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Funeral Home Lawsuit Settlements in Alabama

Losing a family member is a horrible tragedy. In your time of grief, the last thing you imagine happening is the funeral home mistreating your loved one’s remains. When choosing a company, you expect that they will treat your deceased family member with respect and professional care. Sadly, not all funeral homes are as responsible and trustworthy as we assume. If a business mishandled your family member’s remains, you could have a claim against them. To learn more about funeral home lawsuit settlements, speak with the experienced funeral lawyers at Fob James Law Firm. Common Types of Funeral Home Negligence Funeral home negligence can take many forms. Some of the most common causes of action in funeral home lawsuit cases include the following:   Not embalming a body properly; Burying the wrong body; Not correctly tending to the gravesite, which results in vandalism; Overcharging for procedures and services; Cremating the wrong body; Transporting the wrong body; Dropping the deceased’s body; Providing the incorrect cremated remains to a family; Putting multiple bodies in a coffin; Using substandard products, such as a defective coffin; Stealing personal property, just as gold fillings or jewelry from a body; or Harvesting organs from the remains to sell. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for funeral homes to engage in multiple acts of negligence. Regardless of the allegations, any one of these acts is unacceptable. Your family is already going through enough without dealing with the knowledge that you buried the wrong body or received the wrong ashes. While filing a lawsuit against the home won’t fix the damage, your family deserves justice. In addition, your case may keep another family from experiencing the same trauma. Types of Potential Damages in Funeral Home Lawsuit Settlements There are two main types of compensation in funeral home lawsuit cases. The first is compensatory damages. This compensation reimburses you for any out-of-pocket expenses you incurred due to the defendant’s negligence. To have a valid claim against the nursing home, you need to prove they were negligent and that your family suffered financial losses. The second type of compensation is limited to specific cases only. If you can show the funeral home’s actions were intentional, you could be eligible to receive punitive damages. Court’s reserve punitive damages for cases involving fraud and other intentional acts, such as stealing from the body or harvesting organs. When a judge issues a punitive damages award, it is to punish the defendants. They want to set an example on what not to do and discourage the offenders from engaging in similar behavior in the future.   Contact Our Funeral Lawyers Proving negligence in a case against a funeral home is complicated. You need a skilled legal advocate on your side. You and your family are grieving and dealing with more than enough. You should not be worrying about how to prove a claim against the funeral home too. Our funeral lawyers at Fob James Law Firm have years of experience handling personal injury claims, such as funeral home lawsuit cases. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment to learn how we can help.

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Commercial Truck Accident and Pepsi Trucks: Do I Have a Case?

You’ve probably seen images on the news of 18-wheeler trucks flipped over with their cargo spewed everywhere. These spills can wreak havoc on traffic, causing delays that last hours. When these accidents involve other vehicles, the results can be deadly. Occupants in a passenger vehicle can easily be killed in a collision with a large commercial truck, including beverage delivery vehicles. If you sustained injuries in a Pepsi truck accident, you could have the right to pursue a claim for damages.   Pepsi Truck Accidents in the News Unfortunately, accidents involving Pepsi trucks are all too common. Many of them make the news as these accidents cause significant damage and traffic disruptions, even with no other vehicles involved. In May of this year, a Pepsi truck lost control on a wet roadway in Missouri and slid back and forth across the highway, ultimately coming to rest with the truck cab teetering on the edge of the overpass. Just a few weeks later, another Pepsi truck overturned in San Benito, Texas. The driver lost control, and the truck went into a ditch. Fortunately, no one sustained injuries in those two collisions, but that isn’t the outcome every time. In 2018, a Pepsi truck broke down in the middle of the interstate. Another tractor-trailer truck rear-ended the disabled Pepsi truck and spun into a large truck traveling in the other direction. A pick-up truck then crashed into the pileup. Multiple people suffered injuries, and rescue workers had to extract one truck driver from the cab. Yet another Pepsi driver was pinned in his cab after the truck flipped and fell off the freeway in Southern California. Proving Liability in a Pepsi Incident Before you can collect any compensation in a Pepsi truck accident, you need to prove liability against the other driver. There are four main elements of negligence in an auto accident, whether a commercial truck or another passenger vehicle. First, you must show the other driver owed you some duty. All motorists must follow traffic laws and keep from endangering other motorists, bicyclists, motorcycle riders, pedestrians, etc. Large commercial trucks also have federal statutes that they must adhere to, including not driving over a certain number of hours. Next, you need to show that the other driver breached this duty. For example, suppose a Pepsi driver is speeding down the highway and falling asleep from fatigue when he crashes into the rear of your vehicle. It’s not uncommon to have multiple contributing factors in these types of collisions. In this case, his speeding and driving while fatigued could be considered a breach of this driver’s duty of care to others on the road. The third element of a negligence claim is causation. You need to show that the breach of duty is what caused your injuries. A Pepsi driver could be tired and speeding, but if another car hit you, the Pepsi driver would not be at fault. Lastly, you must be able to show some type of financial loss. Damages include both your tangible and intangible losses. Items like medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering are some of the damages you can ask for in a Pepsi truck accident. Contact an Alabama Truck Accident Lawyer If you sustained injuries in a Pepsi incident, you need to hire an experienced Alabama truck accident lawyer. The legal team at Fob James Law Firm has years of successful experience with truck accident claims. We aren’t afraid to file a lawsuit and stand up to Pepsi in litigation. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and learn more about whether you have a case following a Pepsi incident.  

