Halloween in Summer? Get Spooked with Huntsville Ghost Walks

Black crowWhen you think of summer, ghosts and ghouls don’t necessarily come to mind, but in Huntsville, Alabama, it’s never too early to start celebrating Halloween.

Huntsville Ghost Walks, which started in June and are continuing every Saturday into the glorious month of October, are your opportunity to join the ghosts and ghouls of the night.

Starting at 6 p.m. sharp, join the guides for a tour around one of three areas: Old Town Historic District, Twickenham Historical District, or Haunted Downtown. From there, you’ll take a two-hour journey around the neighborhood of your choice and get a spooky look at beautiful architecture while being immersed in the rich history of Huntsville.

Tickets for this event are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. They can be purchased in advance or on the night of the walk, a half-hour before it starts.

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Martinson & Beason, P.C. Resolves Non-Compete Claim for Former Employee

While it is prudent and advisable to seek the assistance of a corporate or employment lawyer to review a non-compete agreement, non-solicitation agreement, or a document-retention policy before signing, for most people very little realistic options exist other than sign the agreement. In other words, normally the choice left to the employee is: (a) sign the agreement or (2) not have a job. So, for most of our clients, they come to us having just left employment or about to leave. At that point, the agreement is already in place.

This was true of “John”, a client of our firm, who came to Martinson and Beason, P.C. having just left his employment as an insurance agent for a prominent insurance and investment company. John had an executed non-compete agreement that included provisions prohibiting the solicitation of current or former clients of his employer and provisions prohibiting him from keeping documents that are the property of the employer.

John approached us with questions regarding the enforceability of the agreement and what his options were. The enforceability of these types of agreements can, often times, be extremely fact-specific and nuanced. This case was no different. As an initial matter, we advised that even in instances when the non-compete may not be enforceable, that may not keep the employer from trying to enforce them.

For example, an employer may want to use its finances (e.g. deep pockets) to squeeze the former client into submission. So even if the agreement and perhaps the lawsuit may not have much teeth to it, if the employer has the finances and the will to continue to press the lawsuit, often times they can leverage the employee. It is important that the employee be ready to defend herself vigorously and fight for her rights to exercise her trade.

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Have you Experienced a Bleeding Episode from Xarelto?

Xarelto Alabama injury attorneysIf you’ve taken Xarelto and experienced serious side effects, you’re not alone.

The attorneys at Martinson & Beason, P.C. have prepared the following information to inform you of your rights and entitlements if you have suffered from taking Xarelto:

What is Xarelto?

Xarelto is a prescription medication used to treat deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, the forming of a blood clot in the legs and lungs of people who have just had knee or hip replacement surgery and to help reduce the risk of these conditions occurring again. Xarelto is also used to treat people with atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat) and reduce the risk of stroke. People suffering from atrial fibrillation are at an increased risk of forming a blood clot in the heart, which can travel to the brain, causing a stroke, or other parts of the body. The likelihood of being or knowing someone affected by complications from Xarelto are great: sales exceeded $1 Billion in 2014, and the manufacturer increased Xarelto’s projected earnings from 20% to 30% in the first quarter of 2015. [Read more…]

Huntsville Motorcycle versus Car Accident Claim Settled

Personal injury Attorney Morris Lilienthal recently settled a serious motorcycle accident case in which our client suffered a compound fracture of his right tibia as well as numerous other injuries. The wreck occurred on Bailey Cove Road in Huntsville when the driver of the car turned left in front of our client’s motorcycle. Since the driver of the car failed to yield the right of way we were able to clearly establish they were liable for the accident.

Unfortunately our client had to undergo an open reduction and internal fixation surgery to repair his leg injury. Moreover, he had to endure numerous physical therapy sessions to help him regain his mobility and strength in his leg. Due the severity of his injuries he also had a significant lost wages claim. As such, we brought personal injury claims on his behalf for his medical bills, lost wages, out of pocket expenses, pain and suffering, scarring, and mental anguish.

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How to Keep Your Family Safe on the Fourth of July

SparklersLast month, we compiled a list of firework shows and other fun Independence Day activities for you and your family to enjoy around Huntsville, AL. But it’s also important to stay safe at this celebratory time of year.

Not to bring down the excitement, but the Fourth of July is the deadliest holiday of the year. You might not think so, but this weekend has seen more traffic-related injuries and fatalities than any other weekend—even more than New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Watch Out for Drunk Drivers on the Road

Many of these accidents are caused by drunk or even buzzed drivers. In fact, from 2009 to 2013, roughly 40 percent of crash-related deaths during this holiday involved a drunk driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 750 people died in crashes with drivers who had a BAC of .08 or higher.

