The Alabama Injury Law Advisor is authored by three Gilmore Law Firm attorneys who specialize in personal injury and insurance law. Edwin Lamberth, Frederick P. Gilmore, and Wyman O. Gilmore, Jr. are responsible for updating the blog on recent developments in personal injury litigation and legislation in Alabama.
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Just last fall, the Alabama Supreme Court overruled a long line of cases holding that a mother or father could not sue for the death of fetus that was not "viable." These older cases held that unless the parent could present evidence that the fetus would have been able to live outside...
That should be the mantra of anyone (whether 18-wheeler driver or not) trailering cargo on our highways. I picked up that saying from a recent discussion at a lawyers' conference about tractor-trailers making u-turns or other types of turns which block intersections, divided highways,...
Collisions involving a heavy truck (also known as a semi, a tractor-trailer, or an 18 wheeler) and an automobile require special attention. They are not just simple car wrecks. Why? Because if you are involved in a serious collision with a heavy truck, you can bet that the...
A recent article out at Lawyerist.com tells lawyers that lack of communication is the number one complaint by clients about attorneys. No surprise there, I wouldn't think. At our firm, we do our best to communicate with you when you need information. We are committed to...
When our clients are involved in an unfortunate automobile accident, I often get this question: Do I really need a lawyer? It's clearly the other party's fault. Won't they just settle out-of-court? You would think that self-serving lawyers would always tell you that, yes,...
In a news story out today, the Montgomery Advertiser reports on the State of Alabama's new push to resolve court disputes through mediation. The Alabama State Bar has declared next week "mediation week," and the Governor has declared next Friday "Mediation Day." Many years ago, the Alabama...
Just the other day in a vehicle defect case, during my deposition of a defendant's "expert" in a vehicle defect case, the expert looked at me and said: "I don't know what you mean by this term you keep using - the term 'crashworthiness.'" I asked him to use his definition. He said...
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has just released its latest statistics for 2010 fire losses in the United States. The NFPA is an international nonprofit entity, established in 1896, whose mission "is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of...
Sometimes (ok, maybe lots of times), attorneys seem to speak a foreign language when talking to clients and other non-lawyers. What can I say, I guess they brainwashed us in law school and made us all speak in legalese. It causes some funny looks from folks when we use legal terms, and...
As a general rule, I try to stay out of politics with my clients, the public, and certainly on the web. Lately, however, I've been getting several questions about why judicial politics matter and why they effect a personal injury case. I decided I shouldn't be quiet about it anymore, so...