Make sure to include the names of drivers involved, the location/date of the accident, and the driver’s license number of each driver. Print the form and send it to the following address: Alabama Law Enforcement AgencyCrash ReportsP.O. Box 1471Montgomery, AL 36102-1472 Accident reports via mail from the ALEA cost $15.00 per copy. Injured? Contact Fob James Law Firm and We Will Get Your Crash Report for You. If you suffered injuries in a car accident, you need an attorney that aggressively fights for you. At the Fob James Law Firm, our Alabama car accident attorneys provide the attention your case deserves. Since we take fewer cases, we have more time to focus on you. If you need help obtaining your Alabama state trooper’s accident report or would like a free consultation, give us a call at 205-407-6009 or contact us online.

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How to Get a Copy of Your Phenix City Accident Report

If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident in Phenix City, Alabama, you might be considering filing a legal claim with the other driver’s insurance company. In most cases, you will need a copy of your accident report to get the process started. After a motor vehicle collision, the police officer reporting to the scene will complete and file an Alabama Uniform Traffic Crash Report form. This form contains a variety of valuable information that will be required for pursuing a legal claim or lawsuit. You can obtain Phenix City, AL car accident reports in a few different ways, some of which are easier than others. How to Download a Copy of Your Phenix City, AL Car Accident Report The Phenix City police department does not provide a direct way to obtain a copy of a report electronically. Instead, their website directs you to the LexisNexis police report site. This site allows you to search accident reports and obtain copies. You must have been involved in the accident to review or obtain a report. You also need to have the report number or the date of the accident and the last name of a driver involved in the crash. The cost to download your accident report is $23.00. All major credit cards are accepted. Where Is the Phenix City Police Department? Alternatively, you can obtain your crash report in person by going to the police station in Phenix City, which is located at the following address: Public Safety Building1111 Broad St.Phenix City, AL 36867 If you choose to pick up your accident report in person, you will be required to provide a copy of your government-issued photo ID. The cost for in-person pickup is only $2.00, and only cash or checks are accepted. Where to Find Your Car Accident Report in Russell County, AL If your car accident occurred outside of the Phenix City limits and in Russell County, you can likely download your accident report through the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) website. They offer an electronic option for you to order a Russell County, AL accident report online. All major credit cards are accepted and the cost is $17.00. In order to download your accident report, you will need to enter either: (i) the DPS number (crash report number) or (ii) the last name of a driver and their driver’s license number. You can obtain the DPS number for your car wreck by contacting Alabama Highway Patrol by phone at 334.242.4393 or by email at highway.patrol@alea.gov. Contact an Alabama Car Accident Lawyer for Help with a Phenix City Accident Report The easiest way to get your police report is to contact an Alabama car accident attorney. Your attorney will gather all the evidence necessary to build a persuasive case on your behalf, including the accident report. At the Fob James Law Firm, our Alabama car accident lawyers work diligently to build your case and negotiate a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If necessary, our experienced litigators will file a civil lawsuit and fight to get you justice in court. You could be entitled to recover compensation for your medical treatment, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. If you need help call our office today at 334-739-9000.

