Archive for Huntsville Personal Injury Lawyer

Firm files federal lawsuit against department store

Our firm’s client was caused to be injured by the negligent conduct of a poorly trained employee.  The employee negligently allowed harsh chemicals to make contact with the firm’s client’s eye causing permanent impairment, damage, and discomfort.  Unfortunately, the department store’s insurance carrier refused to be reasonable and provide our firm’s client with money for the medical care she has already received and will need in the future.  We gave the insurance carrier and the department store the opportunity to exercise personal responsibility and do the right thing. Both declined. Our firm will seek full compensation for our client’s injuries and damages.


Tragedies Inspire Citizen Crusades to Let America Know

Wendy Crossland’s 14-year-old daughter Anais died of cardiac arrest after drinking a popular energy drink. Aaron Holm lost both of his legs while trying to help a friend fix a flat tire on a busy highway. Michelle Garcia and Angie Firmalino suffer debilitating side effects from an FDA-approved birth control device. Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson’s 21-year-old daughter Casey was struck and killed in a crosswalk by a distracted driver.

Four stories, four terrible tragedies. But each demonstrates how injured people and their families turned grief and hardship into action. These 4 were all winners of the 2013 Justice Served Award for their insightful actions following catastrophic events.

Vocational Issues in Social Security Disability Cases

Many disability hearings are won and lost based on your client’s residual vocational abilities.  There are a limited number of vocational issues that every disability attorney should know.  Identifying and properly addressing these issues before the hearing are often the key to a claimant being awarded disability benefits.

  1. What are the physical and mental demands of a claimant’s past relevant work as the claimant performed it?
  2. What are the physical and mental demands of the claimant’s former job as generally required by employers throughout the national economy?
  3. Can the claimant meet the demands of his past work?
  4. Does the claimant have any transferable skills to a significant range of work?
  5. Is the claimant capable of performing other work? Do jobs exist in significant numbers within the claimant’s residual functional capacity given his age, education, and work experience?

Knowing your client’s limitations and being able to show how these limitations substantially limit your client’s ability to perform basic tasks is crucial to advocating your client’s inability to perform substantial work.  When at a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge, you should focus on addressing the variety of limitations your client has such as postural limitations, exertional limitations, and mental limitations to help establish why your client is no longer able to perform work in the national economy.

In the event you have a client whose condition is not clearly governed by the Social Security Listings, you will be forced to address these issues.  Being prepared to ask questions relating to these issues are vitally important to convincing an Administrative Law Judge that your client is disabled under the Social Security Disability standard.

40 million mistakes on U.S. Credit Reports?

Watch this 60 Minutes report which concludes that as many as 40,000,000 U.S. credit reports may contain errors.  Is your credit report one of the erroneous reports?

Know your rights under federal law.  Click this link for more information about rights you have under Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Hodges selected for Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum

Jeremiah was chosen as a participant for the Class Nine of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum. He will have the opportunity to learn about leadership, community, and the future of our great state.