Archive for North AL Wrongful Death Lawyer

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.

Hodges speaks on complications in settling personal injury lawsuits

Jeremiah was recently invited to lecture on the complications in settling personal injury cases at the 2012 Tort Law Update in Birmingham, Alabama.  This event was put on by CLE Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law.  The event was held at the Grand Cahaba Conference Center and well attended.  Jeremiah will be lecturing on similar topics in Huntsville, Alabama on December 13, 2012 for the Huntsville Madison County Bar Association.

 

Alabama Supreme Court upholds $4,000,000 Medical Malpractice verdict

In Boudreaux v. Pettaway, the Alabama Supreme Court upheld a $4,000,000 medical malpractice verdict.  The jury actually awarded $20,000,000.00, but the Mobile Circuit Court trial judge determined the award to be too high and remitted it to $4,000,000.00.  Remittur is a mechanism by which a trial judge can reduce a jury’s award.  There is no procedure or mechanism for a judge to increase the amount of a jury’s award.

This case was brought by the mother of the deceased 32 year old who died from aspiration pneumonitis as the result of negligent administering of anesthesia.  The defendants appealed the reduced verdict to the Alabama Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court affirmed the verdict.

 Read the full opinion here: http://statecasefiles.justia.com/documents/alabama/supreme-court/1100281.pdf?ts=1348848046

 

Suit Filed Against Deputy who Demanded CPR to Cease

In 2011, a Maryland Reverend was suffering cardiac arrest and died after he did not receive medical attention quickly enough. That is not to say it wasn’t offered, but after CPR was being administered, and the Rev. was responding well to it, a deputy arrived on the scene and ordered the CPR to stop until medical professionals arrived. Why the deputy denied what could have been life-saving treatment is unknown. In addition to wrongful death, the suit also alleges negligence by the sheriff’s office for hiring an employee that would stop CPR during cardiac arrest.

Redstone Arsenal Wrongful Death Trial Moves Forward

In 2010, a catastrophic failure in a centrifuge caused a violent explosion, which claimed the lives of two workers.  The widows of the workers sued, and their cases have been stuck in legal limbo due to a dispute over whether the state court had jurisdiction over the case. Thankfully, a judge recently ruled that the case will move forward in state court, removing one roadblock in the way of the widow’s justice.  Their lawsuits allege that the “explosion-proof quality” centrifuge was faulty and the company selling it was negligent in making it, selling it, and training the victims in using it.  A Redstone Arsenal investigation faulted Amtec, the company that employed the two victims, because they did not verify the suitability of the equipment used.  Amtec itself disputes these findings and has filed its own lawsuit against the manufacturers of the centrifuge.  Hopefully the widows will find justice soon without the question of jurisdiction slowing the trials down.