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Alabama Scooter Laws

Scooters and mopeds continue to gain popularity across America. This popularity has increased scooter-related injuries. Scooters and mopeds offer users the convenience of mobility within towns and cities. However, their operation on the same roadways as cars and motorcyclists puts scooter riders at an increased risk of accidents. Alabama Scooter Laws  Alabama scooter laws require riders to satisfy specific legal requirements before operating a scooter on Alabama streets. Alabama scooter and moped laws require the following of all riders:  Be age 14 years or older for a moped license; Be age 16 years or older for a motorcycle license;   Possess a class M license;  Wear a helmet at all times; Obtain registration and license; Operate the scooter on the right side of roadways; and  No riding on sidewalks or bike paths.  Despite the existence of these safety requirements, rider inexperience, scooter misuse, and failure to use proper safety equipment contribute to scooter accidents and injuries every year. How Do Alabama Scooter Laws Determine Fault in an Accident?  In Alabama, to seek recovery there must be no evidence you played an active role in causing the accident. Alabama scooter laws require the operation of scooters responsibly while abiding by all traffic laws. Alabama moped and scooter laws are subject to the same rules as other motor vehicles on the roadway.  Causes of Scooter Accidents  The use of scooters on public roadways presents inherent risks. On roadways, you must operate your scooter responsibly while relying on other drivers to behave similarly. Unfortunately, many people fail to drive with the appropriate amount of caution. Additionally, road hazards may exist which contribute to scooter accidents, including:  Poorly maintained roads with potholes and cracks; Lack of safe lanes for scooters; Limited visibility; Poor maintenance of scooters;  Distracted riding; and Operators under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  While they fail to move as quickly as motorcycles or cars, Alabama moped laws prohibit the operation of scooters on sidewalks. This is because scooters can operate at relatively high rates of speed compared to pedestrians and bicyclists. Therefore, their use on sidewalks could easily result in pedestrian or cyclist injuries. Contact Us  Obtaining a fair settlement after a scooter accident in Alabama requires the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney. The exceptional legal team at Fob James Law Firm understands Alabama scooter laws. And if you have been injured in a scooter accident, we know how to recover compensation for you. Scooter accidents can result from the actions of negligent car or motorcycle drivers and are often devastating. So if you were injured due to the negligence of another person, let the attorneys at Fob James Law Firm get to work for you. We provide clients with specialized and focused legal representation. We know how to aggressively pursuing compensation on your behalf. And since we provide free initial consultations, there is no risk in coming to see us. We invite you to give us a call today or schedule a consultation and let us help you get on the road to recovery! 

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What Is the Alabama Dram Shop Act?

Bar owners and liquor store owners should always consider their exposure to lawsuits resulting from their patrons’ conduct. This is the case not only when customers are in the establishment, but also after they have left. In Alabama, the law imposes liability on bar owners and operators of similar establishments when they serve a visibly intoxicated person who causes injury to an innocent third party. This is called “dram shop” liability. What Is the Purpose Behind the Alabama Dram Shop Act? The Alabama Dram Shop Act is a law intended to punish the owners of establishments that continue to serve customers after they have become intoxicated. The law provides a cause of action for victims injured by an intoxicated patron. It allows the injured party to file a civil lawsuit in court to recover monetary damages from the establishment. While dram shop laws typically involve injuries and deaths caused by drunk drivers, bars and other vendors may also be held liable for injuries resulting from: Deaths due to alcohol poisoning; Bar fights; Slip and fall accidents; and Sexual harassment claims. Under Alabama common law, victims of drunk patrons can’t seek compensation from bars and other establishments because there is not a strong enough causal connection between overserving alcohol and the injuries the overserved person causes. However, the Alabama Dram Shop Act extends negligence liability to encompass these types of injuries. The law imposes a high cost on alcohol vendors. This is justifiable because alcohol vendors profit by selling one too many to intoxicated customers. Who May Bring a Claim Under the Alabama Dram Shop Act? There are typically two categories of plaintiffs that file lawsuits under the Alabama Dram Shop Act: (1) the person injured in person or property; and (2) the spouse, child, parent, or “other person” who depends on the injured person for support. The Act does not permit recovery for the intoxicated person who is injured by their own intoxication. However, Alabama courts have held that the spouse and minor children of one who is killed by their own intoxication are covered under the Act. How Does a Lawsuit Under the Alabama Dram Shop Act Work? In general, the Alabama Dram Shop Act has three essential requirements a plaintiff must show before they can recover anything from the establishment. The Defendant Sold Alcohol Contrary to Law A claim under the Alabama Dram Shop law requires proof that the defendant sold or otherwise furnished the alcohol in their capacity as a vendor.  For example, a bar owner handing out free “Jell-O shots” would be subject to the Act. Meanwhile, a social host handing out Jell-O shots to guests would not. Note that Alabama has laws like the Dram Shop Act that apply to social hosts and minors. In addition, the Act requires proof that a defendant furnished the alcohol “contrary to the provisions” of law.  This essentially means that the defendant served the patron while the patron was “visibly intoxicated.” Evidence of visible intoxication may include slurred speech, loud and obnoxious behavior, stumbling, and bloodshot eyes. The Alcohol Caused Intoxication The threshold for intoxication is fairly low in Alabama. In Duckett v. Wilson Hotel Mgmt. Co. Inc., the court found five drinks in a two-hour period to be sufficient to invoke the law. Plaintiffs can establish visible intoxication with eyewitness testimony and even video surveillance footage. Plaintiffs can also use expert testimony to establish the patron’s blood-alcohol level. This may corroborate the eyewitness testimony or lead to an inference of intoxication. The Intoxication Caused Plaintiff’s Injuries Alabama’s Dram Shop Act makes it easier than the laws of other states for a plaintiff to establish causation. Rather than require plaintiffs to litigate whether a bartender acted reasonably, plaintiffs need only show that the injury occurred “as a consequence” of the intoxication. This stricter standard means it doesn’t matter whether the bartender was reasonable or not. It also means an intoxicated patron’s own negligence has no bearing on the establishment’s liability. How Can Establishments Protect Themselves? Bars, package stores, and other similar establishments can mitigate the risk of dram shop liability. One common method is training and certification classes for employees and managers. This will ensure they can spot visible signs of intoxication. In addition, some insurance companies offer liability coverage. How Long Do I Have to File a Dram Shop Act Lawsuit? The Alabama Dram Shop Act establishes a statute of limitations, or deadline, for filing personal injury claims in court. This deadline also applies to dram shop and social host liability cases. Failing to file your case before the expiration of the statute of limitations will result in an Alabama court dismissing your case.  The statute requires plaintiffs to file within two years of the date of injury. If you believe you may have a claim under the Act, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Even if the two-year statute of limitations has yet to expire, waiting too long may make it difficult if not impossible to gather any necessary witnesses and other evidence (such as video security footage).    Don’t Let Your Time Run Out Alcohol vendors have a legal duty to sell alcohol responsibly. When their intoxicated customers injure innocent drivers, said victims have recourse under the Alabama Dram Shop Act. 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How to Sue a Pharmaceutical Company

