Category Archives: Injuries

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

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!

62-year-old Florence man dies after truck crashes into home

An early morning car crash at 7:30 on Tuesday morning claimed the life of a Florence man on Lauderdale County Road 14. Jerry Wayne Jones was pronounced dead at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital after the 7:30 a.m. crash, a state trooper spokesman said. Jones was driving a 1978 GMC pickup on Lauderdale County Road 14 when the accident happened. The truck was in a curve about five miles west of Florence when it left the road and struck a home. No otherContinue reading

Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms As A Crash-Related Serious Personal Injury

For years, serious physical personal injury remained a primary legal focus of lawyer cases involving survivors of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs). The accumulation of state information followed a like format. In the 2012 Alabama Crash Facts data report in-depth MVA crash facts pertained to the likes of: Alabama MVA Fatality Trends Incident Rankings According to Age, Gender, and other defining components Information Concerning Type of Roadway Breakdowns in Identifying Various Types of Crashes Alabama Specifics On Personal Injury and FatalitiesContinue reading

Common And Serious Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries

Motor vehicle accidents make up the largest proportion of personal injury claims nationwide. In 2012, there were 5.6 million motor vehicle accidents, 1.6 million of which involved injuries. Injuries vary between cases, which is why it is vital to get an opinion from a doctor. Furthermore, those who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident should consult an experienced car accident attorney to secure the compensation to which they are entitled. Here are some of the most serious andContinue reading

Statistics on Personal Injury Pre-trial Settlements

Only about five percent of personal injuries cases in the U.S. go to trial, meaning that up to 95% of such cases are given out of court settlements. Of these (cases that go to trial), 90 percent end up losing, meaning that the plaintiff loses out on compensation. Those who win cases that go to trial only do so when the case is brought before a trial judge rather than a jury. Trial judges also seem to provide higher compensationContinue reading

The higher risk of highway deaths when trucks are involved

Larger motor vehicles, especially trucks can create a greater safety risk for other drivers on the highway. Especially for passenger cars, sedans and other smaller motor vehicles. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2014 FARS (“Fatality Analysis Reporting System”) report, one out of every ten highway deaths were involved in a truck-related accident. This means that when a truck is part of a car crash, the risk of death for drivers and passengers goes up. A troubling statistic butContinue reading