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Who’s at fault in a parking lot accident?

An auto accident in a parking lot is no fun. Even though speeds might be slow, they can still cause serious damage and be a serious hassle. The Alabama Justice Center is the place to go for car accident lawyers in Alabama. Auto accident attorneys can help you figure out who pays in the case of an accident in a parking lot. When an accident happens on private property such as a parking lot, there are four different parties whoContinue reading

the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2018 Ford Explorer received a “Poor” rating, the lowest possible safety score.

The most recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test results for midsize SUVs are in, and both the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2018 Ford Explorer received a “Poor” rating, the lowest possible, in front-end collisions involving the right side of the vehicle. Officially called an “overlap crash,” the front-end crash tests found that injuries were more likely from collisions occurring at speeds of 40 mph or higher with both cars, specifically to the lower leg andContinue reading

Insurance Companies and Personal Injury Claims

Have you been the victim in a personal injury accident and are now looking at negotiating with the insurance company involved to attempt to secure compensation? If so, you should take a moment and seriously consider hiring professional help. The fact of the matter is that insurance companies will exhaust any and all possible angles to reduce the amount of money they have to pay you. In order to understand exactly why this is the case, and why legal counselContinue reading

Out-of-State Automobile Accidents

Car accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence in today’s society. More and more people rely on their vehicles to get them where they need to go, including on local trips as well as those out of state. As you might imagine, this only increases the likelihood of ending up in a car accident at some point in your life. And while the basic steps to take after ending up in an in-state car accident might be obvious, what happens ifContinue reading

Mental Disability Claims in Alabama

It can be incredibly difficult to obtain benefits on the basis of mental disorders. This is partially because employers, the Social Security Administration, and even some physicians are, in general, very skeptical of mental health claims. At Johnston, Moore & Weston, we understand just how limiting and incapacitating mental disorders can be, and we’re committed to helping you attain the benefits to which you are entitled. When you need an attorney who will always treat you with compassion and helpContinue reading

Proving Fault in Texting and Driving Cases

The state of Alabama makes it illegal to text and drive at the same time. This is a particularly deadly habit that leads to a decreased focus on the roads and an increased likelihood of dangerous and inattentive driving. Because of this, there has been a renewed push in drawing attention to the issue and educating drivers about the potential danger before they get behind the wheel. Some phones even attempt to lock the screen while someone is driving. DespiteContinue reading

Tips to prevent an accident with a Truck Driver

As the driver of a vehicle, there’s isn’t a way to completely avoid large commercial trucks. No matter where you go, you’ll always find yourself in close proximity to these vehicles. While there is no reason to believe you will be part of a truck accident  in the future, you should never rule this out. Even if you follow the rules of the road, one mistake by a trucker could put you in a compromising position. Below are things youContinue reading

Underinsured in Alabama: New Fines Affect Drivers

Do you have liability insurance on your car? If not, you could find yourself facing some steep new fines should you be in an accident. Passed in 2016, a new law enforced by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) requires all drivers to carry liability insurance. The law, which went into effect on November 1, 2017, is designed to impact uninsured motorists in Alabama – almost 13% of all drivers in the state! Mandatory Liability Insurance The new law isContinue reading

Can I still sue even if workers’ compensation is covering the injury I received on the job?

If you are hurt while working, you might think that your only chance of compensation comes from the workers’ compensation policy that your employer carries. And while this is generally the case, there are always exceptions to the rule. If your employer’s workers’ compensation is covering your injury, you might still be able to sue your employer for the injuries that you incurred while at work.

Let’s look at some of the situations in which you might be able to sue in addition to receiving compensation from workers’ compensation claims.

Defective Product
Were you injured as a result of a defective product? If so, then you might very well be able to pursue a case targeting the manufacturer who made the product. Note that this is true even if the product was used in the workplace. With that said, every case is unique, and you should speak with an experienced personal injury to determine how the circumstances surrounding your case might impact your ability to sue.

Negligence and Injuries
If you were injured as a result of intentional, hazardous, or careless conduct on the part of your employer, then you might be able to pursue a personal injury case against them. This might be true even if they are covered by workers’ compensation.

Toxic Substances
Much like the issue of the defective product above, if you are injured by a toxic substance, you might be able to pursue a personal injury case against the creator or manufacturer of the substance in question.

Third Parties
Finally, if you have been injured via a third party that was present in your workplace, you might have the chance to also pursue a legal case against them.

When Workers’ Compensation Isn’t Enough
Workers’ compensation exists to help ensure that injured workers who were hurt while working receive money to cover their damages. With that said, like many insurance policies, workers’ compensation representatives will do their best to pay out as little as possible. That means that you might not receive enough to cover lost wages or medical bills, let alone pain and suffering. Keep in mind that the payouts themselves don’t actually work to discipline your employer, either, even if they created an unsafe workplace.

Filing a personal injury case, on the other hand, can help ensure that you receive the compensation you need to move on with your life while also serving to send a message to negligent employers that their behavior is not acceptable.

Workplace Injuries in Alabama
Have you been injured in your workplace? If so, you might be wondering what options you have – in addition to workers’ compensation – to help secure compensation and keep your head above water. Reach out to the experienced personal injury lawyers at Johnston, Moore, & Weston today! Our attorneys are standing by to help you sift through your circumstances and determine whether or not you have a viable case.

Call us today at 1.800.240.5770!

Understanding Toxic Mold Syndrome

Toxic Mold Syndrome Fewer things catch a homeowner or renter’s attention faster than the mention of mold. This is a fair response, especially given just how serious the issues that mold exposure can cause can be. Toxic Mold Syndrome (TMS), for example, is a term used to reference a set of illnesses that can develop due to exposure to certain molds. More specifically, molds that produce mycotoxin, a poison, are dangerous to those exposed to them. Some of the moreContinue reading