What is the difference between a drug and a poison? Sometimes, unfortunately, there is very little difference. If you have experienced an adverse reaction from a pharmaceutical, you may or may not have a legal claim for product liability. If you do, however, it could be worth quite a bit depending on how seriously you were injured. The problem might lie in your doctor’s choice to prescribe the drug to you in the first place. In that case you may have a medical malpractice claim against your healthcare provider. If the drug itself is the problem, however, you have a product liability claim against the pharmaceutical manufacturer. You can sue the pharmaceutical manufacturer directly under Alabama law, and you don’t even have to directly prove that the manufacturer was at fault. Building Your Case Suing pharmaceutical companies is no walk in the park. To sue a drug company, you need to provide evidence on all the elements of a defective drug claim. Elements of Your Claim You must prove the following legal elements to win a defective drug claim against a pharmaceutical manufacturer: You suffered some harm (injury and/or financial loss). Emotional harm is not enough to support a claim on its own, but if you have a claim for other damages, you can add emotional distress to your claim. The product is defective. That means the presence of either a manufacturing defect, a design defect, or a warning defect. The defect actually caused the harm that you suffered. You can be sure that the pharmaceutical company will try to prove otherwise. You were using the product as it was intended. If you took a drug for recreational reasons when you were not ill, for example, you will likely have no claim against the drug manufacturer.  You will be able to file a claim (without it being thrown out of court) as soon as you can assemble enough elements for a plausible claim based on each of the four elements listed above. Types of Defects Alabama law recognizes three types of product defects. Design Defects A design defect exists when the product is unreasonably dangerous even when manufactured and used according to specifications. A design defect can be difficult to prove when the FDA has already approved the drug. Manufacturing Defects  A manufacturing defect exists when the product is dangerous because it was not manufactured according to its design. For example, if the wrong drug or the wrong dose was packaged, this could be a manufacturing defect. Warning Defects A warning defect exists when the product documentation fails to warn of a significant danger. For example, if the drug can cause harmful effects to an unborn fetus, it needs a warning against pregnant women using it. Special Case: Vaccine Injuries If a vaccine caused your injury (an allergic reaction, for example), you have an alternative. Instead of suing the pharmaceutical company, you can file a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. If you win, the Department of Health and Human Services will pay your claim. We’ve Got Your Back If you live in Alabama and you believe that a defective pharmaceutical might have caused your injury, don’t hesitate to contact Fob James Law Firm, LLC. With over 40 years of experience in personal injury law, we have the respect of defense attorneys and insurance companies across the State of Alabama. We can help you identify the best strategy for your claim and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call us at 205-635-4575 for a free case review.

