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How the Alabama wrongful death statute works

If a loved one of yours dies as the result of the act of another, that person's death does not necessarily preclude the recovery of damages against the person who committed the wrongful act. Alabama law contains a wrongful death statute, but you need to be aware of some of its characteristics in order to use it effectively.

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Causes, types and treatments of spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious that any person may suffer. They can take a long time to heal, if they heal at all, and can require intensive and long-term treatment.

Although spinal cord injuries can be caused by non-accidental causes, such as certain diseases or genetic conditions, the causes of these injuries are more often the result of accidents such as car accidents and workplace injuries. These accidents, in turn, are often the product of negligent behavior by another person.

Danger of the statute of limitations after a fatal car accident

The loss of a loved one in a fatal car accident is a sudden, emotionally devastating and gut-wrenching experience when it was caused by the negligence of another person. When the accident was caused by the wanton conduct of a drunken motorist whose disregard for others caused him or her get behind the wheel of a care, the effects of the loss suffered by the victim's family can be even worse.

A risk faced by the surviving members of the family of a fatal accident victim in Madison County is the short amount of time granted to them under Alabama law to file a lawsuit for damages. The statute of limitations, the time within which a lawsuit must be filed without risk of dismissal by a court, is only two years from the date of death. 

Danger of the statute of limitations after a fatal car accident

The loss of a loved one in a fatal car accident is a sudden, emotionally devastating and gut-wrenching experience when it was caused by the negligence of another person. When the accident was caused by the wanton conduct of a drunken motorist whose disregard for others caused him or her get behind the wheel of a care, the effects of the loss suffered by the victim's family can be even worse.

A risk faced by the surviving members of the family of a fatal accident victim in Madison County is the short amount of time granted to them under Alabama law to file a lawsuit for damages. The statute of limitations, the time within which a lawsuit must be filed without risk of dismissal by a court, is only two years from the date of death.

Alabama accident injures 3 minors

A two-vehicle head-on collision in Blount County on April 27 resulted in the deaths of two people and injured three children traveling in one of the vehicles. State officials state that the fatal accident involved a 2002 Jeep and a 1999 Ford traveling on Blount County 47. The investigation into the accident is ongoing, say officials.

Approximately 7 miles north of Blountsville, the Jeep, operated by a 19-year-old female, struck the oncoming Ford. The Ford's occupants included three minors. According to the reports, the driver of the Ford, a 24-year-old female, had not been wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. She was pronounced dead at the scene. All three children were transported to a nearby hospital. The driver of the Jeep was also declared dead at the scene by officials.

Mother sues trucking company for daughter's death

Alabama residents might have heard about the fatal wreck in Georgia that killed five Georgia Southern University nursing students on April 22. The crash happened while the students were traveling along Interstate 16. According to Georgia State Patrol, a tractor-trailer collided with cars that were slowed down due to another accident that had taken place earlier that day.

On April 29, the mother of one of the deceased nursing students filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the trucking company that employed the tractor-trailer driver who was involved in the accident. She is suing the Mississippi-based trucking company Total Transportation along with its Tennessee-based parent company U.S. Xpress Enterprises. The mother is seeking monetary damages from the two parties for the loss of her 21-year-old daughter.

Employers can develop program for heat-related illnesses

Some Alabama employees work in hot environments on a regular basis. Continued exposure to extreme heat may prevent an individual's body from maintaining a normal temperature and may result in serious illness.

Heat-related illnesses that may result from a hot workplace include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. Heat stroke in particular is very serious and may lead to death in the absence of appropriate medical attention. Heat rash, the most common heat-related workplace illness, is also the least severe. However, even heat rash should be addressed by moving the worker to a cooler, less humid environment and keeping the affected area cool and dry.

Brain injuries in troops can lead to brain abnormalities

American troops, including those from Alabama, are at risk of serious injuries when they serve in combat areas overseas. For some of these troops, brain injuries can occur because of blasts from improvised explosive devices. Those blast-related traumatic brain injuries are usually classified as mild; however, a study published in NeuroImage: Clinical shows that the effects of those mild TBIs can cause brain abnormalities.

This study included three groups of people: a group with TBIs and loss of consciousness, a group with TBIs without loss of consciousness and a group without a TBI. After taking a look at a diffusion tensor imaging test, which measures white matter in the brain, it was learned that brain abnormalities were present even in mild TBIs. People who suffered a loss of consciousness were especially prone to these abnormalities. The brain abnormalities noted in the study can lead to a decrease in verbal memory.

1 dead, 1 injured in auto crash at theme park

Performance car enthusiasts in Alabama may be interested in learning more about a fatal crash involving a Lamborghini that happened in Orlando on April 12. According to media sources, one person died and another was injured when the car struck a guardrail at an attraction at the Walt Disney World Speedway.

Sources indicate that the investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing. Both men were wearing seatbelts when the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with the guardrail. The injured driver, a 24-year-old operations manager for Disney's high-speed Exotic Driving Experience, was transported to Celebration Hospital for treatment of minor injuries following the incident. The Lamborghini's 36-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

High school student killed in two-car wreck in Alabama

On April 13, an Alabama teenager was killed in a car accident in Toney. State troopers say that the 17-year-old youth who died in the crash was not wearing a seat belt while he was riding as a passenger. The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while another occupant of the vehicle sustained injuries. Both of the victims were Sparkman High School students.

According to the Alabama Highway Patrol, the motor vehicle accident took place near the intersection of Highway 53 and Old Railroad Bed Road. A 1994 Chevrolet Camaro that was occupied by the two high school students crashed into a 2004 Jeep Liberty. The Alabama Highway Patrol launched an investigation into the accident, but the cause of the crash was not immediately reported.