Month: August 2017

M&B Partner Morris Lilienthal on the Maximum Lawyer Podcast

Martinson & Beason partner Morris Lilienthal was recently a guest on the Maximum Lawyer Podcast, which is hosted by attorneys Jim Hacking and Tyson Mutrux. The podcast is a tool for law firms looking to grow and build their practices by offering valuable information on automation, practice management, and marketing.…

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Madison County Car Accident with Drunk Uninsured Driver Reaches Settlement

Top-rated Huntsville personal injury attorney Morris Lilienthal recently resolved a car accident claim on behalf of a family that was struck by drunk driver while traveling on US Highway 72. The wreck occurred when the drunk driver pulled out from an intersecting road striking the passenger side of our client’s SUV. Our investigation revealed the at-fault driver had been drinking at his son’s house where he’d consumed more than 12 Busch Beers. Due to his intoxicated state, the drunk driver failed to yield the right of way by pulling out on to US 72 causing this accident. Following the crash, our clients were all transported by ambulance (HEMSI) to Huntsville Hospital. As is often the case, the drunk driver was a repeat offender that did not have any automobile insurance. Our background search revealed he didn’t have any assets to pay a judgment. As such, we then considered available uninsured motorist coverage. In this case, our clients were a husband and wife and the father of the husband. It should be noted the father did not reside with the son and daughter-in-law. The plaintiffs’ SUV was insured with State Farm so we opened an uninsured motorist claim with State Farm for all 3 claims.

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Caregiving Isolation

Elder CaregiverCaregiving for an elderly or disabled loved one is oftentimes a stressful and time-consuming duty, which can end up taking over the caregiver’s life. This task is already difficult and strenuous enough, especially for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, but in many cases, full-time caregiving also leads to social isolation that makes life nearly unbearable for them. A recent New York Times piece highlights this issue by telling the stories of several women with the sole responsibility of caring for their disabled and elderly loved ones. These individual anecdotes reveal the miserable aspects of caregiving and the struggle of severe social isolation that caregivers often face. Not only is the social isolation itself painful to endure, but it can also lead to physical and mental health problems for the caregiver later in life. These stories of caregivers all follow a familiar pattern. The caregivers, daunted with the overwhelming responsibilities of taking after a loved one, leave everything else in their lives behind. Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s is both physically and emotionally draining, as those patients require almost constant care and attention and they also commonly are more difficult to care for with memory loss and behavioral issues. Caregivers find themselves in a situation in which they can hardly have a moment to themselves, much less time to spend with friends or for leisurely activities. One woman in particular, who was caring for her husband with dementia, eventually found herself unable to even go to the salon, as she was no longer able to take him with her when she went.

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Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

When it comes to early signs of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, most people look to memory loss as the earliest indicator of the disease. However, recent studies have shown that there is a different symptom that appears long before the onset of memory loss. Many scientists now believe…

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5 Tips To Help Prevent Dementia

healthy foodsAlzheimer’s is one of the nation’s most devastating diseases, which affects more than 5 million Americans and stands as the 6th leading cause of death in the country. Furthermore, recent studies have revealed that the number of citizens suffering from this disease has steadily been increasing, as the population of elderly Americans increases. Alzheimer’s is a truly frightening disease for those who are approaching upon senior citizenship; however, there are several lifestyle changes, as indicated in a recent AARP report, that can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s in the future, or slow down the progression of the disease for those who already suffer from it.

1. Walking

Studies have shown that adding regular walks to your daily routine can increase brain function and lower blood pressure. Those with vascular impairment, which is the second most common cause of Alzheimer’s, performed better on cognitive examinations and more improved brain functions if they walked on a regular basis. Going on hour-long walks can reduce the effects of vascular impairment and ward of the symptoms of dementia, while also improving your physical well-being.

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School Traffic Laws You Need To Know

School Bus Stop SignAs schools in Alabama start back over the next few weeks, school buses will return to the roads and school zone speed limits will go back into effect in the mornings and afternoons. Therefore, it is important to understand the specific rules regarding both of these changes before adjusting back to the school traffic routine for your safety and the safety of school children on the roads. There is often times uncertainty among drivers regarding the specific rules on stopping for school bus stops on the roads, especially if the driver is on the opposite side of the road from the school bus when it stops. According to the Alabama Code, drivers on both sides of the road are required to come to a complete stop while a school bus is stopping to load or unload children from the vehicle. Drivers must remain fully stopped until the school bus resumes motion. Failure to comply with this rule may result in a fine of up to $300 for the first conviction.

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