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Understanding Alabama Right of Way Laws

Intersection accidents are common in Alabama. Many of these happen because drivers are unaware of how they should safely proceed when other vehicles are in the intersection and there is no signal or stop sign. It’s essential to familiarize yourself with the Alabama right-of-way laws, so you aren’t the cause of a collision.  If you or someone you love suffered injuries in an intersection accident, you have legal rights. Contact the skilled Birmingham car accident lawyers at Fob James Law Firm today to discuss how to pursue compensation for your damages. What Are the Alabama Right-of-Way Laws? When you reach an intersection, it’s crucial to know your rights and obligations for the town or city you are driving in. In general, some of the most important rules to remember include the following: If you encounter an emergency vehicle on the road, they always have the right of way; Vehicles that are turning from a driveway or a private road need to yield to any vehicles already on the public road; When two vehicles reach an intersection without any stop signs, the vehicle to the right is the one with the right of way; If you see someone walking with a guide dog or a blind person carrying a red-tipped cane, they also have the right of way; and If you have a yield sign and there is a pedestrian, the pedestrian is the one with the right of way. Even in intersections with stop signs, right-of-way laws apply. For example, if two vehicles reach respective stop signs simultaneously, the vehicle to the right will still have the right of way. While these are the right-of-way rules, there’s no guarantee that everyone will obey them. Being a defensive driver and using caution when approaching an intersection can help keep you safe. Tips for Intersection Safety Knowing the right-of-way laws when approaching an intersection is only one part of staying safe. Always approach any intersection carefully and look out for other cars, especially in blind areas where it’s challenging to see approaching vehicles. Even if you think you have the right of way, look in all directions and use your signal to let other drivers know what you are doing. If the intersection has a stop sign, you should always stop. When you stop, you should be behind the painted line if there is one present. Always stop for a few seconds and look in every direction before driving. You still need to be careful when you reach an intersection with a traffic signal, even when your light is green. When the light turns green, always look in every direction before proceeding through the intersection. If you reach a yellow, slow down and use caution. If the light is flashing yellow, treat it like a yield sign. Seek Legal Assistance From an Alabama Car Accident Lawyer If you or a family member received injuries in an intersection collision caused by another party’s negligence, you could have the right to bring a personal injury claim. Our experienced Birmingham car accident lawyers at Fob James Law Firm can help. We have years of experience assisting Alabama clients with all their injury needs and have a record of success in recovering compensation. Contact our office today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about how we can assist you.

