Alabama Personal Injury Resources

Alabama is in the Southeastern region of the United States and is bordered by Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Its unofficial nickname is “Yellowhammer,” named after the state bird, but it is also known as the “Heart of Dixie.” Alabama has one of the longest inland waterways in the country, stretching about 1,300 miles, and deep and wide enough for ships to pass through. Before the Second World War, Alabama’s economy depended almost completely on agriculture. The subsequent expansion of the United States Armed Forces aided the state’s economy and helped bridge the gap between the agricultural and industrial economy in the mid-20th century. Personal injury claims in Alabama should be filed where the incident occurred. The statute of limitations in the state of Alabama is 2 years, meaning one has two years after an injury occurs to file a lawsuit.
Alabama had an estimated population of 4,822,023 in the year 2012, which makes it the 23rd most populous in the United States. The state had a total of 215,386 civil incoming cases, which is 4,501 cases per 100,000 of the total population. Of the total civil cases, 8,300 are tort cases, tried in the Circuit Court. One recent tort case was that of Danny Weeks, who took a generic version of Reglan heartburn medicine. The manufacturer of the drug, Pfizer, failed to warn his physician about risks which eventually led the patient to develop tardive dyskinesia.
Alabama has a strict pure contributory negligence law; this means that if the claimant is found to be even partially responsible, then he or she may not collect damages. Like the rest of the country, in Alabama, a signification portion of civil cases in the state courts are personal injury cases. These claims all involve some kind of injury to a person or to property due to the actions of another entity. Many lawsuits fall under this category, including medical malpractice, construction accidents, defective products, and traffic accidents. Traffic accidents generally make up the bulk of personal injury claims, and this is certainly the case in Alabama.

Alabama State Resources
State of Alabama: http://www.alabama.gov
Official Portal of Alabama: http://www.alabama.gov
Alabama Legislature Online: http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/ACASLoginMac.asp
Alabama Government Information Sites w/ Links: http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp?sid=government
Alabama Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.al.us/
Jefferson County Official Website: http://jeffco.us/

Alabama Court Resources
Alabama Courts Online: http://judicial.alabama.gov/
Links for Alabama Courts: http://judicial.alabama.gov/
Alabama Office of Court Administration: http://www.alacourt.gov/
Supreme Court of Alabama: http://judicial.alabama.gov/supreme.cfm
United States Court Locator: http://www.uscourts.gov/court_locator.aspx

Alabama Legal Associates
State Bar of Alabama: http://www.alabar.org/
American Bar Association: http://www.abanet.org/home.cfm
Jefferson County Bar Association: http://www.jcba.org/
Center for Justice and Democracy: http://centerjd.org
American Association for Justice: https://www.justice.org

Other Alabama Legal Resources
Personal Injury in Alabama: http://research.lawyers.com/Alabama/Personal-Injury-in-Alabama.html
Alabama Legal Resources: http://www.alabamalegalhelp.org/
Alabama Constitution: http://www.legislature.state.al.us/misc/history/constitutions/1901/1901.html
Alabama Legislature and Statutes Online: http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/ACASLoginMac.asp
Alabama Rules of Evidence: http://www.clealabama.com/docs/CLEAlabama-AlabamaEvidence.pdf
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcp/
Alabama Public Records finder: http://www.peoplefinders.us/public-records/alabama.htm
Daily Legal News: http://www.law.com/newswire/
Martindale-Hubbell National Attorney Locator: http://www.martindale.com
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