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I’m a lawyer who helps people hurt by the negligence of another. I handle serious personal injury cases throughout Alabama.

Our firm — Blackwell Law Firm — helps personal injury victims in Alabama. Our cases involve people across Alabama who have suffered a serious injury or disability. We understand serious injuries and the impact those injuries have on individuals and entire families. Our philosophy is simple — the best case results are obtained by hard work and preparation. Unlike many advertising lawyers, we do NOT believe the quick settlement, high volume approach benefits the seriously injured and their families. You will NEVER see us on a billboard. You will find us in court, in deposition, and busy researching legal issues. All serious injuries are personal and deserve a focused and individual approach. Our firm focuses on working each individual case in an effort to obtain the maximum compensation possible. We specialize in injury cases including:


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Ambulance Clip - Personal Injury Attorney

Last month, I published a post about a local DUI law firm that suddenly started advertising for personal injury and wrongful death cases. Suddenly, billboards for that firm appeared along major Huntsville area roads. I’ve written many times that I would never hire a billboard lawyer for a serious case. I’ve seen many skilled courtroom lawyers and legal scholars during the two decades I’ve practiced personal injury work. None of them advertise on billboards.


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Billboards. Television. Radio. Lawyer ads are everywhere. It’s easy to smile and claim expertise. It’s much more difficult to perform the study and hard work necessary to win a complicated case. I’ve written previously that I would never hire a billboard lawyer for a serious case.

What about websites? I believe websites should contain good information for consumers. That’s why I wrote the articles on my firm website. Unfortunately, we have too many lawyers purchasing websites without writing or reviewing them for accuracy. Those sites contain canned content and marketing hype. That creates bad problems for the people who really need help.


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Last fall, we asked the question on our other blogWill Invokana Injury Cases Be Centralized? At that time, a growing number of injured patients had filed lawsuits in Federal Courts. Our firm has been investigating potential Invokana injury claims for some time. For background information on the drug Invokana and its associated injuries, you can read more on the Hot Topics section of our law firm website.

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At the Blackwell Law Firm website we have a section called Hot Topics. That section provides news and research related to current legal issues. Many of these issues involve injury from bad drugs or dangerous medical devices. Among those topics — two hernia mesh products. These are Ethicon’s Physiomesh and Atrium’s C-Qur mesh. We are currently investigating injuries by Alabama patients which may be associated with these two products.


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Hernia Repair Surgeries Are Common

Hernia repair surgeries are among the most common surgeries in the United States. More than a million of these surgeries are performed each year in this country. Hernia repair surgeries can be performed with or without the implantation of mesh. As with mesh used in some other repair surgeries, the question becomes – do the benefits of using hernia mesh for the patient outweigh the risks?


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Settlement Terms Are Important

A recent LinkedIn conversation about settlement terms raised an important issue. The topic — A defendant adds additional (and unacceptable) terms to a release document.

The issue is far too common. Here’s the scenario. The lawyers agree to settle an injury claim. Maybe the lawyers reached a settlement informally and confirmed it with letters or emails. Maybe the lawyers reached a settlement through mediation. Where that occurs, the mediator typically has the parties sign a short settlement memorandum with the basic terms. In both situations, the defendant paying money to a plaintiff will typically require a “general release” of the claims. And, the defense attorneys will prepare or provide this release when the settlement is paid. That’s fine. An injured plaintiff receiving compensation will certainly release or give up his/her claims upon payment.


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The article in The Hill begins:

The nation’s leading business group is mounting a new attack on advertisements run by trial lawyers that tell consumers about the negative side effects from medical drugs and devices.

Let me start — I don’t like modern attorney advertising. Locally in northern Alabama, we have an attorney on television advertising for automobile accident injury cases who refuses to help injured people in court. And, we have outside lawyers running ads for drug cases who are not even licensed in Alabama.


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