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Common Alabama Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycle riders lack the same safety protections that vehicle occupants have, which is one reason why so many motorcycle accidents result in catastrophic injuries. Even seemingly minor accidents can be severe. Common motorcycle injuries involve head injuries, fractured or broken bones, road rash, spinal cord injuries, and more. Contact the Birmingham motorcycle accident lawyers at Fob James Law Firm if you or a loved one was injured in an Alabama motorcycle accident. Traumatic Brain Injuries Motorcycle riders often sustain serious to catastrophic head injuries, which can be significantly worse if you’re not wearing a helmet. Riders cannot always prevent traumatic brain injuries, even when wearing a helmet. However, the risk of more severe injury happens when a motorcycle rider is not wearing one. When someone sustains a brain injury in a motorcycle accident, they often have physical and cognitive defects. Some brain injuries can benefit from surgery; however, many people have permanent damage. Spinal Cord Injuries The spinal cord is very sensitive, and any injury tends to be catastrophic. Spinal cord injuries often occur when a motorcycle rider lands on their back or neck. In other cases, a rider is pierced by an object or pinned under the motorcycle, causing damage to the spine. Depending on what part of the spinal cord is damaged, victims can be left paralyzed. Some people cannot walk again, while others may not be able to move their arms or even speak and eat on their own again. Internal Organs Internal organ damage and internal bleeding are also common in motorcycle accidents. If a doctor doesn’t diagnose the injuries timely, they can be fatal. Internal bleeding is not visible, which is what makes it extremely dangerous. Internal damage can come from blunt-force trauma, such as something hitting the body but not penetrating the skin, or it can occur if something sharp punctures the skin. Lacerations and Road Rash If a motorcycle rider is not wearing protective gear, the risk of lacerations and road rash can increase. Some riders drop their motorcycle or fly off during the impact, causing them to slide across the ground. Road rash can happen on any part of the body, but the most common areas are the arms, legs, and back. Road rash can be serious, especially if not taken care of quickly. There’s a risk of infection and scarring. Broken Bones and Fractures During an impact, it’s not uncommon for motorcycle riders to fall from their bike. When they hit the ground, their body may land in an unnatural position. The rider can sustain a fracture or break in the bone. Ankle injuries are common as riders don’t always wear high ankle boots. Leg fractures are also common motorcycle crash injuries, especially if a motorcycle pins the rider during a collision. Legal Assistance for Alabama Motorcycle Accident Victims When you are involved in a motorcycle injury accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you could benefit from a skilled personal injury lawyer. Fob James Law Firm has years of experience helping injured victims just like you. Our priority is to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome in your case. We take fewer cases than other Alabama personal injury firms because we believe in giving each client the full attention their case deserves.  We offer a free consultation, so there is no obligation when you meet with our legal team. To learn more about how we can assist you, contact Fob James Law Firm today.

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Common Nursing Home Injuries to Sue for in Alabama

Nursing home neglect and abuse are growing problems around the country. When you decide to move your family member to a nursing home facility, you expect the facility will treat them with respect and professionalism; however, that does not always happen. If you believe your family member is a victim of nursing home abuse, it’s crucial to contact an Alabama nursing home abuse lawyer right away. At Fob James Law Firm, we understand what a traumatic experience this can be for both your loved one and your family. Contact our office to schedule an initial consultation to learn more about holding the nursing facility responsible.    Types of Nursing Home Injuries Common nursing home injuries include falls, medication errors, and bedsores. Falls in Nursing Homes Falls represent one of the most common injuries in nursing homes. While older people are more prone to falls due to gait issues or muscle weakness, nursing home factors can also play a role. For example, wet floors in the hallway can be treacherous for an older person with mobility problems. Lack of lighting can lead to a resident tripping over something on the floor. Incorrect bed height can cause someone to fall when they try to get out of bed in the morning. Nursing homes should be closely monitoring residents who have a high risk of falling. If the staff is not monitoring high-risk patients because the facility is short-staffed or the employees are being negligent, accidents happen. These residents may be victims of nursing home neglect. Bedsores in Bedridden Residents Many people transferred to a nursing home are there because they are unable to take care of themselves. That includes the ability to get up and out of bed on their own. Nursing home residents rely on the staff for their care. Nursing home staff should bathe them, clean them up, change their bed linens, etc. When a bedridden patient is not regularly rotated and moved, this increases the pressure on the skin. This can cause bedsores, which most commonly occur on the tailbone, hips, buttocks, heels, and ankles. Medication Errors Residents of nursing homes are usually on at least one prescription medication, generally more. When you have a lack of adequate staff or overworked employees, the propensity for medication errors increases. Some of the most common errors include giving the wrong medication, not giving medicines at all, or overdosing. Medication errors have serious consequences, even proving fatal for some residents who don’t receive the necessary drugs or receive the wrong dosage. Contact an Alabama Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Nursing home residents have federal rights under the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987. Some of these rights include the right to freedom from neglect, abuse, or mistreatment and the right to accommodation of medical, physical, psychological, and social needs. If you suspect your family member is in severe and immediate danger, you should contact 911. Holding the facility accountable for nursing home abuse and neglect is important. It can also prevent other families from experiencing the same tragedy you have. At Fob James Law Firm, we take fewer personal injury cases than other similar firms. We believe in devoting the best resources available to each client. We have years of experience with nursing home abuse and neglect cases and are here to help you and your loved ones. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact our office today. Let us help you protect your family member’s rights and ensure the nursing home does not harm anyone else’s loved ones.

