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You need UM/UIM (or you need more UM/UIM)

In the last few weeks, we have been hired on several cases where we know uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage is going to be implicated.  In a couple, we anticipate this will be the only coverage available to our client.  We feel this is an important time for us to stress how important it is for drivers to have UM/UIM) coverage on all of their vehicles.  People often drop this coverage because they do not know what it is and think it is just some extra money the insurance company is trying to get from them.  In actuality, in a serious car wreck, it will likely be the most important coverage that you have.  UM/UIM coverage is there to cover you when you are hit by an uninsured motorist and/or when you are hit by a motorist who has an insurance policy that is not large enough to cover all your damages.  This can leave you in the unenviable position of not having enough money to fully pay your medical bills and/or compensate you for your loss in income while you are recovering from your injuries.  Therefore, please check your policy and make sure you have ample UM/UIM coverage for your vehicles.  If you have any questions about UM/UIM, please feel free to ask us.  We would be glad to take the time to explain why it is so important.

  1. Use Hotline to Report Suspected Elder Abuse. The National Center on Elder Abuse is the national authority on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Resources include a deep repository of research, training materials, breaking news and other information. Find hotlines at the Resource page and report abuse to local authorities.
  2. Look Up Problem Nursing Homes in Your State.  Nursing Home Inspect is an easy-to-use online tool for comparing nursing homes based on the number of deficiencies and penalties cited by regulators during the past three years. The data is continually updated by ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news organization.
  3. Groups Fight Elder Abuse with Awareness and Action.  The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse is one of the nation’s foremost associations dedicated to protecting the safety, security and dignity of America’s elderly. The Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect serves as a national clearinghouse of information on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Also review these ten ways to prevent elder abuse.

Apparently, Medicare paid $5,100,000,000.00 to nursing homes that did not meet minimum federal standards.  According to the report, one out of every three times patients wound up in nursing homes that year, they landed in facilities that failed to follow basic care requirements laid out by the federal agency that administers Medicare.

This certainly puts the onus on families with loved ones needing nursing home care to be sure that the facility they choose is up to the task.  Below is a link to a news article with more information.

We are pleased to announce that Jeremiah has been selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Litigation lawyers in the State of Alabama by the American Society of Legal Advocates (“ASLA”).  According to ASLA, the selection process is described as follows:

ASLA’s exclusive membership comprises less than 2% of all licensed lawyers nationwide. ASLA is both highly selective in extending invitations and in determining which specialties to include for a given state. Because many specialties typically includes listings for Top 100 Lawyers and Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, in order to remain selective we ensure that each specialty in a state has a sufficient number of practicing lawyers to merit inclusion. Those states with relatively low populations of practicing lawyers often will support only one or two specialties. ASLA monitors practice trends from year to year prior to extending invitations in each state.

As much as accolades like this are appreciated, what is truly meaningful to our firm is to be able to assist our clients.  A simple “thank you” from a deserving client will always mean more to us than any award.

Jeremiah was chosen as a participant for the Class Nine of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum. He will have the opportunity to learn about leadership, community, and the future of our great state.

License to be negligent?

The Gadsden Times ran an article today on the Alabama Supreme Court’s last year decision to take away a $3,200,000 jury verdict against Baptist Hospital. The Court decided to take away the verdict because the Court determined that the hospital was entitled to state immunity. The hospital is not owned by the state, but the Court reached this controversial opinion and took away this verdict. There was no ruling by the Court that the hospital was not negligent. Jo Ann Shiver is a daughter of the victim. She was stunned by the ruling on sovereign immunity or state immunity.

“Shouldn’t a hospital be responsible if they cut the wrong leg off?” Shiver said. “It gives them license to be negligent.”

Corporations should not be allowed to hide behind immunity to avoid being accountable for bad actions. This ruling deserves to be reconsidered. You can read the full article here.

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Jessie Ericzon was a 17 year old girl that loved spaghettiOs, listening to her iPod, and laughing with her friends. When her family doctor recommended to her and her parents that she receive the Gardasil vaccination to protect her from HPV and the small chance that the HPV could lead to cervical cancer, she and her parents made what they thought was the safe choice. Her parents now believe they made the wrong choice. Jessie died on February 22, two days after receiving her third and final injection of the vaccination. Her parents believe that her death was a direct result of Gardasil. Her mom feel that Jessie was a “guinea pig” for Gardasil and has encouraged parents to research this vaccine before giving it to their daughters.
The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, which is run by the FDA and CDC, has collected 8,000 reports of problems after Gardasil shots. These problems include paralysis, seizures, miscarriages, and in Jessie’s case, death. Seventeen other deaths from Gardasil have been reported.
This drug is mass marketed to teenagers and parents of those teenagers. We need more information about the risks and dangers so that responsible decisions can be made based on the science and evidence, not slick marketing based on fear.

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