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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. [Read more…]

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

elderly care in nursing home - doctor with patientWhen 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 that the earliest sign of Alzheimer’s is problems with navigation, and this symptom may appear long before a possible diagnosis of the disease.

According to the Huffington Post, patients involved in the study used a computer program to attempt to navigate through a virtual maze in which they used patterns and landmarks to solve. Those with preclinical Alzheimer’s, which refers to patients who are not diagnosed but show early signs of the disease, struggled significantly with navigating and learning the maze.

This study suggests that doctors may be able to detect initial stages of the disease by assessing difficulties with patients’ navigational skills and their ability to assess and understand new surroundings. These problems with navigation may manifest themselves in two ways, “learning an established route and in finding their own way to new landmarks.”

While this study has been eye opening to doctors studying Alzheimer’s disease, they still need further research and more experiments before this discovery can be applied to diagnosing the disease. However, hopefully, this an indication that in the near future, doctors will be able to diagnose and begin treating Alzheimer’s much sooner in patients with early symptoms.

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. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

Scams Targeting the Elderly on the Rise

People who are 65 and older are the fastest growing demographic in the United States and are also the most vulnerable to financial scams. The increase in the population of the elderly has led to an unintended consequence, as the number of cases involving elder abuse and scams has dramatically increased across the country. These scammers often times present themselves as legitimate businessmen, such as lenders and financial representatives and these scams can have devastating consequences for the victims. [Read more…]

Documents You Should Have Executed at an Initial Personal Injury Client Meeting

Signing DocumentsLaw school does not always prepare lawyers for the day-to-day realities of a legal practice, however, one key fact to remember is the better prepared you are the first time you meet with a new personal injury client, the better the entire relationship is likely to go. After all, when your organizational skills are apparent to your client, he or she is more apt to trust you—and your legal skills.

If you, as an attorney, have done your due diligence on this new personal injury case, then you have already: checked out the scene of the accident, taken photographs at the scene, gone over the police report with a fine-tooth comb, looked into your client’s prior medical history, and performed an initial background search into both your client and the defendant.

At this point, you are meeting with your client to execute necessary documents, including the following: [Read more…]

Five Things a Personal Injury Lawyer Should Do Prior to a New Client Meeting

2-Car AccidentIn all likelihood, most lawyers will find that the reality of practicing law is somewhat different from the theory of practicing law, unless the attorney has some actual legal experience under his or her belt as a result of a college internship, or a paralegal job while preparing for law school. As an example, most attorneys don’t really understand that the average individual will strongly resist spending money on an attorney unless it is clear that significant consequences will result from failure to do so.

Because of this, it is especially important that a personal injury attorney is fully organized and prepared when meeting a potential personal injury client—and that you are able to show the client the benefits of hiring you.

The following five things an attorney should do prior to meeting with a new client to ensure you’re well prepared: [Read more…]

The History of Northside Square and Martinson & Beason

Northside Square Huntsville, ALMartinson & Beason has been housed at 115 Northside Square in Downtown Huntsville since 1980, but both the firm and Northside Square have separate backgrounds that span over the course of Downtown Huntsville’s history.

Northside Square

Northside Square has existed for over 200 of years, and over the course of this time, countless shops and businesses have rented out the spaces. Photos of downtown Huntsville going back as far as the mid to late 1800s feature Northside Square, including this photo dating back to the Spanish-American War and this post card from the early 1800s.

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Meet Our Newest Intern – Shannon Mitchell

Shannon Mitchell - Huntsville, ALMartinson & Beason is pleased to recognize our newest summer intern, Shannon Mitchell. She is a Huntsville native and Grissom High School, graduate. Shannon is currently an upcoming junior at the University of Texas at Austin, studying both international relations and the Arabic language but has also attended the University of Mississippi and studied abroad in Amman, Jordan in the summer of 2016. Over the course of her internship, she intends to gain practical experience and learn about the different practice areas of the legal field, as M&B provides a vast array of practice areas and services to a diverse set of clients. After her undergraduate studies, Ms. Mitchell plans to attend law school and become a practicing attorney.