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Do I Need an Injury Lawyer in Alabama?

If you or a loved one sustained injuries due to someone else’s actions, you might be wondering who will take care of your medical expenses and reimburse you for time missed from work. Understandably you want the responsible party to compensate you for your damages. You may be asking the question, Do I need a personal injury lawyer?  In many situations, retaining an Alabama personal injury lawyer is beneficial to your case. However, you want to make sure you’re hiring the right Alabama personal injury lawyer for you. At Fob James Law Firm, we believe in quality over quantity. We take fewer cases when compared to some other firms. Their priority is to sign as many clients as possible without regard to the client’s needs or protecting their rights. We devote all available resources to each client. Not every case requires assistance from an injury lawyer, but many do. Here’s a look at some situations where you should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer in Alabama. If you have any questions or would like to speak with a member of our team, contact us today. Disputed Liability When there is a dispute in liability, you should consider speaking with an injury lawyer. Alabama is one of the only remaining contributory negligence states. What that means is if the insurance company can successfully pin even 1% of the blame on you, you won’t be able to collect money for your damages. The other party’s insurance company will look to put any blame on you to get out of paying the claim. But don’t despair—a skilled injury attorney can help you prove that you weren’t at fault for the accident. Severe or Catastrophic Injuries When your injuries are severe, you need an injury lawyer with experience handling catastrophic injuries. You should never agree to a settlement or sign a release of all claims without speaking with an attorney first. Some insurance companies may offer you a payment early on in the case to limit their liability. This tactic is common when the adjuster suspects your case involves severe injuries with permanent damage and future medical expenses. Unfortunately, if you resolve your claim and find out you are not fully healed and need more treatment a month later, you cannot return to the insurance company to demand more money. Be especially cautious if you resolve different portions of your case independently. Consider a car accident case, for example. You might settle the property damage portion earlier in the process. Adjusters sometimes try to get you to sign something agreeing that cashing the check extinguishes all claims. Multiple Parties Involved Cases involving more than one at-fault party can be complicated to resolve as well. Perhaps you were in an accident with a large commercial truck. You may have a claim against the driver, the trucking company, and possibly even a part manufacturer if there is an alleged product defect. An attorney can help you sort through the evidence to identify all liable parties and potential sources of compensation. Your Claim Was Denied  If you believe the insurance company unfairly denied your claim, you need to file a lawsuit. You should not proceed into litigation without an attorney on your side. Litigation can be costly and complicated. Do you have the necessary fees and costs you can pay upfront? When you retain the right personal injury firm, your attorney will handle all the associated litigation costs. Most injury lawyers bill on a contingency basis. They will take a percentage of your settlement plus fees and costs only if they successfully recover compensation on your behalf.   Contact Fob James Law Firm Today If you are unsure whether you need an injury attorney, there’s no harm in scheduling an initial consultation. Because most injury attorneys bill on a contingency basis, you have nothing to lose by attending a meeting. When you meet with one of our attorneys, we will go over your case and advise you of the best course of legal action. We will also likely tell you what we believe your case to be potentially worth. We will inform you upfront whether your case looks promising or whether there is clear evidence of your contributory fault that would bar you from recovery. If you are already in negotiations with the insurance carrier and close to settling for a reasonable amount, we may recommend you continue on your own. Every case is different. Let us have the opportunity to review your specific situation and help you find the right course of action. Contact the Alabama personal injury lawyers at Fob James Law Firm today to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable team.

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