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Insurance will come to the forefront after fatal semi-truck crash

Semi-trucks are large, intimidating and travel at significant speeds across the road in Alabama and throughout the nation. While most drivers will adhere to the rules of the road and operate their rigs safely, there are often accidents that cause injuries and fatalities. Insurance is a critical need for companies and most are covered for any eventuality. Still, when there is a crash and a lawsuit is filed, a company will frequently need to have a legal firm that is experienced in assisting insurance companies with lodging a defense after an accident.

An afternoon crash between two semis led to the death of one driver and serious injuries to the other. At around 1:30 p.m. a 58-year-old man was driving one of the trucks and was heading north. Another truck heading south went over the median and crashed into the first truck. The driver suffered catastrophic injuries and was declared dead at the site of the accident. The other driver was hospitalized. After the collision, the trucks caught fire. According to the investigation, the truck that went into the opposite lanes had a blowout of one of its tires. The investigation is continuing.

Are you on the fence about spray foam insulation for your home?

Insulating your home provides you with numerous benefits when it works properly. It helps keep your utility bills lower, it provides sounds insulation and should keep critters out of your walls.

Deciding to put insulation in your home often represents the easiest part of the process. Thereafter, you need to choose the type you want in your home. You probably heard about the popularity of spray foam insulation. It does provide certain benefits, but it also has some potentially serious drawbacks that you need to know about before making your decision.

Owners and insurance companies need legal defense after dog bites

There is no doubt that many Alabamans are dog lovers. Having a dog as a pet is an enjoyable experience in myriad ways. However, there are risks with keeping any kind of pet. Even the tamest and best-trained animals can bite and cause injuries to others. Having insurance for these occurrences is a wise step. Still, when there is a dog bite and a person is injured or even killed, there is the likelihood that a lawsuit will follow. The plaintiff will have a legal professional to pursue the case. The insurance company and the dog owner should remember to do the same. This is critical after a dog attack.

Four pit bulls attacked an elderly woman and sent her to the hospital. According to neighbors, the 82-year-old woman was taken out of the area on a stretcher after the attack. A woman stated she saw the dogs and then saw law enforcement. Most stated they had never had an issue with dogs in the area. Two of the dogs were shot and killed by police. A third was wounded. The victim is expected to survive. The owner is being sought and there could be charges related to violating the state leash law and other violations. The investigation is continuing.

Is there a time limit for construction litigation?

After a construction project is substantially completed, landowners often perceive a gap between the work that was contracted for and how it was completed. When the landowner is dissatisfied with the results, or if the construction is dangerously flawed, and negotiations go nowhere, the customer might want to consider construction litigation. For the contractor, this can be an expensive and worrisome proposition with a defense necessary.

A question that is often asked centers around the statute of limitations to file a case. How long is too long for a customer to complain about a perceived problem in the construction? What if the customer does not discover the problem until after construction is completed and tenants have moved in?

Legal help with business and commercial pest control issues

Pest control can be a lucrative business in Alabama and across the nation. Because people are generally uninterested in having pests - mice, rats, roaches, termites, bedbugs and more - in their home, business or on their property, they will call for help from professionals in the business of pest control. Since business and commercial concerns in this area range from having the proper permits, using chemicals legally and drawing up agreements, pest control companies must be protected by having a qualified business and commercial law firm on their side.

This is always necessary when working in pest control, but it becomes even more vital if there are legal issues and claims against the company. With chemical exposure, the public will generally be sensitive to the individual rather than the company. The danger of chemicals is known and since they are needed to effectively end the pest problem, the company must use them. When allegations of exposure, a lack of safety procedures or other violations take place, having a defense is a must. The same is true when there are lawsuits related to termites and bedbugs. If a client says a company failed to control an infestation or made it worse, the entire business can be compromised.