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Can I Sue the Hospital for Wrongful Death in Alabama?

When you need emergency care or schedule a procedure at the hospital, you assume the medical professionals taking care of you will do their job to the best of their ability. However, negligence isn’t limited to private doctors or small medical facilities. It happens in hospitals all around the state. If a loved one died from negligent care at an Alabama hospital, surviving family members might be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital and medical providers. Wrongful death cases against medical providers and facilities are notoriously challenging to pursue. You need a skilled Alabama wrongful death lawyer on your side who can represent your interests. At the Fob James Law Firm, we understand Alabama’s medical malpractice laws and how best to protect your rights. Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Claims Involving a Hospital In some situations, you may be able to file a lawsuit against an Alabama hospital. However, you must prove that the facility was negligent. Most hospitals will defer to the medical professional as the responsible party. You prove the hospital was partially responsible for your family member’s death. Otherwise, you won’t have a claim against the facility. Because the laws surrounding medical malpractice in Alabama are very complicated, hiring an attorney with experience is crucial. Our legal team has years of experience representing injured clients and surviving family members in Alabama medical malpractice cases. How Long Do You Have to Sue a Hospital for Wrongful Death? When a loved one passes away due to another party’s negligence, you only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. In most cases, you only have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital and any other negligent parties. If any of the defendants are a government entity, the time to file is significantly shorter. You could have only six months in some cases. Determining the proper statute of limitations in a wrongful death case can be complicated. That is another reason why you need a knowledgeable and experienced attorney on your side.   Possible Hospital Errors in a Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Claim Holding a hospital accountable in a medical malpractice wrongful death claim is challenging but not necessarily impossible. Some potential hospital errors that can expose a facility to a lawsuit include: Hospital-Acquired Infections—Hospitals must be diligent in eliminating the spread of bacteria between patients, especially deadly MRSA infections; Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections: The longer a patient has to keep a catheter in, the higher the risk of infection, which can lead to severe kidney issues; Chart Mix-Up: Hospital chart mix-ups can have deadly results if a physician prescribes the wrong medication or orders the incorrect procedure; Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection: This very deadly infection occurs when someone uses poor practices to place central lines, which allow germs into the bloodstream; and Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: When someone needs a ventilator to breathe, the tube can introduce germs through the nose, mouth, or neck. If you suspect a hospital is to blame for your loved one’s death, it’s imperative to speak with an attorney right away. Contact an Alabama Wrongful Death Lawyer Losing a loved one is a tragic event. When your family member dies due to another party’s negligence, surviving family members may have the legal right to file a claim against the responsible parties. Due to the complexity of medical malpractice wrongful death, you shouldn’t pursue a claim on your own. You need an experienced litigator who has the skills and resources to battle these powerful defendants. Fob James Law Firm isn’t afraid to stand up to these hospitals. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to learn how we can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit against a hospital.  

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Two Dead In Car Crash On Highway 231 Near Ramer

(Montgomery, Alabama January 8, 2022) — Alabama state troopers have released more information on a fatal wreck that happened in Montgomery County on January 1, 2022. The wreck happened on U.S. 231 near the 97 mile marker around 4:40 p.m. That’s near Chapel Gray Loop in the Ramer area. Troopers say a Hyundai Elantra in the southbound lanes collided head on with a Honda CR-V. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers identified the Hyundai’s driver as Lisa R. Hoffman, 57, of Troy, and the Honda’s driver as Arnold D. Forrester, 55, of Columbia. Source: WSFA Contact Montgomery Wrongful Death Lawyers If Your Family Needs Legal Help Unfortunately, car accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can request a copy of the accident report and we will get it for you. At Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you lose a loved one in an accident, please contact one of our wrongful death lawyers in Montgomery, AL or call us at 334-739-9000 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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55-Year Old Man Dies In Pell City Car Crash