If you are going to be out on the roads this Fourth of July weekend, it is crucial that you know the warning signs of a drunk or buzzed driver. Take this time to practice defensive driving, for your safety and the safety of those around you—it could save your life. Some tips to keep in mind include:

  • Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead of you
  • Brake early
  • Always use your turn signals with plenty of warning
  • Look both ways before turning into oncoming traffic
  • Look over your shoulder in addition to using your mirrors when changing lanes
  • Stay alert, and keep the distractions in your car to a minimum
  • Keep to the speed limit

If you are going to be the one behind the wheel, it is critical that you are well aware of your surroundings at all times. If you are going to drink, don’t drive. One drink is too many. Don’t put your life—or anybody else’s life—at risk.

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Cybersecurity

Woman Using iPadWhat the Internet giveth, the hackers taketh away. The most important tool of the twenty-first century continues to open doors and connect us with others from around the globe. But in spite of all the advancements the Internet has provided, it is also unfortunately the weapon of choice for would-be identity thieves and hackers.

The recent compromise of four-million federal government employees’ information serves as an important reminder of this imposing threat. While the extent of the breach is still being determined by federal investigators, it appears the hack impacted employees of the executive branch but not the legislative or judicial branches, nor uniformed United States military personnel.

With thousands of Department of Defense personnel and federal contractors right here in the Tennessee Valley, security and privacy remains paramount in online activities. While there’s no way to eliminate the threat completely, we wanted to share some of the ways we’re protecting our information at Martinson & Beason, P.C., and we want to advise our clients to do the same.

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Join us for our Annual Putt-Putt Party and Open House!

As the temperature rises, and as downtown Huntsville fills with a wide variety of summer activities for all ages, our firm is preparing to once again open our doors to past, present, and future clients for the 2015 Martinson & Beason Putt-Putt Party. Join us at Hole 2 of Downtown Huntsville Inc.’s Downtown Open on Thursday, June 25th, anytime from 5-8PM, at our offices: 115 Northside Square for food, hard and soft drinks, and some putt-putt golf!

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Fourth of July Events near Huntsville, AL

FireworksCue the fireworks, fire up the grill, and hang the stars and stripes proudly for all of Huntsville to see—the Fourth of July holiday weekend is nearly here! Independence Day holds a special meaning to the team at Martinson & Beason, P.C., as it does for many residents throughout Madison County.

The big question for many in the area is how to celebrate America’s birthday. We can’t imagine a better place to enjoy time with family and friends than right here in our own backyard.

Here are few nearby Fourth of July celebrations taking place in Huntsville and across Madison County on July 4, 2015:

U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza

Where: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL

When: Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.

Cost: $20

Website: http://alabama.travel/upcoming-events/u-s-space-and-rocket-center-july-4th-fireworks-extravaganza

While the fireworks show doesn’t kick off until 9 p.m., be sure to arrive early to participate in all the on-site activities the U.S. Space & Rocket Center has to offer! There will be a kid’s zone, with activities such as building paper rockets, a moon bounce, and chalk art. The 274th Army Material Command Band will also provide entertainment.

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Things to Do in Great Weather in Huntsville, AL

Things to Do in Great Weather in Huntsville, ALFood Trucks, and Time Travel, and Gardens, Oh My!

Huntsville, Alabama, has a lot to offer residents and visitors. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do here in the springtime and are very excited to share it with our readers. Hopefully this list will inspire long-time residents and new residents alike to get out and explore your town, and encourage nonresidents to pack up the car and head over for a weekend in this beautiful town. Without further ado, the list:

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Attorney Morris Lilienthal, Selected for Super Lawyers Rising Star Award for Third Consecutive Year

Morris Lilienthal - Martinson and BeasonMorris Lilienthal Attorney | Super Lawyers 2014In the most recent edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, Martinson & Beason partner, Morris Lilienthal, was selected for a third consecutive year as a recipient of the publication’s Rising Star Award. Following the same structured and rigorous selection process to name the annual Super Lawyers, The Rising Star Award is presented to attorneys either under 40 years old, or those who have been in practice for 10 years or less. Recipients are among only 2.5% of the total number of attorneys named as Super Lawyers, making the award highly prestigious and a great recognition.

Morris was honored in the area of general personal injury. As such, Morris handles all types of personal injury claims including, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, products liability, mass torts and various other areas. His personal injury practice is not only in Huntsville, but statewide. In fact, Morris and his co-counsel recently wrapped up a personal injury and wrongful death claim arising out of an industrial accident that occurred at a military base in Afghanistan. [Read more…]