Business and commercial student loan collection sparks lawsuit

Collecting on outstanding debt is not an easy situation for Alabama and national companies to be in, but if an individual or a business entity owes money for a loan and is not paying it, the company has the right to seek payment. For some debtors, however, they will try to prevent the necessary - and legal - contact from taking place in a variety of ways. One is to file a lawsuit alleging illegality and harassment. For business and commercial entities whose foundation is collecting these debts, it is imperative to defend against these claims so they can continue seeking to recover what is owed.

A woman has filed a lawsuit against a loan company for its continuing calls to collect on her student loan payments. According to her, the company made more than 200 calls in trying to collect on the debt. The case was filed in Alabama where the woman resides and teaches special education. She says that the law was violated after she requested that the company stop calling her and she was not able to pay the debt. The woman went to school in Georgia. The calls were made automatically. Her filing says she requested that they stop last autumn. However, the calls continued with as many as three per day. The claim accuses the company of violating the consumer protection law against automated and telemarketing calls.

Responding to requests for workplace accommodations

When an employee comes to you and requests accommodations for a disability, you may have more questions than answers. Naturally, if your employee's disabling condition is obvious, you may have taken steps on your own to provide what he or she needs to complete the job successfully. However, not every disability is visible, and you may wonder how far your responsibility goes.

Under the rules in the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabling conditions have special rights that protect them from discrimination at every stage of their employment. Having a good understanding of what this means can protect you from claims of discrimination when your employee asks you to adapt the work environment to his or her needs.

Walmart face backlash amid business and commercial complaints

Running a business in Alabama and across the nation is never easy and tough decisions sometimes need to be made. Unfortunately, some of those decisions result in employees either being marginalized or eliminated altogether. While this might seem discriminatory and warrant a business and commercial lawsuit on the part of the workers who will want to be compensated, it does not necessarily mean any wrongful acts have taken place, nor were they violations of the law. No matter the size of scope of a business, having legal assistance to defend against allegations of illegality is critical.

People who work as greeters at Walmart are complaining that their jobs are being phased out by the company and the workers are being offered other jobs. Many of the workers are disabled and cannot do certain jobs, prompting complaints about discrimination, at least one lawsuit and threats of others. Many of the greeters are suffering from conditions that make it nearly impossible for them to do other jobs. The changes began in 2016 when the company altered the responsibilities of the greeters and reclassified them as "hosts." They had greater responsibilities than what greeters were obligated to do.

Categories and permits for business and commercial pest control

Just like any other state where there are people, businesses, structures and farmland, it is inevitable that there will be pests. These can be mice, rats, roaches, termites, fleas, ticks and much more. They can indoors or outdoors. All can cause personal, medical and financial problems. To combat this, people will contact pest control companies. This can be a lucrative business and commercial endeavor for those who have the proper permits, but there can be problems with regulatory agencies if there is a dispute over whether those permits were acquired, examinations were taken and other legalities were addressed.

For pest control companies who are starting out, are already established and concerned about permits or are facing legal problems due to a failure to get them, a law firm that helps those with pest control concerns is a must. The law calls for pest control companies to understand their categories, pass an examination and have the requisite qualifications to do the work.

Business and commercial lawsuit targets gas prices in Alabama

When a company is in business and seeking to expand, it is unavoidable that disputes will erupt. For those who are entering the market in Alabama, it is imperative to have legal protection when dealing with certain issues that are independent to the state. Because competition is so fierce in a variety of industries, prices will play a large role in drawing customers. This is critical with a business that is new in the state. For entities that are dealing with a business and commercial dispute over prices, it is vital to understand the state laws and have a viable shield when confronted with a legal filing.

A federal lawsuit has been filed because a Texas-based company expanded into Alabama and posted illegal prices for its gasoline. The filing states that the company did not adhere to a rule that has been in place for more than three decades. The company that filed the case has asked that the pricing tactics stop while it is pending. The basis of the 1984 law was to stop large oil companies from providing gas at prices lower than it costs for purchase and transport to a retailer. Other companies have filed similar lawsuits in the state.

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