(Pell City, Alabama January 7, 2022) – On Thursday evening, January 6, 2022, 55-year old Jimmy Rich of Riverside, Alabama tragically died after another vehicle crossed the center line on Cogswell Avenue and struck Rich’s SUV. According to Pell City Police Department, the accident happened before 6:30 p.m. off Cogswell Avenue in Pell City. Rich was taken to St Vincents St Clair Hospital where he passed away. The driver in the other vehicle was taken to UAB Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and two juveniles were taken to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Their names and condition remain unknown Source: WBRC Contact Alabama Wrongful Death Lawyers If You Need Legal Help Unfortunately, car accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can request a copy of the accident report and we will get it for you. At Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you lose a loved one in a car accident, please contact one of our Alabama wrongful death attorneys or call us at 205-407-6009 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Hamilton Woman Killed In I-22 Truck Accident

(TREMONT, Mississippi January 7, 2022) – On Wednesday afternoon, January 5, 2022, 76-year-old Marlene McRight of Hamilton, Alabama, died after her vehicle collided with a semi-truck driven by a 25-year old from Clovis, California. According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP), the wreck happened on Interstate 22 near Tremont, MS, and both MsRight’s vehicle and the semi-truck were going eastbound. MHP continues to investigate the crash. Source: WTVA Contact The Alabama Truck Accident Lawyers At Fob James Law Firm If You Need Help Unfortunately, truck accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can request a copy of the accident report and we will get it for you. At Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in a truck accident, please contact one of our truck accident attorneys or call us at 205-407-6009 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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One Woman Killed In Birmingham Hit-And-Run After Car Crash

(Birmingham, Alabama January 2, 2021)– On Friday, December 31, 2021, an Alabama woman tragically died after she tried to flag oncoming traffic immediately after being in a multi-vehicle car crash. Just before 3 a.m., Morgan Lightner, 25, was involved in a multi-vehicle crash that caused her vehicle to flip over. Thereafter, she was able to get out of her car and began flagging oncoming traffic to slow down. Officials say she was hit by two vehicles that both left the scene as she attempted to warn other drivers of the accident. The Birmingham Police Department is investigating the crash. Sources: KNOE Contact Birmingham Wrongful Death Lawyers If You Need Legal Help Unfortunately, car accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can request a copy of the accident report and we will get it for you. At Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you lose a loved one in a car accident, please contact one of our Birmingham wrongful death attorneys or call us at 205-407-6009 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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One Woman Killed During 3-Vehicle In Greene County

(Greene County, Alabama January 1, 2022) — On December 30, 2021, twenty-nine year-old Keyundria Jones from Emelle was tragically killed in a three vehicle crash in Greene County, Alabama. The crash happened before midnight on Interstate 59 near the 33-mile marker. According to officials, Jones died after her car hit the rear of another vehicle partially parked on the side of the road. Jones’ car then rotated in the opposite direction, hitting another car head-on. The drivers of the other cars were not injured. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating the crash. Sources: WTOK Contact Greene County Car Accident Lawyers If You Need Legal Help Unfortunately, car accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can request a copy of the accident report and we will get it for you. At Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in a car accident, please contact one of our Greene County, AL car accident attorneys or call us at 205-407-6009 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Mother And Son Killed In Tuscaloosa Car Crash

(Tuscaloosa Alabama December 31, 2021) — On Thursday, December 30, 2021, a mother and son were tragically killed in a two vehicle car accident in Tuscaloosa. The victims have been identified as Bessie Lee Cameron, 67, and her son 51-year-old Troy Lee Cameron. Both lived in Tuscaloosa County. The crash occurred when Cameron was headed eastbound on 15th street in her Nissan Versa and made a U-turn in front of a Dodge Charger that was traveling west on 15th street. The Tuscaloosa Police Department is investigating the crash. Sources: WBRC Contact Tuscaloosa Car Accident Lawyers If You Need Legal Help Unfortunately, car accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can request a copy of the accident report and we will get it for you. At Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in a car accident, please contact one of our Tuscaloosa car accident attorneys or call us at 205-407-6009 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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Florida Man Killed In Semi-Truck Crash Near Arab

(Arab, Alabama December 29, 2021) – On Tuesday morning, December 28, 2021, a man from Florida was tragically killed in a crash involving a semi-truck in North Alabama. According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), David Anthony Daniel, 20, of Okeechobee, Florida was killed when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a semi-truck on Highway 67. ALEA continues to investigate the crash. Sources: WTVA Contact The Alabama Truck Accident Lawyers At Fob James Law Firm If You Need Help Unfortunately, truck accidents like this happen around the state of Alabama. Police must investigate these crashes thoroughly to determine the cause of the accident. You can request a copy of the accident report and we will get it for you. At Fob James Law Firm, we understand how devastating these accidents can be for loved ones and the victims of these accidents. If you sustain injuries or lose a loved one in a truck accident, please contact one of our truck accident attorneys or call us at 205-407-6009 to set up a free consultation. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims of this horrible incident. If a family member would like the name of a person removed for any reason, please click the “Remove Post” link. REMOVE POST

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